US Pat. No. 10,363,340

POLY(OLIGOETHYLENE GLYCOL METHACRYLATE) HYDROGEL COMPOSITIONS, AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

McMaster University, Ham...

1. A hydrogel composition, comprisinga. at least one first precursor polymer which is a nucleophile-functionalized poly(oligoethylene glycol methacrylate) copolymer, and
b. at least one second precursor polymer which is an electrophile-functionalized poly(oligoethylene glycol methacrylate) copolymer,
wherein the first and second precursor polymers are crosslinked through covalent bonds by reaction of the nucleophilic and electrophilic moieties.

US Pat. No. 10,363,336

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR TREATING LIQUIDS USING SWITCHABLE SOLVENTS

BATTELLE ENERGY ALLIANCE,...

1. A method of treating a liquid, the method comprising:providing a feed liquid comprising at least one solvent and at least one solute to a first side of a membrane;
providing a single-phase draw solution comprising one or more of an amidinium salt, a guanidinium salt, and a tertiary aminium salt to a second side of the membrane;
drawing the at least one solvent across the membrane and into the single-phase draw solution through forward osmosis to form a diluted single-phase draw solution; and
exposing the diluted single-phase draw solution to one or more of heat, reduced pressure, and a non-reactive gas to release one or more of CO2, CS2, and COS from the diluted single-phase draw solution and form a multiple-phase solution comprising:
a first liquid phase comprising the at least one solvent; and
a second liquid phase comprising one or more of an amidine compound, a guanidine compound, and a tertiary amine compound.

US Pat. No. 10,363,335

DISPOSABLE GAS DIFFUSION DEVICE

GUANGZHOU FANER AROMA PRO...

1. A disposable gas diffusion device, comprising:a gas supply device, which is provided, in an interior thereof, with a gas inlet device and a compression element, the gas inlet device being provided, at one side thereof, with a gas inlet section and being also provided, at another side thereof, with a gas outlet section, the gas outlet section having an end connected to the compression element, the gas supply device being provided, at one side thereof, with a coupling section, the coupling section being provided, in an inside thereof, with a gas conveyance hole, the gas conveyance hole being connected to one end of the compression element; and
a diffusion device, which is connected to the coupling section, the diffusion device comprising a container and a diffuser, the container having an end connected to a circumference of the diffuser to allow a bottom of the diffuser to be received in an interior of the container, the diffuser having a circumference that is provided with a gas entrance section, the gas entrance section having one side that is provided with a gas entrance passage, the gas entrance passage being in tight connection with the gas conveyance hole, the gas entrance passage having an end arranged at a side of the gas entrance section, the gas entrance passage having another end extending to a bottom of the diffuser, the diffuser being provided, in the bottom thereof, with a liquid guiding device, the liquid guiding device having an end connected to the bottom of the diffuser, the liquid guiding device having another end extending to a location adjacent to a bottom of the container, the liquid guiding device having a circumference in which an atomization hole is formed, the atomization hole having an end communicating with the liquid guiding device, the atomization hole having another end arranged at a location adjacent to another end of the gas entrance passage, the diffuser having a circumference connected to the coupling section, the gas conveyance hole being in tight connection with the gas entrance passage, the diffuser having a top end that is provided with an exit opening;
wherein the gas supply device is provided, in an interior thereof, with a flow driving device, the gas supply device having a circumference that is provided with at least one air ingress opening, whereby when the flow driving device is put in operation, external gas is first drawn in through the air ingress opening and the gas is then blown to one side of the gas supply device so that gas fed out through the exit opening is blown further by the gas blown out of the flow driving device.

US Pat. No. 10,363,334

AIR SCENTING DEVICE AND AN ASSEMBLY OF THE AIR SCENTING DEVICE WITH A SCENT MODULE

Common Sense Holding B.V....

1. An assembly of a scent module and an air scenting device, said air scenting device comprising:a housing having:
an accommodation into which said scent module is inserted;
an air and scent perfume mixing chamber positioned underneath said accommodation, configured to mix air and scent perfume from said scent module to generate scented air;
an outflow opening in communication with the chamber and an outside relative to said housing;
a scent perfume extracting mechanism configured to transfer scent perfume from the scent module into the chamber, comprising;
a scent perfume absorbing element,
a scent carrying material,
a dripping mechanism arranged onto said scent perfume absorbing element, said dripping mechanism is configured to deposit scent perfume from the scent module onto said scent carrying material, and;
a limiter to restrain extraction of scent perfume from the scent module, wherein the limiter comprises an air duct between the scent perfume absorbing element and the dripping mechanism, and the limiter is air flow controlled, wherein one end of said air duct is placed inside said scent module, and wherein the other end of said air duct is connected to a nozzle, said nozzle being arranged on said scent carrying material so that when said scent carrying material is drenched to saturation, no more air can pass through said scent carrying material and up into said nozzle and said air duct, and so that when the scent carrying material is dry enough passage of air through said air duct is allowed.

US Pat. No. 10,363,328

ANTI-MICROBIAL CASH DRAWER

Richard D. Yanke, Burban...

1. A caddy for providing germicidal protection on surfaces in retail stores, hospitals and restaurants comprising:a. a container composed of a plastic polymer having a handle and portals on a top surface;
b. a botanical thymol disinfecting all-purpose spray cleaner comprising Metrine;
c. a botanical thymol hand sanitizer;
d. botanical thymol wet wipes;
e. at least 5 test swabs;
f. a non-woven towel for scrubbing the surface; and
g. a spunlace towel for drying the surface, where the portals are numbered and color-coded for storing components b, c, d, e, and f when cleaning or testing retail store, hospital and restaurant surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,363,318

ENHANCED ACTIVE AGENTS

Mamoun M. Alhamadsheh, S...

1. An enhanced active agent, comprising:a drug conjugated to a delivery system to form a conjugated drug, the delivery system including
a ligand that is selective for transthyretin in the serum of a subject; and,
a linker configured for operatively attaching the ligand covalently to the drug, the linker selected to cause release of the drug from the transthyretin in the subject as the conjugated drug, wherein the linker ranges from 14-20 angstroms in length;
wherein, the delivery system has a structure comprising:

where,
n is 1 to 8;
R1 and R3 are independently selected from a short chain alkyl having 1 to 4 carbon atoms;
R2 is selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen, a short chain alkyl having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and an aryl;
Xa is C(R4)(R5), O, N—R5, or S; where R4 and R5 are independently selected from hydrogen, an alkyl having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, a substituted alkyl, an alkoxy, hydroxyl, an alkoxycarbonyl, an amino;
Ra is CHO, COOH, COOCH3, COOR6, CONR7R8, tetrazolyl, CONHOH, B(OH)2, CONHSO2Ar, CONHCH(R9)COOH, halogen, acyl, substituted acyl, carboxyl, heterocyclic group, sulfonamide, sulfonyl fluoride, thioester, alkoxycarbonyl or substituted alkoxycarbonyl;
Rb is the linker and is positioned ortho or meta to Ra, the linker including a CHO, COOH, COOCH3, COOR6, CONR7R8, tetrazolyl, CONHOH, B(OH)2, CONHSO2Ar, CONHCH(R9)COOH, CF3, hydrogen, halogen, alkyl, substituted alkyl, acyl, substituted acyl, carboxyl, heterocyclic group, sulfonamide, sulfonyl fluoride, ester, thioester, ether, thioether, triazolyl, alkoxycarbonyl or substituted alkoxycarbonyl;
R6 is alkyl, haloalkyl, cycloalkyl, or heterocyclyl;
R7 and R8 are each independently hydrogen, alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, cycloalkyl, heterocyclyl, or heteroaryl; and,
R9 is the side chain of a naturally occurring ?-amino carboxylic acid;
or, a pharmaceutically acceptable salt, ester, enol ether, enol ester, amide, acetal, ketal, orthoester, hemiacetal, hemiketal, hydrate, solvate or prodrug thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,363,317

OPTIMIZED IN VIVO DELIVERY SYSTEM WITH ENDOSOMOLYTIC AGENTS FOR NUCLEIC ACID CONJUGATES

ONXEO, Paris (FR) INSTIT...

1. A conjugated nucleic acid molecule which has the following formula:
wherein N is a nucleotide, n is an integer from 15 to 195, the underlined N refers to a nucleotide having or not a modified phosphodiester backbone, L? is a linker; m is 1 and L is a linker, C is a molecule facilitating endocytosis selected from the group consisting of single or double chain fatty acids, tocopherol, folates or folic acid, cholesterol, sugar, peptide and protein, and wherein C is conjugated via L to the 5? end of the nucleic acid molecule.

US Pat. No. 10,363,305

ANTI-GANGLIOSIDE COMPOUND FOR TARGETING CANCER AND GENERATING ANTIBODIES

Horacio Url Saragovi, Mo...

1. A ganglioside carbohydrate of formulawherein Aryl is a C6 to C10 aryl, optionally substituted with an alkyl, aryl, or halogen substituent.

US Pat. No. 10,363,278

FROZEN THERAPEUTIC DOSE AND PACKAGE

Amnio Technology LLC, Ph...

1. A therapeutic dose package, comprising a plurality of individual compartments coupled together in a multi-dose pack comprising:a frozen therapeutic dose comprising a therapeutic composition comprising:
acellular amniotic membrane particles;
a carrier fluid comprising an acellular amniotic fluid;
wherein the acellular amniotic membrane particles consist essentially of micronized amniotic membrane; and
wherein the therapeutic composition is essentially free of any viable amniotic membrane cells or viable amniotic fluid cells; and
wherein the plurality of individual compartments are detachably attached together.

US Pat. No. 10,363,266

ANTISENSE-OLIGONUCLEOTIDES AS INHIBITORS OF TGF-R SIGNALING

NeuroVision Pharma GmbH, ...


wherein the abbreviations b, d, C*, A*, s, ss have the following meaning:
b1 ?-D-oxy-LNA,
b2 ?-D-thio-LNA,
b3 ?-D-amino-LNA,
b4 ?-L-oxy-LNA,
b5 ?-D-ENA,
b6 ?-D-(NH)-LNA,
b7 ?-D-(NCH3)-LNA,
d 2-deoxy,
C* 5-methylcytosine,
A* 2-aminoadenine,
s the internucleotide linkage is a phosphorothioate group (—O—P(O)(S?)—O—),
ss the internucleotide linkage is a phosphorodithioate group (—O—P(S)(S?)—O—),
/5SpC3s/(—O—P(O)(S?)—OC3H6OH at 5?-terminal group of an antisense-oligonucleotide,
/3SpC3s/(—O—P(O)(S?)—OC3H6OH at 3?-terminal group of an antisense-oligonucleotide, nucleotides in bold are LNA nucleotides,
nucleotides not in bold are non-LNA nucleotides, and
wherein the antisense-oligonucleotide inhibits expression of TGF-RII.

US Pat. No. 10,363,265

METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR TREATING HEPATITIS C VIRUS

Idenix Pharmaceuticals LL...

1. A method for the treatment of a hepatitis C virus infection in a host, comprising administering to the host an antivirally effective amount of a compound of Formula V:
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof;
wherein:
R1 is H, monophosphate, diphosphate, triphosphate, a stabilized phosphate prodrug, acyl, or a pharmaceutically acceptable leaving group which, when administered in vivo, provides a compound wherein R1 is H or phosphate;
R2 is H;
R3 is H;
Y is hydrogen, bromo, chloro, fluoro, iodo, OH or NH2; and
X1 is selected from the group consisting of H and CH3.

US Pat. No. 10,363,260

ANTI-CANCER EFFECTS OF JAK2 INHIBITORS IN COMBINATION WITH THALIDOMIDE DERIVATIVES AND GLUCOCORTICOIDS

OncoTracker, Inc., West ...

1. A method of treating multiple myeloma in a subject comprising administering to the subject ruxolitinib, lenalidomide and a glucocorticoid, wherein the glucocorticoid is selected from the group consisting of dexamethasone, methylprednisolone, methylprednisone and prednisone.

US Pat. No. 10,363,256

METHODS FOR TREATMENT OF RETINAL DISEASE BY PHOTORECEPTOR GENE EXPRESSION MODULATION

University of Washington,...

1. A method for decreasing rod gene expression in a retina, comprising contacting a retina with a compound having formula (I):
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof,
wherein R1 is phenyl substituted with one or two groups independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C6 alkyl and halogen, and n is 0 or 1.

US Pat. No. 10,363,251

(+)-MORPHINANS AS ANTAGONISTS OF TOLL-LIKE RECEPTOR 9 AND THERAPEUTIC USES THEREOF

Mallinckrodt LLC, Hazelw...

1. A method for therapeutically treating a hepatic disorder mediated by Toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9) in a subject in need thereof, the method comprising administering to the subject a compound of Formula (IIb) or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof:
wherein:
R is hydrogen, alkyl, allyl, cyclopropylmethyl, or cyclobutylmethyl;
Ra is chosen from hydrogen, alkyl, or phenyl;
Rb is hydrogen, alkyl, alkylalcohol, alkylcarboxyl, alkylcarboxylalkylester, acyl, acylalkyl, acylaryl, acyloxy, acyloxyalkyl, or acyloxyaryl; and
Y is chosen from hydrogen and hydroxy;
provided that R is other than allyl when Ra is methyl, Rb is propyl; and Y is hydrogen.

US Pat. No. 10,363,243

COMPOUNDS AND METHODS FOR TREATING INFLUENZA

Romark Laboratories L.C.,...

1. A method of treating a patient suffering from an influenza-like illness comprising administering to the patient a therapeutically effective amount of a compound of formula I
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein at least one of R1, R2, and R3 is OH or an ester thereof; R4, R5, and the remainder of R1, R2, and R3, are H; and R6 is NO2 and R9 is H,
wherein the influenza-like illness comprises one or more respiratory symptoms selected from the group consisting of erythematous oropharynx, hypertrophic tonsils, nasal congestion, rhonchi and adenomegaly, wherein the compound of formula I is administered at a dose selected from 100 mg to 600 mg.

US Pat. No. 10,363,240

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR TREATING ALOPECIA

DAVID WEINSTEIN CONSULTIN...

1. A composition for the treatment of alopecia comprising 0.000012% w/v of a compound of formula (II)or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt or ester thereof, 5% w/v minoxidil, 0.12% w/v cyclosporine A, 28% w/v ethanol, 47% w/v propylene glycol and 19% w/v water, wherein w/v denotes weight by volume.

US Pat. No. 10,363,239

METHOD FOR INHIBITING GROWTH OF CANCER CELLS

Pain Therapeutics, Austi...

1. A method of inhibiting the growth of cancerous cells that contain an enhanced amount of one or more of phosphorylated-mTOR, phosphorylated-Akt1, phosphorylated-ERK2 and serine2152-phosphorylated filamin A that comprises contacting said cancer cells with an FLNA-binding effective amount of a compound or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof that binds to the pentapeptide of FLNA of SEQ ID NO: 1 and exhibits at least about 60 percent of the FITC-labeled naloxone binding amount when present at a 10 ?M concentration, using unlabeled naloxone as the control inhibitor at the same concentration as said compound or salt, said pentapeptide of FLNA being biotinylated at its N-terminal valine residue and bound to a streptavidin-coated solid support, wherein said enhanced amount of phosphorylated-mTOR, phosphorylated-Akt1, phosphorylated-ERK2 and serine2152-phosphorylated filamin A being an amount that is greater by more than 1 standard deviation to three standard deviations than the amount present in a non-cancerous cell of the same type, wherein said compound is a compound of Series C-1 that corresponds in structure to Formula I below:whereinX and Y are the same or different and are SO2, C(O), CH2, CD2 (where D is deuterium), NHC(NH), OC(O), NHC(S) or NHC(O);
W is NR7, CH2, S or O, where R7 is H, C1-C12 hydrocarbyl, or C1-C12 hydrocarboyl (acyl);
Q is CHR9 or C(O);
Z is CHR10 or C(O);
J and F are the same or different and are CH or CD (where D is deuterium);
each of m, n and p is zero or one and the sum of m+n+p is 2 or 3; and
circles A and B are the same or different aromatic or heteroaromatic ring systems that contain one ring or two fused rings;
R1 and R2 are the same or different and each can be hydrogen or represent up to three substituents other than hydrogen that themselves can be the same or different (R1a, R1b, and R1c, and R2a, R2b, and R2c) each of those six groups, R1a-c and R2a-c, is separately selected from the group consisting of H, C1-C6 hydrocarbyl, C1-C6 hydrocarbyloxy, trifluoromethyl, trifluoromethoxy, C1-C7 hydrocarboyl, hydroxy-, trifluoromethyl- or halogen-substituted C1-C7 hydrocarboyl, C1-C6 hydrocarbylsulfonyl, halogen, nitro, phenyl, cyano, carboxyl, C1-C7 hydrocarbyl carboxylate, carboxamide or sulfonamide
wherein the amido nitrogen of either group has the formula NR3R4 wherein R3 and R4 are the same or different and are H, C1-C4 hydrocarbyl, or R3 and R4 together with the depicted nitrogen form a 5-7-membered ring that optionally contains 1 or 2 additional hetero atoms that independently are nitrogen, oxygen or sulfur,MAr, where M is where M is —CH2—, —O— or —N?N— and Ar is a single-ringed aryl group, and NR5R6 wherein R5 and R6 are the same or different and are H, C1-C4 hydrocarbyl, C1-C4 acyl, C1-C4 hydrocarbylsulfonyl, or R5 and R6 together with the depicted nitrogen form a 5-7-membered ring that optionally contains 1 or 2 additional hetero atoms that independently are nitrogen, oxygen or sulfur;
R8, R9, and R10 are each H, or two of R8, R9, and R10 are H and one is a C1-C8 hydrocarbyl group that is unsubstituted or is substituted with up to three atoms that are the same or different and are oxygen or nitrogen atoms;
R11, R12, R13 and R14 are all H, or R11 and R13 are H and R12 and R14 are H or D (where D is deuterium), or one of the pair R11 and R12 or the pair R13 and R14 together with the depicted ring form a saturated or unsaturated 6-membered ring, and the other pair are each H or they are H and D.

US Pat. No. 10,363,237

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS OF INHIBITING N-ACYLETHANOLAMINE-HYDROLYZING ACID AMIDASE

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A method of treating a patient in need of increased levels of palmitoylethanolamide, comprising administering a pharmaceutical composition comprising a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier and a compound according to Formula I
wherein
A is O; B is O, or NRa; R1 and R2 are independently H, halogen, or optionally substituted lower alkyl; n is 1; X is NRb or CHRb; Y is C(O), C(S), or CHRc; Z is O, S, NRd, or CHRd; V is optionally substituted lower alkyl or optionally substituted lower alkenyl; wherein W is optionally substituted aryl, optionally substituted heteroaryl, optionally substituted cycloalkyl, optionally substituted cycloheteroalkyl, or C(R3R4R5); and wherein Y and V may optionally form a 5- or 6 membered ring;
wherein Ra, Rb, Rc, and Rd are independently selected from the group consisting of H, optionally substituted lower alkyl, or optionally substituted lower thioalkyl; and
wherein R3, R4, and R5 are independently H, optionally substituted lower alkyl, optionally substituted lower aryl, optionally substituted lower cycloheteroalkyl, or optionally substituted lower heteroaryl.

US Pat. No. 10,363,228

TRANSDERMAL ADMINISTRATION OF MEMANTINE

LTS Lohmann Therapie-Syst...

1. Transdermal therapeutic systems comprising memantine as an active ingredient, said memantine present as a free base or as a physiologically compatible salt or prodrug,said transdermal therapeutic systems including at least one transdermal therapeutic system comprising
a backing layer impermeable to active ingredient;
a fabric or paper stabilizer;
at least one active-ingredient-containing layer having an area concentration of memantine of at least 15 mg/cm2 to 70 mg/cm2 and which further comprises a storage material into which the active ingredient is introduced;
a tmax of 30 h to 48 h;
and wherein either consecutive or staggered administration of one or more of the transdermal therapeutic system at a time for administration intervals each lasting 12 h to 168 h independently of one another, for achieving active ingredient concentrations in a blood plasma of an individual requiring treatment, achieves, in the blood plasma, active ingredient concentrations from a beginning of the administration of a first of one or more of said transdermal therapeutic system as follows:
after 24 h, at least 14 ng/ml to no more than 50 ng/ml,
after 48 h, at least 27 ng/ml to no more than 90 ng/ml,
after 60 h, at least 32 ng/ml to no more than 110 ng/ml,
after 72 h, at least 37 ng/ml to no more than 130 ng/ml,
after 96 h, at least 44 ng/ml to no more than 150 ng/ml,
after 144 h, at least 54 ng/ml to no more than 180 ng/ml,
after 192 h, at least 60 ng/ml to no more than 195 ng/ml,
after 240 h, at least 63 ng/ml to no more than 200 ng/ml, and
after 300 h, at least 65 ng/ml to no more than 210 ng/ml,
and said transdermal therapeutic systems have a memantine pharmacokinetic delay, tlag, of not more than 6 hours.

US Pat. No. 10,363,227

PHARMACEUTICAL FORMULATION FOR USE IN THE TREATMENT AND/OR PREVENTION OF RESTENOSIS

Centre Hospitalier Univer...

1. A method of treatment of restenosis after open surgical revascularization in a subject in need thereof, said method comprising administering by the perivascular route a pharmaceutical formulation consisting in a gel phase comprisingi) at least one rapidly delivered compound effective on the acute inflammatory phase of the early stage of restenosis development comprising a statin, and
ii) a sustained release formulation comprising a statin effective on later phases of restenosis development, wherein the sustained release formulation is in the form of microspheres or nanospheres.

US Pat. No. 10,363,222

MULTIPLE UNIT DOSAGE FORM HAVING A THERAPEUTIC AGENT IN COMBINATION WITH A NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENT

JDS Therapeutics, LLC, P...

1. A dosage form for oral administration comprising:an inner therapeutic agent core comprising a therapeutic agent, wherein the therapeutic agent core is located at the center of the dosage form;
a middle barrier layer disposed directly on and surrounding the inner therapeutic agent core; and
an outer nutritional supplement layer disposed directly on and surrounding the middle barrier layer consisting of a nutritional supplement and one or more additional components selected from the group consisting of a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier, a sweetener, a flavoring agent, a coloring agent, a preservative and an excipient, and wherein the nutritional supplement is selected from the group consisting of biotin, choline, folate, niacin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin E, bromine, cobalt, copper, fluorine, germanium, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, potassium, selenium, silicon, zinc, calcium, phosphorous, sodium, sulfur, and vanadium, or combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,363,220

COMPARTMENTED PHARMACEUTICAL DOSAGE FORMS

Triastek, Inc., Nanjing ...

