US Pat. No. 9,468,796

LEG-POWERED TREADMILL

Speedfit LLC, East Hampt...

1. A manually operated treadmill comprising:
a treadmill frame having a front end and a rear end opposite the front end;
a front shaft rotatably coupled to the treadmill frame at the front end;
a rear shaft rotatably coupled to the treadmill frame at the rear end, and
a running belt including a curved running surface upon which a user of the treadmill may run, wherein the running belt is
disposed about the front and rear shafts such that force generated by the user causes rotation of the front shaft and the
rear shaft and also causes the running surface of the running belt to move from the front shaft toward the rear shaft;

a means for slackening an upper portion of said curved running surface while a lower portion of said curved running surface
remains taut, said means for slackening comprising a timing belt;

wherein the treadmill is configured to control the speed of the running belt to facilitate maintenance of the contour of the
curved running surface.

US Pat. No. 9,664,656

REAL-TIME GAS MONITORING METHOD AND SYSTEM

Ruks Engineering Ltd., B...

1. A method for monitoring a concentration of a gas in an enclosed space, comprising:
injecting said gas into said enclosed system using a gas injection system;
measuring a parameter indicative of said gas concentration using a gas sensor;
comparing said parameter with a predetermined limit value of said parameter using a microprocessor, and if said parameter
is greater than said predetermined limit value then activating a shut-off of the gas injection system;

continuously monitoring one of a hardware element, a software function and a control signal used to carry out the method to
identify at least one fault in at least one of said hardware element, said software function and said control signal; and

if a fault is detected activating said shut-off of the gas injection system;
wherein said continuously monitoring step is carried out by one of a primary error detection module for identifying hardware
faults and a secondary error detection module for identifying software and control faults;

wherein each of said primary and secondary error detection modules are integrated with said microprocessor.
US Pat. No. 9,580,503

ANTIBODIES AGAINST T CELL IMMUNOGLOBULIN DOMAIN AND MUCIN DOMAIN 1 (TIM-1) ANTIGEN AND USES THEREOF

Celldex Therapeutics, Inc...

1. A method of treating renal cancer in a subject in need thereof, the method comprising:
administering to said subject a therapeutically effective dose of an isolated human antibody or antigen-binding fragment thereof,
that specifically binds T cell, immunoglobulin domain and mucin domain 1 (TIM-1), wherein the antibody or the antigen-binding
fragment thereof comprises a heavy chain amino acid sequence comprising three complementarity determining regions (CDRs) and
a light chain amino acid sequence comprising three CDRs, wherein the three heavy chain CDRs and the three light chain CDRs
are selected from the group consisting of:

(a) a heavy chain CDR1 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 45-54 of SEQ ID NO: 50, a heavy chain CDR2 comprising
the amino acid sequence of residues 69-85 of SEQ ID NO: 50, a heavy chain CDR3 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues
118-131 of SEQ ID NO: 50, a light chain CDR1 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 44-60 of SEQ ID NO: 52, a light
chain CDR2 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 76-82 of SEQ ID NO: 52, and a light chain CDR3 comprising the amino
acid sequence of residues 115-123 of SEQ ID NO: 52;

(b) a heavy chain CDR1 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 26-35 of SEQ ID NO: 126, a heavy chain CDR2 comprising
the amino acid sequence of residues 50-66 of SEQ ID NO: 126, a heavy chain CDR3 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues
99-102 of SEQ ID NO: 126, a light chain CDR1 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 24-35 of SEQ ID NO: 127, a light
chain CDR2 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 51-57 of SEQ ID NO: 127, and a light chain CDR3 comprising the amino
acid sequence of residues 90-99 of SEQ ID NO: 127;

(c) a heavy chain CDR1 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 26-35 of SEQ ID NO: 136, a heavy chain CDR2 comprising
the amino acid sequence of residues 50-66 of SEQ ID NO: 136, a heavy chain CDR3 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues
99-112 of SEQ ID NO: 136, a light chain CDR1 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 24-40 of SEQ ID NO: 137, a light
chain CDR2 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 52-62 of SEQ ID NO: 137, and a light chain CDR3 comprising the amino
acid sequence of residues 95-103 of SEQ ID NO: 137;

(d) a heavy chain CDR1 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 26-37 of SEQ ID NO: 130, a heavy chain CDR2 comprising
the amino acid sequence of residues 52-67 of SEQ ID NO: 130, a heavy chain CDR3 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues
100-113 of SEQ ID NO: 130, a light chain CDR1 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 24-34 of SEQ ID NO: 131, a light
chain CDR2 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 50-56 of SEQ ID NO: 131, and a light chain CDR3 comprising the amino
acid sequence of residues 89-97 of SEQ ID NO: 131;

(e) a heavy chain CDR1 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 26-35 of SEQ ID NO: 122, a heavy chain CDR2 comprising
the amino acid sequence of residues 50-66 of SEQ ID NO: 122, a heavy chain CDR3 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues
99-112 of SEQ ID NO: 122, a light chain CDR1 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 24-34 of SEQ ID NO: 123, a light
chain CDR2 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 50-56 of SEQ ID NO: 123, and a light chain CDR3 comprising the amino
acid sequence of residues 89-97 of SEQ ID NO: 123;

(f) a heavy chain CDR1 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 26-35 of SEQ ID NO: 132, a heavy chain CDR2 comprising
the amino acid sequence of residues 50-66 of SEQ ID NO: 132, a heavy chain CDR3 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues
99-112 of SEQ ID NO: 132, a light chain CDR1 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 24-34 of SEQ ID NO: 133, a light
chain CDR2 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 50-56 of SEQ ID NO: 133, and a light chain CDR3 comprising the amino
acid sequence of residues 89-97 of SEQ ID NO: 133;

(g) a heavy chain CDR1 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 29-38 of SEQ ID NO: 128, a heavy chain CDR2 comprising
the amino acid sequence of residues 53-69 of SEQ ID NO: 128, a heavy chain CDR3 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues
102-115 of SEQ ID NO: 128, a light chain CDR1 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 39-55 of SEQ ID NO: 129, a light
chain CDR2 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 71-77 of SEQ ID NO: 129, and a light chain CDR3 comprising the amino
acid sequence of residues 110-118 of SEQ ID NO: 129;

(h) a heavy chain CDR1 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 26-35 of SEQ ID NO: 118, a heavy chain CDR2 comprising
the amino acid sequence of residues 50-68 of SEQ ID NO: 118, a heavy chain CDR3 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues
101-107 of SEQ ID NO: 118, a light chain CDR1 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 24-39 of SEQ ID NO: 119, a light
chain CDR2 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 55-61 of SEQ ID NO: 119, and a light chain CDR3 comprising the amino
acid sequence of residues 94-102 of SEQ ID NO: 119;

(i) a heavy chain CDR1 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 30-41 of SEQ ID NO: 114, a heavy chain CDR2 comprising
the amino acid sequence of residues 56-71 of SEQ ID NO: 114, a heavy chain CDR3 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues
104-113 of SEQ ID NO: 114, a light chain CDR1 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 39-49 of SEQ ID NO: 115, a light
chain CDR2 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 65-71 of SEQ ID NO: 115, and a light chain CDR3 comprising the amino
acid sequence of residues 104-112 of SEQ ID NO: 115;

(j) a heavy chain CDR1 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 26-35 of SEQ ID NO: 124, a heavy chain CDR2 comprising
the amino acid sequence of residues 50-68 of SEQ ID NO: 124, a heavy chain CDR3 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues
101-107 of SEQ ID NO: 124, a light chain CDR1 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 24-39 of SEQ ID NO: 125, a light
chain CDR2 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 55-61 of SEQ ID NO: 125, and a light chain CDR3 comprising the amino
acid sequence of residues 94-102 of SEQ ID NO: 125;

(k) a heavy chain CDR1 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 28-37 of SEQ ID NO: 116, a heavy chain CDR2 comprising
the amino acid sequence of residues 52-68 of SEQ ID NO: 116, a heavy chain CDR3 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues
101-103 of SEQ ID NO: 116, a light chain CDR1 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 38-53 of SEQ ID NO: 117, a light
chain CDR2 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 69-75 of SEQ ID NO: 117, and a light chain CDR3 comprising the amino
acid sequence of residues 108-116 of SEQ ID NO: 117; and

(l) a heavy chain CDR1 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 26-35 of SEQ ID NO: 120, a heavy chain CDR2 comprising
the amino acid sequence of residues 50-66 of SEQ ID NO: 120, a heavy chain CDR3 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues
99-102 of SEQ ID NO: 120, a light chain CDR1 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 24-39 of SEQ ID NO: 121, a light
chain CDR2 comprising the amino acid sequence of residues 55-61 of SEQ ID NO: 121, and a light chain CDR3 comprising the amino
acid sequence of residues 94-103 of SEQ ID NO: 121.

US Pat. No. 9,404,005

RECYCLABLE THERMOPLASTIC INSULATION WITH IMPROVED BREAKDOWN STRENGTH

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A process comprising:
heating a polymeric composition consisting of (i) a low density polyethylene having a melting temperature of at least 105°
C. to 125° C. (LDPE) (ii) a minority amount of a high density polyethylene having a melting temperature of at least 130° C.
to 134° C. (HDPE), and (iii) optional antioxidant, to at least the melting temperature of the HDPE;

control-cooling the heated polymeric composition at a cooling rate from 0.1° C./min to 10° C./min; and
forming a polymeric composition having a space-filling array of HDPE lamellae, which are separated by the LDPE, the polymeric
composition having an AC breakdown strength greater than 170 kV/mm as measured on 85 micrometer thin films in accordance with
ASTM D 149.

US Pat. No. 9,262,659

TRACKING SYSTEM FOR GAMMA RADIATION STERILIZED BAGS AND DISPOSABLE ITEMS

NewAge Industries, Inc., ...

1. A tracking system for gamma radiation irradiated lots of items, comprising:
an RFID tracking tag comprising a rewritable FRAM (Ferroelectric Random Access Memory) memory that is not adversely affected
by gamma radiation sterilization;

said rewriteable FRAM memory comprising a unique identification written thereto prior to said gamma radiation sterilization;
and a memory reader which is usable by a user to obtain the device specific information from said memory device after it has
been gamma irradiated.

US Pat. No. 9,339,935

SCALABLE COMMON INTERFACE PLATE SYSTEM (SCIPS)

MACDONALD, DETTWILER AND ...

1. A method of mating an object to a robotic manipulator, said method comprising the steps of:
providing an active base interface plate affixed to said robotic manipulator, said active base interface plate including at
least one wedge protruding from said active base interface plate, at least one locking pin, and an actuator for extending
and retracting said at least one locking pin,

providing a passive base interface plate affixed to said object, said passive base interface plate including at least one
slot and at least one pin hole,

commanding said robotic manipulator to maneuver said active base interface plate affixed to said robotic manipulator towards
said passive base interface plate such that said at least one wedge protrudes through said at least one slot,

commanding said robotic manipulator to rotate said active base interface plate such that said at least one wedge contacts
a bottom surface of said passive base interface plate, and

commanding said robotic manipulator to extend said at least one locking pin into said at least one pin hole.

US Pat. No. 9,115,867

DUAL REFLECTOR SYSTEM FOR LINEAR LAMP ILLUMINATORS

MACDONALD, DETTWILER AND ...

1. An illuminator system, comprising:
a dual reflector system comprising
a primary generally cylindrical reflector having a primary focal axis and oriented to collimate light in a first plane, and
a secondary generally cylindrical reflector having a secondary focal axis and oriented to collimate light in a second plane,
said primary generally cylindrical reflector and said secondary generally cylindrical reflector being mounted on a support
structure such that said primary generally cylindrical reflector and said secondary generally cylindrical reflector are generally
orthogonal to each other; and

a linear light source having an emission length disposed on the primary focal axis; wherein
said primary generally cylindrical reflector and the secondary generally cylindrical reflector are oriented relative to each
other on said support structure so that light emitted by the linear light source is reflected and becomes collimated in both
said first plane and said second plane.

US Pat. No. 9,469,558

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MAXIMIZING NITROGEN REMOVAL FROM WASTEWATER

Hampton Roads Sanitation ...

1. A system for removing nitrogen in a reactor for biological nitrogen removal from wastewaters comprising:
a) a reactor;
b) an ammonia sensor that senses a concentration of ammonia in the reactor in real time and generates an ammonia concentration
signal;

c) a nitrite sensor that senses a concentration of nitrite in the reactor in real time and generates a nitrite concentration
signal;

d) a nitrate sensor that senses a concentration of nitrate in the reactor in real time and generates a nitrate concentration
signal;

e) a controller that receives the ammonia concentration signal, nitrite concentration signal and nitrate concentration signal
and generates instructions for increasing, decreasing or maintaining a concentration of dissolved oxygen in the reactor based
on a ratio of the [concentration of ammonia] to [a sum of the concentrations of nitrite and nitrate]; and

f) a dissolved oxygen modulator that supplies dissolved oxygen to the reactor under control of the controller based on the
ratio of the [concentration of ammonia] to [the sum of the concentrations of nitrite and nitrate], wherein the system is configured
to repress nitrite oxidizing bacteria.

US Pat. No. 9,333,041

SURGICAL MANIPULATOR

MACDONALD, DETTWILER AND ...

1. A surgical manipulator comprising:
i) a serially jointed surgical manipulator arm, comprising;
three or more consecutively coupled right-angle drive mechanisms;
each right-angle drive mechanism including
an input pulley having an input axis and an output pulley having an output axis, said input axis being perpendicular and intersecting
with said input axis, and including a bi-directional coupling mechanism for coupling said input pulley and said output pulley;
and

a motor drive unit directly coupled to said input pulley for rotating said input pulley about said input axis wherein rotation
of said input pulley is translated into rotation of said output pulley by said bi-directional coupling mechanism about said
output axis;

ii) a robotic wrist mounted on a last of said three or more consecutively coupled right-angle drive mechanisms so that when
said last of said three or more consecutively coupled right-angle drive mechanisms output pulley is rotated, said robotic
wrist rotates about said last mechanisms output axis, said robotic wrist including a wrist output shaft and a wrist-roll axis;
and

iii) an end-effector mounted to said wrist output shaft, said end-effector including gripping means for releasibly gripping
a surgical tool wherein said end-effector is rotatable about said wrist-roll axis;

wherein said end-effector includes
a) an assembly including an interface configured to be attached to said serially jointed surgical manipulator arm, a tool-yaw
motor, a tool-actuation motor;

b) a magnetic tool holder mounted to said assembly and being detachable therefrom, said magnetic tool holder being configured
to automatically engage and release a surgical tool;

c) a tool-actuation mechanism mounted to said assembly and being detachable therefrom, said tool-actuation mechanism being
configured to automatically engage and release a piston on the surgical tool, said tool-actuation mechanism being coupled
to said tool-actuation motor; and

d) a tool-yaw drive mechanism mounted to said assembly and being detachable therefrom, said tool-yaw drive mechanism being
coupled to said tool-yaw motor, wherein upon activation of said tool-yaw drive mechanism the surgical tool engaged by said
magnetic tool holder rotates about a tool-yaw axis and wherein upon activation of said tool-actuation mechanism the piston
of the engaged surgical tool is linearly retracted or linearly extended with respect to said end-effector thereby activating
a tool portion of the surgical tool.

US Pat. No. 9,172,200

SEEDED OPTICAL AMPLIFIER APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING FEMTOSECOND PULSES

Fianium Ltd., Southampto...

1. A source of femtosecond optical pulses, comprising:
a seed pulse source arranged to generate seed pulses;
an optical amplifier downstream of the seed pulse source, the optical amplifier having a gain bandwidth;
a nonlinear optical element downstream of the optical amplifier, the nonlinear optical element spectrally broadening optical
pulses via a nonlinear process to have a spectral bandwidth that exceeds the gain bandwidth of the optical amplifier; and

a pulse compressor downstream of the nonlinear optical element and arranged to reduce the temporal duration of optical pulses
so as to provide output optical pulses having a femtoseconds time duration.

US Pat. No. 9,071,033

LASERS AND AMPLIFIERS HAVING TAPERED ELEMENTS

Fianium Ltd., Southampto...

1. A laser system for generating optical pulses at an operating wavelength of the laser system, the system having an optical
resonator comprising:
first and second reflectors; and
a tapered optical fiber disposed between the first and second reflectors and having a core which has a tapered first section
which tapers from a single mode to multimode at the laser operating wavelength and a second section of substantially constant
diameter capable of supporting multiple modes at the laser operating wavelength and an output, wherein the tapered optical
fiber is not tapered down or is tapered down such that at the output the core can support a plurality of modes;

wherein the laser system provides output pulses have a repetition rate of no greater than 10 MHz.

US Pat. No. 9,285,287

DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE SENSING DIE

MEASUREMENT SPECIALTIES, ...

1. A differential pressure sensing die for measuring the differential pressure between two isolated fluids, the differential
pressure sensing die comprising:
a semiconductor die having an upper surface and a lower surface, and having a first region at a first thickness, and a second
region having a second thickness, the second thickness being less than the first thickness, the second region defining a diaphragm,
the diaphragm having disposed thereon, at least one piezo-resistive element, the at least one piezo-resistive element exhibiting
a varying resistance responsive to deflection of said diaphragm;

a first support structure bonded to the upper surface of the semiconductor die, the first support structure having an aperture
defined therethrough, the aperture adapted to expose the diaphragm through said first support structure and provide a seal
with the upper surface of the first semiconductor die; and

a second support structure bonded to the lower surface of the semiconductor die, the second support structure having an aperture
defined therethrough, the aperture adapted to expose the diaphragm through said second support structure.

US Pat. No. 9,204,773

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
(a) a cyclone chamber having an upper end having an upper end wall, a lower end having a lower end wall and a lower openable
end, an air inlet in the lower end, an air outlet, a dirt outlet in the upper end and a sidewall, wherein the sidewall and
the lower end wall meet at a juncture having a curved juncture surface, and the curved juncture surface extends at an angle
to the lower end wall and the sidewall, and wherein the lower openable end comprises the lower end wall and at least a portion
of the juncture surface;

(b) a dirt collection chamber in communication with the dirt outlet and positioned exterior to the cyclone chamber; and,
(c) an air flow path extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet and including a suction motor and the cyclone
chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,161,669

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
(a) a cyclone chamber having a first end having a first end wall, a second end having a second end wall, an air inlet, an
air outlet and a sidewall;

(b) an air flow path extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet and including a suction motor and the cyclone
chamber;

(c) a dirt collection chamber in communication with a dirt outlet of the cyclone chamber; and,
(d) a pre-motor filter positioned in the air flow path downstream from the cyclone chamber and a pre-motor filter dirt chamber,
wherein the pre-motor filter dirt chamber is removable from the surface cleaning apparatus, and wherein the pre-motor filter
dirt chamber is openable concurrently with the dirt collection chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,570,876

COMBINED SUPERCONTINUUM SOURCE

Fianium Ltd., Southampto...

1. A supercontinuum optical pulse source to provide a combined supercontinuum, comprising:
one or more seed pulse sources;
first and second optical amplifiers arranged along first and second respective optical paths, wherein the first and second
optical amplifiers are configured to amplify one or more optical signals generated by the one or more seed pulse sources;

a first microstructured light-guiding member arranged along the first optical path and configured to generate supercontinuum
light responsive to an optical signal propagating along the first optical path;

a second microstructured light-guiding member arranged along the second optical path and configured to generate supercontinuum
light responsive to an optical signal propagating along the second optical path;

a supercontinuum-combining member to combine supercontinuum generated in at least the first and second microstructured light-guiding
members to form a combined supercontinuum,

wherein the supercontinuum-combining member comprises an output fibre, wherein the output fibre comprises a silica-based multimode
optical fibre supporting a plurality of spatial modes at one or more wavelengths of the combined supercontinuum.

US Pat. No. 9,441,403

POWER LOCKING DOOR HANDLES WITH INTEGRATED KEYPAD

TRIMARK CORPORATION, New...

1. An exterior power locking handle assembly for a door, the assembly comprising:
a base;
a handle pivotally mounted on the base;
a power lock assembly mounted in the base to lock the handle against pivotal movement;
a keypad on the handle and operatively connected to the power lock assembly for keyless unlocking of the door;
the handle including a cover and a backbone interlocked together with at least one fastener to provide structural stability
in the handle from both the cover and the backbone;

the keypad being compressed and sealed between the cover and the backbone; and
the base, handle, power lock assembly and keypad being coupled for mounting on an exterior surface of the door.

US Pat. No. 9,314,993

COMPOSITES AND ARTICLES MADE FROM NONWOVEN STRUCTURES

National Nonwovens Inc., ...

1. An article, comprising polyetherimide and fibers comprising poly(paraphenylene terephthalamide), wherein the article has
an average void volume of at least about 50% and a density of at least about 0.1 g/cm3, and wherein the polyetherimide is disposed on at least some of the fibers and does not show evidence of flow or melting
of polyetherimide.

US Pat. No. 9,211,422

ACCELERATED PARTIAL BREAST IRRADIATION WITH SHIELDED BRACHYTHERAPY APPLICATOR SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

Hampton University, Hamp...

1. A system for radiation treatment, comprising:
an applicator having a flexible containment portion configured to receive a radiation source and unformed radiation shielding
material;

a device configured to cause formation of a radiation shield by generating a magnetic field to rearrange the unformed shielding
material to become spatially oriented within the flexible containment portion according to a desired spatial orientation;
and

at least one computer based component that is configured to determine a necessary amount of the shielding material for limiting
the dose to tissue not under radiation treatment,

wherein the formed radiation shield is configured to block radiation emitted by the radiation source to protect a tissue area
not under radiation treatment.

US Pat. No. 9,944,791

POLYMER COMPOSITION

LUCITE INTERNATIONAL UK L...

