Patent 7117165 Issued on October 3, 2006. Estimated Expiration Date: October 28, 2019. Estimated Expiration Date is calculated based on simple USPTO term provisions. It does not account for terminal disclaimers, term adjustments, failure to pay maintenance fees, or other factors which might affect the term of a patent.
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