1. A dosage form comprising:a single substrate having a top and a bottom that forms at least a first compartment and a second compartment, wherein the first compartment has a first top and a first bottom, wherein the second compartment has a second top and a second bottom, wherein the first top and the second top are positioned at the top of the single substrate, wherein the first bottom and the second bottom are positioned at the bottom of the single substrate;
wherein the first compartment has a first aperture of a first pre-defined shape and the second compartment has a second aperture of a second pre-defined shape;
a first drug loaded into the first compartment such that the first drug is linked to the internal wall of the first compartment;
a second drug loaded into the second compartment such that the second drug is either linked to the internal wall of the second compartment or freely moving within the second compartment,
wherein each of the first compartment and the second compartment comprises a void space that provides a floating effect to the dosage form;
a first plug that seals the first aperture; and
a second plug that seals the second aperture,
wherein the first plug and the second plug are water soluble or erodible, and
wherein the first plug seals the first aperture at the first top, and wherein the second plug seals the second aperture at the second top.

US Pat. No. 10,363,201

BABY BOTTLE APPARATUS WITH FLOW CONTROL

ELIEZER ELIMELECH ROSE, ...

1. A baby bottle apparatus, comprising:a nipple;
a liquid container;
a flexible tube connecting said nipple to said container;
a normally-closed valve, for controlling fluid flow from said container to said nipple;
at least one lever, for opening said valve for fluid passage from said container to said nipple, thereby allowing a user to control fluid flow from said baby bottle apparatus,
wherein said valve comprises:
two parallel bars, at least one of said parallel bars being connected to one of said at least one lever; and
at least one elastic member, for pulling or pushing one of said parallel bars toward the other, and
wherein said flexible tube is disposed between said parallel bars, thereby resulting in said normally-closed state valve.

US Pat. No. 10,363,197

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING NETWORK CONNECTIVITY AND REMOTE MONITORING, OPTIMIZATION, AND CONTROL OF POOL/SPA EQUIPMENT

Hayward Industries, Inc.,...

1. A method for remotely monitoring and controlling a pump for a pool or a spa, comprising the steps of:assigning by a processor of the pump an Internet Protocol (IP) address to the pump;
establishing a network connection between the processor of the pump and a remote device;
providing for remote monitoring of operational parameters associated with the pump from the remote device over the network connection;
providing for remote control of the pump from the remote device over the network connection;
receiving at the processor data on forecasted weather conditions based on the location of the pump; and
determining by the processor if periods of forecasted temperatures above a temperature setpoint and load conditions above a load setpoint coincide based on the forecasted weather conditions and a pump schedule received at the processor from a memory; and
controlling, by the processor, the pump based on the determination.

US Pat. No. 10,363,192

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR INSTILLING INTRINSIC MOTIVATION REGARDING EYE CONTACT IN CHILDREN AFFECTED BY EYE CONTACT DISORDERS

Matthew Casey, Woburn, M...

1. A therapy method for encouraging a patient diagnosed with autism, an autism spectrum disorder, and/or a neurodevelopment disorder to make eye contact with other individuals, said therapy method comprising:treating the patient by placing a robot in a field of view of the patient such that the robot can interact with the patient thereby creating intrinsic motivation in the patient to make eye contact with the other individuals after a therapy session has ended, the robot comprising:
prominently featured animatronic eyes on a front side thereof;
a video camera;
a processor configured to:
process data from the video camera to determine a gaze direction of the patient during the therapy session; and
select a gaze direction for the animatronic eyes based on the determined gaze direction of the patient; and
an actuator that allows the interaction with the patient by controlling the animatronic eyes based on the selected gaze direction for the animatronic eyes; and
refraining from providing the patient with a positive reinforcement for gazing at the animatronic eyes during the therapy session;
wherein movement of the animatronic eyes constitutes the only electronically actuated movement of the robot.

US Pat. No. 10,363,191

MULTIFUNCTIONAL CURVED BOARD

Gymba Oy, Joensuu (FI)

1. A multi-functional curved board used as a support for legs of a user and for general maintenance of muscle strength, the multi-functional curved board having one or more curved bodies comprising a radius of curvature, a longitudinal axis, and at least one raised foot support, wherein the one or more curved bodies are rigid in a direction of the radius of curvature, supporting at least a weight of the user, and flexible in a direction transverse to the radius of curvature so that the multi-functional curved board can be bent in the direction transverse to the radius of curvature to enable the multi-functional curved board to rotate around the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,187

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR MOVING A PATIENT FROM A RECLINING POSITION TO AN UPRIGHT SITTING POSITION

CNS Solutions, LLC, Gree...

1. An apparatus for moving a patient between a reclining position on a bed and a generally upright sitting position, the apparatus comprising:a base;
a lifting mechanism secured to the base; and
an articulating patient support platform secured to the lifting mechanism, wherein the patient support platform is movable via the lifting mechanism between raised and lowered generally horizontal positions, wherein the patient support platform comprises:
a first panel comprising opposite first and second ends;
a second panel movably attached to the first panel first end and upwardly pivotable from a substantially co-planar relationship with the first panel to a substantially orthogonal relationship with the first panel; and
a third panel secured to the second panel in spaced-apart, substantially co-planar relationship therewith;
wherein the patient support platform is positionable on the bed such that a patient lying on the bed can be moved onto the patient support platform and positioned such that the patient's upper body is supported by the first and second panels and the patient's legs are supported by the third panel, and wherein the weight of the patient's legs on the third panel causes the third panel to move and pivot the second panel upwardly such that the patient is moved to a generally upright sitting position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,180

SUPPORT ASSEMBLY WITH SELECTIVE ORBITAL ROTATION ABOUT BRACKET

Adaptive Engineering Lab,...

1. A support assembly for a wheelchair, the support assembly comprising:a fixable portion adapted to be fixedly mounted to the wheelchair, the fixable portion including:
at least one mount adapted to be mounted to the wheelchair; and
a shaft having a keyway formed therein, the shaft being supportable by the at least one mount; and
a rotatable portion received on the shaft of the fixable portion and being in selective locked engagement therewith, the rotatable portion including:
a bracket body defining an opening into which the shaft of the fixable portion is received; and
a key member providing a key, the key member being supported by the bracket body and movable in linear translation between an engaged position in which the key is engaged with the keyway in the shaft to lock an orientation of the bracket body of the rotatable portion relative to the shaft of the fixable portion and a disengaged position in which the key is disengaged from the keyway in the shaft to permit the rotatable portion to rotate relative to the fixable portion about an axis of rotation defined by the shaft
wherein the bracket body includes a cavity extending from one side to the other side of the bracket body in which the key member is received, the cavity of the bracket body being in communication with the opening in the bracket body in which the shaft is received such that the key of the key member is engageable with the keyway in the shaft in at least one orientation of the rotatable portion relative to the fixable portion;
wherein the rotatable portion further comprises a post connected to the key member, a biasing element that is interposed between the post and the bracket body to bias the key member to the engaged position, and a depressible button connected to the bracket body that is positioned to contact the post and, upon depression of the depressible button overcome the biasing force of the biasing element to move the key member to the disengaged position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,179

WHEELCHAIR INCLUDING ACCOMMODATION POCKET

SWANY CORPORATION, Kagaw...

1. A wheelchair comprising:driving wheels;
a pair of side frames that rotatably support the driving wheels coupled to exterior sides of the side frames, each of the side frames including
an elbow rest frame portion that has an elbow rest,
a vertical frame portion that is coupled to a rear end part of the elbow rest frame portion,
a lower frame portion that is arranged under the elbow rest frame portion, the vertical frame portion being coupled to a rear end part of the lower frame portion, and
a middle frame portion that is positioned between the elbow rest frame portion and the lower frame portion, the vertical frame portion being coupled to a rear end of the middle frame portion; and
an accommodation pocket that is arranged above the front part of one of the driving wheels as viewed in side view, and is at least partially positioned on an exterior side relative to the elbow rest frame portion as viewed in front view, and
grip rings that are arranged on exterior surfaces of the driving wheels,
wherein the whole accommodation pocket is arranged between the elbow rest frame portion and the middle frame portion, and
wherein the accommodation pocket has an exterior-side plate, which is a plate-shaped material and defines the exterior side of the accommodation pocket, and the exterior-side plate is arranged on the interior side relative to the grip ring.

US Pat. No. 10,363,178

MOTOR VEHICLE WITH A MOBILE VEHICLE SEAT

FORD MOTOR COMPANY, Dear...

1. A motor vehicle having a mobile vehicle seat, the mobile vehicle seat comprising:a frame that forms a seating surface and a backrest;
an energy source arranged in the frame;
a drive motor arranged in the frame and connected to the energy source;
a control device to control the drive motor;
a first coupling arranged on the frame that releasably fixes the frame to the motor vehicle;
a second coupling corresponding to the first coupling seating surface arranged on an inside of a vehicle door that is mounted pivotably on a vehicle superstructure, wherein the second coupling releasably engages with the first coupling of the frame of the seating surface;
two wheels arranged on an axle and in drive connection with the drive motor provided on the frame, wherein the control device is configured to dynamically balance a vehicle seat using the two wheels during driving operation.

US Pat. No. 10,363,177

FOLDING STRETCHER

FIBRELIGHT DEVELOPMENTS L...

1. A rescue device comprising:at least two collapsible columns defining a core section structured to support a subject to lie on the core section during use, with each collapsible column lying adjacent at least one other column; and
a plurality of links, wherein
each respective collapsible column of the at least two collapsible columns comprises:
a plurality of rods;
at least one connector; and
a plurality of sleeves;
wherein:
each rod is located within at least one of the respective sleeves;
the plurality of rods are connectable in series by the at least one connector to form the respective collapsible column of the at least two collapsible columns; and
each sleeve is connected to at least one other sleeve by attachment to at least one of the links, the links being arranged substantially perpendicularly to the at least two collapsible columns and being flexible, at least some of the links comprising an extension strap that extends out from a side of the core section and being attached to quick release buckles to enable the subject to be carried to be secured into the rescue device during use;
the rescue device further comprises handles to lift the rescue device, the handles formed either by ends of the links or by extension straps being secured between two of the links to form a loop configured to be grasped;
wherein the device further comprises at least one biaser attached to at least one end of the respective collapsible column and passing through a lumen of the respective collapsible column, and
wherein an end of the at least one biaser is restrained adjacent to or around a stopper, such that the stopper is prevented from being drawn into the lumen of the respective collapsible column and is structured to prevent an entirety of the at least one biaser from being drawn into the lumen of the respective collapsible column.

US Pat. No. 10,363,169

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TREATING AN EYE

TEL HASHOMER MEDICAL RESE...

1. A method, comprising:providing a system that comprises a laser source and a hardware-implemented beam-shaping device comprising one or more optical elements;
generating electromagnetic radiation by the laser source; and
irradiating one or more regions of a trabecular meshwork of an eye with the electromagnetic radiation generated by the laser source, by directing the electromagnetic radiation using the beam-shaping device through an entire thickness of a scleral limbus of the eye without any contact with the eye.

US Pat. No. 10,363,168

OCULAR IMPLANTS FOR DELIVERY INTO THE EYE

IVANTIS, INC., Irvine, C...

1. A method of deploying at least a distal portion of an ocular implant into Schlemm's canal of an eye, the ocular implant comprising a plurality of curved supports, each support comprising a first end extending from a first location on a first side of the ocular implant and a second end extending from a second location on a second side of the ocular implant, the second location being proximal to the first location, so that each support forms a portion of a helix and the plurality of curved supports collectively forms a helix, the eye having a cornea defining an anterior chamber and an iris defining a pupil, the method comprising:advancing a distal portion of a cannula through the cornea so that a curved portion of the cannula is at least partially disposed in the anterior chamber of the eye;
advancing a distal tip of the cannula through trabecular meshwork of the eye so that a distal opening of the cannula is placed in fluid communication with Schlemm's canal;
advancing the ocular implant through the curved portion of the cannula;
rotating the ocular implant as at least a distal portion of the ocular implant is advanced through the distal opening and into Schlemm's canal; andusing the curved supports to advance the ocular implant into Schlemm's canal as the ocular implant is rotated.

US Pat. No. 10,363,163

INJECTOR APPARATUS

EYEPOINT PHARMACEUTICALS,...

1. An injector device, comprising:a housing;
a cannula defining a lumen and having a proximal end received in the housing and a distal end extending from the housing; wherein the cannula further comprises an aperture that is located in a wall of the cannula between the proximal end of the cannula and the distal end of the cannula;
a hollow needle comprising a distal end with a tip for piercing a tissue;
a shifter that shifts the needle from an extended position to a retracted position; and
an actuator for advancing a payload from an initial position to exit from the distal end of the cannula,
wherein the device is configured so that, in the extended position, the needle extends through the aperture and occupies at least part of the lumen of the cannula, and the distal end of the needle extends past the distal end of the cannula;
wherein, when the needle is shifted from the extended position to the retracted position, the tip of the needle exits the lumen of the cannula through the aperture, and
wherein, in the retracted position, the distal end of the needle is withdrawn from the lumen of the cannula sufficiently to permit the payload to advance from the initial position through the distal end of the cannula.

US Pat. No. 10,363,162

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING PATIENT TEMPERATURE

ADVANCED COOLING THERAPY,...

1. A method for cooling esophageal tissue in a patient undergoing a cardiac ablation procedure, the method comprising:nasally or orally inserting a heat transfer device into the patient, wherein the heat transfer device comprises one or more lumens providing a fluid path for flow of a heat transfer medium, a heat transfer region having a diameter of about 1.0 to about 2.0 centimeters, and a gastric tube that, when the heat transfer region is positioned in an esophagus of the patient, extends into a stomach of the patient; and
initiating flow of the heat transfer medium along the fluid path.

US Pat. No. 10,363,161

SLEEP APNEA ORAL APPLIANCE FOR USE DURING ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT

SELANE PRODUCTS, INC., C...

1. A method for accomplishing an orthodontic treatment while treating snoring and/or sleep apnea in a subject, comprising:applying a first orthodontic tray to maxillary dentition of a subject, wherein the first orthodontic tray has an anterior portion, a posterior portion, a right side, a left side, an inner surface, and an outer surface, wherein the inner surface of the first orthodontic tray contacts at least some of the subject's maxillary dentition;
applying a second orthodontic tray to mandibular dentition of the subject, wherein the second orthodontic tray has an anterior portion, a posterior portion, a right side, a left side, an inner surface, and an outer surface, wherein the inner surface of the second orthodontic tray contacts at least some of the subject's mandibular dentition;
applying a first appliance tray over the first orthodontic tray, the first appliance tray having an anterior portion, a posterior portion, a right side, a left side, a buccal side, a lingual side, an inner surface, and an outer surface, wherein a receptacle formed in the inner surface of the first appliance tray contacts and surrounds at least a portion of the outer surface of the first orthodontic appliance; and
applying a second appliance tray over the second orthodontic tray, the second appliance tray having an anterior portion, a posterior portion, a right side, a left side, a buccal side, a lingual side, an inner surface, and an outer surface, wherein a receptacle formed in the inner surface of the second appliance tray contacts and surrounds at least a portion of the outer surface of the second orthodontic appliance,
wherein the first appliance tray and second appliance tray cooperate to maintain the mandible of the subject in a relatively forward position during use, thereby treating snoring and/or sleep apnea in the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,363,160

MANDIBULAR REPOSITIONING DEVICE

ResMed SAS, Saint Priest...

1. An intra-oral device designed to fit in a patient's mouth, comprising:an upper splint, structured to engage with at least a portion of one or more teeth on the maxilla, wherein the upper splint includes at least one upper gutter portion, that engages with a portion of one or more teeth on the maxilla, to retain the upper splint on the maxilla; and
a lower splint, structured to engage with at least a portion of one or more teeth on the mandible, wherein the lower splint include at least one lower gutter portion, that engages with a portion of one or more teeth on the mandible, to retain the lower splint on the mandible,
wherein:
the thickness of at least one of the at least one upper gutter portion and the at least one lower gutter portion varies across a profile of the teeth,
at least one of the at least one upper gutter portion and the at least one lower gutter portion has a retention portion with a varied thickness profile, and
the retention portion has an inside surface shaped and dimensioned to engage a side wall of the tooth, the inside surface including an undercut portion adapted to hold the device on the tooth, the undercut portion having a length that is adapted to extend from an apex of the tooth to a sub-apex position adjacent the apex and oriented towards the gingival part of the patient's tooth, the inside surface having a shape adapted to engage the tooth side wall continuously from substantially a distal end of the tooth side wall, continuing through the apex, and to the sub-apex position, wherein (a) the inside surface is configured to diverge away and be spaced from the tooth side wall at a position of the side wall between the sub-apex position and the gingival part of the patient's tooth, and (b) the retention portion has a distal end configured to diverge away and be spaced from the patient's gum.

US Pat. No. 10,363,155

STENT GRAFT

JOTEC GMBH, Hechingen (D...

1. A stent graft comprising:a hollow cylindrical body and
a sleeve catheter,
wherein the body has at least one self-expanding stent and a prosthetic material, wherein the body, in a compressed state, has a circumference that is smaller than a circumference of the body in an expanded state,
wherein the sleeve catheter is designed as a flap-shaped compression element having two longitudinal edges, a first longitudinal edge and a second longitudinal edge,
wherein the first longitudinal edge is fixedly secured bar stitching the first longitudinal edge to the prosthetic material of the body,
wherein an extent of the flap-shaped compression element perpendicular to the first longitudinal edge is smaller than the circumference of the body in the expanded state, wherein, for the purpose of compressing the body, the flap-shaped compression element can be placed around the body, and wherein the second longitudinal edge is not attached to the prosthesis material of the body and is releasably attachable to fixation points arranged on the flap-shaped compression element.

US Pat. No. 10,363,151

DEVICE FOR ENDOVASCULAR AORTIC REPAIR AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

Aortic Innovations, LLC, ...

1. A vascular prosthesis assembly comprising:a first prosthetic component comprising:
a first stent device having a wireframe assembly, the wireframe assembly defining a top portion that spans but does not extend into, the brachiocephalic artery, left common carotid artery, and left subclavian artery when placed within the aortic arch of a patient;
a prosthesis portion on an end of the first prosthetic device, the prosthesis portion being a covered graft material and configured to engage with a first portion of the aortic arch;
a second prosthetic component comprising:
a prosthesis portion configured for being stitchably engaged with the prosthesis portion of the first prosthetic device, wherein the prosthesis portion of the second prosthetic device is configured for engaging a second portion of the aorta, wherein the second portion is spaced-apart from the first portion and configured for engaging with a valve of the patient or prosthetic valve element;
wherein the first prosthetic component is placed into engagement with the first portion of a patient's aorta and the second prosthetic component is then secured to the first prosthetic component at the second portion of the patient's aorta to thereby define a total length of the combined first and second prosthetic components.

US Pat. No. 10,363,150

PROSTHETIC DEVICE WITH A ROTATABLE PYRAMID AND LATERAL TRAVEL LIMIT

American Prosthetic Compo...

1. A device comprising:a first member with a bar and a central hole, said central hole receiving a limiter;
a second member having a ring with a diameter; and
a third member with a channel and a tapered hole, said bar being laterally movably received within said channel and said second member being received within said tapered hole, said third member being laterally adjustable relative to said first member by a distance that is no greater than said diameter of said ring as said limiter contacts said ring at outer travel limits preventing additional lateral travel of said bar relative to said channel.

US Pat. No. 10,363,144

EXPANDABLE SPINAL IMPLANT

41MEDICAL AG, Bettlach (...

1. An expandable spinal implant assembly for insertion between two adjacent vertebral bodies, comprising:a) a substantially hollow first body with a first superior endplate with a first top inside face and a first inferior endplate with a first bottom inside face, said first superior endplate and said first inferior endplate being connected together on at least one side by a lateral wall;
b) at least one strut being arranged within said first body and connecting the first top inside face of said superior endplate with the first bottom inside face of said inferior endplate, said strut comprising a first threaded through bore with a central axis;
c) a substantially hollow second body with a second superior endplate and a second inferior endplate, said second body being at least partially inserted within said first body;
d) a central screw with a first end comprising a ball-head and a drive, said central screw further having a threaded shaft which is engaged within said first threaded through bore,
wherein
at least one track is arranged on a second top inside face of said second superior endplate and/or on a second bottom inside face of said second inferior endplate, said at least one track being oriented at an acute angle relative to the central axis of said first threaded through bore when said substantially hollow second body is at least partially inserted into said substantially hollow first body and wherein said ball-head of said central screw is engaged into said at least one track.

US Pat. No. 10,363,141

ARTIFICIAL DISC

AXIOMED, LLC, Malden, MA...

1. An artificial disc to replace a damaged spinal disc in a spinal column, said artificial disc comprising:a first plate having an outer side engagable with a first vertebra of the spinal column and an inner side,
a second plate having an outer side engagable with a second vertebra of the spinal column and an inner side, and
a resilient core disposed between said first and second plates, said resilient core being fixedly bonded to said inner sides of said first and second plates by molding the resilient core to the first and second plates,
said inner side of at least one of said first and second plates having an array of recesses which includes a plurality of recesses into which said resilient core is molded and extends,
wherein each one of said recesses comprises a bottom portion having a polygonal configuration and being configured to be filled with and comprising molded resilient core material,
wherein said plurality of recesses are integrally formed in the entire inner side of said at least one plate of said first and second plates and wherein each one of said recesses of said plurality of recesses has surfaces which are integrally formed as one piece with said at least one plate of said first and second plates,
wherein the resilient core comprises a material that is configured to flow into each of one said recesses by heating and softening the material, and
wherein the second plate comprises a peripheral flange that restricts transverse or sideways deflection of the resilient core.

US Pat. No. 10,363,133

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ENGAGING A VALVE PROSTHESIS WITH TISSUE

Neovac Tiara Inc., Richm...

1. A system for deploying a prosthetic valve, said system comprising:a prosthetic cardiac valve comprising an atrial skirt, a ventricular skirt, and a tab coupled to the ventricular skirt; and
a delivery system comprising an outer sheath and pusher element, wherein the prosthetic cardiac valve is carried by the delivery system and the pusher element is slidably disposed under the outer sheath,
wherein partial retraction of the outer sheath releases a constraint from the atrial skirt and the ventricular skirt thereby allowing self-expansion thereof, and
wherein further retraction of the outer sheath releases a constraint from the tab thereby allowing a tip of the tab to radially self-expand outward forming a window between an edge of the atrial skirt and the tip of the tab, and
wherein a base portion of the tab remains constrained by the outer sheath and actuation of the pusher element into engagement with the base portion actuates the tip of the tab to open the window to its maximum size, and
wherein further retraction of the outer sheath or further actuation of the pusher element removes the constraint from the base portion of the tab, thereby at least partially closing the window.