1. A composition formed from a first mixture of components comprising;(i) a first amount of an aromatic polycarbonate having a weight average molecular weight (Mw) of greater than or equal to 20,000 Da;
(ii) a second amount of a graft copolymer comprising polyacrylonitrile;
(iii) 3 to 25 wt % of a non-crosslinked acrylic polymer obtained by polymerizing monomers consisting of 60 to 100% by weight methyl methacrylate monomer and 0 to 40% by weight of one or more alkyl (alk)acrylate comonomers, and having a weight average molecular weight (Mw) of between greater than or equal to 25,000 Daltons (Da) and less than 50,000 Daltons (Da); and
(iv) an acrylic based impact modifier or a methacrylate-butadiene-styrene (MBS) based impact modifier.

US Pat. No. 9,352,990

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MAXIMIZING NITROGEN REMOVAL FROM WASTEWATER

Hampton Roads Sanitation ...

1. A system for removing nitrogen from a reactor for biological nitrogen removal from wastewaters comprising: a) a reactor;
b) an ammonia sensor that senses a concentration of ammonia in the reactor in real time and generates an ammonia concentration
signal; c) a nitrite sensor that senses a concentration of nitrite in the reactor in real time and generates a nitrite concentration
signal; d) a nitrate sensor that senses a concentration of nitrate in the reactor in real time and generates a nitrate concentration
signal; e) a controller that receives the ammonia concentration signal, nitrite concentration signal and nitrate concentration
signal and generates instructions for increasing, decreasing or maintaining a concentration of dissolved oxygen in the reactor
based on a ratio of the [concentration of ammonia] to [a sum of the concentrations of nitrite and nitrate]; f) a dissolved
oxygen modulator that supplies dissolved oxygen to the reactor under control of the controller based on the ratio of the [concentration
of ammonia] to [the sum of the concentrations of nitrite and nitrate], wherein the system is configured to provide nitrite
oxidizing bacteria repression and the production of an effluent stream for post-anammox polishing; and g) a plurality of anammox
organisms in a post-anammox polishing reactor.

US Pat. No. 9,054,086

MODULE HAVING A STACKED PASSIVE ELEMENT AND METHOD OF FORMING THE SAME

Enpirion, Inc., Hampton,...

11. A power module, comprising:
a patterned leadframe;
a discrete magnetic device mounted on an upper surface of said leadframe including a main body, planar metallic ends formed
on and about ends of said main body extending laterally on an upper surface and a lower surface thereof, and a planar extended
metallic region extending from one end of one of said planar metallic ends formed on said upper surface of said discrete magnetic
device beyond said one of said planar metallic ends on said lower surface of said discrete magnetic device and positioned
to provide a heat flow path from a semiconductor device positioned above said discrete magnetic device to said leadframe,
said planar metallic ends including at least one of a base layer, an intermetallic barrier layer and a solderable surface;
and;

a thermally conductive, electrically insulating material formed on said planar extended metallic region and a portion of said
upper surface of said discrete magnetic device, wherein said semiconductor device is bonded to an upper surface of said thermally
conductive, electrically insulating material and includes a higher heat-producing region located above said planar extended
metallic region.

US Pat. No. 9,620,925

FIBER OPTICAL LASER COMBINER

SPI Lasers UK Limited, S...

1. A laser system comprising:
(i) an optical combiner comprising:
an input fiber bundle comprising a plurality of input fibers; and
an output fiber, wherein the input fiber bundle is spliced to the output fiber, and
wherein the output fiber comprises:
a first region having a first refractive index and a diameter equal to or greater than a diameter of the input fiber bundle,
such that an end face of each of the input fibers defines a respective area within an area defined by the diameter of the
first region; and

at least one secondary region within the area defined by the diameter of the first region having a second refractive index
different from the first refractive index, wherein the at least one secondary region is arranged to overlap the respective
areas defined by the end faces of more than one but not all of the input fibers;

(ii) a plurality of lasers connected to the plurality of input fibers; and
(iii) a controller arranged to adjust a laser output of at least one of the plurality of lasers independently to tailor a
beam profile of a beam output from the output fiber.

US Pat. No. 9,351,691

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EXTERNAL BEAM RADIATION DISTRIBUTION MAPPING

Hampton University, Hamp...

1. A radiation detector comprising:
a catheter configured with a hollow portion extending along a length of the catheter and configured with a plurality of expandable
portions; and

scintillating material, wherein the scintillating material is arranged in a continuous manner along a perimeter of at least
one wall of at least one of the plurality of expandable portions or arranged along a length of the hollow portion from a location
within the at least one of the expandable portions to a location outside of the plurality of expandable portions, the scintillating
material configured to be coupled to a photo detector for detecting incident levels of radiation in a therapy procedure.

US Pat. No. 9,320,401

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A hand carriable surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
(a) a dirty fluid inlet;
(b) an air treatment member downstream of the dirty fluid inlet, the air treatment member comprising a bottom, an upper end
spaced longitudinally from the bottom along an air treatment axis, an air inlet and an air outlet, the air outlet is located
at the upper end;

(c) a pre-motor filter positioned downstream of and longitudinally above the air treatment member and comprising at least
one porous physical filter media, at least a portion of the porous physical filter media overlies the air treatment member,
the porous physical filter media having an upstream side through which air enters the porous physical filter media and an
opposing downstream side through which air exits the porous physical filter media;

(d) a suction motor positioned downstream of the pre-motor filter and comprising a motor axis, wherein a projection of the
motor axis intersects a projection of the air treatment axis;

(e) an air flow path extending from a position downstream of the porous physical filter media to the suction motor wherein
the air flow path has a first portion that comprises an air conduit having front and rear walls that are uninterrupted by
a suction motor inlet port, the air conduit being disposed exterior to and rearwardly of the air treatment member and that
extends from an upstream end to a downstream end that is located at a position that is below the upstream end and between
and laterally spaced from the bottom and the upper end of the air treatment member and the suction motor inlet is in flow
communication with the downstream end; and,

(f) a clean air outlet downstream of the suction motor.

US Pat. No. 9,565,981

PORTABLE SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A hand carryable surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
(a) a body housing a suction motor and comprising a dirty air inlet;
(b) a cyclone bin assembly removably mounted to the body, the cyclone bin assembly comprising a cyclone bin assembly air inlet
in air flow communication with the dirty air inlet when the cyclone bin assembly is mounted to the body, a cyclone chamber
and a dirt collection chamber; and,

(c) an air flow path extending from the dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet and including the suction motor and the cyclone
chamber

wherein the cyclone bin assembly is at least partially nested in the body when the cyclone bin assembly is mounted to the
body

wherein a recess is provided in a lower side of the body in which the cyclone bin assembly is received.

US Pat. No. 9,399,879

VEHICLE COMPARTMENT DOOR HANDLE ASSEMBLY

TriMark Corporation, New...

1. A vehicle compartment door handle assembly for opening and closing a door relative to a door frame, the frame including
a striker; the assembly comprising:
a front housing having a recessed well and a perimeter flange surrounding the well to define a perimeter edge of the front
housing;

a rear box having a cavity in which the front housing is received so as to surround the well;
an axle extending through the recessed well;
a paddle pivotally mounted on the axle; and
a latch module press fit on the front housing and within the perimeter edge, the latch module having a rotor movable between
a latched position in which the rotor is engaged with the striker and an unlatched position in which the rotor is disengaged
from the striker, wherein the rotor completely resides within the rear box when the rotor is in the latched position.

US Pat. No. 9,285,481

WEARABLE OBJECT LOCATOR AND IMAGING SYSTEM

MACDONALD, DETTWILER AND ...

1. An object locator system for locating an object of interest in a scene, comprising:
a) a hand-held rangefinder configured to be grasped by the operator
b) a body mountable pedestrian localization unit configured to be worn by an operator spaced from said hand-held rangefinder;
c) a pose sensor for estimating relative position and orientation of said hand-held rangefinder relative to said localization
device; and

d) a computer control system coupled to said pedestrian localization unit, said rangefinder, and said pose sensor, said computer
control system being programmed to

compute a relative location of the object with respect to said body worn localization unit using range data from said rangefinder
and relative pose from said pose sensor, and

transform the relative location to a global location using data from said pedestrian localization unit.

US Pat. No. 9,242,882

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WASTEWATER TREATMENT USING GRAVIMETRIC SELECTION

Hampton Roads Sanitation ...

1. A method for selecting and retaining solids with superior settling characteristics, the method comprising:
feeding wastewater to an input of a processor that carries out a treatment process on the wastewater;
outputting processed wastewater at an output of the processor;
feeding the processed wastewater to an input of a gravimetric selector that selects solids with superior settling characteristics;
and

outputting a recycle stream at a first output of the gravimetric selector,
wherein a waste stream is rejected and the recycle stream is supplied to the processor.

US Pat. No. 9,224,017

USE OF MULTIPLEXED RFID CONTROLLER TO VERIFY CONNECTIONS IN AUTOMATED SYSTEMS

NewAge Industries, Inc., ...

1. A multiplexed RFID verification system, comprising:
a multiplexed RF transceiver;
a plurality of antenna wires connected to the transceiver and having antennas located at distal ends thereof;
a plurality of sensor wires and/or tubes which are connected to a processing system and having respective connector halves,
and one of the antennas is associated with each of the respective connector halves;

a single use item for use in connection with the processing system having a plurality of sensors and/or tubes extending therefrom,
each having an associated single-use side connector half;

an RFID tag associated with each of the single-use side connector halves;
and the single-use side connector halves are adapted to be connected to corresponding ones of the connector halves extending
from the multiplexed RF transceiver with the respective RF antenna being located in proximity to the RFID tags on respective
ones of the single-use side connector halves being connected, such that each said RF antenna reads only the respectively connected
RFID tag;

the multiplexed RF transceiver configured to serially read the plurality of antenna wires; and
a controller which receives signals from the multiplexed RF transceiver and provides a signal verifying connections between
the connector halves, and being further configured to prevent system startup if an error is detected in the connections between
the single-use side connector halves and the processing system side connector halves to prevent contamination of the single-use
item.

US Pat. No. 9,217,824

SUPERCONTINUUM PULSE SOURCE WITH ENHANCED SPECTRUM

Fianium Ltd., Southampto...

1. A source of optical supercontinuum radiation, the source comprising:
a length of microstructured optical fibre and a pump laser, the pump laser adapted to generate lasing radiation at a pump
wavelength;

said length of microstructured optical fibre comprising a core region having a diameter in the range of 1 ?m to 5 ?m and a
cladding region which surrounds the core region, the cladding region comprising at least two capillary air holes having substantially
the same diameter and which extend substantially along the length of the fibre;

said fibre comprising a zero dispersion wavelength within ±200 nm of said pump wavelength, wherein said length of microstructured
optical fibre can support a plurality of modes at said pump wavelength;

wherein lasing radiation at said pump wavelength is launched into said core region of said length of microstructured optical
fibre to excite the fundamental mode of said fibre;

wherein said source of optical supercontinuum radiation does not include a pump laser arranged to pump said length of microstructured
optical fibre at a wavelength different from said pump wavelength;

wherein said pump laser comprises a mode-locked laser; and
wherein said microstructured optical fibre is formed substantially of silica.

US Pat. No. 9,204,769

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus having an upper end and a lower end and comprising:
(a) an air flow passage extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet;
(b) a suction motor positioned in the air flow passage;
(c) a dirt collection chamber having an upper end and a lower end;
(d) a first cyclonic stage comprising a cyclone positioned in the air flow passage and within the dirt collection chamber,
the cyclone having a lower end comprising an air inlet, an air outlet, a longitudinal axis and a longitudinally extending
sidewall, the sidewall having an annular end face at an opposing upper open end of the cyclone that extends around a perimeter
of the sidewall;

(e) a plate spaced from the upper end of the dirt collection chamber and being orthogonal to the cyclone sidewall, the plate
having a cyclone side spaced from and facing the end face to thereby define a continuous gap between the plate and the end
face of the cyclone wherein the gap extends around the perimeter of the sidewall and wherein the gap has a variable length
in the direction of the longitudinal axis; and,

(f) the dirt collection chamber in flow communication with the open end via the gap such that the gap defines a cyclone dirt
outlet that extends around the perimeter.

US Pat. No. 9,069,192

OPTICAL SIGNAL PROCESSING

University of Southampton...

1. An optical device for processing a multi-level phase modulated signal borne on a carrier:
a first pump source operable to generate a first modulation free pump having an offset from the carrier;
a first section of non-linear optical material arranged to receive the signal and the first pump, in which the pump and the
signal are subject to four-wave mixing to generate a harmonic series of components of the signal separated in wavelength by
the offset, the series of components including a first component and a second component;

a second pump source operable to generate a second pump relatively coherent with the carrier and first pump, and having an
offset from the second component; and

a second section of non-linear optical material arranged to receive the first component and the second component as well as
the second pump and optionally also the first pump, in which the first and second components are subject to coherent addition,
thereby to regenerate the signal.

US Pat. No. 9,456,721

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. An surface cleaning apparatus having comprising:
(a) a surface cleaning head having a dirty air inlet;
(b) an upper portion moveably mounted to the surface cleaning head between an upright storage position and an inclined floor
cleaning position;

(c) a portable surface cleaning unit comprising a suction motor and an air treatment member removably mounted to the upper
portion;

(d) an air flow path extending from the dirty air inlet and including a flexible air flow conduit forming at least part of
an air flow path from the dirty air inlet to the surface cleaning unit;

(e) a portable surface cleaning unit lock having a locked position in which the portable surface cleaning unit is secured
to the upper portion and an unlocked position in which the portable surface cleaning unit is removable from the upper portion;
and,

(f) a retaining member removably supporting the portable surface cleaning unit on the upper portion when the portable surface
cleaning unit lock is in the unlocked position
wherein the portable surface cleaning unit lock is automatically moved to the unlocked position when the upper portion is
moved to the floor cleaning position.

US Pat. No. 9,335,225

DEFORMATION SENSOR PACKAGE AND METHOD

Measurement Specialties, ...

1. A deformation sensor package comprising:
a housing including:
a base and a peripheral wall extending from the base, the base and peripheral wall defining two cavities, each configured
to receive an associated string potentiometer,

wherein the peripheral wall defines two apertures formed between a respective cavity and an exterior of the housing, and wherein
each aperture is configured to allow for the passage of a moveable sensing end of a sensing cable of an associated string
potentiometer through the aperture.

US Pat. No. 9,322,108

PROCESS FOR THE ELECTROCHEMICAL DEPOSITION OF A SEMICONDUCTOR MATERIAL

University of Southampton...

1. A process for the electrochemical deposition of a semiconductor material, which process comprises:
(i) providing a non-aqueous solvent;
(ii) providing at least one precursor salt which comprises a halometallate anion salt wherein a metal in the halometallate
is Al, Ga, In, Ge, Sn, Pb, As, Sb, Bi, Se, Te, Cd or Hg and which forms a source of the constituent elements within the semiconductor
material to be deposited; and

(iii) electrodepositing the semiconductor material onto an electrode substrate using the precursor salt in the non-aqueous
solvent,

characterised in that:
(iv) the semiconductor material is a p-block or a post-transition metal semiconductor material containing at least one p-block
element or post-transition metal; and

(v) the non-aqueous solvent is a halocarbon non-aqueous solvent.

US Pat. No. 9,260,206

PROPELLANT TRANSFER SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RESUPPLY OF FLUID PROPELLANT TO ON-ORBIT SPACECRAFT

MACDONALD, DETTWILER AND ...

1. A method of refueling a client satellite, comprising:
a) maneuvering a servicer spacecraft into close proximity to a client satellite in a position and orientation suitable to
releasibly couple the client satellite to the servicer spacecraft, releasibly coupling the client satellite to the servicer
spacecraft;

b) deploying, and commanding, a robotic arm mounted on the servicer spacecraft to releasibly grasp a multifunction tool, commanding
the robotic arm to manipulate the multifunction tool to access a fill/drain valve on the client satellite in flow communication
with a storage tank on the client satellite;

c) commanding the robotic arm to sequester the multifunction tool and releasibly grasp a refueling tool, commanding the robotic
arm to manipulate the refueling tool to releasibly grasp a propellant outlet hose connected to a propellant transfer system
and connect the propellant outlet hose to the fill/drain valve;

e) opening the fill/drain valve and measuring a pressure in the client satellite storage tank and, based on the measured pressure,
configuring a flow control system mounted on the servicer spacecraft to transfer propellant under regulated pressure and flow
rate conditions suitable for the measured pressure;

f) commanding the configured flow control system of the propellant transfer system to transfer propellant from a propellant
storage tank on the servicer spacecraft through a piping system to the propellant hose to the storage tank on the client satellite;

g) once a desired quantity of propellant has been transferred to the client satellite, commanding the robotic arm to manipulate
the refueling tool to close the fill/drain valve;

h) disconnecting the propellant hose from the fill/drain valve and sequester the propellant hose; and
i) sequestering the robotic arm and decoupling the servicer spacecraft from the client satellite.

US Pat. No. 9,215,960

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus having comprising:
(a) a surface cleaning head having a first dirty air inlet and an air flow path extending from the first dirty air inlet to
a clean air outlet;

(b) an upper portion moveably mounted to the surface cleaning head between a storage position and a floor cleaning position,
the upper portion comprising first and second portions that are part of the air flow path, and the second portion is rotatable
relative to the first portion about an axis that intersects a longitudinal axis of at least one of the first and second portions;
and,

(c) a first flexible electrified air flow conduit having an air inlet end that is electrified.

US Pat. No. 9,158,177

OPTICAL SYSTEMS

Fianium Ltd., Southampto...

1. A supercontinuum optical source, comprising:
a laser source apparatus comprising at least one laser, said laser source apparatus configured for providing first and second
signals;

a modulator apparatus downstream of at least one laser of the laser source apparatus for modulating at least one of the first
and second signals;

an amplifier downstream of the modulator apparatus, said supercontinuum optical source configured such that the amplifier
amplifies the first and second signals;

a nonlinear optical element in optical communication with and downstream of both the modulator apparatus and the amplifier
for providing selected spectral broadening responsive to the first signal, said supercontinuum optical source configured such
that said nonlinear optical element receives the second signal as well as the first signal;

a length of delivery fiber in optical communication with said nonlinear optical element, said length of delivery fiber having
at one end a beam delivery module for providing an output beam from the supercontinuum optical source; and

wherein said beam delivery module comprises a discrimination device for removing at least part of the second signal or at
least part of any signal generated nonlinearly by the nonlinear optical element responsive to the second signal from the supercontinuum
optical source output beam.

US Pat. No. 9,149,838

MULTILAYER ACOUSTIC IMPEDANCE CONVERTER FOR ULTRASONIC TRANSDUCERS

Measurement Specialties, ...

1. An ultrasonic transducer comprising:
a piezoelectric element;
a front acoustic impedance converter coupled to said piezoelectric element, said front acoustic impedance converter comprising:
a front polymer layer having a continuous, uniform thickness along its length, said front polymer layer uninterruptedly coupled
to said piezoelectric element; and

a front metal layer for transmitting acoustic energy between said front polymer layer and a propagation medium, said front
metal layer having a thickness and being coupled to said front polymer layer on a side of said front polymer layer opposite
said piezoelectric element.

US Pat. No. 9,578,440

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A SPEAKER ARRAY TO PROVIDE SPATIALIZED, LOCALIZED, AND BINAURAL VIRTUAL SURROUND SOUND

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A method for producing multi-dimensional sound from a speaker array, comprising:
receiving a plurality of audio signals from a plurality of sources;
filtering each audio signal through each of a left Head-Related Transfer Function (HRTF) and a right HRTF to generate HRTF-filtered
left and HTRF-filtered right audio signals, wherein the left HRTF is calculated based on an angle at which the plurality of
audio signals will be transmitted to a left ear of a user, and wherein the right HRTF is calculated based on an angle at which
the plurality of audio signals will be transmitted to a right ear of a user;

filtering each of the HRTF-filtered left and HRTF-filtered right audio signals with a Psychoacoustic Bandwidth Extension Processor
(PBEP);

merging the PBEP HRTF-filtered left audio signals into a left total binaural signal;
merging the PBEP HRTF-filtered right audio signals into a right total binaural signal;
filtering the left total binaural signal through a set of left spatialization filters, wherein a separate left spatialization
filter is provided for each speaker in the speaker array;

filtering the right total binaural signal through a set of right spatialization filters, wherein a separate right spatialization
filter is provided for each speaker in the speaker array;

summing the filtered left total binaural signal and filtered right total binaural signal for each respective speaker into
a speaker signal;

feeding the speaker signal to the respective speaker in the speaker array; and
transmitting the speaker signal through the respective speaker to the user.

US Pat. No. 9,492,045

FILTER ASSEMBLY FOR A SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
a) an air flow passage extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet;
b) an air treatment member positioned in the air flow passage;
c) a suction motor positioned in the air flow passage and having a motor axis; and,
d) a filter assembly downstream of the air treatment member and upstream of the suction motor, the filter assembly comprising
a first end having a first end wall, a longitudinally extending filter support wall and a longitudinally extending foam filter
media, the longitudinally extending filter support wall defining a hollow interior which has first and second longitudinally
spaced apart ends and a longitudinal axis, the first end of the hollow interior closed by the first end wall, the filter support
wall having first and second longitudinally spaced apart ends and a central portion that is spaced from each of the first
and second ends by solid portions, wherein each of the solid portions and the central portion extends continuously around
a perimeter, the central portion having a plurality of openings, the filter media having a longitudinally extending outer
wall which is an upstream wall and a longitudinally extending inner wall which is a downstream wall and which defines a hollow
interior of the filter media, wherein the filter support wall is located downstream of the downstream wall of the filter media
and the filter media overlies each of the solid portions wherein each of the solid portions has a height in the longitudinal
direction sufficient to inhibit bypass of the foam filter media.

