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H Sprague Ackley: System and method for detecting barcode printing errors. Hand Held Products, Additon Higgins & Pendleton P A, January 5, 2016: US09230140 (107 worldwide citation)

Barcode verifiers automate the verification process by capturing an image of the printed barcode and analyzing the image according to an industry specification. Industry specifications (e.g., ISO/IEC 15416,15415) identify common printing errors and prescribe test methods for detecting and quantifyin ...


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Frederick E Shelton IV, Jerome R Morgan: Surgical instrument system including replaceable end effectors. Ethicon Endo Surgery, January 5, 2016: US09226751 (95 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument system that includes a housing and a rotatable drive shaft, a motor operably coupled to the drive shaft, and a plurality of replaceable end effectors that can be connected to the housing. Each replaceable end effector includes a drive screw that is turned a fixed number of revo ...


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Ralph F Osterhout: Micro doppler presentations in head worn computing. Osterhout Group, GTC Law Group & Affiliates, January 5, 2016: US09229234 (67 worldwide citation)

Aspects of the present disclosure relate to visual presentation techniques for micro-Doppler signatures.


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David Weir, Kevin Durant, Patrick Flanagan, David Robinson: Methods and systems for detecting clamping or firing failure. INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, January 5, 2016: US09226750 (61 worldwide citation)

Systems and methods are provided for detecting failure in clamping of a material and/or firing of a staple into a clamped material and indicating such failure to a user on a user interface. The system and methods are particularly suited for use with end effectors having closing and/or firing mechani ...


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Qifa Ke, Jia Deng, Simon Baker, Michael Isard: Image retrieval using discriminative visual features. MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, Sandy Swain, Steve Wight, Micky Minhas, January 5, 2016: US09229956 (52 worldwide citation)

Image search results are obtained by providing weights to visual features to emphasize features corresponding to objects of interest while simultaneously deemphasizing irrelevant or inconsistent features that lead to poor search results. In order to minimize the impact of visual features that are un ...


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Foster B Stulen, Randolph Stewart, Chad P Boudreaux: Closed feedback control for electrosurgical device. Ethicon Endo Surgery, January 5, 2016: US09226767 (41 worldwide citation)

Various example embodiments are directed towards a system and method for closed feedback control of a robotically controlled electrosurgical instrument. In one embodiment, the method comprises applying at least one electrosurgical signal to an electrosurgical end effector a robotically controlled su ...


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Yuniarto Widjaja: Method of operating semiconductor memory device with floating body transistor using silicon controlled rectifier principle. Zeno Semiconductor, Alan W Connor, Law Office of Alan W Connor, January 5, 2016: US09230965 (38 worldwide citation)

Methods of operating semiconductor memory devices with floating body transistors, using a silicon controlled rectifier principle are provided, as are semiconductor memory devices for performing such operations. A method of maintaining the data state of a semiconductor dynamic random access memory ce ...


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Massi Joe E Kiani: Patient safety system with automatically adjusting bed. Masimo Corporation, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, January 5, 2016: US09226696 (38 worldwide citation)

A patient safety system including an adjustable bed and a patient monitoring system is disclosed herein. The adjustable bed can automatically adjust to a safe default configuration when the safety system detects that a care provider has left the patient's room or when the safety system detects that ...


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Suvi Haukka, Eric James Shero, Fred Alokozai, Dong Li, Jereld Lee Winkler, Xichong Chen: Method for treatment of deposition reactor. ASM IP Holding, Snell & Wilmer, January 5, 2016: US09228259 (36 worldwide citation)

A method for treating a deposition reactor is disclosed. The method removes or mitigates formation of residue in a gas-phase reactor used to deposit doped metal films, such as aluminum-doped titanium carbide films or aluminum-doped tantalum carbide films. The method includes a step of exposing a rea ...