US Pat. No. 9,470,838

LIGHTING DEVICES WITH PATTERNED PRINTING OF DIFFRACTIVE EXTRACTION FEATURES

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A lighting device, comprising:
a light guide having a first major surface, the first major surface having first and second diffractive surface features formed
in first and second portions thereof respectively, at least one of the first and second diffractive surface features adapted
to couple guided-mode light out of the light guide; and

a patterned light transmissive layer in optical contact with the second diffractive surface features but not the first diffractive
surface features, the patterned layer comprising a second light transmissive medium;

a first light transmissive medium in optical contact with the first diffractive surface features but not the second diffractive
surface features;

wherein the first and second light transmissive media have different first and second refractive indices respectively at a
visible wavelength; and

wherein the light guide is non-flat.

US Pat. No. 9,591,286

3D IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS WITH DEPTH OF FIELD EXTENSION

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A 3D imaging apparatus, comprising:
a housing;
an image sensor within the housing;
a first mirror and a second mirror each within the housing, the first and second mirrors positioned to receive an image from
an object external to the housing and provide the image to the image sensor;

an aperture element having a plurality of apertures, located along an optical path between the object and the image sensor,
for providing the image along a plurality of optical channels corresponding with the apertures to the image sensor;

a lens positioned within each of the optical channels between the aperture element and the image sensor; and
a holder within the housing for holding the first mirror, the aperture element, and the lens for each of the optical channels,
wherein the holder is located adjacent the image sensor,

wherein the image sensor is positioned substantially parallel to an object plane of the object,
wherein a depth of field of the apparatus includes the housing,
wherein the apparatus is configured to be placed directly on the object to be imaged for intra-oral scanning.
US Pat. No. 9,388,257

AZIDE-CONTAINING FLUOROPOLYMERS AND THEIR PREPARATION

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A curable composition comprising:
(a) a fluoropolymer containing one or more azide groups wherein the azide group is not a sulfonyl-azide group; and
(b) a curing agent, wherein the curing agent comprises a nitrile group.

US Pat. No. 9,302,208

LIGAND GRAFT FUNCTIONALIZED SUBSTRATES

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A filter element comprising two or more layers of a porous thermoplastic ligand functionalized substrate and extending
from the surfaces thereof free-radically grafted biguanide ligand groups to form a free-radically-grafted substrate, wherein
the free-radically grafted substrate is of the formula:
Substrate˜(Mligand)m, where Substrate represents the porous thermoplastic substrate, Mligand and represents a polymerized grafted ethylenically unsaturated monomer having pendant biguanide ligand groups, and m is at
least two;
wherein said pendent biguanide ligands groups are selected from one or more of the formula:
whereinR2 is an arylene or alkylene and a is at least one.

US Pat. No. 9,276,284

FUEL CELL SUBASSEMBLIES INCORPORATING SUBGASKETED THRIFTED MEMBRANES

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A fuel cell roll good subassembly, comprising:
a plurality of individual electrolyte membranes, each electrolyte membrane comprising a center region;
one or more first subgaskets attached to the individual electrolyte membranes, each of the first subgaskets having at least
one aperture, the first subgaskets arranged so that the center regions of the individual electrolyte membranes are exposed
through the apertures of the first subgaskets;

a second subgasket comprising a web having a plurality of apertures, the second subgasket web arranged so that center regions
of the individual electrolyte membranes are exposed through the apertures of the second subgasket web;

a first catalyst coated gas diffusion layer, wherein the one of the first subgaskets is positioned between the first catalyst
coated gas diffusion layer and one of the electrolyte membranes; and

a second catalyst coated gas diffusion layer, wherein the one of the second subgasket is positioned between the second catalyst
coated gas diffusion layer and one of the electrolyte membranes,

each of the one or more first subgaskets comprises a first subgasket layer having a first subgasket surface oriented toward
the electrolyte membrane, the first subgasket having a first adhesive layer disposed on the first subgasket surface; and

the second subgasket comprises a second subgasket layer having a second subgasket surface oriented toward the electrolyte
membrane, wherein a second adhesive layer is not disposed on substantial portions of the second subgasket surface

wherein the first gasket aperture and the second gasket aperture are different sizes.
US Pat. No. 9,290,682

PRESSURE-SENSITIVE ADHESIVE COMPOSITION

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An adhesive composition comprising:
a) 60 parts by weight or greater of a low Tg (meth)acrylate solute copolymer component having a Tg of <20° C. comprising

i. C1-C18(meth)acrylic acid ester monomer units;

ii. acid functional ethylenically unsaturated monomer units;
iii. optionally non-acid functional, ethylenically unsaturated polar monomer units;
iv. optionally vinyl monomer units; and
v. optionally a multifunctional (meth)acrylate, and
b) 5 to 40 parts by weight of a high Tg (meth)acrylate copolymer having a Mw?30 k and a Tg of >50° C. comprising:

i. high Tg (meth)acrylic acid ester monomer units;

ii) optional acid functional ethylenically unsaturated monomer units;
iii) optional low Tg (meth)acrylic acid ester monomer units;

iv) optional non-acid functional, ethylenically unsaturated polar monomer units;
v) optional vinyl monomer units;
the sum of a) and b) being 100 parts by weight; and
c) 0.1 to 20 parts be weight of a hydrogenated hydrocarbon tackifier, based on 100 parts by weight of a), and b);
wherein the tackifier is incompatible with a), and b).

US Pat. No. 9,082,184

NOTE RECOGNITION AND MANAGEMENT USING MULTI-COLOR CHANNEL NON-MARKER DETECTION

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A method comprising:
receiving, by a computing device, an input image of an environment having a plurality of physical notes;
separating, by the computing device, the input image into a plurality of channelized input images, each of the channelized
input images associated with a different color;

generating, by the computing device, a plurality of transformed channelized input images by applying edge detection to each
of the plurality of channelized input images;

processing, by the computing device, the plurality of transformed channelized input images to identify, based on edges detected
within the transformed channelized input images, a plurality of polygons corresponding to the physical notes within the input
image;

grouping, by the computing device, the plurality of polygons from the plurality of transformed channelized input images into
a plurality of groups, each of the groups comprising one or more of the polygons and corresponding to different one of the
physical notes; and

selecting, by the computing device, a representative one of the polygons from each of the plurality of groups for each respective
physical note in the input image.

US Pat. No. 9,295,617

DENTAL COMPOSITION, METHOD OF PRODUCING AND USE THEREOF

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A dental composition comprising
a) compound (A) characterized by a structure according to any of formulas (I), (II), or (III)

 with
a, b=0 to 3, c, d=0 to 3, (a+b)=1 to 6, (c+d)=1 to 6,
Q being independently selected from hydrogen, methyl, phenyl and phenoxymethyl,
G is selected from

 wherein the symbol “*” indicates a connecting point of the moiety,
and U is selected from

 and mixtures thereof, wherein the symbol “*” indicates a connecting point of the moiety;

G is selected from

 wherein the symbol “*” indicates a connecting point of the moiety,
and U is selected from

 and mixtures thereof, wherein the symbol “*” indicates a connecting point of the moiety;

 with
a, b=0 to 3, c, d=0 to 3, (a+b)=1 to 6, (c+d)=1 to 6,
Q being independently selected from hydrogen, methyl, phenyl and phenoxymethyl,
G is selected from

 wherein the symbol “*” indicates a connecting point of the moiety,
and U is selected from

 and mixtures thereof, wherein the symbol “*” indicates a connecting point of the moiety;
b) filler (B) and
c) initiator (C).
US Pat. No. 9,301,928

CONFORMABLE COATING AND COMPOSITION

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A conformable coating composition comprising:
a polymerizable cyanoacrylate monomer;
an elastomer;
a volatile liquid;
wherein the cyanoacrylate monomer is 0.1 to 65% wt. of the nonvolatile portion;
wherein the elastomer in an elastomer phase is at least 35% wt. of the nonvolatile portion;
wherein the volatile liquid is at least 40% wt. of the total composition; and
wherein the composition does not create an adhesive bond which exceeds 45 grams shear force over a 6.5 cm2 area after 10 min. contact time to a second glass surface, when: (i) the composition is applied to a first glass surface,
and (ii) the second glass surface is applied to the first glass surface, having the composition disposed there between, wherein
the composition forms an adherent, conformable polymer coating when applied to a surface.

US Pat. No. 9,302,291

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROCESSING VAPOR

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A vapor processing system comprising:
a vapor source for producing a vapor;
an outlet conduit connected to the vapor source for carrying the vapor from the vapor source, wherein downstream of the vapor
source the outlet conduit separates into a vapor bypass conduit and a vapor feed conduit;

a first vapor control valve disposed in the vapor bypass conduit;
a first vacuum chamber connected to the vapor bypass conduit, and disposed downstream of the first vapor control valve;
a second vacuum chamber connected to the vapor feed conduit;
a controller operatively coupled to the first vapor control valve, wherein the controller is configured to control, via the
first vapor control valve, the flow of vapor to the first vacuum chamber; and

a pressure sensor operatively coupled to the controller and positioned to
sense a pressure in the outlet conduit or the vapor feed conduit,
wherein the controller is further configured to vary the position of the first vapor control valve based at least in part
on pressure sensed by the pressure sensor so as to control the flow of vapor to the first vacuum chamber and the flow of vapor
to the second vacuum chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,290,348

OPEN GAP FILM ROLL CORE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A film roll core, comprising:
a cylindrical tube having an outer surface;
a compliant layer disposed on the outer surface and having an initial thickness, tc; and

a longitudinal gap in the compliant layer, the longitudinal gap defined by a first edge of the compliant layer and a second
edge of the compliant layer, the first edge and a the second edge separated by a gap width, W, sized to accommodate a starting
end of the film, the gap width between about 1/16 inches (1.588 mm) and about ? inches (9.25 mm),

wherein the first edge of the compliant layer is compressed to a first thickness, tc1, when a web of film is wound around the film roll core, wherein the second edge of the compliant layer is compressed to a
second thickness, tc2, when the web of film is wound around the film roll core, wherein the first thickness, tc1, is less than second thickness, tc2, and wherein the first thickness, tc1, is less than the initial thickness, tc.

US Pat. No. 9,169,422

METHOD OF COATING LIQUID OPTICALLY CLEAR ADHESIVES ONTO RIGID SUBSTRATES

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method of making an optical assembly, comprising:
providing a display panel;
providing a substantially transparent substrate;
disposing a thixotropic liquid optically clear composition with a coating head onto at least one of the display panel and
the substrate;

disposing the other of the display panel and the substrate on the liquid composition; and
curing the liquid optically clear composition.
US Pat. No. 9,296,933

URETHANE-BASED PRESSURE SENSITIVE ADHESIVES

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An adhesive comprising a cured mixture comprising:
at least one X-A-B-A-X reactive oligomer, wherein
X comprises an ethylenically unsaturated group,
B comprises a non-silicone unit with a number average molecular
weight of 5,000 grams/mole or greater comprising an oxyalkylene group, and
A comprises a urethane linking group, wherein the adhesive is optically clear, self-wetting and removable.
US Pat. No. 9,276,273

FUEL CELL WATER MANAGEMENT VIA REDUCED ANODE REACTANT PRESSURE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method of operating a fuel cell comprising a membrane electrode assembly having an anode supplied with a gaseous anode
reactant at an anode pressure and a cathode supplied with a gaseous cathode reactant at a cathode pressure, wherein the anode
pressure is below atmospheric pressure.
US Pat. No. 9,234,105

AQUEOUS FLUORINATED SILANE DISPERSIONS

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An aqueous dispersion comprising:
a fluorinated silane being at least 90 wt % of total solids of the aqueous dispersion;
an anionic surfactant being from 0.1 wt % to about 5 wt % of total solids of the aqueous dispersion; and
water;
wherein the fluorinated silane, surfactant and water form an aqueous dispersion; and
wherein the aqueous dispersion has a pH in a range of about 7 to about 11, and is stable, wherein there is no separation or
gelling after 2 weeks at 65° C.

US Pat. No. 9,276,151

POLYOLEFIN ADHESIVE MATERIAL FOR USE IN SOLAR MODULES

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A film capable of use in a photovoltaic solar module, comprising:
a polyolefin;
a silane;
one or more cross-linking agents; and
a plasticizer;
wherein the average % transmittance of the film is at least 90% over a wavelength range of 400-1100 nm, and
wherein the plasticizer comprises a C4-C10 polyolefin homopolymer.

US Pat. No. 9,273,233

MEDICAL ARTICLES AND METHODS OF MAKING USING IMMISCIBLE MATERIAL

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A medical article comprising:
a PSA layer comprising acid-functional groups or basic-functional groups, wherein the PSA includes at least 0.42 mmoles acidic-
or basic-functional groups per gram PSA; and

an MVTR-modifying material that is basic when the PSA comprises acidic-functional groups or is acidic when the PSA comprises
basic-functional groups;

wherein the MVTR-modifying material is immiscible with the PSA, and reacts with the functional groups of the PSA upon contact
to form a poly-salt in the presence of fluid; and

wherein the PSA comprises a hydrophilic polymer component.

US Pat. No. 9,138,031

METHOD OF MAKING A MECHANICAL FASTENING STRIP AND RETICULATED MECHANICAL FASTENING STRIP THEREFROM

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A reticulated mechanical fastening strip having a longitudinal direction and a width direction, the reticulated mechanical
fastening strip comprising:
multiple strands of a thermoplastic backing attached to each other at bridging regions in the thermoplastic backing and separated
from each other between the bridging regions to provide openings in the reticulated mechanical fastening strip, each of the
multiple strands having a longitudinal dimension, which is the longest dimension of each of the multiple strands, a width
dimension, and a thickness; and

a plurality of upstanding posts on each of the multiple strands, the upstanding posts having bases attached to the thermoplastic
backing and having caps distal from the thermoplastic backing, wherein the width dimension of each of the multiple strands
is wider than at least the bases of the upstanding posts,

wherein the plurality of upstanding posts on a first strand are arranged in a series that is non-parallel to a series of upstanding
posts on a second, adjacent strand, and wherein both the plurality of upstanding posts and the multiple strands undulate along
the longitudinal direction of the reticulated mechanical fastening strip.

US Pat. No. 9,296,918

OLEOPHOBIC COATINGS

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A polymeric coating for a glass substrate comprising:
a hexafluoropropylene oxide derived silane polymer having the following formula:
F(CF(CF3)CF2O)nCF(CF3)—CH2O—CH2CH2CH2—Si(R1)3-x(R2)x
where R1 is hydroxy or a hydrolyzable group, R2 is a non-hydrolyzable group, x is 0, 1, or 2, and n is an integer in a range of about 4 to about 150;

wherein the hexafluoropropylene oxide derived silane polymer has a molecular weight of greater than about 5500;
wherein a water contact angle of the polymeric hexafluoropropylene oxide derived silane coating decreases by less than about
27% after 10000 abrasion cycles;

wherein the polymeric hexafluoropropylene oxide derived silane coating has a thickness of between about 2 and about 15 nanometers;
and

wherein the polymeric hexafluoropropylene oxide derived silane coating has a coefficient of friction constant of less than
about 0.35.

US Pat. No. 9,295,530

DEVICE FOR MIXING AND DISPENSING FLOWABLE COMPONENTS

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A device for mixing and dispensing at least two flowable components which are adapted to be mixed to form a dental material,
the device comprising:
a housing forming a housing front face therein,
the housing having in the housing front face an outlet for the components; and
a piston having an piston front face and being arranged within the housing such that the piston front face and the housing
front face are facing each other;

the device being adapted such that the piston is movable within the housing for positioning the piston front face and the
housing front face toward each other;

wherein the piston front face and the housing front face are adapted to form a channel for the components between each other
at least in contact of the piston front face and the housing front face, wherein the channel is formed by a laterally deformable
tube arranged at the piston front face; and

wherein the device is adapted to compress the channel upon urging the piston front face and the housing front face against
each other and thereby to displace the components to flow toward the outlet.

US Pat. No. 9,296,583

PHASE-LOCKED WEB POSITION SIGNAL USING WEB FIDUCIALS

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A system, comprising:
a sensor module configured to sense one or more fiducials disposed along a longitudinal axis of a substrate and to generate
one or more continuous, periodic fiducial sensor signals based on the fiducials;

a signal generator configured to generate one or more continuous, periodic movement signals based on movement of the substrate,
the movement signals representing an estimated position of the substrate; and

a phase detector configured to determine a phase difference between the fiducial sensor signals and the movement signals and
to generate an error signal based on the phase difference, the error signal representing a substrate position error of the
estimated position of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,296,904

COATING COMPOSITIONS COMPRISING NON-IONIC SURFACTANT EXHIBITING REDUCED FINGERPRINT VISIBILITY

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An article comprising a cured coating, the cured coating comprises the dried reaction product of a coating composition
comprising:
a solvent;
a polymerizable resin composition;
a non-ionic unpolymerizable surfactant in combination with a polymerizable surfactant, the surfactants having an hydrophilic
lipophilic balance ranging from 2 to 6; wherein the total amount of the surfactants is greater than 10 wt-% and ranges up
to 25 wt-% solids; and

an additive comprising a fluorinated group, a hydrophobic group, and poly (meth) acrylate linkages;
wherein the cured coating comprises a plurality of pores wherein a portion of the pores are interconnected and comprise the
non-ionic unpolymerizable surfactant optionally in combination with the polymerizable surfactant.

US Pat. No. 9,102,845

FUNCTIONALIZED ISOBUTYLENE-ISOPRENE COPOLYMER COMPOSITION

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A composition comprising a copolymer of the formula:

wherein
a is at least 20, and at least one of b and c are at least one;
X is oxygen or nitrogen;
R1 is a covalent bond or a divalent (hetero)hydrocarbyl group;

Sil is a polydialkylsiloxane, and
x is 1 or 2.

US Pat. No. 9,221,743

TRIPHENYL MONOMERS SUITABLE FOR MICROSTRUCTURED OPTICAL FILMS

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A triphenyl monomer having the general structure

wherein X is independently halogen, aryl, or a C2 to C12 alkyl group;

p is 0 to 5; and
R2 is independently H or a substituent comprising a (meth)acrylate group and at least one R2 comprises a substituent comprising
a (meth)acrylate group selected from


wherein Q is O or S;
L is a C2 to C6 alkylene group optionally with a one or more hydroxyl groups;

n ranges from 1 to 10; and
R1 is H or CH3;

wherein the triphenyl monomer is a mono(meth)acrylate monomer or tri(meth)acrylate monomer.

US Pat. No. 9,101,956

MASK PROCESSING USING FILMS WITH SPATIALLY SELECTIVE BIREFRINGENCE REDUCTION

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A method of making a patterned film, comprising:
providing a first film having a first reflective characteristic, the first film also having a first absorption characteristic
suitable to, upon exposure to a first radiant beam, absorptively heat a portion of the first film by an amount sufficient
to change the first reflective characteristic to a second reflective characteristic by a change in birefringence, and the
first film comprising a first group of layers arranged to selectively reflect light by constructive or destructive interference
to provide the first reflective characteristic;

providing a second film having a first detectable characteristic that changes to a different second detectable characteristic
upon exposure to a second radiant beam, and the second film comprising a second group of layers;

directing the first radiant beam preferentially at a second zone rather than a first zone of the first film to change the
first reflective characteristic to the second reflective characteristic in the second zone by a change in birefringence so
as to convert the first film to a patterned mask; and

placing the first film in proximity to the second film, using the patterned mask to pattern the second radiant beam, and directing
the patterned second radiant beam at the second film to change the first detectable characteristic to the second detectable
characteristic at selected portions of the second film, wherein the change from the first reflective characteristic to the
second reflective characteristic is substantially attributable to a change in birefringence of at least some of the first
group of layers of the first film.

