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Donald C D Chang, Michael T S Lin, Eric Hu: Architectures and methods for novel antenna radiation optimization via feed repositioning. SPATIAL DIGITAL SYSTEMS, May 31, 2016: US09356358 (75 worldwide citation)

An antenna system comprises: multiple antenna elements; and multiple beam forming networks configured to produce radiation patterns for both receiving and transmission functions configured to be optimized by re-positioning said antenna elements, wherein said beam forming networks comprise a receivin ...


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Richard L Leimbach, Mark D Overmyer, Shane R Adams: Articulation control system for articulatable surgical instruments. Ethicon Endo Surgery, May 31, 2016: US09351726 (57 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument comprises an end effector, a shaft, and a housing extending proximally from the shaft. The end effector is movable relative to the shaft between an articulation home state position and an articulated position and comprises a surgical stapler including a plurality of staples and ...


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Richard L Leimbach, Thomas W Lytle IV, Kevin D Sackett, Mark D Overmyer: Drive train control arrangements for modular surgical instruments. Ethicon Endo Surgery, May 31, 2016: US09351727 (57 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument comprises an end effector, a shaft, and a housing extending proximally from the shaft. The surgical instrument includes an articulation assembly configured to articulate the end effector relative to the shaft, a firing assembly configured to fire a plurality of staples, for exa ...


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Joshua Weaver, Thad Eugene Starner, Cliff L Biffle, Edward Allen Keyes: Information processing on a head-mountable device. Google, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff, May 31, 2016: US09354445 (55 worldwide citation)

Example methods and systems determine a position of a portion of a human eye based on electromagnetic radiation reflected from the surface of the human eye. A sensor associated with a computing device can be calibrated in response to an event. The computing device can receive data indicative of elec ...


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Katherine J Schmid, Jerome R Morgan, Donna L Korvick, Frederick E Shelton IV: Tissue thickness compensator comprising channels. Ethicon Endo Surgery, May 31, 2016: US09351730 (53 worldwide citation)

A tissue thickness compensator can comprise a tissue contacting surface and a network of channels defined in the tissue contacting surface. In at least one embodiment, the channels can be configured to store at least one medicament therein. In certain embodiments, the channels can define gripping su ...


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Mandar Pandit, Xikun Wang, Zhenjiang Cui, Mikhail Korolik, Anchuan Wang, Nitin K Ingle: Fluorine-based hardmask removal. Applied Materials, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, May 31, 2016: US09355862 (45 worldwide citation)

A method of removing titanium nitride hardmask is described. The hardmask resides above a low-k dielectric layer prior to removal and the low-k dielectric layer retains a relatively low net dielectric constant after the removal process. The low-k dielectric layer may be part of a dual damascene stru ...


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Soonam Park, Yufei Zhu, Edwin C Suarez, Nitin K Ingle, Dmitry Lubomirsky, Jiayin Huang: Systems and methods for internal surface conditioning in plasma processing equipment. Applied Materials, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, May 31, 2016: US09355922 (45 worldwide citation)

A method of conditioning internal surfaces of a plasma source includes flowing first source gases into a plasma generation cavity of the plasma source that is enclosed at least in part by the internal surfaces. Upon transmitting power into the plasma generation cavity, the first source gases ignite ...


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Xikun Wang, Anchuan Wang, Nitin K Ingle: V trench dry etch. Applied Materials, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, May 31, 2016: US09355856 (45 worldwide citation)

Methods of producing V-shaped trenches in crystalline substrates are described. The methods involve processing a patterned substrate with etch masking materials defining each side of exposed silicon (100). The exposed silicon (100) is exposed to remotely-excited halogen-containing precursor includin ...


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Zhijun Chen, Seung Park, Mikhail Korolik, Anchuan Wang, Nitin K Ingle: Non-local plasma oxide etch. Applied Materials, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, May 31, 2016: US09355863 (34 worldwide citation)

A method of etching exposed titanium oxide on heterogeneous structures is described and includes a remote plasma etch formed from a fluorine-containing precursor. Plasma effluents from the remote plasma are flowed into a substrate processing region where the plasma effluents may combine with a nitro ...


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Omar J Vakharia, Jeffrey D Messerly, David Stefanchik, Steven P Smolik: Ultrasonic surgical instruments with distally positioned jaw assemblies. Ethicon Endo Surgery, May 31, 2016: US09351754 (28 worldwide citation)

Various embodiments are directed to surgical instruments comprising an end effector, a shaft and a jaw assembly. The end effector may comprise an ultrasonic blade extending distally substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis. The shaft may extend proximally from the end effector along the longitu ...