|| List of recent Instruments-related patents
|Automatic mapping and allocation of special interests in trusts for portfolio analysis|
The present invention relates to analysis of trusts that have multiple beneficiaries whose interests mature in different time periods or under different conditions. In particular, we disclose automatic mapping of interests in one or more trusts, optionally subject to user confirmation, to long and short positions in financial or derivative interests that have expected payouts and costs that can be offset against underlying trust assets.
|Method and apparatus for facilitating online payment transactions in a network-based transaction facility using multiple payment instruments|
A method and system for transferring value to a user of a transaction system including receiving from the user a request for value, evaluating the risk involved in providing the value by evaluating information accessible to the transaction system, selectively approving the request for value based on evaluating the risk involved, and distributing the value to the user. The information that is accessible to the transaction system may be stored at the transaction system or separated from the transaction system.
|Post-order management of financial instruments|
Methods for managing a plurality of orders for a financial instrument includes accepting the plurality of orders for clearing; sending a cleared confirmation message indicating that the plurality of orders has been cleared; receiving notification instructions to group the plurality of cleared orders; terminating the plurality of cleared orders and creating a new order; and sending a cleared confirmation message for the new order. Systems for electronically managing a plurality of orders for a financial instrument and computer-readable media are described..
|Spinal deformity correction instruments and methods|
An instrument for correction of spinal deformities includes an inner member with a proximal portion configured to receive a corrective force and a distal coupling portion configured to transfer the corrective force to a spinal implant in a vertebra. A slot extends transversely through the coupling portion and is configured to guide a fixation rod into the spinal implant.
|Sheath assemblies for electrosurgical instruments|
An electrosurgical device may include an elongated shaft having a distal end and a proximal end, an electrosurgical end effector coupled to the distal end of the elongated shaft, an electrically insulative sheath disposed around at least a proximal end portion of the end effector, and an electrically insulative viscous material disposed to provide a barrier to liquid entry into an interior region defined by the sheath.. .
|Capturing of cell fluid and analysis of its components under observation of cells and instruments for the cell fluid capturing and the analysis|
A method captures cellular components from a single cell and performs mass spectrometry on the components. The method includes inserting a nanospray ionization capillary tip into a specific region of the cell under observation with a microscope.
|Optical ground tracking apparatus, systems, and methods|
Optical ground tracking apparatus for use with buried object locators or other instruments or devices are disclosed. In one embodiment, a ground tracking apparatus integral with or coupled to a buried object locator includes a housing, a plurality of camera modules, a distance measurement module, and a processing element to generate tracking information based on images or video streams from the camera modules in combination with distance data generated from the distance measurement module..
|Surgical instrument input device organization systems and associated methods|
Organization systems for surgical instruments input devices and associated methods and systems are disclosed herein. In one aspect, a surgical instrument input device organization system can include a first interface configured to receive input from a user and a second interface communicatively coupled to the first interface via a link.
|Porous material for insertion cleaning of instruments|
A porous material for insertion cleaning of instruments is provided, such porous material including an at least partially open-cell foam body and a surface configured to enable an instrument having contaminants to be inserted into the body. The body may be configured to substantially grip the instrument to remove a substantial portion of the contaminants from the instrument..
|Methods of producing pseudoscent compositions of narcotic materials and compositions thereof|
This invention relates to a method that can be used to scientifically fabricate pseudoscents of narcotics, which, in their entirety, are comprised of non-narcotic materials. It also discloses specific compositions of such pseudoscents, which can be used as narcotic-free-but-odoriferously-identical simulants for a range of narcotics and are comprised of non-narcotic components of the scent signature of a narcotic and/or scent components of the same headspace scent signature that have narcotic qualities but have been rendered non-narcotic.
|Method and apparatus for providing after tax bond valuation|
Methods and systems are disclosed for determining valuation and risk analysis of municipal debt instruments on an after-tax basis. In one embodiment, bond terms, yield curve and interest rate volatility data are received for a set of bonds.
|Method and apparatus for high-speed processing of financial market depth data|
A variety of embodiments for hardware-accelerating the processing of financial market depth data are disclosed. A coprocessor, which may be resident in a ticker plant, can be configured to update order books based on financial market depth data at extremely low latency.
