US Pat. No. 10,987,761

METHOD OF CREATING A BURST GROOVE BY LASER SCORING

Elfab Limited, North Shi...

1. A method of creating a burst groove in a burst member, the groove following a path, wherein:the groove is created in a plurality of laser scoring stages which are performed in succession to thereby successively increase the depth of the burst groove during each stage;
each laser scoring stage involving laser scoring the burst member along at least a portion of the path;
wherein the laser scoring in each said stage involves laser-energizing a respective region of said burst member, and wherein each said region has a respective energization width measured perpendicular to said path, and wherein in at least one stage said energization width is smaller than the energization width in the immediately preceding stage, and wherein the smaller-width energization region in the later stage is formed entirely or partially within the higher-width, earlier stage, energization region.

US Pat. No. 10,987,760

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A HOLDING PLATE, IN PARTICULAR FOR A CLAMP FOR HOLDING WAFERS

16. A method of manufacturing of a holding plate having a ceramic material of a plurality of phases with at least two chemical elements and being configured for a holding apparatus for holding a component by electrostatic forces or vacuum, the method comprising:material removal from the holding plate by laser ablation, wherein by a laser irradiation a plurality of protrusions are formed on the holding plate, end faces of which span a carrier surface for the component, and
surface modification of the holding plate by the laser irradiation, wherein irradiation parameters of the laser irradiation are set such that at least one of the chemical elements of the ceramic material is enriched on the surface of the holding plate such that the stoichiometric ratio of the chemical elements on the surface, in comparison with the volume material, is shifted towards at least one of the chemical elements,
wherein the enrichment includes the formation of a surface layer which includes said plurality of phases and, by deviation from the volume material, has a higher proportion of at least one of the phases relative to remaining phases of said plurality of phases within said surface layer.

US Pat. No. 10,987,758

TEACHING DEVICE FOR LASER MACHINING

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A teaching device for a laser machining system configured to perform laser machining on a workpiece while moving an irradiation position of laser light using a robot, the teaching device comprising:a graphical user interface processing unit configured to display
machining periods, in each of which machining is performed by irradiating a corresponding one of a plurality of machining points set for the workpiece with the laser light while the robot moves along a machining path, and non-machining periods between the machining periods of the plurality of machining points, arranged in time series in a band-like region in a distinguishable manner,
a slider image having ends corresponding to a start time point and an end time point of a total movement time of the robot for completing machining of all of the plurality of machining points, and
a slide position of the slider image being set so as to be movable in a longitudinal direction of the band-like region.

US Pat. No. 10,987,747

BRAZING MATERIAL OUTER COAT AND PREPARATION METHOD THEREOF, IN-SITU SYNTHETIC METAL-COATED FLUX-CORED SILVER BRAZING MATERIAL, PREPARATION METHOD THEREOF, WELDING METHOD AND JOINT BODY

ZHENGZHOU RESEARCH INSTIT...

1. An in-situ synthetic metal-coated flux-cored silver brazing material, comprising a flux core and a brazing material outer coat wrapping the flux core, wherein the brazing material outer coat comprises, in percentage by weight:silver Ag 20.0˜36.0%, copper Cu 35.0˜45.0%, zinc Zn 27.0˜37.0%, tin Sn 1.0˜3.0%, phosphorus P 0.1%-0.5%, nickel Ni 0.5˜2.0%, germanium Ge 0.1˜0.3%, and lithium Li 0.1˜0.3%, and
the flux core comprises, in percentage by weight:
elemental boron micropowder 5.0˜10.0%, sodium borohydride 5.0˜10.0%, potassium fluoroborate 15.0˜30.0%, boric anhydride 25.0˜40.0%, sodium fluoride 10.0˜30.0%, sodium bifluoride 2.0˜4.0%, and copper sulfate 1.0˜5.0%.

US Pat. No. 10,987,746

WIRE ELECTRIC DISCHARGE MACHINING APPARATUS

Sodick Co., Ltd., Kanaga...

1. A wire electric discharge machining apparatus for pushing up a core cut out of a workpiece through wire electric discharge machining using a jet pressure of a jet flow and separating the core from the workpiece, the wire electric discharge machining apparatus comprising:an upper wire guide unit and a lower wire guide unit including wire guides installed above and below with the workpiece sandwiched therebetween and configured to position and guide a wire electrode, and a jet nozzle being configured to supply a jet flow of a working fluid coaxially with the wire electrode; and
a core holding pad in which a through-hole passing therethrough in an upward/downward direction, a plurality of protrusion sections having an equal distance from upper surfaces thereof to a lower surface of the workpiece, and gaps between the plurality of protrusion sections are formed, and the core holding pad has an upper surface and an outer lateral surface opened through the gaps between the plurality of protrusion sections and connected to the through-hole,
wherein the core holding pad is disposed on the lower wire guide unit such that the jet nozzle is disposed in the through-hole and the core holding pad approaches the lower surface of the workpiece as closely as possible to hold a lower surface of the core cut out of the workpiece, and
a working fluid injected during cutting-out and after cutting-out is discharged from the through-hole through the gaps between the plurality of protrusion sections toward the upper surface side and the outer lateral surface side.

US Pat. No. 10,987,742

METHOD OF CONTROLLING POSITIONING CONTROL APPARATUS AND POSITIONING CONTROL APPARATUS

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A method of controlling a positioning control apparatus configured to perform machining while pressing a tip end of a machining tool against a predetermined position on a machined surface of a workpiece, the machining tool being attached to an arm tip of the positioning control apparatus, the method comprising steps of:deriving a predetermined relational expression before the machining, the relational expression defining a relation between (i) a sideslip amount of the tip end of the machining tool in a second direction with respect to a pressing force generated when the tip end of the machining tool is pressed against the predetermined position in a first direction in a state where the tip end of the machining tool coincides with the predetermined position, and (ii) the sideslip amount of the tip end of the machining tool in the second direction with respect to a maximum pressing force that is equal to or greater than a machining reaction force, the second direction being parallel to the machined surface of the workpiece, the first direction being perpendicular to the machined surface of the workpiece;
detecting the pressing force during the machining by a force sensor;
calculating the sideslip amount corresponding to the pressing force detected by the force sensor, in accordance with the predetermined relational expression at any time;
correcting a position command value of the arm tip of the positioning control apparatus based on the calculated sideslip amount; and
machining the workpiece while moving the arm tip of the positioning control apparatus in accordance with the corrected position command value.

US Pat. No. 10,987,741

CUTTING INSERT, CUTTING TOOL, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MACHINED PRODUCT

KYOCERA Corporation, Kyo...

1. A cutting insert, comprising:a first surface having a polygonal shape;
a second surface located on a side opposite to the first surface;
a third surface located between the first surface and the second surface; and
a cutting edge located on at least a part of a first ridge line where the first surface intersects with the third surface, wherein
the first surface comprises:
a first corner,
a first side extended from the first corner,
a second side extended from the first corner,
a first inclined surface that is located along the first side and has a height from the second surface that increases going away from the first side, and
a second inclined surface that is located along the second side and has a height from the second surface that increases going away from the second side;
in a plan view of the first surface, a width of the first inclined surface in a direction orthogonal to the first side becomes larger approaching the second side, and a width of the second inclined surface in a direction orthogonal to the second side becomes larger approaching the first side; and
the first inclined surface has a concave curvilinear shape in a cross-section orthogonal to the first side, and has a radius of curvature in the cross-section orthogonal to the first side that becomes larger approaching the second side.

US Pat. No. 10,987,739

CEMENTED CARBIDE AND CUTTING TOOL

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A cemented carbide comprising a hard phase containing tungsten carbide particles and a binder phase containing, as a main component, an iron-group element,wherein the formula B/A?0.05 is satisfied, where A represents the number of the tungsten carbide particles, and B represents the number of tungsten carbide particles whose number of contact points with other tungsten carbide particles is 1 or less,
wherein measuring the number of contact points of the tungsten carbide particles is configured to use an observation image that is obtained by a metallographic microscope or a scanning electron microscope,
wherein each of the contact points is a portion where the tungsten carbide particles are in contact with each other without the binder phase therebetween in a planar structure of the cemented carbide,
wherein the number of contact points is counted as 1 regardless of the size of thereof, in case that one of the tungsten carbide particles is continuously in contact with an adjacent tungsten carbide particle, and
wherein the number of contact points is configured to be measured by each of the tungsten carbide particles.