US Pat. No. 9,281,255

UNDERFILL COMPOSITION AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. An underfill composition comprising:
a hardening epoxy resin comprising a crystalline epoxy resin of not less than about 50 wt % relative to an entire resin composition,
wherein the hardening epoxy resin has a viscosity of about 1000 Pa·s at 30° C., wherein the crystalline epoxy resin is a biphenyl
epoxy resin with a molar weight of not more than about 500; and

an inorganic filler having about 100 parts by mass relative to about 100 parts by mass of the entire resin composition.

US Pat. No. 9,301,397

METHODS OF CONTINUOUSLY WET ETCHING A PATTERNED SUBSTRATE

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A method of patterning a substrate comprising:
providing a substrate comprising a continuous web having a metalized surface having an etch resist patterned region and an
unpatterned region;

passing the substrate web through a reaction vessel, wherein the reaction vessel comprisesan etchant bath comprising an oxidizing
agent and a metal complexing agent;

wet etching the substrate web within the reaction vessel by contacting the metalized surface with the oxidizing and metal
complexing agents to remove metal from the unpatterned region;

after wet etching the substrate: (i) rinsing the wet etched substrate with a first rinse of water; (ii) collecting the rinse;
(iii) recycling at least a portion of the collected rinse to the etchant bath;

maintaining the concentrations of the oxidizing and metal complexing agents in the etchant bath by delivering a replenishment
feed of each of the oxidizing and metal complexing agents to the etchant bath at a first replenishment feed rate and a second
replenishment feed rate, respectively; and

maintaining the concentration of the metal in the etchant bath by discharging an amount of the etchant bath from the reaction
vessel at an etchant bath removal rate;

wherein the first and second replenishment feed rates and the etchant bath removal rate are determined based at least in part
on a rate that metal etched from the substrate enters the etchant bath.

US Pat. No. 9,296,081

OPTICAL FIBER CONNECTOR POLISHING APPARATUS AND METHOD

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

17. A method of polishing an optical fiber connector comprising:
providing an optical fiber having a stripped terminal end;
cleaving an exposed end of the optical fiber to produce a fiber tip;
inserting the fiber through a connector body and a ferrule such that the fiber tip protrudes from the end of the ferrule;
securing the optical fiber in the optical fiber connector;
placing the optical fiber connector in a connector of a polishing apparatus, the polishing apparatus including a polishing
apparatus housing including a base portion that supports a polishing media and includes an ring gear having a plurality of
interior teeth disposed along the interior circumferential edge of the ring gear and a polishing puck comprising the connector
mount disposed within a polishing gear, wherein the polishing gear has a plurality of exterior teeth protruding from the circumferential
edge of the polishing gear that engage with the interior teeth of the ring gear of the polishing apparatus housing; and

moving the polishing gear in a circular path within the ring gear such that the fiber tip traces a roulette on the polishing
media.

US Pat. No. 9,296,905

COATING COMPOSITIONS COMPRISING NON-IONIC SURFACTANT EXHIBITING REDUCED FINGERPRINT VISIBILITY

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An article comprising a cured coating wherein the cured coating is the reaction product of
a polymerizable resin composition; and
a non-ionic unpolymerizable surfactant optionally in combination with a polymerizable surfactant, the surfactant(s) having
an hydrophilic lipophilic balance ranging from 2 to 6; wherein the total amount of the surfactant is greater than 10 wt-%
and ranges up to 25 wt-% solids;

wherein the cured coating exhibits a ratio of simulated fingerprint visibility at 20 minutes to initial simulated fingerprint
visibility of less than 0.80.

US Pat. No. 9,267,674

SOLID STATE LIGHT WITH ENCLOSED LIGHT GUIDE AND INTEGRATED THERMAL GUIDE

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A light with integrated light and thermal guides, comprising:
a light source;
a light section having a first side and a second side opposite the first side;
a light guide, coupled to the second side of the light section, comprising a material having a first surface and a second
surface opposite the first surface and an edge between the first and second surfaces, wherein the second surface forms an
enclosed interior volume, the light guide is in communication to the light source for receiving and distributing light from
the light source, and the light is transported within the light guide until the light exits from the first or second surface,
wherein the light source is located at the edge of the light guide in order to optically couple the light into the light guide
at the edge; and

a thermal guide at least partially contained within the interior volume and integrated with the light guide for providing
thermal conduction from the light source for cooling the light, wherein an air gap is formed between at least a portion of
the thermal guide and the second surface of the light guide, wherein the thermal guide is separable from the light section,
the thermal guide has mechanical interference with the light guide in order to hold the light guide on the light section,
and the mechanical interference comprises a portion of the thermal guide placed against the second surface of the light guide
and holding the first surface of the light guide against a portion of the light section.

US Pat. No. 9,102,131

TEXTURED FILM AND PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURE THEREOF

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method of texturing a film, comprising:
providing a multilayer film comprising a polymer film and a polymer layer disposed on a first major surface of the polymer
film;

disposing a fracturable layer on the polymer layer, opposite the polymer film; and
stretching the multilayer film to fracture the fracturable layer into a plurality of separated regions, each of the separated
regions adhered to the polymer layer,

wherein a portion of a first thickness of the polymer layer adhered to each of the separated regions is greater than a second
thickness of the polymer layer between at least one adjacent separated region.

US Pat. No. 9,289,962

LASER-PERSONALIZABLE SECURITY ARTICLES

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A laser-personalizable security article comprising:
a multi-layer security document, the multi-layer security document comprising: an optically transparent cover layer with a
first surface, a second surface, and a thickness between the first surface and the second surface, the first surface being
at least partially a microstructured surface, having a refractive index between 1.45 and 1.55, wherein the microstructured
surface forms microlenses or a lenticular surface;

a composite image, wherein the composite image comprises a collection of complete or partial images located on the second
surface of the cover layer such that when viewed through the microstructured surface of the cover layer, the collection of
complete or partial images forms the composite image;

and an imagable layer adjacent to the second surface of the cover layer, wherein the imagable layer comprises a laser imagable
layer;

and an optically transparent, removable, conformable layer, wherein the removable, conformable layer comprises a processing
tape wherein the tape comprises and optically transparent backing; and an optically transparent pressure sensitive adhesive
layer at least partially coated on the backing, wherein the pressure sensitive adhesive sufficiently wets out on the microstructured
surface to render the microstructured surface invisible to a writing laser and the optically transparent, removable, conformable
laver has a refractive index in the range of 1.45-1.55.

US Pat. No. 9,244,008

SURFACE PLASMON RESONANCE SENSOR ELEMENT AND SENSOR INCLUDING THE SAME

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A surface plasmon resonance sensor element comprising:
a thin metallic layer;
an optical construction disposed on the thin metallic layer for directing light to and away from the thin metallic layer;
an absorptive layer disposed on the thin metallic layer opposite the optical construction, the absorptive layer comprising
a polymer of intrinsic microporosity having an average pore volume of at least 0.4 cubic nanometers.

US Pat. No. 9,273,073

TIN DIOXIDE NANOPARTCLES AND METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method of making the plurality of crystalline, surface modified tin oxide nanoparticles, wherein the particles have a
largest dimension up to 20 nm, the method comprising:
combining at least a tin carboxylate, a dopant precursor, water, and a surface modifier, to provide a solution, wherein a
sufficient amount of water is present to dissolve the dopant precursor and tin carboxylate, and wherein the surface modifier
comprises at least one of an organic carboxylic acid or anion thereof; and

heating the solution to at least one temperature for a time sufficient to provide the crystalline, surface modified tin oxide
nanoparticles.

US Pat. No. 9,453,084

POLYMER GEL STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A polymer gel structure comprising:
a first polymer gel layer having at least one non-planar main surface, the first polymer gel layer comprising a first polymer
component having at least one hydrophilic group and a second polymer component having a hydrophilic group, wherein the first
polymer component is a gel and is different than the second polymer component and wherein the second polymer component forms
an interpenetrating network structure or a semi-interpenetrating polymer network structure with the first polymer component;
and

a second polymer gel layer formed on the non-planar main surface of the first polymer gel layer, the second polymer gel layer
being different than the first polymer gel layer wherein an outer surface of the polymer gel structure comprises the second
polymer gel layer and wherein the second polymer gel layer consists of the second polymer component.

US Pat. No. 9,272,246

LIGAND FUNCTIONAL SUBSTRATES

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A ligand functional substrate comprising:
a) a substrate
b) a primer layer disposed on the substrate comprising:
a crosslinked polyamine polymer having ethylenically unsaturated polymerizable groups;
c) a ligand-functional alkenyl (co)polymer layer grafted to the ethylenically unsaturated polymerizable group of the primer
layer.

US Pat. No. 9,302,210

COMPOSITE BLOCKS WITH VOID SPACES

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A composite block comprising:
a plurality of activated carbon particles bonded to one another with a polymeric binder forming a plurality of pores between
the bound carbon particles, the plurality of pores forming a tortuous porous network extending throughout the composite block;

the tortuous porous network further comprising a plurality of void spaces, wherein the plurality of void spaces includes first
void spaces and second void spaces, wherein the first void spaces are located within an internal structure of the composite
block and are spaced apart from an outer surface of the composite block, and wherein the second void spaces are located along
the outer surface of the composite block and are separate from said first void spaces; and

wherein a majority of the plurality of first void spaces each have an average diameter greater than the average diameter of
the plurality of pores in the tortuous porous network, and wherein the plurality of first void spaces have an average diameter
of at least about 1 millimeter.

US Pat. No. 9,097,858

RETARDER FILM COMBINATIONS WITH SPATIALLY SELECTIVE BIREFRINGENCE REDUCTION

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A composite retarder film having a first and second, generally opposed sides, comprising:
a first film providing a first light retardation, the first film also having a first absorption characteristic suitable to,
upon exposure to a first light beam comprising a write wavelength, absorptively heat the first film by an amount sufficient
to change the first light retardation to a third light retardation while maintaining a structural integrity of the first film
without changing a second retardation of a second film;

the second film providing the second light retardation, the second film also having a second absorption characteristic suitable
to, upon exposure to a second light beam comprising the write wavelength, absorptively heat the second film by an amount sufficient
to change the second light retardation to a fourth light retardation while maintaining a structural integrity of the second
film without changing the first retardation of the first film; and

a first blocking layer disposed between the first and second film, the first blocking layer being adapted to at least partially
block light of the write wavelength,

wherein the first and second light beams are incident on the same side of the composite.

US Pat. No. 9,295,934

PORTABLE MONITOR FOR END OF SERVICE LIFE INDICATION

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A device comprising:
a demand substance capable of absorbing an organic vapor;
a receptacle wherein the receptacle contains at least the demand substance;
a sensing element, located within or adjacent to the demand substance, with a detection point;
a reader for the sensing element; and
a fluid delivery device, the fluid delivery device comprising fluid delivery parameters, wherein the fluid delivery parameters
and the detection point of the sensing element are correlated to the service life of a filter cartridge, by correlation of
a residence time of the device to a residence time of a filter cartridge.

US Pat. No. 9,289,925

METHODS OF MAKING HOLLOW MICRONEEDLE ARRAYS AND ARTICLES AND USES THEREFROM

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method of manufacturing a hollow microneedle array comprising:
(a) providing a first mold half comprising a stacked laminate mold, the stacked laminate mold comprising a plurality of plates
and a plurality of cavities, wherein each of the plates comprises:

(i) opposed first and second major surfaces; and
(ii) a first mold surface connecting said first and second major surfaces; and wherein the plurality of cavities is open at
least to the first mold surface and includes a cavity surface wherein the cavity surface intersects each respective plate's
first major surface and each respective plate's first mold surface;

(b) providing a second mold half comprising a second mold surface, wherein the second mold surface comprises a plurality of
projections;

(c) contacting at least the first mold surface or the second mold surface with polymeric material; and
(d) inserting the plurality of projections into the plurality of cavities.

US Pat. No. 9,291,752

RETROREFLECTING OPTICAL CONSTRUCTION

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A retroreflecting optical construction, comprising:
a retroreflecting layer having a retroreflecting structured major surface;
an optical film disposed on the retroreflecting structured major surface and having an effective index of refraction that
is not greater than about 1.3.

US Pat. No. 9,271,813

DIGITALLY-PAINTED DENTAL ARTICLES

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A method comprising:
fabricating an understructure for a dental article using an additive process by forming the understructure from a self-supporting,
malleable, curable material;

preparing the understructure for painting by partially curing the understructure;
milling the understructure to form the understructure for the dental article according to a digital model for the understructure
that compensates for a thickness of layers of finish material to be applied to the understructure, the dental article including
a volume having a bonding surface shaped to attach to a site in human dentition and a functional surface shaped to replace
a dental structure removed from the site;

painting a plurality of layers on to the functional surface of the understructure to provide an aesthetic finish using a digitally-controlled
paint head and a mounting device collectively operable to move the dental article with three translational degrees of freedom
and two rotational degrees of freedom relative to the digitally-controlled paint head;

controlling a selection from among at least two paints for application by the digitally-controlled paint head to the understructure,
the plurality of layers including layers with varying colors and opacities selected to build a surface closely resembling
natural dentition based upon information concerning color captured from a dental patient's natural dentition; and

fully curing the understructure.

US Pat. No. 9,290,351

CONTACT NIP ROLL

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A contact nip roll, comprising:
a shaft having an axis, wherein the shaft passes through a first end plate on a first end of the shaft and a second end plate
on a second end of the shaft opposite the first end thereof, and wherein each of the first and the second end plates are secured
to and in direct contact with the shaft,

a first compliant material, having a first Young's modulus, in annular contact with the shaft and between the first end plate
and the second end plate;

a plurality of stacked annular rings stacked together along surfaces normal to the axis of the shaft and arranged between
the first end plate and the second end plate, wherein the annular rings have a Young's modulus greater than the Young's modulus
of the first compliant material, each annular ring comprising:

an inner edge at least partially in contact with the first compliant material; and
an outer edge concentric with the axis; and
wherein the plurality of stacked annular rings comprise a first outer annular ring in contact with the first end plate, and
a second outer annular ring in contact with the second end plate, respectively, and wherein the first and second end plates
maintain a longitudinal force parallel to the axis of the shaft to compress together the plurality of annular rings.

US Pat. No. 9,187,630

PROCESSING AID COMPOSITION DERIVED FROM A SULFINATE-CONTAINING MOLECULE

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A melt-processible polymer composition comprising:
a non-fluorinated melt-processible polymer; and
a fluorine-containing polymer derived from the polymerization of a monomer and a sulfinate-containing molecule, wherein the
sulfinate-containing molecule is selected from the group consisting of:

wherein X1, X2, and X3 are each independently selected from H, F, Cl, a C1 to C4 alkyl group, and a C1 to C4 fluorinated alkyl group; R is a linking group; Z1 and Z2 are independently selected from F, CF3, and a perfluoroalkyl group; R1 and R2 are end-groups; p is 0 or 1; m is at least 2; and M is a cation.

US Pat. No. 9,285,584

ANTI-REFLECTIVE ARTICLES WITH NANOSILICA-BASED COATINGS AND BARRIER LAYER

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. An article comprising a transparent substrate having a polymeric anti-reflective, structured surface and an acid sintered
coating comprising a porous network of silica nanoparticles thereon, wherein the silica nanoparticles are bonded to adjacent
silica nanoparticles, wherein the structured substrate further comprises a backing face, and a moisture barrier layer bonded
to the backing face of the structured substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,265,594

DISPENSING DEVICE FOR A DENTAL SUBSTANCE AND METHOD OF MAKING SUCH A DEVICE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method of making a dispensing device for dispensing a substance, comprising:
providing a mold adapted to form a mold space for receiving a solidifyable material;
providing a valve member having a first portion formed between first and second areas of an outer surface of the valve member;
placing the valve member into the mold space such that the first area is isolated from the mold space and at least part of
the second area is within the mold space;

displacing the first portion of the valve member at least partially relative to another portion of the valve member;
providing the solidifyable material in the mold space; and
solidifying the material in the mold space and thereby fixing the displaced first portion in place.

US Pat. No. 9,296,847

LIGAND FUNCTIONALIZED POLYMERS

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A guanidinyl functional copolymer of the formula:
-(MLig)y-(MHydrophil)x-(Mhydrophob)z-(MCO)w*-,

where
-(MCO)w* are carbonyl functional monomer units having “w*” polymerized monomer units,

-(MHydrophil)x- are positively charged hydrophilic ionic monomer units having “x” polymerized monomer units; said hydrophilic ionic monomers
selected from positively charged amino (meth)acrylates, amino (meth)acrylamides dialkylaminoalkylamine adducts of alkenylazlactones,
3-(dimethylamino)propylamine adducts of vinyldimethylazlactone) and diallylamine monomers,

-(Mhydrophob)z- are hydrophobic monomer units having “z” polymerized monomer units;

(MLig)y are guanidinyl ligand functional monomer units having “y” polymerized monomer units wherein the pendent guanidinyl groups
of the guanidinyl ligand functional monomer units are of the of the formula:


R9 is C2 to C12 alkylene or C5-C12 (hetero)arylene,

each R3 is independently H, —OH, C1-C12 alkyl, or C5-C12 (hetero)aryl, preferably H or C1-C4 alkyl,

R4 is H, C1-C12 alkyl, C5-C12 (hetero)aryl, or —N(R3)2, preferably H, or C1-C4 alkyl,

where y is 10 to less than 100 wt. % of the monomer units;
x is 1 wt. % to 90 wt. % of the monomer units; and
w* may be comprise 0 to 90 wt. % of the monomer units, and
z is 0 to 20 wt. %, based on 100 wt. % total monomers.
US Pat. No. 9,290,683

CURABLE AND CURED COMPOSITIONS

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A curable composition having a first part and a second part, the curable composition comprising:
a) an epoxy resin, wherein the epoxy resin is in the first part of the curable composition;
b) a curing agent having at least two groups of formula —NR1H where R1 is selected from hydrogen, alkyl, aryl, or alkylaryl, wherein the curing agent is in the second part of the curable composition;

c) a toughening agent, wherein the toughening agent is in the first part, in the second part, or in both the first part and
the second part of the curable composition and wherein the toughening agent is a core-shell polymer, a butadiene-nitrile rubber,
acrylic polymer or copolymer, an adduct of an amino-terminated material and an epoxy resin, or an adduct of a carboxy-terminated
material and an epoxy resin; and

d) a reactive liquid modifier that is in the first part of the curable composition, the reactive liquid modifier comprising
an acetoacetate ester of a polyol that is a vegetable oil, that is prepared from a vegetable oil, or that is a mixture thereof,
wherein the polyol comprises a triglyceride having at least two hydroxyl groups and wherein the acetoacetate ester has at
least two acetoacetoxy groups.

US Pat. No. 9,262,864

SYNCHRONIZED VIEWS OF VIDEO DATA AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL MODEL DATA

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

3. A method comprising:
creating a three-dimensional model with a processor from a sequence of image sets stored in a memory, each image set including
a plurality of images of a subject, each one of the plurality of images in each image set captured from a different optical
axis;

displaying one of the plurality of images in a first window of a display;
rendering the three-dimensional model with the processor in a second window of the display; and
synchronizing the first window and the second window with the processor to provide a common perspective on the subject for
both the three-dimensional model and the one of the plurality of images.

US Pat. No. 9,290,866

MOUNTING MAT AND POLLUTION CONTROL DEVICE WITH THE SAME

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A non-woven mat comprised of a blend comprised of at least 25 percent by weight basalt fibers and at least 10 percent by
weight fibers selected from the group consisting of amorphous refractory ceramic fibers, bio-soluble ceramic fibers, heat-treated
silica fibers, and mixtures thereof, based on the total weight of the mat, and wherein the non-woven mat is collectively comprised
of at least 80 percent by weight of said basalt fibers and said fibers selected from the group consisting of amorphous refractory
ceramic fibers, bio-soluble ceramic fibers, heat-treated silica fibers, and mixtures thereof, based on the total weight of
the mat.