US Pat. No. 9,451,855

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
(a) a body comprising a wall defining a suction motor chamber that houses a suction motor, the suction motor comprising a
fan rotatable about a suction motor axis and a motor, the fan is mounted to a first end of the motor and is located in the
suction motor chamber and the motor has a second end opposed to the first end, the wall comprises a sidewall extending generally
parallel to the suction motor axis and an end wall spaced from and facing the second end of the motor wherein the end wall
has a central longitudinal axis that extends in a direction of the suction motor axis, a raised section and a rounded section,
the raised section is positioned centrally in the end wall, the raised section comprises a continuous central surface without
any air flow openings therein that extends inwardly along the central longitudinal axis towards the second end of the motor
and the rounded section is formed as a curved section extending from the sidewall to the raised section which is rotated about
the central longitudinal axis so as to define a rounded wall that from the interior of the suction motor chamber provides
a continuous concave section extending around the raised section;

(b) an air treatment member; and,
(c) an air flow path extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet and including the suction motor and the air treatment
member.

US Pat. No. 9,346,694

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NITROGEN REMOVAL IN WASTEWATER TREATMENT

Hampton Roads Sanitation ...

1. A wastewater treatment apparatus, comprising:
a biological nitrogen removal (BNR) reactor having a volume that is transiently aerated;
an ammonia sensor for generating an ammonia concentration signal; and
a controller for processing the ammonia concentration signal and for thereby causing out-selection of nitrite oxidizing bacteria
(NOB) under controlled transient anoxia conditions, the conditions being controlled either along the flow-path or along the
process time-line, and

wherein the apparatus is configured to cause a dissolved oxygen (DO) profile to switch between a lower DO setpoint of less
than 0.1 mg/L and an upper DO setpoint of greater than 1.0 mg/L, and

wherein an aeration system activation interval, the upper DO setpoint, or both are set such that an on-line measured ammonia
concentration is higher than 1.5 mg/L ammonia as nitrogen, for more than 75% of the transiently-aerated reactor volume in
space or time.

US Pat. No. 9,295,363

ALL IN THE HEAD SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. An all in the head surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
(a) a surface cleaning head comprising:
(i) a front end, a rear end, first and second laterally opposed sidewalls and an air flow path extending from a dirty air
inlet to a clean air outlet:

(ii) a brush motor drivingly connected to a moveable brushing member, the brush motor having a brush motor axis;
(iii) a cyclone comprising a cyclone chamber, the cyclone having a longitudinal cyclone axis;
(iv) a suction motor having a first end, a second end and a suction motor axis extending between the first and second ends,
(v) wherein the cyclone and brush motor axes are generally parallel and the brush motor has a lateral inner end that is opposed
to and at least partially faces a lateral inner end of the cyclone;

(b) an upper portion moveably mounted to the surface cleaning head between a storage position and a floor cleaning position,
the upper portion comprising a drive handle.

US Pat. No. 9,226,633

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
a) a surface cleaning head comprising, a brush driven by a brush motor, a dirty air inlet and a cleaning head air outlet;
b) an upper portion moveably mounted to the surface cleaning head between a storage position and a floor cleaning position;
c) an air flow path extending from the cleaning head air outlet to a clean air outlet;
d) an air treatment member and a suction motor provided in the air flow path;
e) the air flow path comprising a flexible electrified air flow conduit wherein the brush motor is electrically connected
to a power source by a circuit that includes the flexible electrified air flow conduit; and,

f) a handle assembly drivingly connected to the surface cleaning head and comprising a main power control and a brush control
controllingly coupled to the brush motor.

US Pat. No. 9,124,996

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REPRODUCING A SOUND FIELD WITH A LOUDSPEAKER ARRAY CONTROLLED VIA A CONTROL VOLUME

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON...

1. A method of determining control signal data for an array of loudspeakers, the control signal data being such as to control
the loudspeakers to produce a desired sound field associated with an audio signal, the method comprising:
determining control signal data for different frequency components of a desired sound field in respect of respective different
positions in a listening volume of a loudspeaker array;

wherein, for each of the different frequency components, determination of the control signal data includes virtual sampling
of the desired sound field at the surface of a frequency dependent virtual control volume (V); and

wherein the size of the control volume (V) is dependent on the frequency component being sampled such that a larger control
volume (V) is used for lower frequency components and a smaller volume is used for higher frequency components.

US Pat. No. 9,480,373

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
(a) a surface cleaning head having a dirty air inlet;
(b) an upper portion moveably mounted to the surface cleaning head between a storage position and a floor cleaning position;
(c) a portable surface cleaning unit comprising a suction motor and an air treatment member removably mounted to the upper
portion;

(d) an above floor cleaning wand removably receivable in the upper portion, the wand comprising a lower end and an upper end
spaced from the lower end along a wand axis, the lower end is received in the upper portion and comprises a wand air inlet
and the upper end comprises a wand air outlet, a handle is provided proximate the upper end of the wand, whereby, when the
wand is received in the upper portion, the wand is drivingly connected to the surface cleaning head and the upper portion
is configured to stabilize the wand when the wand is drivingly connected to the surface cleaning head;

(e) a wand lock having a locked position in which the wand is secured to the upper portion and an unlocked position in which
the wand is removable from the upper portion; and,

(f) a flexible air flow conduit forming at least part of an air flow path from the above floor cleaning wand to the surface
cleaning unit

wherein the portable surface cleaning unit also engages upper mounting members that are provided on the wand when the portable
cleaning unit is mounted to the upper portion and the portable cleaning unit is axially translatable relative to the wand
so as to engage the upper mounting members as the portable cleaning unit is mounted to the upper portion.

US Pat. No. 9,475,965

PIPE JOINING MATERIAL FOR CONNECTING PIPES

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. An apparatus comprising:
(a) a first preformed pipe or pipe fitting; and,
(b) a second preformed pipe or pipe fitting joined to the first pipe or pipe fitting by a pipe joining material positioned
between an outer surface of the first pipe or pipe fitting and an inner surface of the second pipe or pipe fitting, the pipe
joining material comprising:

(i) a thermoplastic material comprising at least one of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC),
wherein the thermoplastic material comprises over 75% by weight of the mixture based on the total weight of the mixture; and

(ii) a bonding agent for the thermoplastic material selected from the group consisting of polyamide, ethylene acrylate, ethylene
vinyl acetate (EVA), polyurethane, polyester, polyolefin, polycaprolactone, soy protein and styrene block co-polymer,

wherein the first pipe or pipe fitting is secured to the second pipe or pipe fitting by the pipe joining material.

US Pat. No. 9,314,995

COMPOSITES COMPRISING NONWOVEN STRUCTURES AND FOAM

National Nonwovens Inc., ...

1. A composite, comprising:
a nonwoven structure comprising first fibers comprising polyacrylonitrile and second fibers comprising polyetherimide; and
a foam comprising melamine and/or polyvinylidene fluoride and/or polyimide and/or polyetherimide, the foam having open pores
having an average cell size of less than about 1 mm, the foam immobilized to or by the nonwoven structure,

wherein the composite is constructed and arranged such that, when substantially the entire outer surface of the composite
is exposed to a radiant heat flux of 1.7 W/cm2 and an open pilot flame, the composite exhibits no flame propagation beyond 2 inches and no flame time beyond 3 seconds after
exposure to the open pilot flame for 30 seconds.

US Pat. No. 9,316,552

DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE SENSING DIE

MEASUREMENT SPECIALTIES, ...

1. A differential pressure sensing die for measuring the differential pressure between two isolated fluids, the differential
pressure sensing die comprising:
a semiconductor die having an upper surface and a lower surface, and having a first region at a first thickness, and a second
region having a second thickness, the second thickness being less than the first thickness, the second region defining a diaphragm,
the diaphragm having disposed thereon, at least one piezo-resistive element, the at least one piezo-resistive element exhibiting
a varying resistance responsive to deflection of said diaphragm;

a first support structure bonded to the upper surface of the semiconductor die, the first support structure having an aperture
defined therethrough, the aperture adapted to expose the diaphragm through said first support structure and provide a seal
with the upper surface of the first semiconductor die; and

a second support structure bonded to the lower surface of the semiconductor die, the second support structure having an aperture
defined therethrough, the aperture adapted to expose the diaphragm through said second support structure.

US Pat. No. 9,314,139

PORTABLE SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A hand carryable surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
(a) a body housing a suction motor and comprising a dirty air inlet;
(b) a cyclone bin assembly removably mounted to the body, the cyclone bin assembly is removable as a sealed unit other than
the cyclone bin assembly air inlet and the cyclone bin assembly air outlet, the cyclone bin assembly comprising a cyclone
bin assembly air inlet in air flow communication with the dirty air inlet when the cyclone bin assembly is mounted to the
body, a cyclone chamber and a dirt collection chamber; and,

(c) an air flow path extending from the dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet and including the suction motor and the cyclone
chamber,
wherein the cyclone bin assembly is at feast partially nested in the body when the cyclone bin assembly is mounted to the
body, andwherein a recess is provided in a lower side of the body in which the cyclone bin assembly is received.
US Pat. No. 9,221,762

GAS AND LIQUID PHASE CATALYTIC BECKMANN REARRANGEMENT OF OXIMES TO PRODUCE LACTAMS

Honeywell International I...

1. A method of performing reaction comprising the step of:
performing a Beckmann rearrangement reaction of an oxime in a liquid phase in the presence of a catalyst to produce a lactam,
wherein the oxime is selected from the group consisting of: cyclohexanone oxime, cyclododecanone oxime, 4-hydroxy acetophenone
oxime, and oximes formed from acetophenone, cyclopentanone, cycloheptanone, and cyclooctanone, said catalyst comprising a
silicon-containing aluminophosphate with the IZA framework code FAU.

US Pat. No. 9,161,666

SURFACE CLEANING HEAD

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A surface cleaning head comprising:
(a) a front end, a rear end and first and second opposed lateral sides;
(b) a main body having an entrance to an enclosed air flow passage and a front portion that extends forwardly from the enclosed
air flow passage, the front portion having a central brushless, planar portion and laterally spaced apart side portions that
extend to the first and second opposed lateral sides such that, when the surface cleaning head is positioned on a surface
to be cleaned, a lower surface of the front portion is spaced from and faces the surface to be cleaned; and,

(c) an air flow passage extending from the front end to an air outlet, the air flow passage includes an open lower sided passage
located between the lower surface and the surface to be cleaned when the surface cleaning head is positioned on the surface
to be cleaned that extends concurrently horizontally and rearwardly to the entrance to the enclosed passage,

wherein each side portion has a depending wall that extends downwardly from the central portion and is angled rearwardly and
inwardly to define a sidewall of the open sided passage.

US Pat. No. 9,131,949

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ASSESSING LITHOTRIPSY

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON...

1. A method for classifying a shockwave generated and directed towards a stone in an extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy
treatment, the method comprising:
(a) receiving an acoustic signal at a passive unfocused acoustic sensor following generation of the shockwave;
(b) filtering the received acoustic signal to extract secondary acoustic emissions indicative of cavitation as a result of
the shockwave generated and directed towards the stone,

(c) determining, using a computer, that the filtered acoustic signal includes first and second burst regions occurring after
the shockwave is generated, wherein the first and second burst regions are adjacent with a time delay therebetween;

(d) determining, using the computer, at least a first peak amplitude value (m1), a second peak amplitude value (m2), and a
value (tc) corresponding to a time interval between the first and second peak amplitude values, said values (m1, m2, tc) being
indicative of the degree of fragmentation and accuracy of targeting; and

(e) classifying, using the computer, the shockwave as effective, if it is determined that the ratio between the second peak
amplitude value (m2) and the first peak amplitude value (m1) is between predetermined threshold values and that the time interval
value (tc) is greater than a predetermined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,052,370

HER2/NEU CANCER VACCINE

ICON GENETICS GMBH, Hall...

1. A protein conjugate comprising a protein antigen and an immunogenic carrier covalently bonded to said protein antigen, wherein said protein antigenhas a sequence segment consisting of the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 2, andwherein the amino acid sequence of the protein antigen comprises at most 344 contiguous amino acids of the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 1.

US Pat. No. 9,439,546

MULTI-STRUT CLEANING HEAD

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A cleaning head for a surface cleaning apparatus, comprising:
(a) a front portion having at least one dirty fluid inlet, a front, a first side, a spaced apart second side and a transverse
length between the first and second sides;

(b) a rear portion connectable to a surface cleaning apparatus and having at least one dirty fluid outlet; and,
(c) a plurality of rigid struts extending between the front portion and the rear portion, at least one of the struts comprises
an air-flow passage extending between the front portion and the rear portion and at least two adjacent struts being at least
partially spaced apart by a distance and defining a volume between the at least two of the adjacent struts that has an unobstructed
upper end and an unobstructed lower end such that an object positioned below the lower end is visible to a user looking down
on the cleaning head, wherein the transverse length is greater than the distance.

US Pat. No. 9,433,332

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A hand carriable surface cleaning apparatus having a front end, a rear end and comprising:
(a) a dirty fluid inlet;
(b) a cyclone bin assembly comprising a cyclone chamber downstream of the dirty fluid inlet, the cyclone chamber comprising
a lower end, an upper end, a cyclone axis, an air inlet and an air outlet comprising a vortex finder at the upper end;

(c) a pre-motor filter comprising at least one porous physical filter media having an upstream side through which air enters
the pre-motor filter and a downstream side through which air exits the pre-motor filter wherein at least a portion of the
upstream side is positioned above the upper end of the cyclone chamber,

(d) a conduit that extends along the cyclone axis and comprises an extension of the vortex finder, the conduit extending through
the at least one porous physical filter media and in communication with the upstream side of the pre-motor filter;

(e) a suction motor positioned downstream of the pre-motor filter and rearward of the cyclone chamber wherein;
(f) an air flow path extending from the pre-motor filter to the suction motor; and,
(g) a clean air outlet downstream of the suction motor.

US Pat. No. 9,421,560

METHOD AND APPARATUS TO DELIVER A FLUID MIXTURE

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A mixing and dispensing apparatus comprising:
a) a flow path comprising at least two conduits, at least a portion of each of which is flexible, each conduit having an inlet
end connectable to a source of fluid and an exit end;

b) at least one peristaltic pump operatively connected to the flexible portions;
c) the flow path further comprising a mixer downstream from the exit ends and in fluid communication therewith;
d) a discharge mechanism comprising a discharge nozzle downstream from the mixer and in fluid communication therewith whereby
the discharge nozzle comprises a portion of the flow path and a hand grip portion wherein the hand grip portion is useable
to direct the discharge nozzle at a target surface whereby the fluids, once mixed, may be applied to the target surface;

e) a first actuator operatively connected to the at least one peristaltic pump, and,
f) a gas flow line exterior to the flow path and having an inlet end connectable with a source of pressurized gas and clearance
nozzle at an outlet end, and a second actuator is operable to cause gas to flow through the gas flow line and out the clearance
nozzle whereby the target surface may be cleaned before application of the mixed fluid.

US Pat. No. 9,343,638

ELECTRO-OPTIC PN JUNCTION MODULATOR FORMED WITH A SELF-ALIGNED PROCESS

University of Southampton...

1. An electro-optic device, comprising:
a layer of light-carrying material; and
a rib, projecting from the layer of light-carrying material, for guiding optical signals propagating through the device;
wherein the layer of light-carrying material comprises a first doped region of a first type extending into the rib, and a
second doped region of a second, different type extending into the rib such that a pn junction is formed within the rib, substantially
parallel to at least three contiguous faces of the rib such that said junction forms a wrap-around ? shape in cross-section.

US Pat. No. 9,322,773

OPTICAL SENSING DEVICE FOR FLUID SENSING AND METHODS THEREFOR

Measurement Specialties, ...

1. A system for determining in a sample a concentration of a first fluid in a second fluid, comprising:
at least one sensor for detecting:
a first intensity of radiation transmitted through the sample by a first beam of a reference wavelength;
a second intensity of radiation transmitted through the sample by a second beam of a first wavelength;
a third intensity of radiation transmitted through the sample by a third beam of the reference wavelength;
a fourth intensity of radiation transmitted through the sample by a fourth beam of a second wavelength;
a processor in communication with the at least one sensor, the processor configured to calculate, based on the detected first,
second, third and fourth intensities, a value of the concentration of the first fluid in the second fluid; and

a memory device in communication with the processor for storing calibration data,
wherein the processor is configured to calculate the value of the concentration of the first fluid in the second fluid based
on the value of (the second intensity/the first intensity)?(the fourth intensity/the third intensity), and the stored calibration
data.

US Pat. No. 9,200,007

TRICYCLIC HETEROCYCLIC COMPOUNDS AS PHOSPHOINOSITIDE 3-KINASE INHIBITORS

Karus Therapeutics Limite...

1. A compound represented by formula I:
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein:
W is O;
Xis CH;
R2 is (LQ)mY;

m is 1;
L is: C1alkylene;

Q is selected from the group consisting of: heteroarylene, —NR3—, —C(O)—, —NR4R5—, and —C(O)NR4R5, where R4 and R5 together with the nitrogen to which they are attached form a 5 to 7-membered heterocycle linker;

Y is selected from the group consisting of: H, C1-C10 alkyl, C3-C10 cycloalkyl, —OR3, —N(R3)2, —SO2—R3, —SO2—N(R3)2, halogen, —CN, and —C(halogen)bR3(3?b),

b is from 1 to 3; and
R3 is independently selected for each occurrence from H or C1-C10 alkyl.

US Pat. No. 9,101,267

METHOD OF REAL-TIME TRACKING OF MOVING/FLEXIBLE SURFACES

MACDONALD, DETTWILER AND ...

1. A vision system for real-time tracking of moving and flexible surfaces, comprising:
a) a stereo endoscope for acquiring images of a region of a moving flexible surface, and a light source for illuminating the
region of moving flexible surface;

b) a vision processor connected to said stereo endoscope and said light source, said visional processor programmed with instructions
for analyzing images from said stereo endoscope and computing, in real time, a current location of the region of moving flexible
surface based on a current image of the region of moving flexible surface and a previous location of the region of moving
flexible surface;

c) a computer controller connected to said vision processor, said computer controller including a visual display for displaying
images of a region of the moving flexible surface;

d) said computer controller being programmed to pass one or more designated positions on said moving flexible surface to said
vision processor, and wherein the vision processor is programmed to continuously track the one or more designated surgical
positions on the moving flexible surface to provide updated positions of said one or more designated positions.

US Pat. No. 9,833,506

VACCINE—SCREENING METHOD

HVIVO SERVICES LIMITED, ...

1. A method for screening a plurality of test peptides having a level of identity with a sequence of a protein of a virus,
to identify any peptide or peptides which are capable of ameliorating infection by the virus in a human, the method comprising:
a) obtaining T0 samples comprising T cells from at least five different human test subjects who are seronegative for antibodies
to the virus, where each of the T0 samples is obtained from a single human test subject,

b) contacting the T cells in each of the T0 samples with the plurality of test peptides, quantifying the level of response
of the T cells in each of the T0 samples to each of the test peptides, and identifying any peptide or peptides which induce
a T cell response in one or more of the T0 samples,

c) inoculating and infecting each one of the at least five human test subjects with the virus after obtaining the T0 sample
from the subject in step a),

d) obtaining a measure of disease severity in each one of the at least five human test subjects following infection with the
virus in step c);

e) for each peptide identified in step b), correlating the level of response to the peptide of the T cells in each T0 sample
with the measure of disease severity in the test subject from whom the T0 sample was obtained and

f) for any one peptide where an inverse correlation is found in step e), identifying the peptide as a peptide that is capable
of ameliorating infection by the virus in a human subject.

US Pat. No. 9,314,138

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
(a) a surface cleaning head having a dirty air inlet;
(b) an upper portion moveably mounted to the surface cleaning head between a storage position and a floor cleaning position;
(c) a surface cleaning unit removably mounted to a support structure on the upper portion and comprising a handle, a suction
motor and an air treatment member;

(d) an air flow path extending from the dirty air inlet and including a flexible air flow conduit forming at least part of
an air flow path from the dirty air inlet to the surface cleaning unit; and,

(e) a surface cleaning unit lock having a locked position in which the surface cleaning unit is secured to the upper portion
and an unlocked position in which the surface cleaning unit is removable from the upper portion; and,

(f) the surface cleaning unit lock comprises a locking member, a manually actuatable member operatively connected to the locking
member and a lockout member preventing the surface cleaning unit lock from changing from the locked position to the unlocked
potion when the handle is used to carry the surface cleaning apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,295,995

CYCLONE SUCH AS FOR USE IN A SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A cyclone comprising a cyclone chamber having an air inlet, an air outlet, a first end wall, a second end wall, a longitudinal
axis extending between the first and second end walls and a sidewall, the sidewall at a location of the air inlet defining
a diameter of the cyclone chamber, the air inlet has an inlet end having a shape and a cross sectional area in a plane transverse
to a direction of airflow through the air inlet, and the air inlet is provided at a first juncture surface of the sidewall
and the first end wall, wherein the air inlet comprises a curved passage provided inside the cyclone chamber, the passage
has an inlet end, an outlet end and first and second longitudinally spaced apart sections extending between the inlet and
outlet ends of the curved passage, wherein the curved passage is located within the diameter of the cyclone chamber, wherein
the first longitudinally spaced apart section is located further longitudinally outward from the second end wall of the cyclone
chamber than the second longitudinally spaced apart section and all of an outer surface of the first end wall is located further
longitudinally outward than an inner surface of the first longitudinally spaced apart sections of the passage, wherein the
first juncture surface extends at an angle to both the sidewall and the first end wall and wherein the first juncture surface
downstream of the air inlet approximates the shape of a portion of the air inlet that is adjacent the first juncture surface
and wherein the first end wall and the first juncture surface do not extend radially outwardly beyond the sidewall, wherein
the first juncture surface is rounded.

US Pat. No. 9,287,677

HYBRID OPTICAL PULSE SOURCE

Fianium Ltd., Southampto...