US Pat. No. 10,987,737

LAMINATE MOLDING APPARATUS

Sodick Co., Ltd., Kanaga...

1. A laminate molding apparatus, comprising:a chamber enclosing a molding region;
a laser irradiation device which irradiates a predetermined irradiation region of a material powder layer formed for each of a plurality of division layers obtained by dividing a desired three-dimensional object at a predetermined height with respect to the molding region with a laser beam and forms a sintered layer;
an inert gas supply device which supplies an inert gas into the chamber;
a fume collector which includes a dust collecting device for removing fumes from the inert gas discharged from the chamber and returns the inert gas from which the fumes have been removed to the chamber;
at least one of an oxygen analyzer which measures an oxygen concentration in the chamber and an internal atmospheric pressure measuring meter which measures an atmospheric pressure in the chamber; and
an evacuate device which evacuates the inert gas to an outside of the laminate molding apparatus,
wherein the evacuate device comprises
a housing having an intake port formed on one end of the housing which is connected to any part of the laminate molding apparatus through which the inert gas flows and takes in the inert gas and an evacuate port formed on the other end of the housing which evacuates the inert gas from which the fumes have been removed to the outside of the laminate molding apparatus,
a filter portion provided in the housing between the intake port and the evacuate port which removes the fumes,
an evacuate amount adjusting portion provided in the housing between the intake port and the evacuate port which adjusts an evacuate amount of the inert gas to the outside of the laminate molding apparatus, wherein the evacuate amount adjusting portion has an adjustment valve which adjusts an evacuate amount of the inert gas to the outside of the laminate molding apparatus, an on-off valve which opens and closes a flow path of the inert gas, and an air blower which forms an air flow in an evacuate direction to the outside of the laminate molding apparatus, and
a controller which controls the evacuate amount adjusting portion to perform evacuate of the inert gas to the outside of the laminate molding apparatus such that the atmospheric pressure in the chamber and an external atmospheric pressure become uniform within a range in which leakage of the inert gas from the chamber is suppressed based on at least one of the oxygen concentration in the chamber and the atmospheric pressure in the chamber,
wherein the controller is connected to the at least one of the oxygen analyzer and the internal atmospheric pressure measuring meter, and to the on-off valve and the air blower of the evacuate amount adjusting portion,
wherein the intake port of the housing is connected to a downstream side of the dust collecting device at which the inert gas is returned from the dust collecting device to the chamber, or the intake port of the housing is directly connected to the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,987,728

APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING METALLIC OR INORGANIC STRANDS HAVING A THICKNESS IN THE MICRON RANGE BY MELT SPINNING

15. A method for producing elongate strands of metal having at least one transverse dimension of 50 ?m or less and a length at least ten times greater than said at least one transverse dimension, the method comprising the steps of directing a molten metal through a nozzle having a rectangular cross-section with a width of a nozzle opening in a circumferential direction of rotation of a rotating wheel and a length transverse to a circumferential surface of the rotating wheel which is greater than the width onto the circumferential surface of the rotating wheel, by applying a gas pressure to the molten metal to move it through the nozzle opening and deliver it to the circumferential surface of the rotating wheel, providing the circumferential surface of the rotating wheel with circumferentially extending edges and recesses formed between or bounded by the edges and collecting solidified strands of metal formed on the circumferential surface from the molten metal and separated from the circumferential surface by centrifugal force generated by rotation of the rotating wheel, the method further comprising the steps of controlling the width of the nozzle opening, controlling the gas pressure applied to the molten metal to move it through the nozzle opening and deliver it to the circumferential surface of the rotating wheel and controlling a speed of rotation of the rotating wheel to reduce a flow of molten metal onto the circumferential surface of the rotating wheel to a level at which it is concentrated by the forces that are acting at said circumferentially extending edges and recesses formed between or bounded by the edges and using these edges to concentrate the molten metal at the edges to produce the desired elongate strands of metal, the nozzle opening having a width of between 10 ?m to 100 ?m and wherein the rotating wheel is mounted and configured to rotate within a chamber having an atmosphere at a higher pressure than ambient pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,987,723

PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING A SHELL MOLD

SAFRAN, Paris (FR) SAFRA...

24. A mould for manufacture of a cast and solidified turbomachine part, the mould being made by dipping a model into a contact slip comprising a binder and a mullite-zirconia composite powder to form at least one contact layer.

US Pat. No. 10,987,722

DIE CHANGER WITH REMOVABLE DIE ADAPTED THERETO AND DIE DOME AS WELL AS METHOD FOR REMOVING AND INSERTING THE REMOVABLE DIE

1. Removable die of a joining tool, wherein the removable die comprises:a. a die head having an upper side and a bottom side as well as
b. a die shaft extending perpendicularly from the bottom side of the die head, wherein a longitudinal extension of the die shaft defines a longitudinal axis of the removable die, and
wherein the removable die is adapted to be receivable and lockable in a die dome by means of a rotation-free linear inserting movement of the removable die along the longitudinal axis of the removable die,
wherein the die shaft comprises:
c. a free end opposite to the bottom side of the die head,
d. at least one first radial web extending perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the removable die and forming two axial undercuts, wherein one of the undercuts is formed by an upper side of the at least one first radial web being arranged opposite the bottom side of the die head and, thus, facing the die head, and wherein the other of the undercuts is formed by a lower side of the at least one first radial web being arranged opposite the upper side of the at least one first radial web and, thus, facing away from the die head, so that by means of the at least one first radial web, the die shaft is lockable in the die dome by a rotation-free linear inserting movement of the removable die along the longitudinal axis of the removable die,
e. at least one second radial web having a radial length, wherein the radial length is adapted to a diameter of the die dome to ensure a lateral guiding of the die shaft in the die dome, and the at least one second radial web is arranged between the die head and the at least one first radial web, wherein the at least one second radial web is formed by a radially tapered axial section at the bottom side of the die head, which radially tapered axial section extends in a direction of the longitudinal axis of the die shaft and the radially tapered axial section is adapted in its radial extension to the diameter of the die dome, wherein the radially tapered axial section is tapered compared to a radial extension of the die head at the bottom side of the die head,
f. the die shaft further has a radial tapering section attached to or adjoining the at least one second radial web and having a smaller radial extension than the at least one second radial web, the radial tapering section having a side more proximal to the die head and, thus, facing the die head, and the radial tapering section having a side more proximal to the die head and, thus, facing away from the die head, and
g. the die shaft comprises further a third radial web attached to or adjoining the side of the radial tapering section facing away from the die head, the third radial web being located between the at least one first radial web and the at least one second radial web, wherein
h. the die shaft extends axially beyond the at least one first radial web towards the free end, and the at least one first radial web is arranged spaced in the axial direction with respect to the third radial web as well as located between the free end and the at least one second radial web, and
i. an ejection surface by means of which the removable die can be moved out of the die dome, wherein the ejection surface is arranged adjacent to the free end of the die shaft and adjacent to the at least one first radial web.

US Pat. No. 10,987,721

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING COIL SPRING AND COIL SPRING MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

18. A cold-forming coil spring manufacturing apparatus comprising: a rotating body having an outer circumferential surface against which a wire rod being fed straight out is serially pressed for forming into a coil shape, the rotating body being connected to a rotary drive source such that the rotating body is rotated around an axis of the rotating body, the rotary drive source rotationally driving the rotating body as the wire rod is fed straight out, the rotary drive source being set in relation to the rotary drive of the rotating body such that a portion pressed against the wire rod on the outer circumferential surface of the rotating body moves toward the same side as the advancing side of the wire rod, the coil spring manufacturing apparatus comprising a shaft-shaped pitch processing tool pressed against the wire rod to displace the wire rod in an axial direction of the coil spring to be formed for performing pitch processing when the wire rod is formed into a coil shape, the pitch processing tool being connected to a pitch processing tool rotary drive source such that the pitch processing tool is rotated around an axis of the pitch processing tool, the pitch processing tool rotary drive source rotationally driving the pitch processing tool as the wire rod is fed out, the pitch processing tool rotary drive source being set in relation to the rotary drive of the pitch processing tool such that a portion pressed against the wire rod on an outer circumferential surface of the pitch processing tool moves toward the same side as the advancing side of the wire rod, wherein the pitch processing tool rotary drive source is adjusted to set a circumferential speed of the outer circumferential surface of the pitch processing tool to about a feed speed of the wire rod by using the feed speed of the wire rod as a target value, wherein the rotating body is a single rotating body, wherein a wire rod guide having a body including a guide hole straightly feeds out the wire rod, and stationary winding tool disposed adjacent to the wire rod guide winds a wire rod fed out from the wire rod guide into the coil shape, and wherein the wire rod is curved only by the stationary winding tool and the single rotating body between a first point (P1) corresponding to an exit of the wire rod guide and a second point (P2) corresponding to a closest point between the winding tool and the rotating body.