US Pat. No. 9,290,684

POLYDIORGANOSILOXANE POLYMIDE COPOLYMERS HAVING ORGANIC SOFT SEGMENTS

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A medical article comprising:
a copolymer comprising:
at least one repeat unit of Formula I-a:

 and
at least one repeat unit of Formula VI-a:

wherein:
each R1 is independently an alkyl, haloalkyl, aralkyl, alkenyl, aryl, or aryl substituted with an alkyl, alkoxy, or halo;

G is a residue having a valence of q;
R3 is hydrogen or alkyl or R3 taken together with G and to the nitrogen to which they are both attached form a heterocyclic group;

each Y is independently an alkylene, aralkylene, or a combination thereof;
each B is independently a covalent bond, an alkylene of 4-20 carbons, an aralkylene, an arylene, or a combination thereof;
D is an organic soft segment residue;
n is independently an integer of 0 to 1500;
p is an integer of 1 to 10; and
q is an integer greater than 2.

US Pat. No. 9,221,237

METHOD OF APPLYING ADHESIVE COATED FILM

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A method of applying a film having a pressure sensitive adhesive on a major side thereof to a substrate having an irregular
surface, the method comprising:
heating a portion of the film to a softening point of the film to form a heated portion of the film;
pressing the heated portion of the film against the substrate with an application device, the application device comprising
a film-contacting portion comprising a foam material having a thermal conductivity of less than 1.8 BTU in/(hr ft2 °F); and

wherein the pressure sensitive adhesive on the major surface of the film associated with said pressing adheres to the irregular
surface of the substrate in a single pressing.

US Pat. No. 9,353,309

METHOD FOR TREATING A FORMATION WITH A SOLVENT

BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNI...

1. A method of treating a hydrocarbon-bearing formation having at least one first gas permeability, the method comprising:
injecting a fluid into the hydrocarbon-bearing formation, wherein the fluid comprises at least one material from at least
two of Group I, Group II, or Group III, wherein:

Group I is a polyol or polyol ether, wherein the polyol has from 2 to 25 carbon atoms, and wherein the polyol ether has from
3 to 8 carbon atoms;

Group II is a monohydroxy alcohol, ether, or ketone, wherein the monohydroxy alcohol, ether, and ketone independently have
from 1 to 4 carbon atoms; and

Group III is toluene, diesel, heptane, octane, or condensate,
wherein the fluid at least one of solubilizes or displaces at least one of brine or condensate in the hydrocarbon-bearing
formation, wherein the fluid is free of nonionic polymeric surfactant comprising perfluoroalkylsulfonamido groups, wherein
any surfactant that may be present in the fluid is below its critical micelle concentration, wherein the hydrocarbon-bearing
formation has at least one second gas permeability after injecting the fluid into the formation, and wherein the second gas
permeability is at least 5 percent higher than the first gas permeability.

US Pat. No. 9,289,931

ULTRASONIC-ASSISTED MOLDING OF PRECISELY-SHAPED ARTICLES AND METHODS

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A molding method, comprising:
providing an injection mold having a first mold member and at least one movable mold member that can move toward and away
from the first mold member to close the mold, wherein a mold cavity is formed in at least one of the first or movable mold
members, the cavity having at least one gate therein, and further wherein a source of ultrasonic energy is positioned to apply
ultrasonic energy to the cavity;

closing the mold, whereby the at least one gate is fluidly connected to a source of molten (co)polymer;
heating the mold to a mold temperature measured adjacent to the cavity of from 104° C. to 116° C.;
thereafter injecting the molten (co)polymer into the cavity through the at least one gate of the closed mold to substantially
fill the cavity and the gate with the molten (co)polymer;

allowing the closed mold to cool until the molten (co)polymer within the gate has solidified;
applying ultrasonic energy from the source of ultrasonic energy to the molten (co)polymer in the cavity of the closed mold
without remelting the solidified (co)polymer within the gate until the mold temperature has increased to between about 116°
C. and 122° C., thereby substantially relieving any flow induced stresses in the molten (co)polymer;

thereafter cooling the closed mold until the mold temperature has decreased to about 101° C. and 107° C.;
thereafter heating the closed mold until the mold temperature has increased to between about 116° C. and 122° C., thereby
substantially relieving any thermally induced stresses in the molten (co)polymer; and

thereafter allowing the mold to cool until the molten (co)polymer has solidified within the mold, thereby forming an injection
molded article.

US Pat. No. 9,283,153

CURABLE COMPOSITION WITH SHORTENED SETTING TIME, PROCESS OF PRODUCTION AND USE THEREOF

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A curable dental composition being prepared by mixing a base paste and a catalyst paste,
the base paste comprising component(s) (A) with curable moieties (AC) selected from a combination of at least one organopolysiloxane
with at least 2 aliphatically unsaturated groups and at least a component comprising Si—H moieties,

the catalyst paste comprising a catalyst (C) comprising a Pt containing component,
the curable composition comprising a component (X) comprising at least one Si—H group as reactive moiety, component (X) being
present in the base paste,

either base paste or catalyst paste comprising a reactant (Y), reactant (Y) being able to interact with component (X), but
not taking part in a crosslinking reaction,

reactant (Y) being selected from a silane component with only one unsaturated moiety, an alkyl vinyl ether component, an alkyl
allyl ether component and mixtures thereof,

the molar ratio of the reactive moieties of component (X) to reactant (Y) being from 1.2 to 5,
component (A) being present in an amount from 15 to 70 wt.-% with respect to the weight of the whole composition,
catalyst (C) being present from 0.00005 to 35 wt.% with respect to the weight of the whole composition,
reactant (Y) being present from 0.5 to 6 wt.-% with respect to the weight of the whole composition,
the curable composition being able to produce energy in an amount sufficient to increase the temperature T1 of the composition
measured 20 s after mixing the base paste and the catalyst paste to a temperature T2 being from about 6 to about 20° C. above
T1.

US Pat. No. 9,289,968

METHOD FOR HANDLING ADHESIVE LAMINATE SECTIONS

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method of handling an adhesive laminate comprising:
providing an adhesive laminate releasably adhered to a first web; wherein the adhesive laminate comprises a plurality of cut
or punched sections and wherein adjacent sections of the adhesive laminate remain joined to one another in the longitudinal
direction of the web through one or more tie points;

providing a first supporting structure;
leading the first web over the first supporting structure;
providing a second supporting structure adjacent to the first supporting structure;
providing a second web having a release surface;
leading the second web over the second supporting structure, wherein the second web is oriented such that the release surface
of the second web faces the first supporting structure;

attaching a leading portion of a first section of adhesive laminate from the first web to the release surface of the second
web; and

advancing the second web such that the first section of the adhesive laminate is detached from a second section of adhesive
laminate and the leading edge of the second section of adhesive laminate is adhered to the second web in a spaced apart configuration
from the trailing edge of the first section of the adhesive laminate.

US Pat. No. 9,277,750

ANTISEPTIC COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A skin antisepsis composition comprising:
a vehicle comprising a (C1-C4)alcohol and water in a ratio of at least 60:40;
a hydroxycarboxylic acid, wherein the hydroxycarboxylic acid is present in an amount of at least 5 weight percent, based upon
the total weight of the composition;

a surfactant;
a cationic film-forming polymer having side chain functional amine groups; and
at least one antimicrobial agent; andwherein the cationic film-forming polymer has at least 300 grams and not greater than 3000 grams polymer per equivalent of
amine group; and wherein the at least one antimicrobial agent is selected from the group consisting of iodine, triiodide,
iodophors, and combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,217,817

RETROREFLECTIVE APPLIQUES AND ARTICLES

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A retroreflective article comprising:
a first binder layer with a first major surface and a second major surface and comprising a non-thermoplastic crosslinked
co-polymer with a Tg of less than 30° C.;

a retroreflective layer comprising a plurality of retroreflective elements at least partially embedded in the first major
surface of the first binder layer;

a second binder layer adhered to the second major surface of the first binder layer and comprising an adhesive polymer; and
a substrate layer attached to the second binder layer, wherein the first binder layer and the second binder layer comprise
functional groups capable of co-reacting to form a chemical bond.

US Pat. No. 9,289,450

SILVER-CONTAINING ANTIMICROBIAL ARTICLES AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURE

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A packaged antimicrobial article, comprising:
an antimicrobial article comprising a silver nitrate oxidizable substrate, wherein the substrate has disposed thereon silver
sulfate and silver metal in the zero-valent state; and

packaging having the antimicrobial article sealed therein;
wherein the antimicrobial article is color stable during and after irradiation; and
wherein the packaging comprises material having a volatile organic content of no greater than 100 mg per square meter;
wherein if the antimicrobial article includes a stabilizing agent, the stabilizing agent is present in an amount of less than
100 parts per million; and

wherein the silver sulfate concentration on the substrate ranges from 0.001 mg/cm2 to 5 mg/cm2 and the total amount of stabilizing agent is less than the total amount of silver.

US Pat. No. 9,284,669

PROCESSING AIDS FOR OLEFINIC WEBS, INCLUDING ELECTRET WEBS

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method of preparing a web comprising:
preparing a blend comprising:
a thermoplastic resin; and
a processing aid, the processing aid comprising a hindered amine N-substituted succinimide oligomer;
hot melt mixing the blend, wherein the melt viscosity of the blend of the processing aid and the thermoplastic resin is lower
than the melt viscosity of the thermoplastic resin without the processing aid at a temperature of 250° C. or higher; and

forming a web from the hot melt blend.

US Pat. No. 9,279,792

METHOD OF USING AN ABSORPTIVE SENSOR ELEMENT

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method of using an absorptive sensor element, the method comprising the steps:
a) providing the absorptive sensor element, wherein the absorptive sensor element comprises: a first member, a second member,
and a detection layer comprising a polymer of intrinsic microporosity disposed between and contacting the first member and
the second member;

b) heating the absorptive sensor element to an elevated temperature in a range of from 30° C. to 100° C.;
while the absorptive sensor element is at the elevated temperature, performing step c) and d):
c) exposing the absorptive sensor element to an analyte vapor; and
d) measuring at least one of:
i) a capacitance-related property of the absorptive sensor element, wherein the first member and the second member are conductive,
and wherein the detection layer is dielectric;

ii) at least one spectral feature of reflected light, wherein the first member is reflective, the second member is semi-reflective,
and the detection layer is optically transmissive, wherein a portion of the reflected light is reflected by the first member
and wherein a portion of the reflected light is reflected by the second member; or

iii) both i) and ii).

US Pat. No. 9,272,838

CONFORMABLE FACE MASK PACKAGING AND DISPENSING SYSTEMS

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A system for containing a stack of a plurality of face masks and dispensing individual face masks from the stack, the system
comprising:
a container defining an interior volume and including a top panel and a bottom panel;
wherein the bottom panel forms a cut-line defining a perimeter of a flap that is transitionable from an initial, closed state
in which the flap is contiguous with a remainder of the bottom panel to an open state in which the flap is at least partially
removed from the remainder of the bottom panel to generate an opening in the bottom panel to the interior volume; and

a stack of a plurality of folded face masks disposed in the interior volume, each of the folded face masks including an elastic
sheet forming a central portion and opposing first and second lateral end portions extending from opposite sides, respectively,
of the central portion, and folded such that at least a section of the corresponding first lateral end portion extends from
a first fold line along a first face of the corresponding central portion;

wherein the stack includes a bottommost folded face mask located proximate the bottom panel, the first lateral end portion
of the bottommost folded face mask facing the bottom panel;

and further wherein the system provides a dispensing mode in which:
the top panel is above the bottom panel,
the flap is in the open state,
at least a region of the first lateral end portion of the bottommost folded face mask drops through the opening due to gravity,
the central portion of the bottommost folded face mask is retained within the interior volume.

US Pat. No. 9,221,152

LAMINATED FLEXIBLE RESILIENT ABRASIVE ARTICLE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A flexible sheet-like abrasive article for hand-held, manually-operated sanding, consisting of:
a flexible continuous single layer backing sheet that is a polymeric foam material and that has opposed first and second major
surfaces; and,

a flexible continuous abrasive sheet that includes a flexible continuous abrasive support layer chosen from the group consisting
of paper and cloth and having first and second major surfaces, with abrasive particles deposited on the first major surface
and adhered to the first major surface of the abrasive support layer by a make coat resin that is in the form of a make coat
layer that is not the same layer as the abrasive support layer and that is coated onto the abrasive support layer, thereby
defining an abrasive surface comprising protruding abrasive particles,

wherein the first major surface of the backing sheet has a generally flat surface that is adhesively bonded to the second
major surface of the abrasive support layer, and wherein the entirety of the second major surface of the backing sheet is
a textured gripping surface which is engaged by the hand of a user to manually actuate the flexible sheet-like abrasive article.

US Pat. No. 9,223,336

REMOTE SOCKET APPARATUS

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A remote socket apparatus, comprising:
a socket to receive a remote electronics unit, wherein the socket is configured to house multiple media to connect to remote
electronics housed in the remote electronics unit, wherein the multiple media includes one or more insulated copper wires
for providing power to the remote electronics unit, cabling for RF signal distribution, and cabling for RF signal transmission
to antennas, the socket including a socket interface configured to mate with a remote electronics unit interface, wherein
at least one of the socket and remote electronics unit further includes an actuation mechanism configured to connect the multiple
media simultaneously in a single action.

US Pat. No. 9,217,920

PHOTOCURABLE COMPOSITIONS

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A photocurable composition comprising:
a) a solder photoresist component, and
b) a perfluoropolyether silane of the formula:
(RPFPE—X1—CO—NH)x—R1—(NH—CO—X2—RSilyl)y,

where
RPFPE represents a perfluoropolyether group of the formula RPFPE*-Q where

RPFPE* is a monovalent perfluoropolyether group, and Q is a divalent alkylene group, said alkylene optionally containing one or
more catenary (in-chain) nitrogen or oxygen atoms, and optionally containing one or more sulfonamide, carboxamido, or carboxy
functional groups,

X1 and X2 are independently —O—, —S— or —NR2— where R2 is H or C1-C4 alkyl,

R1 is a residue of a polyisocyanate,

RSilyl is a silane group-containing moiety containing one or more silyl groups,

subscripts x and y are each independently 1 to 6, and
c) a free-radical photoinitiator.
US Pat. No. 9,266,989

UREA-BASED PRESSURE-SENSITIVE ADHESIVES

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An adhesive comprising a cured reaction mixture, the reaction mixture comprising:
at least one X—B—X reactive oligomer, wherein
X comprises an ethylenically unsaturated group,
and B comprises a non-silicone segmented urea-based unit; and wherein the X—B—X reactive oligomer is the reaction product
of a non-silicone segmented urea-based diamine and a Z—X material, wherein X comprises an ethylenically unsaturated group,
and Z comprises an amine-reactive group, wherein the amine-reactive group Z reacts with an amine group of the non-silicone
segmented urea-based diamine and wherein the non-silicone segmented urea-based diamine is the reaction product of a polyoxyalkylene
diamine with a diaryl carbonate; and

an initiator; and wherein the adhesive is a pressure sensitive adhesive or a heat activated adhesive.

US Pat. No. 9,242,347

QUICK RELEASE CONNECTOR

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A quick release connector for a rotary power tool accessory, said accessory having a hub with a noncircular center aperture,
said aperture having at least one radially extending recess therein, said connector comprising:
a substantially tubularly shaped body having a first end with an internal thread adapted to be threaded onto a shaft of a
rotary power tool and a second end;

said second end including a connector member having a noncircular head adapted to fit within said noncircular center aperture
of said accessory hub for transferring rotary motion from said power tool to said accessory;

a radial opening in said head and at least one ball within said head adjacent said opening;
said ball being moveable between an unlocked position wherein it does not extend beyond the outer surface of said head and
a locked position wherein it extends partially through said opening and is adapted to engage said radially extending recess
in said hub aperture;

a mandrel located within said body and axially moveable relatively thereto between a forward position wherein it engages said
ball and moves said ball into its locked position and a rear position wherein it does not engage said ball and said ball is
free to move into its unlocked position;

a spring biasing said mandrel into said forward position;
an outer sleeve surrounding said body, said outer sleeve being fixed to said mandrel for movement therewith;
a collar secured to said outer sleeve, said collar being adapted to be grasped by a person's fingers and moved rearwardly
thereby moving said mandrel rearwardly relative to said body to allow said ball to move into its unlocked position so as to
allow said head to be removed from said accessory; and

an inner sleeve around said body but within said outer sleeve, and an additional spring biasing said inner sleeve forwardly,
said inner sleeve comprising a slot to guide axial movement of the inner sleeve with respect to the outer sleeve, the inner
sleeve being adapted to move forward to engage said accessory to dislodge it from said head when said outer sleeve is moved
rearwardly;

wherein the outer sleeve is fixed to said mandrel by at least one connecting member extending through the slot in the inner
sleeve.

US Pat. No. 9,260,638

PRESSURE-SENSITIVE ADHESIVES WITH TRIAZINE-EPOXY CROSSLINKING SYSTEM

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A crosslinkable composition comprising:
a syrup composition comprising a solution of a solute polymer in one or more solvent monomers, wherein the solute polymer
comprises an unmodified acid-functional (meth)acrylic copolymer lacking epoxy functionality and formed from a monomer mixture
comprising an acid-functional ethylenically unsaturated monomer and an optional multifunctional (meth)acrylate crosslinker
and wherein the solvent monomer comprise an epoxy-functional (meth)acryloyl monomer;

a chlorinated triazine crosslinking agent;
wherein the epoxy-functional (meth)acryloyl monomer is used in an amount of no greater than 5 parts by weight, and the chlorinated
triazine crosslinking agent is used in an amount of 0.001 to 0.002 part by weight, relative to 100 parts by weight of the
total monomer content that would form the unmodified acid-functional (meth)acrylic copolymer.

US Pat. No. 9,138,957

SLIT HOOK STRIPS AND LAMINATES AND ARTICLES CONTAINING THE SAME

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A hook strip comprising:
a backing having a first surface and a length in a first direction and first and second side edges;
multiple rows of hook elements aligned in the first direction and projecting from the first surface of the backing; and
interrupted slits cut through the backing between at least three pairs of adjacent rows of the hook elements, wherein each
of the interrupted slits extends in the first direction and is interrupted by at least one intact bridging region of the backing;

wherein the number of rows of the hook elements between at least some of the interrupted slits increases from the second side
edge to the first side edge.

US Pat. No. 9,296,767

SURFACE-TREATED CALCIUM PHOSPHATE PARTICLES SUITABLE FOR ORAL CARE AND DENTAL COMPOSITIONS

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method of surface treating calcium phosphate particles comprising
dissolving at least one sugar alcohol into a liquid medium to provide a surface treatment solution;
dispersing calcium phosphate particles in the surface treatment solution; and
removing the liquid medium to obtain dried surface treated calcium phosphate particles.

US Pat. No. 9,279,548

LIGHT COLLIMATING ASSEMBLY WITH DUAL HORNS

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A light collimating horn assembly, comprising:
a first horn having a first exterior surface, a first interior reflective surface forming a first interior volume, a first
open end, and a second open end opposite and larger than the first open end;

a second horn having a second exterior reflective surface and a second interior surface forming a second interior volume,
wherein the second horn is at least partially contained within the first interior volume with a gap between the first interior
reflective surface and the second exterior reflective surface; and

a light source positioned adjacent the first open end between the first interior reflective surface and the second exterior
reflective surface,

wherein the first and second horns at least partially collimate light from the light source transmitted between the first
interior reflective surface and the second exterior reflective surface, and exiting the first and second horns at the second
open end.