US Pat. No. 10,363,129

VARIABLE STRENGTH INTRAOCULAR LENS AND METHOD OF USING SAME

Mag Optics, London (GB)

1. A variable optical strength intraocular lens comprising:a lens complex comprising:
an anterior segment comprising an anterior lens,
a posterior segment comprising a posterior lens portion and a haptic plate portion, wherein the haptic plate portion surrounds an optical zone, and
at least one spring in contact with the anterior segment and the posterior segment to provide a separation distance between the anterior lens and the posterior lens portion, and
at least one spring comprises one, two, three, four, or more than four springs having a C-shaped cross-section; and
a ciliary haptic complex comprising:
a central ring,
a first pair of ciliary muscle haptics extending outwardly from the central ring, and
a second pair of ciliary muscle haptics extending outwardly from the central ring wherein upon insertion into an eye, the central ring is in contact with an inferior side of the anterior lens and the first pair of ciliary muscle haptics and the second pair of ciliary muscle haptics are in communication with ciliary muscle of the eye and wherein contraction of the ciliary muscle causes the separation distance between the anterior lens and the posterior lens to increase.

US Pat. No. 10,363,124

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR FORMING FIBROUS TUBES

HUMACYTE, INC., Durham, ...

1. A system for forming tubular scaffolds for tissue engineering, comprising:a mandrel with an outer circumference configured to receive a strip of scaffolding material wound there around;
at least one first structure configured with at least one first recess configured to receive at least a first portion of the circumference of the mandrel with the wound scaffolding material;
at least one second structure configured with at least one second recess configured to receive at least a second portion of the circumference of the mandrel with the wound scaffolding material;
at least one channel provided along a length of the second structure and arranged between the internal surface of the second recess and an external surface of the second structure,
wherein
the at least one first structure and the at least one second structure are configured for mated arrangement such that upon mating the circumference of the mandrel having the strip of scaffolding material wound there around is substantially encompassed by the first and second recesses,
the strip of scaffolding material wound around the circumference of the mandrel such that a first lengthwise edge of the strip is aligned immediately adjacent to a second lengthwise edge of the strip to form a tubular structure,
the two adjacently positioned lengthwise edges forming a lengthwise boundary, the lengthwise boundary being arranged adjacent the channel;
and
at least one needle arranged adjacent the channel and configured for insertion through the channel to tangentially puncture the tubular structure proximate to and along the lengthwise boundary from at least one side of the lengthwise boundary such that a portion of one or more fibers from the strip near at least one of the lengthwise edges traverses the lengthwise boundary and intertwines with one or more fibers from the strip near the other lengthwise edge thereby forming a seam.

US Pat. No. 10,363,123

DISTAL PROTECTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS WITH PRESSURE AND ULTRASOUND FEATURES

VOLCANO CORPORATION, San...

1. A system for providing embolic protection, the system comprising:a guidewire having a proximal end, a distal end, and a first pressure sensor disposed between the proximal end and the distal end of the guidewire;
a first sheath having a proximal end, a distal end, and a first sheath lumen, and a port between the proximal end and the distal end of the first sheath, wherein the port is in fluid communication with the first sheath lumen, the first sheath lumen configured to receive the guidewire;
a first distal protection filter attached to a distal portion of the first sheath;
a second sheath having a proximal end, a distal end and a second sheath lumen, the first sheath disposed within the second sheath lumen;
a second distal protection filter attached to a distal portion of the second sheath; and
an outer sheath disposed over both the first sheath and the second sheath,
whereupon being in a pre-deployed configuration, the first pressure sensor is axially disposed proximally of the first distal protection filter and the second distal protection filter, and whereupon being in a deployed configuration, the first pressure sensor is axially disposed between the first distal protection filter and the second distal protection filter and axially aligned with the port.

US Pat. No. 10,363,120

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR CLEANING TEETH AND ROOT CANALS

SONENDO, INC., Laguna Hi...

1. An apparatus for treating a tooth, the apparatus comprising:a chamber having an access port which places the chamber in fluid communication with a treatment region of the tooth when the chamber is coupled to the tooth, the access port having a central axis;
a fluid motion generator being arranged to generate rotational fluid motion in the chamber; and
a suction port having a distal-most plane exposed to the chamber on a side of the chamber opposite of the access port, and being disposed relative to the access port such that the central axis of the access port passes through the suction port.

US Pat. No. 10,363,119

DENTAL PROSTHESIS MANUFACTURING AIDS

Geodigm Corporation, Cha...

1. A jig for aiding in manufacturing a dental prosthesis to be mounted to a preparation site having at least a first adjacent dental structure within a mouth of a patient, the jig comprising:(a) a tooth preparation die including a first keying arrangement and a tapered top surface, wherein the first keying arrangement projects downwardly opposite the tapered top surface;
(b) a base including a seating region having a second keying arrangement that is structurally configured to fit with the first keying arrangement of the tooth preparation die such that the base is structurally configured to securely hold the dental prosthesis, the tooth preparation die representing the preparation site;
(c) a first side member configured to mount to a first side of the base, the first side member having a surface representing a side of the first adjacent dental structure within a mouth of a patient, wherein the first side member represents only a portion of the first adjacent dental structure within a mouth of a patient;
(d) a second side member configured to mount to a second side of the base; and
(e) a cover member configured to mount above the base.

US Pat. No. 10,363,118

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR GENERATING COLOR IMAGES

Align Technology, Inc., ...

1. A system for generating focused color image data of an object, the system comprising:a polychromatic light source that produces light comprising a first range of wavelengths, a second range of wavelengths, and a third range of wavelengths;
an optics system optically coupled to the polychromatic light source and operable to focus each of the first, second, and third ranges of wavelengths to a corresponding plurality of respective focal lengths;
a detector configured to collect color intensity data for each of the first, second, and third ranges of wavelengths at each corresponding plurality of respective focal lengths, the detector comprising first pixels sensitive to the first range of wavelength, second pixels sensitive to the second range of wavelengths, and third pixels sensitive to the third range of wavelengths; and
a processor configured to, for a location in the color intensity data:
determine, for each of the first, second, and third ranges of wavelengths, a focal length for which the respective range of wavelengths is focused relative to an object at the location in the color intensity data; and
combine the color intensity data for each of the first, second, and third ranges of wavelengths at the determined focal length, thereby generating focused color image data for the location in the color intensity data.

US Pat. No. 10,363,116

DIRECT FABRICATION OF POWER ARMS

Align Technology, Inc., ...

1. An appliance for placement on teeth of a patient, the appliance comprising:a plurality of power arms comprising a first power arm having a first connection point for connecting to a shell or tooth and a second power arm having a second connection point for connecting to a shell or tooth;
a connecting structure coupled to the first and second power arms to apply a first force to each of the first and second power arms; and
a counter-force connector coupled to the first power arm and extending toward the second power arm to apply a second force to each of the first and second power arms opposing the first force when engaging the second power arm,
wherein the connecting structure and the counter-force connector are coupled to the first power arm at respective locations separate from the first connection point, the connecting structure is coupled to the second power arm at a location separate from the second connection point, and the counter-force connector, when engaging the second power arm, contacts the second power arm at a location separate from the second connection point.

US Pat. No. 10,363,112

SKIN TEAR KIT, INSTRUCTIONAL LABELING SYSTEM, AND METHODS THEREFOR

Medline Industries, Inc.,...

1. A medical assembly, comprising:a package comprising a housing and a peelable lid having a major face; and
one or more medical implements for treating a wound, arranged in a stacked configuration within the package;
the peelable lid comprising:
an identification of a wound type the one or more medical implements are designed to treat;
a description of the wound type; and
printed instructions defining one or more steps instructing when to use each medical implement within the package to treat the wound.

US Pat. No. 10,363,111

PHACOEMULSIFICATION SURGICAL MULTI-USE PACK USAGE TRACKER SYSTEM

1. A reusable cassette sensing apparatus, configured to be part of a surgical device, comprising:a film configured to indicate a maximum number of uses of the surgical device;
a tracking system comprising an implement, at least one sensor and a processor, wherein the implement is configured to irreversibly modify the film, and wherein the at least one sensor is configured to sense the maximum number of uses from the film, and, prior to a use of the surgical device, the processor is configured to determine if the maximum number of uses has been reached based at least on a number of irreversible modifications of the film, by the implement.

US Pat. No. 10,363,110

SURGICAL DRAPE WITH SEPARABLE ELEMENTS

Creative Surgical Solutio...

1. A surgical drape to temporarily cover a surgical table while maintaining a sterile field during a sterile surgical procedure to lower a risk of infection, comprising:a drape having a generally rectangular shape and an area defined by a predetermined length and a predetermined width, the drape having an upper portion and an under-table wrapping element;
a selectively separable portion on the upper portion and extending an entirety of the predetermined length of the drape, said selectively separable portion having a single pleat extending the entirety of the predetermined length of the drape, said selectively separable portion having a single longitudinal serrated tear line disposed below the single pleat, said selectively separable portion adapted to be positioned on top of the surgical table to maintain a sterile field;
said selectively separable portion having a closed position and an unclosed position, wherein the single pleat covers said single longitudinal serrated tear line when in said closed position; and wherein the single pleat is adapted to be opened when said selectively separable portion is in said unclosed position to allow said drape to be separated along said single longitudinal serrated tear line, so that longitudinal effaced lateral sides of said drape separate and fall away from respective sides of the surgical table in a sterile fashion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,108

SURGICAL DRAPE WITH SEPARABLE ELEMENTS

Creative Surgical Solutio...

1. A surgical drape to temporarily cover a surgical table while maintaining a sterile field during a surgical procedure to lower a risk of infection, comprising:a drape having a generally rectangular shape and an area defined by a predetermined length and a predetermined width, the drape having an upper portion and an under-table wrapping element;
a selectively separable portion on the upper portion and extending along a substantial portion of the predetermined length of the drape, the selectively separable portion having a pleat extending the entirety of the predetermined length of the drape, the selectively separable portion having a single longitudinal score line disposed below the pleat, said selectively separable portion adapted to be positioned on top of the surgical table;
said pleat having a closed position and an unclosed position wherein said pleat covers said single longitudinal score line when in said closed position; and wherein said pleat is adapted to be opened when said pleat is in said unclosed position to allow said drape to be separated along said single longitudinal score line, so that longitudinal effaced lateral sides of said drape separate and fall away from respective sides of the surgical table in a sterile fashion;
wherein the single longitudinal score line comprises a serration; and
wherein at least a portion of the drape is substantially transmissive to a radiographic signal.

US Pat. No. 10,363,102

INTEGRATED SURGERY METHOD

MAKO Surgical Corp., For...

1. A method for conducting a medical procedure in an operating room, comprising:defining a predetermined operational plan comprising a plurality of positions of a procedure object over time;
assigning a desired time milestone within the procedure for each position of the object in the predetermined operational plan;
using a first camera-based 3-D motion sensor mounted in a known position and orientation in a global coordinate system of the operating room to generate signals related to a 3-D position of the procedure object in the operating room relative to the first camera-based 3-D motion sensor;
automatically monitoring progress of the medical procedure based at least in part upon one or more positions of the procedure object over time, the one or more positions based at least in part upon the signals from the first camera-based 3-D motion sensor;
comparing the one or more positions of the procedure object over time with the desired time milestone within the procedure for each position of the object in the predetermined operational plan;
recording data relating to an actual time for each position of the object in the predetermined operational plan compared with the desired time milestone; and
using the data during or after the procedure to provide a recommendation for a change to a future predetermined operational plan.

US Pat. No. 10,363,097

ABLATION SYSTEM HAVING MULTIPLE ENERGY SOURCES

COVIDEN LP, Mansfield, M...

1. An ablation system comprising:a generator including a first energy source configured to supply a first type of energy to tissue, a second energy source configured to supply a second type of energy to tissue different from the first type of energy, a power source configured to power the first and second energy sources, and a user interface;
a switch coupled to the generator; and
a cable coupled to the generator, the cable configured to transmit the first type of energy to tissue and to transmit the second type of energy to tissue,
wherein the switch allows the first type of energy and the second type of energy to flow through the cable simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 10,363,094

FLEXIBLE MICROWAVE CATHETERS FOR NATURAL OR ARTIFICIAL LUMENS

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A method for forming a resonating structure within a body lumen, the method comprising:advancing a flexible microwave catheter into a body lumen of a patient, the flexible microwave catheter including:
an outer sheath;
a radiating portion disposed within the outer sheath at a distal end of the flexible microwave catheter; and
a centering device proximate the radiating portion in a confined condition within the outer sheath;
positioning the radiating portion near targeted tissue;
distally advancing the centering device relative to the outer sheath while the outer sheath is in a fixed position along a longitudinal axis of the flexible microwave catheter, wherein distally advancing the centering device causes deployment of the centering device radially outward from the confined condition within the outer sheath to an unconfined condition distal the outer sheath within the body lumen, such that the radiating portion is at a radial center of the body lumen and a longitudinal axis of the radiating portion is substantially parallel with and at a fixed distance from a longitudinal axis of the body lumen near the targeted tissue; and
delivering microwave energy to the radiating portion such that a circumferentially balanced resonating structure is formed with the body lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,363,090

CATHETER WITH FLOW DIVERTER AND FORCE SENSOR

Biosense Webster (Israel)...

1. A probe, comprising:an insertion tube;
a distal electrode;
a proximal electrode;
a force sensor between the insertion tube and the distal electrode, the force sensor having a coupling member with a proximal portion with a central space and a proximal opening with a longitudinal-slot having a u-shaped edge, the force sensor configured to measure a force on the distal electrode;
a diverter having an outer surface with a curvature generally corresponding to an outer curvature of the coupling member, the diverter having an indent formation extending around a peripheral edge of the outer surface of the diverter with the peripheral edge of the diverter having a rounded distal portion such that the diverter is positioned in the longitudinal slot with the rounded distal portion of the diverter corresponding with the u-shaped edge of the slot, the diverter having a proximal entry opening and a distal exit opening, the diverter having a fluid passage with a radial branch and an axial branch; and
a first tubing extending from a proximal end of the insertion tube to the proximal entry opening of the diverter, the first tubing configured to supply irrigation fluid to the fluid passage,
wherein the proximal electrode is mounted on the proximal portion of the force sensor, and is positioned over the distal exit opening.

US Pat. No. 10,363,087

TISSUE RESECTION DEVICE

Apollo Endosurgery US, In...

1. An apparatus for resecting a target area of mucosal tissue comprising:an elongate member having proximal and distal sections wherein said distal section includes first and second guides, each a separate tube and each having a proximal end, a distal end, and a longitudinally extending slot along said guide and ending proximal of said distal end, at least one of said distal ends of said first and second guides having an outward bias relative to the other of said distal ends, and said slots defining a path; and
a resection member having first and second proximal ends and a distal end wherein said first and second proximal ends extend within interiors of said first and second guides, respectively, and said distal end extends between said first and second guides of said elongate member such that said distal end of said resection member may traverse said path defined by said slots of said first and second guides,
wherein distal advancement of said first and second proximal ends of said resection member within said first and second guides causes at least one of said first and second guides to be moved against said outward bias and be brought closer to the other of said first and second guides.

US Pat. No. 10,363,086

POWER MONITORING CIRCUITRY AND METHOD FOR REDUCING LEAKAGE CURRENT IN RF GENERATORS

Medtronic Advanced Energy...

1. An electrosurgical unit comprising:a power source configured to produce direct current;
a radiofrequency (RF) waveform generator configured to convert the direct current (DC) into an RF signal;
a voltage sensor configured to measure a DC input voltage to the RF waveform generator;
a current sensor configured to measure an output alternating current (AC) current feedback; and
a processor configured to:
estimate output AC voltage feedback based at least upon the measured DC input voltage and the measured output AC current feedback, the estimated output AC voltage feedback is not based at least in part on measurement of the output AC voltage feedback; and
output a control signal to control the DC input voltage to the RF waveform generator, the control signal based at least upon the estimated output AC voltage feedback.

US Pat. No. 10,363,085

SURGICAL CUTTING DEVICE

Fulmer Instruments, LLC, ...

1. A surgical apparatus, comprising:an enclosure and a blade extending from said enclosure, said blade with an edge for contacting tissue of a patient, said enclosure containing:
a differential amplifier circuit configured to provide an RF signal having a voltage and a current to the blade at a certain frequency and waveform;
an output monitor feedback circuit that monitors frequency and amplitude data from the differential amplifier circuit associated with said RF signal;
a return monitor feedback circuit that monitors frequency and amplitude data from the tissue associated with said RF signal; and
a microprocessor that receives the frequency and amplitude data from the output monitor and from the return monitor and adjusts at least one of the voltage, frequency and waveform of said RF signal provided by the differential amplifier.

US Pat. No. 10,363,082

ELECTROSURGICAL DEVICE

TTUMED LLC, Minneapolis,...

1. An electrosurgical apparatus for removal of tissue from a patient, the electrosurgical apparatus comprising: an electrosurgical generator; an electrode assembly; a cable having a proximal end connected to the electrosurgical generator and a distal end connected to the electrode assembly; a user-apparatus interface in communication with the electrosurgical generator and the electrode assembly; the electrode assembly including: a first electrode having a proximal end and a distal end; a second electrode at least partially disposed proximate to the distal end of the first electrode; and a third electrode at least partially disposed proximate to the proximal end of the first electrode; the first electrode having a smaller surface area than the combined surface areas of the second electrode and third electrode; wherein the electrosurgical apparatus comprises a means configured such that the user-apparatus interface provides for operation of the electrode assembly in a first mode wherein the first electrode is configured as an active electrode for the removal of tissue and the second and third electrodes comprise a combined passive electrode, such that the tissue removal occurs primarily in proximity to the first electrode and the tissue removal occurs through vaporization by formation of a plasma.

US Pat. No. 10,363,081

APPARATUS, PROBE AND METHOD FOR A CRYOGENIC SYSTEM

NITRO MEDICAL LIMITED, S...

1. An apparatus for cryosurgery comprising;a probe comprising a dispersive medium, a thermally conductive tapered probe tip, and a supply line, wherein the dispersive medium extends about and outwardly from the supply line to the thermally conductive tapered probe tip, and is in thermal communication with the thermally conductive tapered probe tip about the supply line, so as to generate, in use, an ice ball about the periphery of the thermally conductive tapered probe tip, the supply line extending into the thermally conductive tapered probe tip;
an exhaust line configured to receive cryogen from the probe; and
a vacuum source configured to be in fluid communication with the exhaust line, and wherein the apparatus is configured such that, in use, cryogen is drawn from a cryogen source for delivery to the probe by the vacuum source.

US Pat. No. 10,363,080

SUBDERMAL CRYOGENIC REMODELING OF MUSCLES, NERVES, CONNECTIVE TISSUE, AND/OR ADIPOSE TISSUE (FAT)

Pacira CryoTech, Inc., P...

1. A method for cryogenically treating target tissue for alleviating spasticity of a skeletal muscle having an associated nerve, the method comprising:providing a cryogenic device having a tissue penetrating needle probe;
inserting a distal portion of the tissue penetrating needle probe through a skin surface so that the distal portion is positioned near the target tissue including the associated nerve;
directing cooling from the tissue penetrating needle probe to the target tissue and cooling the target tissue including the associated nerve below the skin surface with the distal portion of the tissue penetrating needle probe such that the spasticity of the skeletal muscle is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,363,079

ELECTROSURGICAL METHOD AND APPARATUS WITH VARYING STIFFNESS CAPTURE COMPONENTS

Medtronic Inc., Minneapo...

1. An electrosurgical apparatus for cutting and resecting a tissue volume, the apparatus comprising:one or more electrosurgical filaments; and
a plurality of capture components coupled, at leading edges of the components, to the one or more electrosurgical filaments to define a cutting plane, the plurality of capture components and one or more electrosurgical filaments being deployable by forward extension at or near a forward tip of an elongated shaft of the apparatus to form an elliptical path that defines, with the other capture components, a spheroidal receptacle configured to surround a tissue volume for resection,
wherein the elliptical path is formable by a first extension followed by a second extension, said first extension corresponding to a forward section of the plurality of capture components and having a first axial component and a radial expansion component, and said second extension corresponding to a middle section of the plurality of capture components and having a second axial component and a radial contraction component,
wherein at least one of the plurality of capture components is of varying stiffness, including i) a first stiffness corresponding to the first extension and ii) a second stiffness corresponding to the second extension, wherein the first stiffness is greater than the second stiffness.

US Pat. No. 10,363,077

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ESTABLISHING AN ANCHORAGE IN TISSUE

WOODWELDING AG, Stanssta...

1. A device for supplying to an operating site a material having thermoplastic properties and being liquefiable by mechanical vibration, the device comprising:a tube-shaped liquefiable part comprising the liquefiable material and having an inner cross section, an outer cross section, a distal end, and a proximal face,
a vibrating element, comprising a distal portion of a smaller cross section, a proximal portion of a larger cross section and a shoulder therebetween, a proximal end of the vibrating element being suitable for being coupled to a vibration source and the vibrating element being capable of transmitting vibration generated by the vibration source toward a distal end of the vibrating element, the distal portion of the vibrating element being configured to be releasably fixed to the liquefiable part, and
a perforated sheath having an inner sheath space with an inner region and an outer region being separated by a step therebetween, wherein a cross section of the inner region is substantially equal to the inner cross section of the liquefiable part and a cross section of the outer region is substantially equal to the outer cross section of the liquefiable part and wherein sheath perforations are located in the outer region of the inner sheath space;
wherein the distal portion of the vibrating element extends into the liquefiable part, and wherein the liquefiable part is releasably fixed to the distal portion of the vibrating element,
wherein the distal end of the liquefiable part is open, and
wherein vibrations are transmitted to the liquefiable part via the distal portion of the vibrating element,
wherein the device is equipped for delivering at least portions of the liquefiable material to the operation site when the vibrating element vibrates with the liquefiable part fixed to the distal portion of the vibrating element, and
wherein the liquefiable material flows through the perforations of the perforated sheath to the operation site.

US Pat. No. 10,363,073

BONE ANCHOR ASSEMBLIES AND RELATED INSTRUMENTATION

1. A head insertion instrument, comprising:a sleeve having opposed arms movable towards and away from one another to selectively couple the sleeve to a head of a bone anchor assembly;
a push rod disposed within the sleeve and configured to translate axially with respect to the sleeve, the push rod having a first bearing surface; and
a release element disposed within the sleeve and configured to translate axially with respect to the sleeve and the push rod, the release element including a second bearing surface and opposed arms aligned with the opposed arms of the sleeve;
wherein the instrument prevents separation of a head of a bone anchor assembly from the sleeve when the head is not fully seated on a bone anchor.