|Issuer transparency tool for financial services|
A computer system and method for providing an issuer submission tool operative to enable issuers of financial instruments and municipal debt a computer platform for delivering information to relevant market spaces. A template is provided for relevant financial and other information to be submitted by issuers of municipal debt.
|Modular, customizable spine stabilization system|
A modular, customizable system that provides components for assembling an implantable device is provided. The system allows the user to assemble an implantable spine stabilization device that is flexible and allows dynamic stabilization.
|Distal femoral trial with removable cutting guide|
Various embodiments of the present invention provide a distal femoral trial that allows a surgeon to cut the central box geometry of a distal femur using an implant-shaped trial. The trial includes a cutting guide that is removable from the trial and adjustable with respect to the trial.
|Patient-specific-bone-cutting guidance instruments and methods|
An orthopedic device for cutting or resurfacing an outer bone surface of a bone of a patient includes first and second guides. Each guide has a patient-specific surface preoperatively configured as a negative surface of a portion of the outer bone surface of the bone and a plurality of elongated slots.
|Carboxymethylcellulose polyethylene glycol compositions for medical uses|
Compositions comprising carboxypolysaccharides (cps) including carboxymethyl cellulose (cmc) and polyethylene glycols (pegs) are provided where the peg is a peg-epoxide covalently linked to the cps. In certain embodiments, the peg attaches to only one cps, forming a decorated cps.
|Modular motor driven surgical instruments with alignment features for aligning rotary drive shafts with surgical end effector shafts|
Coupling systems for removably coupling dual rotary drive shafts of a surgical instrument to corresponding driven shafts of a surgical end effector. The surgical instrument may include a first rotary drive shaft that includes a first drive shaft axis and a second rotary drive shaft that includes a second drive shaft axis.
|Robotically-controlled shaft based rotary drive systems for surgical instruments|
A surgical instrument including an end effector that has a selectively reciprocatable implement movably supported therein. The implement is selectively advanceable in a distal direction upon application of a rotary actuation motion thereto and retractable in a proximal direction upon application of a rotary retraction motion thereto.
|Modular motor driven surgical instruments with status indication arrangements|
A surgical end effector for use in connection with a surgical instrument. In one form the end effector includes an end effector housing that is configured for operable attachment to the surgical instrument.
|Motor driven surgical instruments with lockable dual drive shafts|
Motor driven surgical instruments that include a first rotary drive system and a second rotary drive system. Various forms include a transmission assembly that is selectively shiftable between a first drive position wherein rotary motion generated by the motor is transferred to the first rotary drive system and a second drive position wherein rotary motion generated by the motor is transferred to the second rotary drive system.
|Weight-bearing adhesives with adjustable angles|
The invention provides unique releasable adhesive devices that are high-load bearing and highly stable while allowing adjustment of the weight-bearing angle in a wide range, thereby greatly expanding the scope of applications for technology. Adhesive systems and devices of the invention can be designed to fit applications ranging from household weight-bearing shelves and holders, components for transportation, athletic equipment, labels and advertising posts, automobile interior trims, permanent or reversible fasteners, as well as instruments and devices for industrial, commercial, medical or military applications..
|Adaptable ligature for the mouthpieces of wind instruments|
The present invention relates to a ligature for single-reed wind instruments that comprises a main multidirectional pivot system allowing the reed to vibrate freely while providing all possibilities of clamping force both to minimal contact and to extreme fit, and which adapts to table angle thereby optimizing the relationship between fitting and sound quality.. .
|System and method for providing automatically updated product inserts|
Systems, apparatuses, and methods can provide parameters of operating results for control products used in biological reactions. For example, automatically updated inserts containing such parameters for clinical quality controls can be provided.
|Funding of research & development projects by selling financial interests in potential intellectual property rights of projects|
A method of funding of research and development projects which allows financial market investors to invest in r&d projects. The method addresses the two existing problems of: (i) lack of financial information with regards to r&d projects, and (ii) high risk of investments in r&d projects, faced by the financial market investors.
|Method and system for building an investment portfolio|
Methods and systems are disclosed that enable the leveraging of financial instrument research at an individual financial instrument level but across multiple classifications of financial instruments to efficiently build an investment portfolio for an investor based on a desired portfolio objective through a plurality of graphical user interfaces (guis).. .