US Pat. No. 9,260,632

PRIMERLESS MULTILAYER ADHESIVE FILM FOR BONDING GLASS SUBSTRATES

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A multilayer pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) film having a first pressure sensitive adhesive layer for bonding glass
substrates and at least a second opposing layer, the first pressure sensitive adhesive layer being a polymerization reaction
product of a precursor comprising a monomer or a partially prepolymerized monomer having a curable ethylenically unsaturated
group, whereas the precursor further comprises an oligomeric organofunctional silicone having at least 2 Si atoms, in particular
2 to 10 Si atoms,
wherein the monomer having a curable ethylenically unsaturated group further has a coupling group with a Zerewitinow-active
H-atom and wherein the oligomeric organofunctional silicone has at least one coupling group which is reactive to the coupling
group of the monomer having a curable ethylenically unsaturated group,

or
wherein the oligomeric organofunctional silicone has at least one coupling group with a Zerewitinow-active H-atom and wherein
the monomer having a curable ethylenically unsaturated group further has a coupling group which is reactive to the coupling
group of the oligomeric organofunctional silicone;

with the proviso that if the monomer having a curable ethylenically unsaturated group further has a coupling group with a
Zerewitinow-active H-atom which is selected to be —OH, then the coupling group of the oligomeric organofunctional silicone
which is reactive to the coupling group of the monomer having a curable ethylene group cannot be selected to be an amino group.

US Pat. No. 9,224,379

ACOUSTIC DECORATIVE MATERIAL

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An acoustic decorative sheet comprising:
a film layer;
a glass cloth layer; and
an adhesive layer separating the film layer from the glass cloth layer, the adhesive layer adhered to the film layer and the
glass cloth layer;

wherein the film layer and the adhesive layer have a plurality of micro bores disposed there through, the micro bores having
a diameter in a range from 20 to 500 micrometers and number from 2 to 700 microbores per cm2; and

wherein the glass cloth layer has a thickness in a range from 10 to 300 micrometers wherein the micro bores do not extend
into the glass cloth layer.

US Pat. No. 9,279,559

LIGHT DIRECTING FILM

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A light directing film comprising:
a back major surface comprising light reflection regions and light transmission regions and being planar;
a front major surface opposing the back surface, the front surface being planar; and
a plurality of lenses disposed between the front surface and the back surface,
wherein at least selected light transmission regions are registered with selected lens elements.
US Pat. No. 9,290,031

METHOD FOR FORMING AN ARTICLE HAVING A DECORATIVE SURFACE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method for forming an article having a decorative surface comprising:
a) screen printing an ink composition comprising a curable composition onto at least one major surface of a thermoformable
polymeric sheet;

b) curing said curable composition to obtain a printed thermoformable polymeric sheet having on at least one major surface
an ink comprising a cured composition; and

c) thermoforming the ink and the printed thermoformable polymeric sheet together to obtain a decorated article,
wherein said curable composition comprises a polyisocyanate and a component comprising isocyanate reactive groups, with said
component comprising a caprolactone or polycaprolactone compound, said ink composition contains a solvent or solvent blend
in which said curable composition is soluble, and said curing step b) comprises heating the printed thermoformable polymeric
sheet before said thermoforming.

US Pat. No. 9,285,531

LIGHTGUIDE HAVING A VISCOELASTIC LAYER FOR MANAGING LIGHT

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. An optical device comprising a light source and an optical article, the optical article comprising a lightguide and a viscoelastic
cladding layer, wherein the viscoelastic cladding layer comprises a pressure sensitive adhesive, wherein the viscoelastic
cladding layer has an index of refraction lower by about 0.2 than an index of refraction of the lightguide and wherein the
viscoelastic cladding layer is disposed on the lightguide, and wherein light emitted by the light source enters the lightguide
and is reflected at at least a portion of an interface between the lightguide and the viscoelastic cladding layer; and wherein
the interface between the lightguide and the viscoelastic cladding layer comprises a plurality of features oriented to extract
light being transported within the lightguide.
US Pat. No. 9,284,508

LUBRICANT COMPOSITION AND METHOD OF FORMING

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method of forming a lubricant composition comprising:
mixing a propellant, surface modified silica nanoparticles and inorganic microparticles to form a sprayable dispersion lubricant
composition, the inorganic microparticles being substantially spheroidal, wherein the concentration of the surface modified
silica nanoparticles is in a range from about 0.001 weight percent to about 5 weight percent based on the total weight of
the microparticles and nanoparticles, and wherein the amount of propellant(s) is equal to or greater than 70 weight percent
of the total weight of the dispersion.

US Pat. No. 9,266,999

OLIGOMERS AND CO-OLIGOMERS OF HIGHLY FLUORINATED SULFINIC ACID AND SALTS THEREOF

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. An oligomer comprising a highly fluorinated sulfinate oligomer according to the following formula (IV),
wherein X1, X2, and X3 are independently selected from F, Cl and CF3; R is independently selected from H, I, Br, linear or branched alkyl, and linear or branched fluoroalkyl group optionally
comprising a heteroatom; R1 is a linear or branched perfluorinated linking group, which may be saturated or unsaturated, substituted
or unsubstituted, and optionally comprising a heteroatom; M is a cation; and wherein m is at least 2, further wherein the
oligomer has a molecular weight of less than 20,000 grams per mole.

US Pat. No. 9,279,921

MULTILAYER STACK WITH OVERLAPPING HARMONICS FOR WIDE VISIBLE-INFRARED COVERAGE

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A multilayer optical film comprising a stack of microlayers arranged into optical repeat units;
wherein, at a design angle of incidence, the stack provides a 1st order reflection band, a 2nd order reflection band, and optionally a 3rd order reflection band;

wherein the 1st order reflection band is disposed at least partially in a wavelength range from 720 to 2000 nm;

wherein the 2nd order reflection band is disposed at least partially in a wavelength range from 380 to 720 nm; and

wherein the 2nd order reflection band substantially overlaps at least one of the 1st and 3rd order reflection bands to form a single wide reflection band.

US Pat. No. 9,279,141

METHOD OF DETECTING A BIOLOGICAL ACTIVITY

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method of detecting a biological activity, comprising:
providing a sample comprising a source of one or more predetermined biological activities;
a first indicator system comprising a pH indicator with a first absorbance spectrum, wherein the pH indicator can be converted
by a first predetermined biological activity to a first biological derivative;

a second indicator system comprising a fluorogenic reagent that is converted by a predetermined biological activity to a fluorescent
derivative with a second emission spectrum;

a substrate that receives and concentrates the pH indicator from an aqueous mixture; and
an instrument that detects the pH indicator and/or the fluorescent derivative, wherein the instrument comprises an optical
path;

forming a first aqueous mixture comprising the sample, the pH indicator, and the fluorogenic reagent;
bringing the first aqueous mixture into fluid communication with the substrate to form a second aqueous mixture; and
detecting a presence or absence of fluorescence from the fluorescent derivative, wherein detecting a presence or absence of
fluorescence from the fluorescent derivative comprises using the instrument to detect the fluorescent derivative, wherein
the optical path does not intersect any portion of the substrate; and

observing the substrate to detect the pH indicator or the first biological derivative;
wherein the first absorbance spectrum includes detectable absorbance in at least a portion of wavelengths present in the second
emission spectrum.

US Pat. No. 9,278,471

METHOD OF DETECTING A COMPONENT OF AN ARTICLE AND METHOD OF PREPARING A COMPONENT FOR DETECTION

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method of detecting a presence or a position of a first component in an article, the method comprising:
irradiating the article with incident light, wherein the first component has a predefined response to the incident light;
detecting light received from the irradiated article; and
identifying the predefined response of the first component in the light received from the irradiated article to detect the
presence or the position of the first component,

wherein the first component comprises a microporous film comprising a semi-crystalline polyolefin and a beta-nucleating agent,
wherein the incident light and the light received from the from the irradiated article comprises infrared light, and wherein
the first component is free of an infrared absorbing agent and free of an infrared radiation blocking agent selected from
the group consisting of titanium dioxide, barium sulfate, magnesium oxide, calcium carbonate, polytetrafluoroethylene microbeads,
and polyolefin microbeads.

US Pat. No. 9,125,712

METHOD IN THE MAKING OF A DENTAL RESTORATION

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A computer implemented method comprising the steps of:
determining a first tooth flat at a representation of a first patient's tooth;
evaluating, using a computer processor, the first tooth flat to provide characteristic data representing at least one geometric
characteristic of the first tooth flat;

using the characteristic data, stored in a non-transitory computer readable storage medium operably coupled to a computer
processor, to calculate a computer model of the patient's possible jaw motion under occlusal contact between teeth in the
patient's upper and lower jaws;

determining a motion path representing a model of a possible movement of the jaws relative to one another under the occlusal
contact, wherein the motion path extends along a line between a first and a different second positional relationship of the
jaws;

obtaining a preliminary representation of a dental restoration, wherein the preliminary representation is initially oversized
such that the preliminary representation overlaps with one or more opposing teeth under the occlusal contact along the motion
path; and

using the motion path for determining a shape of at least part of the dental restoration by virtually moving at least a partial
representation of a tooth opposite of the dental restoration on the motion path to virtually trim the preliminary representation
in order to remove the overlap.

US Pat. No. 9,290,619

TRIAZINE CONTAINING FLUOROPOLYETHER ELASTOMERS HAVING LOW GLASS TRANSITION TEMPERATURE

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A curable composition comprising
a) perfluoropolyethers having a molecular weight of from about 400 g/mole up to about 20,000 g/mole and containing moieties
selected from the group consisting of (—(CF2)4O—), (—(CF2)2O—), (—CF2O—) and combinations thereof and further containing at least one nitrile group at a terminal position or at a position that
is adjacent to the terminal position;

b) one or more curing agents selected from non-fluorinated compounds containing one or more functional group linked to a common
residue, said residue containing at least three carbon atoms wherein the functional groups are selected from primary amines,
secondary amines and functional groups that generate primary or secondary amines upon a heat treatment,

wherein the composition can be cured to generate a cured polymer comprising segments of the perfluoropolyethers separated
by groups having a triazine ring structure.

US Pat. No. 9,456,513

ARTICLE WITH GASKET HAVING MOISTURE TRANSMISSION RESISTIVITY AND METHOD

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An article for housing an electronic device comprising:
a container having at least a first section and a second section, the first section having a first mating surface and the
second section having a second mating surface; and

a gasket in contact with the first mating surface and the second mating surface, wherein the gasket comprises:
a flexible polymer; and
a filler, andwherein the filler includes at least one hydrophobic semicrystalline polymer.

US Pat. No. 9,402,305

TRANSPARENT CONDUCTING ARTICLE COMPRISING FIRST AND SECOND CONDUCTIVE LAYERS AND AN INTERVENING INORGANIC DIELECTRIC LAYER HAVING A PLURALITY OF APERTURES THEREIN

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A transparent conducting article comprising:
a first electrically conductive transparent layer;
an intervening inorganic dielectric layer substantially coextensive with and disposed directly on the first conductive layer;
a second electrically conductive transparent layer substantially coextensive with and disposed directly on the intervening
layer, the intervening layer defining a plurality of apertures therein, the first and second conductive layers directly contacting
one another through the plurality of apertures.

US Pat. No. 9,279,918

GRADIENT LOW INDEX ARTICLE AND METHOD

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A gradient optical film comprising:
a binder;
a plurality of elongated particles; and
a plurality of interconnected voids, wherein a local volume fraction of the plurality of interconnected voids varies along
a thickness direction of the gradient optical film, and wherein

a first local volume fraction of the plurality of interconnected voids proximate a first surface of the gradient optical film
is greater than a second local volume fraction of the plurality of interconnected voids proximate an opposing surface of the
gradient optical film, and wherein the gradient optical film consists of a single layer with a thickness of not less than
2 microns.

US Pat. No. 9,274,291

OPTICAL FIBER CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY WITH PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD STABILIZATION FEATURES

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A plug connector for connecting a cable to a receptacle connector, comprising:
a housing comprising an upper housing portion assembled to a lower housing portion, the assembled portions defining a cavity
within the housing;

a plurality of printed circuit boards disposed in the housing cavity;
a cable disposed in the housing cavity and connected to the plurality of printed circuit boards;
wherein the assembled upper and lower housing portions define a first housing sidewall comprising an upper sidewall portion
from the upper housing portion and a lower sidewall portion from the lower housing portion, the upper and lower sidewall portions
defining a gap in the first housing sidewall at an interface between the upper and lower sidewall portions of the first housing
sidewall, the gap extending at least partially along a length of the first housing sidewall,

wherein the plug connector further comprises one or more elastically deformable pads configured to hold at least one of the
plurality of printed circuit boards in place within the housing cavity,

wherein the one or more elastically deformable pads comprise:
a first plurality of elastically deformable pads disposed between a top side of the plurality of printed circuit boards and
a top wall of the upper housing portion; and

a second plurality of elastically deformable pads disposed between a bottom side of the plurality of printed circuit boards
and a lower wall of the lower housing portion.

US Pat. No. 9,274,693

EDITING DIGITAL NOTES REPRESENTING PHYSICAL NOTES

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A method comprising:
receiving, by one or more processors of a device, image data comprising a visual representation of a scene that includes a
plurality of physical notes, each of the physical notes comprising a separate physical object having recognizable content
thereon;

extracting, by the one or more processors and from the image data, the recognizable content of a particular one of the plurality
of physical notes;

creating, by the one or more processors, a digital note representative of the particular one of the plurality of physical
notes, wherein the particular one of the plurality of physical notes includes a first colored region and a second colored
region;

associating, by the one or more processors, the extracted recognizable content with the digital note representative of the
particular one of the plurality of physical notes;

identifying, for the digital note, the first colored region and a second colored region;
determining an angle formed by an axis of the digital note and a line connecting a feature of the first colored region and
a feature of the second colored region;

rotating the digital note based on the determined angle;
receiving, by the one or more processors, user input indicating a modification to one or more visual characteristics of the
digital note;

editing, by the one or more processors and in response to the user input, the one or more visual characteristics of the digital
note; and

outputting, by the one or more processors and for display, a modified version of the digital note that includes the one or
more visual characteristics.

US Pat. No. 9,254,506

MOISTURE RESISTANT COATING FOR BARRIER FILMS

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A process for making a barrier film, comprising:
providing a substrate;
vapor depositing and curing a base polymer layer to the substrate;
applying an oxide layer to the base polymer layer;
forming a mixture comprising a cyclic azasilane and an acrylate; and
vapor depositing and curing the mixture to form a top coat polymer layer on the oxide layer, wherein the cyclic azasilane
is N-n-butyl-aza-2,2-dimethoxysilacyclopentane, the acrylate is tricyclodecane dimethanol diacrylate and the mixture comprises
the cyclic azasilane at about 3 weight percent of the acrylate.

US Pat. No. 9,426,878

NONWOVEN ADHESIVE TAPES AND ARTICLES THEREFROM

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A conductive, double-sided tape comprising:
a conductive, nonwoven adhesive layer comprising:
an adhesive material;
a nonconductive, nonwoven substrate having a plurality of passageways, wherein the nonconductive, nonwoven substrate is embedded
in the adhesive material; and

a plurality of conductive particles penetrating through the nonconductive, nonwoven substrate and the adhesive material, wherein
the conductive particles have a D99 particle size larger than a thickness of the nonconductive, nonwoven substrate

wherein the conductive, double-sided tape exhibits only z-axis conductivity.

US Pat. No. 9,180,573

BONDED ABRASIVE WHEEL

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A bonded abrasive comprising ceramic shaped abrasive particles retained in a binder, wherein each of the ceramic shaped
abrasive particles is respectively bounded by a polygonal base, a polygonal top substantially parallel to the base, and a
plurality of sides connecting the base and the top, wherein adjacent sides meet at respective side edges having an average
radius of curvature of less than 50 micrometers, wherein the bonded abrasive comprises a bonded abrasive wheel having opposed
major surfaces, and wherein for a majority of the ceramic shaped abrasive particles, each respective base is aligned substantially
parallel to the opposed major surfaces.

US Pat. No. 9,292,131

LIGHT GUIDE FOR BACKLIGHT

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A light guide for use on a display device, comprising:
a light transmissive substrate;
a first and second signal source configured to provide first and second optical signals to the light transmissive substrate;
wherein the light transmissive substrate is configured to mix the first and second optical signals such that positions on
the substrate are associated with a position-unique combination of the first and second optical signals, wherein the light
guide is a backlight of the display device.

US Pat. No. 9,273,164

CURING COMPOSITIONS FOR FLUOROPOLYMERS

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A curable composition comprising a fluoroelastomer, the fluoroelastomer comprising a nitrogen-containing cure site monomer,
wherein the composition further comprises a curative selected from the group consisting of curatives of Formula I and curatives
of Formula II, where Formula I is:

wherein each R1 is independently selected from H, Cl, Br, I, a C1 to C20 linear, cyclic, or branched alkyl group, a C5 to
C20 aryl group, a C5 to C20 alkaryl group, a C5 to C20 aralkyl group, and NH2;
each R2 is —OH;
each R3 is independently selected from H, Cl, Br, I, a C1 to C20 linear, cyclic, or branched alkyl group, a C5 to C20 aryl
group, a C5 to C20 alkaryl group, a C5 to C20 aralkyl group, and NH2;
each R4 is independently selected from H, Cl, Br, I, a C1 to C20 linear, cyclic, or branched alkyl group, and a C5 to C20
aryl group, a C5 to C20 alkaryl group, a C5 to C20 aralkyl group;

each R5 and R6 is independently selected from an —H, a C1 to C20 linear or branched alkyl group, a C3 to C40 alkyl group that
forms a spiro group when both R5 and R6 are part of the same cyclic structure, a C5 to C40 aryl group, a C5 to C40 alkaryl
group, a C5 to C40 aralkyl group that optionally forms a spiro group when both R5 and R6 are part of the same cyclic structure,
an —OH, and together with one another a C?O;

provided that at least one of R1 and R3 on each ring is an —NH2; and

Formula II is:

wherein each R1 is independently selected from H, Cl, Br, I, a C1 to C20 linear, cyclic, or branched alkyl group, a C5 to
C20 aryl group, a C5 to C20 alkaryl group, a C5 to C20 aralkyl group, and NH2;

each R2 is —OH;
each R3 is independently selected from H, Cl, Br, I, a C1 to C20 linear, cyclic or branched alkyl group, a C5 to C20 aryl
group, a C5 to C20 alkaryl group, a C5 to C20 aralkyl group, and NH2;

each R4 is independently selected from H, Cl, Br, I, a C1 to C20 linear, cyclic or branched alkyl group, a C5 to C20 aryl
group, a C5 to C20 alkaryl group, and a C5 to C20 aralkyl group;

each R5 is independently selected from an —H, a C1 to C20 linear, cyclic, or branched alkyl group, a C5 to C40 aryl group,
a C5 to C40 alkaryl group, and a C5 to C40 aralkyl group;

provided that at least one of R1 and R3 on each ring is an —NH2.

US Pat. No. 9,266,144

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING A NON-UNIFORM COATING ON A SUBSTRATE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A coating apparatus comprising:
a coating roll;
a first coating applicator for applying a first coating onto the coating roll;
a second coating applicator comprising at least one needle tube each having an internal diameter, the at least one needle
tube being configured to apply a second coating in one or more discrete stripes over the first coating, and the one or more
discrete stripes each extending along a machine direction; and

a five roll coater including the coating roll, a W3 roll, a W2 roll, a W1 roll and a W00 roll, a substrate wrapping at least a portion of the W3 roll and entering the five roll coater at an infeed nip between the W3 roll and the W2 roll, the W1 roll nipped with the W2 roll, the coating roll nipped with the W1 roll, and the W00 roll nipped with the coating roll, and the at least one needle tube being disposed adjacent the coating roll on the side
opposite the W00 roll.