US Pat. No. 10,987,720

FLUID CIRCULATION TUBE AND A HEAT EXCHANGER COMPRISING SUCH TUBES

Valeo Systemes Thermiques...

1. A fluid circulation tube for a heat exchanger the tube comprising a wall defining a base portion and free end legs, turned perpendicularly toward the base portion, a disrupter with bends provided inside the tube, the disrupter having a central portion which is inserted between the end legs and the base portion, parallel to the latter, wherein the central portion of the disrupter has, between at least two adjacent bends, a width equal to a sum of a thicknesses of the free end legs, increased on each side by a safety distance configured for a range of inclinations which the legs assume relative to their nominal position perpendicular to the base portion;wherein the free end legs have crosscut terminal ends and the entirety of the terminal ends are in contact with one face of the central portion, and an opposite face of the central portion is in contact with the base portion;
wherein each of the safety distances are parallel to the base portion and equal to a protruded distance of a length of the free end legs, the length of the free end legs measured from the base portion to the terminal end, the free end legs being equal length, said range of inclinations including a first inclination position where both of the free end legs have an inclination of between 20° and 45° in a first lateral direction, and a second inclination position where both of the free end legs have an inclination of between 20° and 45° in a second lateral direction which is opposite the first lateral direction relative to its nominal position perpendicular to the base portion, with side surface of one of the free end legs in contact with side surface of the other of the free end legs and with the 20° and 45° being measured from an opposite side surface of each free end leg.

US Pat. No. 10,987,717

DEVICE FOR FIXING METAL TUBE WITH PLATE BY EXPANSION

CITIC Dicastal CO., LTD.,...

1. A device for fixing a metal tube with a plate by expansion, comprising a pressure head, a jacket and an expansion block, wherein the jacket is of a cylindrical structure having a bottom, the jacket is provided with a plurality of openings on a side having the bottom and near the bottom, and threads are provided on an inner wall of the jacket; threads are provided on an outer wall of the pressure head, and the threads on the outer wall of the pressure head are matched with the threads on the inner wall of the jacket; a cone head is fixed below the pressure head and has an outer surface in an inverted cone shape; the expansion block has an inner surface in an inverted cone shape, a plurality of extrusion heads are arranged on the outer surface, and the extrusion heads pass through the openings on the side of the jacket; and the inner surface of the expansion block is fitted with the outer surface of the cone head, wherein a through hole is provided inside the pressure head, a bolt is arranged in the through hole, a reset spring is arranged between the cone head and the bottom of the jacket, the bolt passes through the through hole inside the pressure head, and an end of the bolt is fixed to the jacket by a lock nut.

US Pat. No. 10,987,716

PRESS DIE

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A press die comprising:a fixed die, a first movable die, and a second movable die configured to cut out a product from a metal plate member; and
a scrap cutter configured to cut scrap that is not part of the product, wherein:
the scrap cutter and the fixed die are integrally formed and protrude in a cantilever manner in a substantially horizontal direction from the fixed die;
the scrap cutter comprises a scrap-cutting blade configured to cut the scrap;
the fixed die comprises a fixed-die cutting blade configured to cut the metal plate member at a predetermined cutting line of the product;
the first movable die comprises a first movable-die cutting blade configured to cut the metal plate member at the cutting line of the product by a shearing process with the fixed-die cutting blade, and a movable-die scrap-cutting blade configured to cut the scrap by a shearing process with the scrap-cutting blade;
the second movable die comprises a second movable-die cutting blade configured to cut the metal plate member at the cutting line of the product by a shearing process with the fixed-die cutting blade;
the fixed-die cutting blade is configured to have a fixed-die cutting blade relief portion formed near a base end of the protruding scrap cutter and recessed inward to the product side from the cutting line of the product, the fixed-die cutting blade relief portion including a substantially arc-shaped cross-sectional portion corresponding to a machining radius of a machining tool for forming the scrap cutter, and
the first movable-die cutting blade comprises a movable-die cutting blade protrusion configured to cut the metal plate member inward to the product side from the cutting line of the product by a shearing process with the fixed-die cutting blade relief portion.

US Pat. No. 10,987,709

FREE RUNNING PIG FOR PIPELINE REMEDIATION

1. A remediation pig for cleaning a pipeline of wax or paraffin, comprisinga body having an axis,
an impeller mounted in said body to receive power from the flowing fluid within said pipeline,
wheels mounted on said body for contacting the internal bore of said pipeline, said wheels being powered by said power received from said impeller and being mounted in a skewed position relative to a plane perpendicular to said axis such that as said wheels roll on said internal bore said remediation pig will move along said pipeline,further comprising one or more rotating cutters proximate one end of said remediation pig to remove said wax from said bore.

US Pat. No. 10,987,708

DRAIN CLEANING SYSTEMS USING SHEATH PROTECTED FLEXIBLE SHAFT

Ridge Tool Company, Elyr...

1. A drain cleaning apparatus comprising:a drum housing defining an interior region;
a cable carrier rotatably mounted about a first axis within the interior region, wherein the drum housing includes a front wall, a rear wall spaced from the front wall and a generally circumferential side wall extending between the front and rear walls for containing the cable carrier within the interior region;
a transmission assembly mounted on the cable carrier and including
an input component for engagement to a rotary power source, wherein the input component is rotatable about a second axis independently from the cable carrier and
an output component for delivering rotary power to a drain cleaning cable end within the interior region,
wherein the first and second axes are parallel or coaxial.

US Pat. No. 10,987,705

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR THE REMOVAL AND/OR AVOIDANCE OF CONTAMINATION IN CHARGED PARTICLE BEAM SYSTEMS

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A charged particle beam system, comprising:a beam generator module for generating a beam of charged particles;
a charged particle optical column comprising a charged particle optical element for projecting the beam of charged particles onto a target;
a source for providing cleaning agent;
a conduit connected to the source and arranged for introducing the cleaning agent towards the charged particle optical element; and
a restriction element provided between the beam generator module and the charged particle optical column to at least reduce a flow of the cleaning agent into the beam generator module,
wherein the source is configured to introduce the cleaning agent during operation of the beam generator module, and wherein the beam generator and the charged particle optical column are positioned in a common vacuum chamber during the operation of the beam generator module.

US Pat. No. 10,987,704

FAN OR PUMP ARRANGEMENT AND OPERATING METHOD

1. An electric fan or pump comprising:an electric motor including a rotor selectively drivable in both forward and reverse rotational directions,
at least one rotatable blade in driving relationship with the rotor and arranged to develop a flow of fluid in response to rotation in at least the forward rotational direction, and
a motor controller configured to operate in a self-cleaning mode to energise the rotor for rotation of the at least one blade in alternate forward and reverse directions to thereby create a vibration,
wherein the motor controller is configured to alternate the rotational direction of the at least one blade, at least during a part of the duration of the self-cleaning mode, at a reversal frequency that is at or near a resonant frequency of the at least one blade or of a rotating assembly of the motor, the rotating assembly including the at least one blade and the rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,987,699

DENSITY SEPARATOR FOR WASTE MATERIAL

1. A density separator for waste material, comprising:a tank for receiving waste material and intended for containing a fluid to separate waste material by density into floating waste material and settled waste material;
automatic feed elements configured to feed waste material to the tank;
motorised conveyor belts, each one with a chassis and a conveyor belt, to remove waste material from the tank; and comprising:
a floating waste material conveyor to extract floating waste material from the surface of the water; and
a settled waste material conveyor to extract settled waste material from the bottom of the tank;
a blower sorting device, comprising:
an air turbine provides an airflow;
a duct which receives the airflow from the turbine and branches into a riser duct and a discharge duct; and
a diffuser located below the automatic feed elements and communicated with the riser duct to receive a first part of the airflow of the turbine and cause air to be expelled in the vertical or inclined direction, which raises light-weight waste material;
where the discharge duct transports a second part of the airflow, which causes air to be horizontally expelled to remove the light-weight waste material, once it is raised by the first flow, to a lateral pipe, preventing interferences with other heavier fractions of waste material.