1. Optical pulse source for providing optical output pulses, comprising:
a master oscillator comprising a mode locked fibre oscillator producing optical pulses having an optical pulse frequency;
at least one optical fibre amplifier optically coupled to the master oscillator, the at least one optical amplifier including
a final optical fibre amplifier;

a bulk optic amplifier element optically coupled to the output of the final optical fibre amplifier;
a nonlinear optical fibre for nonlinearly producing light, the nonlinear optical fibre optically coupled to the output of
the bulk optic amplifier element;

an optical pulse compressor optically coupled to the output of the nonlinear optical fibre; and
a pulse picker operable to reduce the optical pulse frequency of the optical output pulses to be less than the optical pulse
frequency of the optical pulses produced by the master oscillator.

US Pat. No. 9,248,183

HUMAN IMMUNE THERAPIES USING A CD27 AGONIST ALONE OR IN COMBINATION WITH OTHER IMMUNE MODULATORS

University of Southampton...

1. A method of promoting immunity against an infectious agent in a subject in need thereof comprising administering a therapeutically
effective amount of an agonistic anti-human CD27 antibody, or an agonistic antigen binding fragment thereof, wherein said
anti-human CD27 agonistic antibody or agonistic anti-human CD27 antibody fragment elicits an immune response in vivo against
the infectious agent by promoting the proliferation of anti-infectious agent specific T cells.

US Pat. No. 9,137,883

ROBUST, FLEXIBLE AND LIGHTWEIGHT DIELECTRIC BARRIER DISCHARGE ACTUATORS USING NANOFOAMS/AEROGELS

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF AER...

1. A dielectric barrier discharge actuator, comprising:
a dielectric layer produced from lightweight, high breakdown strength, low dielectric constant and loss flexible polymeric
aerogel;

a buried electrode buried within the dielectric layer; and
an exposed electrode located on the surface of the dielectric, wherein the buried electrode and the exposed electrode are
electrically connected.

US Pat. No. 9,564,731

METHOD FOR ILLUMINATING A SAMPLE WITH SUPERCONTINUUM PULSES

Fianium Ltd., Southampto...

1. A method of providing supercontinuum illumination in applications involving the excitation of fluorescence, comprising:
generating, at an optical pump laser, optical pump pulses at a pump pulse repetition rate;
selectively controlling with an optical modulator the launch of optical pump pulses into a nonlinear optical element comprising
an optical fiber at a variable, lower repetition rate to thereby selectively control the repetition rate of supercontinuum
pulses generated within the optical fiber; and

illuminating a sample with supercontinuum pulses to excite fluorescence.

US Pat. No. 9,526,394

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
a) a surface cleaning head including a cleaning pad mount that is configured to receive a cleaning pad;
b) a steam distribution system including a steam unit in fluid communication with a water reservoir and having a heater and
a steam outlet in communication with the cleaning pad mount;

c) a cleaning solution distribution system including a cleaning solution reservoir in communication with a dispensing outlet,
wherein the cleaning solution is dispensable through the dispensing outlet without passing through the heater; and,

d) a first manually controllable actuator operatively connected to the steam distribution system to selectively dispense steam,
and a second manually controllable actuator operatively connected to the cleaning solution distribution system to selectively
dispense cleaning solution,

wherein the cleaning pad mount is moveably mounted to the surface cleaning head and the surface cleaning head further comprises
a drive unit drivingly connected to the cleaning pad mount.

US Pat. No. 9,457,355

APPARATUS FOR CONVERTING BALES OF INSULATION TO LOOSE FILL

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A machine for de-aggregating a bale of insulation and blowing de-aggregated insulation, the bale of insulation having a
front, a rear, a first side, a second side, a first length extending in a forward/rearward direction, the machine having a
height and a transversely extending length and comprising
a de-aggregation chamber having an inlet end positioned above an outlet end, the de-aggregation chamber having first and second
opposed end walls and a height, a length and a width and comprising a single upper de-aggregation member and a single lower
de-aggregation member, each de-aggregation member comprising a longitudinally extending rotary mounted shaft having a drive
end provided on the first side of the machine and an opposed end on the second side of the machine, a length and a plurality
of paddles angularly staggered around the shaft and extending along the length of the shaft, the paddles of the upper de-aggregation
member comprising first and second paddles having differing lengths and both the first and second paddles are interleaved
with the paddles of the lower de-aggregation member whereby the first and second paddles pass between the paddles of the lower
de-aggregation member;

a feeder communicating with the inlet end of the de-aggregation chamber;
a discharge zone comprising a longitudinally extending rotary valve having a drive end provided on the second side of the
machine and an opposed end, an upper insulation inlet and an outlet, the upper inlet positioned below the lower de-aggregation
member whereby insulation travels downwardly from the de-aggregation member into the rotary valve; and,

a motor
wherein the motor is drivingly connected to the drive end of the shaft of one of the upper and lower de-aggregation members,
the drive end of the shaft of one of the upper and lower de-aggregation members is drivenly connected to the drive end of
the shaft of the other of the upper and lower de-aggregation members and the opposed end of the shaft of the other of the
upper and lower de-aggregation members is drivingly connected to the drive end of the rotary valve whereby torque produced
by the motor is applied on each of the first and second sides of the machine and is distributed more evenly.

US Pat. No. 9,395,488

SACRIFICIAL WAVEGUIDE TEST STRUCTURES

OCLARO TECHNOLOGY LIMITED...

1. A wafer comprising:
a plurality of optical chips, each optical chip being configured to perform a corresponding optical function and comprising
circuitry for performing the optical function;

a sacrificial test structure for testing the optical function of a first optical chip among the plurality of optical chips,
the sacrificial test structure being arranged on the wafer in a region adjacent to the first optical chip;

a predetermined cleave line that separates the first optical chip from the sacrificial test structure, the wafer being configured
for the first optical chip to be cleaved from the wafer along the predetermined cleave line; and

a waveguide that couples the sacrificial test structure with the first optical chip and runs contiguously across the predefined
cleave line such that the waveguide is severed upon cleaving the first optical chip from the wafer.

US Pat. No. 9,321,161

TENSIONING APPARATUS

TENSCON LIMITED, Wolverh...

1. An apparatus for tensioning a stud in a bolted joint to a desired preload, the apparatus comprising:
a locking means adapted for engagement with the stud;
a removable bridge member arranged to at least partially enclose the locking means and to receive the stud therethrough;
a removable actuator operable to directly engage with and actuate the locking means through the bridge member; and
removable tensioning means configured to apply tension to a load bearing surface of the bridge member so as to transfer tension
to the stud;

wherein the actuator is operable to tighten the locking means on the stud when the desired preload in the stud is achieved.

US Pat. No. 9,233,434

METHOD OF AND MATERIAL PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR OPTIMISING THE FOCUS OF A FIBRE LASER; METHOD OF MEASURING CHANGES IN THE FOCUS OF A FIBRE LASER

SPI LASERS UK LIMITED, S...

1. A method of optimising the focus of a fibre laser, comprising positioning the output of a fibre laser relative to a workpiece;
generating pulses of laser radiation; measuring at least a portion of a waveform of back reflected radiation from the workpiece
resulting from the pulses; changing the relative position of the output and the workpiece a plurality of times; generating
pulses of laser radiation and measuring at least a portion of a waveform of back reflected radiation from the workpiece resulting
from the pulses each time; and analysing, by a processor, the resulting measured back-reflected radiation to determine optimum
focus,wherein the power of the pulses is selected so that a phase change occurs at the workpiece and wherein the analysing the resulting
measured back-reflected radiation comprises determining integrals of the back reflected radiation at each relative position
and using the integrals to determine optimum focus by determining a minimum value of the integrals.

US Pat. No. 9,192,269

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
a) a wheeled base comprising an AC suction motor;
b) a portable cleaning unit removably mounted on the wheeled base and comprising at least one cyclonic separation stage, a
first energy storage member and a portable cleaning unit suction motor that is operable on DC power; and,

c) a fluid flow path extending from a first dirty fluid inlet to a clean air outlet of the surface cleaning apparatus,
d) wherein the AC suction motor provides motive power to move fluid through the fluid flow path when the surface cleaning
unit is switched on and when the portable cleaning unit is mounted on the wheeled base, and

e) wherein the portable cleaning unit suction motor provides motive power to move fluid through the fluid flow path when the
portable cleaning unit is switched on and when the portable cleaning unit is removed from the wheeled base.

US Pat. No. 9,159,219

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR POWER-ASSISTED DOOR

Trimark Corporation, New...

1. An electronic control system for a power assisted hinged door mounted to a door frame, the door having interior and exterior
door handles for opening and closing a door, a latch for latching and unlatching the door, and a blast lock extendable from
the door into the frame to preclude opening of the door, the interior handle is operatively connected to the latch and to
the blast lock, the control system comprising:
an intelligent control operatively connected to the interior and exterior handles, the latch, and the blast lock;
a plurality of electrical sensor inputs operatively connected to the intelligent control, the plurality of sensor inputs associated
with the state of each of the interior handle, the exterior handle, the blast lock, the latch, and the position of the door;

a power drive operatively connected to the intelligent control for providing opening and closing of the power assisted door;
wherein the intelligent control is configured to monitor status of the plurality of electrical sensor inputs and control the
power drive at least partially based on the plurality of electrical sensor inputs, and to achieve intuitive control of the
interior and exterior handles; and

the intelligent control being operative for actuating the blast lock extension into and retraction from the door frame, for
activating the latch, and for pivoting the door open and closed.

US Pat. No. 9,068,335

VALVE OPERATING NUT PROTECTOR

Hampton Roads Sanitation ...

1. An apparatus for protecting an operating nut of an actuator that controls a valve in an underground pipe, comprising:
a guide assembly formed of a hollow guide structure and a mounting collar, the guide structure fitting inside a lower end
of a riser pipe and providing a barrier between the riser pipe and the operating nut, the riser pipe providing access from
an above ground location to the operating nut along a main axis, the mounting collar being in a plane perpendicular to the
main axis and being joined to a lower edge of the guide structure and jutting outwardly from said guide structure, the outward
jutting portion of the mounting collar being a flange; and

a mounting assembly having a first portion joined to said flange and having a second portion bolted directly to said actuator.

US Pat. No. 9,451,853

PORTABLE SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A hand carryable surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
(a) a body housing a suction motor;
(b) a cyclone bin assembly removably mounted to the body;
(c) a locking mechanism operable between a locked position in which the cyclone bin assembly is secured to the body and an
unlocked position in which the cyclone bin assembly is removable from the body, the locking mechanism comprising at least
first and second discrete moveable members provided on the cyclone bin assembly wherein the first discrete moveable member
comprises an actuator that is drivingly connected to the second discrete moveable member; and,

(d) an air flow path extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet and including the suction motor and the cyclone
bin assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,427,122

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
(a) a surface cleaning head having a dirty air inlet;
(b) an upper portion moveably mounted to the surface cleaning head between a storage position and a floor cleaning position;
(c) an above floor cleaning wand removably receivable in the upper portion and having a longitudinally extending axis;
(d) a flexible air flow conduit forming at least part of an air flow path from the above floor cleaning wand to the surface
cleaning unit;

(e) a lower mounting member provided on an outer surface of the upper portion;
(f) an upper mounting member provided on at least one of the outer surface of the upper portion and the wand; and,
(g) a portable surface cleaning unit comprising a suction motor and an air treatment member removably mounted to the upper
portion:

wherein the lower mounting member comprises a pair of lower wings extending laterally outwardly from the upper portion and
the portable surface cleaning unit has mating recesses provided on a lower surface thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,399,295

SPACECRAFT CAPTURE MECHANISM

MACDONALD, DETTWILER AND ...

1. A system for capturing a feature on a free flying spacecraft, comprising
a capture mechanism including a two stage grasping tool including
i) a quick grasp mechanism having clamping jaws configured to be sprung closed, said quick grasp mechanism being mounted for
movement in a housing, said quick grasp mechanism configured to clamp said feature when said feature is in close proximity
to, and triggers said clamping jaws to be sprung quickly and sufficiently shut such that the feature cannot escape from said
clamping jaws thus achieving soft capture of the feature; and

ii) a rigidizing mechanism, independently actuated from said quick grasp mechanism and configured to, upon completion of the
soft capture of the feature, draw the quick grasp mechanism and the soft captured feature into said housing until said soft
captured feature abuts against a rigidisation surface located in said housing to rigidize the soft captured feature and spacecraft
relative to said housing.

US Pat. No. 9,392,916

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
(a) a surface cleaning head having a dirty air inlet;
(b) an upper portion moveably mounted to the surface cleaning head between a storage position and a floor cleaning position;
(c) a portable surface cleaning unit comprising a suction motor and an air treatment member removably mounted to the upper
portion;

(d) an above floor cleaning wand removably mounted to the upper portion;
(e) a flexible air flow conduit forming at least part of an air flow path from the above floor cleaning wand to the surface
cleaning unit; and

(f) a wand lock having a locked position in which the wand is secured to the upper portion and an unlocked position in which
the wand is removable from the upper portion, the wand lock comprising:

(i) a wand release actuator which is provided on the wand and is removable with the wand from the upper portion;
(ii) a locking member that is releasably engageable with the upper portion; and,
(iii) a longitudinal extending transmission member that drivingly connects the wand release actuator to the lock member, the
transmission member is translatable downwardly when the wand locking is moved to the unlocked position.

US Pat. No. 9,299,489

MICROMAGNETIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF FORMING THE SAME

Enpirion, Inc., Hampton,...

1. A micromagnetic device formed on a substrate, comprising:
a first insulating layer formed in a trench of said substrate;
a first seed layer formed above said first insulating layer;
a first magnetic core layer selectively formed above said first seed layer and with at least a portion formed directly above
said trench; and

a second insulating layer formed above said first magnetic core layer.

US Pat. No. 9,204,772

DIRT COLLECTION CHAMBER FOR A SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
(a) an air flow path extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet and including a suction motor;
(b) a cyclone chamber provided in the air flow path and comprising a cyclone air outlet, a longitudinally extending axis,
and a cyclone chamber wall extending between a first end and second end that is axially spaced apart from the first end, the
cyclone chamber wall having a rear portion comprising a cyclone air inlet and an opposing front portion comprising a cyclone
dirt outlet, the cyclone dirt outlet comprising a slot extending circumferentially part way around the cyclone chamber wall
between a first slot end and a second slot end that is downstream from the first slot end in a direction in which air circulates
within the cyclone chamber, the dirt outlet being provided toward the first end of the cyclone chamber;

(c) a dirt collection chamber having first and second axially spaced apart ends, a first portion extending from the dirt collection
chamber first end towards the dirt collection chamber second end, a second portion extending from the dirt collection chamber
second end towards the dirt collection chamber first end, the dirt collection chamber second portion having a central longitudinally
extending axis, the dirt collection chamber first portion is in communication with the cyclone dirt outlet wherein at least
a portion of the cyclone chamber is in the dirt collection chamber first portion and the cyclone chamber is non-symmetrically
positioned with respect to the central longitudinally extending axis of the dirt collection chamber second portion, the dirt
collection chamber second end is axially spaced away from the cyclone chamber second end and the dirt collection chamber first
portion comprises an inner side adjacent the cyclone chamber and an outer side transversely spaced from and facing the cyclone
chamber and defined by a dirt collection chamber sidewall; and,

(d) a rib disposed within the dirt collection chamber circumferentially between the first slot end and the second slot end
and extending from a position in the first portion of the dirt collection chamber radially from one of the dirt collection
chamber sidewall and the cyclone sidewall toward the other one of the dirt collection chamber sidewall and the cyclone sidewall,
the rib comprising an upstream side that is orthogonal to the direction in which air circulates within the cyclone chamber
and an opposing downstream side and all of the upstream and downstream sides are exposed to the air in the dirt collection
chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,174,913

PROCESS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF METHACRYLIC ACID AND ITS DERIVATIVES AND POLYMERS PRODUCED THEREFROM

Lucite International UK L...

1. A continuous process for the production of methacrylic acid by the base catalysed decarboxylation of at least one dicarboxylic
acid selected from itaconic, citraconic or mesaconic acid or mixtures thereof, followed by separation of the methacrylic acid
product, wherein the decarboxylation is carried out at greater than 240 and up to 275° C. and at pressures which will maintain
the reactants in the liquid phase.

US Pat. No. 9,108,747

TOOL FOR ACCESSING SATELLITE FILL/DRAIN VALVES DURING PROPELLANT RESUPPLY

MACDONALD, DETTWILER AND ...

1. A tool mounted on a first satellite for opening rotationally removable access components of a second satellite, the access
components on the second satellite having rotatable and static features coaxially aligned along a first axis, comprising:
a housing including
a motor mounted in said housing, a gear shifter coupled to said motor,
a wrench mounted in said housing including at least first and second adjustable wrench mechanisms coaxially aligned one on
top of the other along a second axis, each of said first and second adjustable wrench mechanisms is configured to engage the
access components with features of different sizes;

a differential gearbox mounted in said housing coupled to said at least first and second adjustable wrench mechanisms, the
gearbox being configured to split the torque received by the gear shifter evenly between said at least first and second adjustable
wrench mechanisms; and

wherein, when the tool is positioned with the wrench down over the access components with the second axis coincident with
the first axis, the first adjustable wrench mechanism engages the rotatable feature of the rotationally removable access components
and the second adjustable wrench mechanism engages the static feature of the access components such that the wrench applies
equal and opposite forces to the rotatable feature and the static feature to apply bi-directional torque to the rotatable
feature while reacting the torque on the static feature.

US Pat. No. 9,585,530

PORTABLE SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A hand carryable surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
(a) a body housing a suction motor, the suction motor oriented forwardly and having a motor axis that defines a suction motor
centerline;

(b) a cyclone bin assembly mounted to the body and comprising a cyclone chamber and a dirt collection chamber, wherein at
least a portion of the dirt collection chamber extends under at least a portion of the suction motor, and wherein the cyclone
chamber has a cyclone axis that defines a cyclone chamber centerline that is positioned forward of the suction motor centerline,
and wherein the motor axis is oriented at an angle of between 30 degrees and 45 degrees relative to the cyclone axis; and,

(c) an air flow path extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet and including the suction motor and the cyclone
bin assembly

wherein the dirt collection chamber has a recess provided on an upper surface of the dirt collection chamber for receiving
a portion of the suction motor.

US Pat. No. 9,523,447

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONNECTING PIPES

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A method of joining an end of a first pipe and an end of a second pipe, the end of the first pipe having an outer annular
end surface, the end of the second pipe having a pipe receiving opening, an interior abutment surface positioned spaced inwardly
from the pipe receiving opening, and an interior end surface between the interior abutment surface and the pipe receiving
opening, the method comprising:
(a) inserting the end of the first pipe into the end of the second pipe such that the outer annular end surface abuts the
interior abutment surface, wherein a groove is positioned between the interior abutment surface and the pipe receiving opening,
the groove comprising an open annular region between an outer surface of the first pipe and the interior end surface;

(b) utilizing an injection passage that extends from an outer surface of the second pipe to an inner surface of the second
pipe wherein the groove is in flow communication with an outlet end of injection passage to inject heated thermoplastic joining
material into the groove; and

(c) providing a blocking material that will become flowable when heated by the thermoplastic joining material that is infected
into the groove and will flow out of the groove to the ambient as the heated pipe joining material is injected into the interstitial
space.

US Pat. No. 9,397,497

HIGH EFFICIENCY INTERLEAVED SOLAR POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM

AMPT, LLC, Fort Collins,...

18. A high efficiency solar energy power system comprising:
a first photovoltaic source of power;
a base phase switching circuitry connected to said first photovoltaic source of power that establishes a base phase switch
midpoint output;

a base phase photovoltaic boundary controller to which said base phase switching circuitry is responsive at at least some
times of operation;

a second photovoltaic source of power;
an altered phase switching circuitry connected to said second photovoltaic source of power that establishes an altered phase
switch midpoint output;

an altered phase photovoltaic boundary controller to which said altered phase switching circuitry is responsive at at least
some times of operation;

a synchronous phase control circuitry to which said base phase switch midpoint output and said altered phase switch midpoint
output are switch timing responsive; and

low stored energy inductance, series power additive combiner circuitry connecting said base phase switch midpoint output and
said altered phase switch midpoint output through a low stored energy inductance to provide a conversion combined photovoltaic
DC output.

US Pat. No. 9,388,618

DOOR CLOSER ASSEMBLY

HAMPTON PRODUCTS INTERNAT...

1. A door closer assembly mountable on a mounting surface with one of a plurality of patterns of pre-existing mounting holes,
the door closer assembly comprising:
a closer housing having first and second opposed ends; and
a first universal mounting bracket configured to retain the closer housing at the first end thereof, and a second universal
mounting bracket configured to retain the closer housing at the second end thereof, each of the first and second universal
mounting brackets having a plurality of mounting openings arranged in a pattern in which at least one of the mounting openings
is alignable with at least one of the pre-existing mounting holes in any two or more of the plurality of patterns;

wherein the first universal mounting bracket and the second universal mounting bracket each comprises a securing portion configured
to grip the closer housing, the closer housing being slidable along the securing portions.

US Pat. No. 9,238,235

CYCLONE SUCH AS FOR USE IN A SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A cyclone comprising a cyclone chamber having a first end having a first end wall, a second end having a second end wall,
a sidewall, an air inlet at the first end, a vortex finder at the first end and a first central insert member extending from
a center of the second end wall into the cyclone chamber wherein the vortex finder extends away from a center of the first
end wall into the cyclone chamber and is aligned with the first central insert member, the first central insert member has
an inner end that is closed and a screen extends from the inner end to the vortex finder, the first central insert member
comprises a central member wall extending away from the second end wall and the central member wall and the second end wall
meet at a first juncture surface that extends at an angle to both the central member wall that abuts and extends away from
the first juncture surface and the second end wall.

