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Scott Behan, Patrick Courtney: Power combiner using tri-plane antennas. Triquint Semiconductor, Withrow & Terranova P L L C, March 1, 2016: US09276304 (115 worldwide citation)

A power combining apparatus includes a waveguide structure and a plurality of antenna elements arranged in the waveguide structure, wherein each of the antenna elements comprises a center planar antenna layer, two outer planar antenna layers arranged on opposite sides of the center planar antenna la ...


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Tsun Hsu Chang, Nai Ching Chen: Multi-channel mode converter and rotary joint operating with a series of TE or TM mode electromagnetic wave. National Tsing Hua University, Rosenberg Klein & Lee, March 1, 2016: US09276303 (113 worldwide citation)

A multi-channel mode converter operating with a series of TE or TM mode electromagnetic wave includes a plurality of coaxial waveguides arranged in overlay configuration. By controlling radius ratio and the number of coupling aperture of each coaxial waveguide, high power and high purity of operatin ...


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Frederick E Shelton IV, Jerome R Morgan: Robotic surgical system with removable motor housing. Ethicon Endo Surgery, March 1, 2016: US09271799 (71 worldwide citation)

A robotic system. A housing is removably attachable to a tool interface portion of the robotic system and includes a drive system. In various arrangements, the drive system includes at least one onboard motor that is configured to generate a rotary control motion for application to a surgical end ef ...


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Justin Chao, Stephen S Liu, Andrew Harwell, Randy Ortanez: Techniques for testing compatibility of a wireless communication device. PCTEST Engineering Laboratory, March 1, 2016: US09277331 (70 worldwide citation)

Techniques for testing a wireless communications device are disclosed. In one particular exemplary embodiment, the techniques may be realized as a system and method for testing a wireless communications device. The method may comprise generating an audio test signal. The audio test signal may be tra ...


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Taylor W Aronhalt, Michael J Vendely, Christopher W Widenhouse, Frederick E Shelton IV: Fastener cartridge comprising a cutting member for releasing a tissue thickness compensator. Ethicon Endo Surgery, March 1, 2016: US09272406 (64 worldwide citation)

A staple cartridge, or fastener cartridge, for a surgical stapler, or fastening instrument, wherein the staple cartridge includes a distally-located cutting blade arranged to cut a distal end portion of a layer, such as a tissue thickness compensator and/or a buttress material, for example, attached ...


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Seung Park, Mikhail Korolik, Anchuan Wang, Nitin K Ingle: Selective titanium nitride etch. Applied Materials, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, March 1, 2016: US09275834 (52 worldwide citation)

A method of removing titanium nitride is described. The silicon nitride resides on a patterned substrate. The titanium nitride is removed with a gas-phase etch using plasma effluents formed in a remote plasma from a fluorine-containing precursor, a nitrogen-and-hydrogen-containing precursor and an o ...


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David I Ferguson, Jiajun Zhu: Detecting sensor degradation by actively controlling an autonomous vehicle. Google, Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik, March 1, 2016: US09274525 (34 worldwide citation)

Methods and systems are disclosed for determining sensor degradation by actively controlling an autonomous vehicle. Determining sensor degradation may include obtaining sensor readings from a sensor of an autonomous vehicle, and determining baseline state information from the obtained sensor reading ...


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S James P Spottiswoode, Zia Chishti: Call mapping systems and methods using variance algorithm (VA) and/or distribution compensation. SATMAP International Holdings, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, March 1, 2016: US09277055 (33 worldwide citation)

Method, system and program product, comprising obtaining agent performance data; ranking, agents based the agent performance data; dividing agents into agent performance ranges; partitioning callers based on criteria into a set of partitions; determining for each partition an outcome value for a fir ...


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Brian Mark Fields, Jibo He, John A Nepomuceno, Steve Roberson, Bryan Allen Plummer, Kurtis C Houdek, Neeraj Jain: Real-time driver observation and scoring for driverS education. STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY, Marshall Gerstein & Borun, Randall G Rueth, March 1, 2016: US09275552 (31 worldwide citation)

A method includes, for each of two or more driving sessions in which a student driver operates a vehicle, gathering driving skill data indicative of at least one of behavior of the student driver, acceleration of the vehicle, braking of the vehicle, or steering of the vehicle, and generating a drivi ...


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Assaf Natanzon: Replication optimizated IO. EMC Corporation, Krishnendu Gupta, Joseph D Angelo, March 1, 2016: US09275063 (30 worldwide citation)

A system method and program product for data replication comprising based on metadata, creating a mapping of pending IO to a logical storage medium and changing a mapping of the logical storage medium to tiered storage mediums to optimize the pending IO to the logical storage medium.