US Pat. No. 10,363,070

PIVOTAL BONE ANCHOR ASSEMBLIES WITH PRESSURE INSERTS AND SNAP ON ARTICULATING RETAINERS

Roger P. Jackson, Prairi...

1. A pivoting bone anchor assembly, comprising:a receiver defining a chamber communicating with a first channel, the first channel sized and shaped for receiving a portion of a longitudinal connecting member, the chamber communicating with a receiver bottom opening, the receiver chamber having a spherical seating surface adjacent the bottom opening and an upper expansion region, the first channel opening onto a top of the receiver;
a shank having a lower portion integral with an upper portion extending along a longitudinal axis, the upper portion including a circumferential capture recess with an external interface surface, the upper portion further including a first radiused surface above the recess and a second radiused surface below the recess;
an insert positioned within the receiver and configured to engage the shank upper portion; and
a resilient open retainer having an internal interface surface and a third radiused surface, the retainer being expandable over the first radiused surface and snapping into the shank capture recess within the upper expansion region of the receiver chamber, with the retainer internal interface surface frictionally engaging the shank external interface surface to maintain the retainer in an expanded state, when the shank upper portion is bottom loaded into the receiver chamber through the receiver bottom opening,
wherein the second radiused surface and the third radiused surface align to define a partially spherical bearing surface to pivotably engage the spherical seating surface when the retainer internal interface surface is frictionally engaged with the shank external interface surface, and
wherein both the insert and the retainer are top-loaded into the receiver before the shank upper portion is bottom-loaded into the receiver chamber through the bottom opening.

US Pat. No. 10,363,067

SKIN CARE METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND DEVICES

1. A device to facilitate skin care, the device comprising:a digital microscope;
a comedone extractor coupled with the digital microscope, wherein the comedone extractor includes a rigid wire loop;
a spacer coupled with the digital microscope, wherein the spacer comprises at least one aperture configured to facilitate the use of the comedone extractor; and
a compressible structure coupled with the spacer, wherein the compressible structure is configured to be positioned between the spacer and the digital microscope and wherein the compressible structure coupled with the spacer is configured to preclude the comedone extractor from contacting a portion of skin when the compressible structure is in an uncompressed state and to allow the comedone extractor to contact the portion of skin when the compressible structure is in a compressed state, wherein the comedone extractor extrudes a comedone from the portion of skin when the comedone extractor applies pressure to the portion of skin and the compressible structure includes a plurality of springs.

US Pat. No. 10,363,065

MEDICAL DEVICES AND METHODS FOR MANIPULATING BODILY TISSUES

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. A medical device, comprising:an elongate member having a shaft, a first end portion, and a second end portion, the shaft being disposed between the first end portion and the second end portion, the shaft having a curved portion, the second end portion having a width larger than a width of the shaft, the second end portion configured to be inserted into a vagina of a patient,
the second end portion having a first surface and a second surface disposed opposite the first surface, the first surface having a planar portion and a concave portion, the concave portion being recessed from the planar portion of the first surface, the second end portion having a cutout that exposes the concave portion, the concave portion extending to a terminal end of the elongate member,
the concave portion configured to engage a cervix or uterus when the medical device is placed within a body of a patient; and
a cover member, the cover member configured to be removably coupled to the concave portion, the cover member configured to fill the concave portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,064

APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING ACCESS TO A BODY CAVITY OF A LIVING ANIMAL FOR A MEDICAL PROCEDURE

Titan Medical Inc., Toro...

1. An apparatus for providing access to a body cavity of a living animal through an access port inserted in an incision made in a wall of the body cavity, the apparatus comprising:a cap configured to attach to the access port, the cap including an opening configured to permit insertion of a medical instrument through the cap and access port into the body cavity;
a tubular sleeve including a distal end sealingly connected at the opening and extending outwardly therefrom, the sleeve including a proximal end configured to receive and provide a seal with the medical instrument when received; and
a closure disposed to temporarily seal the sleeve prior to insertion of the medical instrument through the opening in the cap,
wherein the sleeve comprises a flexible material, and
wherein the closure comprises a releasable clamp disposed partway between the distal end and the proximal end and extending across the sleeve, and wherein the clamp is configured to engage and seal the sleeve to facilitate establishment of an insufflation pressure within the body cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,363,061

NOZZLE ASSEMBLIES FOR LIQUID JET SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS AND SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS FOR EMPLOYING THE NOZZLE ASSEMBLIES

HydroCision, Inc., Bille...

1. A surgical instrument comprising:a housing located at a distal end of the surgical instrument, the housing supporting a pressure lumen;
the pressure lumen including a distal end mounted in a groove on an exterior surface of the housing;
a nozzle positioned completely inside the distal end of the pressure lumen, the nozzle co-axial with the distal end of the pressure lumen and, in operation, co-axial with pressurized liquid flow passing through the nozzle, wherein the nozzle forms a tapered liquid flow passage with a diameter that continuously decreases along at least a portion of the liquid flow through the nozzle, and wherein the nozzle is formed as a torus with a flat surface and a curved opposite surface, the curved surface positioned upstream of the flat surface
an evacuation lumen attached to a proximal end of the housing, the evacuation lumen comprising an opening at a distal end of the evacuation lumen opposite the nozzle, the opening configured to receive at least a portion of the liquid flow, the opening at least partially extending past the exterior of the housing,
wherein the distal end of the pressure lumen extends beyond the distal end of the evacuation lumen such that, in operation, the received liquid flow is directed toward a proximal end of the surgical instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,363,060

ULTRASONIC SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH COOLING SYSTEM

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An ultrasonic surgical instrument, comprising:a handle assembly;
an outer tube extending distally from the handle assembly, the outer tube defining a first passage along a longitudinal axis;
a middle tube positioned along the longitudinal axis coaxial with the outer tube within the first passage, the middle tube defining a second passage;
a waveguide positioned along the longitudinal axis within the second passage of the middle tube;
a blade supported by a distal end of the waveguide and configured to oscillate with respect to the middle and outer tubes to ultrasonically treat tissue; and
a blade cooling system including a blade conduit extending at least partially through the blade, the blade conduit including:
a blade inlet defined in a proximal portion of the blade and disposed in fluid communication with the second passage to receive a fluid from the second passage;
a blade outlet defined in the proximal portion of the blade and in fluid communication with the first passage to expel the fluid into the first passage;
a first segment defined and extending distally within the blade from the blade inlet to a distal portion of the blade; and
a second segment defined within the blade and disposed in fluid communication with the first segment, and extending proximally from a distal portion of the blade to the blade outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,363,056

UNITARY ENDOSCOPIC VESSEL HARVESTING DEVICES

Saphena Medical, Inc., W...

1. A surgical device comprising:an elongated body having a proximal end and a distal end;
an inflatable tip disposed at the distal end of the elongated body;
one or more lumens in fluid communication with an inner cavity of the inflatable tip and into which an endoscope is advanced into the inner cavity for endoscopic viewing of a harvesting procedure performed by the surgical device; and
a cutting unit having a first cutting portion and a second cutting portion, the first cutting portion and the second cutting portion being moveable in a longitudinal direction relative to the elongated body to capture a blood vessel between the first cutting portion and the second cutting portion, and being rotatable relative to one another circumferentially about the inflatable tip to cut the captured blood vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,363,054

CLOT RETRIEVAL DEVICE FOR REMOVING OCCLUSIVE CLOT FROM A BLOOD VESSEL

Neuravi Limited, Galway ...

1. A clot retrieval device for removing an occlusive clot from a blood vessel comprising:a planar clot engaging element having a constrained delivery configuration and an expanded deployed configuration, the clot engaging element having a mesh between a plurality of longitudinally extending undulating edges, the clot engaging element comprising:
a first peripheral portion comprising a peak,
a second peripheral portion extended distally from the first peripheral portion, the second peripheral portion comprising a peak, and
a clot engaging section between the peaks of the first and second peripheral portions,
wherein, in the expanded configuration, the peaks of the peripheral portions are laterally spaced-apart and when under tension, configured to pinch the occlusive clot from the blood vessel between the peaks of the peripheral portions in the clot engaging section.

US Pat. No. 10,363,052

SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING AN ARTHROPLASTY PROCEDURE ON A PATIENT BONE

Howmedica Osteonics Corpo...

1. A system for use with an anchor and for performing an arthroplasty procedure on a patient bone having a surface feature, the bone having an axis associated with the bone, the axis identified in an analysis of the bone prior to using the jig assembly on the bone, the system comprising:a first component of a jig assembly comprising a mating surface and a guide hole, the mating surface being a surface negative of the surface feature of the patient bone, the mating surface configured to matingly engage the surface feature of the patient bone, the guide hole operably coupled to the mating surface of the positioning component and configured to guide the anchor into the patient bone when the mating surface matingly engages with the surface feature of the patient bone; and
a second component of the jig assembly comprising a resection guide surface configured to guide a planar resection of the patient bone that is in a pre-planned orientation relative to the axis, the second component configured to couple to the first component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,049

CRANIAL DRILL SYSTEM

RENISHAW PLC, Wotton-Und...

1. A kit comprising: a cranial drill system comprising:at least one surgical drill element configured to drill into a skull and to form an opening in the skull, the opening having a narrower diameter portion and a wider diameter portion; and
a spike configured to penetrate a dura, the spike dimensioned to be a close fit in the narrower diameter portion of the opening such that lateral translational movement of a section of the spike is limited when the section of the spike is located in the narrower diameter portion of the opening; and an implantable instrument configured to locate within the opening formed using the cranial drill system, the implantable instrument comprising a port, wherein the cranial drill system is arranged to form the opening having a profile corresponding to a profile of the port.

US Pat. No. 10,363,046

EXTREMITY TOURNIQUET WITH LOCKING BUCKLE

The Seaberg Company, Inc....

1. A buckle, comprising:(a) a frame having a base portion and a pair of opposite sides and defining an opening through the frame from one to the other of the opposite sides;
(b) a movable member disposed within the opening through the frame and movable between a first position with respect to the frame, in which the movable member shields an engagement member, and a second position with respect to the frame, in which at least a portion of the engagement member is exposed and extends proud of a surface of the movable member;
(c) a resiliently compressible member urging the movable member toward the first position; and
(d) a latch capable of overcoming the urging of the compressible member entirely without assistance, and arranged to be engaged automatically and thus to hold the movable member in the second position with respect to the frame, in response to the movable member moving into the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,045

ENDOSCOPIC SURGICAL CLIP APPLIER

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

11. An apparatus for application of surgical clips to body tissue, the apparatus comprising:a shaft assembly;
first and second jaw members extending from a distal end portion of the shaft assembly, the first and second jaw members movable between a spaced-apart position and an approximated position;
a drive channel positioned adjacent the first and second jaw members and configured to move the jaw members to the approximated position when the drive channel is in a distal position;
a wedge plate slidably supported in the shaft assembly, the wedge plate including a distal portion configured and dimensioned for placement between the first and second jaw members when the drive channel is in a proximal position and the first and second jaw members are in the spaced-apart position; and
a wedge plate rack mechanism supported in the shaft assembly, the wedge plate rack mechanism including,
a single gear making contact with each of the wedge plate and the drive channel such that a distal displacement of the drive channel is translated by the gear into a proximal displacement of the wedge plate and a proximal displacement of the drive channel is translated by the gear into a distal displacement of the wedge plate, wherein the proximal displacement of the wedge plate withdraws the distal portion of the wedge plate from between the first and second jaw members such that the first and second jaw members are capable of being moved to the approximated position to form a surgical clip therebetween and wherein the distal displacement of the wedge plate moves the distal portion of the wedge plate between the first and second jaw members such that the first and second jaw members are in the spaced-apart position,
wherein a portion of the single gear selectively contacts a portion of the drive channel.

US Pat. No. 10,363,043

TREATMENT OF INCOMPETENT VESSELS

ArtVentive Medical Group,...

1. An expandable device for delivery to a target location in a body vessel, comprising:a frame comprising a proximal loop, a distal loop, and first and second U-shaped link members, the first U-shaped link member having a first radius of curvature and the second U-shaped link member having a second radius of curvature, wherein the first and second radii of curvature have a common bend axis, the first U-shaped link member having a first proximal end obliquely coupled to the proximal loop at a first proximal location, the second U-shaped link member having a second proximal end obliquely coupled to the proximal loop at a second proximal location, the second proximal location being spaced apart from the first proximal location, and a second end coupled to the distal loop, the first U-shaped link member further having a first distal end obliquely coupled to the distal loop at a first distal location, the second U-shaped link member having a second distal end obliquely coupled to the distal loop at a second distal location, the second distal location being spaced apart from the first distal location, the proximal and distal loops being at opposite ends of a longitudinal axis, wherein in an expanded configuration, the first and second U-shaped link members (i) are symmetrical with each other about a first plane passing through the longitudinal axis and (ii) are each symmetrical about a second plane that is oriented perpendicular to the first plane;
wherein the frame is expandable from (1) a collapsed configuration in which the first and second U-shaped link members are generally straight and extend substantially parallel relative to the longitudinal axis, to (2) an expanded configuration, in moving to which (a) the first and second planes each rotate angularly, relative to the longitudinal axis, from the collapsed configuration by between about 10 degrees and about 170 degrees, and (b) the first and second radii of curvature decrease to cause the first and second U-shaped link members to foreshorten along the longitudinal axis to bias the proximal loop toward the distal loop; and
a cover member coupled to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,363,039

SURGICAL FASTENER APPLIERS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An end effector comprising:an outer tube defining a viewing window and a lockout window, the outer tube defining a first passageway therethrough;
a coil member disposed within the first passageway of the outer tube, the coil member defining a second passageway therethrough;
a plurality of fasteners disposed in the second passageway of the coil member, the plurality of fasteners configured to translate along the second passageway; and
an engagement member disposed proximal to the plurality of fasteners and at least partially visible through the viewing window of the outer tube, the engagement member configured to translate along the second passageway proximal to the plurality of fasteners to provide a count relative to the viewing window of the plurality of fasteners remaining in the end effector, the engagement member including:
a body portion; and
a biasing portion extending from the body portion, the biasing portion having a biasing arm, the biasing arm biased resiliently outward such that engagement of a free end of the biasing portion of the engagement member with the lockout window restricts further translation of the engagement member, wherein the biasing arm of the engagement member includes a first biasing arm and a second biasing arm and wherein the outer tube includes a pair of lockout windows configured to engage with the first and second biasing arms of the engagement member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,037

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT SYSTEM COMPRISING A MAGNETIC LOCKOUT

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical end effector system, comprising:a firing member comprising a cutting portion;
a staple cartridge assembly configured to be installed into said end effector system and fired by said firing member, said staple cartridge assembly comprising:
a plurality of staples;
a cartridge body comprising a slot, wherein said firing member is translatable within said slot;
an installed, ready-to-fire configuration; and
a false configuration; and
a lockout circuit system, comprising:
an electromagnet;
a severable circuit completion member electrically coupled to said electromagnet, wherein said severable circuit completion member is configured to be severed by said cutting portion, and wherein said staple cartridge assembly is in said false configuration when said severable circuit completion member is severed; and
a lockout member, comprising:
a locked position, wherein said lockout member is configured to prevent said firing member from firing said staple cartridge assembly when said lockout member is in said locked position; and
an unlocked position, wherein said lockout member is configured to permit said firing member to fire said staple cartridge assembly when said lockout member is in said unlocked position;
wherein said electromagnet is configured to release said lockout member into said locked position when said staple cartridge assembly is in said false configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,363,036

SURGICAL STAPLER HAVING FORCE-BASED MOTOR CONTROL

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical stapler, comprising:a firing drive system comprising:
a movable driving member;
a gear mechanically coupled with the movable driving member; and
a shaft connected to the gear;
a handle assembly comprising a housing and a bushing block surrounded by the housing, wherein the bushing block is configured to support the shaft;
an electric motor mechanically coupled to the firing drive system;
a battery electrically couplable to the electric motor; and
a control system electrically connected to the electric motor, wherein the control system comprises:
an H-bridge circuit; and
a sensor positioned on the bushing block, wherein the control system is configured to control the electric motor based on a force applied to the bushing block by the firing drive system.

US Pat. No. 10,363,035

STAPLER TOOL WITH ROTARY DRIVE LOCKOUT

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A lockout mechanism for use with a surgical stapler, comprising:a rotary drive member;
an engagement feature disposed on the rotary drive member; and
a lockout assembly having
a lockout body disposed about the rotary drive member,
a latch pivotally coupled to the lockout body about a pivot pin such that the latch pivots between engaged and disengaged positions, the latch and pivot pin being configured to translate linearly along the lockout body between proximal and distal positions, and
a latch retainer positioned between the lockout body and the engagement feature on the rotary drive member;
wherein the latch is configured to engage the latch retainer when the latch is in the proximal position and in the engaged position such that the latch retainer prevents movement of the latch to the distal position; and
wherein the latch is configured to engage the engagement feature on the rotary drive member when the latch is in the distal position and in the engaged position such that the latch prevents rotation of the rotary drive member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,031

TISSUE THICKNESS COMPENSATORS FOR SURGICAL STAPLERS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A circular surgical stapler, comprising:a stapler head, comprising:
a staple cartridge comprising at least one annular row of staples;
an anvil configured to be positioned opposite said staple cartridge;
an anvil shaft removably attachable to said stapler head; and
a tissue thickness compensator comprising an annular compressible biocompatible body configured to be supported on said anvil shaft between said staple cartridge and said anvil, wherein said annular compressible biocompatible body comprises at least one annular pocket, and wherein said at least one annular pocket comprises a healing agent released upon the firing of said staples.

US Pat. No. 10,363,029

NEEDLE FOR DELIVERY OF DERMAL FILLER THREADS

Allergan Holdings France ...

1. A needle for delivering a dermal filler, the needle comprising:a dermal filler thread;
a tubular body having a proximal portion, a distal portion, and a longitudinal axis;
a coupler in the proximal portion for attaching the dermal filler thread to the needle, the coupler comprising a plurality of segments extending along a longitudinal axis of the coupler, a plurality of slits aligned relative to one another and extending along the longitudinal axis of the coupler between the plurality of segments, a plurality of struts spaced apart and staggered along the longitudinal axis of the coupler, wherein each of the struts is connected to a pairing of the plurality of segments and extends across a slit of the plurality of slits; and
a trocar in the distal portion of the tubular body;
wherein the coupler in the proximal portion is attached to the dermal filler thread.

US Pat. No. 10,363,028

METHOD FOR COUPLING SOFT TISSUE TO A BONE

Biomet Sports Medicine, L...

1. A method for forming a flexible member for coupling tissue, the method comprising:forming a first loop of a self-locking construct of the flexible member by passing a second end of the construct through a first sleeve defined by the self-locking construct proximate to a first end of the self-locking construct;
forming a second loop of the self-locking construct of the flexible member by passing the second end of the self-locking construct through a second sleeve defined proximate to an end of a flexible tail, thereby coupling the self-locking construct to the tail, and then passing the second end through a third sleeve defined by the self-locking construct proximate to the first loop;
wherein the self-locking construct is configured such that passing the tail through the first loop so that the second loop extends into the first loop and forms a tissue capture region defined by the self-locking construct; and
wherein the flexible tail defines a locking member at the second sleeve that is configured to secure the second loop to the first loop.

US Pat. No. 10,363,027

SUTURE ASSEMBLY INCLUDING A SUTURE ATTACHED TO A LEADER

1. A suture assembly engageable with a needle of a tissue suturing tool, the suture assembly comprising:a leader including a band, a clasp extending from a distal edge of the band, and at least two prongs extending from a proximal edge of the band, where the band is curved to provide the leader with an exterior surface that defines an outermost perimeter of the leader and an interior surface opposite of the exterior surface; and
a suture, with the clasp crimped onto the suture such that the suture is captured within the outermost perimeter of the leader;
wherein each of the at least two prongs is formed to have:
a curved section that forms a proximal-most end of the leader, and
a prong end coupled to the curved section, where the prong end is located closer to band than the curved section that forms the proximal-most end of the leader;
wherein the suture is one of a resorbable tissue suture and a bioabsorbable tissue suture.

US Pat. No. 10,363,024

SYSTEM FOR MENISCAL REPAIR USING SUTURE IMPLANT CINCH CONSTRUCT

Arthrex, Inc., Naples, F...

1. A system for repairing tears in soft tissue, comprising:a first implant;
a second implant;
a flexible strand connecting the first implant and the second implant;
a sliding knot in the flexible strand that is adjustable for reducing a length of the flexible strand that is located between the first implant and the second implant; and
a delivery system for implanting the first implant and the second implant into the soft tissue, wherein the delivery system includes:
a handle;
an elongated shaft connected to the handle;
a trocar assembly movable within the elongated shaft, wherein the first implant and the second implant are carried through the elongated shaft by the trocar assembly; and
a depth stop adjustable between a first position that corresponds to a first insertion distance the trocar assembly extends beyond a tip of the elongated shaft and a second position that corresponds to a second, different insertion distance the trocar assembly extends beyond the tip,
wherein the trocar assembly includes a first trocar that is slidable within a lower slot of a first hole formed in the handle and a second trocar that is removably received within an upper slot of the first hole of the handle,
wherein a first trocar handle of the first trocar abuts the depth stop when the depth stop is in the second position to limit movement of the first trocar beyond the second insertion distance.

US Pat. No. 10,363,023

LATERAL RETRACTOR SYSTEM FOR MINIMIZING MUSCLE DAMAGE IN SPINAL SURGERY

1. A lateral retractor system for forming a surgical pathway to a patient's intervertebral disc space, comprising:a dilator having a narrow body defined by opposing flat surfaces that extend between a proximal end and a distal end, the distal end tapering to a distal edge configured for insertion at an insertion orientation in which the opposing flat surfaces are parallel to a plurality of psoas muscle fibers and angled relative to the intervertebral disc space; and
a retractable dual-blade assembly consisting of two opposing blade subassemblies, each of the blade subassemblies comprising:
a blade having a planar inner surface, an outer surface, a proximal blade portion, a distal blade portion, and opposing longitudinal edges extending from a proximal end of the proximal blade portion to a distal end of the distal blade portion; and
an adjustable wing hingedly coupled with each of the opposing longitudinal edges of the blade, each adjustable wing configured to move between an open position parallel to the planar inner surface of the blade and a closed position perpendicular to the planar inner surface of the blade, the retractable dual-blade assembly configured to pass over the dilator at the insertion orientation such that the planar inner surfaces of the blades contact the opposing flat surfaces of the dilator.