US Pat. No. 10,987,698

HYDRAULIC VIBRATION GENERATING DEVICE

1. A hydraulic vibration generation device comprising:a manifold member comprising an inner volume, a fluid inlet orifice and a fluid outlet orifice;
a vibration generating member comprising a channel grooved drive and an off-center weight, wherein:
the vibration generating member is a cylindrical shaft; and
the channel grooved drive comprises:
a channel formed in an outer surface of the shaft around a circumference of the shaft the channel forming a bottom surface having a circumference less than the circumference of the shaft, the channel forming a lip on either side of the bottom surface and extending transverse from the bottom surface of the channel to the outer surface of the shaft, the bottom surface having a constant width; and
a plurality of recessed grooves formed in the bottom surface of the channel, wherein each recessed groove of the plurality of recessed grooves extend along the width of the channel and are evenly spaced around the circumference of the channel; and
two retaining plates, wherein:
the inner volume receives the vibration generating member within the inner volume;
the retaining plates retain the vibration generating member within the inner volume in response to coupling the retaining plates to opposing ends of the manifold member; and
the vibration generating member rotates and generates vibration in response to hydraulic oil flowing into the inner volume of the manifold member through the inlet orifice, wherein the hydraulic oil flows through the channel and a portion of the hydraulic oil engages the plurality of recessed grooves to rotate the vibration generating member, and the hydraulic oil flows out of the inner volume of the manifold member through the outlet orifice.

US Pat. No. 10,987,696

ACID-REDUCING BEVERAGE FILTER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING SAME

PHAM PRODUCTS LLC, Atlan...

1. An acid-reducing filter comprising:a mineral blend layer deposited to a filter substrate, wherein:
the mineral blend layer comprises calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate at a weight ratio of about 1:10 to about 10:1;
the mineral blend layer is free of soluble halide or hydroxide salts of alkali or alkaline earth metals; and
the mineral blend layer is insoluble in water.

US Pat. No. 10,987,693

SEALANT APPLICATION TIP

The Boeing Company, Chic...

14. A sealing system comprising:a tool having a nozzle and a sealant source;
a controller that controls movement of the tool and flow of a sealant from the sealant source along a surface of a structure;
an application tip comprising a first end having an entrance and a second end having an exit, wherein the application tip is connected to the nozzle of the tool for receiving the sealant at the entrance and applying the sealant to the structure at the exit, wherein the application tip is connected to the tool by a number of connections comprising opposite facing tabs extending from the first end of the application tip away from the second end of the application tip and toward the nozzle of the tool with inward protrusions formed on the opposite facing tabs that interface with the nozzle of the tool; and
a channel between the entrance and the exit that redirects the flow of the sealant from a first direction that is substantially perpendicular to a first horizontal plane at the entrance to a second direction that is substantially oblique to a second horizontal plane at the exit;
wherein the channel comprises a conical portion and a varying portion;
further wherein the varying portion has a cross-sectional shape that is oval shaped at a junction with the conical portion and circular at the exit; and
further wherein the conical portion defines a centerline and the opposite facing tabs extend along the centerline of the conical portion and the inward protrusions protrude toward the centerline.

US Pat. No. 10,987,687

ADJUSTABLE HANDLE FOR A LIQUID APPLICATOR

Wagner Spray Tech Corpora...

1. An applicator comprising:a fluidic channel for a fluid that extends from an inlet to an outlet; a trigger that, when actuated, allows the fluid to flow through the fluidic channel; and an adjustable handle comprising:
a frame having a first side facing the trigger and a second side opposite the first side;
a grip disposed on the second side of the frame; and
a first user-rotatable adjustment mechanism coupling the grip to the frame and configured to, when rotated in a first direction, widen a first gap between the grip and the frame by applying a first force on the grip in a direction away from the frame, and, when rotated in a second direction decrease the first gap between the grip and frame by applying a second force on the grip in a direction toward the frame, wherein the first user-rotatable adjustment mechanism is configured to maintain the first gap between the grip and frame; and
a second user-rotatable adjustment mechanism coupling the grip to the frame and configured to, when rotated in a first direction, widen a second gap between the grip and the frame, and, when rotated in a second direction, decrease the second gap between the grip and the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,987,677

FLOTATION PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT

Cameron International Cor...

1. A method of separating phases of a separable liquids mixture, the method comprising:flowing a separable liquids mixture between vertically oriented flow guides in a vessel, wherein at least one of the flow guides is corrugated;
bubbling a gas through the separable liquids mixture between the vertically oriented flow guides;
removing a first separated liquid phase and a second separated liquid phase from the vessel; and
removing the gas from the vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,987,674

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD HEATER FOR AN AMPLIFICATION MODULE

Visby Medical, Inc., San...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a flow member defining a plurality of flow channels through which a sample can flow from an inlet opening to an outlet opening, the flow member defining a flow axis;
a substrate including a first portion, a second portion, and a third portion, the third portion between the first portion and the second portion;
a first heating element coupled to the first portion of the substrate, the first heating element configured to produce a first thermal output;
a second heating element coupled to the second portion of the substrate, the second heating element configured to produce a second thermal output, the second thermal output different from the first thermal output;
a third heating element coupled to the third portion of the substrate, the third heating element configured to produce a third thermal output;
the substrate defining a first plurality of apertures that separate the third portion of the substrate from the first portion of the substrate and a second plurality of apertures that separate the second portion of the substrate from the third portion of the substrate;
the substrate including a first connection portion between a first aperture from the first plurality of apertures and an adjacent second aperture from the first plurality of apertures; and
the substrate including a second connection portion between a first aperture from the second plurality of apertures and an adjacent second aperture from the second plurality of apertures, the first connection portion offset from the second connection portion along the flow axis, the flow member coupled to the substrate such that a temperature difference between a first flow channel from the plurality of flow channels and a second flow channel from the plurality of flow channels is minimized.

US Pat. No. 10,987,673

TEMPERATURE-CONTROL ELEMENT FOR A MULTIWELL PLATE AND METHOD AND DEVICE FOR FREEZING AND/OR THAWING BIOLOGICAL SAMPLES

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft z...

1. A temperature-control apparatus for at least freezing biological samples for cryopreservation and thawing of cryopreserved biological samples, comprising:first and second temperature-control bodies, each temperature-control body configured to be combined with a multiwell plate having a plurality of cavities arranged in rows and columns for at least one of freezing and thawing biological samples;
wherein each temperature-control body comprises a base body through which a temperature-control fluid can flow; and a plurality of protruding temperature-control fingers arranged in rows and columns on an upper side of the base body, wherein a grid spacing of the temperature-control fingers corresponds to a grid spacing of the cavities of the multi well plate;
a positioning device including guide system and drives for positioning the multiwell plate and one of the first and second temperature-control bodies in a predetermined position relative to each other,
wherein in the predetermined position the multiwell plate is positioned above the one of the first and second temperature-control bodies and the cavities are each positioned flush to a longitudinal axis of a respective corresponding one of the temperature-control fingers; and
a device for bringing the temperature-control fingers of the one of the first and second temperature-control bodies into contact with respective bases of the cavities of the multiwell plate positioned in the predetermined position;
a temperature-control chamber, coolable from below, which is fillable or is filled with a dry gas and in a cooled state has a vertical temperature layering thereinside with a lower cold layer and an upper warm layer;
at least one load-lock provided on a housing wall of the temperature-control chamber for at least one of introducing and removing the multiwell plate; and
the first temperature-control body arranged in the lower cold layer and connected to a cooling circuit, for the cryopreservation of biological samples, and the second temperature-control body arranged in the upper warm layer and connected to a heating circuit, for thawing out cryopreserved biological samples.

US Pat. No. 10,987,667

FLOW CONTROL SYSTEM FOR DIAGNOSTIC ASSAY SYSTEM

Integrated Nano-Technolog...