US Pat. No. 9,184,083

APPARATUS, HYBRID LAMINATED BODY, METHOD AND MATERIALS FOR TEMPORARY SUBSTRATE SUPPORT

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A laminated body comprising:
a light-transmitting support;
a latent release layer disposed upon the light-transmitting support;
a joining layer disposed upon the latent release layer; and
a polyamide thermoplastic priming layer disposed upon the joining layer.

US Pat. No. 9,382,504

COMPOSITION AND METHOD TO PROVIDE STAIN RELEASE AND STAIN REPELLENCY PROPERTIES TO SUBSTRATES

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method of treating a substrate, comprising applying a composition to at least part of a hard surface of a substrate,
wherein the composition comprises a fluorinated compound and a phosphate ester;
wherein the fluorinated compound corresponds to one of the following formulas:
[(A)m-L]nR or (A)m[L-R]n wherein m is a value of 1 to 4, n is a value of 1 to 4, L represents a linking group, R is an aliphatic group and A is a fluorinated
residue of the formula:
wherein a has a value of 1 to 100, b has a value of 0 to 100 with the sum of a and b being at least 2, R1 and R2 each independently represent H or an alkyl group of 1 to 4 carbon atoms, Q and Q? each independently represent a covalent
bond or an organic linking group, Rf represents a fluoroaliphatic group, Rh represents a non-fluorinated group and X1 is H or the residue of a free radical initiator;
wherein the phosphate ester corresponds to the general formula:
wherein R1 and R2 each independently represent a hydrocarbon group of at least 6 carbon atoms, X represents a hydrocarbon linking group, z has
a value of 1 to 5 and M represents a monovalent cation; and
wherein the hard surface of the substrate is natural or man-made stone.

US Pat. No. 9,279,035

COPOLYMERS WITH PERFLUOROPOLYETHER SEGMENT AND MULTIPLE AMINOOXALYLAMINO GROUPS

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A copolymer comprising a product of a reaction mixture comprising:
a) a fluorinated oxalylamino-containing compound comprising at least one perfluoropolyether segment and at least two monovalent
oxalylamino-containing groups of Formula (Ia)

wherein the fluorinated oxalylamino-containing compound is of Formula (V), Formula (Va), or Formula (VI), or Formula (VIa)
wherein
each R1 is independently an alkyl, haloalkyl, aralkyl, substituted aralkyl, alkenyl, aryl, substituted aryl, or imino of formula —N?CR4R5;

each R2 is independently hydrogen, alkyl, aralkyl, or aryl;

R4 is hydrogen, alkyl, aralkyl, substituted aralkyl, aryl, or substituted aryl;

R5 is alkyl, aralkyl, substituted aralkyl, aryl, or substituted aryl;

Rf is a perfluoropolyether group;
each Y1 is independently (a) a heteroalkylene having at least two carbon atoms, (b) alkylene having at least two carbon atoms, (c)
a carbonylamino group linking a first group to a second group, wherein the first group and the second group are each independently
a heteroalkylene having at least two carbon atoms or alkylene having at least two carbon atoms, or (d) a combination thereof;
and

n is an integer greater than or equal to at least 2;
each Y2 is independently a single bond, heteroalkylene having at least two carbon atoms, alkylene having at least two carbon atoms,
or combination thereof; and

each Y3 is independently a heteroalkylene having at least two carbon atoms, alkylene having at least two carbon atoms, or combination
thereof;

q is an integer equal to at least 1; and
b) a first amine compound of Formula (II)
wherein
Q2 is (a) an alkane radical, (b) a heteroalkane radical, (c) an arene radical, (d) a carbonylamino group linking a first group
to a second group, where each first group and second group is independently an alkane radical, a heteroalkylene radical, an
arene radical, or a combination thereof, (e) part of a heterocyclic group that includes R7 and a nitrogen to which R7 is attached, or (f) a combination thereof;

each R7 is independently hydrogen, alkyl, aralkyl, aryl, or part of a heterocyclic group that includes Q2 and the nitrogen to which R7 is attached; and

n is an integer equal to at least 2.

US Pat. No. 9,244,206

LIGHT REDIRECTING FILM LAMINATE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A light management film construction comprising:
a first optical film having a first major surface and a second major surface opposite the first major surface wherein the
first major surface comprises a microstructured surface comprising asymmetrical structures; and

a second optical film having a first major surface and a second major surface opposite the first major surface, the second
major surface disposed adjacent to and making contact with and bonded to substantially all of the structures of the first
major structured surface of the first optical film, and wherein the first major surface of the first optical film and second
major surface of the second optical film defines an enclosed volume partially occupied by the structures on the first major
surface of the first optical film such that the structures occupy 20-80% of the total volume defined.

US Pat. No. 9,245,374

SPACE CARVING IN 3D DATA ACQUISITION

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A method comprising:
storing a spatial matrix in a memory, the spatial matrix including information for a plurality of voxels in a mesh of a scan
space;

obtaining three-dimensional data from an object within the scan space using a scanner;
identifying a one of the plurality of voxels in the mesh that is unoccupied;
storing an indication in the spatial matrix for a modified processing of data from the one of the plurality of voxels, thereby
identifying a prohibited volume within the scan space; and

processing a portion of the three-dimensional data that is not in the prohibited volume according to an unmodified processing
and processing a second portion of the three-dimensional data that is in the prohibited volume according to the modified processing,
wherein the modified processing includes detecting a point in the prohibited volume and displaying the point for a decay time
with the second portion of the three-dimensional data.

US Pat. No. 9,883,620

SHIELDED ELECTRICAL CABLE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A shielded electrical cable comprising:
first and second conductor sets, each conductor set comprising two or more substantially parallel longitudinal insulated conductors,
a shielding film disposed around each conductor set; and

two generally parallel non-conductive polymeric layers disposed around the first and second conductor sets, each non-conductive
polymeric layer including a parallel portion between the first and second conductor sets, wherein the parallel portions of
the non-conductive polymeric layers between the first and second conductor sets are substantially parallel to one other and
bonded to each other by an adhesive layer disposed therebetween, and wherein the bonded parallel portion between the first
and second conductor sets is bent at an angle of at least 30 degrees and wherein a bond strength between the non-conductive
polymeric layers is at least 17.86 gm/mm.

US Pat. No. 9,431,584

LIGHT CONVERTING AND EMITTING DEVICE WITH SUPPRESSED DARK-LINE DEFECTS

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A wavelength converting stack of semiconductor layers, comprising:
at least one absorber layer absorbing light at a wavelength ?1, but not light at a longer wavelength ?2,

at least one potential well layer converting at least a portion of light of wavelength ?1 into light of wavelength ?2, and

a window layer substantially transparent to ?1, wherein the window layer is a II-VI semiconductor having a composition of BeCdMgZnSe.

US Pat. No. 9,287,020

ELECTRICAL CABLE ARRANGEMENT

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An electrical cable arrangement comprising:
a first electrical cable comprising:
first and second conductor sets, each conductor set including two or more substantially parallel longitudinal insulated conductors;
and

a first carrier film including cover portions at least partially covering each of the first and second conductor sets, and
parallel portions extending from both sides of each of the first and second conductor sets, the parallel portions forming
pinched portions of the first electrical cable, the cable comprising a first pinched portion between the first and second
conductor sets; and

a second electrical cable comprising:
a third conductor set including two or more substantially parallel longitudinal insulated conductors; and
a second carrier film including a cover portion at least partially covering the third conductor set, and parallel portions
extending from both sides of the third conductor set, the parallel portions forming pinched portions of the second electrical
cable,

wherein the first electrical cable and the second electrical cable extend in substantially the same direction and are arranged
in a nested configuration such that the insulated conductors of the third conductor set are disposed within the first pinched
portion of the first electrical cable, and wherein only one of the first carrier film and the second carrier film comprises
a shielding film resulting in one layer of shielding between the first conductor set and the third conductor set.

US Pat. No. 9,283,060

DEVICE FOR DISPENSING A DENTAL SUBSTANCE AND METHOD OF DISPENSING

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A device for dispensing a dental substance, the device comprising:
a cartridge for containing the dental substance and a plunger, the cartridge comprising a dispensing opening,
a screw mechanism which is operable to urge the dental substance toward the dispensing opening of the cartridge,
a closure being adapted to openably close the dispensing opening, wherein the closure comprises a cutter for cutting off a
portion of the dental substance which protrudes over the dispensing opening, wherein the closure has a closure wall through
which an orifice extends, the closure and the cartridge being movable relative to each other between a closed position in
which the closure wall covers the dispensing opening and an open position in which the dispensing opening and the orifice
overlap at least partially, and

the device being adapted to provide an indication of a predetermined amount of dental substance being dispensed,
wherein the indication comprises an audible click provided by a ratchet permitting relative rotation of the plunger and the
cartridge in a dispensing direction and restricting rotation in the opposite direction, wherein the ratchet comprises a pawl
and a complementary groove, wherein the pawl cooperates with the complementary groove to enable rotation in the opposite direction
of the dispensing direction, while the pawl and the complementary groove are engaged, over a predetermined distance, to cause
the closure and the cartridge to move relative to each other to the closed position.

US Pat. No. 9,260,553

HIGHLY FLUORINATED POLYMERS

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A method of making a highly fluorinated polymer comprising:
(i) polymerizing one or more perfluorinated monomers in an aqueous emulsion polymerization in the presence of a polymerizable
fluorinated emulsifier to form the highly fluorinated polymer, wherein the polymerizable fluorinated emulsifier having the
formula:

X2C?CX(CF2)m(CH2)n[O—(CX2)p]q—[O—(CX2)r]s—[O—(CX2—CX2)]t—[(O)w(CX2)u]v—[CH2]z—Y
where X is independently selected from H, F, or CF3; Y is COOM or SO3M where M is H, an alkali metal or NH4; m is 0 to 5, n is 0 to 5, p is at least 1, q is 0 to 5, r is 0 to 5, s is 0 to 5, t is 0-5, u is 0 to 5, v is 0 to 5, w
is 0 or 1, and z is 0 to 5; wherein at least one of m, n, q, s, t, u, v, and z is at least 1; wherein the polymerizable fluorinated
emulsifier (a) comprises at least 1 fluorine atom; (b) is substantially free of telogenic activity, and (c) is less than 1
wt % based on the total weight of monomers used;
(ii) isolating the highly fluorinated polymer; and
(ii) post-fluorinating the isolated highly fluorinated polymer.

US Pat. No. 9,877,420

ELECTROMAGNETIC INTERFERENCE GASKET

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An electrically conductive gasket for use with an electrical component, comprising:
an electrically conductive base defining a central opening therein for receiving a portion of an electrical component; and
a row of spaced apart resilient conductive tabs arranged around the central opening, the gasket further defining a row of
spaced apart side openings arranged around the central opening, each side opening corresponding to a different tab, such that
in a plan view, each tab has a smaller area than the side opening corresponding to the tab, wherein each tab comprises;

a fixed end attached to the base;
a free end opposite the fixed end; and
opposing first and second sidewalls extending at least partially from the fixed end to the free end, wherein for at least
one tab, a height of each of the first and second sidewalls increases from the fixed end to the free end.

US Pat. No. 9,310,551

ILLUMINATION DEVICE HAVING VISCOELASTIC LIGHTGUIDE

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. An illumination device comprising:
a viscoelastic lightguide comprising opposing first and second major surfaces; and
a flexible light mat comprising a plurality of electrically interconnected light emitting diodes disposed on a flexible mat,
the light emitting diodes optically coupled to the viscoelastic lightguide, wherein light emitted by the light emitting diodes
enters the viscoelastic lightguide at the first major surface and is transported within the viscoelastic lightguide by total
internal reflection;

wherein the flexible mat comprises:
an insulator layer disposed between first and second conductor layers, the insulator layer having a plurality of first apertures;
the second conductor layer having a plurality of second apertures;

an optical film disposed on the second conductor layer opposite the insulator layer, the optical film having a plurality of
third apertures and a plurality of fourth apertures;

wherein the first, second and third apertures are aligned and the fourth is not aligned with the first, second and third apertures,
and

each light emitting diode is electrically connected to the first conductor layer through the first, second and third apertures,
and the second conductor layer through the fourth aperture, such that the light emitting diodes are electrically interconnected
by the first and second conductor layers.

US Pat. No. 9,168,180

CONFORMABLE MEDICAL DRESSING WITH SELF SUPPORTING SUBSTRATE

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A method of assembling a medical article, comprising:
(a) providing a backing layer comprising:
a conformable backing having a first major surface and a second major surface, and an opening through the backing layer to
form a window;

a first adhesive coated on at least a portion of the first major surface of the backing layer;
a carrier releasably attached to at least a portion of the second major surface of the backing layer;
a second adhesive coated on at least a portion of the second major surface of the backing layer proximate a perimeter of the
window; and

a liner releasably adhered to the second adhesive;
(b) providing a self-supporting substrate comprising a first planar surface, and at least one side wall formed at an angle
between zero to one hundred eighty degrees to the first planar surface, and a second planar surface connected to the at least
one side wall in a form of flange; and

(c) attaching the self-supporting substrate to the second adhesive on the backing layer to enclose the window in the backing
layer.

US Pat. No. 9,161,673

WRINGER FOR A BUCKET

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A wringing device for a container comprising:
a plurality of flexible wall members, each wall member having an outer portion, an inner portion, and a transition zone between
the outer portion and inner portion and each wall member having an upper face and an under face that is facing the container;

wherein the under face of at least one of the wall members includes at least one outwardly projecting rib extending through
the transition zone, wherein the rib forms a recess at the upper face.

US Pat. No. 9,284,593

LIVE BIOLOAD DETECTION USING MICROPARTICLES

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A unitary sample preparation and detection device, comprising:
a housing comprising first and second receptacles with a passageway there between;
wherein the first receptacle comprises an opening configured to receive a sample and a cell concentration agent disposed therein;
wherein the second receptacle includes a detection reagent disposed therein;
a release element comprising a cell extractant, the release element disposed in the housing;
means for isolating the first receptacle from the second receptacle and transferring the cell concentration agent from the
first receptacle to the second receptacle; wherein the means for isolating the first and second receptacles of the housing
includes a valve;

wherein the release element comprises an encapsulating material that acts as a diffusion barrier to prevent instantaneous
release of an effective amount of the cell extractant from the release element into an aqueous liquid when the release element
contacts the aqueous liquid; and

wherein the valve comprises a dead-end valve.

US Pat. No. 9,227,162

MIXER FOR PREPARING A DENTAL MATERIAL, AND SYSTEM COMPRISING THE SAME

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A mixer, comprising:
a mixing barrel, and a mixing rotor accommodated at least partially within the mixing barrel,
an inlet, and
an outlet,
the mixing rotor being rotatable about a rotation axis of the mixing rotor, and consisting essentially of four mixing paddle
levels each comprising at least one mixing paddle,

the four mixing paddle levels being disposed over at least a portion of the mixing rotor in a dimension substantially parallel
to the rotation axis and being spaced relative to one another at a substantially uniform paddle spacing, each of the mixing
paddles having a thickness in the dimension substantially parallel to the rotation axis, wherein the ratio between the paddle
spacing and the paddle thickness is greater than 2:1.

US Pat. No. 9,212,119

METHOD OF MAKING ALPHA, OMEGA-DIIODOPERFLUOROALKANES

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method of making ?,?-diiodoperfluoroalkanes, the method comprising combining components comprising:
i) diatomic iodine;
ii) a perfluoroalkylene oxide represented by the formula

wherein Rf represents a perfluoroalkyl group; and

iii) at least one of:
a) a first metallic compound comprising nickel; and
a second metallic compound comprising molybdenum that is compositionally different from the first metallic compound; or
b) a metallic alloy comprising from 50 to 70 percent by weight of nickel and from 20 to 40 percent by weight of molybdenum,
based on the total weight of the metallic alloy,
thereby producing at least one product represented by the formula
I(CF2)nI
wherein n independently represents an integer in the range of from 1 to 11, and wherein on a weight basis, the total weight
of the at least one product wherein n is 3 or greater exceeds the total weight of the at least one product wherein n is 1
or 2 by a factor of at least 4.

US Pat. No. 9,103,995

FIELD TERMINABLE OPTICAL FIBER CONNECTOR WITH SPLICE ELEMENT

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. An optical fiber connector for terminating an optical fiber of an optical fiber cable, comprising:
a backbone that provides structural support for the connector, the backbone including a jacket clamping portion to clamp a
jacket portion of the optical fiber upon actuation and a thread mounting structure; and

a boot attachable to a portion of the backbone, wherein the optical fiber cable comprises a jacket, a coated portion, a fiber
portion and strength members and the strength members of the optical fiber cable are disposed between the boot and the threaded
mounting structure onto which the boot is screwed, and wherein the boot actuates the jacket clamping portion of the backbone
and secures the strength members upon attachment to the backbone.

US Pat. No. 9,254,226

AUTOMATIC WELDING FILTER WITH TUNABLE SPECTRAL TRANSMISSION

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An automatic welding filter, comprising:
a switchable filter that changes from a light transmission state to a dark transmission state in response to an activation
signal;

a colour-tunable filter, being in optical alignment with the switchable filter, whose spectral transmittance is adapted to
vary in response to a user-selected colour signal; and

an electronic control unit for receiving and controlling the signals.

US Pat. No. 9,243,322

METHODS FOR APPLYING A COATING TO A SUBSTRATE IN ROLLED FORM

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A method comprising:
providing a substrate in rolled form, the substrate comprising:
a first edge face; and
a second edge face opposite said first edge face,
wherein the substrate comprises a first major surface and a second major
surface opposite said first major surface, the first and second major surfaces extending between the first edge face and the
second edge face, and

applying a coating to at least one edge face and optionally at least a portion of one major surface of the substrate in rolled
form, wherein applying the coating is carried out using atomic layer deposition, molecular layer deposition, or a combination
thereof while the substrate is in rolled form.

US Pat. No. 9,162,340

POLISHING PADS INCLUDING PHASE-SEPARATED POLYMER BLEND AND METHOD OF MAKING AND USING THE SAME

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A polishing pad comprising:
a sheet having a first major side and a second major side opposite the first major side; and
a plurality of polishing elements extending outwardly from the first major side along a first direction substantially normal
to the first major side, wherein at least a portion of the polishing elements are integrally formed with the sheet and laterally
connected so as to restrict lateral movement of the polishing elements with respect to one or more of the other polishing
elements, but remaining moveable in an axis substantially normal to a polishing surface of the polishing elements, wherein
at least a portion of the plurality of polishing elements comprise a first continuous polymer phase and a second discontinuous
polymer phase, and at least one transparent polishing element affixed to a transparent portion of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,278,155

ADHESIVE COMPOSITIONS, ARTICLES INCORPORATING SAME AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURE

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. An adhesive composition comprising: a first polymer comprising a crosslinked poly N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone present in the
composition in an amount of 5% to 35% by weight, wherein the crosslinked poly N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone has a Swelling Capacity
of at least 15 milliliters of water per gram of the crosslinked poly N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone;
an essentially nonvolatile swelling agent present in an amount of 50% to 90% by weight, wherein the swelling agent is selected
from the group consisting of polyhydric alcohols; glycerol; polyglycerols; polyhydric alcohol ethoxylates; and combinations
of the foregoing;

a second modifying polymer swellable and/or soluble in the swelling agent, and present in an amount of 1% to 20% by weight,
wherein the second modifying polymer is selected from the group consisting of hydroxypropyl guar; hydroxyethyl cellulose;
hydroxypropyl cellulose; hydroxypropyl methylcellulose; polymeric quaternary ammonium salt of hydroxyethyl cellulose reacted
with trialkyl ammonium substituted epoxide; copolymers of hydroxyethyl cellulose and dially|dimethyl ammonium chloride; Polyquartenium-2;
Polyquaternium-24; cetyl hydroxyethyl cellulose; and combinations of the foregoing; and

chlorhexidine gluconate in an amount up to 10% by weight of the total composition;
wherein the swelling agent, second modifying polymer, and antimicrobial agent are in essentially unirradiated form;
wherein the first polymer forms a pressure sensitive adhesive in the presence of the swelling agent; and
wherein the second modifying polymer, swelling agent, and first polymer demonstrate reduced adhesiveness relative to the pressure
sensitive adhesive containing the first polymer and swelling agent, while at least maintaining the cohesion of the pressure
sensitive adhesive containing the first polymer and swelling agent.