US Pat. No. 10,363,022

SCREW BASED RETRACTOR WITH EXPANDABLE BLADES

SPINE WAVE, INC., Shelto...

1. A screw-based retractor, comprising:an elongate rack having a rack axis;
a plurality of arms slidably supported for translational movement on said rack toward and away from each other, each arm having an arm axis and comprising a proximal portion slidably supported by said rack and a distal portion, each said arm axis extending generally transversely relative to said rack axis, at least one of said arms including at its distal portion a curved track and a blade receptacle slidable within said curved track in a manner to provide articulation of said blade receptacle in a curved path relative to said at least one arm about an articulation point spaced from and not located on said at least one arm;
a plurality of blades, one each supported by a respective arm at the distal portion thereof, said blades projecting generally transversely relative to said rack axis and to said arm axis of said respective arms;
at least one of said blades having a proximal end defining an arm attachment and an opposing distal end defining a screw attachment, and a blade extent extending between said proximal end and said distal end, said arm attachment being releasably attached to said blade receptacle such that said blade articulates with said blade receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,021

VASCULAR CLOSURE DEVICES AND METHODS PROVIDING HEMOSTATIC ENHANCEMENT

Cardiva Medical, Inc., S...

1. A device for closing a blood vessel puncture site disposed at a distal end of a tissue tract, the device comprising:a tubular shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, the tubular shaft being configured to advance through the tissue tract;
a hemostasis promoting agent deposited in hemostasis promoting region disposed on the tubular shaft near its distal end;
an expansible member disposed on the tubular shaft distal to the hemostasis promoting region, said expansible member being deployable within the blood vessel;
a tubular sealing member slidably disposed over the tubular shaft and having a distally advanced position which provides a barrier over the hemostasis promoting region and a proximally retracted position which exposes the hemostasis promoting region, and wherein the tubular sealing member has a proximal end and a distal end; and
a tensioning element disposed coaxially over the tubular shaft, under the tubular sealing member and proximal the expansible member, wherein the tensioning element has a proximal end attached to the proximal end of the tubular sealing member and a distal end attached to the tubular shaft so that proximal retraction of the tubular sealing member relative to the distal end of the tubular shaft both exposes the hemostasis promoting region and applies tension to the tubular shaft in a proximal direction to seat the expansible member against the puncture site.

US Pat. No. 10,363,014

STEERABLE ULTRASOUND ATTACHMENT FOR ENDOSCOPE

ENDOSOUND, LLC, Boca Rat...

1. A method of adding elements to an endoscope, to create an ultrasound capable endoscope, comprising:a. providing an endoscope, having a distal end and an elongate body defining one or more lumens;
b. providing an ultrasound assembly that includes:
i. a multiconductor electrical connector,
ii. a first multiconductor cable, including a multiplicity of coaxial cables, connected to said multiconductor electrical connector, and having a distal end;
iii. an endoscope attachment element, attached to said first multiconductor cable, and sized to attach to said distal end of said endoscope;
iv. a neck, connected and extending in a distal manner from said distal end of said first multiconductor cable, and having a distal end, said neck being resiliently deformable;
v. a second multiconductor cable, having a proximal end connected to said distal end of said first multiconductor cable, and having a distal end;
vi. an ultrasound transducer head, including a protective covering, supported by said distal end of said neck, and an ultrasound transducer, inside said protective covering and electrically connected to said distal end of said second multiconductor cable; and
vii. a tension member, connected to said ultrasound transducer head, and extending to said proximal end of said endoscope;
c. attaching said endoscope attachment element to said distal end of said endoscope and arranging said tension member so that it extends from a proximal point of said endoscope to said transducer head;
d. whereby said ultrasound transducer head can be introduced into a patient body cavity, with said endoscope, and may be angle adjusted by said tension member by pulling on said tension member to bend said neck thereby adjusting position of said ultrasound transducer head, and may communicate with an imaging station by means of said first and second multiconductor cables, thereby permitting a user to more accurately aim the imaging head at a feature of interest; and
e. further wherein said neck defines an aperture, permitting a needle to be extended from a lumen of said endoscope, through said aperture, to perform a medical procedure, when said neck is flexed by said tension member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,011

AUTOMATIC DOSE CONTROL FOR IMAGING MEDICAL DEVICES

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for automatically calculating at least one target acquisition parameter to control a radiation dose of ionizing radiation of a region to be irradiated by an imaging device, the method comprising:acquiring patient-specific parameters, device-specific parameters, or both the patient-specific parameters and the device-specific parameters;
determining at least one anatomical target region in which the ionizing radiation is to be applied;
accessing a data store via a network, wherein a dose-protocol index for a plurality of images is stored in the data store together with associated radiation dose data for selecting at least one reference image that relates to the at least one anatomical target region or completely encompasses the at least one anatomical target region; and
automatically evaluating the at least one reference image selected with respect to the image quality and the radiation dose used, taking into account the acquired patient-specific and/or the device-specific parameters for calculating the at least one target acquisition parameter, wherein the evaluating of the image quality includes a delimitation algorithm in order to automatically analyze how adequately a respective anatomical structure is configured to be delimited from surrounding structures in the reference image.

US Pat. No. 10,363,009

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CORRECTION OF A SYNTHETIC ELECTRON DENSITY MAP

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for determining a corrected synthetic electron density map, the method comprising:acquiring, using a magnetic resonance (MR) device, at least one magnetic resonance image dataset taken of a patient;
determining, by a processor, a first synthetic electron density map of the patient based on the at least one magnetic resonance image dataset taken of the patient;
determining, by the processor, at least one first soft tissue image structure of the patient, at least one first bone image structure of the patient, or at least one first soft tissue image structure and at least one first bone image structure of the patient based on the first synthetic electron density map;
comparing, by the processor, the first soft tissue image structure, the first bone image structure, or the first soft tissue image structure and the first bone image structure from the first synthetic electron density map with corresponding image structures in the [ [MR]] at least one magnetic resonance image dataset taken of the patient;
determining, by the processor, a corrected synthetic electron density map, the determining of the corrected synthetic electron density map comprising correcting the first soft tissue image structure, the first bone image structure, or the first soft tissue image structure and the first bone image structure, based on the comparison; and
creating, by the processor, a plan for a radiation based treatment of a target volume of the patient based on the corrected synthetic electron density map.

US Pat. No. 10,363,008

COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY PERFUSION (CTP) METHOD AND APPARATUS USING BLOOD FLOW FOR DISCRIMINATING TYPES OF CANCER

Canon Medical Systems USA...

1. A method of using computed tomography perfusion to determine a treatment of a pulmonary lesion, the method comprising:obtaining a computed tomography perfusion (CTP) image representing blood flow in a region of a lung that includes the pulmonary lesion;
identifying, using the CTP image, a region of interest (ROI) of the pulmonary lesion,
determining, using the ROI and the CTP image, CTP values representing perfusion in the ROI of the lesion; and
classifying the pulmonary lesion according to whether the pulmonary lesion has a genetic mutation based on the CTP values and using one or more predefined thresholds corresponding respectively to one or more of the CTP values.

US Pat. No. 10,363,006

MOBILE IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. An alignment control system, comprising:an alignment computer comprising a central processing unit and software, the software when executed by the central processing unit cause the central processing unit to:
receive a first set of alignment data from a plurality of sensors associated to a radiation source;
receive a second set of alignment data from a plurality of sensors associated to a portable detector;
if an alignment condition between the first set of alignment data and the second set of alignment data has achieved one or more predetermined alignment conditions, send an activation signal to the radiation source to indicate that radiation may be emitted;
continuously monitor alignment conditions to prevent emission of radiation, by the radiation source, if the first set of alignment data and the second set of alignment data have not achieved the one or more alignment conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,363,001

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus comprising:a table disposed in a cavity which is formed in a bore;
a head support having a support hole where a face of an object disposed on the table is positioned;
an abdomen support having a slope to support an abdomen of the object;
a display configured to display a graphical user interface (GUI) image, the display being disposed between the table and the head support, the display comprising a projector configured to project the GUI image and a screen on which the GUI image projected by the projector is displayed; and
a guide configured to facilitate a vertical movement of the projector;
wherein an upper surface of the table is visible to the object through the support hole,
wherein the guide has a curved shape to form the GUI image projected by the projector while vertically moving on the screen, and
wherein the screen is configured to vertically move between the head support and the upper surface of the table, in accordance with a changing position of the projector.

US Pat. No. 10,363,000

AUTOMATIC REAL-TIME CHANGES TO THE SIZE OF A PATIENTS DATA DISPLAY

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A medical monitoring system comprising:one or more electronic processors configured to:
receive vital signs of each of a plurality of patients; and
dynamically configure in real-time a display of the received vital signs which includes for each patient an individually assigned patient sector display sized from available space for the display based on a priority order; and
one or more display devices which display the configured display of the plurality of patient sector displays;
wherein the priority order is based on a set of rules, the set of rules including the assignment of space to sectors based on specified minimum size, specified data elements, space assigned to all sourced vital signs, a specified maximum sector size, and an absence of sourced vital signs, the set of rules including the assignment of space:
first to sectors with a user-specified minimum size,
second to sectors with one or more user-specified data elements,
third to sectors smaller than a predetermined minimum sector size,
fourth to smaller sectors,
fifth to sectors with space assigned to all sourced vital signs,
sixth to sectors with a user-specified maximum sector size with the maximum size assigned, and
seventh to sectors with no sourced vital signs.

US Pat. No. 10,362,995

OUTDOOR GROUP EXERCISE INFORMATION ADMINISTERING SYSTEM

Bion Inc., New Taipei (T...

1. An outdoor group exercise information administering system comprising a team leader and a plurality of exercising members forming an outdoor exercising group in an outdoor environment, the team leader being configured with a master controller and each of the exercising members being configured with a member controller, wherein each of the member controllers including:a member processor;
at least one outdoor exercising signal sensor connected to the member processor for sensing at least one outdoor exercising signal of the exercising member when the exercising member is doing exercising in the outdoor environment;
an identification preset unit connected to the member processor, preset with an identification code for identifying the exercising member;
a member transceiver connected to the member processor for transmitting the outdoor exercising signal and the identification code;
the master controller including:
a leader processor;
a master transceiver connected to the leader processor and wirelessly communicated with the member transceiver of each member controller, for receiving the outdoor exercising signal and the identification code from the member transceiver of each member controller;
a team exercising data storage connected to the leader processor for storing and organizing the outdoor exercising signal and the identification code transmitted from the member transceiver of each of the member controllers based on the identification code respectively; and
a data transmission interface connected to the leader processor for transmitting the outdoor exercising signal and the identification code received through the master transceiver;
a communication connection device communicated with the data transmission interface of the master controller for transmitting the outdoor exercising signal and the identification code from each exercising member to a remote data collection center;
the exercising member including at least one outdoor location sensor connected to the member processor of the exercising member for sensing at least one outdoor location signal of the exercising member; and
the outdoor location sensor including:
a satellite positioning signal receiver connected to the member processor for receiving a satellite positioning signal corresponding to the location of the exercising member;
a latitude and longitude signal sensor connected to the member processor for receiving at least one latitude and longitude signal of the exercising member; and
an altitude measurement sensor connected to the member processor for detecting at least one altitude signal of the exercising member.

US Pat. No. 10,362,992

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTION OF MOTION IN DYNAMIC MEDICAL IMAGES

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for automated detection of motion, the method comprising:identifying a region of interest in each of a plurality of images corresponding to a subject of interest;
determining signal characteristics corresponding to the region of interest in each of the plurality of images;
generating a cumulative aggregate signal which includes an aggregate of the signal characteristics corresponding to the region of interest in each of the plurality of images; and
analyzing the cumulative aggregate signal to detect motion in the region of interest.

US Pat. No. 10,362,987

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR MONITORING MEDICATION-TAKING STATUS

Ziqiang Hong, Irving, TX...

1. An apparatus for monitoring a medication-taking status, configured as a part of orcoupled with a medication container, comprising:
a first sensor that is disposed inside the apparatus, activated upon a detection by a second sensor of a motion of the medication container, or a non-motion of the medication container for a predefined time period, and configured to measure medication pills stored in the medication container;
a control module configured
to determine the medication-taking status based on the measurement of the medication pills; and
a communication module that is disposed inside the apparatus and configured to transmit at least one of a report and a warning message based at least in part on the medication-taking status to at least one remote subscriber,
wherein the first sensor is deactivated after a predetermined period of inactivity and the apparatus is activated when an activation button is pressed, the activation button being disposed on an outer surface of the apparatus; and wherein the second sensor comprises a gyro sensor configured to detect the motion or non-motion of the medication container, the gyro sensor being disposed inside the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,362,983

NEAR INFRARED PHOTONIC PROSTATOSCOPY ANALYZER

1. An infrared (IR) Photonic Analyzer System comprises an IR Scanning polarization unit for generating an illumination beam and receiving an image beam;an elongate generally cylindrical optical probe dimensioned and configured for insertion into a rectum, said optical probe defining an optical path and having a transparent optical window for transmitting an illumination beam towards a tissue of an internal organ and for receiving the image beam from the internal organ;
an illumination optical fiber transmitting said illumination beam along said optical path from said IR scanning polarization unit to said optical probe;
an image optical fiber transmitting said image beam along said optical path from said optical probe to said IR scanning polarization unit;
a first polarizer within said optical probe between said illumination optical fiber and said transparent optical window for polarizing said illumination beam with a first polarization prior to transmission along said optical path onto the internal organ;
a second polarizer within said optical probe between said transparent optical window and said image optical fiber for polarizing with a second polarization said image beam received from the internal organ along said optical path prior to transmission to said image optical fiber,
said first and second polarizations being perpendicular to each other to reduce front surface scattering and increase depth of imaging,
said IR scanning polarization unit using said illumination beam having a wavelength anywhere within at least one of the following IR tissue optical windows: Window #1 (650 nm-950 nm); Window #2 (1,100 nm-1,350 nm); Window #3 (1,600 nm-1,870 nn) and Window #4 (2,100 nm-2300 nm),
said first and second polarizers being arranged to prevent transmission of said illumination beam with said first polarization from entering said image optical fiber while enabling transmission of said image beam with said second polarization into said image optical fiber;
and means for establishing and comparing the total attenuation lengths of said image beam for non-cancerous and cancerous tissues and determining that the tissue is likely to be cancerous when its total attenuation length is equal to or less than 50% of the attenuation length of non-cancerous tissue in a corresponding one of said at least one of said IR tissue optical windows.

US Pat. No. 10,362,981

DIAGNOSTIC METHODS AND SYSTEMS BASED ON URINE ANALYSIS

FLOWSENSE LTD., M.P. Mis...

1. A computer-implemented method for diagnosing a body malfunction, the method comprising:monitoring and detecting at least one change in urinary parameter values, the at least one change being indicative of the body malfunction, wherein one of the urinary parameter values comprises an oxygen level in the urine;
monitoring a volumetric urinary output of kidneys using a urine flow monitoring apparatus having a low flow metering device with a microprocessor, wherein the urine flow monitoring device further comprises a negative pressure tube which provides a continuous flow of urine through at least a portion of the urine flow monitoring apparatus;
determining, using the microprocessor, whether a change exists in a volume value of the volumetric urinary output and a trend of the corresponding urinary parameter value during a predetermined period;
receiving signals from a plurality of electrodes connected to the urine flow monitoring apparatus, the signals representing the urinary parameter values;
comparing, using the microprocessor, at least two occurrences of the trend of the received signals at an identical iteration during the predetermined period;
measuring, using the microprocessor, whether the change of the trend in at least two consecutive time periods exceeds a predetermined threshold in the urinary parameter values received from at least one of the plurality of electrodes; and
detecting, using the microprocessor, the body malfunction based on the determination of the change in the volume value of the volumetric urinary output, and the compared trend change of the corresponding urinary parameter value detected by the received signals during the predetermined period,
wherein the oxygen level is detected with an electrode from the plurality of electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,362,979

APPARATUS FOR RECOGNIZING AND LOCATING EMOTIONS AND THOUGHTS BY MEASURING THE INFRARED PULSE RADIATION

1. A measuring device for recognizing and locating of feelings and thoughts by measuring an infrared pulse radiation comprising:a locating tube;
an infrared detector;
an amplifier;
an analogous/digital conversion;
an analysis program;
a display;
the locating tube receiving infrared pulses, caused by body heat changes of a living creature and radiated from a small body surface, and partly reflected several times on an inner wall and focused on the infrared detector;
the infrared detector which is designed so that it only can receive AC signals and no DC voltage signals, converts infrared radiation into electrical signals;
the amplifier amplifying the signals;
at the analogous/digital conversion the signals being digitized;
the analysis program creating time signals, amount spectra and difference spectra for an entire measurement time or time sections in various mental dispositions of the living creature and creating a characteristic spectrum in a mental pulse frequency range of about 0.01 to 10 Hz; and
on the display results being capable of being seen in different mental states of the living creature and being compared so that various emotions including joy and sadness are visible and so that thoughts are visible.

US Pat. No. 10,362,978

COMPUTATIONAL MODEL FOR MOOD

Comcast Cable Communicati...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a first computing device, a first plurality of natural language inputs comprising a first natural language input and a second natural language input;
determining, based on a correlation between one or more terms in the first natural language input and one or more terms in the second natural language input, that the second natural language input comprises a repetition of a portion of the first natural language input;
associating, based on the second natural language input comprising the repetition of the portion of the first natural language input, a first mood state with the first plurality of natural language inputs;
determining, based on the first mood state, a first content service; and
causing, by the first computing device, output of the first content service.

US Pat. No. 10,362,977

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASURING REACTION TIME OF A SUBJECT

SWAY OPERATIONS, LLC, Al...

1. A method of measuring a reaction time in a subject, comprising the steps of:a. providing a handheld device to the subject, said handheld device having a motion sensor and a CPU integral thereto, wherein said CPU is in electronic communication with the motion sensor;
b. presenting a stimulus to the subject at a stimulus time after a selected random period of delay;
c. within the handheld device,
(c1) using said CPU to continuously read values from the motion sensor at least from said stimulus time until one or more of said continuously read motion values corresponds to an acceleration value greater than or equal to 0.1 g, thereby determining a time of a first substantial movement;
(c2) using said stimulus time, said time of said first substantial movement, and said continuously read motion values from said motion sensor to determine a time of a first significant movement that is earlier than said time of said first substantial movement, thereby determining the reaction time in the subject, wherein said time of said first significant movement is determined by:
(i) searching through said continuously read motion values in reverse order from said substantial movement time toward said stimulus time to find a first instance where, as between two adjacent continuously read motion values, an earlier measured one of said two adjacent continuously read motion values is greater than a later one of said two adjacent continuously read motion values, thereby determining a first significant movement, and
(ii) determining the reaction time of the subject to be a time of the first significant movement, and
(c3) using said CPU to report said reaction time of the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,362,976

STERILE FLUID COLLECTION TUBE PACKAGE

Boca Dental Supply, LLC, ...

1. A sterile fluid collection tube package, comprising:a fluid collection tube having first end and a second end;
a thermoformed tray formed from a first sterile material, the thermoformed tray comprising a flange having an upper surface, and a central region, wherein the central region defines a cavity surrounded by the flange, the cavity comprising:
a recessed portion comprising a rectangular section having a base wall, a first sidewall, a second sidewall, a third sidewall, and a fourth sidewall, the first sidewall and second sidewall are opposite, and the third sidewall and the fourth sidewall are opposite, the base wall is recessed with respect to the upper surface of the flange, and the first sidewall, the second sidewall, the third sidewall, and the fourth sidewall join the base wall to the flange;
a first support recess and a second support recess, the first support recess and the second support recess are aligned along a first common axis and are respectively located about the recessed portion to form a first compartment, wherein the first support recess is located at a first junction between the flange and the third sidewall, and the second support recess is located at a second junction between the flange and the fourth sidewall, a first interior surface of the first support recess is convex with respect to a plane formed by the upper surface of the flange and a second interior surface of the second support recess is convex with respect to the plane formed by the upper surface of the flange, wherein the fluid collection tube is located in the cavity, the first end of the fluid collection tube is located in the first support recess and the second end of the fluid collection tube is located in the second support recess; and
a cover formed from a second sterile material, the cover is attached to the upper surface of the flange, wherein the cover is sized to cover an entirety of the cavity and the fluid collection tube located therein.

US Pat. No. 10,362,973

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING AND MANAGING LIFE OF A BATTERY IN AN ANALYTE SENSOR SYSTEM WORN BY A USER

DexCom, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A method for prolonging life of a battery installed in an analyte sensor system configured to be worn by a user comprising:measuring a first analyte value at a first time;
causing a transmission of the measured first analyte value along with a predicted second analyte value;
measuring a second analyte value at a second time;
calculating a difference between the measured second analyte value and the predicted second analyte value;
determining whether the calculated difference between the measured second analyte value and the predicted second analyte value is within a predefined range;
determining that a remaining power level of the battery is less than a predetermined power level; and
responsive to the determining that the remaining power level of the battery is less than the predetermined power level and determining that the calculated difference is within the predefined range,
skipping a transmission of the measured second analyte value,
wherein the predefined range is a variable predefined range that is determined based at least partly on a clinical error grid.

US Pat. No. 10,362,967

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MISSED BREATH DETECTION AND INDICATION

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A method implemented by a ventilator for determining missed breaths, the method comprising:ventilating a patient with the ventilator, wherein the ventilator includes a pneumatic system and at least one sensor;
monitoring respiratory data of the patient with the at least one sensor;
analyzing the respiratory data with a background trigger detection application and an active trigger detection application, wherein the background trigger detection application and the active trigger detection application are different and running at the same time;
detecting a first patient inspiratory effort with the active trigger application;
detecting a second patient inspiratory effort with the background trigger application;
comparing a first timing of the first patient inspiratory effort to a second timing of the second patient inspiratory effort;
determining a timing difference between the first patient inspiratory effort and the second inspiratory effort;
comparing the timing difference to a time delay threshold;
determining that the timing difference does not meet the time delay threshold to form a missed breath determination;
calculating a missed breaths metric based on the missed breath determination;
displaying a missed breath indicator based on the missed breaths metric; and
delivering inspiratory gas to the patient with the ventilator based on patient inspiratory efforts detected by the active trigger detection application and not based on patient inspiratory efforts detected by the background trigger detection application.

US Pat. No. 10,362,965

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO MAP STRUCTURES OF NASAL CAVITY

Acclarent, Inc., Irvine,...