1. A disposable cartridge for use in combination with a diagnostic assay system, comprising:a cartridge body defining a syringe barrel having a barrel port operative to inject and withdraw assay fluids in response to the displacement of a syringe plunger;
a rotor comprising a plurality of assay chambers rotatable about an axis and mounted for rotation to the cartridge body, the rotor defining a plurality of ports disposed about a peripheral surface, each port disposed in fluid communication with at least one of the assay chambers;
a compliant over-mold interposed between the cartridge body and the rotor and defining at least one compliant opening corresponding to interposing the barrel port and one of the rotor ports.

US Pat. No. 10,987,657

GOLD SUPPORTED YTTRIUM OXIDE NANORODS AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

King Abdulaziz University...

1. A catalyst, comprising:nanorods consisting of Y2O3; and
gold nanoparticles dispersed on a surface of the nanorods, wherein the gold is present at a concentration of 0.5-2 wt %.

US Pat. No. 10,987,656

CORE-SHELL NANOPARTICLE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING HYDROGEN PEROXIDE USING SAME

Korea University Research...

1. A method of manufacturing a core-shell nanoparticle, comprising steps of:(1) preparing a palladium nanoparticle have a particle size of 5-30 nm;
(2) dispersing the prepared palladium nanoparticle in a dispersion solvent, adding a base solution, and performing stirring;
(3) adding the solution stirred in the step (2) with a silica precursor and an alumina precursor, thus forming a shell consisting of silica-alumina composite on a surface of the palladium nanoparticle; and
(4) thermally treating the palladium nanoparticle having the shell consisting of silica-alumina composite formed on the surface thereof,
wherein the core-shell nanoparticle comprises:
a shell consisting of the a silica-alumina composite having both a Lewis acid site and a Bronsted acid site; and
a core including a palladium nanoparticle surrounded by the shell,
wherein the base solution is used in an amount of 5 to 10 vol % based on a total volume of the dispersion solvent,
wherein the alumina precursor is di-sec-butoxyaluminoxy-triethoxysilane,
the silica precursor and the alumina precursor mixed so that the silicon:aluminum molar ratio is 20 to 80.

US Pat. No. 10,987,655

MOLYBDENUM-VANADIUM BIMETALLIC OXIDE CATALYST AND ITS APPLICATION IN CHEMICAL LOOPING OXIDATIVE DEHYDROGENATION OF ALKANE

TIANJIN UNIVERSITY, Tian...

1. A method of chemical looping oxidative dehydrogenation of a light alkane over a molybdenum-vanadium bimetal oxide catalyst, comprising:uniformly mixing a molybdenum-vanadium bimetal oxide catalyst with quartz sand in a reactor, wherein, the molybdenum-vanadium bimetal oxide catalyst comprises: a solid solution composed of an oxide of molybdenum (Mo) and an oxide of vanadium (V), a molar ratio of Mo and V in the molybdenum-vanadium bimetal oxide catalyst is 1-(4-30), and Mo enters bulk phase lattice of V2O5, resulting in a lattice distortion of V2O5 and forming the solid solution, and a mass ratio of the molybdenum-vanadium bimetal oxide catalyst to the quartz sand is (0.2-1):1;
introducing nitrogen to the reactor to remove oxygen and air, and then introducing a light alkane to the reactor, wherein, the light alkane is an alkane selected from the group consisting of ethane, propane, n-butane and iso-butane, a total flow of the light alkane and nitrogen is 20 ml/min-50 ml/min, and a volume percent of the light alkane to a total volume of the light alkane and the nitrogen is 10%-30%; and
contacting the light alkane with the molybdenum-vanadium bimetal oxide catalyst at atmospheric pressure and a temperature from 450° C.-500° C. to produce a product comprising an alkene.

US Pat. No. 10,987,653

MATERIAL FOR REMOVING CONTAMINANTS FROM WATER

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Aubur...

1. A composite comprising a carbonaceous support and a metallic nanotube conjugated with the carbonaceous support,wherein the metallic nanotube comprises titanate, and
wherein the metallic nanotube further comprises carbon nanoparticles on the surface of the metallic nanotube.

US Pat. No. 10,987,649

MICROREACTOR SYSTEM

HITACHI PLANT SERVICES CO...

1. A microreactor system comprising:a first-stage microreactor that has two inlets into which fluids are introduced and a channel merging the fluids, and mixes, in the channel, a first-stage first fluid introduced from a first inlet of the inlets and a first-stage second fluid introduced from a second inlet of the inlets;
a plurality of microreactors in subsequent stages that are disposed in series downstream of the first-stage microreactor, the microreactors in subsequent stages each having two inlets into which a fluid is introduced and a channel that merges the fluid, and mixes, in the channel, a mixed fluid introduced from the first inlet and a fluid to be mixed introduced from the second inlet, the mixed fluid being generated in a microreactor in a preceding stage;
a first-stage first fluid pump that sends the first-stage first fluid toward the first inlet of the first-stage microreactor;
a first-stage second fluid pump that sends the first-stage second fluid toward the second inlet of the first-stage microreactor;
a plurality of pumps for the fluid to be mixed that are disposed in each of the microreactors in the subsequent stages and send the fluid to be mixed toward each of the second inlets of the microreactors in the subsequent stages;
a fluid detector for the first-stage first fluid that detects an arrival of the first-stage first fluid at the first inlet of the first-stage microreactor;
a fluid detector for the first-stage second fluid that detects an arrival of the first-stage second fluid at the second inlet of the first-stage microreactor;
a plurality of fluid detectors for a mixed fluid that are disposed in each of the microreactors in the subsequent stages and detect an arrival of the mixed fluid generated in the preceding microreactor at each of the first inlets of the microreactors in the subsequent stages; and
a plurality of fluid detectors for the fluid to be mixed that are disposed in each of the microreactors in the subsequent stages and detect an arrival of the fluid to be mixed at each of the second inlets of the microreactors in the subsequent stages,
wherein the first-stage first fluid pump, after starting a transfer of the first-stage first fluid toward the first inlet of the first-stage microreactor, stops the transfer by detection by the fluid detector for the first-stage first fluid,
the first-stage second fluid pump, after starting a transfer of the first-stage second fluid toward the second inlet of the first-stage microreactor, stops the transfer by detection by the fluid detector for the first-stage second fluid,
each of the pumps for the fluid to be mixed, after starting a transfer of the fluid to be mixed toward each of the second inlets of the microreactors in the subsequent stages, stops the transfer by detection by the fluid detector for the fluid to be mixed,
each of the first-stage first fluid pump and the first-stage second fluid pump resumes the transfer after the detection by the fluid detector for the first-stage first fluid and after the detection by the fluid detector for the first-stage second fluid,
the first-stage first fluid of which transfer has been temporarily stopped and the first-stage second fluid of which transfer has been temporarily stopped are introduced into the first-stage microreactor and mixed,
the pump for the fluid to be mixed resumes the transfer after the transfer of the fluid to be mixed is stopped and after the detection by the fluid detector for the mixed fluid,
the mixed fluid generated in the microreactor in the preceding stage and the fluid to be mixed of which transfer has been temporarily stopped are introduced into the microreactors in the subsequent stages and mixed, and
the mixed fluid and the fluid to be mixed are sequentially mixed in the microreactors in the subsequent stages.

US Pat. No. 10,987,645

EXTRUDING NOZZLE, SYSTEM, AND METHOD THEREFOR

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An extruding nozzle comprising:a housing;
a radiator, at least partially disposed within the housing, the radiator comprising:
a core member, comprising at least one peripheral wall,
a heat-transfer-fluid passage, formed by the at least one peripheral wall within an interior of the core member,
at least one first heat-transfer-fluid aperture, extending through the at least one peripheral wall,
heat-transfer fins, extending outward from the at least one peripheral wall, and
at least one second heat-transfer-fluid aperture, extending through the at least one peripheral wall and communicably coupling the heat-transfer-fluid passage and the heat-transfer fins so that cooling-fluid flow is provided therebetween; and
at least one material-flow channel, at least a portion of which is located within the housing, wherein the at least one material-flow channel extends through the radiator.