US Pat. No. 9,232,877

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS WITH ENHANCED OPERABILITY

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. An upright surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
a) a floor cleaning head having a dirty air inlet;
b) an upright section movably mounted to the surface cleaning head and movable between a storage position and an in use position;
c) a portable cleaning unit detachably mounted to the upright section and comprising a suction motor and an air treatment
member positioned in the air flow passage, wherein the cleaning unit is operable in a first configuration wherein the cleaning
unit is mounted to the upright section and is in air flow communication with the floor cleaning head, and a second configuration
in which the cleaning unit is detached from the upright section; and

d) the air treatment member comprising a filtration member housing having a housing air inlet, a housing air outlet, at least
one cyclone chamber and a dirt collection chamber, and the filtration member housing being sealed when detached from the cleaning
unit except for the housing air inlet and the air outlet;

wherein the filtration member housing is detachable from the portable cleaning unit when the portable cleaning unit is in
the first configuration and when the portable cleaning unit is in the second configuration.

US Pat. No. 9,211,044

COMPACT SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A portable surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
a) an air flow path extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet and including a suction motor positioned in a suction
motor housing;

b) a main body comprising the suction motor provided in the air flow path and comprising a front and a back; and,
c) a cyclone bin assembly provided in the air flow path, comprising an openable lid and removably mounted to the main body,
the cyclone bin assembly comprising a handle mounted to the openable lid, the handle comprising a grip portion that extends
in a forward direction of travel, wherein the handle is the only handle operable to manipulate main body during cleaning when
the cyclone bin assembly is mounted to the main body, and the only handle to carry the cyclone bin assembly when the cyclone
bin assembly is removed from the main body and wherein the handle has a forward portion secured to the openable lid of the
cyclone bin assembly and a rearward portion overlying the suction motor housing.

US Pat. No. 9,138,114

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. An upright surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
(a) a surface cleaning head having a front end and a rear end and a dirty air inlet, the surface cleaning head moveable across
a surface in a forward direction in which the rear end follows the front end;

(b) a support structure moveably mounted to the surface cleaning head, the support structure comprising a first portion defining
a first longitudinal axis and a second portion having a handgrip portion and defining a second longitudinal axis, the first
portion having a first end moveably coupled to the surface cleaning head and a second end rotatably coupled to the second
portion about an axis that is generally transverse to the forward direction and is in a fixed position forward of the first
longitudinal axis when the support structure is in an upright position, whereby, when the second portion is rotated so that
the first longitudinal axis is generally parallel to the second longitudinal axis, the second longitudinal axis is offset
from the first longitudinal axis in the forward direction;

(c) a cleaning unit comprising a suction motor and an air treatment member, the cleaning unit being removably mounted to the
support structure; and,

(d) an air flow conduit extending from the surface cleaning head to the cleaning unit.

US Pat. No. 10,148,051

MODULAR ELECTRONIC STRUCTURES

University of Southampton...

1. A modular structural member comprising:at least two connection portions, and a structural portion, the connection portions arranged to provide electrical and mechanical connection to other structural members,
wherein electronic componentry is provided on the structural portion, and the connection portions are arranged to receive a fastener, for connecting multiple connection portions together, each of the connection portions defining a substantially planar contour having first and second sets of electrical contacts exposed on opposing planar sides thereof, and
wherein a plurality of the structural members are arranged to be connected together to form a structure, with respective ones of the connection portions thereof stacked one over a top of the other and concentrically clamped together by a fastener.

US Pat. No. 9,593,995

PACKAGE FOR A DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE SENSING DIE

Measurement Specialties, ...

1. A package for receiving a differential pressure sensing die, the differential pressure sensing die comprising a semiconductor
die having an integral diaphragm adapted to measure a differential pressure applied to opposing sides of the integral diaphragm,
the package comprising:
a first housing member configured to receive the differential pressure sensing die, the first housing member defining a chamber
and supporting a first flexible diaphragm that divides the chamber into a first internal volume and a first fluid-fillable
volume, the first fluid-fillable volume in fluid communication with a first side of the integral diaphragm of the differential
pressure sensing die when the differential pressure sensing die is installed in the package;

at least one second housing member, the at least one second housing member defining a second chamber and supporting a second
flexible diaphragm that divides the second chamber into a second internal volume and a second fluid-fillable volume, the second
fluid-fillable volume in fluid communication with a second side of the integral diaphragm of the differential pressure sensing
die when the differential pressure sensing die is installed in the package, wherein the first housing member and the at least
one second housing member are configured to mate with one another to define a housing, the housing defining a first central
portion in which the first housing member and the second housing member directly contact one another and a second central
portion defining a third internal volume for receiving the differential pressure sensing die, the first housing member having
a first internal port defined in a wall of the first housing member at the second central portion and the second housing member
having a second internal port defined in a wall of the second housing member at the second central portion, the internal ports
being arranged to mate with the pressure sensing die, the respective walls attached directly to the differential pressure
sensing die when the differential pressure sensing die is received by the third internal volume, and wherein the first housing
member supports the first flexible diaphragm and the second housing member supports the second flexible diaphragm independent
of the first housing member when the first housing member and the second housing member are not mated;

a first port defined through a first wall of the first housing member, the first port in fluid communication with the first
internal volume; and

a second port defined through a second wall of one of the at least one second housing members, the second port in fluid communication
with the second internal volume, wherein the first port is configured to receive a first fluid at a first pressure and the
second port is configured to receive a second fluid at a second pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,594,262

OPTICAL DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS

University of Southampton...

1. A device for processing light with light, comprising:
a first input for receiving a signal beam of coherent light at a wavelength;
a second input for receiving a control beam of coherent light having the wavelength;
a metamaterial element having a thickness and lateral structure having a size scale substantially smaller than the wavelength
of the beams and arranged to receive the control beam and the signal beam on opposite sides thereof;

a phase and intensity adjuster operable to set the mutual phase of the signal and control beams such that a standing wave
is formed having a node or an antinode coinciding with the metamaterial element, wherein:

absorption of the signal beam by the metamaterial element changes based on interaction between the metamaterial element and
the standing wave: and

the node of the standing wave coinciding with the metematerial element causes of absorption of the signal beam by the metamaterial
element to be different from absorption of the signal beam by the metamaterial element when the antidote of the standing wave
coincides with the metamterial element; and

an output for transmitting a component of the signal beam after transmission through the metamaterial element.

US Pat. No. 9,591,958

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A hand vac comprising:
(a) a body housing a suction motor and having an upper end, a lower end, a front end and a rear end;
(b) a cyclone bin assembly comprising a cyclone chamber that extends along a cyclone axis and has a sidewall, a cyclone air
inlet, a cyclone air outlet, and a dirt collection chamber exterior to the cyclone chamber, the cyclone chamber comprising
two dirt outlets provided in a lower portion of the sidewall of the cyclone chamber wherein a front dirt outlet is positioned
on a front side of the cyclone chamber and a rear dirt outlet is positioned on a rear side of the cyclone chamber wherein
a plane bisecting the housing along a front to rear direction extends through each of the front dirt outlet and the rear dirt
outlet and wherein the lower portion of the sidewall of the cyclone chamber at an elevation of the dirt outlets is continuous
from the front dirt outlet to the rear dirt outlet;

(c) a handle positioned rearward of the cyclone bin assembly, the handle extending upwardly and forwardly from a lower end
of the handle to an upper end of the handle when the hand vac is oriented with the upper end above the lower end and the cyclone
axis is vertically oriented; and,

(d) an air flow path extending from a dirty air inlet provided on the front end of the body to a clean air outlet and including
the suction motor and the cyclone chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,494,741

APPARATUS COMPRISING AT LEAST ONE OPTICAL DEVICE OPTICALLY COUPLED TO AT LEAST ONE WAVEGUIDE ON AN OPTICAL CHIP

University of Southampton...

1. Apparatus comprising at least one optical device optically coupled to at least one waveguide on an optical chip, characterised
in that:
(i) the optical device is optically aligned with the waveguide by aligning means;
(ii) the aligning means comprises at least one male member and at least one female member which locate together;
(iii) one of the male member and the female member is positioned on the optical chip;
(iv) the other one of the male member and the female member is positioned on a capping chip; and
(v) the apparatus includes a mirror for reflecting light from the optical device to the waveguide.

US Pat. No. 9,448,200

PROCESS FOR SENSING AT LEAST ONE PARAMETER IN WATER

University of Southampton...

1. A process for sensing at least one parameter in water, which process comprises:
providing in the water apparatus comprising a dissolved oxygen sensor which is for sensing dissolved oxygen in the water and
which

has a working electrode and a reference electrode; and
(ii) applying a voltage signal between the working electrode and the reference electrode, and such that the voltage signal
provides a conditioning waveform, then a wait time that returns a perturbed local oxygen concentration at the working electrode
to a bulk oxygen concentration value, and then a measurement function that is sufficiently short that the extent of a depleted
oxygen zone at the working electrode is minimised, and hence sensitivity to flow is minimised.

US Pat. No. 9,427,126

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
(a) a cyclone chamber having a first end having a first end wall, a second end having a second end wall, an air inlet, an
air outlet and a sidewall;

(b) an air flow path extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet and including a suction motor and the cyclone
chamber; and,

(c) a pre-motor filter positioned in the air flow path downstream from the cyclone chamber and a pre-motor filter dirt chamber,
wherein the pre-motor filter dirt chamber is openable and the pre-motor filter dirt chamber is contiguous with and exterior
to the air flow path whereby air passing through the surface cleaning apparatus does not pass through the pre-motor filter
dirt chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,381,503

PROCESS FOR THE CARBONYLATION OF ETHYLENICALLY UNSATURATED COMPOUNDS, NOVEL CARBONYLATION LIGANDS AND CATALYST SYSTEMS INCORPORATING SUCH LIGANDS

Lucite International UK L...

1. A bidentate ligand of formula (I)

wherein:
A and B each independently represent a direct bond or a lower alkylene linking group having from 1 to 10 carbons;
R represents a hydrocarbyl aromatic structure having at least one aromatic ring which is part of a metallocene complex and
to which Q1 and Q2 are each linked, through B and A, respectively, on available adjacent atoms of the at least one aromatic ring;

the groups X3 and X4 independently represent univalent radicals of up to 30 atoms having at least one tertiary carbon atom or X3 and X4 together form a bivalent radical of up to 40 atoms having at least two tertiary carbon atoms wherein each said univalent or
bivalent radical is joined via said at least one or two tertiary carbon atoms respectively to the respective atom Q1;

the group X1 is defined as a univalent hydrocarbyl radical of up to 30 atoms containing at least one nitrogen atom having a pKb in dilute
aqueous solution at 18° C. of between 4 and 14 wherein the said at least one nitrogen atom is separated from the Q2 atom by between 1 and 3 carbon atoms, wherein the group X1 is selected from the group consisting of an aromatic nitrogen heterocycle having 3-14 ring atoms, aziridine, azirine, azetidine,
azete, pyrrolidone, piperidine, azepane, azepine, azocane, azocine imidazolidine, pyrazolidine, imidazoline, pyrazoline, piperazine,
hexahydro-pyrimidine, hexahydro-pyridazine, and pyrrolidine radicals;

the group X2 is defined as X1, X3 or X4 or represents a univalent radical of up to 30 atoms having at least one primary, secondary or aromatic ring carbon atom wherein
each said univalent radical is joined via said at least one primary, secondary or aromatic ring carbon atom(s) respectively
to the respective atom Q2; and

Q1 and Q2 each independently represent phosphorus, arsenic or antimony.

US Pat. No. 9,340,439

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NITROGEN REMOVAL IN WASTEWATER TREATMENT

Hampton Roads Sanitation ...

1. A wastewater treatment apparatus, comprising:
a biological nitrogen removal (BNR) reactor having a volume;
an ammonia sensor for generating an ammonia concentration signal;
a mechanical mixer configured to mix at least a portion of the BNR reactor volume;
an aeration system configured to aerate at least a portion of the BNR reactor volume; and
a controller for processing the ammonia concentration signal and for thereby causing out-selection of nitrite oxidizing bacteria
(NOB) under controlled transient anoxia conditions;

wherein the controller adjusts an aerobic solids retention time (SRT) by adjusting an aerobic hydraulic residence time (HRT)
and an anoxic HRT through the use of at least one swing zone or through the manipulation of a dissolved oxygen concentration
by adjustment of aeration intensity; and

wherein the controller increases the aerobic HRT when a measured ammonia concentration is greater than a predetermined ammonia
setpoint in more than 75% of the reactor volume, and the anoxic HRT is increased when the measured ammonia concentration is
lower than the predetermined ammonia setpoint in more than 75% of the reactor volume.

US Pat. No. 9,301,666

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A hand vacuum cleaner comprising an air treatment portion and a main body, the air treatment portion comprising a first
cyclonic cleaning stage, a second cyclonic cleaning stage and a pre-motor filter, the hand vacuum cleaner comprising:
a) a fluid flow path extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet and the dirty fluid inlet defines a passage extending
along a passage axis;

b) the first cyclonic cleaning stage is positioned in the fluid flow path and comprises a first cyclone having a dirt collection
region wherein the dirt collection region has an openable bottom;

c) the second cyclonic cleaning stage is positioned in the fluid flow path downstream from the first cyclonic cleaning stage
and comprises a central longitudinal axis, the second cyclonic cleaning stage comprising a plurality of cyclones in parallel
that are arranged around a central portion and, after exiting the second stage cyclones, air enters an upper portion of the
central portion and exits the central portion at a position below the upper portion where the air enters the central portion;

d) the pre-motor filter is positioned in the fluid flow path downstream from the second cyclonic cleaning stage and comprises
an upstream side and a downstream side wherein the central longitudinal axis extends through a volume occupied by the pre-motor
filter; and,

e) the main body comprises a fluid flow motor housing for a fluid flow motor that is disposed in the fluid flow path downstream
from the pre-motor filter, wherein the fluid flow motor has a rotational axis and a projection of the rotational axis intersects
the central longitudinal axis and the fluid flow motor housing is secured to only a portion of a sidewall of the air treatment
portion,

wherein
(i) the fluid flow motor and a handle of the hand vacuum cleaner are positioned rearward of the second cyclonic cleaning stage;
(ii) the dirt collection region is positioned beneath and vertically aligned with the cyclones of the first and second cyclonic
cleaning stages and the pre-motor filter; and,

(iii) the handle comprises an upwardly extending portion when the hand vacuum cleaner is positioned on a horizontal surface,
the upwardly extending portion extends away from the fluid flow motor housing and the passage axis of the dirty fluid inlet
intersects the upwardly extending portion of the handle.

US Pat. No. 9,227,201

CYCLONE SUCH AS FOR USE IN A SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A cyclone comprising a cyclone chamber having an air inlet, a vortex finder, a first end wall, a second end wall and a
sidewall, the air inlet has an inlet end having a shape and a cross sectional area in a plane transverse to a direction of
airflow through the air inlet, and the air inlet is provided at a first juncture of the sidewall and the first end wall and
is located on the first end wall, the vortex finder is provided on the first end wall and has a wall that meets the first
end wall at a second juncture, wherein the air inlet comprises an enclosed, curved passage provided inside the cyclone chamber,
the passage comprising an outlet of the air inlet, the passage has a radial inner side and the radially inner side of the
passage is spaced from the vortex finder by a radial offset distance whereby a portion of the cyclone chamber is located in
the offset distance and the portion of the cyclone chamber has an absence of an air inlet introducing air directly into the
portion, the sidewall having a diameter at an outlet end of the passage and the passage is located within the diameter.

US Pat. No. 9,119,961

HADRON TREATMENT PLANNING WITH ADEQUATE BIOLOGICAL WEIGHTING

Hampton University, Hamp...

1. A computer program product having computer executable modules stored in a non-transitory computer readable medium, the
computer executable modules when read and executed by a computer performs a method of treatment planning for delivering a
biological dose at a treatment site of a patient, the method comprising the steps of:
receiving one or more geometric parameters that describes a site under treatment;
determining a variability of relative biological effectiveness (RBE) along a plurality of hadron beams based on the received
one or more parameters, wherein RBE is a ratio of a dose of reference radiation to a hadron dose required to achieve an equivalent
biological effect;

calculating a hadron biological dose for a plurality of spread-out Bragg peak (SOBP) sections based on the results of the
determining step, wherein the plurality of SOBP sections include a declining distal edge and at least one other section of
the SOBP; and

providing an optimized map of energies of at least one of the plurality of beams for delivering a biological dose.

US Pat. No. 9,684,194

METHOD FOR MAKING ELECTRO-OPTICAL DEVICE

University of Southampton...

1. A method of fabricating an electro-optic device, comprising:
on a substrate forming a first structure comprising a first insulating layer, a first layer, a second layer, and a light carrying
layer, wherein the light carrying layer is deposited or grown atop the first insulating layer, and the first layer and the
second layer are subsequently deposited or grown atop the first insulating layer;

depositing or growing a second insulating layer atop the first structure, and depositing one or more first masks atop the
second insulating layer;

doping the first and the second layers through a window created by the one or more first masks; wherein the first layer is
doped with a first dopant and the second layer is doped with a second dopant; wherein the first dopant and the second dopant
are of an opposite type, thus forming a p-n junction between the first layer and the second layer;

etching the first mask, and then depositing or growing a third insulating layer thus thickening the second insulating layer;
etching two portions of the second insulating layer entirely through the second insulating layer and further partially through
the first layer, thus creating a first channel and a second channel;

depositing a second mask over the second channel;
doping the first channel, abutting a region formed by the second insulating layer and the second mask, with the first and
the second dopants; wherein the first dopants are directed perpendicular relative to a top plane of the device and wherein
the second dopants are directed at a non-zero angle relative to the first dopants;

depositing a third mask in the first channel, and then doping the second channel, abutting a mask formed by the second insulating
layer and the third mask, with the second dopants in two cycles, the first cycle comprising the second dopant being directed
perpendicular relative to the top plane of the device, and the second cycle comprising the second dopant being directed at
an non-zero angle relative to a direction of said first cycle;

depositing a fourth mask in at least the second channel, and increasing a doping concentration of the first layer abutting
said portion of the first channel by doping the first channel with an increased concentration of the first dopants through
said window created by the fourth mask;

depositing a fifth mask in at least the first channel, and increasing a doping concentration of the second region abutting
said portion of the second channel by doping the second channel with an increased concentration of the second dopants through
said window created by the fifth mask;

depositing one or more additional insulating layers, and then re-etching the first channel and the second channel;
depositing a first contact layer and a second contact layer into the first and the second channels, respectively; depositing
electrical contacts atop said first and second contact layers;

forming a waveguide rib, said waveguide rib projecting from the light carrying layer, said waveguide rib guiding optical signals
propagating through the device;

wherein the light carrying layer, the first and the second contact layers, and the first and the second layers form a light
carrying stratum; and

wherein the p-n junction comprises at least three portions of an n-type layer, the first portion of the n-type layer being
on a top surface of a p-type layer, a second portion of the n-type layer being connected to the first portion of the n-type
layer, the second portion of the n-type layer being disposed on a first side of the p-type layer, the second portion of the
n-type layer contacting a first side of the p-type layer, the second portion of the n-type layer extending below the top surface
of the p-type layer, and the third portion of the n-type layer being disposed on a second side, opposite the first side, of
the p-type layer, the third portion of the n-type layer extending below the top surface of the p-type layer, the third portion
of the n-type layer contacting the second side of the p-type layer, the third portion of the n-type layer further extending
into the waveguide rib and contacting the first insulating layer.

US Pat. No. 9,570,878

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING SUPERCONTINUUM PULSES

Fianium Ltd., Southampto...

1. Optical pulse source for generating optical supercontinuum pulses, comprising:
an optical pump laser operable to generate optical pump pulses at a pump pulse repetition rate Rf;
a nonlinear optical element comprising a microstructured optical fiber arranged to receive the optical pump pulses and configured
to spectrally broaden the optical pump pulses to generate optical supercontinuum pulses;

an optical modulator provided between the optical pump laser and the microstructured optical fiber and operable to selectively
control the launch of optical pump pulses into the microstructured optical fiber at a variable, reduced repetition rate Rr=Rf/N,
wherein N is a positive integer, to thereby control the repetition rate of optical supercontinuum pulses generated within
the nonlinear optical element; and

wherein said optical pulse source is configured to provide a plurality of different repetition rates Rr and nominally identical
spectral broadening for the different repetition rates.

US Pat. No. 9,540,853

INTEGRATED HANDLE AND LATCH ASSEMBLY FOR RV SCREEN AND ENTRY DOORS

TriMark Corporation, New...

1. An improved handle assembly for an outer main door and an inner screen door pivotally mounted in a door frame, the doors
swinging outwardly to open and inwardly to close, comprising:
a first module mounted on the outer main door and having a first plunger;
a second module mounted on the inner screen door and having a second plunger;
a pull handle on the second module operatively connected to the first and second plungers to retract the first and second
plungers when the handle is pulled inwardly from inside the inner screen door when the doors are both closed to allow the
doors to swing outwardly open; and

the second module including a second pull handle to open the inner screen door when the second pull handle is pulled outwardly
from outside the inner screen door when the outer main door is open.

US Pat. No. 9,533,370

METHOD FOR LASER MARKING AN ANODIZED METAL SURFACE WITH A DESIRED COLOUR

SPI Lasers UK Limited, S...

1. A method for laser marking an anodized metal surface with a desired colour, which method comprises:
providing a laser for emitting a laser beam comprising laser pulses having a pulse energy, a pulse width, and a pulse repetition
frequency;

providing a seamier comprising a first mirror for scanning the laser beam in a first direction, and a second mirror for scanning
the laser beam in a second direction;

providing a lens for focussing the laser beam from the laser onto the anodized metal surface to form a spot having a spot
diameter and a pulse fluence;

providing a controller for controlling the scanner with a control signal;
marking a plurality of lines separated by a hatch distance on the anodized metal surface to form a desired mark by scanning
the scanner while pulsing the laser; and

selecting a scan speed, the pulse repetition frequency, and the spot diameter such that the separation between consecutive
spots during each scan of the scanner is at least one quarter of the spot diameter;

the method being characterized by
overwriting each line more than once;
the colour being given by the spot to spot separation, the hatch distance, the pulse fluence, the pulse width, and the number
of times each line is written; and

selecting the spot to spot separation, the hatch distance, the pulse fluence, the pulse width, and the number of times each
line is written to form the desired colour.