1. An apparatus comprising:(a) a handle assembly, wherein the handle assembly comprises
(i) a body,
(ii) a cable configured to communicate an electrical signal to a navigation system, and
(iii) a first portion of an adapter coupled with a distal end of the cable;
(b) a guide tube extending distally from the handle assembly, wherein the guide tube has a distal end; and
(c) a cartridge assembly configured to be removably coupled with the handle assembly, wherein the cartridge assembly includes:
(i) an actuator, wherein the actuator is movable relative to the body to move the wire relative to the guide tube, and
(ii) a wire coupled with the actuator and configured to communicate an electrical signal to the cable, wherein the wire is slidably disposed in the guide tube, wherein the wire includes:
(A) a distal end including a sensor, wherein the distal end of the wire is configured to translate relative to the body,
(B) a proximal end that terminates at a second portion of the adapter, wherein the second portion of the adapter is configured to be removably coupled with the first portion of the adapter, wherein the proximal end is fixed relative to the body, and
(C) an intermediate portion configured to gather within the body as a service loop to provide freedom of movement of the distal end of the wire relative to the body as the distal end of the wire translates proximally relative to the body,
wherein the sensor is configured to cooperate with the navigation system to generate a map of anatomical structures within a patient.

US Pat. No. 10,362,963

CORRECTION OF SHIFT AND DRIFT IN IMPEDANCE-BASED MEDICAL DEVICE NAVIGATION USING MAGNETIC FIELD INFORMATION

ST. JUDE MEDICAL, ATRIAL ...

1. A system for navigating a medical device within a body, comprising:an electronic control unit configured to:
determine an operating position for a first electrical position sensor on said medical device within a first coordinate system, said first coordinate system defined by an electric field based positioning system;
determine an operating position for a first magnetic position sensor on said medical device within a second coordinate system, said second coordinate system defined by a magnetic field based positioning system, said first magnetic position sensor disposed proximate said first electrical position sensor;
apply a first mapping function correlating said operating positions of said first electrical position sensor and said first magnetic position sensor, said first mapping function generating a mapped position for said first magnetic position sensor in said first coordinate system responsive to said operating position of said first magnetic position sensor in said second coordinate system wherein said first mapping function describes a three-dimensional input and a three-dimensional output that generates said mapped position;
determine a first difference between said operating position for said first electrical position sensor and said mapped position for said first magnetic position sensor; and
modify said operating position for said first electrical position sensor by said first difference to obtain a first adjusted operating position;
wherein said electronic control unit is further configured to:
determine a planning position for said first electrical position sensor within said first coordinate system;
determine a planning position for said first magnetic position sensor within said second coordinate system;
compute said first mapping function responsive to said planning positions for said first electrical position sensor and said first magnetic position sensor; and,
responsive to the first adjusted operating position, displaying on a graphical user interface the first adjusted operating position of the first electrical position sensor of the medical device.

US Pat. No. 10,362,961

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR NEUTRAL CONTRAST MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING OF CALCIFICATIONS

NORTHSHORE UNIVERSITY HEA...

1. A method for producing an image of a subject using a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system, the steps of the method comprising:a) directing the MRI system to generate a radio frequency (RF) excitation field to excite spins in an imaging volume, the RF excitation field having a flip angle in a range from an Ernst angle for blood to an Ernst angle for muscle;
b) directing the MRI system to acquire data at an echo time at which spins associated with water are substantially in-phase with spins associated with fat;
c) reconstructing an image from the acquired data, the image in which water, fat, blood, and muscle tissues have substantially similar image intensity values and calcifications have image intensity values that are significantly different from the image intensity values of the water, fat, blood, and muscle tissues in the image.

US Pat. No. 10,362,957

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR PERFORMING NEUROPHYSIOLOGIC ASSESSMENTS DURING SPINE SURGERY

NuVasive, Inc., San Dieg...

1. A system for performing neurophysiologic assessments during surgery, comprising:a first stimulator configured to deliver a first set of electrical stimulation signals to the motor cortex of a patient;
a first sensor configured to detect at least one motor evoked potential response evoked by the first set of electrical stimulation signals of the first stimulator;
a second stimulator configured to deliver a second set of electrical stimulation signals to a peripheral nerve of a patient;
a second sensor configured to detect at least one somatosensory evoked potential response evoked by the second set of electrical stimulation signals of the second stimulator; and
a control unit in communication with the first and second stimulators and the first and second sensors, the control unit being configured to (a) selectively operate in either trans-cranial electrical motor evoked potential (“MEP”) monitoring mode or somatosensory evoked potential (“SSEP”) monitoring mode; (b) accept user input to toggle between MEP monitoring mode and SSEP monitoring mode; (c) accept user input to initiate stimulation in the MEP monitoring mode or SSEP monitoring mode; and (d) communicate an onscreen assessment of a spinal cord health status to be displayed to a user in response to the potential response evoked by said first or second set of electrical stimulation signals.

US Pat. No. 10,362,955

GRAPHICALLY MAPPING ROTORS IN A HEART

Regents of the University...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, using a processor, an electrogram for each of a plurality of spatial locations in a heart, each electrogram comprising time series data including a plurality of electrical potential readings over time;
generating, from the time series data, a dataset, the dataset including a plurality of values using a mathematical approach, wherein the mathematical approach is either a multi-scale frequency (MSF) approach, a kurtosis approach, an empirical mode decomposition (EMD) approach, or a multi-scale entropy (MSE) approach; and
graphically indicating pivot points of rotors associated with atrial or ventricular fibrillation according to the dataset;
wherein the dataset is a first dataset, the plurality of values is a first plurality of values, and the mathematical approach is a first mathematical approach, and wherein the method further comprises:
generating, from the time series data, a second dataset, the second dataset including a second plurality of values using a second mathematical approach that is different from the first mathematical approach, wherein the second mathematical approach is either a multi-scale frequency (MSF) approach, a kurtosis approach, an empirical mode decomposition (EMD) approach, or a multi-scale entropy (MSE) approach depending on the first mathematical approach used; and
graphically indicating pivot points of rotors associated with atrial or ventricular fibrillation according to the second dataset.

US Pat. No. 10,362,951

NON-INVASIVE METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CHARACTERIZING CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS

Analytics For Life Inc., ...

1. A method of pre-processing data to extract variables for use in a machine learning operation to diagnose a pathology, the method comprising:receiving a biopotential signal data set associated with a subject, said biopotential signal data set being associated with a biopotential signal collected from one or more electrical leads;
generating, via a processor, an estimated noiseless model of the received biopotential signal data set, wherein generation comprises iterative selection of member atoms of a pre-defined dictionary of member atoms to form a sparse approximation of the received biopotential signal data set;
extracting, via the processor, a plurality of features from a low-energy complex sub-harmonic subspace derived from the estimated noiseless model, wherein one or more of the plurality of extracted features includes one or more fractional derivative derived features of the low-energy complex sub-harmonic subspace; and
linking, via the processor, the one or more of the plurality of extracted features to a genetic algorithm to generate outputs that correlate with clinical parameters describing tissue architecture, structure and/or function.

US Pat. No. 10,362,950

NON-INVASIVE METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MEASURING MYOCARDIAL ISCHEMIA, STENOSIS IDENTIFICATION, LOCALIZATION AND FRACTIONAL FLOW RESERVE ESTIMATION

Analytics For Life Inc., ...

1. A method for non-invasively identifying and/or measuring or estimating a degree of myocardial ischemia, identifying one or more stenoses, and/or localizing and/or estimating fractional flow reserve, the method comprising:obtaining, by one or more processors, a data set associated with a plurality of wide-band gradient signals simultaneously from the subject via at least one electrode;
generating, by the one or more processors, a residue subspace data set and a noise subspace data set from the data set associated with the plurality of wide-band gradient signals;
determining, via the one or more processors, one or more coronary physiological parameters of the subject selected from the group consisting of a fractional flow reserve estimation, a stenosis value, and a myocardial ischemia estimation, based on the residue subspace data set and the noise subspace data set; and
output, via one or more of an output data set in a report and/or a display, the one or more coronary physiological parameters, wherein the output is used in the diagnosis of cardiac disease.

US Pat. No. 10,362,949

AUTOMATIC EXTRACTION OF DISEASE-SPECIFIC FEATURES FROM DOPPLER IMAGES

International Business Ma...

1. A method for automatic extraction of disease-specific features from Doppler images, comprising:obtaining a raw Doppler image from a series of images of an echocardiogram;
isolating a region of interest from the raw Doppler image, the region of interest (i) including a Doppler image and an electrocardiogram (ECG) signal, and (ii) depicting at least one heart cycle;
determining a velocity envelope of the Doppler image in the region of interest;extracting the electrocardiogram (ECG) signal by detecting the electrocardiogram (ECG) signal using an energy maximization equation:E(i,j)=?1Econtinuity(i,j)+?2Ecolor(i,j)+?3Egradient(i,j)+?4Enotgray(i,j)
wherein E(i,j) is an energy value, Econtinuity(i,j) is a continuity of the electrocardiogram (ECG) signal, Ecolor(i,j) is a color profile of the electrocardiogram (ECG) signal, Egradient(i,j) is a gradient between the color profile of the electrocardiogram (ECG) signal and a background of the image, Enotgray(i,j) is RGB value of the electrocardiogram (ECG) signal that is not gray, and each of, ?1, ?2, ?3, and ?4 is a weighting factor, and
synchronizing the extracted the electrocardiogram (ECG) signal with the Doppler image over the at least one heart cycle, within the region of interest;
calculating a value of a clinical feature based on the extracted the electrocardiogram (ECG) signal synchronized with the velocity envelope; and
comparing the value of the clinical feature with clinical guidelines associated with the clinical feature to determine a diagnosis of a disease.

US Pat. No. 10,362,947

PRESSURE SENSING DEVICES

INTEGRA LIFESCIENCES SWIT...

1. A pressure sensing catheter, comprising:an elongate body having
a sidewall defining an inner lumen extending at least partially therethrough,
a distal portion configured to be disposed in a ventricle of a brain, the distal portion including a microchip embedded in the sidewall and having a pressure sensor formed therein, at least a portion of the pressure sensor being exposed to an external environment surrounding the elongate body such that the pressure sensor is effective to measure a pressure of the external environment,
at least one fluid-entry port formed in the elongate body proximal to the pressure sensor, the at least one fluid-entry port being in fluid communication with the inner lumen,
an antenna located at a proximal portion of the elongate body and coupled to the microchip, the antenna being adapted to wirelessly communicate the measured pressure from the pressure sensor to an external device,
an elongate slot formed in an exterior surface of the sidewall of the elongate body, the elongate slot having a proximal terminal end in the sidewall at a location that is distal to a proximal end of the elongate body, and
a connector seated in the elongate slot, the connector having a first terminal end at the microchip and a second terminal end at the antenna, the connector between its first and second terminal ends being exposed to the external environment surrounding the elongate body, the antenna and the connector being removable from the elongate body.

US Pat. No. 10,362,946

MEASUREMENT OF CARDIAC CYCLE LENGTH AND PRESSURE METRICS FROM PULMONARY ARTERIAL PRESSURE

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

21. A computer readable medium comprising computer executable instructions that, when executed, cause a processor of an implantable medical device to:control sensing of the cardiovascular pressure signal;
compare the sensed cardiovascular pressure signal to a first threshold;
identify a first sense in response to the sensed cardiovascular pressure signal exceeding the first threshold;
in response to and as a result of identifying the first sense, compare the sensed cardiovascular pressure signal to a second threshold not equal to the first threshold;
identify a second sense subsequent to the first sense if the sensed cardiovascular pressure signal exceeds the second threshold;
identify a third sense subsequent to the first sense and in response to the sensed cardiovascular pressure signal exceeding the first threshold; and
determine a cardiac cycle length based on one of the first sense and the third sense or the second sense and the third sense.

US Pat. No. 10,362,945

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ASCERTAINING A BLOOD PRESSURE CURVE

CIS FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FU...

1. A method for ascertaining the time-dependent curve of the blood pressure including the following steps:noninvasive detection of time-dependent and volume-dependent blood flow values, in the form of photoplethysmographic values P(t), in a section of tissue with blood circulation by means of a photoplethysmographically functioning sensor;
transformation of the photoplethysmographic values P(t) into blood pressure values B(t) through the use of the following transformation formula by means of a data processing unit:

determining the time interval between the occurrences of the first two peaks in the curve of the transformed blood pressure values B(t) within a signal period by means of the data processing unit;
outputting of the transformed blood pressure values B(t) as time-dependent blood pressure values to a display and/or memory unit; and
generating a warning signal if the time interval falls below a predetermined minimum time interval in order to signal a critical blood pressure by means of a signal output unit.

US Pat. No. 10,362,944

OPTICAL DETECTION AND ANALYSIS OF INTERNAL BODY TISSUES

Samsung Electronics Compa...

1. An electronic device comprising:a band;
one or more light sources coupled to the band and configured to emit light in a first direction that penetrates into a portion of a user's body;
a plurality of light sensors coupled to the band and configured to detect a pattern of diffusion of the emitted light, wherein:
at least one first light sensor is located near the light source and configured to detect light travelling in a second direction that is between 90 degrees and 270 degrees from the first direction;
at least one second light sensor located between 90 degrees and 270 degrees from the light source and configured to detect light travelling between 90 degrees and ?90 degrees from the first direction; and
the one or more light sources and the plurality of light sensors are positioned in a matrix configuration comprising a plurality of rows of light sensors with the one or more light sources interspersed within the matrix configuration; and
a controller configured to detect a gesture made by the user based on the detected pattern of diffusion of the emitted light by cycling through different configurations of active light sources of the one or more light sources of the matrix configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,362,943

DYNAMIC OVERLAY OF ANATOMY FROM ANGIOGRAPHY TO FLUOROSCOPY

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for generating an overlay of anatomy in a fluoroscopy image, the method comprising:acquiring, with an angiograph, an angiograph image representing the anatomy of a patient at a first phase of a first cardiac cycle of the patient;
acquiring, with a fluoroscope, a fluoroscopic image representing the anatomy of the patient at a first phase of a second cardiac cycle of the patient;
determining, by a processor, a shape of the anatomy in the fluoroscopic image from the angiograph image; and
generating the overlay of the anatomy as a graphic on the fluoroscopic image, the overlay being a function of the shape determined from the angiograph image.

US Pat. No. 10,362,942

MICROMETER SIZE MULTI-FUNCTIONAL PROBE FOR OCT AND ELECTRO-PHYSIOLOGICAL RECORDING

1. A probe for tissue recording in a medical procedure, comprising:a flexible optical fiber for optical coherence tomography imaging, having an optical fiber distal end, an optical fiber proximal end and an optical fiber length extending from the optical fiber distal end to the optical fiber proximal end;
a metal coating surrounding the optical fiber length for recording electrical signals, having a metal coating distal end and a metal coating proximal end;
an electrophysiological recording system connected to the metal coating proximal end; and
an outer insulation coating surrounding the metal coating, wherein the insulation coating is discontinuous in proximity to the metal coating distal end, thereby providing contact between the metal coating and the tissue for receiving an electrical signal from the tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,362,939

FUNDUS ANALYSIS APPARATUS AND FUNDUS OBSERVATION APPARATUS

TOHOKU UNIVERSITY, Senda...

1. A fundus analysis apparatus, comprising:a memory that stores OCT information acquired by applying optical coherence tomography to a fundus of an eye; and
a processing circuitry configured to:
set a front area corresponding to a front surface of a lamina cribrosa and a rear area corresponding to a rear surface of the lamina cribrosa in the OCT information,
specify an image area that corresponds to an orientation of holes of the lamina cribrosa based on the OCT information, the orientation of the holes determined in accordance with a (i) B-scan image of the lamina cribrosa and (ii) an approximation of a direction of the holes from the front surface to the rear surface, and
 generate morphological information indicating the holes of the lamina cribrosa based on at least (i) the front area, (ii) the rear area, and (iii) the orientation of the specified image area.

US Pat. No. 10,362,938

FUNDUS IMAGE FORMING DEVICE

NIKON CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A fundus imaging system configured to scan a retina of a subject with a light beam, the system comprising:a reflection mirror configured to reflect a light beam incident on the reflection mirror after passing through a first focus so as to cause the light beam to pass through a second focus;
a two-dimensional scanning unit that is disposed at a position that coincides with a position of the first focus of the reflection mirror and configured to reflect a light beam incident on the two-dimensional scanning unit so as to perform scanning with the light beam in two-dimensional directions;
a detecting unit configured to detect a light beam reflected off the retina; and
a compensating unit configured to correct a detection result of an intensity of the light beam detected by the detecting unit, based on at least one of a scan angle or a scan timing at which the two-dimensional scanning unit performs scanning, so as to compensate for illuminance non-uniformity of the light beam illuminating the retina, the illuminance non-uniformity resulting from an unevenness of a ratio of an angular change of a light beam emitted from the first focus during scanning of the two-dimensional scanning unit to an angular change of a light beam incident on the second focus after being reflected by the reflection mirror.

US Pat. No. 10,362,936

METHODS OF PERFORMING SURGERY USING OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY (OCT)

Bioptigen, Inc., Morrisv...

1. A method for performing a surgical procedure using an optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging system, the method comprising:imaging a surgical region of the subject that contains a structure having a known orientational asymmetry to obtain an OCT image using the OCT imaging system;
testing the OCT image for presence and location of the structure;
confirming correct orientation of the subject using the OCT image of the structure having the known orientational asymmetry;
obtaining at least one image of the surgical region of the subject using OCT and constructing an initial structural view of the surgical region;
computing at least one clinical parameter relevant as an end point for assessing an outcome of the surgical procedure using data derived from the OCT image;
periodically assessing the surgical procedure progression and monitoring clinical outcomes related to the surgical procedure using changes to an OCT-derived structural view of the surgical region and changes to the computed clinical parameters derived from the at least one OCT image;
determining if a surgical plan for the surgical procedure needs modification based on at least one of the periodically assessing and monitoring;
modifying the surgical plan for the surgical procedure in real time if it is determined modification is needed; and
repeatedly assessing and monitoring, determining and modifying until it is determined that further modification is not needed,
wherein computing clinical parameters for the surgical procedure comprises computing at least one of a cornea thickness, a cornea curvature, a lens thickness, a lens curvature, a cornea refractive power, a lens refractive power, an iridocorneal angle, a sclera thickness, a conjunctival thickness, a direction of an optical axis, an orientation of a refractive astigmatism, a thickness of a an edema, a length of a tissue membrane or tear, a width of a surgical incision, a map or a count of surgical debris within a surgical field, a map or measure of degree of contact between an implanted device and surrounding tissue, and orientation of an implanted device relative to a neighboring structure or an optical or physical axis; and,
wherein the computing includes computing from measurements derived from the at least one image.

US Pat. No. 10,362,934

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THE RAPID MEASUREMENT OF THE VISUAL CONTRAST SENSITIVITY FUNCTION

1. A method for implementing a tilted-grating, forced choice contrast sensitivity function test, the method comprising the steps of:presenting a patient with a first series of randomized test chart sets having patterns with two or more choices per set on a high resolution display of 10 bit depth or greater as a video and covering a first range of frequencies and contrasts, the high resolution display being shielded from ambient light that interferes with the test and connected to a processor and associated memory for implementing an algorithm for the contrast sensitivity function test, and wherein the algorithm ensures that the test charts are sized to maintain a predetermined viewing distance between the patient and the display;
having the patient select a response from the two or more choices, automatically recording if the response is correct or incorrect and the time for the patient to make the selection, and providing the patient with additional choices until the first series of test charts are complete and a contrast sensitivity function is generated to a desired precision based upon an analysis of the responses;
analyzing the responses utilizing statistical methods;
providing the patient with an ophthalmic solution to increase visual performance based upon the analyzed results;
repeating the method until a desired ophthalmic resolution is obtained as determined by an adaptive algorithm; and
storing and plotting the contrast sensitivity function to provide an accurate quantitative result for the contrast sensitivity function.

US Pat. No. 10,362,932

MEDICAL DEVICE ILLUMINATOR AND CHARGING SYSTEM

Welch Allyn, Inc., Skane...

1. A method for enabling a medical examination, the method comprising:providing a medical device; and
providing an illuminator that is releasably attachable to the medical device, the illuminator comprising a housing containing a light source, a rechargeable battery that powers the light source, and an inductive charging coil, the inductive charging coil being in stacked arrangement with the rechargeable battery, the inductive charging coil permitting the battery of the illuminator to be recharged using a non-contact charging device,
wherein the medical device is a vaginal speculum and in which the method further comprises:
attaching the illuminator housing to an inner surface of a blade of the vaginal speculum.

US Pat. No. 10,362,930

ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope apparatus comprising:a light source configured to emit one of white illumination light and narrow band illumination light, the white illumination light including red wavelength band light, green wavelength band light, and blue wavelength band light, and the narrow band illumination light having a narrow wavelength band included in each of the blue wavelength band light and the green wavelength band light;
an image sensor having a plurality of pixels, wherein each pixel is configured to receive light, the plurality of pixels being arranged in a lattice pattern, and the image sensor being configured to perform photoelectric conversion on the light received by each of the plurality of pixels to generate an electric signal;
a color filter comprising a filter unit arranged corresponding to the plurality of pixels, the filter unit including a plurality of filters having at least a filter for passing the blue wavelength band light, and a filter for passing the blue wavelength band light and at least one of the green wavelength band light and the red wavelength band light, the number of the filters for passing the green wavelength band light being equal to or greater than half of the number of all the filters of the filter unit, and the number of the filters for passing the blue wavelength band light being equal to or greater than the number of the filters for passing the green wavelength band light; and
a hardware processor configured to:
select, from the plurality of pixels, a luminance component pixel for receiving light of a luminance component, wherein the luminance component is among a plurality of color components, and the selection of the luminance component pixel is based on a control signal indicating a type of illumination light emitted by the light source;
generate a luminance component value based on a pixel value of the selected luminance component pixel;
generate at least one color component value based on the generated luminance component value, wherein the at least one color component value correspond to color components different from the luminance component; and
generate a color image signal, based on the generated luminance component value and the generated color component values, wherein the color image signal corresponds to an image comprising pixels that includes the luminance component.

US Pat. No. 10,362,927

ENDOSCOPE WITH PANNABLE CAMERA

DEKA Products Limited Par...

1. An endoscope having a proximal handle assembly and a distal insertion shaft; the insertion shaft having a distal portion that includes a camera assembly; the insertion shaft comprising a liquid carrying conduit;the camera assembly comprising an electronic image sensor;
the proximal handle assembly comprising a proximal housing and a distal housing;
the distal housing and the insertion shaft connected together and rotatable together relative to the proximal housing;
the liquid carrying conduit including a wired connection extending from the camera assembly to a printed circuit board attached to the distal housing, the wired connection being exposed to any liquids carried by the conduit; wherein
the proximal housing of the handle assembly comprises a liquid passageway in fluid communication with the liquid carrying conduit of the insertion shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,362,926

LOW-COST INSTRUMENT FOR ENDOSCOPICALLY GUIDED OPERATIVE PROCEDURES

CooperSurgical, Inc., Tr...