US Pat. No. 10,987,644

FLUID DISPERSING DEVICE AND HEAT TREATMENT DEVICE

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A fluid dispersing device comprising:a first wall portion which is a tube, with an axis extending in a first direction defined as a central axis; and
a second wall portion separated downward from the first wall portion,
the second wall portion including at least one flat annular plate member and a disk-like member each having a continuous flat surface for causing a fluid which passes through an inner space of the first wall portion to collide therewith,
the disk-like member being separated downward from the flat annular plate member,
the flat annular plate member having an outer diameter equal to or smaller than an inner diameter of the first wall portion, and
the disk-like member having an outer diameter equal to or smaller than an outer diameter of the closest flat annular plate member,whereinthe continuous flat surface of the at least one flat annular plate member is configured such that none of the fluid is allowed to pass through the at least one flat annular plate member, and
the continuous flat surface of the disk-like member is configured such that none of the fluid is allowed to pass through the disk-like member.

US Pat. No. 10,987,642

CUSTODY TRANSFER MIXING APPARATUS

Komax Systems, Inc., Hun...

1. A stationary material mixing and distribution device comprising a conduit, said conduit having a fluid inlet and fluid outlet, an inner wall over which fluids flow within said conduit, a substantially circular cross-section and a conduit longitudinal axis, said stationary material mixing and distribution device having longitudinal axis and a web positioned along said longitudinal axis, a singular planar ramp proximate said fluid inlet connected to a first end of said web and oriented diagonally thereto, a diverter positioned on a first side of said web downstream of said ramp and a diverter positioned on a second side of said web downstream of said ramp, first and second ears bent respectively in upward and downward directions relative to said longitudinal axis and positioned downstream of said diverters, a rectangular member positioned at a second end of said web downstream of said first and second ears whose plane of orientation is substantially perpendicular to said web and a third ear in the plane of orientation of said rectangular member and extending from said rectangular member to said web, said stationary material mixing and distribution device being positioned within said conduit between said fluid inlet and fluid outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,987,640

PLASMA INDUCED FLUID MIXING

University of Florida Res...

1. A device for mixing combustion materials, comprising:a chamber comprising an inlet;
a pair of electrodes positioned on or proximate an inner surface of the chamber,
wherein the pair of electrodes comprises a first electrode and a second electrode,
wherein the first electrode and the second electrode are separated by a dielectric material, and
wherein each of the first electrode and the second electrode has a plurality of turns formed therein defined by a wave having a series of rectangle or triangle shapes extending from one wave crest to a next wave crest, wherein the rectangle or triangle shapes are formed in three dimensions and are configured to produce pinching and spreading effects on a fluid as the fluid passes over the first and second electrodes; and
a power supply configured to apply a voltage across the pair of electrodes,
wherein the device is configured such that when the fluid is proximate the pair of electrodes, application of the voltage across the pair of electrodes generates a plasma in the fluid and applies a plurality of electrohydrodynamic forces to the fluid that comprise streamwise, crosswise, and surface normal electrohydrodynamic forces,
wherein application of the voltage across the pair of electrodes results in a dielectric barrier discharge,
wherein the dielectric barrier discharge produces the plasma in the fluid,
wherein the plurality of electrohydrodynamic forces comprising the streamwise, crosswise, and surface normal electrohydrodynamic forces applied to the fluid generates turbulence in the fluid that mixes the fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,987,639

AMPHIPHILIC DIBLOCK COPOLYMER AND USE OF SAME FOR PRODUCING POLYMERIC FILTER MEMBRANES

Arkema France, Colombes ...

1. An amphiphilic diblock copolymer consisting of:50% by weight, relative to the weight of the copolymer, of a hydrophilic block consisting of:
77% by weight of units derived from an n-butyl acrylate monomer, relative to the weight of said hydrophilic block, and
23% by weight of units derived from a hydroxyethyl methacrylate monomer, relative to the weight of said hydrophilic block, and
50% by weight, relative to the weight of the copolymer, of a hydrophobic block comprising at least 99% by weight of polymethyl methacrylate relative to the weight of said hydrophobic block.

US Pat. No. 10,987,637

DDR-TYPE ZEOLITE SEED CRYSTAL AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING DDR-TYPE ZEOLITE MEMBRANE

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A method for manufacturing a DDR-type zeolite membrane comprising the steps of:forming DDR-type zeolite seed crystals by heating a starting material solution containing a nucleus that includes DDR-type zeolite seed crystals for greater than or equal to 24 hours and less than or equal to 92 hours,
coating a slurry containing the DDR-type zeolite seed crystals onto a surface of a support, the DDR-type zeolite seed crystals having an average particle diameter of greater than or equal to 0.147 ?m and less than or equal to 0.2 ?m and an average aspect ratio of greater than or equal to 1.1 and less than or equal to 1.3, and
causing crystal growth of the DDR-type zeolite seed crystals,
wherein a concentration of the nucleus in the starting material solution is greater than or equal to 0.4 mass % and less than or equal to 3.00 mass %,
the starting material solution is heated to greater than or equal to 110 degrees C. and less than or equal to 150 degrees C.,
an average particle diameter of the nucleus is greater than or equal to 0.100 ?m and less than or equal to 0.200 ?m; and
the DDR-type zeolite membrane has an N2 permeation amount of equal to or less than 0.0034 L/min·m2.

US Pat. No. 10,987,635

CERAMIC MEMBRANE FOR WATER TREATMENT USING OXIDATION-TREATED SIC AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

KOREA INSTITUTE OF MATERI...

1. A ceramic membrane for water treatment, comprising:a porous ceramic support layer; and
a SiC layer formed on the porous ceramic support layer,
wherein the SiC layer comprises SiC particles and a SiO2 oxide layer formed on a surface of the SiC particles,
wherein the SiC particles have a SiC oxidation percentage in a range of 12% to 15%, and
wherein the SiO2 oxide layer has a thickness in a range of 0.028 ?m to 0.035 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,987,634

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR FLUSHING DIFFUSIOPHORETIC WATER FILTER

Split Rock Filter Systems...

1. A method for flushing a diffusiophoretic water filter comprising:passing water through an inlet manifold of the diffusiophoretic water filter in a normal flow direction; and
flowing water through the diffusiophoretic water filter in a direction opposite a normal flow direction and through the inlet manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,987,630

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WAFER ENHANCED ELECTRODEIONIZATION OF ACID STREAMS

LyondellBasell Acetyls, L...

1. A system comprising:a reactor system configured to produce a feed stream comprising acetic acid and propionic acid, wherein the feed stream comprises about 200 to 100,000 ppm of propionic acid;
an electrodeionization system fluidly connected to the reactor system, and wherein the electrodeionization is configured to separate propionic acid from acetic acid to produce a product stream, wherein the product stream comprises less than about 500 ppm of propionic acid, the electrodeionization system comprising:
an anode;
a spaced apart cathode;
three spaced apart membranes located between the anode and the cathode and comprising a first cation exchange membrane, a first anion exchange membrane, and a second cation exchange membrane defining fluid flow passages therebetween, the fluid flow passages comprising:
a) a first electrode rinse passage between the anode and the first cation exchange membrane,
b) a first concentrate passage between the first cation exchange membrane and the first anion exchange membrane,
c) a feed stream passage located between the first anion exchange membrane and the second cation exchange membrane,
d) a second electrode rinse passage between the second cation exchange membrane and the cathode; and
at least one propionate-selective ion exchange resin wafer located transverse to the fluid flow within the feed stream passage and comprising a macroporous sulfonated or aminated aromatic resin.

US Pat. No. 10,987,626

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REDUCING LIQUID DISCHARGE FROM ONE OR MORE DEVICES

1. A system for controlling, reducing and/or mitigating the amount of liquid waste from, or derived from, a fuel-fired furnace and/or boiler, the system comprising:a fuel-fired furnace and/or boiler designed to burn at least one fuel to generate heat and flue, or combustion, gases;
at least one particulate control device, wherein the particulate control device is located downstream of the furnace and/or boiler and is operatively connected to same;
one or more WFGD units, wherein at least one of the one or more WFGD units is located downstream of the at least one particulate control device and is operatively connected to same;
a liquid waste and/or liquid waste stream from the one or more WFGD units, wherein the liquid waste and/or liquid waste stream is split into two liquid waste portions and/or two liquid waste streams upstream of at least one drying unit, wherein the second portion of the liquid waste and/or liquid waste stream has a higher total suspended solids content than the first portion of the liquid waste and/or liquid waste stream, wherein the at least one drying unit is operatively connected to at least one of the one or more WFGD units and designed to receive the first portion of the liquid waste and/or liquid waste stream; and
at least one mixing device, wherein the at least one mixing device is operatively connected to both the at least one drying unit and the at least one or more WFGD units and designed to receive a combination of the second portion of the liquid waste and/or liquid waste stream and at least one particulate matter from one or more particulate control devices,
wherein the second portion of the liquid waste and/or liquid waste stream does not pass thru the drying unit,wherein the at least one drying unit is designed to control, reduce and/or mitigate the volume of liquid waste and/or liquid waste stream from at least one of the one or more WFGD units via the use of at least a portion of the flue, or combustion, gases generated from the furnace and/or boiler, andwherein the first portion of the liquid waste and/or liquid waste stream contains both a total suspended solids content in the range of about 0.01 percent by weight to about 60 percent by weight and a total dissolved content of about 2,500 ppm to about 250,000 ppm.

