David M McCuen: Method and apparatus for determining parameters of linear motion in a surgical instrument. Covidien, February 24, 2015: US08960520 (135 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument and method of controlling the surgical instrument are disclosed. The surgical instrument includes a housing and an elongated shaft that extends distally from the housing and defines a first longitudinal axis. The surgical instrument also includes a firing rod disposed in the el ...

Stanislaw Kostrzewski: Loose staples removal system. Covidien, February 24, 2015: US08960521 (123 worldwide citation)

A staple cartridge is provided for retaining fully formed staples not clenched through body tissue. The staple cartridge generally includes staple pockets containing surgical staples having a backspan and first and second legs projecting from the backspan and staple pushers positioned within the sta ...

John D Haddick, Ralph F Osterhout: Video display modification based on sensor input for a see-through near-to-eye display. Microsoft Corporation, Rachael Vaughn, Leonard Smith, Micky Minhas, February 24, 2015: US08964298 (121 worldwide citation)

This disclosure concerns a near field communication (NFC) device which includes a wrist-worn NFC-enabled electronics device, wherein the wrist-worn NFC enabled electronics device includes a first communications link for communicating with a second NFC-enabled electronics device via NFC protocols, an ...

Kenneth W Brown: Universal microwave waveguide joint and mechanically steerable microwave transmitter. Raytheon Company, Eric A Gifford, February 24, 2015: US08963790 (120 worldwide citation)

A universal joint comprising a pair of circular waveguide ball-joints and a slip-joint allows for simultaneous 3-axis rotation and 3-dimensional translation between an antenna and a stationary source. As such, the universal joint does not have to be physically aligned with the azimuth, and elevation ...

Sang Woo Lee, Dong IL Seo: Authentication method and apparatus for detecting and preventing source address spoofing packets. Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, February 24, 2015: US08966609 (119 worldwide citation)

An authentication apparatus for detecting and preventing a source address spoofing packet, includes a packet reception unit configured to receive a packet from a previous node or a user host; a self-assurance type ID generation unit configured to generate a self-assurance type ID of a source node of ...

Mohamed Y Hai Maharsi: Insulator integrated power supply. ABB Technology, Paul R Katterle, Melissa J Szczepanik, February 24, 2015: US08964433 (117 worldwide citation)

A power scavenging device attaches to an overhead power cable and a support pole. The power scavenging device includes a non-conducting outer body and a first capacitor and a second capacitor that are connected in series forming a voltage divider. A voltage source converter is electrically connected ...

Miles Alexander Lyell Kirby, Virginia Walker Keating, Matthew Stuart Grob, Michael Mangan, Joel Bernarte: Wireless power from renewable energy. QUALCOMM Incorporated, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, February 24, 2015: US08963486 (95 worldwide citation)

Exemplary embodiments are directed to wireless charging. A charging system may comprise at least one power generation system configured to convert renewable energy to another form of energy and convey the another form of energy. The charging system may further include at least one transmit antenna c ...

Yousef F Alkhatib: Two-stage collapsible/expandable prosthetic heart valves and anchoring systems. St Jude Medical, Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik, February 24, 2015: US08961595 (85 worldwide citation)

Prosthetic heart valve apparatus is adapted for delivery into a patient in a circumferentially collapsed condition, followed by circumferential re-expansion at the implant site in the patient. The apparatus includes an annular anchoring structure that can be implanted in the patient first. The appar ...

Erik Visser, Pei Xiang: Systems, methods, and apparatus for enhanced acoustic imaging. QUALCOMM Incorporated, Austin Rapp & Hardman, February 24, 2015: US08965546 (79 worldwide citation)

Methods, systems, and apparatus for using a psychoacoustic-bass-enhanced signal to drive an array of loudspeakers are disclosed.

Troy A Manning: Apparatuses and methods for performing compare operations using sensing circuitry. Micron Technology, Brooks Cameron & Huebsch PLLC, February 24, 2015: US08964496 (77 worldwide citation)

The present disclosure includes apparatuses and methods related to performing compare and/or report operations using sensing circuitry. An example method can include charging an input/output (IO) line of a memory array to a voltage. The method can include determining whether data stored in the memor ...