1. An endoscopic device, comprising:a single-use portion, comprising:
an elongate conduit comprising a proximal portion and comprising a distal portion configured for insertion into a uterus of a patient, the distal portion defining a distal opening through which fluid can be delivered to the uterus,
an imaging system disposed along the distal portion of the elongate conduit for imaging the uterus,
an electrical cable extending from the proximal portion of the elongate conduit to the imaging system,
a fluid hub connected to the proximal portion of the elongate conduit, the fluid hub comprising a fluid connection port and a gasket at which a first seal is provided, and
a sliding connector attached to a proximal end of the fluid hub that isolates fluid to the single-use portion, the sliding connector comprising:
an outer shell, and
a fluid barrier disposed within the outer shell and surrounding the electrical cable, wherein the fluid barrier and the electrical cable together form a second seal at a distal end of the fluid barrier, and wherein the fluid barrier and the electrical cable together form a third seal located proximal to the second seal and along a radial projection of the electrical cable that seats within a radial recess of the fluid barrier; and
a multiple-use portion configured to be attached to and detached from the single-use portion, the multiple-use portion comprising:
a handle coupled to the proximal end of the outer shell of the sliding connector and being located proximal to the sliding connector and to the fluid hub such that the handle, the sliding connector, the fluid hub, and the elongate conduit are arranged in an in-line configuration, and
an integral image display located proximal to the handle and electrically coupled to the imaging system by the electrical cable.

US Pat. No. 10,362,924

JET UNIT, JET NOZZLE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, AND DISH WASHING MACHINE HAVING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A dish washing machine comprising:a cabinet configured to form an exterior;
a washing tub provided in the cabinet to wash dishes; and
a jet nozzle configured to jet washing water to the washing tub,
wherein the jet nozzle comprises a plurality of inner walls of a passage through which the washing water passes, and at least one of the plurality of inner walls has a cross sectional area formed in an arc shape that is convex in an outer circumferential direction of the jet nozzle, and
wherein the plurality of nozzle inner walls extends to the end of the jet nozzle for linearity of the washing water sprayed from the jet nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,362,923

VALVE FOR A SPRAY ARM OF A DISHWASHER APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A dishwasher appliance defining a lateral direction, a transverse direction, and a vertical direction, the lateral, transverse, and directions mutually perpendicular to one another, the dishwasher appliance comprising:a cabinet defining a wash chamber for receipt of articles for washing;
a spray arm disposed within the wash chamber, the spray arm defining an interior and an aperture providing selective fluid communication between the interior and the wash chamber;
a valve positioned within the interior of the spray arm;
a sensor operable to detect a pressure of a fluid flowing from a pump of the dishwasher appliance to the interior of the spray arm; and
a controller communicatively coupled to the sensor, the controller configured to determine a rotational speed of the spray arm based, at least in part, on the detected pressure of the fluid,
wherein the spray arm is rotatable between a first position wherein the valve allows fluid communication between the interior and the wash chamber through the aperture, and a second position wherein the valve obstructs fluid communication between the interior and the wash chamber through the aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,362,921

CLEANER

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A cleaner, comprising:a cleaner body having a controller;
a wheel cover mounted to the cleaner body;
a motor that is connected to the wheel cover and generates a driving force;
a wheel that is coupled to the motor and rotates based on receiving the driving force from the motor;
a guide bar coupled to the wheel cover and extending vertically, the guide bar being connected to the motor to guide a vertical movement of the motor;
a spring surrounding the guide bar and connected to the wheel cover and the motor to absorb impacts during the vertical motion of the motor;
a case having a through-hole into which the guide bar is inserted, the motor being mounted on the case such that a movement of the case along the guide bar guides the vertical movement of the motor; and
a planetary gear train that connects the motor and the wheel, the planetary gear train receiving the driving force from the motor and transferring the driving force to the wheel,
wherein a rotating shaft of the motor and the wheel are coaxially arranged.

US Pat. No. 10,362,919

CLEANING ROBOT AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A cleaning robot comprising:a main body;
a moving assembly mounted on a bottom surface of the main body to perform forward movement to move the main body in a first direction that is a traveling direction of the main body, backward movement to move the main body in a second direction opposite to the first direction, and rotation to rotate the main body within a predetermined range to change the traveling direction of the main body;
a cleaning tool assembly mounted on the bottom surface of the main body to clean a floor;
a detector to detect an obstacle around the main body; and
a controller to determine whether an obstacle is present in front of the main body in the traveling direction based on a detection signal of the detector, control the rotation of the main body to determine whether the main body rotates by an angle equal to or greater than a predetermined angle upon determining that the obstacle is present, and determine that the main body is in a stuck state to control the backward movement of the main body when the main body rotates by an angle less than the predetermined angle.

US Pat. No. 10,362,918

SELF-PROPELLED AND SELF-STEERING FLOOR CLEANER AND METHOD FOR CLEANING A FLOOR SURFACE

robart GmbH, Linz (AT)

1. A self-propelled and self-steering floor cleaner comprising a cleaning device with at least one cleaning unit for cleaning a floor surface of a room, at least a section or sections of an obstacle located inside the room not being in contact with the floor surface, the obstacle being of such low height that the floor cleaner cannot move under the obstacle, the floor cleaner further comprising a transmission unit for emitting radiation directed at the obstacle and the floor surface, in order to spatially scan these, a detection unit for detecting reflected radiation and providing a detection signal relating thereto, a control unit coupled to the detection unit, and a chassis for movement on the floor surface comprising a drive unit coupled to the control unit, it being determinable by the control unit from the detection signal whether a space is present between the obstacle and the floor surface, if so, a floor surface section located underneath the obstacle being regarded as cleanable, and the drive unit being actuatable to move the floor cleaner for cleaning the floor surface section, with at least one cleaning unit reaching into the space,wherein the drive unit is actuatable to move the floor cleaner during cleaning of the floor surface section at a predetermined or predeterminable distance from the obstacle.

US Pat. No. 10,362,915

VACUUM CLEANER

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A vacuum cleaner comprising:a cleaner body;
a pair of wheels provided at both side surfaces of the cleaner body and configured to rotate about a rotating center; and
a rear wheel unit provided at a bottom surface of the cleaner body and configured to provide an upward elastic force at a position rearward of the rotating center of the pair of wheels,
wherein the cleaner body is configured to pivot about the rotating center and has a center of gravity that is located closer to a rear end of the cleaner body than the rotating center,
wherein the rear wheel unit includes:
a supporting part that is rotatably coupled to the bottom surface of the cleaner body and configured to rotate in a pivoting direction of the cleaner body,
an elastic portion that is coupled to the supporting part and that is configured to be elastically deformed based on the supporting part being rotated,
a rotating member that is rotatably coupled to the supporting part and configured to rotate in a direction that is transverse to the rotating direction of the supporting part, and
a rear wheel that is provided at the rotating member and configured to roll on ground.

US Pat. No. 10,362,913

CLEANING APPARATUS DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD

Diversey, Inc., Fort Mil...

1. A mobile cleaning machine comprising:a chassis;
a communications module configured to communicate with a device remote from the mobile cleaning machine;
a sensor operable to sense one or more characteristics of the mobile cleaning machine; and
a controller including a processor and memory, the processor programmed to perform instructions stored in the memory, the instructions including
receiving the one or more characteristics of the mobile cleaning machine sensed by the sensor,
receiving a non-mobile cleaning machine data set from the remote device, and
transmitting, via the communications module, at least one of the one or more characteristics of the mobile cleaning machine and the non-mobile cleaning machine data set to a central location.

US Pat. No. 10,362,910

HAND DRYER DEVICE

CHICONY POWER TECHNOLOGY ...

1. A hand dryer device used to cooperate with a home appliance having an airflow driver, comprising:a first housing having a first body and a first extension portion, wherein the first extension portion is connected to the first body;
a second housing disposed corresponding to the first housing and having a second body and a second extension portion, wherein the second extension portion is connected to the second body, the second body is connected to the first body for defining an accommodating space, the second extension portion and the first extension portion together form a concave annular structure, the concave annular structure has an extension space therein, and the home appliance is received in the accommodating space; and
an airflow driving unit disposed in the accommodating space and the extension space, and comprises:
a sensor disposed on an outer surface of the first housing and/or the second housing, wherein the sensor detects and outputs a sensing signal,
a control module receiving the sensing signal and outputting a control signal to enable the airflow driver of the home appliance to output a strong airflow, and
an airflow guiding structure disposed adjacent to an air outlet of the airflow driver and extending to the extension space.

US Pat. No. 10,362,904

FOOD PROCESSOR SYSTEM

SHARKNINJA OPERATING LLC,...

1. A base for a food processing system, comprising: a housing configured to couple with a complementary container, the housing including a bottom surface;at least one suction device mounted to the bottom surface, the at least one suction device being configured to adhere the base to an adjacent surface; and
at least one release mechanism operably coupled to the at least one suction device, the at least one release mechanism being movable between a first position and a second position to apply a vertical force to an outer periphery of the at least one suction device to release the at least one suction device from the adjacent surface, wherein an exterior surface of the at least one release mechanism arranged generally flush with an outer surface of the housing in both the first position and the second position, wherein the at least one release mechanism includes a first release mechanism and a second release mechanism disposed at opposing sides of the base, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,362,899

BARBECUE GRILL ACCESSORY AND METHOD FOR PREPARING FOOD

Adrenaline Barbecue Compa...

1. A grilling insert adapted for use in a barbecue grill having a recessed cooking chamber, said grilling insert comprising:a double-wall thermal barrier adapted for extending across the recessed cooking chamber of the barbecue grill, and dividing the cooking chamber into direct-heating and indirect-heating cooking sections, and said thermal barrier comprising a chordal water reservoir designed to extend from one point on a circular interior of the recessed cooking chamber to an opposite point, and wherein said thermal barrier has an asymmetrical V-shaped vertical cross-section with a first vertical wall of said thermal barrier being longer than a second vertical wall of said thermal barrier; and
a radiant heat chamber adjacent said double-wall thermal barrier, and designed for holding loose combustible material within the direct-heating cooking section of the barbecue grill, such that cooking temperature in the direct-heating cooking section is relatively high, and is reduced in the indirect-heating cooking section by said double-wall thermal barrier, and said radiant heat chamber comprising a vertical downwardly tapered peripheral wall curving between opposite ends of said thermal barrier and designed to reside proximate an interior surface of the barbecue grill, and said peripheral wall cooperating with said thermal barrier to define a relatively large open top of said heat chamber and a comparatively small bottom of said heat chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,362,892

SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR REGULATING FLOW RATE IN AN ESPRESSO MACHINE

Seattle Espresso Machine ...

1. A brew flow rate regulation assembly for regulating a brew flow rate of pressurized water within an espresso machine while brewing a coffee beverage having coffee grounds using the pressurized water, comprising:an assembly body;
a brew regulation assembly input configured and arranged to allow flow of the pressurized water into the assembly body;
a brew regulation assembly output configured and arranged to allow flow of the pressurized water out of the assembly body;
a first flow path disposed in the assembly body and in fluid communication with the brew regulation assembly input and the brew regulation assembly output, wherein the first flow path is configured and arranged to receive at least a portion of the pressurized water;
a second flow path disposed in the assembly body and in fluid communication with the brew regulation assembly input and the brew regulation assembly output, wherein the second flow path is configured and arranged to receive at least another portion of the pressurized water;
a first adjustable valve configured and arranged to regulate the brew flow rate of the pressurized water within the espresso machine by restricting a first flow rate through the first flow path, the first adjustable valve configured to regulate the pressurized water to pre-wet the coffee grounds at the first flow rate within a first time interval and with a first volume of pressurized water, the combination of the first flow rate, the first time interval, and the first volume of pressurized water insufficient to extract the pressurized water through the coffee grounds to produce the coffee beverage;
a second adjustable valve configured and arranged to regulate the brew flow rate of the pressurized water within the espresso machine by restricting a second flow rate though the second flow path, the second adjustable valve configured to regulate the brew flow rate of the pressurized water to the first flow rate during pre-wetting of the coffee grounds and configured to regulate a second volume of pressurized water at a second flow rate within a second time interval to extract the pressurized water through the coffee grounds to produce the coffee beverage;
wherein the brew flow rate of the pressurized water is equal to at least a sum of the first flow rate and the second flow rate; and
controls for the brew regulation assembly configured to adjustably control the first valve and/or the second valve to vary continuously and transition between two or more positions such that the brew flow rate of the pressurized water is adjustable during the espresso brewing process to vary pressure of pressurized water along the respective first flow path and/or the second flow path, the controls for the brew regulation assembly comprising a rotatable handle or adjustment knob.

US Pat. No. 10,362,891

PRESSURE-COOKING UTENSIL PROVIDED WITH A LOCKING/UNLOCKING CONTROL MEMBER THAT OPERATES ASYMMETRICALLY

SEB S.A, Ecully (FR)

1. A food-cooking utensil comprising:a vessel and a lid;
locking/unlocking means mounted to move between a locked position in which the locking/unlocking means lock the lid to the vessel and an unlocked position in which the lid is free relative to the vessel; and
a control member for controlling the movement of the locking/unlocking means, the control member being mounted to enable a user to move the control member back and forth between (i) a locking position, which causes the locking/unlocking means to move to the locked position in which the locking/unlocking means lock the lid to the vessel, and (ii) an unlocking position, which causes the locking/unlocking means to move to the unlocked position in which the lid is free relative to the vessel, the unlocking position of the control member being a stable position in which the control member remains in the stable position without the user interacting with the control member and until force is applied manually to move the control member out of said stable position,
wherein while the control member is being moved from its locking position towards its unlocking position, the control member and the locking/unlocking means co-operate so that the instantaneous position of the locking/unlocking means varies as a function of the instantaneous position of the control member in a first relationship,
wherein while the control member is being moved from its unlocking position towards its locking position, the control member and the locking/unlocking means co-operate so that the instantaneous position of the locking/unlocking means varies as a function of the instantaneous position of the control member in a second relationship that is different from the first relationship, and
wherein in the second relationship in which the control member is being moved from its unlocking position towards its locking position, the locking/unlocking means remains stationary in its unlocked position until the control member reaches its locking position and, upon the control member reaching its locking position from its unlocking position, the control member causes the locking/unlocking means to move into its locked position from its stationary unlocked position to lock the lid to the vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,362,890

METHOD FOR SIMULTANEOUSLY PEELING AND CUTTING COOKED VEGETABLES

Hosam Khalil Smiley, New...

1. A method for peeling, and cutting a cooked root vegetable comprising providing a cooked root vegetable having flesh and skin wherein same has been cut in half to provide cut surfaces; placing said cut in half and cooked root vegetable on a movable surface with the cut surface facing upward, said surface existing within a frame, said frame having front, rear and side surfaces so as to receive the cut in half and cooked root vegetable, said surface associated with the frame to enable said surface to move within the frame linearly and reciprocally along at least a portion of the height of the frame; fixing a mesh plate to the frame above said surface, the mesh plate oriented perpendicular to the movement of said surface; and providing power to enable said surface to move toward the mesh plate, whereby said surface moves the cut in half and cooked root vegetable through the mesh plate, such that said flesh of the cut in half and cooked vegetable is cut and the skin remains behind the mesh plate after all of said flesh has been fed through said mesh plate.

US Pat. No. 10,362,889

RECEPTACLE FOR RECEIVING AND SECURING PACKAGES AND OTHER ITEMS

BENCHSENTRY INC., Little...

1. A receptacle that is positionable on a porch or other area of a home and that is configured for securing a package, the receptacle comprising:a bottom panel;
four side panels that are coupled with the bottom panel and that are coupled together to form an exterior wall that extends upward from the bottom panel and that defines an interior space within which the package is positionable, wherein opposing ends of each panel of said four side panels include at least one interfacing member having a through hole, the interfacing members being arranged so that as the ends of the four side panels are assembled, the through holes of adjacent interfacing members are axially offset, and wherein said four side panels are coupled together via insertion of a rigid rod member through the through holes of the adjacent interfacing members, wherein said insertion of said rigid rod member axially aligns the through holes of the adjacent interfacing members and thereby increases a mating engagement of adjacent side panels and increases a rigidity of the receptacle;
a lid that is pivotably coupled with a back panel of said four side panels via a hinge mechanism, the lid being configured to cover an opening at a top end of the receptacle to enclose the package within the interior space, wherein the lid is configured to be pivoted open to enable the package to be removed from the interior space, and wherein the hinge mechanism is positioned relative to said four side panels so that a pivot point of the hinge mechanism is positioned above a top surface of the lid and is positioned forward of a rear surface of the back panel; and
a lock mechanism that is operably coupled with the lid and the exterior wall of the receptacle, the lock mechanism having a locked state in which the lid is locked and secured about the top end of the receptacle to prevent user access to the interior space and the lock mechanism having an unlocked state in which the lid is pivotable open to allow user access to the interior space; wherein:
a seam between each adjacent panel is covered and concealed by a component of the exterior wall so that the seam is not readily user accessible;
a vertical lip of the lid overlaps at least three sides of the top end of the exterior wall so that a seam between the lid and the top end of the exterior wall is covered by the lip.

US Pat. No. 10,362,887

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR PLACING A COVERING ABOUT A MATTRESS

Russo Inventions, LLC, G...

1. A tool for manipulating a bed covering, comprising:a proximal handle portion;
a distal end portion comprising a plurality of spaced-apart protrusions extending outwardly therefrom, wherein the spaced-apart protrusions are configured to engage and extend through a plurality of openings in said bed covering to manipulate said bed covering; and
end stop portions disposed directly adjacent to the spaced-apart protrusions sized and configured for abutting with said bed covering adjacent to the openings of said bed covering to limit how far the protrusions can extend through the openings.

US Pat. No. 10,362,884

CHILD-RESTRAINING HARNESS AND BIB

1. A safety harness comprising: a body harness and a bib; wherein the safety harness is further configured for use with a person; wherein the person is selected from the group consisting of an infant and a toddler; wherein the person is further defined with a pelvis; wherein the safety harness is configured for use with a chair; wherein the body harness attaches the person to the chair; wherein the bib is a protective garment; wherein the body harness comprises a pelvic strap, a plurality of harness straps, and a plurality of harness fasteners; wherein the plurality of harness fasteners attach to the plurality of harness straps; wherein the plurality of harness straps attach to the pelvic strap; wherein the plurality of harness fasteners comprises a first hook and loop fastener and a second hook and loop fastener; wherein the first hook and loop fastener is a hook and loop fastening device; wherein the first hook and loop fastener is further defined with a first hook/loop surface and a second hook/loop surface; wherein the second hook and loop fastener is a hook and loop fastening device; wherein the second hook and loop fastener is further defined with a third hook/loop surface and a fourth hook/loop surface; wherein the first hook and loop fastener attaches the first strap to the second strap; wherein the first hook/loop surface attaches to the second hook/loop surface to form the first hook and loop fastener; wherein the safety harness is assembled using a first seam, a second seam, a third seam, and a fourth seam; wherein the first seam attaches the second end of the first strap to the superior end of the pelvic strap such that the first strap lays flush with a fifteenth end of the pelvic strap; wherein the second seam attaches a third end of the second strap to the inferior end of the pelvic strap such that the second strap lays flush with the fifteenth end of the pelvic strap; wherein the third seam attaches a sixth end of the third strap to the superior end of the pelvic strap such that the third strap lays flush with a sixteenth end of the pelvic strap; wherein the fourth seam attaches a seventh end of the fourth strap to the inferior end of the pelvic strap such that the fourth strap lays flush with the sixteenth end of the pelvic strap.

US Pat. No. 10,362,883

UNITARY, CONTINUOUS AND LINEAR APPARATUS HAVING DUAL FUNCTIONALITY FOR TRANSPORTING AND SECURING COVER TO A SEATING OR RESTING DEVICE

Leann L. Bellini, Dixon,...

1. An apparatus for transporting a cover and for securing said cover to a seating or resting device comprising:a) a linear strap, wherein said linear strap further comprising:
i) a left strap,
ii) a stabilizing pad, wherein said stabilizing pad further comprises a first quilt stitching and a second quilt stitching, and
iii) a right strap,
b) a first fastening means for engaging a first end of said linear strap to said linear strap to form a first closed-loop of variable size to secure towel during transportation,
c) a second fastening means for engaging a second end of said linear strap to said linear strap to form a second closed-loop of variable size for use as a transportation sling, and
d) a variable coupling means for configuring said linear strap into a third closed-loop of variable size for securing said cover disposed on said seating or resting device.

US Pat. No. 10,362,881

COLLAPSIBLE, FOLDING MATTRESS SUPPORT WITH A HEADBOARD AND A FOOTBOARD THAT FOLD OUT

Best Price Mattress Inc.,...

1. A foldable mattress support comprising:a bedboard frame with a first portion and a second portion;
a central hinge portion that is pivotally attached to the first portion and the second portion;
a headboard frame; and
means for rotating the headboard frame from a collapsed state that is parallel and adjacent to the first portion to an unfolded state that is perpendicular to the first portion without pivoting the headboard frame about any axis whose position is fixed with respect to the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,362,879

BED FRAME ASSEMBLED BY SLIDING THE ENDS OF HOLLOW METAL BARS INTO NARROW SLOTS CUT INTO OTHER METAL BARS

Zinus Inc., Tracy, CA (U...

1. A mattress support comprising:a first hollow bar with a rectangular cross section, a first end and a first slot, wherein the first hollow bar is made from metal having a first thickness;
a second hollow bar with a rectangular cross section, wherein a second slot is disposed in two adjacent sides of the second hollow bar, wherein the second slot has a first width that is greater than the first thickness but less than twice the first thickness, wherein a third slot is disposed in the two adjacent sides of the second hollow bar, and wherein the first end of the first hollow bar is adapted to be inserted into the second slot; and
a third hollow bar with a rectangular cross section and a top end, wherein the third hollow bar is made from metal having a second thickness, wherein the third slot has a second width that is greater than the second thickness but less than twice the second thickness, and wherein the top end of the third hollow bar is adapted to be inserted into the first slot and the third slot.

US Pat. No. 10,362,878

FOLDABLE SOFA-BED

Ultra-Mek, Inc., Denton,...