|System to allocate payroll funds to prepaid instruments|
A payroll management system receives employee enrollment in a program for having proceeds from a paycheck allocated to one or more gift cards, with net proceeds after the allocation deposited into a demand deposit (checking) account or any other deposit mechanism such as an open loop credit instrument. The gift cards are used at specified retailers, and automatically provide discounts on goods/services purchased using the cards..
|Global investment grade for natural and synthetic gems used in financial investments and commercial trading and method of creating standardized baskets of gems to be used in financial and commerical products|
A process to create a fungible global standard for diamonds and gemstones. The process involves grouping diamonds in an investment standard according to their gemological, proportional, optical and light behavior characteristics.
|Active tremor control in surgical instruments|
Described embodiments include a handheld or hand operated surgical instrument. The instrument includes an elongated member having a longitudinal axis and a handle portion.
A dc driven ionisation apparatus is provided for ionising a local atmosphere in which a corporeal surgical or cosmetic procedure is to be performed, the ionisation apparatus including a safety circuit comprising detector means for detecting when a hazard condition exists, such as a short circuit or high charge level condition, a circuit controller for actuating switch means to turn the dc supply off and thereafter to cyclically reconnect and disconnect the dc supply until the hazard condition has been rectified, and re-set means for thereafter re-setting a continuous dc supply to the circuit until the next occurrence of a hazard condition or until the procedure is complete.. .
|Active tremor control in surgical instruments responsive to a particular user|
Described embodiments include a method. The method includes initiating a hand tremor characterization mode of a handheld or hand operated surgical instrument having a working tip.
|Apparatus and methods for using an electromagnetic transponder in orthopedic procedures|
Electromagnetic transponders as markers are used to localize and guide orthopedic procedures including: knee replacement, hip replacement, shoulder replacement, damaged bone reconstruction, and spine surgery, and more particularly, to guide orthopedic surgical navigation and alignment techniques and instruments. For example, the marker could further be used in any number of guides or templates that attach to the bony anatomy; such as a surgical guide, cutting guide, cutting jig, resection block and/or resurfacing guide.
|System and method for controlling gaming technology, musical instruments and environmental settings via detection of neuromuscular activity|
A system and method for controlling gaming technology, musical instruments and environmental settings via detection of neuromuscular activity are disclosed herein. The disclosed system generally comprises a sensor grid coupled to a user; a base station configured to receive neuromuscular activity inputs from one or more sensors in said sensor grid, determine whether said neuromuscular activity inputs received from said one or more sensors is within a calibrated boundary value for an activity associated with each of said one or more sensors, and instruct a physical device or software to perform said activity when said neuromuscular activity input received from said one or more sensors is within said calibrated boundary value for the activity associated with each of said one or more sensors; and at least one said physical device or said software being configured to receive instructions from said base station.
|Method and apparatus for aligning measured spectral radiance factors among different instruments|
Aligning measurements of fluorescent spectral radiance factors taken by a first instrument with measurements of fluorescent spectral radiance factors taken by a second instrument, without knowledge of the matrix of bispectral luminescent radiance factor of any sample, includes obtaining a fluorescent spectral radiance factor of a reference sample, measured by the first instrument, obtaining the fluorescent spectral radiance factor of the reference sample, measured by the second instrument, obtaining a fluorescent spectral radiance factor of a test sample, measured by the first instrument, and estimating the fluorescent spectral radiance factor of the test sample that would be measured by the second instrument, based on the fluorescent spectral radiance factor of a reference sample, measured by the first instrument, on the fluorescent spectral radiance factor of the reference sample, measured by the second instrument, and on the fluorescent spectral radiance factor of the test sample, measured by the first instrument.. .
|Personal magnetic surgical instrument system|
Disclosed is a device to which medical instruments may be removably attached in an operating theater. Such device includes a landing pad attachable to a surgical gown about the region between the abdomen and chest of a person wearing the surgical gown and a magnet attached to the landing pad.
|Rain maker wildfire protection and containment system|
A mobile system and method of use thereof for containment of a fire event is provided in accordance with various embodiments of the current invention. The system herein designated “rain maker” is composed of a plurality of conduits with a manifold of fire nozzle connections in various configurations to discharge at extensive pressures specific fire suppressants.
|Supercritical fluid cleaning of banknotes and secure documents|
A method and apparatus for cleaning a stack of secure instruments is disclosed. Each secure instrument includes a substrate, visual data and a security feature.