US Pat. No. 9,278,301

NESTABLE FRAMED PLEATED AIR FILTER AND METHOD OF MAKING

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A nestable framed pleated air filter, comprising:
a non-self-supporting, compressible, pleated air filter media with an upstream face and a downstream face and a generally
rectangular perimeter with four major edges,

wherein the non-self-supporting, compressible, pleated air filter media comprises a plurality of oppositely-facing pleats
with a pleat direction and with a plurality of upstream pleat tips and upstream pleat valleys and downstream pleat tips and
downstream pleat valleys, the non-self-supporting, compressible, pleated air filter media further comprising a plurality of
bridging filaments that are in discontinuous contact with the upstream face of the non-self-supporting, compressible, pleated
air filter media and that are bonded to at least some of the upstream pleat tips; and,

a frame comprising four major frame portions, with each major frame portion being mounted on one of the four major edges of
the generally rectangular perimeter of the non-self-supporting, compressible, pleated air filter media,

wherein each major frame portion comprises a sidewall angle of from about 100 degrees to about 160 degrees and wherein the
framed pleated air filter is nestable,

and wherein the non-self-supporting, compressible, pleated air filter media exhibits a pleat height and wherein the nestable
framed pleated air filter exhibits a nesting spacing that is less than about 70% of the pleat height.

US Pat. No. 9,247,736

ANTIMICROBIAL ADHESIVE FILMS

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A multi-layer film for reducing microbial contamination on a surface, the multi-layer film comprising:
a thermoplastic core layer having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface;
an adhesive layer disposed adjacent the first surface of the core layer; and
an antimicrobial hardcoat layer disposed adjacent the second surface, the antimicrobial hardcoat layer comprising an antimicrobial
agent chemically bound to a cross-linked matrix, and inorganic particles chemically bound to the cross-linked matrix,

wherein the cross-linked matrix is derived from a polymerizable precursor comprising a material selected from the group consisting
of a polymerizable monomer, a polymerizable polymer having a molecular weight of about 1,000 or less, and combinations thereof;
from about 5 wt % to about 20 wt % of a reactive antimicrobial agent; and reactive inorganic particles,

wherein the reactive antimicrobial agent includes at least one of a dimethylalkylammoniumethylacrylate halide and a dimethylalkylammoniumethylmethacrylate
halide, wherein the alkyl group has from 14 to 16 carbons.

US Pat. No. 9,244,284

MICROREPLICATED FILM FOR AUTOSTEREOSCOPIC DISPLAYS

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A light redirecting film configured to be used in an autostereoscopic backlight, the film defining a plane and having opposed
first and second structured surfaces along the plane, the first structured surface comprising lenticular features and the
second structured surface comprising prismatic features, wherein each of the prismatic features has a prism optical axis,
and wherein the prismatic features include a first plurality of prismatic features, where a first one of the prismatic features
of the first plurality has a first prism optical axis that is tilted relative to a thickness axis of the film perpendicular
to the plane and a second one of the prismatic features has a second prism optical axis that is substantially parallel to
the thickness axis, and wherein the first plurality of prismatic features are arranged such that they have respective amounts
of tilt that change across the film from larger values at the first prismatic feature of the first plurality to smaller values
at the second prismatic feature.

US Pat. No. 9,145,098

HIGH CONTRAST RETROREFLECTIVE SHEETING AND LICENSE PLATES

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An optical character recognition system, comprising:
an optical character recognition camera;
a light source emitting infra-red light that is coaxial with the optical character recognition camera; and
a retroreflective sheeting comprising indicia including a light scattering material; wherein the light scattering material
is a surface that has been selectively roughened;

the retroreflective sheeting comprising indicia including light scatter material is irradiated using the light source and
imaged using the optical character recognition camera thereby recognizing characters of the indicia.

US Pat. No. 9,278,889

METHOD OF REINFORCING IRREGULAR STRUCTURES

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A method for providing a reinforcing coating on an irregular rock or concrete surface, the method comprising:
a) applying a curable foam composition onto at least a portion of a surface, wherein the surface is selected from a group
consisting of an irregular rock surface and an irregular concrete surface and combinations thereof, and wherein the curable
foam composition comprises a mixture of a foam composition polyisocyanate component and a foam composition polyol component;

b) at least partially curing the curable foam composition to form a polyurethane foam layer, wherein at least a portion of
the foam layer is adhered to the surface;

c) applying a curable reinforcing composition onto at least a portion of the foam layer, wherein the curable reinforcing composition
comprises a reinforcing composition polyisocyanate component and a reinforcing composition polyamine component, wherein the
reinforcing composition polyisocyanate component has an isocyanate number in a range from 27% to 32%, the curable reinforcing
composition further comprising at least one of a flow agent or a de-aeration agent;

d) at least partially curing the curable reinforcing composition to form a polyurea reinforcing layer, wherein at least a
portion of the reinforcing layer is adhered to the foam layer, thereby forming the reinforcing coating on the surface.

US Pat. No. 9,268,146

USER INTERFACE WITH A COMPOSITE IMAGE THAT FLOATS

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A user interface comprising:
an infrared sensor;
a sheeting, comprising:
at least one layer of microlenses, the layer having first and second sides;
a layer of material disposed adjacent the first side of the layer of microlenses;
an at least partially complete image formed in the material associated with each of a plurality of the microlenses, wherein
each image contrasts with the material;

an opening on the sheeting aligned with the infrared sensor; and
a composite image, provided by the individual images, that appears to the unaided eye to be floating at least one of above
or below the sheeting,

wherein the infrared sensor and the sheeting are arranged such that when a user interacts with the floating composite image,
the infrared sensor detects the interaction through the opening and generates a sensor signal.

US Pat. No. 9,244,193

MICROSTRUCTURED OPTICAL FILMS COMPRISING FLUORENE-CONTAINING MONOMER

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A microstructured film comprising a polymerized microstructured surface wherein the microstructures comprise the reaction
product of a polymerizable resin composition comprising an organic portion having a refractive index of at least 1.56, the
organic component comprising a di(meth)acrylate monomer that is a fluorene-containing monomer and at least one aromatic monofunctional
(meth)acrylate monomer that comprises a group selected from phenyl or biphenyl.

US Pat. No. 9,175,190

METHOD FOR APPLYING ELONGATE STRIP TO DOOR FRAME OF VEHICLE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method of attaching an elongate strip to a door frame of the body of a vehicle, the method comprising application of
the elongate strip by means of a device comprising:
(i) a drive means;
(ii) an application head;
(iii) a stress control unit positioned between the drive means and application head and comprising one or more sensor units;
(iv) and a control unit for controlling the drive means,the application of the elongate strip comprising advancing the elongate strip by the drive means, positioning, pressing and/or
rolling the elongate strip on the door frame by means of the application head and controlling stress of the elongate strip
by means of the stress control unit and the control unit for controlling the drive means, whereby the one or more sensor units
of the stress control unit measure the stress of the elongate strip and the control unit controls the drive means to maintain
the stress of the elongate strip within a desired range of stress based on the measurement of the stress of the elongate strip
by the one or more sensors of the stress control unit,wherein the elongate strip comprises a rubber gasket and an adhesive tape comprising a foam layer having first and second
major sides, a pressure sensitive adhesive layer associated with a first major side of the foam layer, the pressure sensitive
adhesive comprising a cross-linked rubber and the foam layer comprises an acrylic polymer of one or more alkyl acrylates having
an average of 3 to 14 carbon atoms in the alkyl group, and a second major side has a further adhesive layer associated with
it, the foam layer having a density of at least 540 kg/m3 and less than or equal to 608 kg/m3, and wherein said rubber gasket is attached to said adhesive tape through said further adhesive layer.

US Pat. No. 9,096,503

BENZOXAZINE-THIOL ADDUCTS

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A benzoxazine-thiol compound selected from:
a) compound of the formula:

where
each R1 is H or an alkyl group,

R2 is H, a covalent bond, or a divalent (hetero)hydrocarbyl group;

R4 is the hydrocarbyl group;

R5 is the (hetero)hydrocarbyl group,

and
n is 1 to 6.

US Pat. No. 9,562,998

INCONSPICUOUS OPTICAL TAGS AND METHODS THEREFOR

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An optical tag having an inconspicuous pattern, comprising:
a patterned layer having distinguishable first and second portions that define the pattern, the first portions selectively
filtering at least a portion of blue visible light from other visible light wavelengths, wherein the patterned layer comprises
a multilayer optical film that has reduced birefringence of at least some of the interior layers in the first portion relative
to the second portion and reflects and transmits visible light differently in the first and second portions of the patterned
layer;

an indicia layer disposed to overlap the pattern so as to mark a location of the pattern; and
a contrast enhancing layer disposed behind the patterned layer and configured to enhance a contrast of the pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,378,426

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR NOTE RECOGNITION

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A method of collecting content of notes, comprising:
capturing, by a sensor of a computing device, a visual representation of a scene having a first physical note and a second
physical note, each of the physical notes comprising a separate physical object having a predefined boundary and recognizable
content thereon, the first physical note comprising a mark;

processing, by a processing unit of the computing device, image data associated with the visual representation of the scene
to identify the mark of the first physical note from the visual representation;

identifying based at least in part on the identified mark, by the processing unit, a predefined boundary of the first physical
note from the visual representation;

extracting based at least in part on the predefined boundary of the first physical note, by the processing unit, first recognizable
content from within the predefined boundary of the first physical note;

associating the first recognizable content with a first digital note representative of the first physical note;
identifying based at least in part on the identified mark, by the processing unit, a predefined boundary of the second physical
note from the visual representation;

extracting, by the processing unit, second recognizable content from within the predefined boundary of the second physical
note;

and associating the second recognizable content with a second digital note representative of the respective physical note.

US Pat. No. 9,353,930

LIGHT DUCT TEE EXTRACTOR

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A light duct extractor, comprising:
a first light conduit defining a light transport cavity capable of transporting light along a first propagation direction,
wherein the first light conduit comprises a first rectangular cross-section;

a second light conduit defining a light diversion cavity, the second light conduit intersecting the first light conduit such
that the light transport cavity and the light diversion cavity are contiguous, wherein the second light conduit comprises
a second rectangular cross-section; and

a light diverter extending between the light transport cavity and the light diversion cavity, the light diverter comprising
a reflective surface disposed at a diverter angle to the first propagation direction, wherein a first edge of the light diverter
is disposed within a boxed region defined by an input cross section of the first light conduit, an output cross-section of
the first light conduit, and a diverter cross section of the second light conduit, and wherein a second edge of the light
diverter is disposed in the light diversion cavity outside of the boxed region;

wherein a first light ray propagating within a collimation angle of the first propagation direction intercepting the reflective
surface, enters the second light conduit and is diverted to a second light ray propagating within the collimation angle of
a second propagation direction in the second light conduit.

US Pat. No. 9,179,543

FLEXIBLE LED DEVICE WITH WIRE BOND FREE DIE

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. An article comprising:
a flexible polymeric dielectric layer having a first major surface and an opposing second major surface, the first and second
major surfaces each having a conductive layer thereon, the dielectric layer having at least one via extending from the first
major surface to the second major surface, the at least one via containing a conductive material electrically connected to
the conductive layer on the second major surface and including electrically separated first and second portions, the first
and second portions having respective first and second top surfaces facing the first major surface and opposing first and
second bottom surfaces facing the second major surface, the first and second top surfaces configured to support and electrically
connect a light emitting semiconductor device to the conductive layer on the first major surface.

US Pat. No. 9,127,691

COMPACT SCROLL FAN ASSEMBLY

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A motor driven air purifying respirator comprising:
a blower assembly including:
a back casing fixed to a front casing;
a filter assembly comprising a filter component chosen from the group consisting of a particulate filtering medium, a chemical
filtering medium, and combinations thereof, for purifying the air drawn therethrough;

the motor including a rotor and a stator;
a radial fan assembly including at least an impeller that is driven by the motor and a volute with an air inlet which is configured
to receive the purified air from the filter component, and to direct the purified air outward through an air outlet of the
volute; and

wherein the volute comprises a spiral shaped casing element and a printed circuit board, wherein the spiral shaped casing
element is mounted to a first surface of the printed circuit board such that a flowpath for the purified air forced by the
impeller through the volute is defined by the first surface of the printed circuit board and an interior surface of the spiral
shaped casing element; and

wherein the motor of the radial fan assembly is located within the volute and the stator is mounted on the first surface of
the printed circuit board;

wherein the radial fan assembly is axially located in a space enclosed between the front casing and the back casing and the
filter assembly is mounted on a front face of the front casing, such that the filter assembly resides outside the space enclosed
between the back casing and the front casing in which the radial fan assembly resides.

US Pat. No. 9,293,840

WIRE CONNECTOR HAVING A WIRE HOLDER WITH AN ABUTTING PORTION AND A PROTECTING PORTION

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A wire connector comprising: a wire holder holding at least a first wire and a second wire;
a contact electrically connecting the first wire and the second wire; and
a body fixing the contact and holding the wire holder,
wherein the wire holder includes:
a first end face formed on a first end side in a predetermined direction;
a second end face formed on a second end side in the predetermined direction; and
a wire holding portion holding the first wire and the second wire in a state of the first wire and the second wire extending
in the predetermined direction and being mutually adjacent in a direction orthogonal to the predetermined direction,

the wire holding portion includes:
a first holding portion holding the first wire; and
a second holding portion formed at a position separated from the first holding portion in a direction orthogonal to the predetermined
direction and holding the second wire,

in the first holding portion, an opening enabling the first wire to be pulled through is formed in the first end face and
the second end face,

in the second holding portion, an opening enabling the second wire to be pulled through is formed in the first end face and
an abutting portion for abutting an end portion of the second wire is formed on the second end face side, and

on the first end face, in at least a portion of a circumferential edge of the opening in the second holding portion, a protecting
portion that projects from the first end face and protects the second wire.

US Pat. No. 9,290,289

WEIGHT MATERIAL DISPENSING AND CUTTING SYSTEM

Esys Corporation, Auburn...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a receiving module that receives a desired weight value to correct an imbalance of a wheel/tire assembly;
a conversion module that converts the desired weight value to a corresponding first amount of a wheel weight material;
first and second rollers that engage first and second opposing sides of the wheel weight material;
a motor that drives the first roller according to the first amount;
a forcing member that presses the second roller in a first direction that forms an angle with an axis of the first roller;
an implement that selectively forms a mark on the wheel weight material; and
a cutting head that is selectively actuated to separate the first amount from the wheel weight material.
US Pat. No. 9,287,568

HIGH PERFORMANCE, HIGH DURABILITY NON-PRECIOUS METAL FUEL CELL CATALYSTS

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A method of making a highly-nitrogenated carbon fuel cell cathode catalyst comprising:
a) polymerizing a mixture comprising at least one nitro-containing, amino-containing aromatic compound and at least one transition
metal salt to form a metal-containing polymer; and

b) thermally activating the metal-containing polymer by heating the metal-containing polymer in the presence of a nitrogenous
activating agent to form a highly-nitrogenated carbon fuel cell cathode catalyst that contains metal,

wherein the mixture further comprises at least one nanoparticle substrate and wherein the fuel cell cathode catalyst is a
supported fuel cell cathode catalyst;

wherein the nitrogenous activating agent is selected from the group consisting of ammonia, nitrogen, acetonitrile, pyridine,
hydrogen cyanide, cyanogen, pyrrole, pyrrolidine, quinoline, tetrahydroquinoline, piperidine, and combinations thereof; and

wherein the at least one nitro-containing, amino-containing aromatic compound is selected from the group consisting of:
2-nitroaniline,
3-nitroaniline,
4-nitroaniline,
2-methyl-3-nitroaniline,
2-methyl-4-nitroaniline,
2-methyl-5-nitroaniline,
2-methyl-6-nitroaniline,
4-methyl-2-nitroaniline,
4-ethyl-2-nitroaniline,
2-chloro-4-nitroaniline,
2-methyl-4-nitroaniline,
2-amino-4-nitrophenol,
3-methyl-4-nitrophenol,
2-amino-4-nitrotoluene,
2-amino-4-chloro-5-nitrotoluene,
2, 6-dichloro-4-nitroaniline,
2, 6-dibromo-4-nitroaniline,
4, 5-dichloro-2-nitroaniline,
4-(benzyloxy)- 5-bromo-2-nitroaniline,
4-(tert-butyl)- 3-nitroaniline,
4-benzyloxy-2-nitroaniline,
5-bromo-4-methyl-2-nitroaniline
5-chloro-2-methoxy-4-nitroaniline,
5-ethoxy-4-fluoro-2-nitroaniline,
5-nitro-5-naphthylamine,
2-amino-7-nitrofluorene,
4-nitrophthalimide,
2-amino-5-nitropyridine, and combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,285,087

REMOTE PHOSPHOR LED CONSTRUCTIONS

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A light source, comprising:
a first ultraviolet emitting LED;
a layer of phosphor material, the phosphor material adapted to emit light at longer visible wavelengths in response to excitation
from the ultraviolet light emitted by the first LED;

a dichroic reflector configured to reflect a first portion of the light emitted by the first LED onto the layer of phosphor
material in such a way that as light propagates from the first LED to the dichroic reflector it does not pass through the
layer of phosphor material, the dichroic reflector substantially transmitting light at the longer visible wavelengths;

wherein the dichroic reflector is configured to transmit a second portion of the light emitted by the first LED, such that
the light source emits broadband light that includes a combination of the second portion of the light emitted by the first
LED and the light at longer wavelengths emitted by the phosphor material.

US Pat. No. 9,260,612

ANTISTATIC ARTICLE, METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME, AND DISPLAY DEVICE HAVING THE SAME

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An article comprising:
A) a substrate; and
B) an antistatic layer disposed on the substrate, the antistatic layer comprising:
a) a cationic copolymer consisting essentially of:
i) from about 20 to about 50 wt % of a cationic monomer having the formula:
CH2?CR1COZ(CH2)nN(R2)3X

wherein
Z is O, S, or NH;
R1 is H or CH3;

R2 independently comprises an alkyl group having from 1 to 4 carbon atoms;

X is an anion selected from the group consisting of halogen, nitrate, alkylsulfate, alkanesulfonate, and haloalkanesulfonate;
and

n=2 to 6; and
ii) from about 10 to about 75 wt % of a hydrophobic monomer comprising an aliphatic alkyl (meth)acrylate monomer having a
hydrocarbon group of from 1 to 12 carbon atoms;

iii) from about 0.5 to about 55 wt % of a nitrogen-containing monomer selected from N-vinylpyrrolidinone, N,N-dimethylaminoethyl
(meth)acrylate, or a combination thereof; with the proviso that the amount of cationic monomer and nitrogen-containing monomer
is less than about 70 wt %; and

iv) from about 2 to about 25 wt % of a crosslinkable monomer comprising (meth)acrylic acid or a monomer having the formula:
CH2?CR3Y

wherein
R3 is H or CH3; and

Y is selected from the group consisting of CO2M, L-CO2M, L-OH, and CONH2, wherein M is H or a counterion, and L is a divalent linking group comprising alkylene, arylene, heteroalkylene, ether, carbonyl,
ester, amido, or sulfonamido functionality, or a combination thereof;

b) a non-cationic (meth)acrylic polymer which comprises no monomer with —OH or —CO2H functional groups; and

c) a crosslinking agent selected from the group consisting of melamine-formaldehyde, urea-formaldehyde, glycoluril-formaldehyde,
aziridine, carbodiimide, isocyanate, and epoxy crosslinkers.