US Pat. No. 9,475,231

PIPE SEALING TOOL AND METHODS FOR USE

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A pipe connecting gun for use in connecting first and second parts of a piping system, the pipe connecting gun comprising:
a) a pipe joining material section comprising a pipe joining material container, a conduit from the pipe joining material
container to a delivery nozzle, and a heater in thermal communication with at least a portion of the pipe joining material
section;

b) an actuator drivingly connected to the pipe joining material section;
c) a sensor configured to determine that an interstitial cavity defined between an inner surface of the first part of the
piping system and an outer surface of the second part of the piping system and downstream of the delivery nozzle of the pipe
connecting gun has been filled by pipe joining material ejected from the delivery nozzle; and,

d) a signaling member drivenly connected to the sensor and operable to issue a signal when the sensor determines that the
cavity has been filled.

US Pat. No. 9,451,852

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS WITH DIFFERENT CLEANING CONFIGURATIONS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. An upright surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
(a) an air flow path extending from a first dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet and comprising a cleaning wand having the
first dirty air inlet, a first dirty air outlet and a flexible air flow conduit downstream of the first dirty air outlet;

(b) a surface cleaning head having a front end having a second dirty air inlet, a rear end having a second dirty air outlet,
and a cleaning head air flow conduit positioned between the second dirty air inlet and the first dirty air outlet;

(c) a support structure moveably mounted to the surface cleaning head between a floor cleaning position and a storage position,
the support structure comprising a support shaft; and,

(d) a cleaning unit comprising a suction motor, an air treatment member, a bottom and a mount having a downwardly facing opening
and an upwardly facing opening, wherein the support shaft is slidably receivable in the downwardly facing opening and the
first dirty air inlet of the cleaning wand is receivable in the upwardly facing opening, the cleaning unit being positioned
in the air flow path downstream from the flexible air flow conduit and removably seated on the support shaft wherein, when
the support structure mount is slid onto the support shaft when in a substantially upright orientation, the suction motor
is below the air treatment member, the bottom of the cleaning unit is spaced from the surface cleaning head to define an open
area at a front end of the cleaning unit wherein the open area is visible to a person positioned forward of the apparatus
and wherein the cleaning unit will remain in place until lifted off,

wherein the upright surface cleaning apparatus has at least two operating modes comprising:
(i) a first upright operating mode wherein the upright surface cleaning apparatus is operable with the cleaning unit seated
on the support structure and the first dirty air inlet of the cleaning wand is seated in the upwardly facing opening whereby
the wand and the support shaft are axially aligned, and,

(ii) a second operating mode wherein the cleaning unit is operable when removed from the support structure, the first dirty
air inlet of the cleaning wand is removed from the mount, and the cleaning wand and the flexible hose form part of the air
flow path extending from the first dirty air inlet to the clean air outlet.

US Pat. No. 9,434,559

LIGHTWEIGHT MULTI-LAYER FOAM DOCK SEAL SYSTEM

Blue Giant Equipment Corp...

1. A loading dock seal system comprising:
a closed-cell foam buffer;
a foam padding disposed adjacent the closed-cell foam buffer and affixed thereto thereby forming a bolster;
a fabric cover having a front portion, a rear portion, a first side portion, a second side portion and an interior volume
accessible via an access aperture, wherein the bolster is disposed within the interior volume such that the closed-cell foam
buffer engages the rear portion of the fabric cover and the foam padding engages the front portion of the fabric cover, and
wherein the fabric cover is free of overlapping members at least proximate the loading dock structural wall surface;

at least one fabric fastener configured to close and open the aperture through the fabric cover, and wherein the aperture
is sized to receive and to release the bolster from the interior volume; and

a plurality of loading dock structure-engaging fabric tabs sewn into direct physical engagement with the fabric cover proximate
the rear portion and the first side portion as well as the rear portion and the second side portion and proximate the junction
of the at least one of (1) the rear portion and the first side portion and (2) the rear portion and the second side portion,
wherein the plurality of fabric tabs extend away from the rear portion when engaged with the loading dock structural wall
surface, wherein the system is free of wall mounting brackets to engage the cover with the loading dock structural wall surface,
wherein a portion of the plurality of fabric tabs includes a pocket with front and back fabric walls surrounding and enclosing
a rigid metallic support substrate member within the pocket, and wherein each rigid metallic support substrate member at least
partially maintains the portion of the plurality of fabric tabs in an orientation substantially parallel to and extending
away from the fabric cover, and wherein the fabric tabs extend from a portion of the closed-cell foam buffer.

US Pat. No. 9,420,925

PORTABLE SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A hand carryable surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
(a) a body housing a suction motor and comprising a handle, the handle having a handgrip portion having a rearmost portion
and a forward most portion, wherein the upper portion of the handle is positioned above an upper portion of the suction motor;

(b) an air treatment member mounted to the body and having an air outlet; and,
(c) an air flow path extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet and including the suction motor and the air treatment
member wherein a center line of the suction motor is positioned rearward of the air outlet of the air treatment member,
wherein when the surface cleaning apparatus is disposed on a horizontal surface each of the suction motor and the handle is
oriented at a non-zero angle to a vertical axis and a horizontal axis, the suction motor has an axis that is angled forwardly
and the handgrip portion extends upwardly and forwardly from the rearmost portion of the handgrip to the forward most portion
of the handgrip.

US Pat. No. 9,364,127

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

20. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
(a) a body housing a suction motor;
(b) a cyclone bin assembly comprising at least one cyclone removably mounted to the body;
(c) an air flow path extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet and including the suction motor and a cyclone
bin assembly; and,

(d) a cyclone bin assembly lock that releasably secures the cyclone bin assembly to the body, the cyclone bin assembly lock
comprises a first locking member provided on the cyclone bin assembly and a second locking member provided on the body and
the first and second locking members are provided internal of the surface cleaning apparatus, wherein a portion of the cyclone
bin assembly lock is provided in the air flow path and one of the locking members comprises jaw members, and in the locked
position the jaw members encase at least a portion of the other of the first and second locking members.

US Pat. No. 9,329,606

TEMPERATURE CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR A BARBEQUE GRILL

WOLFEDALE ENGINEERING LIM...

1. A method for controlling the rate of flow of a flammable fluid at generally constant pressure using a flow control apparatus,
the flow control apparatus being free of a pressure regulator mechanism and settable exclusively at one of a first non-zero
flow rate and a greater second flow rate, to achieve a desired temperature within a cooking apparatus having at least one
volume defined therein, the method comprising the steps of:
assessing whether the flow control apparatus is to be automatically controlled;
when the flow control apparatus is to be automatically controlled:
assessing the temperature within the cooking apparatus;
maintaining the non-zero flow state of the flow control apparatus when the temperature within the cooking apparatus is within
the range of about:

(i) an upper threshold value, which upper threshold value is greater than the desired temperature, and
(ii) a lower threshold value, which lower threshold value is less than the desired temperature;
assessing whether the temperature within the cooking apparatus is generally lower than the lower threshold value; and
setting the flow control apparatus to the second flow rate when the temperature within the cooking apparatus is generally
lower than the lower threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,326,652

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
(a) an air flow passage extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet;
(b) a suction motor positioned in the air flow passage;
(c) a cyclone chamber comprising a first end, an opposed second end, a longitudinal axis, a sidewall, an air inlet at the
first end, an air outlet, and a dirt outlet at the second end, the dirt outlet having an outlet length in the longitudinal
direction;

(d) a dirt collection chamber in flow communication with the dirt outlet; and,
(e) a barrier wall positioned in the dirt collection chamber or a passage communication with the dirt collection chamber,
the barrier wall having a first face that faces and is spaced from the dirt outlet and an opposed face that is spaced from
and faces a wall of the passage or the dirt collection chamber in which the barrier wall is positioned, and wherein the barrier
wall has a barrier length in the longitudinal direction that is larger than the outlet length.

US Pat. No. 9,190,671

BISMUTH PALLADIUM BASED CATALYST FOR A FUEL CELL WITH A MOLECULAR HYDROGEN SOURCE

University of Southampton...

1. A hydrogen fuel cell comprising:
an anode;
a cathode;
an electrolyte; and
a source of molecular hydrogen as fuel for the fuel cell; and
a source of oxygen as oxidant for the fuel cell;
wherein the anode includes a catalyst comprising an alloy of the formula (I):
PdxBiyMz  (I)

wherein:
M is a metal selected from Groups 7 to 11 of the Periodic Table or a combination of any thereof;
x is 0.2 to 0.4;
y is 0.6 to 0.8;
z is not greater than 0.1; and
x+y+z=1.

US Pat. No. 9,120,677

BULK PREPARATION OF HOLEY GRAPHENE VIA CONTROLLED CATALYTIC OXIDATION

National Institute of Aer...

1. A method for forming a holey carbon allotrope, comprising:
providing a carbon allotrope in solid form;
depositing carbon oxidation catalyst nanoparticles on the surface of the carbon allotrope sheet in a facile, controllable,
and solvent-free process to yield a carbon oxidation catalyst-carbon allotrope material;

subjecting the resulting carbon oxidation catalyst-carbon allotrope material to a thermal treatment in air;
selectively oxidizing the carbons in contact with the carbon oxidation catalyst nanoparticles into gaseous byproducts; and
removing the carbon oxidation catalyst nanoparticles such that the holes remain in the surface of the carbon allotrope and
penetrate completely therethrough.

US Pat. No. 9,121,200

LOCKABLE LOCKSET OPERABLE BY EITHER AXIAL OR ROTATIONAL KNOB MOVEMENT

HAMPTON PRODUCTS INTERNAT...

1. A lockable lockset, comprising:
an actuator unit comprising an inside knob, an outside knob, and a cam mechanism operatively coupled to the inside knob and
the outside knob, the actuator unit configured to move as a unit;

a latch retractor mechanism having a latch bolt that is movable between an extended position and a retracted position;
a mounting unit configured to attach to a door, the mounting unit supporting the actuator unit and the latch retractor mechanism
so that the actuator unit and the latch bolt of the latch retractor mechanism can move relative to the mounting unit and each
other, the actuator unit being movable rotationally about an axis of the actuator unit and axially along the axis of the actuator
unit;

the actuator unit having a first cam configured to engage the latch retractor mechanism during rotational movement of the
actuator unit so as to move the latch bolt from the extended position to the retracted position;

the actuator unit having a second cam configured to engage the latch retractor mechanism during axial movement of the actuator
unit so as to move the latch bolt from the extended position to the retracted position; and

a locking mechanism configured to selectively extend between the actuator unit and the mounting unit so that when the locking
mechanism is extended, the actuator unit is prevented from moving both rotationally and axially relative to the mounting unit;

wherein the locking mechanism comprises a first locking member and a second locking member, the first and second locking members
being carried by the actuator unit, the first locking member configured to move in a first radial direction from a retracted
position to a first radially extended position, the second locking member configured to move in a second radial direction
from a retracted position to a second radially extended position different from the first radial direction; and

wherein each of the first and second locking members comprises an aperture having a camming surface, and wherein the actuator
unit comprises a locking bar extending through the apertures and operatively coupled to a lock actuator in one of the inside
and outside knobs, configured so that when the lock actuator is actuated, the locking bar engages the camming surfaces so
as to urge the first and second locking members into their respective first and second radially extended positions.

US Pat. No. 9,067,790

VAPOUR DEPOSITION PROCESS FOR THE PREPARATION OF A CHEMICAL COMPOUND

Ilika Technologies Ltd., ...

1. A physical vapour deposition (PVD) process for the preparation of a chemical compound, wherein the process comprises providing
each component element of the chemical compound as a vapour, and co-depositing the component element vapours on a common substrate,
wherein:
the vapour of at least one component element is provided using a thermal cracking effusion source;
the vapour of at least one other component element is provided using a plasma source, said plasma source being a source for
said at least one other component element in the plasma phase; and

at least one further component element vapour is provided;
wherein reaction of the component elements to form the chemical compound occurs on the surface of the substrate, and not in
the vapour phase prior to deposition.

US Pat. No. 10,143,396

APPARATUS FOR USE FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION ON AT LEAST ONE MUSCLE IN A PATIENT

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON...

1. An apparatus for providing information on at least one muscle in a patient, which apparatus comprises:(i) a signal generator configured to provide measurement-enabling signals for the at least one muscle;
(ii) first contact electrodes configured to enable the measurement-enabling signals from the signal generator to be received by the patient;
(iii) a measurement sub-system configured to measure a parameter of the at least one muscle, the parameter being affected by the measurement-enabling signals, and the parameter relating to at least one electrical property that is indicative of changes solely in muscle impedance caused by movement of the at least one muscle; and
(iv) a garment which is for being worn over the at least one muscle in the patient and which garment comprises an array of separate electrically conducting areas that conduct transversely through the garment, each of the separate electrically conducting areas being separated by non-electrically conducting areas or by lower electrically conducting areas,
(v) wherein the first contact electrodes are securely positionable on the garment at a predetermined precise position for obtaining the measured parameter and with the first contact electrodes being in contact with the separate electrically conducting areas in the garment that are over the predetermined position.

US Pat. No. 9,983,158

APPARATUS FOR SENSING AT LEAST ONE PARAMETER IN WATER

University of Southampton...

1. Apparatus for sensing at least one parameter in water, which apparatus comprises:(i) a conductivity sensor for sensing conductivity in the water;
(ii) a dissolved oxygen sensor for sensing dissolved oxygen in the water;
(iii) a glass substrate;
(iv) the conductivity sensor and the dissolved oxygen sensor are fabricated on the glass substrate using photolithography and etching; and
(v) the apparatus includes a digitally controllable electronic circuit that applies a voltage signal between a working electrode and a reference electrode, and such that the voltage signal provides a conditioning waveform, then a wait time that returns a local oxygen concentration at the working electrode to a bulk oxygen concentration value, and then a measurement function that controls the extent of a depleted oxygen zone at the working electrode, and hence sensitivity to flow.

US Pat. No. 9,904,008

HOLLOW-CORE PHOTONIC BANDGAP FIBERS AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

University of Southampton...

1. A hollow-core photonic bandgap fiber having a hollow core and a cladding which surrounds the core at a core boundary and
comprises a lattice or network of struts and interstitial nodes which together define an array of cavities, wherein the nodes
at the core boundary have different pitch spacings and a a ratio between a difference in a length of a longest and shortest
pitch spacing of the nodes at the core boundary to an average pitch spacing at the core boundary is less than about 0.3.

US Pat. No. 9,425,334

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PATTERNING PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICES AND MATERIALS FOR USE WITH SUCH DEVICES

Fianium Ltd, Southampton...

1. A laser assembly, comprising:
a picosecond laser beam shaping assembly for shaping a picosecond laser beam for use in patterning photovoltaic devices, the
assembly including

a pulsed fibre laser for generating picosecond laser pulses;
a harmonic conversion element for converting laser pulses at a first laser wavelength having a first spectral bandwidth to
laser pulses at a second laser wavelength having a second spectral bandwidth; and,

a beam shaping apparatus for shaping the laser beam at the second laser wavelength and having a beam shaping element having
a spectral bandwidth that substantially corresponds to the second spectral bandwidth so as to produce a laser beam having
a substantially rectangular cross-sectional intensity profile.

US Pat. No. 9,399,210

NITRIDED MIXED OXIDE CATALYST SYSTEM AND A PROCESS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF ETHYLENICALLY UNSATURATED CARBOXYLIC ACIDS OR ESTERS

LUCITE INTERNATIONAL UK L...

1. A method of producing an ethylenically unsaturated carboxylic acid or ester comprising the steps of contacting formaldehyde
or a suitable source thereof with a carboxylic acid or ester of formula R3—CH2—COOR4 wherein R4 is either hydrogen or an alkyl group and R3 is either hydrogen, an alkyl or aryl group, in the presence of a catalyst, wherein the catalyst comprises a nitrided metal
oxide having at least two types of metal cations, M1 and M2, wherein M1 is selected from the metals of group 3, 4, 13 (called also IIIA) or 14 (called also IVA) of the periodic table and M2 is selected from the metals of groups 5 or 15 (called also VA) of the periodic table, wherein:
the nitrided metal oxide is selected from the list group consisting of: AlPON; ZrPON; SnPON; ZrNbON; GaSbON; and GaAlPON,
and wherein the nitrided metal oxide is supported on a support or is unsupported.

US Pat. No. 9,346,739

PROCESS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF ETHYLENICALLY UNSATURATED CARBOXYLIC ACIDS OR ESTERS AND A CATALYST THEREFOR

LUCITE INTERNATIONAL UK L...

1. A method of producing an ?, ? ethylenically unsaturated carboxylic acid or ester, comprising the steps of contacting formaldehyde
or a suitable source thereof with a carboxylic acid or ester in the presence of a catalyst and optionally an alcohol, wherein
the catalyst comprises group II metal phosphate crystals having rod or needle like morphology;
wherein the catalyst has a surface layer of crystals depleted below a hydroxyapatite metal:phosphorus (M:P) ratio of 1.67.

US Pat. No. 9,301,663

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS WITH DIFFERENT CLEANING CONFIGURATIONS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. An upright surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
(a) a surface cleaning head having a dirty air inlet;
(b) a support structure moveably mounted to the surface cleaning head between a storage position and a floor cleaning position;
(c) a cleaning unit removably mounted to the the support structure and operable in an upright mode wherein the cleaning unit
is mounted to the support structure and is in air flow communication with the surface cleaning head, the cleaning unit comprising
a suction motor and an air treatment member wherein the cleaning unit is also operable in a portable mode wherein the cleaning
unit is removed from the support structure while maintaining the cleaning unit in air flow communication with the surface
cleaning head;

(d) an air flow path extending from the dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet and comprising an upstream portion that extends
from the dirty air inlet to the surface cleaning unit wherein, when the cleaning unit is in the upright mode and the portable
mode, the suction motor and the air treatment member are positioned in the air flow path upstream of the clean air outlet;

(e) a wand mounteable to the support structure and a flexible air flow conduit downstream of the wand wherein the cleaning
unit is also operable in an above floor cleaning mode in which in the wand is removed from the support structure and the wand
and the flexible air flow conduit are in air flow communication upstream of the cleaning unit; and,

(f) each of the wand and the cleaning unit is separately removable from the support structure wherein when the upright surface
cleaning apparatus is in the upright mode the wand is mounted to a portion of the support structure and the cleaning unit
is mounted to; supported by the portion of the support structure and an inlet end of the wand is located below an upper end
of the cleaning unit.

US Pat. No. 9,300,105

METHODS AND APPARATUS PERTAINING TO PICOSECOND PULSED FIBER BASED LASERS

Fianium Ltd., Southhampt...

1. Pulsed fiber laser apparatus for outputting picosecond laser pulses, comprising:
a fiber delivered pulsed seed laser for providing picosecond optical seed pulses;
at least one optical fiber amplifier in optical communication with said fiber delivered pulsed seed laser;
said optical fiber amplifier comprising a gain optical fiber that receives and optically amplifies picosecond optical pulses
by operating in a nonlinear regime wherein the picosecond optical pulses are spectrally broadened by a factor of at least
8 during amplification thereof;

pulse compressor apparatus in optical communication with said optical fiber amplifier for providing compressed picosecond
optical pulses; and

wherein said pulse compressor apparatus provides a dispersion of at least 50 ps/nm and provides a compression ratio of the
time duration of the picoseconds optical pulses received by the pulse compressor apparatus to the time duration of the compressed
picosecond optical pulses of no greater than about 50.

US Pat. No. 9,295,339

UPHOLSTERY CHAIR COVER

Catherine Hampton, India...

1. An upholstery chair cover, comprising:
at least one first piece of material sized and shaped to cover a body of a chair comprising:
a back portion containing a first cushion made from at least one second piece of material;
a seat portion connected to the back portion containing a second cushion made from the at least one second piece of material;
a first flap with at least one first fastener;
a second flap with at least one second fastener;
a third flap with at least one third fastener;
a fourth flap with at least one fourth fastener; and
at least one leg flap with at least one leg fastener;
wherein the at least one leg fastener is operable to secure the at least one leg flap to at least one leg of the chair; and
wherein the first flap operably connects to the second flap via the at least one first fastener, the second flap operably
connects to the first flap and the third flap via the at least one second fastener, the third flap operably connects to the
second flap and the fourth flap via the at least one third fastener, and the fourth flap operably connects to the third flap
via the at least one fourth fastener to secure the at least one first piece of material to the body of the chair.

US Pat. No. 9,232,881

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS WITH REMOVABLE HANDLE ASSEMBLY

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
a) an air flow path extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet;
b) a main body comprising a suction motor, the suction motor provided in the air flow path;
c) an air treatment member provided in the air flow path and removably mounted to the main body, the air treatment member
comprising a cyclone bin assembly including a cyclone chamber and a dirt collection chamber

d) a power switch provided on the cyclone bin assembly, the power switch operable by a user and removable with the cyclone
bin assembly;

e) a decoupling member comprising a first connector provided on the main body and a second connector provided on the air treatment
member, the second connector is releasably coupled to the first connector and is removable from the main body with the air
treatment member; and,

f) a circuit connecting the suction motor to an electrical source and interruptible by the decoupling member, the circuit
being open and closed by operation of the power switch when the air treatment member is mounted to the main body and the first
and second connectors are coupled,

wherein removing the air treatment member from the main body removes the power switch from the main body and automatically
decouples the second connector from the first connector thereby interrupting the circuit and the circuit is inoperable at
all times when the air treatment member is removed from the main body.

