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George A Clark, Malcolm C Burwell, John A Gola, Christopher Robinson, Fred E Snyder: Surgical stapling instrument with articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable and flexible support shaft. Ethicon, Paul A Coletti, March 31, 1998: US05732871 (491 worldwide citation)

An improved surgical instrument is provided for applying surgical fasteners, such as staples, to human tissue which is particularly suited for applying one or more rows of fasteners across a tissue lumen. The surgical instrument can be used in thoracic and abdominal surgical procedures where access ...


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Peter B Samuels, Ernest C Wood: Securing devices for sutures. McDougall Hersh & Scott, August 24, 1976: US03976079 (487 worldwide citation)

Devices for releasably securing externally located sutures are disclosed. These devices may be utilized, for example, to maintain a retention suture in place over an abdominal incision. According to a first configuration, the devices have button-like bodies and have slots therethrough for receiving ...


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George A Clark, Malcolm C Burwell, John A Gola, Christopher Robinson, Fred E Snyder: Surgical stapling instrument with articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable and flexible support shaft. Ethicon, Paul A Coletti, February 18, 1997: US05603443 (485 worldwide citation)

An improved surgical instrument is provided for applying surgical fasteners, such as staples, to human tissue which is particularly suited for applying one or more rows of fasteners across a tissue lumen. The surgical instrument can be used in thoracic and abdominal surgical procedures where access ...


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Manssour H Moeinzadeh, Lawrence M Kaplan, Jeffrey A Gurosh: Semi-disposable surgical stapler. Lawrence M Kaplan, May 12, 1992: US05111987 (463 worldwide citation)

A semi-disposable surgical stapling instrument for the replacement of staple cartridges, as needed, in the course of an operation, and for the optional provision of a knife to cut tissue between staple rows. Propulsion of the stapling unit may be powered and controlled from the back of the instrumen ...


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Ronald J Barber, Bradley J Beitel, William R Equitz, Carlton W Niblack, Dragutin Petkovic, Thomas R Work, Peter C Yanker: Image query system and method. International Business Machines Corporation, Baker Maxham Jester & Meador, November 26, 1996: US05579471 (446 worldwide citation)

Images in an image database are searched in response to queries which include the visual characteristics of the images such as colors, textures, shapes, and sizes, as well as by textual tags appended to the images. Queries are constructed in an image query construction area in response to values of ...


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Robert A Ferstenberg, Mauricio Karchmer, Ran Hilai: Computer method and system for intermediated exchange of commodities. ITG, Pennie & Edmonds, February 16, 1999: US05873071 (445 worldwide citation)

In a preferred embodiment, this invention includes software processes distributed on one or more computer systems that exchange messages in order to facilitate an intermediated exchange of financial commodities between a plurality of participants. The messages are exchanged according to a preferred ...


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Kirsten L Valley, David W Snow, William S Peters: Endovascular system for arresting the heart. Heartport, Jeffry J Grainger, Jens E Hoekendijk, Michael J Lynch, June 16, 1998: US05766151 (440 worldwide citation)

Devices and methods are provided for temporarily inducing cardioplegic arrest in the heart of a patient and for establishing cardiopulmonary bypass in order to facilitate surgical procedures on the heart and its related blood vessels. Specifically, a catheter based system is provided for isolating t ...


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Theodor Esser, Thomas E Doherty: Endoscopic biopsy forceps. Esco Precision, Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, December 19, 1989: US04887612 (440 worldwide citation)

An endoscopic biopsy forceps device incorporating a novel and unique camming arrangement for selectively opening and closing the biopsy cutting jaws of the biopsy forceps which will render the entire device of a simpler construction and reliable in operation, while concurrently making it considerabl ...


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Wheeler Larry M: Medical-surgical dressing for burns and the like. Parke Davis & Company, March 14, 1972: US3648692 (437 worldwide citation)

A medical-surgical dressing is provided for topical application as a conforming cover for the therapy and protection of burns and the like. The dressing which has a porous laminated construction includes a facing layer of thrombogenic open-cell foam material and a coextensive gas-permeable backing. ...


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Jeffrey P Baker, Duong T La, Randy A Coverstone: Thermal ink jet pen body construction having improved ink storage and feed capability. Hewlett Packard Company, William J Bethurum, September 13, 1988: US04771295 (432 worldwide citation)

The novel pen body construction described herein includes multiple ink storage compartments communicating with a multi-orifice printhead, and these compartments are adapted to receive sections of ink-storage foam. Preferably, this foam is a reticulated polyurethane foam of controlled porosity and ca ...



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