1. A seating unit that includes a foldable bed, the seating unit comprising:a base with an internal cavity;
a foldable bed that includes separate and distinct head, intermediate and seat sections, wherein in a folded position, the intermediate and seat sections are generally horizontally disposed and positioned in vertically stacked relationship, and the head section is generally vertically disposed and positioned adjacent a rear portion of the base, with an outer surface of a cushion of the head section facing rearwardly to form a rear surface of the seating unit, and in an unfolded position, the head, intermediate and seat sections are generally horizontally disposed and in serial alignment with each other, with the outer surface of the cushion of the head section facing upwardly; and
a bed folding mechanism that is attached to the base and the head, intermediate and seat sections that controls the movement of the bed between the folded and unfolded positions.

US Pat. No. 10,362,876

CHAIR

OKAMURA CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A chair comprising:an installation base which is mounted on or fixed to an installation surface and includes a tilting allowance hole;
a leg column which stands upward from the installation base and is supported by the installation base in a tiltable manner;
a seat body which is supported on an upper part of the leg column to receive a seating load of an occupant;
an elastic member which is interposed between the leg column and the installation base and urges the leg column to take a vertical posture which is an initial tilted posture;
a support wall which supports the elastic member on the installation base and has an insertion hole; and
a coming-off restriction portion which penetrates the support wall from below to restrict coming-off of the leg column from the installation base,
wherein, in the support wall of the installation base, part of the coming-off restriction portion is inserted through the insertion hole, and a slide guide coming into slidable contact with a lower surface of a peripheral edge portion of the insertion hole of the coming-off restriction portion is provided, and
the coming-off restriction portion has a spherical guide surface which upwardly protrudes and comes into slidable contact with the slide guide below the insertion hole.

US Pat. No. 10,362,872

FOLDING DRAWER FOR CABINET

E-MAKE CO., LTD., Taichu...

1. A folding drawer for cabinet, comprising:a bottom board including a plurality of holes in a front end;
two side panels each including a plurality of holes in a front end, a slide on an outer surface, and an L-shaped positioning member on a top of a rear end;
a rear panel including two U-shaped grooves on two sides respectively, and two flexible projections each adjacent to the U-shaped groove wherein the L-shaped positioning member is configured to dispose in the U-shaped groove;
a front panel including a plurality of holes in a lower portion of a rear surface;
a plurality of pins each having two ends fitted in either the hole of the front panel and the hole of the bottom board respectively or the hole of the front panel and the hole of either side panel respectively; and
first, second and third hinges wherein the first hinge is disposed on a joining portion of a rear surface of the rear panel and a bottom of the bottom board, the second hinge is disposed on a joining portion of an inner surface of one side panel and a top of the bottom board, and the third hinge is disposed on a joining portion of an inner surface of the other side panel and the top of the bottom board.

US Pat. No. 10,362,871

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FIXING A PUSH ELEMENT

1. A device for fixing a push element to a rail (5) of a pull-out guide (3), comprising:a clamping mechanism with a receptacle (20);
a holding part (12) securable in the receptacle,
a device for depth adjustment for the push element (4), and
a self-locking clamping element (25) provided on the receptacle (20), by means of which the holding part (12) is frictionally secured against being pulled out,
wherein the device (11) for depth adjustment has a stop (100) which can be adjusted on or in the receptacle (20).

US Pat. No. 10,362,866

METHODS FOR CONTROLLED DISPENSING

Cubex LLC, Phoenix, AZ (...

1. A method for selective actuation, comprising: translating an index plate in a first direction in proximity to a plurality of bins arranged relative to one another in a plurality of columns of bins and each having a corresponding trigger release arm, wherein the index plate defines a plane having a perimeter border and a plurality of protrusions extending from a surface of the plate entirely within the perimeter border of the plane such that the plurality of protrusions are non-planar relative to the index plate and where the plurality of protrusions define a plurality of rows arranged upon the plate in a collinear arrangement; aligning a single protrusion to a single trigger release arm along the first direction; and translating the index plate in a second direction transverse to the first direction such that the single protrusion engages with the single trigger release arm and actuates a preselected bin which corresponds to the single trigger release arm, wherein the plurality of protrusions further define a plurality of columns which are arranged upon the plate at an angle relative to a proximal or distal edge of the plate such that each protrusion is off-set relative to an adjacent protrusion along the plurality of columns of protrusions which are further arranged to actuate alternating columns from the plurality of columns of bins for dispensing.

US Pat. No. 10,362,865

SECURABLE AND COLLAPSIBLE WORK STATION

JPL Investments, LLC, Sa...

1. A securable work station comprising:a base portion comprising a housing having a bottom, a first side, an opposing second side, a front, a back and a top, and a generally planar work surface located at said top of said housing;
an upper portion movably mounted relative to said base portion, said work-bench portion having a first side, an opposing second side, a front, a back and a top and defining an interior area, said work-bench portion configured to move between a first lowered position in which said first side, said opposing second side, said front, said back and said top of said upper portion extend over and cover said first side, said opposing second side, top front, said back and said top of said base portion whereby said housing of said base portion located within said interior area of said upper portion, whereby said securable work station has a first height, and a second raised position in which said upper portion is raised upwardly relative to said base portion and said securable work station has a second height which is greater than said first height and said interior area of said upper portion defines a generally open work space above said generally planar work surface; and
an upper portion lift assist mechanism, said lift assist mechanism comprising at least one biasing mechanism which biases said upper portion upwardly relative to said base portion, said biasing mechanism being user-adjustable whereby a biasing force generated by said at least one biasing mechanism is modifiable by a user.

US Pat. No. 10,362,862

RAILING SUPPORTED BUFFET

1. A rail-mounted buffet mountable to a railing having a top rail and one or more vertical balusters, the rail-mounted buffet comprising:a main bar buffet section having a flat surface area for supporting items on the main bar buffet section;
a U-shaped channel located on an underside of the main bar buffet formed between a back-side member and a front side member, wherein the back-side member and front side member are movable in relation to one another such that a width of the U-shaped channel is adjustable, and wherein a position of the front side member relative to the backside member may be fixed in varying locations such that a width of the U-shaped channel is adjustably fixed;
a trust support having a first end and a second end, the trust support attached to the underside of the main bar buffet at the first end of the trust support;
a baluster support comprising a clamshell formed of a first clam shell portion engaged with a second clam shell such that the baluster support fits around one of the one or more balusters, the baluster support attached to the second end of the trust support.

US Pat. No. 10,362,858

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A BRUSH AND BRUSH

BRAUN GMBH, Kronberg (DE...

1. A method of manufacturing a toothbrush, comprising the steps of:providing a carrier having at least a first through hole extending from a front side to a backside of the carrier and at least a first wall element being integral with the carrier and extending from the backside in a vicinity of the first through hole;
introducing a first cleaning element into the first through hole such that an end portion of the first cleaning element is exposed on the backside of the carrier;
treating the end portion of the first cleaning element such that it deforms and becomes wider than the first through hole; and thereafter
deforming the first wall element until it at least partially extends over the deformed end portion of the first cleaning element such that the first cleaning element is effectively retained in its axial position, wherein the step of deforming the first wall element is performed after the step of treating the end portion of the first cleaning element.

US Pat. No. 10,362,856

CARRYING CASE FOR POLICE OR MILITARY EQUIPMENT

Armament Systems and Proc...

1. An apparatus comprisingan elongated backer plate having a plurality of mutually parallel slots spaced-apart along a longitude of the backer plate from a midpoint towards one of the ends, each extending across the backer plate transverse to the longitudinal axis and having a constant cross section in longitude with a root end relatively wider than an opposing, open end;
an elongated cover plate;
a hinge that pivotally connects a first end of the backer plate to a first end of the cover plate;
a resilient lock that releasably connects a second end of the backer plate to the second end of the cover plate;
an adjustable spacer located between the backer plate and cover plate, the adjustable spacer having a slot engaging portion extending from the adjustable spacer that is complementary to the cross section of each of the plurality of slots wherein a space between the backer plate, the cover plate, the hinge and resilient lock is adapted to accept a range of different sizes of belts worn by a human user and wherein the adjustable spacer may be inserted into any of the plurality of slots to accommodate the different sizes of belts; and
a police or military holster fabricated from a flexible fabric, the holster further including an adapter plate rotatably attached to the backer plate and a diaphragm disposed between the adapter plate and mounting plate and sewn to the flexible fabric of the holster around a periphery of the adapter plate.

US Pat. No. 10,362,853

SWIVEL LIP APPLICATOR

CONCEPT WORKSHOP WORLDWID...

1. An applicator comprising:a body having a first top surface including an opening, a channel extending through the body away from the opening of the first top surface, and a first side and a second side including a first slot and a second slot respectively cut through the first and second sides;
a cover having a second top surface, a first arm and a second arm extending away from the second top surface, and a first and second hinges installed on the first and second arms respectively;
a support cup having a side wall, an inner-body opening configured to receive a product, and first and second recesses inscribed on opposite sides of the side wall; and
an indentation or hole on at least one of the first and second sides of the body and a peg on at least one of the corresponding first and second arms of the cover such that when the indentation or hole engages with the peg, the cover is prevented from moving longitudinally with respect to the body,
wherein the support cup is slidably fitted inside the channel of the body and the cover is hingedly coupled to the body via the first and second hinges of the cover,
wherein the first and second hinges protrude through the first and second slots of the body and engage with the first and second recesses of the support cup, respectively, and the cover and the support cup are slidable together in a longitudinal direction along the channel of the body, and
wherein the body is configured to allow the cover and support cup to slide in the longitudinal direction only after the cover is rotated away from a position in which the opening is covered.

US Pat. No. 10,362,852

ERGONOMIC MANICURING SUPPORT

Lori Ellen Halloway, Sal...

1. An ergonomic manicuring support apparatus comprising:an angled ramp including a top edge, a bottom edge wider in length than the top edge and opposing side edges extending between the bottom edge and the top edge, wherein the angled ramp is configured to receive and support at least one forearm and at least one wrist of a user;
a platform including a top edge, a bottom edge wider in length than the top edge and connected to the top edge of the angled ramp and opposing side edges extending between the bottom edge and the top edge, wherein the platform is configured to receive and support at least one hand of the user;
at least one contoured convex hand support disposed proximate at least one opposing side edge of the platform, wherein the at least one contoured convex hand support is configured to support and prevent movement of the at least one hand of the user;
a pair of legs connected to and supporting the angled ramp and the platform, wherein the pair of legs are connected to a portion of the platform to allow the top edge of the platform to extend from the legs; and
support brackets extending between the pair of legs to structurally reinforce the angled ramp and the platform,
wherein the at least one forearm, wrist and hand of the user are positioned and supported by the angled ramp and at least one contoured convex hand support on the platform to elevate the at least one wrist and the at least one hand of the user and position one or more fingers of the user in a hanging downward position relative to the top edge of the platform to receive manicuring services.

US Pat. No. 10,362,847

LENS FOR PROTECTIVE CASE

Otter Products, LLC, For...

1. A protective case for an electronic device having a camera and a microphone, the protective case including a lens assembly comprising:a transparent lens having a first side configured to face the electronic device and at least partially cover the camera when the electronic device is installed in the protective case and a second side opposite the first side; wherein a first portion of the first side and a second portion of the second side are each coated with a light-blocking material and a first optically transparent portion of the first side and a second optically transparent portion of the second side are uncoated; the second optically transparent portion having an area greater than an area of the first optically transparent portion; and
a water-resistant membrane attached to the transparent lens and configured to cover the microphone of the installed electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,362,844

MOVABLE DECORATIVE ELEMENTS

CHOPARD TECHNOLOGIES SA, ...

1. A decorative article comprising a movable decorative element which is freely mounted in rotation and translation between two walls (5, 6) whose inner faces are parallel to each other, at least one of which is transparent, the decorative element including a precious or semi-precious stone (2) mounted in a socket (1), the socket (1) including:a closed bottom (4), having an outer face (7) which is applied in contact against the inner face of one of said walls, with one of the contacting faces bulged to promote the rotation of the decorative element, and
an open outer face (7) opposite to the bottom (4) which is flush with or protrudes relative to the stone (2) to form a bearing surface against the other of said walls (5, 6),
characterized in that the precious or semi-precious stone (2) is held in said socket (1) by a plurality of arms (3) integral with the socket (1) and extend above a body (8) of the socket (1) terminating at a free end, crimp the stone (2), the body (8) of the socket with said plurality of integral arms (3) being closed by said closed bottom whose outer face in contact with said inner face of the other of said walls promotes the rotation of the decorative element, said arms (3) leaving, therebetween and above the body (8) of the socket (1), lateral openings (9) which are rotatable with the socket (1) and which let appear flanks of the stone (2) between the arms (3) during rotation of the decorative element, and said bearing surface is constituted by free ends of said arms (3) in the form of separate contact areas spaced from each other around the open outer face (7) of the socket (1) about a periphery thereof, the free ends of said plurality of arms (3) being able to come to bear against the other of said walls when the decorative element rotates and translates between the two walls.

US Pat. No. 10,362,841

ORNAMENT

MARIND CO., LTD., Osaka-...

1. An ornament comprising:an ornament body which is provided with a receiving portion;
a pivot shaft provided in erect fashion, and engaging the receiving portion in such manner that only a bottom end portion of the pivot shaft makes contact with said receiving portion;
a rigid suspending arm portion that protrudes from a top end portion of said pivot shaft; and
a jewelry member supported by a lower portion of said suspending arm portion;
wherein said pivot shaft, said suspending arm portion, and the jewelry member supported in pendant fashion by the lower portion of said suspending arm portion are formed in integral fashion; and
said pivot shaft is capable of swinging about a contact point of said receiving portion.

US Pat. No. 10,362,840

DEPLOYABLE FLAG BRACELET

1. A deployable flag bracelet comprising:a medial longitudinal flap member having a first longitudinal edge, an opposing longitudinal edge, a medial flap member obverse surface, and a medial flap member reverse surface;
a first longitudinal flap member coextensive along the opposing longitudinal edge, said first longitudinal flap member having a first flap member obverse surface, and a first flap member reverse surface;
a deployable flag portion coextensive along the first longitudinal edge, said flag portion rollable for storage when not in use by rolling the flag portion into contact overlying the medial flap member obverse surface, where the flag portion is thereat concealable beneath the first longitudinal flap member by folding the first longitudinal flap member on top of the flag portion such that the first flap member obverse surface makes contact with and conceals the rolled flag portion, wherein a transverse length of the first longitudinal flap member is of sufficient length to conceal the entirety of the rolled flag portion; and
wherein said medial longitudinal flap member further has a first transverse edge and an opposing transverse edge for endwise attachment therebetween to form the bracelet wherein the deployable flag portion is maintainably concealed behind the first longitudinal flap member and wearable about a wrist of a user, whereby the user can deploy the flag portion to clean an optical surface by detaching the first transverse edge from the opposing transverse edge and unrolling the deployable flag portion.

US Pat. No. 10,362,837

CLOSURE APPARATUS

Fastech Asia Worldwide, L...

1. A closure comprising:a male closure member comprising:
a first loop;
an arm fixedly attached to the first loop;
a bar fixedly attached to the arm, the bar having an upper portion extending orthogonally from the arm in a first direction and a lower portion extending orthogonally from the arm in a second direction opposite the first direction; and
a first loop extension fixedly attached to the first loop and extending orthogonally from the first loop in the second direction; and
a female closure member comprising:
a second loop; and
a base portion fixedly attached to the second loop, the base portion comprising:
a top edge;
a bottom edge;
a blind hole extending from the top edge toward the bottom edge into which the bar of the male closure member is insertable at the top edge and moveable along and configured for rotational pivoting of the bar in the blind hole;
a resilient protrusion disposed in and extending from the base portion at a position proximal to the bottom edge and configured to secure the first loop extension upon insertion and rotation of the bar in the blind hole; and
a recess configured to receive the arm attached to the bar inserted in the blind hole and positioned such that the upper portion of the bar and the lower portion of the bar are disposed between the top edge and the bottom edge.

US Pat. No. 10,362,834

HYDROGEL CONNECTION

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of manufacture comprising: a substrate body having a first side; a hydrogel-containing material secured to the first side such that a portion of the hydrogel-containing material is embedded into the substrate body, the hydrogel-containing material defining at least a portion of a first external surface of the article, wherein the substrate body comprises one or more traction elements extending from the first side such that the embedded portion of the hydrogel-containing material is embedded into the one or more traction elements.

US Pat. No. 10,362,831

CYCLING SHOE

SELLE ROYAL S.P.A., Pozz...

1. A cycling shoe, comprising a sole provided with an upper face and a lower face, as well as an upper that rises up from said sole, wherein the surface of said upper comprises a plurality of recesses suitable for decreasing the form drag of said upper hit by air, wherein said sole comprises a heelpiece comprising a channeling, for conveying the air that hits the shoe through a predetermined path, in order to reduce the form drag, wherein said channeling comprises a first branch and a second branch which are not open at the upper face of the sole and which are open, respectively, at a first air inlet opening and at a second air inlet opening provided for in the lower face of the sole and on the opposite sides of the heelpiece, and wherein the first branch and the second branch communicate with a single rear discharge of the heelpiece, and wherein the heelpiece does not project with respect to the lower face of the sole, so as to define a continuous surface alongside the lower face of the sole.

US Pat. No. 10,362,828

HEADBAND ARRANGEMENT AND WELDING HELMET EQUIPPED WITH THE SAME

Tecmen Electronics Co., L...

1. A headband arrangement for a welding helmet, comprising:a fixed attachment structure; and
a helmet mounting structure cooperating with the attachment structure and comprising a lockable component,
wherein:
at least two stopping positions are defined longitudinally between the attachment structure and the helmet mounting structure,
the helmet mounting structure is selectively switchable between an unlocking state and a locking state,
in the unlocking state, the helmet mounting structure is slidable between the at least two stopping positions relative to the attachment structure, and
in the locking state, the helmet mounting structure is locked to one of the at least two stopping positions relative to the attachment structure and is adapted to be held at one of the at least two stopping positions by a magnetic force generated between a pair of magnetic parts the pair of magnetic parts comprising a first magnetic part secured on the lockable component and a second magnetic part, the second magnetic part secured on the helmet mounting structure or the attachment structure.

US Pat. No. 10,362,827

HEADGEAR ACCESSORY ATTACHMENT APPARATUS

Bryan Family Enterprises ...

1. A helmet accessory attachment apparatus adapted to be secured to the helmet, the helmet accessory attachment apparatus comprising:a band member comprising a central opening for receiving the helmet and at least one size adjustment member for adjusting the size of the flexible band member from a resting configuration, to an active configuration when the band member is fitted onto the helmet and the size adjustment feature is locked;
an accessory connector located on the band member for mounting a helmet accessory to the band member;
wherein the band member is sufficiently flexible to be manipulated from a floppy state in the resting configuration to a taut state in which the band member forms a secure clamp around a front edge of the helmet when the band member is fitted about the helmet and the size adjustment feature is locked, thereby prohibiting the apparatus from rising or rotating upwards on the helmet.

US Pat. No. 10,362,823

EYELASH EXTENSION CASE

Jessica Hill, Philadelph...

1. An eyelash extension case, comprising:an enclosure body defining a first internal region for storage of one or more eyelash extensions; and
a lid operative to cover the first internal region in a closed state and open to allow access to the first internal region in an open state;
wherein internal wall surfaces of the first internal region form a floor, and one or more eyelash extension retaining features,
each eyelash extension retaining feature including a protrusion that extends outward from the floor toward the lid along an axis,
each protrusion having curved wall surfaces that transition into the floor, and each protrusion having curved wall surfaces that define an outer profile of the protrusion surrounding the axis, and
wherein at least a portion of each protrusion is formed from a self-adhesive super-gel material to retain the one or more eyelash extensions
wherein the enclosure body is formed from two enclosure body halves that collectively define a second internal region.

US Pat. No. 10,362,821

OPENABLE GIFT PACKAGING DEVICE

Imprint Diamond Corp., S...

1. A gift packaging device comprising:a support device including a support member, a bore formed in said support member;
a stem slidably received and engaged through said bore of said support member and moveable up and down relative to said support member, said stem including an upper portion located above said support member,
a carrier member disposed on said stem for supporting a gift,
a plurality of flaps pivotally attached to said support member and rotateable relative to said support member between a folded position where the gift is covered and shielded with said flaps, and an opened position where the gift is viewable, and
a plurality of links coupled between said stem and said flaps for allowing said flaps to be rotated relative to said support member between said folded position and said opened position when said stem is moved relative to said support member of said support device, wherein
said support member includes a plurality of protrusions extended from said support member, and said flaps each include a stud pivotally attached to said protrusions of said support member.

US Pat. No. 10,362,818

UTILITY GLOVE

MADGRIP HOLDINGS, LLC, E...

1. A method of manufacturing a utility glove having a thumb, four fingers and a main body, said glove comprising a three dimensional molded portion, the molded portion comprising an elastomeric material bonded to a fabric material in a three dimensional configuration substantially conforming to three dimensional contours of at least a portion of a hand exclusive of any variations in thickness or features on the surface of the molded portion, comprising the steps of:a. placing a glove blank comprising a fabric material over a first mold part in the form of at least a portion of a hand;
b. bringing a second mold part into molding engagement with the first mold part to create a cavity with only a portion of the glove blank on the first mold part; and
c. injecting an elastomeric material into the cavity to form a molded portion, said molded portion having a thickness of from about 0.8 mm to about 10.8 mm with the elastomeric material on the fabric of the molded portion having a thickness of from about 0.4 mm to about 10.0 mm, wherein the elastomeric material of the molded portion is integrally formed to continuously extend up to and including 360° about the main body of the glove while leaving a portion of the fabric material of the glove blank without elastomeric material entirely surrounded by the molded portion.

US Pat. No. 10,362,817

MULTI-USE GARMENT

1. A multi-use garment comprising:a torsal portion configured to be worn over a torso having a bottom edge configured to be adjacent a waist of a wearer when worn;
a pair of sleeve portions attached to the torsal portion, wherein each sleeve portion is configured to accommodate at least a part of an arm;
a pair of separate leg portions attached to the torsal portion, wherein each leg portion is configured to accommodate at least a part of a leg, wherein each leg portion has a first end adjacent the torsal portion and a second end remote from the torsal portion;
a pair of fasteners attached to the second end of each of the pair of leg portions,
wherein each fastener is configured to create a completely closed bottom edge of the torsal portion;
wherein each fastener of the pair of fasteners is at least one of the following: a zipper, a snap button fastener, a hook and loop fastener, a drawstring, a pair of drawstrings; and
wherein each fastener of the pair of fasteners is configured to create a completely closed bottom edge of the torsal portion so that, in one configuration of the multi-use garment, each leg portion is entirely drawn into an inner space of the torsal portion thus closing off the entire bottom edge of the multi-use garment wherein nothing projects from the bottom edge of the multi-use garment and the multi-use garment is capable of being used as a storage bag or a sleeping bag.