US Pat. No. 9,227,151

CYCLONE SUCH AS FOR USE IN A SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A cyclone comprising a cyclone chamber having an air inlet, a vortex finder, a first end wall, a second end wall spaced
from and facing the first end wall and a sidewall, wherein a distance from an inner surface of the first end wall to an inner
surface of the second end wall is constant around the inner surface of the first end wall, the air inlet comprises a curved
passage provided inside the cyclone chamber, the passage has an inlet end having a shape and a cross sectional area in a plane
transverse to a direction of airflow through the air inlet, and the air inlet is provided at a first juncture surface of the
sidewall and the first end wall and is located on the first end wall, the vortex finder has a wall that meets the first end
wall at a second juncture surface, wherein the second juncture surface extends at an angle to both the wall of the vortex
finder and the first end wall and wherein the air inlet comprises an enclosed passage in the cyclone chamber that is spaced
from the vortex finder such that a portion of the inner surface of the first end wall extends around all of the vortex finder
such that the portion of the inner surface of the first end wall is also positioned between the air inlet and the vortex finder.

US Pat. No. 9,187,225

FLEXIBLE CONTAINER WITH INTEGRAL EXTENDED INTERNAL DISPENSING TUBE IN A STAND-UP CONFIGURATION

Barton Group, Inc., East...

1. A flexible thermoformed dispensing package for a flowable material, the package produced from one or more heat-sealable
polymeric sheets and comprising:
a. a thermoformed container portion that includes a recessed chamber having opposing side walls, top and base walls and bounded
by a peripheral area, the chamber configured and arranged to receive the flowable material,

b. a dispensing tube integrally formed with the container portion and bounded by a contiguous peripheral area, the dispensing
tube defining a dispensing channel, the base of the dispensing tube being in fluid communication with the chamber, the package
container portion and integral dispensing tube being formed from a bottom sheet,

c. an internal extension of the dispensing tube that extends into the chamber of the container portion and is formed in a
portion of the bottom sheet, the internal extension being defined by at least one heat-sealable elongated region extending
from the peripheral area adjacent the base of the dispensing tube, the heat-sealable elongated region including the upper
surface of an interior partition wall extending to the bottom surface of the recessed chamber, the internal extension terminating
in an open end positioned proximate the base wall of the container portion to facilitate withdrawal of the flowable material
when the dispensing tube is in a generally vertical orientation, and

d. a top cover sheet superposed on, and heat-sealed to the periphery of the bottom sheet and to the elongated region to form
a fluid-tight dispensing package.

US Pat. No. 9,167,154

SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR INCREASING QUALITY AND EFFICIENCY OF FILM CAPTURE AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

CEDAR CREST PARTNERS INC....

1. A system, comprising:
an image capture device configured to generate first image information associated with a first capture of a visual scene,
wherein the first capture has a predefined maximum resolution represented by the first image information;

at least one sampling module configured to generate information from at least second and third captures that are taken over
a period of time, wherein each of the second and third captures:

features aspects of the visual scene at least in relation to a position; and
is respectively represented by less information than the first image information; and
a processor, communicatively coupled to a memory, configured to facilitate execution of computer-executable instructions to
at least:

receive the first image information and information related to at least the second and third captures; and
generate at least second and third images of the visual scene using the first image information and the information related
to at least the second and third captures, wherein the second and third images have at least one image distinction as a function
of a different aspect position than represented in the first capture and wherein the second and third images have a resolution
potential equal to that of the first capture.

US Pat. No. 9,104,084

GAIN CONTROL FOR AN OPTICAL MODULATOR

Oclaro Technology Limited...

8. A method for controlling current injected into an imbalance electrode located on an arm of an electro-optic modulator,
the injected current modifying the phase of light passing through the imbalance arm, the method comprising:
modulating the injected current or a bias voltage applied to the arm with a dither signal;
detecting an error in the phase of light emitted by the modulator; and
adjusting the current injected into the imbalance arm so as to compensate for the detected error and thereby control an operating
point of the modulator, the required current adjustment being determined by multiplying the detected phase error by a gain;

wherein the gain is modified by a compensation function selected to compensate for a non-linear relationship between the phase
in the arm and the current supplied to the imbalance electrode, and

the compensation function reduces the gain at low imbalance electrode currents compared to the gain at high imbalance electrode
currents.

US Pat. No. 9,080,920

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MULTIPLEXED AND BUFFERED MINIATURIZED SENSOR ARRAYS

Measurement Specialties, ...

1. A miniature pressure scanning system comprising:
a plurality of miniature pressure sensors including a plurality of sensor outputs, each of the miniature pressure sensors
including at least one sensor output for providing an analog output signal indicative of a detected pressure on a body, and
each at least one sensor output having an associated output impedance;

a plurality of buffers, each buffer electrically connected to the sensor output of a corresponding one of said miniature pressure
sensors, and configured to reduce the associated output impedance of the corresponding miniature pressure sensor output coupled
thereto, and further configured to provide at an output of said buffer the analog output pressure signal from the miniature
pressure sensor; and

a multiplexer coupled downstream of the plurality of buffers and configured to multiplex the buffered analog output pressure
signals to output a multiplexed analog signal representing the detected pressures.

US Pat. No. 9,985,613

FLIP-FLOP

ARM Limited, Cambridge (...

1. A single-phase flip-flop comprising:a master latch comprising:
a first circuit to generate a master latch signal in response to a first master logic operation on a flip flop input signal and a first clock signal, and a second circuit to generate a master output signal in response to a second master logic operation on the first clock signal and master latch signal;
a slave latch comprising:
a third circuit to generate a slave output signal in response to a first slave logic operation on the first clock signal and one of the master output signal and an inverted slave output signal;
wherein the master latch is configured to capture the flip-flop input signal during a first portion of the first clock signal and the slave latch is configured to capture the master output signal during a second portion of the first clock signal; and
wherein one or both of the first master logic operation and first slave logic operation comprise an AND and OR operation and wherein the second master logic operation comprises an OR operation.
US Pat. No. 9,714,422

REDUCING INTRON RETENTION

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON...

1. A method of inducing processing of a partially processed mRNA transcript to facilitate removal of an entire retained intron
to produce a fully processed mRNA transcript that encodes a functional form of a protein, the method comprising:
(a) contacting an isolated polynucleic acid polymer to a target cell of a subject, wherein the polynucleic acid polymer is
from about 10 to about 50 nucleotides in length;

(b) hybridizing the isolated polynucleic acid polymer to a wild-type target sequence of the partially processed mRNA transcript,
wherein the polynucleic acid polymer comprises a sequence that is complementary to at least 10 contiguous bases of the wild-type
target sequence, wherein the partially processed mRNA transcript is capable of encoding the functional form of a protein and
comprises at least one entire retained intron, optionally interfering with one or more conformational transitions of canonical
and noncanonical RNA structures or interacting with trans-acting factors that bind to an intron;

(c) removing the at least one entire retained intron from the partially processed mRNA transcript to produce the fully processed
mRNA transcript that encodes the functional form of a protein; and

(d) translating the functional form of a protein from the fully processed mRNA transcript.

US Pat. No. 9,700,258

APPARATUS FOR SENSING AND MEASURING PRESSURE AND SHEAR COMPONENTS OF A FORCE AT AN INTERFACE BETWEEN TWO SURFACES

University of Southampton...

1. Apparatus for sensing and measuring pressure and shear components of a force at an interface between two surfaces, which
apparatus comprises:
(i) at least one flexible means for receiving the pressure component of the force and the shear component of the force; and
(ii) transducer means for producing electrical signals consequent upon movement of the flexible means in response to the pressure
component of the force and/or the shear component of the force,
and the apparatus being such that:
(iii) the transducer means comprises first and second electrode parts which are spaced apart by the flexible means;
(iv) the first and second electrode parts move solely towards each other as a result of the pressure component of the force
being applied to the flexible means;

(v) the first and second electrode parts move towards and parallel to each other as a result of the shear component of the
force being applied to the flexible means; and

(vi) the movement of the first and second electrode parts towards and parallel to each other is such that:
(a) the movement has an X-direction component due to the shear component of the force having an X-direction; and
(b) the movement has a Y-direction component due to the shear component of the force having a Y-direction.

US Pat. No. 9,649,282

DIVERSION- AND/OR ABUSE-RESISTANT COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR MAKING THE SAME

Invincible Biotechnology,...

1. A composition comprising:
(a) at least one acid salt of an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) with the structure of Structure I

where R1 is H or OH; R2 is H or CH3; R3 is H or CH3; R4 is H, OH or OCH3; R5 is H, OH or OCH3; and R6 is H or OCH3;
(b) a first compound coupled to the acid salt of the API to form a water-insoluble complex, and enabling the first compound
to undergo oxidization under basic conditions, to form a fine particulate precipitate; and

(c) a second compound in an amount sufficient for coupling to the first compound in an aqueous environment, whereby the acid
salt of the API is released from the complex.

US Pat. No. 9,306,093

CHALCOPYRITE-TYPE SEMICONDUCTOR PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICE

Fianium Ltd., Southampto...

1. A scribed photovoltaic device, comprising:
a photovoltaic device configured for generating electrical energy responsive to receiving solar radiation, the photovoltaic
device comprising a plurality of electrically connected photovoltaic sections comprising a photovoltaic light absorbing chalcopyrite
semiconductor region (“PLACS region”) disposed between first and second electrode regions;

the photovoltaic sections comprising a scribe channel extending along and into two of the regions;
the scribe channel comprising a pair of spaced opposing sidewalls of one of the regions, a pair of terraces comprising a pair
of spaced opposing terrace shoulders, and a second pair of spaced opposing sidewalls of another one of the regions, the spacing
of the second pair of sidewalls being different than the spacing of the first pair of sidewalls;

wherein the spacing of the second pair of sidewalls is less than the spacing of the first pair of sidewalls; and
wherein said another one of the regions comprises the PLACS region.

US Pat. No. 9,265,395

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
(a) an air flow passage extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet;
(b) a suction motor positioned in the air flow passage and having an inlet end, an outlet end and a suction motor axis wherein
the suction motor axis projects through the inlet end of the suction motor;

(c) at least one cyclone chamber positioned in the air flow passage laterally spaced from the suction motor, the cyclone chamber
having an associated dirt collection chamber, a cyclone air inlet and a cyclone air outlet; and,

(d) a pre-motor filter positioned downstream of the cyclone chamber and upstream of the suction motor, the pre-motor filter
having a radial outer portion, an upstream side and a downstream side, wherein the pre-motor filter overlies at least a portion
of the suction motor and the cyclone chamber and wherein the radial outer portion is uncompressed

wherein the cyclone air outlet extends through the pre-motor filter to the upstream side of the pre-motor filter and the inlet
end of the suction motor faces the downstream side of the pre-motor filter;

and wherein the cyclone chamber and the suction motor have generally parallel central longitudinal axes and the central longitudinal
axes are laterally spaced apart.

US Pat. No. 9,234,100

CHITOSAN-BASED ADHESIVES AND USES THEREOF

Uniboard Canada Inc., La...

1. An adhesive comprising hydrolyzed chitosan obtained by a chemical process consisting of an acid hydrolysis of chitosan
or obtained by enzymatic hydrolysis of chitosan, an acid and a crosslinking agent that is phenylglyoxal, wherein said adhesive
has a curing time of about 30 seconds to about 120 seconds at a temperature comprised between 60° C. and 120° C.

US Pat. No. 9,221,002

PULSE CLEANING FILTER SYSTEM ARRANGEMENT

AMEC FOSTER WHEELER NORTH...

1. A pulse cleaning filter system arrangement comprising:
a housing, with an inlet side and an outlet side separated by a planar tubesheet, wherein the planar tubesheet comprises multiple
tubesheet openings, each tubesheet opening comprising a cylindrical filter cartridge attached thereto, each cylindrical filter
cartridge having a total overall length, a central axis, an open end sealed around a perimeter of the tubesheet opening, and
a closed end at the inlet side of the housing, wherein the tubesheet openings are arranged in an array forming multiple rows
extending in a first direction such that each row defines a set of the cylindrical filter cartridges attached to the tubesheet
openings; and

a filter cleaning system, disposed within the housing, comprising a compressed gas header extending in a second direction
perpendicular to the normal direction of the planar tubesheet, multiple compressed gas outlet stub pipes extending from the
header in the first direction, each gas outlet stub pipe being connected to a pulse manifold pipe by a right angle pulse valve,
each pulse manifold pipe comprising a first straight portion, a ninety degree bend at the outlet side of the housing, a second
straight portion at the outlet side of the housing, and a plurality of gas pulse nozzles attached to the second straight portion,
wherein (i) the first straight portion and the second straight portion are on a single plane, and (ii) the second straight
portion is parallel with the first direction, wherein the second straight portion crosses one of the sets of the cylindrical
filter cartridges such that the second straight portion crosses the central axis of each cylindrical filter cartridge disposed
in the set, wherein each nozzle of the plurality of nozzles is directed along the central axis of a respective cylindrical
filter cartridge such that each nozzle has a main injection axis directed along the central axis of the respective cylindrical
filter cartridge.

US Pat. No. 9,138,694

MIXING APPARATUS

Lucite International UK L...

1. A method for mixing a fluid into a liquid phase in a chemical reaction system comprising mixing the fluid into the liquid
phase by use of a mixing apparatus, the mixing apparatus comprising a shaft rotatable about its longitudinal axis, a first
radially extending impeller and a second radially extending impeller mounted on the shaft and respectively axially spaced
apart, the first impeller comprising a plurality of curved blades operable to move said fluids in an axial direction towards
the second impeller, and the second impeller comprising a plurality of curved blades operable to move said fluids in an axial
direction towards the first impeller, wherein the fluid comprises a gas; wherein said impellers operate at a power number
substantially between 1 to 3.

US Pat. No. 10,070,687

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR AND A PART THEREOF

Redbacks Cushioning Ltd.,...

1. A part of an article of footwear, the part being arranged to lie beneath a user's foot in the article of footwear, the part comprising:a matrix structure having upper and lower surfaces and a matrix of walls extending between the upper and lower surfaces, the matrix of walls defining a plurality of passageways, each passageway extending from the upper surface of the matrix structure to the lower surface of the matrix structure, the matrix structure further comprising a plurality of tubular elements defining at least some of said passageways; and
at least one sheet member substantially located between the upper and lower surfaces of the matrix structure and forming a continuous molding therewith, the at least one sheet member being convex, so that the apex of the at least one sheet member approaches and faces the upper surface of the matrix structure, the at least one sheet member being made from an elastomeric material so that the at least one sheet member acts as a leaf spring, the at least one sheet member intersecting with at least one wall.

US Pat. No. 9,841,392

APPARATUS FOR SENSING AT LEAST ONE PARAMETER IN WATER

University of Southampton...

1. Apparatus for sensing at least one parameter in water, which apparatus comprises:
(i) a conductivity sensor for sensing conductivity in water;
(ii) a temperature sensor for sensing the temperature of the water;
(iii) the conductivity sensor is an electrode-based conductivity sensor having bare electrodes which contact the water;
(iv) there are at least four of the electrodes;
(v) the conductivity sensor and the temperature sensor are on a substrate;
(vi) the temperature sensor comprises electrically resistive paths on opposite sides of the substrate;
(vii) the temperature sensor comprises strain compensation means for minimising error in the temperature sensor caused by
stress on the substrate;

(viii) the temperature sensor is electrically insulated and protected from the water with an insulation layer and water barrier
layer;

(ix) the temperature sensor is double, sided and is in direct contact with water on both sides;
(x) the conductivity sensor is an open cell sensor having a physically unconstrained electrical field;
(xi) the conductivity sensor is of a dot construction comprising a dot and a surrounding formation;
(xii) the conductivity sensor has two electrodes which are for current stimulation and which geometrically bound and enclose
another two electrodes which are for voltage sensing;

(xiii) the conductivity sensor is a laminar construction on the substrate; and
(xiv) the conductivity sensor and the temperature sensor have a protection layer or protection layers providing both electrical
insulation and a water barrier, and also covering areas of conducting materials that require protection from contact with
the water.

US Pat. No. 9,816,299

DOOR HANDLE ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE COMPARTMENT

Trimark Corporation, New...

1. A handle assembly for a vehicle baggage door pivotal between open and closed positions and having an outer skin and an
inner skin, the assembly comprising:
an outer housing mounted on an exterior surface of the outer skin;
an inner housing mounted on an exterior surface of the inner skin opposite the outer housing and having an integrally formed
plunger channel;

the inner and outer housings being secured together with the door skins being sandwiched between the inner and outer housings
when the handle assembly is installed;

a handle pivotally mounted on the outer housing for movement about a pivot axis;
a plunger slidably mounted in the plunger channel of the inner housing and residing on the exterior side of the inner skin
of the door;

the plunger being moveable in a linear path between an extended latched position to retain the door in the closed position
and a retracted unlatched position to allow pivotal movement of the door to the open position; and

the handle being pivotal between a neutral position wherein the plunger is in the extended position and a pulled position
to retract the plunger; and

the pivot axis of the handle being perpendicular to the path of a movement of the plunger; and wherein the outer housing has
a recess, and the handle is mounted substantially centrally across the recess to define two spaced apart fingers openings
on opposite ends of the recess, with the handle residing between the finger openings for gripping from either end of the recess.

US Pat. No. 9,627,839

OPTICAL FIBER LASERS

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON...

1. A device comprising:
a portion of optical fiber providing an amplifying medium;
a first resonant cavity containing the portion of optical fiber and having a frequency selective element which limits the
frequency band of the first resonant cavity to cover a subset of axial modes of the first resonant cavity;

a second resonant cavity arranged in the first resonant cavity and having a transmission response that includes a plurality
of transmission bands within the frequency band of the first resonant cavity, so that there are a plurality of axial modes
which lie within both the frequency band of the first resonant cavity and at least two of the transmission bands of the second
resonant cavity, wherein the second resonant cavity is configured to increase intracavity power within the second resonant
cavity to a power output that is higher relative to a power outputted from the optical fiber, and wherein the second resonant
cavity includes a plurality of mirrors arranged within the second resonant cavity for circulating light received from the
first resonant cavity within the second resonant cavity, at least one of the plurality of mirrors being curved;

a pump source having an output directed to excite light within the first frequency band from the amplifying medium and induce
lasing at multiple ones of said plurality of axial modes that lie within both the frequency band of the first resonant cavity
and the transmission bands of the second resonant cavity, wherein

the second resonant cavity has arranged therein a non-linear optical medium which supports a frequency mixing process in the
second resonant cavity.

US Pat. No. 9,591,952

HAND VACUUM CLEANER WITH REMOVABLE DIRT CHAMBER

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A hand vacuum cleaner comprising:
a) an air flow passage extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet;
b) a cleaner body comprising a suction motor housing having a suction motor that is positioned in the air flow passage and
a pre-motor filter chamber positioned upstream from the suction motor housing, the suction motor having an air inlet and an
axis of rotation, the pre-motor filter chamber having an axially extending sidewall;

c) a cyclone unit positioned in the air flow passage and comprising at least one cyclone having a cyclone air inlet and a
cyclone air outlet, and at least one dirt collection chamber wherein the cyclone unit is removable from the cleaner body,
wherein the cyclone unit is sealed when removed from the hand vacuum cleaner other than the cyclone air inlet and the cyclone
air outlet;

d) a pre-motor filter positioned in the pre-motor filter chamber, the pre-motor filter comprising a porous filter media having
an upstream face, a downstream face and a perimeter face extending between the upstream and downstream faces, the pre-motor
filter being upstream of the suction motor and overlying the suction motor air inlet, wherein a projection of the axis of
rotation extends through the upstream and downstream faces of the pre-motor filter from a downstream side thereof to an upstream
side thereof,

wherein the pre-motor filter is recessed into the pre-motor filter chamber with the perimeter face facing the axially extending
sidewall of the pre-motor filter chamber so that engagement with the axially extending sidewall of the pre-motor filter chamber
retains the pre-motor filter in position when the cyclone unit is removed from the cleaner body, and

wherein the pre-motor filter is removable from the cleaner body without reconfiguring the hand vacuum cleaner once the cyclone
unit is removed from the cleaner body; and,

e) a handle having first and second ends each of which is secured to the cleaner body.

US Pat. No. 9,488,784

REDUCED LENGTH OPTOELECTRONIC DEVICES

OCLARO TECHNOLOGY LIMITED...

1. An optoelectronic device having a housing and a chip assembly, the chip assembly comprising an optoelectronic chip housed
by the housing, and an optical coupling element, wherein at least a portion of the chip assembly which does not comprise the
optoelectronic chip protrudes from within the housing through an aperture in a wall of the housing, wherein an optical fibre
is bonded by being butt-coupled to the portion of the chip assembly that protrudes through the aperture in the wall of the
housing, and the optical coupling element is bonded by being butt-coupled to the optoelectronic chip, wherein the optoelectronic
chip is coaxially positioned with the optical coupling element.

US Pat. No. 9,353,430

LIGHTWEIGHT, CRASH-SENSITIVE AUTOMOTIVE COMPONENT

SHIPSTON ALUMINUM TECHNOL...

1. A method of casting an aluminum alloy into a crash-sensitive automotive component having a desired critical fracture strain
for collision impact, the method comprising:
selecting a crash-sensitive automotive component to cast;
providing a melt having an alloy comprising:
about 6.0 wt % to about 7.8 wt % Si;
about 0.10 wt % to about 0.18 wt % Mg;
less than or equal to about 0.35 wt % Cu;
less than or equal to about 0.6 wt % Mn;
less than or equal to about 0.15 wt % Fe;
and, a balance of aluminum and impurities;
casting the melt into a cast body of the crash-sensitive automotive component; and,
heat treating the cast body, the treating including a solution heating at 450° C. to 550° C. for about ½ hour to about 6 hours;
quenching, and aging at a temperature of about 150° C. to about 250° C. for about ½ hour to about 10 hours;

wherein, the crash-sensitive automotive component has a critical fracture strain of at least about 10%.