|Colorant, microcapsule pigment prepared by using the same and ink composition for writing instrument|
The above microcapsule pigment is characterized by comprising at least the colorant comprising the leuco dye represented by formula (i) described above, a developer and a chromic temperature controller, and the ink composition for writing instruments is characterized by comprising the above microcapsule pigment.. .
|Adjustable neck stiffener for stringed musical instruments|
An adjustable musical instrument neck stiffener includes a beam fabricated by embedding uni-directional material only at the upper portion of the beam, and constrained by braid or bias weave material. In a preferred embodiment, the uni-directional layers are preferably made from carbon fiber tow, cloth, or pultruded carbon fiber and the braid or bias weave material is made of carbon fibers.
|Generation and data management of a medical study using instruments in an integrated media and medical system|
In general, a computer-implemented method is described for receiving one or more requests to generate a medical study, retrieving from one or more data repositories one or more medical study instruments, receiving a selection of a particular medical study instrument to use in the medical study, generating by one or more computers a list of one or more research collaborators invited to review the medical study, and generating by one or more computers a list of one of more participants invited to join the medical study. Additionally, the computer-implemented method generates by one or more computer systems a data filter to format medical data from a first data format to a second data format, wherein the second data format complies with a third data format associated with one or more medical study instruments..
|Method and apparatus for synchronising the local time of a plurality of instruments|
A method of determining the downstream propagation time of signals from a usb host controller across one or more usb cables and one or more usb hubs to a superspeed usb device, including locking a clock of the superspeed usb device to information that includes a first timestamp, transmitting a plurality of signals to the usb host controller, each of the signals containing a second timestamp indicative of a local time of the superspeed usb device when the respective signal was generated by the superspeed device; the usb host controller creating a third timestamp indicative of a time of reception from the superspeed usb device; determining a time period from one or more respective time differences between corresponding second and third timestamps, the time period being indicative of a sum of a downstream propagation time and an upstream propagation time; and determining the downstream propagation time from the time period.. .
|Compound redemption processor|
The present invention provides methods and apparatus one or more of: creating, issuing and redeeming compound redeemable instruments. Apparatus can include a computerized system with executable software that is executable upon demand to process redemption instances as well as create and issue compound redeemable instruments..
|Systems and methods for managing a financial investment fund|
Providing a financial investment fund includes receiving a plurality of individual funds corresponding to a plurality of investors respectively and aggregating the plurality of individual funds into an aggregated fund. Next, providing a financial investment fund includes purchasing a plurality of financial instruments from at least one financial institution with a first portion of the aggregated fund and placing a second portion of the aggregated fund in a transaction account.
|Methods and systems for dynamically generating coupons associated with presentation instruments|
This disclosure describes, generally, methods and systems for dynamically generating coupons. The method may include associating a coupon value with a manufacturer's offer onto a presentation instrument.
|Controller for hybrid vehicle|
According to a temperature of an engine, a state-of-charge of a battery, a requirement of instruments and a driver's requirement, an engine control is switched between a first engine control and a second engine control. In the first engine control, an electric power is firstly used for a vehicle-driving prior to other functions.
|System and method for assisting the positioning of medical instruments|
The present invention relates to a device, system and method for assisting the positioning of medical instruments. The system comprises a hollow tubular member such as a sheath or sleeve comprising a rotational indicator element.
|Orthopedic anchor assembly|
An orthopedic assembly is described that comprises an orthopedic device, an anchor, and a locking mechanism. The orthopedic device can be a plate member having an aperture that is configured to receive the anchor.
|Devices, systems and methods useable for treating sinusitis|
Sinusitis and other disorders of the ear, nose and throat are diagnosed and/or treated using minimally invasive approaches with flexible or rigid instruments. Various methods and devices are used for remodeling or changing the shape, size or configuration of a sinus ostium or duct or other anatomical structure in the ear, nose or throat; implanting a device, cells or tissues; removing matter from the ear, nose or throat; delivering diagnostic or therapeutic substances or performing other diagnostic or therapeutic procedures.
|Instruments for delivering transfascial sutures, transfascial suture assemblies and methods of transfascial suturing|
A method of transfascial suturing may include delivering a suture assembly into an abdominal cavity of a patient, passing a suture anchor, from within the abdominal cavity, through a soft tissue repair prosthetic provided in the abdominal cavity and then through the abdominal wall to a location either above or below the skin, and tightening the suture assembly. An instrument for transfascial suturing may include a handle, a shaft extending from the handle, and a drive system for advancing a suture or suture assembly out of the instrument and across the fascia.