US Pat. No. 10,987,624

REMOVAL OF GREENHOUSE GASES AND HEAVY METALS FROM AN EMISSION STREAM

1. A system comprising:(a) a gas phase oxidation (GPO) reactor configured to receive a flue gas stream comprising NOx species and carbon dioxide gas, the GPO reactor further configured to receive chlorine gas, liquid or solution, and to oxidize the NOx species in the flue gas stream to produce a gas stream comprising nitric acid and hydrochloric acid, wherein the GPO reactor is configured to receive a chlorine gas stream;
(b) an electrolytic unit configured to receive the hydrochloric acid and configured to electrolyse the hydrochloric acid to produce hydrogen gas and chlorine gas, optionally wherein at least a portion of the chlorine gas produced in the electrolytic unit is recycled into the GPO reactor; and
(c) a Sabatier reactor configured to receive both a gas stream, downstream from the GPO reactor, and at least a portion of the hydrogen gas from the electrolytic unit, the Sabatier reactor further configured to hydrogenate the carbon dioxide gas in the gas stream into a hydrocarbon fuel comprising methane.

US Pat. No. 10,987,622

ACID GAS SEPARATION MEMBRANE AND ACID GAS SEPARATION METHOD USING SAME, ACID GAS SEPARATION MODULE, AND ACID GAS SEPARATION APPARATUS

SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY...

1. An acid gas separation membrane comprising:an acid gas separation layer containing a hydrophilic resin and an acid gas carrier;
a hydrophobic porous membrane layer supporting the acid gas separation layer;
a porous membrane protective layer protecting the acid gas separation layer; and
a first layer having a Gurley number of less than or equal to 0.5 times a Gurley number of the hydrophobic porous membrane layer and the porous membrane protective layer, the Gurley number of the first layer being greater than or equal to 0.1 s and less than or equal to 30 s,
wherein the first layer includes at least one porous body and the porous body included in the first layer is a non-woven fabric.

US Pat. No. 10,987,619

APPARATUS FOR COLLECTING BY-PRODUCT IN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING PROCESS

MILAEBO CO., LTD., Pyeon...

1. An apparatus for collecting a by-product in a semiconductor manufacturing process, the apparatus provided on a line between a process chamber and a vacuum pump to collect a by-product in exhaust gas, which is discharged from the process chamber, the apparatus comprising:a housing receiving and discharging introduced exhaust gas and configured with a horizontal vortex plate on an inner wall thereof, the horizontal vortex plate generating a vortex;
an upper plate covering an upper portion of the housing and having a coolant flow path to maintain an appropriate temperature for protecting an 0-ring and for collecting a by-product;
an internal collecting tower configured inside the housing to be spaced above the bottom of the housing by a predetermined distance and provided with a collecting tower cover and a seed eliminating fin to extend a flow path and residence time of the exhaust gas in order to coagulate and collect a by-product;
a heater having a heat conduction plate to heat and uniformly distribute the exhaust gas flowing into the housing; and
an extended discharging pipe configured to be extended to the inside of the internal collecting tower, thereby extending the flow path and residence time of the exhaust gas, and configured to discharge the exhaust gas to a gas outlet of a lower plate of the housing,
wherein the internal collecting tower includes:
the collecting tower cover defining an external shape of the tower;
multiple seed eliminating fins provided at predetermined intervals along a circumference of side surfaces of the collecting tower cover to collect a by-product; and
an inclined vortex plate assembled with the seed eliminating fins in a cross-set manner to generate a vortex.

US Pat. No. 10,987,618

OVERPRESSURE LEAK DETECTION LUG

1. A water filter cartridge for an appliance having a manifold into which the water filter cartridge is inserted during use, the manifold having a plurality of flanges each configured to rotatably engage a different bayonet mounting lug on the water filter cartridge to hold the water filter cartridge in the manifold during use, the water filter cartridge being designed for a nominal line pressure of X psi, the filter cartridge comprising:a filter housing enclosing a filter media; and
a filter cap having an inlet and an outlet both cooperating with the housing to pass unfiltered water from the inlet through the filter media and to the outlet, the filter cap having a distal end, a longitudinal axis, and at least one outwardly extending mounting lug configured to mate with one of the flanges of the manifold during use, at least one of the bayonet mounting lugs comprises the at least one outwardly extending mounting lug, the at least one outwardly extending mounting lug has a deformable portion and a stop portion separated by axial distance d, the deformable portion being axially aligned with but below the stop portion during use in a direction along the longitudinal axis and in a direction away from the distal end of the filter cap, the deformable portion being configured so it does not permanently deform below a rated pressure Y of the filter cartridge during use but does permanently deform at a pressure in the filter cartridge above that rated pressure Y, the rated pressure Y being greater than pressure X and below a qualification pressure Z that is at least about twice the pressure X but less than 10 times the pressure Z, and wherein the stop portion comprises a plurality of stop segments.

US Pat. No. 10,987,617

PRESSURE DETECTION SYSTEM IMMUNE TO PRESSURE RIPPLE EFFECTS

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A filter assembly for a fluid flow system, comprising:a filter housing including:
a housing end;
a housing sidewall extending from the housing end; and
an end cover secured to the housing sidewall opposite the housing end;
a housing inlet located at the housing sidewall in a location closer to the end cover than to the housing end, to allow a fluid flow into the filter housing;
a housing outlet located at the end cover to allow the fluid flow to exit the filter housing;
a filter element disposed in the filter housing to collect contaminants from the fluid flow; and
a pressure sensor disposed to measure a pressure drop across the filter element, the pressure sensor having at least two sense lines, a first sense line extending through the housing end into an interior volume of the filter housing, and a second sense line extending through the housing sidewall into the interior volume of the filter housing, the first sense line and the second sense line each configured to directly measure the pressure drop across the filter element;
wherein the filter element is annular in shape, the first sense line extending into an interior of the annular shape and the second sense line disposed between the filter element and the housing sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,987,612

AIRBORNE MOLECULAR CONTAMINATION FILTER CARTRIDGE SYSTEM WITH COMBUSTIBLE FILTER CARTRIDGE AND REUSABLE FRAME

ENTEGRIS, INC., Billeric...

1. A filter cartridge system for control of airborne molecular contamination, the filter cartridge system comprising:a filter cartridge comprising a non-woven fiber and at least one adsorbent, the filter cartridge comprising substantially combustible materials, wherein the filter cartridge comprises a filter pleat pack potted at opposite ends in a single-component hot melt material and at least one plastic pleat separator embedded in the hot melt material; and
a reusable case for the filter cartridge, the filter cartridge being readily separable from the reusable case for disposal.

US Pat. No. 10,987,609

POLAR-LINEAR-FRESNEL-CONCENTRATING SOLAR-THERMAL POWER AND DESALINATION PLANT

1. A Multi-Effect-Distillation (MEDX) Desalination System, comprising:a plurality of stages, each stage of the plurality of stages including a steam outlet and a brine outlet, wherein the plurality of stages includes a first stage and a second stage;
a plurality of tubing arrangements, each tubing arrangement positioned within a corresponding stage of the plurality of stages, wherein the plurality of tubing arrangements includes:
a first tubing arrangement positioned within the first stage, the first tubing arrangement having an intake configured to receive seawater media in liquid form at a first temperature, and
a second tubing arrangement positioned within the second stage, wherein the steam outlet of the first stage is fluidly coupled to an intake of the second tubing arrangement; and
a sprinkler system having one or more sprinklers within each stage, the sprinkler system configured to spray a secondary supply of seawater over each of the plurality of tubing arrangements, the secondary supply of seawater being at a second temperature that is lower than the first temperature;
wherein each consecutive stage of the plurality of stages has a lower internal pressure than the previous stage.