US Pat. No. 9,228,055

POLYETHER HYBRID EPOXY CURATIVES

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A polyether-amido-amine compound, obtainable by a two-step reaction of a polyetheramine with an alkyl acrylate and a polyalkyleneimine,
wherein the polyetheramine and the polyalkyleneimine have at least one primary or secondary amine group, in which the first
step comprises the reaction of the polyetheramine with the alkyl acrylate and the second step comprises the reaction of the
polyalkyleneimine with the product of the first step, characterized in that the first step is conducted via an aza-Michael
addition and/or the second step is conducted as a condensation reaction.
US Pat. No. 9,266,764

HOLLOW MICROSPHERES AND METHOD OF MAKING HOLLOW MICROSPHERES

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A method of forming hollow microspheres comprising dispensing a feed with a dispenser, heating the feed using conditions
sufficient to convert at least a portion of the feed into hollow microspheres, wherein the dispensing is conducted using vibratory
energy, wherein the feed comprises
(a) between 50 wt % and 90 wt % of SiO2;

(b) between 2 wt % and 20 wt % of alkali metal oxides;
(c) between 1 wt % and 30 wt % of B2O3;

(d) between 0 wt % to 0.5 wt % of sulfur;
(e) between 0 wt % and 25 wt % divalent metal oxides;
(f) between 0 wt % and 10 wt % of tetravalent metal oxides other than SiO2;

(g) between 0 wt % and 20 wt % of trivalent metal oxides;
(h) between 0 wt % and 10 wt % of oxides of pentavalent atoms; and
(i) between 0 wt % and 5 wt % fluorine.

US Pat. No. 9,247,788

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT STRAP RETAINING DEVICES

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A strap retaining device for a personal protection device, comprising:
a frame comprising a first frame portion and a second frame portion;
a retention tab having a first end pivotally connected to the frame at the first frame portion and a second end portion not
connected to the frame;

a strap channel between the second end of the retention tab and the second frame portion; and
a first actuation arm connected to the frame and comprising a first actuation element movable towards the retention tab; and
a strap positioned in the strap channel and looped about the second frame portion;
wherein the first actuation element is movable in a first plane from a neutral position to an actuated position in which the
first actuation element causes the retention tab to move in a second plane that is substantially perpendicular to the first
plane; and wherein the strap retention tab clamps the strap against the second portion of the frame in the neutral position.

US Pat. No. 9,216,306

FILTER ELEMENT THAT HAS PLENUM CONTAINING BONDED CONTINUOUS FILAMENTS

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A filter element that comprises:
(a) a fluid inlet;
(b) a fluid outlet in fluid communication with the inlet;
(c) a filter media through which a fluid passes when moving from the inlet to the outlet; and
(d) a plenum that comprises continuous filaments that have a cross sectional diameter of about 0.2 to 25 mm and that are welded
to each other at points of filament intersection, wherein the plenum is curved when viewed from the side in cross-section,
and further wherein the continuous filaments are not multicomponent filaments;

wherein the plenum exhibits a compression modulus of at least about 1.9 to about 220 kPa.

US Pat. No. 9,170,245

CHEMICAL INDICATOR COMPOSITION, INDICATORS AND METHODS

3M Innovative Properties ...

13. A method of determining the effectiveness of a steam sterilization process, the method comprising:
providing a chemical indicator of claim 11;
placing the chemical indicator in a steam sterilization chamber;
exposing the chemical indicator to steam at a temperature of at least 121° C.; and
determining an optical density of the chemical indicator.

US Pat. No. 9,168,476

AIR FILTER COMPRISING A MICROPERFORATED FILM, AND METHOD OF USING

3M Innovative Properties ...

17. An air filter media comprising:
a microperforated film comprising a first, upstream face and a second, downstream face and comprising a plurality of tapered
microperforations extending through the microperforated film from the first, upstream face to the second, downstream,

wherein the tapered microperforations comprise a wide end at the first, upstream face of the microperforated film and a narrow
end at the second, downstream face of the microperforated film, wherein the narrow ends of the tapered microperforations exhibit
a diameter of from about 150 microns to about 400 microns, and wherein the wide ends of the tapered microperforations collectively
provide the first, upstream face of the microperforated film with a % open area of from about 50% to about 95%;

and,
a nonwoven filtration web positioned on the first, upstream face of the microperforated film and with a first, downstream
face of the nonwoven web in contact with the first, upstream face of the microperforated film and with the nonwoven filtration
web being thermally point-bonded to the first, upstream face of the microperforated film, at an area bond that is less than
about 5%,

wherein the nonwoven web exhibits an area coverage of from about 20% to about 50%, wherein the nonwoven web exhibits a solidity
of from about 1% to about 4%, wherein the nonwoven web exhibits an area density of from about 10 grams per square meter to
about 50 grams per square meter, and wherein the nonwoven web exhibits an average fiber diameter of from about 30 microns
to about 200 microns.

US Pat. No. 9,139,940

BONDED NONWOVEN FIBROUS WEBS COMPRISING SOFTENABLE ORIENTED SEMICRYSTALLINE POLYMERIC FIBERS AND APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR PREPARING SUCH WEBS

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method for making a bonded nonwoven fibrous web comprising:
1) providing a nonwoven fibrous web that comprises oriented monocomponent fibers selected from the group consisting of nylon
fibers, polypropylene fibers, polyethylene fibers, and polyethylene terephthalate fibers, the fibers exhibiting a Differential
Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) scan having an exothermic crystal-perfection peak in a non-reversing heat flow plot, and a basic
melting point appearing as a single endothermic peak in a total heat flow plot, and further exhibiting a Nominal Melting Point
as defined herein with the proviso that for nylon fibers the Nominal Melting Point be determined from a first-heat total-heat-flow
plot, further wherein the crystal-perfection peak shows:

a) a first discernible crystal perfection peak in the non-reversing heat flow plot corresponding to an amorphous-characterized
phase that exhibits repeatable softening, and

b) a second discernible crystal perfection peak in the non-reversing heat flow plot corresponding to a crystallite-characterized
phase that reinforces the fiber structure during softening of the amorphous-characterized phase,

wherein the highest point of the crystal perfection exothermic peak is positioned at a temperature as high or higher than
the Nominal Melting Point, whereby the fibers may be autogenously bonded while retaining orientation and fiber structure,
and

2) subjecting the web to a controlled heating and quenching operation that includes:
a) forcefully passing through the web a fluid heated to at least the onset melting temperature of said polymeric material
for a time sufficient to melt lower-order crystallites in the fibers but too short to wholly melt the fibers, and

b) immediately quenching the web by forcefully passing through the web a fluid at a temperature at least 50° C. less than
the Nominal Melting Point.

US Pat. No. 9,134,494

OPTICAL INTERCONNECT

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. An optical interconnect assembly, comprising:
a first printed circuit board (PCB) assembly comprising:
a first PCB; and
a plurality of first optical waveguides with light extractors disposed on or within the first PCB, the light extractors being
staggered relative to one another;

a second PCB assembly comprising:
a second PCB plugged into a first side of the first PCB via an electrical connector; and
a plurality of second optical waveguides with light extractors disposed on or within the second PCB, the light extractors
being staggered relative to one another, each second optical waveguide in the plurality of second optical waveguides corresponding
to a different first optical waveguide in the plurality of first optical waveguides;

a plurality of first microlenses staggered relative to one another, each first microlens in the plurality of first microlenses
corresponding to a different first optical waveguide in the plurality of first optical waveguides; and

a plurality of second microlenses staggered relative to one another, each second microlens in the plurality of second microlenses
corresponding to a different second optical waveguide in the plurality of second optical waveguides,
the light extractors of each first optical waveguide in the plurality of first optical waveguides and the corresponding second
optical waveguide in the plurality of second optical waveguides being so oriented that light traveling within the first optical
waveguide enters the second optical waveguide after being redirected by the light extractor of the first optical waveguide,
exiting the first optical waveguide, traveling through the first microlens in the plurality of first microlenses corresponding
to the first optical waveguide, traveling through the second microlens in the plurality of second microlenses corresponding
to the second optical waveguide, and being redirected by the light extractor of the second optical waveguide.

US Pat. No. 9,065,675

MICROSTRUCTURED ADHESIVE ARTICLE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An adhesive article comprising a release liner comprising a microstructured release layer, an adhesive having a first major
surface in contact with the release layer, and a substrate in contact with a second major surface of the adhesive; wherein
the release layer has an unstructured coefficient of friction of at least 0.4, wherein the microstructured release layer comprises
a microstructure having a depth of at least 5 microns, and wherein the unstructured coefficient of friction is measured according
to ASTM D 1894-63, sub-procedure A, wherein the substrate comprises a low surface energy material, wherein the adhesive has
an elastic modulus at 20° C. of no greater than 50 kilopascals, wherein the release layer comprises a fluorochemical or a
platinum-catalyzed silicone.

US Pat. No. 9,292,186

NOTE CAPTURE AND RECOGNITION WITH MANUAL ASSIST

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A computing device having a processor, the computing device comprising:
an image collection module configured to receive an input image of a plurality of physical notes;
a note identification module, implemented by the processor, configured to process the input image to identify at least some
of the plurality of physical notes in the input image; and

a user interface configured to display the input image and indications indicative of the identified physical notes,
wherein the user interface is further configured to receive a user input indicating a position in the input image, and
wherein the note identification module is further configured to identify, based on the position, a missed one of the physical
notes in the input image that was not identified by the note identification module when processing the input image.

US Pat. No. 9,284,473

ADHESIVE ARTICLE WITH RELEASE LAYER INCLUDING POLYMERIZED (METH)ACRYLATED SILICONE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An adhesive article comprising a pressure sensitive adhesive layer and a release layer disposed on a substrate, wherein
the release layer is in contact with the pressure sensitive adhesive layer, and wherein the release layer comprises a polymer
matrix comprising polymerized polyether-free (meth)acrylated silicone and a plurality of nanovoids; wherein a volume fraction
of the plurality of nanovoids in the release layer is no more than 0.5.

US Pat. No. 9,151,884

FLUORESCENT VOLUME LIGHT SOURCE WITH ACTIVE CHROMPHORE

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. An illumination system comprising:
a first Lambertian source of incoherent light capable of generating light in a first wavelength range;
a volume fluorescent light unit comprising
an active thin chromophore film sandwiched between a first layer and a second layer, the first layer and second layer comprising
a refractive index, and the active thin chromophore film comprising an emitting material that, when illuminated by light in
the first wavelength range, emits light in a second wavelength range, different from the first wavelength range, the active
thin chromophore film comprising an index of refraction that is within 0.1 of the refractive indexes of the first layer and
second layer;

further wherein each of the first layer and second layer is transparent to the light in the first and second wavelength range;
the volume fluorescent light unit having an extraction area, at least some of the light at the second wavelength being internally
reflected within the volume fluorescent light unit to the extraction area.

US Pat. No. 9,144,651

DOSE COUNTER

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A dose counter for use with an inhaler comprising a container for medicament equipped with a reciprocal actuation means
to dispense a dose of medicament therefrom, the dose counter comprising:
a counter member constructed and arranged to undergo a predetermined counting motion each time a dose is dispensed, the counting
motion comprising at least a first vertical or essentially vertical movement;

a count-indicating member constructed and arranged to undergo a predetermined count-indicating motion each time a dose is
dispensed, the count-indicating member comprising a first region for interaction with the counter member;

a fixed ratchet member;
an indexing member constructed and arranged to undergo reciprocal movement coordinated with the reciprocal movement between
the reciprocal actuation means and the container and to induce at least said first vertical or essentially vertical movement
of the counter member;

wherein the counter member is biased towards the ratchet member and/or the indexing member;
wherein the counter member comprises a first region for interaction with the count-indicating member, said first region of
the counter member comprising at least one surface that is engaged with at least one surface of said first region of the count-indicating
member;

wherein said first region of the counter member and said first region of the count-indicating member are configured and arranged,
such that said count-indicating member completes its count-indicating motion in coordination with the counting motion of said
counter member and during and induced by said first movement of the counter member the count-indicating member undergoes a
rotational or essentially rotational movement;

wherein the counter member comprises a second region for interaction with the ratchet member, said second region comprising
at least one surface that is engaged with the ratchet member at the rest position of the dose counter, wherein said at least
one surface of second region of the counter member includes a vertical or essentially vertical surface;

wherein the reciprocal movement of the indexing member comprises an outward stroke and a return stroke and wherein the counter
member comprises a third region for interaction with the indexing member, said third region comprising at least one inclined
surface which is engaged with the indexing member during its outward stroke, thereby causing the counter member to undergo
the first vertical or essentially vertical movement against the bias;

wherein said first vertical or essentially vertical movement of the counter member in turn causes a release of the engagement
of the counter member from the ratchet member and thus allows for a subsequent rotational or essentially rotational movement
of the counter member under the force of the bias and, if applicable, during further outward movement of the indexing member;

wherein the counter member further comprises a fourth region for interaction with the ratchet member, said fourth region comprising
at least one inclined surface which is engaged by the ratchet member during the return stroke of the indexing member, thereby
causing the counter member to undergo further rotational and vertical movement to complete said predetermined counting motion;
and

wherein the first region of the counter member or the first region of the count-indicating member comprises at least one channel,
while the first region of the opposing count-indicating member or counter member, respectively, comprises at least one protrusion,
wherein said at least one channel and said at least one protrusion are constructed and arranged such that at least one surface
of said at least one protrusion engages with at least one surface of said at least one channel, wherein said at least one
channel is angled at an angle of 1 degree up to and including 60 degrees relative to the longitudinal axis of reciprocal movement
between the reciprocal actuation means and the container.

US Pat. No. 9,139,668

FLUOROPOLYMER COMPOSITIONS CONTAINING A POLYOL COMPOUND AND METHODS OF MAKING THEM

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A composition comprising
i) at least one non-aromatic polyol compound containing at least one polyol unit having at least two hydroxyl groups and at
least one long chain unit containing at least 6 carbon atoms;

ii) at least one fluoropolymer comprising repeating units derived from a fluorinated olefin, wherein the fluoropolymer is
selected from:

(a) a polymer comprising repeating units derived from vinylidene fluoride and tetrafluoroethylene;
(b) a polymer comprising repeating units derived from vinylidene fluoride and hexafluoropropylene;
(c) a polymer comprising repeating units derived from vinylidene fluoride, tetrafluoroethylene, and hexafluoropropylene;
(d) a polymer comprising repeating units derived from vinylidene fluoride, tetrafluoroethylene, hexafluoropropylene, and a
hydrocarbon alpha-olefin having from 2 to 9 carbon atoms;

(e) a polymer comprising repeating units derived from tetrafluoroethylene and a hydrocarbon alpha-olefin having from 2 to
9 carbon atoms;

(f) a copolymer of hexafluoropropylene and a hydrocarbon alpha-olefin having from 2 to 9 carbon atoms;
(g) a polymer comprising repeating units derived from tetrafluoroethylene, hexafluoropropylene, and a hydrocarbon alpha-olefin
having from 2 to 9 carbon atoms;

(h) a polymer comprising repeating units derived from tetrafluoroethylene having a melt flow index at 372° C. of greater than
0.1 g/10 min at a load of 10 kg;

(hh) a polymer comprising repeating units derived from tetrafluoroethylene having a melt flow index at 372° C. of 0.1 g/10
min or less at a load of 10 kg;

(j) polyvinylidenefluoride;
(k) a polymer comprising repeating units derived from tetrafluoroethylene and repeating units selected from (i) one or more
perfluoroalkyl vinyl ether; (ii) one or more perfluoroalkyl ally ether; and (iii) a combination of (i) and (ii), and optionally
further comprising repeating units derived from hexafluoropropylene;

(l) a polymer comprising repeating units derived from tetrafluoroethylene, hexafluoropropylene and, optionally, further comprising
repeating units selected from (iv) one or more perfluoroalkyl vinyl ether; (v) one or more perfluoroalkyl ally ether; and
(vi) a combination of (iv) and (v); and

(m) a polymer comprising repeating units derived from tetrafluoroethylene, hexafluoropropylene, further comprising repeating
units selected from (vii) ethylene; (viii) propylene; and (ix) a combination of (vii) and (viii), optionally, further comprising
repeating units selected from (x) one or more perfluoroalkyl vinyl ether; (xi) one or more perfluoroalkyl ally ether; and
(xii) a combination of (x) and (xi).

US Pat. No. 9,136,687

LOW FRICTION SLEEVE FOR COLD SHRINK TUBE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An article comprising:
a cold shrinkable sleeve disposed on a tubular support core in a stretched condition, at least a portion of the cold shrinkable
sleeve folded such that at least one portion of the cold shrinkable sleeve overlaps another portion of the cold shrinkable
sleeve, wherein a flexible tube is positioned between the overlapping portions of the cold shrinkable sleeve, the flexible
tube comprising an inner surface, an outer surface, a first end and a second end, the inner surface at least partially covered
with a low friction material.

US Pat. No. 9,132,069

ONE COMPONENT SELF-ADHESIVE DENTAL COMPOSITION, PROCESS OF PRODUCTION AND USE THEREOF

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A one-component self-adhesive composition for dental use comprising
a) radically polymerizable component(s) with an acidic moiety as component A,
b) radically polymerizable component(s) without an acidic moiety as component (B),
c) an oxidizing agent comprising persulfate(s) as component (C),
d) transition metal component(s) as component (D),
e) photoinitiator system as component (E),
f) optionally non acid-reactive filler(s) as component (F), and
g) optionally additive(s) as component (G),
the composition not comprising basic filler(s).
US Pat. No. 9,376,599

ADHESIVE ARTICLE COMPRISING AN ACRYLIC FOAM LAYER

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. Adhesive article comprising a foam layer having first and second major sides and a pressure sensitive adhesive layer associated
with at least one of the major sides for the foam layer, said pressure sensitive adhesive layer comprising a cross-linked
rubber and wherein the foam layer comprises an acrylic polymer obtainable by polymerization of a polymerizable composition
comprising one or more alkyl acrylates having an average of 3 to 14 carbon atoms in the alkyl groups, one or more polar monomers
and one or more multi-functional monomers having at least two free radical polymerizable groups, a fluoroaliphatic surfactant;
and at least 0.20 wt % of a cross linking agent, wherein said polymerizable composition comprises 83 to 97% by weight of said
alkyl acrylates, 3 to 16% by weight of said polar monomers and 0.01 to 1% by weight of said multi-functional monomers.

US Pat. No. 9,289,274

SELF-LIGATING ORTHODONTIC APPLIANCE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An orthodontic appliance comprising:
a base having a bonding surface for attachment to a tooth;
a body extending outwardly from the base and an elongated slot thereon extending along a generally mesial-distal direction,
the body further comprising a pair of undercut channels on the body;

first and second protrusions disposed on the body with the slot extending therebetween, the second protrusion extending in
a direction towards the base; and

a clip comprising mesial and distal struts each received in one of the pair of undercut channels, slidably engaged to the
body and movable between open and closed positions, the first protrusion extending into the clip to retain the clip to the
body in an interference fit and the second protrusion extending into the clip in its closed position selectively, wherein
the clip comprises at least one deflectable portion aligned along a reference plane extending over the slot and wherein the
at least one deflectable portion resiliently bends out of the reference plane in a direction towards the base to traverse
the second protrusion as the clip moves between open and closed positions,

wherein the clip further comprises first and second open regions located between the mesial and distal struts, the at least
one deflectable portion setting the first and second open regions apart from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,175,188

MOISTURE-CURABLE POLYSILOXANE COATING COMPOSITION

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A curable composition consisting essentially of
(a) at least one polyorganosiloxane, fluorinated polyorganosiloxane, or combination thereof comprising reactive silane functionality
comprising at least one hydrosilyl moiety; and

(b) at least one base selected from amidines, guanidines, phosphazenes, proazaphosphatranes, and combinations thereof;wherein said curable composition is non-foaming and has an average condensation-curable, reactive silane functionality greater
than two; and wherein the curable composition is substantially anhydrous.