Surgical instruments for prolapse repair are disclosed. The surgical instruments have straight portions and helical portions..
|Apparatus and method for reprocessing lumened instruments|
Apparatus and methods for processing an item, such as a lumened instrument, secured in a connectorless fashion in a push/pull reprocessor. The push/pull reprocessor includes a container having a first chamber and a second chamber and a pressure sensor in each chamber such that the method includes the step of generating a flow of a liquid, such as ozonated water, back-and-forth upon the item or additionally through a lumen in the case of a lumened instrument..
|Ergonomic electronic musical instrument with pseudo-strings|
An ergonomic, portable, electronic, string-like instrument that utilizes a pseudo-string interface. The pseudo-string interface is tactile for sightless playability and capable of advanced input such as force and pressure sensitivity.
|Attachment device for attaching a rigid body to an arbitrary medical instrument|
The invention relates to an attachment adapter for attaching additional functions to a surgical tool. The attachment adapter provides a joint or a coupling between two instruments, e.g.
|Function exit instrumentation for tail-call optimized code|
Function exits are instrumented in tail-call optimized code in which calls to target functions and return instructions are replaced by jump instructions. A probe engine identifies a tail-call jump and instruments the jumps to raise an exception.
|Invoice payment system and method|
A code scanner (106) scans a quick response (qr) code that encodes a merchant identification codes assigned to a merchant that generates an invoice. The first invoice comprises invoice data.
|Method and system for providing financing|
Methods for financing dealer debt instruments for customers of a dealer are disclosed. One method, among others, an underwriter system that finances a dealer debt instrument based upon at least one of customer information, product information, and transaction information for the dealer debt instrument.
|System and method for online trading using an electronic spreadsheet|
A system and method for receiving streamed, real time quotes with respect to financial instruments. The system applies a spreadsheet based investment strategy to the real time quotes, generating electronic orders based on the results of the investment strategy analysis and transmitting the orders for real time execution.
|Method and system for generating and operating hybrid markets and user-defined marketplaces|
A system is provided for facilitating trading of financial instruments, comprising: (i) a requester module configured to obtain request for quotation (rfq) information from one or more requesting users, the rfq information comprising terms of a request for quotation; (ii) a responder module operatively connected to the requester module, the responder module configured to obtain response information from one or more responding users; (iii) a contract generation module operatively connected to the requester module and the responder module, wherein the contract generation module is configured to generate contracts to trade financial instruments based on the rfq information and the response information; (iii) an interface module operatively connected to the requester module, the responder module, and the contract generation model, wherein the interface module is configured obtain order information based on the contracts trade financial instruments, from one or more qualifying users; and (iv) a transaction module configured to execute trades based on the contracts to trade financial instruments.. .
|Electronic futures spread exchange system and method|
The present invention creates a futures exchange trading futures and futures options spread products. More specifically, the present invention will create a futures exchange that will list a variety of futures and futures options (intra and inter market) spread instruments.
|Spinal implant configured for midline insertion and related instruments|
The embodiments provide a spinal implant that is configured for midline insertion into a patient's intervertebral disc space. The spinal implant may include structural guidance features to facilitate the angular approach of fixation elements into the apertures.
|Transvaginal specimen extraction device|
In laparoscopic surgery, small (5-12 mm diameter) incisions are made in the abdominal wall through which instruments dissect and remove specimens that may be several centimeters in diameter. Removal of the sample typically requires either enlarging these incisions or morcellating the sample to pass through the sub-centimeter ports.
|Safe and easy bagging tool a tool for safe and easy bagging of instruments to be sterilized|
This invention, “safe and easy” bagging tool, is a very simple tool, made of flexible metal or plastic, about seven inches long, shaped somewhat like a flat funnel, that will hold a baggie open, (a self sealing envelope shaped paper and plastic bag used to hold and store surgical instruments to be sterilized.) so it will be easier to put the instruments into the baggie, and at the same time, it is acting as barrier between the baggie and the operators hand that is holding said baggie, preventing the chance of an exposure, from an accidental puncture or cut to the operators hand, from a sharp or pointed, instrument, being loaded into the bag.. .