US Pat. No. 9,217,827

OPTICAL WAVEGUIDE ARRANGEMENTS COMPRISING AN AUXILIARY WAVEGUIDE-LIKE STRUCTURE

OCLARO TECHNOLOGY LIMITED...

1. A multimode interference (MMI) coupler comprising an optical waveguide arrangement comprising:
an active ridge waveguide structure formed by etching of a substrate;
an auxiliary waveguide-like structure formed on the substrate adjacent to the active waveguide structure to control the etched
profile over the cross-section of the active waveguide structure; and

an MMI region coupled with the active ridge waveguide structure,
wherein the active waveguide structure comprises an input active waveguide and/or an output active waveguide and the MMI region
is coupled with the input active waveguide and/or the output active waveguide, the auxiliary structure being arranged adjacent
at least one of the input and output active waveguides, and

wherein the active waveguide structure comprises two active waveguides, and the auxiliary structure is arranged such that
a gap between the active waveguides is about the same as a gap between each active waveguide and a corresponding auxiliary
waveguide in the auxiliary structure, and the gaps are defined such that an etched trench extends through at least a waveguide
core layer of the substrate so as to provide a strong optical confinement for light within the active waveguide.

US Pat. No. 9,167,944

CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUE FOR A DOMESTIC APPLIANCE SUCH AS A SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:
(a) a first part comprising a longitudinal wall having an opening;
(b) a second part comprising a fluid flow conduit having an insertion portion slidably insertable into the first part to define
an inserted position, the insertion portion comprising a longitudinal axis, a spline, a first detent member that is a portion
of the spline, and a recess, and wherein the second part is non-rotatably mounted to the first part when the second part is
inserted into the first part; and

(c) a movable lock slidably mounted on at least one of the first part and the second part and laterally slidable along a lateral
axis transverse to the longitudinal axis of the insertion portion, the movable lock having first and second opposed ends and
spaced apart lock sidewalls extending between the first and second ends, one of the sidewalls having a second detent member
provided thereon, wherein at least a portion of the movable lock is slideable across the opening as the movable lock is moved
from a locked position in which the second detent member extends through the opening and into the recess and engages the first
detent member to an unlocked position in which the second detent member does not interact with the first detent member;

wherein the first detent member is positioned inwardly of the second detent member when the insertion portion is in the inserted
position and the lock is in the unlocked position, and the second detent member is selectively positionable to interact with
the first detent member to lock the first part to the second part when the insertion portion is in the inserted position.

US Pat. No. 9,172,288

REINFORCED FLEXIBLE TEMPERATURE SENSOR

Measurement Specialities,...

1. A temperature sensor for sensing temperature of a stator and communicating the sensed temperature to an external monitoring
device, comprising:
at least one sensing wire, the sensing wire adapted to be fit to the stator and adapted to sense temperature of the stator;
a fiberglass body, including:
a core material comprising a polyimide substrate having an acrylic adhesive surrounding at least a portion of the sensing
wire; and

an epoxy laminate material over the core material;
a lead wire for connecting to the external monitoring device;
a lead step where the sensing wire is electrically connected to the lead wire; and
a tab extending from the lead wire and encompassing at least a portion of the lead step, the tab comprising a flexible portion
extending at least partially over a length thereof, the flexible portion of the tab comprising a flexible conductive circuit
between and connecting the at least one sensing wire to the lead wire, wherein the tab protects the lead step and the sensing
wire in a region where the sensor is adapted to extend over an end of the stator.

US Pat. No. 9,079,881

POLYMORPH OF 1-(2-METHYL-4-(2,3,4,5-TETRAHYDRO-1-BENZAZEPIN-1-YLCARBONYL)BENZYLCARBAMOYL)-L-PROLINE-N,N-DIMETHYLAMIDE

Vantia Limited, Southamp...

1. A solid form of 1-(2-methyl-4-(2,3,4,5-tetrahydro-1-benzazepin-1-ylcarbonyl)benzylcarbamoyl)-L-proline-N,N-dimethylamide,
which exhibits at least the following characteristic X-ray powder diffraction peaks (Cu K? radiation, expressed in degrees
2?) at approximately 5.5, 10.9, 14.2, 21.9 and 24.0.

US Pat. No. 9,745,215

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WASTEWATER TREATMENT USING GRAVIMETRIC SELECTION

Hampton Roads Sanitation ...

1. A method for wastewater treatment, comprising:
feeding wastewater to an input of a processor that carries out a treatment process on the wastewater;
treating the wastewater in the processor;
outputting processed wastewater at an output of the processor;
feeding the processed wastewater to an input of a gravimetric selector;
selecting, at the gravimetric selector, first solids exhibiting a sludge volume index (SVI) of less than about 120 mL/gm;
outputting a recycle stream at a first output of the gravimetric selector; and
outputting a waste stream at a second output of the gravimetric selector to solids handling, where solids handling includes
at least one of thickening, stabilizing, conditioning, and dewatering; and

supplying the recycle stream to the processor.
US Pat. No. 9,745,577

REDUCING INTRON RETENTION

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON...

1. A pharmaceutical composition comprising:
a polynucleic acid polymer that is from about 10 to about 50 nucleotides in length and hybridizes to a wild-type target sequence
of a partially processed mRNA transcript, wherein the polynucleic acid polymer comprises a sequence that is complementary
to at least 10 contiguous bases of the wild-type target sequence, wherein the partially processed mRNA transcript encodes
a protein and comprises an entire retained intron, wherein the polynucleic acid polymer induces splicing out of the entire
retained intron from the partially processed mRNA transcript; and

a pharmaceutically acceptable excipient and/or a pharmaceutically acceptable delivery vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,553,081

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE INCLUDING A REDISTRIBUTION LAYER AND METALLIC PILLARS COUPLED THERETO

Enpirion, Inc., Hampton,...

1. A semiconductor device, comprising:
a semiconductor die formed with a plurality of laterally diffused metal oxide semiconductor (LDMOS) cells forming an L-DMOS
device and a P-LDMOS device;

a redistribution layer electrically coupled to said plurality of LDMOS cells and configured to provide a common circuit node
for a drain region of said N-LDMOS device and said P-LDMOS device;

a plurality of metallic pillars distributed over and electrically coupled to said redistribution layer; and
a conductive patterned leadframe electrically coupled to said redistribution layer by said plurality of metallic pillars,
wherein portions of said conductive patterned leadframe are exposed to serve as external contacts, and a drain region external
contact of said portions of said conductive patterned leadframe entirely overlies a footprint of the drain region of said
N-LDMOS device and said P-LDMOS device.

US Pat. No. 9,531,153

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR THE GENERATION OF SUPERCONTINUUM PULSES

Fianium Ltd., Southampto...

1. An optical pulse source for generating optical supercontinuum pulses, comprising:
an optical pump laser operable to generate a number of optical pump pulses at a pump pulse repetition rate;
a nonlinear optical element arranged to receive optical pump pulses and configured to generate therefrom optical supercontinuum
pulses;

a gating device provided between the pump laser and the nonlinear optical element and operable to selectively limit the number
of optical pump pulses received by the nonlinear optical element in order to generate optical supercontinuum pulses at a user
selectable repetition rate lower than the pump pulse repetition rate;

a wavelength-tunable optical bandpass filter configured to receive at least one optical supercontinuum pulse and to wavelength
filter the at least one optical supercontinuum pulse at a predetermined wavelength; and

wherein the wavelength-tunable optical bandpass filter is configured to receive a plurality of optical supercontinuum pulses
in a pulse set and to wavelength filter each pulse at a respective one of a corresponding plurality of predetermined wavelengths,
to thereby form a wavelength-interleaved optical continuum pulse set.

US Pat. No. 9,490,562

REDUCED DIAMETER HYPERBOLOID ELECTRICAL CONTACT

QA Technology Company, In...

1. A hyperboloid electrical contact comprising:
a tubular body of conductive material, the tubular body having first and second ends and a longitudinal axis, said tubular
body having an inner surface forming a cavity having an inner end adjacent the first end of the tubular body and an entrance
aperture at the second end of the tubular body;

a plurality of wires having a general circular cross-section along a leangth of the wires and first and second ends, the first
ends being flattened to provide first flattened ends having a centerline, a height, a width and outer edges, wherein the height
is less than the width, the first flattened ends of said wires being disposed at the inner end of said cavity on the inner
surface of said tubular body such that adjacent outer edges of the first flattened ends are generally abutting and the width
of the first flattened ends defines a spacing between the centerlines of adjacent first flattened ends and, wherein the second
ends of said wires being wrapped around the second end of the tubular body and confronting an outer surface of the tubular
body;

a press fit plug disposed at the inner end of the cavity which affixes the first flattened ends of the wires between the inner
surface of the cavity of the tubular body and a confronting surface of the plug;

a press fit ring disposed around the second ends of the wires at the second end of the tubular body which affixes the second
ends of the wires between an outer surface of the second end of the tubular body and a confronting inner surface of the ring;

said plurality of wires disposed in angular relation with respect to said longitudinal axis and configured to form a hyperboloid
socket within the cavity of the tubular body; and

a termination at the first end of the tubular body.

US Pat. No. 9,417,016

LAMINATED HEAT EXCHANGER

HS MARSTON AEROSPACE LTD....

1. A laminated heat exchanger comprising:
a first medium section having a first heat exchange element including a first frame element having a first substantially planar
surface and a first plurality of heat exchange components extending substantially perpendicularly from the first planar surface,
and a second heat exchange element including a second frame element having a second substantially planar surface facing the
first substantially planar surface and a second plurality of heat exchange components extending substantially perpendicularly
from the second planar surface toward the first plurality of heat exchange components; and

a second medium section mounted to and fluidically isolated from the first medium section, the second medium section having
at least one heat exchange layer including a plurality of side members that define a frame having an interior portion, a plurality
of heat exchange members extending between at least two of the plurality of side members across the interior portion, the
plurality of heat exchange members being linked only by a ligament member to form a heat exchange member chain that is only
connected to the at least two of the plurality of side members.

US Pat. No. 9,356,425

SEMICONDUCTOR DBR LASER

OCLARO TECHNOLOGY LTD, N...

1. A semiconductor distributed Bragg reflector laser configured for single longitudinal mode operation, having an optical
waveguide comprising
an optical gain section,
a first reflector being a first distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) section comprising a grating configured to produce a reflection
spectrum having a comb of first reflective peaks in an untuned state, and

a second reflector,
wherein the first DBR section is configured to compensate for thermal chirp that is induced inhomogeneously along the length
of the first DBR section, in use.

US Pat. No. 9,334,227

CARBONYLATION OF ETHYLENICALLY UNSATURATED COMPOUNDS

Lucite International UK L...

1. A process for the carbonylation of ethylenically unsaturated compounds comprising reacting said compound with carbon monoxide
in the presence of a source of hydroxyl groups and of a catalyst system, the catalyst system obtainable by combining:
(a) a metal of Group 8, 9 or 10 or a compound thereof: and
(b) a bidentate ligand of general formula (I)
X1(X2)-Q2-A-R—B-Q1-X3(X4)  (I)

wherein:
A and B each independently represent lower alkylene;
R represents a cyclic hydrocarbyl structure having at least one non-aromatic ring to which the Q1 and Q2 atoms are linked, via B and A respectively, on available adjacent cyclic atoms of the at least one ring and which is substituted
with at least one substituent on at least one further non-adjacent cyclic atom of the at least one ring;

wherein each adjacent cyclic atom to the said available adjacent cyclic atom is not substituted in a manner that forms a further
ring structure or bridge via the other adjacent cyclic atom to the said available adjacent cyclic atoms in the at least one
ring or via an atom adjacent to the said other adjacent atom but outside the at least one ring;

the groups X1, X2, X3 and X4 independently represent univalent radicals up to 30 atoms having at least one tertiary carbon atom or X1 and X2 and/or X3 and X4 together form a bivalent radical of up to 40 atoms having at least two tertiary carbon atoms wherein each said univalent or
bivalent radical is joined via said at least one or two tertiary carbon atoms respectively to the appropriate atom Q1 or Q2; and

Q1 and Q2 each independently represent phosphorous, arsenic or antimony;

wherein the ethylenically unsaturated compounds are selected from the group consisting of acetylene, methyl acetylene, propyl
acetylene, butadiene, ethylene, propylene, butylene, isobutylene, pentene, pentene nitriles, alkyl pentenoates, methyl 3-pentenoates,
pentene acids, vinyl acetate, and octenes.

US Pat. No. 9,299,691

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE INCLUDING ALTERNATING SOURCE AND DRAIN REGIONS, AND RESPECTIVE SOURCE AND DRAIN METALLIC STRIPS

Enpirion, Inc., Hampton,...

1. A semiconductor device having first and second sections and, comprising:
a substrate at least partially within said first and second sections;
a plurality of source and drain regions formed as an alternating pattern in said substrate within said first and second sections;
a plurality of gates formed over said substrate between and parallel to ones of said plurality of source and drain regions
within said first and second sections;

a first plurality of alternating source and drain metallic strips formed in a first metallic layer within said first and second
sections above said substrate and parallel to and forming electrical contacts with respective ones of said plurality of source
and drain regions; and

a gate metallic strip formed in said first metallic layer oriented perpendicular to, and electrically coupled to, said plurality
of gates and formed between said first and second sections.

US Pat. No. 9,290,941

MODULAR STRUCTURAL COMPOSITE BEAM

Blade Dynamics Limited, ...

1. A modular fibre reinforced plastic flange for a structural composite beam comprising:
a modular body formed of a plurality of pre-cured elongate elements each formed from a composite material, the elongate elements
extending longitudinally the length of the beam, the elongate elements being arranged side-by-side, on top of one another,
or side-by-side and on top of one another in an array such that the longitudinal axes of the elongate elements are parallel
to one another, wherein the dimensions of the modular body are substantially determined by the number and arrangement of the
elongate elements in the array,

at least one of the elongate elements being a first elongate element made of a first composite material comprising a first
material;

at least one of the elongate elements being a second elongate element made of a second composite material comprising a second
material, wherein the first material is different from the second material, and wherein the first and second elements are
the same size and shape in cross-section; and

a modular skin member being configurable to accommodate a variable number or arrangement, or a variable number and arrangement,
of elongate elements in the array, the modular skin member extending longitudinally along a substantial portion of the length
of a plurality of the elongate elements in the array.

US Pat. No. 9,247,847

METAL MESH FOOD WRAP

MANULATEX-FRANCE S.A.S., ...

1. A method of using a food wrap to cook a food item, the method comprising:
providing a food wrap comprising a single flexible layer of metal mesh, the metal mesh comprising a plurality of interlinked
homogenous metal rings of uniform size;

wherein the food wrap is flexible and free of frame members;
disposing the single flexible layer of metal mesh over the food item such that the food wrap is wrapped about the food item;
and

cooking the food item while the food wrap is wrapped about the food item so as to insulate the food item during the cooking.

US Pat. No. 9,212,507

LOCKSET OPERABLE BY PIVOTING ACTUATOR ABOUT A FIRST AXIS OR A SECOND AXIS

Hampton Products Internat...

1. A lockset, comprising:
a first actuating mechanism configured to receive an input from a first handle so that when the first handle is actuated,
the first actuating mechanism urges a first retractor arm to rotate;

a second actuating mechanism configured to receive an input from a second handle so that when the second handle is actuated,
the second actuating mechanism urges a second retractor arm to rotate;

the first and second retractor arms being disposed on opposite sides of a lockset axis;
a retractor constrained so as to be movable in a direction transverse to the lockset axis, the retractor having first and
second ends;

the first retractor arm extending through the first end of the retractor so that a distal end of the first retractor arm is
within the retractor, and when the first retractor arm rotates, the first retractor arm distal end engages a contact surface
of the retractor and urges the retractor to move in the direction transverse to the lockset axis;

the second retractor arm extending through the second end of the retractor so that a distal end of the second retractor arm
is within the retractor, and when the second retractor arm rotates, the second retractor arm distal end engages the contact
surface of the retractor and urges the retractor to move in the direction transverse to the lockset axis; and

an elongate locking member movable between a locked position and an unlocked position, a control arm extending from and moving
with the locking member, the control arm having a lock portion configured so that when the locking member is in the locked
position the lock portion blocks the second retractor arm from rotating sufficient to engage the retractor contact surface;

wherein the first retractor arm is not blocked from rotation when the locking member is in the locked position; and
wherein the control arm is configured so that when the retractor is moved by the first retractor arm when the locking member
is in the locked position, the moving retractor engages a control surface that is attached to the locking member so as to
urge the locking member from the locked position toward the unlocked position.

US Pat. No. 9,051,615

METHOD OF DETECTING AND TREATING TUBEROUS SCLEROSIS COMPLEX ASSOCIATED DISORDERS

Celldex Therapeutics, Inc...

1. An isolated antibody that immunospecifically binds to an NMB polypeptide encoded by a nucleic acid of SEQ ID NO:26, wherein
the NMB polypeptide comprises the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO:27.

US Pat. No. 10,139,560

HOLLOW-CORE OPTICAL FIBERS

University of Southampton...

1. An anti-resonant hollow-core fiber comprising a first tubular, cladding element which defines an internal cladding surface, a plurality of second tubular elements which are attached to the cladding surface and together define a core with an effective radius, the second tubular elements being arranged in spaced, non-touching relation and adjacent ones of the second tubular elements having a spacing therebetween, and a plurality of third tubular elements, each nested within a respective one of the second tubular elements to provide nested tubular arrangements, wherein a ratio of the spacing of the adjacent second tubular elements and a wall thickness of the second tubular elements is greater than 0.5 and less than 12 and a ratio of a radial spacing between radially-inner walls of the second and third tubular elements to the core radius is between 0.35 and 0.95.
US Pat. No. 9,822,052

NANOPARTICLE CATALYSTS FOR CONVERSION OF CYCLOHEXANOL TO CYCLOHEXANONE

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON...

1. A method of converting an alcohol to a ketone, comprising:
reacting the alcohol in the presence of a catalyst and oxygen to produce the ketone, wherein the catalyst comprises a microporous
copper chloropyrophosphate framework including a plurality of noble metal nanoparticles.

US Pat. No. 9,662,643

GAS AND LIQUID PHASE CATALYTIC BECKMANN REARRANGEMENT OF OXIMES TO PRODUCE LACTAMS

University of Southampton...

1. A catalyst comprising:
a silicon-containing aluminophosphate framework with the IZA framework code FAU; and
a plurality of discrete Brønsted acid sites positioned in an interior of the framework, the acid sites comprising silicon
isomorphously substituted for phosphorous in the framework;

wherein the catalyst is a SAPO-37 type catalyst, and the catalyst is formed from a gel having a molar ratio of silicon to
phosphorous from 0.21:1 to 0.42:1.

US Pat. No. 9,584,221

OPTICAL TRANSMITTER

University of Southampton...

1. An optical transmitter, comprising:
a master laser device configured for generating a master optical signal;
one or more slave laser devices in communication with the master laser device and configured to be injected with the master
optical signal such that slave optical signals generated by the one or more slave laser devices are phase-locked with the
master optical signal;

a transmission data stream input configured for receiving one or more transmission data streams to be transmitted, the one
or more transmission data streams being used to amplitude modulate respectively the one or more slave laser devices such that
each slave optical signal comprises a modulated part and a carrier part; and

an optical interfering arrangement configured for destructively interfering the slave optical signals with an optical interfering
signal derived from the master optical signal so as to generate an output optical signal in which the carrier part is at least
partially cancelled.

US Pat. No. 9,504,991

PROCESS FOR PRODUCTION OF A SILICA-SUPPORTED ALKALI METAL CATALYST

LUCITE INTERNATIONAL UK L...

1. A process for regenerating a silica-supported depleted alkali metal catalyst wherein a level of alkali metal on the depleted
catalyst is at least 0.5 mol %, and
wherein the silica support is a zero-gel comprising the step of:
contacting said silica supported depleted alkali metal catalyst with a solution of a salt of the alkali metal in a solvent
system that has a polar organic solvent as the majority component.

US Pat. No. 9,441,369

FIXTURE-SUPPORTING RAIL FOR SUSPENDED CEILINGS

Springdale Electric Ltd.,...

1. A rail for supporting one or more ceiling tiles in a suspended ceiling, the rail comprising:
an elongate plate for supporting the one or more ceiling tiles, said elongate plate having an upper and a lower surface and
having formed therein an opening extending between said upper and lower surfaces;

an electrical box aligned with said opening and welded to said upper surface; and
said elongate plate having two opposed and parallel longitudinal edges and two flange portions on said upper surface, said
flange portions substantially perpendicular to said upper surface and on opposite sides of said opening, said flange portions
extending longitudinally along said upper surface adjacent and parallel to said longitudinal edges, said elongate plate having
a ceiling tile support adjacent to each of said flange portions.

US Pat. No. 9,382,190

CONTINUOUS PROCESS FOR THE CARBONYLATION OF ETHYLENE

LUCITE INTERNATIONAL UK L...

1. A continuous process for the production of an alkyl ester product comprising the steps of carbonylating ethylene with carbon
monoxide in the presence of C1-6 alkanol co-reactant to form the said alkyl ester product, wherein the carbonylation takes
place in the presence of a catalyst system comprising;
a. a bidentate ligand,
b. a catalytic metal selected from a group 8, 9 or 10 metal or a compound thereof, and
c. a sulphonic acid capable of forming an acid alkyl ester with the C1-6 alkanol, the process including the step of separating
the formed alkyl ester product from a carbonylated crude product stream by treatment that vaporizes the alkyl ester product
in a single stage flash distillation column and provide a purified alkyl ester product stream separated from the said bidentate
ligand and catalytic metal,

wherein the said distillation column includes further separation means effective to provide further separation of the product
while reducing acid build-up in a reactor.