US Pat. No. 9,136,429

MULTILAYER CONSTRUCTION

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

12. A multilayer construction comprising:
a II-VI semiconductor layer;
a dielectric layer disposed directly on the II-VI semiconductor layer, an interface between the II-VI semiconductor and dielectric
layers being substantially oxide free; and

an oxide layer disposed directly on the dielectric layer.

US Pat. No. 9,516,727

LIGHTNING PROTECTION SHEET WITH PATTERNED DISCRIMINATOR

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A lightning protection sheet comprising an electrically conductive film having thickness t and an electrically non-conductive
first discriminator layer having thickness TDL over the electrically conductive film, where the first discriminator layer is patterned into a plurality of features selected
from the group consisting valley features having a depth d of between 50% and 100% of TDL, ridge-and-trench features having a trench depth d of between 50% and 100% of TDL, or combinations thereof, and where the electrically conductive film is patterned with ridge-and-trench features intersecting
with the valley features or ridge-and-trench features of the first discriminator layer.

US Pat. No. 9,278,021

ORTHOPEDIC PRESSURE DEVICE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An orthopedic pressure device comprising:
(a) a main body including an aperture defined therein, the main body configured to contour to the curvature of a portion of
a wearer's anatomy;

(b) an adjustable strap for securing the main body to the wearer; and
(c) a displacing mechanism disposed at least partially in the main body for applying perpendicular force to the soft tissues
of the wearer, the displacing mechanism comprising a force member at least partially received in the aperture and having structure
adapted for contacting the soft tissues, and a lace and a tensioning mechanism disposed at a location on the main body for
adjusting the perpendicular force to the soft tissues, wherein at least a portion of the force member is displaced out of
the aperture in directions toward the wearer and away from the main body when tension is applied to the lace using the tensioning
mechanism, and wherein the location of the tensioning mechanism remains fixed relative to the adjustable strap when tension
is applied to the lace using the tensioning mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,243,279

EFFERVESCENT COMPOSITIONS AND USES THEREOF

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method of enriching the growth of a target microorganism, comprising:
providing a culture medium, a sample that may include the target microorganism, and a latent effervescent body;
wherein the latent effervescent body comprises an outer shell with a core composition disposed therein
wherein the core composition comprises two or more effervescent components and a selective agent that facilitates the growth
of the target microorganism relative to growth of at least one other microorganism;

wherein the core composition comprises a lithium compound that functions as one of the effervescent components and as the
selective agent;

contacting the sample, the latent effervescent body, and the culture medium under conditions to facilitate growth of the target
microorganism; and

releasing the selective agent from the latent effervescent body;
wherein releasing the selective agent further comprises releasing the selective agent after an aqueous mixture comprising
the sample and the culture medium are placed in fluidic contact with the latent effervescent body for a predetermined period
of time;

wherein the predetermined time is about 2 hours to about 6 hours.

US Pat. No. 9,238,544

ARTICLE AND METHOD FOR SEALING A COLLAPSIBLE CONTAINER

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A cartridge for a dispenser, the cartridge comprising:
a collapsible container having a flexible wall and enclosing material to be dispensed;
a cap secured to one end of the container, the cap comprising:
an outlet,
an inner collar at least partially surrounding the end of the container, and
an outer collar at least partially surrounding the inner collar;
a shell releasably coupled to the cap, wherein the shell at least partially surrounds the inner collar; and
a gap provided between the inner collar and the shell, the gap having a size sufficient to receive a folded section of the
flexible wall as the container collapses and the material is dispensed through the outlet.

US Pat. No. 9,187,678

RELEASE FILMS VIA SOLVENTLESS EXTRUSION PROCESSES

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A tape construction comprising a tape backing, a pressure sensitive adhesive disposed on the tape backing, and a release
layer contacted with the adhesive, the release layer comprising a polyolefin and about 0.5 wt % to 10 wt % of an alkyl dimethicone,
the alkyl dimethicone having a structure comprising

wherein the sum of (a+b+c) is between about 100 and 1000, the ratio of a to the sum of (b+c) is about 98:2 to 94:6, R1 is a linear, branched, or cyclic alkyl group having between 20 and 50 carbon atoms, and R2 is a linear, branched, or cyclic alkyl or alkaryl group having between 6 and 10 carbons.

US Pat. No. 9,108,299

SELF-CONTAINED FIBROUS BUFFING ARTICLE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A self-contained fibrous buffing article comprising at least one layer of a fibrous nonwoven fabric comprising lyocell
fiber; the nonwoven fabric having a hardened adherent coating comprising a first coating and a second coating;
wherein the first coating comprises a crosslinked binder;
wherein the second coating is disposed on the first coating and comprises abrasive particles and a lubricant blend;
and further wherein the lubricant blend comprises at least a fatty acid, mineral oil and glycerin.

US Pat. No. 9,532,490

ELECTROMAGNETIC INTERFERENCE GASKET

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An electrically conductive gasket for use with an electrical component, comprising:
an electrically conductive base defining a central opening therein for receiving a portion of an electrical component;
a first row of spaced apart resilient conductive tabs arranged around the central opening;
a second row of spaced apart resilient conductive tabs arranged around the central opening, the first row being located inside
the second row, the conductive tabs in the first and second rows of the spaced apart resilient conductive tabs extending outwardly
from the conductive base and being configured to resiliently deflect when the gasket is compressed, the conductive tabs in
the first and second rows of the spaced apart resilient conductive tabs being staggered relative to each other, such that
in an edge view of the gasket, at least one conductive tab in one row partially overlaps at least one conductive tab in the
other row, the electrically conductive gasket further defining a first row of spaced apart side openings arranged around the
central opening, each side opening corresponding to a different resilient conductive tab in the first row of spaced apart
resilient conductive tabs.

US Pat. No. 9,504,544

CONTAINER FOR ORTHODONTIC APPLIANCES

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A packaged orthodontic assembly comprising:
an orthodontic appliance having a base for attachment to a tooth; and
a container having a recess with a bottom surface and a pair of opposing, non-parallel side surfaces providing an enlarged
recess entrance, whereby the side surfaces contact opposing sides of the base to retain the appliance in the recess, wherein
each side surface forms an obtuse angle relative to the bottom wall ranging from 95 to 135 degrees.

US Pat. No. 9,200,763

FLEXIBLE LIGHTING ASSEMBLY

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A flexible lighting assembly comprising:
a flexible cable having a width and thickness, and comprising electrical conductors to provide electrical circuit paths;
a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) electrically connected to the electrical conductors of the flexible cable, wherein
the light emitting diodes comprise leads placed against a first exterior surface of the flexible cable; and

a plurality of light distribution film segments positioned on the first exterior surface of the flexible cable, each segment
corresponding to a light emitting diode, and each distribution film segment comprising a top surface generally parallel to
the flexible cable and two side surfaces running between the top surface and the first exterior surface of the flexible cable
at opposing ends of each segment, each distribution film segment comprising a light deflector positioned directly over the
light emitting diode, wherein the light deflector redirects light emitted from the light emitting diode in a length direction
generally towards one of the side surfaces of the segment, and the side surface of one segment is spaced apart from the closest
side surface of an adjacent segment by a gap on the flexible cable,

wherein the plurality of light distribution film segments distribute light from the LEDs along the length direction across
the flexible light assembly before the light exits from the top surface of the light distribution film segments to reach a
viewer in front of the LEDs.

US Pat. No. 9,187,416

PARTIALLY FLUORINATED SULFINIC ACID MONOMERS AND THEIR SALTS

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A monomer according to formula I:
CX1X3?CX2—(R1)p—CZ1Z2-SO2M  (I)

wherein X1, X2, and X3 are independently selected from H, F, Cl, Br, I, CF3 and CH3, and wherein at least one of X1, X2, or X3 is a H; R1 is a linking group; Z1 and Z2 are independently selected from F, Cl, Br, I, CF3, and a perfluoroalkyl group; p is 0 or 1; and M is a cation.

US Pat. No. 9,164,607

COMPLEMENTARY TOUCH PANEL ELECTRODES

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A multi-layer touch panel, comprising:
an upper electrode comprised of an interconnected upper mesh of micro-wire conductors;
a lower electrode comprised of an interconnected lower mesh of micro-wire conductors;
a dielectric disposed between the upper electrode and lower electrode;wherein the upper electrode crosses-over the lower electrode at a cross-over area, thus defining an upper electrode cross-over
area having a first conductor pattern, and a lower electrode cross-over area having a second conductor pattern;wherein the first conductor pattern has a first variable active areal conductor density and the second conductor pattern has
a second variable active areal conductor density; and,wherein the first and second variable active areal conductor densities are complementary to one another.

US Pat. No. 9,105,376

CONNECTOR ARRANGEMENTS FOR SHIELDED ELECTRICAL CABLES

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A shielded electrical ribbon cable, comprising:
a plurality of conductor sets extending lengthwise along the cable and being spaced apart from each other along a width of
the cable, and each conductor set including one or more insulated conductors, the conductor sets including a first conductor
set adjacent a second conductor set; and

a first and second shielding film disposed on opposite sides of the cable, the first and second films including cover portions
and pinched portions arranged such that, in transverse cross section, the cover portions of the first and second films in
combination substantially surround each conductor set, and the pinched portions of the first and second films in combination
form pinched portions of the cable on each side of each conductor set;

wherein, when the cable is laid flat, the insulated conductors in a conductor set having two or more insulated conductors
are not in a same geometrical plane, a first insulated conductor of the first conductor set is nearest the second conductor
set, and a second insulated conductor of the second conductor set is nearest the first conductor set, and the first and second
insulated conductors have a center-to-center spacing S; and

wherein the first insulated conductor has an outer dimension D1 and the second insulated conductor has an outer dimension D2; and

wherein S/Dmin is in a range from 1.7 to 2, where Dmin is the lesser of D1 and D2.

US Pat. No. 9,102,690

ACICULAR BOEHMITE NANOPARTICLES

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A method of making an acicular boehmite nanoparticle, the method comprising:
providing a feedstock solution comprising an aluminum-containing precursor dissolved in an aqueous-based solvent at a pH no
greater than 6, the aluminum-containing precursor being of Formula (I)

Al(OH)w(R1)x(R2)y(R3)z  (I)
wherein
R1 is a first carboxylate selected from a formate or acetate;

R2 is a second carboxylate that is different from the first carboxylate and that is selected from acetate, propionate, butyrate,
or mixtures thereof;

R3 is an optional third mono-carboxylate having at least 5 carbon atoms;

w+x+y+z=3;

w is in a range of 1.5 to 2.2;
x is equal to at least 0.1;
y is equal to at least 0.1; and
z is in a range of 0 to 0.2; and
passing the feedstock solution through a continuous hydrothermal reactor held at a temperature in a range of 150° C. to 180°
C., wherein an effluent of the continuous hydrothermal reactor comprises the acicular boehmite nanoparticle.

US Pat. No. 9,222,299

WINDOW FILM ATTACHMENT ARTICLE

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. An article comprising a body having
a first portion including a first attachment surface having a straight bond line,
a second portion including a second attachment surface,
a connecting portion arranged between and connecting the first portion and the second portion, wherein the connecting portion
comprises a linear portion that terminates at or near a midpoint of the first attachment surface and the second attachment
surface, and wherein the first portion includes a heel portion extending toward the second portion, and arranged in spaced
relation with the second portion and the connecting portion, and further wherein the heel portion includes at least a portion
of the first attachment surface, and wherein the article comprises an attachment article for securing a window film to a window
frame.

US Pat. No. 9,212,693

FLUOROPOLYMER COATED ARTICLES

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. An article comprising a bearing, wherein the bearing has disposed upon it a fluoropolymer composition, the fluoropolymer
composition comprising a coagulated fluoropolymer prepared from a process comprising providing an aqueous fluoropolymer dispersion
containing from about 5 to about 70% by weight based on the weight of a dispersion of a fluoropolymer and at least about 0.02%
by weight a pH-dependent surfactant, having, depending on the pH of the dispersion, either a cationic or a non-ionic form
and wherein the pH-dependent surfactant is capable in its non-ionic form of stabilizing the dispersion and coagulating the
dispersion in its cationic form.

US Pat. No. 9,145,410

PYRAZOLOPYRIDINES AND ANALOGS THEREOF

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A compound of formula (II):
wherein:
when taken together, RA1 and RB1 form a fused aryl ring or form a fused heteroaryl ring containing one heteroatom selected from the group consisting of N and
S, wherein the aryl or heteroaryl ring is unsubstituted or substituted by one or more R groups;

R is selected from the group consisting of:
halogen,
hydroxy,
alkyl,
alkenyl,
haloalkyl,
alkoxy,
alkylthio, and
—N(R9)2;

R1 is selected from the group consisting of:

—R4,

—X—R4,

—X—Y—R4,

—X—Y—X—Y—R4, and

—X—R5;

R2 is selected from the group consisting of:

hydrogen,
alkyl,
hydroxyalkylenyl,
alkoxyalkylenyl, and
—X2—Y2—R42;

X is selected from the group consisting of alkylene, alkenylene, alkynylene, arylene, heteroarylene, and heterocyclylene wherein
the alkylene, alkenylene, and alkynylene groups can be optionally interrupted or terminated by arylene, heteroarylene or heterocyclylene
and optionally interrupted by one or more —O— groups;

X2 is alkylene that is optionally terminated by arylene or heterocyclylene;

Y is selected from the group consisting of:
—O—,
—S(O)0-2-,

—S(O)2—N(R8)—,

—C(R6)—,

—C(R6)—O—,

—O—C(R6)—,

—O—C(O)—O—,
—N(R8)-Q-,

—C(R6)—N(R8)—,

—O—C(R6)—N(R8)—,

—C(R6)—N(OR9)—,

—O—N(R8)-Q-,

—O—N?C(R4)—,

—C(?N—O—R8)—,

—C(?N—O—R8)—NH—,

—CH(—N(—O—R8)-Q-R4)—,


Y2 is selected from the group consisting of:

—S(O)2—,

—C(O)—,
—C(O)—O—,
—N(R8)-Q-,

—C(O)—N(R8)—, and


R4 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, aryl, arylalkylenyl, aryloxyalkylenyl, alkylarylenyl,
heteroaryl, heteroarylalkylenyl, heteroaryloxyalkylenyl, alkylheteroarylenyl, and heterocyclyl wherein the alkyl, alkenyl,
alkynyl, aryl, arylalkylenyl, aryloxyalkylenyl, alkylarylenyl, heteroaryl, heteroarylalkylenyl, heteroaryloxyalkylenyl, alkylheteroarylenyl,
and heterocyclyl groups can be unsubstituted or substituted by one or more substituents independently selected from the group
consisting of alkyl, alkoxy, hydroxyalkyl, haloalkyl, haloalkoxy, halogen, nitro, hydroxy, mercapto, cyano, aryl, aryloxy,
arylalkyleneoxy, heteroaryl, heteroaryloxy, heteroarylalkyleneoxy, heterocyclyl, amino, alkylamino, dialkylamino, (dialkylamino)alkyleneoxy,
and in the case of alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, and heterocyclyl, oxo;

R42 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, alkyl, aryl, arylalkylenyl, aryloxyalkylenyl, heterocyclyl, and heteroaryl,
wherein the alkyl, aryl, aryloxyalkylenyl, and heterocyclyl groups can be unsubstituted or substituted by one or more substituents
independently selected from the group consisting of alkyl, alkoxy, hydroxyalkyl, haloalkyl, haloalkoxy, halogen, nitro, hydroxy,
cyano, aryl, aryloxy, heteroaryl, heterocyclyl, and in the case of heterocyclyl, oxo;

R5 is selected from the group consisting of


R6 is selected from the group consisting of ?O and ?S;

R7 is C2-7 alkylene;

R5 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, alkyl, alkoxyalkylenyl, hydroxyalkylenyl, arylalkylenyl, and heteroarylalkylenyl;

R9 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen and alkyl;

R10 is C3-8 alkylene;

A is selected from the group consisting of —O—, —C(O)—, —S(O)0-2-, and —N(R4)—;

A? is selected from the group consisting of —O—, —S(O)0-2-, —N(-Q-R4)—, and —CH2—;

Q is selected from the group consisting of a bond, —C(R6)—, —C(R6)—C(R6)—, —S(O)2-5-C(R6)—N(R8)—W—, —S(O)2—N(R8)—, —C(R6)—O—, —C(R6)—S—, and —C(R6)—N(OR9)—;

V is selected from the group consisting of —C(R6)—, —O—C(R6)—, —N(R8)—C(R6)—, and —S(O)2—;

W is selected from the group consisting of a bond, —C(O)—, and —S(O)2—; and

a and b are independently integers from 1 to 6 with the proviso that a+b is ?7;
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.
US Pat. No. 9,127,101

COMPOSITIONS AND ARTICLES COMPRISING POLYMERIZABLE IONIC LIQUID MIXTURE, AND METHODS OF CURING

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A curable composition comprising a polymerizable organic composition comprising
i) at least 30 wt-% of a multifunctional polymerizable ionic liquid comprising an anion and a cationic group having at least
two free-radically polymerizable groups each bonded to the cationic group via a divalent linking group wherein the linking
group independently comprises one or more linkages selected from amide, urethane, or ester and the multifunctional polymerizable
ionic liquid has an air to nitrogen curing exotherm ratio of at least 0.70; and

ii) at least one other ethylenically unsaturated monomer, oligomer, or polymer.

US Pat. No. 9,134,471

ORIENTED POLYMERIC ARTICLES AND METHOD

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method of making fibers comprising:
forming a polymeric film having
a body having a first surface and a second surface and having a longitudinal dimension, and
a plurality of elongate microstructured surface features disposed on the first surface of the body in a direction substantially
parallel to the longitudinal dimension of the body, wherein the microstructured surface features are substantially parallel;

stretching the polymeric film in a direction substantially parallel to the longitudinal dimension of the body; and
separating the stretched polymeric film along generally longitudinally disposed separation lines to define a plurality of
discrete fiber elements, wherein one or more of the fiber elements have at least one microstructured surface feature thereon.

US Pat. No. 10,076,026

ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE ARTICLES

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An article comprising:a substrate having a first major surface;
an electrical conductor pattern on the first major surface of the substrate, the electrical conductor pattern comprising:
a plurality of separated pairs of separated first and second electrically conductive metallic traces, the first and second electrically conductive metallic traces of each pair of the plurality of pairs having a length of overlap relative to each other of at least 5 times their separation distance, and wherein there are at least 50 of the electrically conductive metallic traces/cm2.

US Pat. No. 9,211,553

APPARATUS FOR SPRAYING LIQUIDS, AND ADAPTERS AND LIQUID RESERVOIRS SUITABLE FOR USE THEREWITH

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A spray gun paint reservoir comprising:
a liner comprising:
a base;
a sidewall;
an open end;
a rim at the open end; and
an internal surface;
the liner being self-supporting, but also being collapsible in use as a paint is withdrawn from the reservoir; and
a lid that is a push-fit in the open end of the liner, the lid comprising:
an outwardly-extending rim adapted to sit on top of the liner rim;
a central aperture from which extends a connector tube adapted to connect the reservoir to a compatible spray gun, the central
aperture and connector tube forming an outlet for paint from the reservoir; and

a filter mesh covering the central aperture.