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Christopher J Schall, Chad P Boudreaux: Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with manually retractable firing member. Ethicon Endo Surgery, February 17, 2009: US07490749 (421 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 ...


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Chelsea Shields, Edward C Meagher: Tissue sealer with non-conductive variable stop members and method of sealing tissue. Covidien, February 17, 2009: US07491201 (218 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 ...


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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 (189 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 ...


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Parag Pruthi, Andrew Heybey, Thekkthalackal V Kurien: Apparatus and method for collecting and analyzing communications data. Niksun, RatnerPrestia, February 17, 2009: US07492720 (183 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.


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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 (177 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 ...


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Eric Carman: Memory array having a programmable word length, and method of operating same. Innovative Silicon ISi, Neil A Steinberg, February 17, 2009: US07492632 (154 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 ...


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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 (147 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 ...


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Chester Ledlie Sandberg, Harold J Vinegar, Christopher Kelvin Harris: Variable frequency temperature limited heaters. Shell Oil Company, February 17, 2009: US07490665 (136 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 ...


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Darren Odom, Curt D Hammill: Electrosurgical forceps with slow closure sealing plates and method of sealing tissue. Covidien, February 17, 2009: US07491202 (132 worldwide citation)

An Electrosurgical bipolar forceps for sealing tissue is disclosed which includes at least one shaft member having a jaw member disposed at a distal end thereof. The jaw members are movable from a first position in spaced relation relative to one another to at least one subsequent position wherein t ...



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