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Carver A Mead, Ralph Wolf, Timothy P Allen: Paintbrush stylus for capacitive touch sensor pad. Synaptics Incorporated, D Alessandro & Ritchie, January 30, 1996: US05488204 (982 worldwide citation)


A proximity sensor system includes a touch-sensor pad with a sensor matrix array having a characteristic capacitance on horizontal and vertical conductors connected to sensor pads. The capacitance changes as a function of the proximity of an object or objects to the sensor matrix. The change in capa ...


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Bryan D Knodel, Bennie Thompson, Richard P Nuchols: Surgical stapler instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Paul A Coletti, January 30, 1996: US05487500 (627 worldwide citation)


A surgical stapler instrument is provided for applying lateral lines of staples to tissue while cutting the tissue between those staple lines. The instrument includes a handle portion, an implement portion, a reciprocating section, a drive member and a movable actuator. The implement portion include ...


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Gregory Sorrentino, Alim Alli: Surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners including a counter. United States Surgical Corporation, January 30, 1996: US05487499 (623 worldwide citation)


A self contained gas powered endoscopic surgical apparatus is provided for placing lateral lines of surgical fasteners into body tissue. The apparatus includes an anvil member and a surgical fastener cartridge member mounted to the distal end of an elongated endoscopic portion. A tubular collar of t ...


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Csaba Truckai, Richard S Jaraczewski, Frank Nguyen, Scott H West: Multicurve deflectable catheter. Medtronic CardioRhythm, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, January 30, 1996: US05487757 (589 worldwide citation)


An electrophysiology catheter (20) comprises a shaft (22) having a first bending stiffness and a deflectable tip (28) secured to the distal end (24) of the shaft with a second bending stiffness less than the first bending stiffness. At least one electrode (34, 36) is mounted to the tip for deliverin ...


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Boaz Avitall: Atrial mapping and ablation catheter system. Haugen and Nikolai, January 30, 1996: US05487385 (451 worldwide citation)


A recording and ablation catheter system for creating linear lesions in the right atrial chamber of a heart is disclosed which includes an array of readily controlled electroded arcuate distal working catheter shapes that are easily deployed to contact the inner wall surface of the right atrial card ...


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Henry C Yuen, Daniel S Kwoh: Apparatus and method for tracking the playing of VCR programs. Christie Parker & Hale, January 30, 1996: US05488409 (369 worldwide citation)


A video tape player monitors the selection habits of a viewer selecting from a plurality of video tapes. Each video tape contains a plurality of programs. A first type of video tape has a title information symbol contained in a predetermined interval of the tape, e.g. the vertical blanking interval, ...


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Howard R Turtle, Gerald J Morton, F Kinley Larntz: System of document representation retrieval by successive iterated probability sampling. West Publishing Company, Kinney & Lange, January 30, 1996: US05488725 (343 worldwide citation)


An information retrieval system based on probabilities that documents meet information needs. The frequency of occurrence of a representation in a collection of documents is estimated by identifying the frequency of occurrence of the representation in a sample of documents and calculating the differ ...


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Venkata C Majeti, Mowaffak T Midani, Richard J Watson, Kenneth A Zabriskie: Customer premises equipment receives high-speed downstream data over a cable television system and transmits lower speed upstream signaling on a separate channel. AT&T, Charles L Warren, January 30, 1996: US05488412 (341 worldwide citation)


In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, a home controller receives signals from the cable television system and utilizes a cable demodulator tuned to the RF frequency of the channel which carries the data information. The cable demodulator demodulates the RF encoded signals into c ...


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David H Gelfand, Pamela M Holland, Randall K Saiki, Robert M Watson: Nucleic acid detection by the 5-3exonuclease activity of polymerases acting on adjacently hybridized oligonucleotides. Hoffmann La Roche, George M Gould, Dennis P Tramaloni, Stacey R Sias, January 30, 1996: US05487972 (250 worldwide citation)


A process of detecting a target nucleic acid using labeled oligonucleotides which uses the 5' to 3' nuclease activity of a nucleic acid polymerase to cleave annealed labeled oligonucleotide from hybridized duplexes and thus releasing labeled oligonucleotide fragments for detection. This process is e ...


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Hongyong Zhang, Satoshi Teramoto: Method of fabricating a thin film transistor using a nickel silicide layer to promote crystallization of the amorphous silicon layer. Semiconductor Energy Laboratory, Gerald J Ferguson Jr, Jeffrey L Costellia, Sixbey Friedman Leedom & Ferguson, January 30, 1996: US05488000 (247 worldwide citation)


Method of fabricating TFTs starts with forming a nickel film selectively on a bottom layer which is formed on a substrate. An amorphous silicon film is formed on the nickel film and heated to crystallize it. The crystallized film is irradiated with infrared light to anneal it. Thus, a crystalline si ...



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