US Pat. No. 10,987,608

LIQUID-DISTILLING DEVICE

1. A liquid distiller device working under atmospheric conditions, comprising: a dome which is transparent, impermeable to steam, and which increases a temperature by greenhouse effect, the dome configured to host a liquid to be distilled in an inferior part of its volume; the dome further comprising:a heat pump connected to an external power source and arranged in the interior of the dome and provided with a condenser which releases heat and an evaporator which absorbs heat, respectively conforming a hot part and a cold part of the heat pump;
a radiator connected to the hot part of the heat pump, suitable for evaporating the liquid to be distilled;
a condenser deposit connected to the cold part of the heat pump and suitable for condensing the evaporated liquid and collecting the distillate and;
a collector tube, connected to the condenser deposit for the exit of the distillate, wherein the dome of the liquid distiller device exhibits an inferior opening conforming both an access to its interior for the liquid to be distilled and a reservoir for holding the liquid to be distilled, and is portable and deployable on an operating surface.

US Pat. No. 10,987,606

SIMULATED AFTERBURNER FLAME EFFECT

Technifex Products, LLC, ...

1. A special effect device for use in creating a simulated afterburner flame effect, the device comprising:a pipe for conveying a stream of steam from a first terminal end of the pipe to a second terminal end of the pipe;
a steam accelerator, disposed adjacent to the second terminal end of the pipe, for causing an output stream of steam ejected from the second terminal end of the pipe to be formed into a steam cloud with a linear columnar shape extending away from the second terminal end of the pipe; and
a lighting structure adapted to project light onto a steam cloud with a linear columnar shape and extending away from the second terminal end of the pipe so as to create an illusion of an afterburner-shaped flame; and
wherein the steam accelerator comprises a nozzle that employs the Venturi effect to produce a first high-speed stream of air and an air amplifier that employs the Coanda effect to produce a second high-speed stream of air, the first and second high-speed streams of air being applied to a stream of steam to generate the steam cloud with the linear columnar shape.

US Pat. No. 10,987,599

INFLATABLE OR INJECTABLE TOY DEVICE

Testarossa Incorporated, ...

1. A toy device comprising:a base portion, the base portion having an inlet and an outlet, the outlet covered by a removable surface;
an inflatable object disposed within the base portion when not inflated, the inflatable object being fluidly connected to the inlet;
a hand pump fluidly connected to the inlet, the hand pump configured to create air pressure to inflate the inflatable object;
wherein the inflatable object protrudes from the base portion outlet, thereby removing the removable surface, upon inflation.

US Pat. No. 10,987,598

ACTUATABLE MOTION BASE SYSTEM

Universal City Studios LL...

1. A method for controlling an amusement ride attraction, the method comprising:controlling a ride vehicle of the amusement ride attraction to move onto a plurality of motion bases of a motion base system, wherein each motion base of the plurality of motion bases comprises a deck configured to receive a respective portion of the ride vehicle when the deck is flush with an adjacent track or floor section, and wherein the ride vehicle is programmed, based on the controlling, to pause motion relative to the deck when the deck receives the respective portion of the ride vehicle while being flush with the adjacent track or floor section;
receiving, at a controller of the motion base system, a signal that the ride vehicle is positioned on the plurality of motion bases; and
actuating, via the controller of the motion base system, the decks of the plurality of motion bases independently of one another while in contact with the ride vehicle in response to the received signal to cause the ride vehicle to roll, pitch, heave, yaw, sway, or surge, wherein actuating the decks of the plurality of motion bases comprises:
providing a first signal to an electrical actuator associated with a first motion base of the plurality of motion bases;
actuating a first deck of the first motion base to move a first distance relative to a top surface of a housing of the first motion base at a first time point;
providing a second signal to an electrical actuator associated with a second motion base of the plurality of motion bases; and
actuating a second deck of the second motion base to move a second distance relative to a top surface of a housing of the second motion base at the first time point.

US Pat. No. 10,987,597

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING AUDIO AND VIDEO CHANNELS FOR VIDEO GAME PLAYERS AND SPECTATORS

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A system, comprising:a video game execution engine on a hosting service configured to,
execute a streaming video game, in response to selection of the streaming video game for game play received from one or more players over a network;
responsively generate audio and video data of the streaming video game, the audio and video data being generated based on input received from the one or more players interacting with the streaming video game, wherein the input for the streaming video game is received from remote client devices associated with the one or more players;
transmit the generated audio and video data of the streaming video game to the remote client devices of the one or more players;
a chat subsystem of the hosting service configured to establish chat sessions with the one or more players playing the streaming video game and between an artificial intelligence system and a specific one of the players playing the streaming video game, the chat subsystem configured to,
establish a plurality of chat channels including,
a first chat channel over which the players participate in chat, wherein the player channel is associated with specific one of the players and a client device of the specific one of the players, and
a second chat channel over which the specific one of the players and the artificial intelligence system participate in chat, wherein the second chat channel is associated with the specific one of the players and a client device of the specific one of the players, the artificial intelligence system providing game play hints to assist the specific one of the players to interact with the streaming video game.

US Pat. No. 10,987,590

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INCENTIVIZING PARTICIPATION IN GAMEPLAY EVENTS IN AN ONLINE GAME

Kabam, Inc., San Francis...

1. A system for incentivizing participation in gameplay events that take place in an online game, the system comprising:one or more physical processors configured by computer-readable instructions to:
execute an instance of an online game and to implement the instance of the online game to facilitate user participation in the online game, wherein users participate in the online game by controlling game entities, wherein a first user participates in the online game by controlling a first game entity from a first client computing platform, wherein a second user participates in the online game by controlling a second game entity from a second client computing platform, wherein the first client computing platform is associated with the first user, wherein the second client computing platform is associated with the second user;
facilitate gameplay events for the users of the online game, including facilitating a first gameplay event for the first user and the second user, the first gameplay event taking place within a first event time period, wherein during the first gameplay event the first user and second user interact with each other within the online game;
determine values for a first gameplay metric for the first user and the second user during participation by both the first user and the second user in the first gameplay event;
determine a first interval having a start interval time and an end interval time, wherein the first interval takes place within the first event time period and the first interval is less than the first event time period;
determine a first change for the first gameplay metric for the first user, wherein the first change is determined between the start interval time and the end interval time of the first interval;
determine a second change for the first gameplay metric for the second user, wherein the second change is determined between the start time and the end time of the first interval;
determine a third change for the first gameplay metric for the first user, wherein the third change is determined during the first event time period;
determine a fourth change for the first gameplay metric for the second user, wherein the fourth change is determined during the first event time period; and
distribute awards to the users based on performance within the first gameplay event, the awards being different from both the first gameplay metric and the values for the first gameplay metric, the awards including:
a first award distributed to either the first user or the second user, wherein distribution of the first award is based on a comparison between the first change and the second change, wherein the first award is different from both the first gameplay metric and the values for the first gameplay metric, and
the second award distributed to either the first user or the second user, wherein distribution of the second award is based on a comparison between the third change and the fourth change, wherein the second award is different from both the first gameplay metric and the values for the first gameplay metric, wherein the second award is increased responsive to both the first award and the second award being distributed to the same user, and wherein, responsive to the first award and the second award being distributed to different users, the second award is not increased.

US Pat. No. 10,987,584

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING TARGETED RECOMMENDATIONS TO SEGMENTS OF USERS OF A VIRTUAL SPACE

Kabam, Inc., San Francis...

1. A system configured to provide different recommendations to users of a game and assess effectiveness of the provided different recommendations, wherein the effectiveness is based on retention of the users, the system comprising:one or more processors configured by machine-readable instructions to:
execute an instance of the game, and to implement the instance of the game to facilitate participation by the users in the game by:
(i) determining view information from the instance, and
(ii) receiving control inputs entered by the users, wherein the control inputs facilitate interaction between the users and the game;
generate automatically, by the one or more processors, one or more sets of recommendations for one or more segments of the users including a first segment of the users, wherein a recommendation prompts a particular user to take a particular recommended action in the game, wherein a first set of recommendations is generated for the first segment of the users, wherein the first set of recommendations includes a first recommendation recommending a first recommended action and a second recommendation recommending a second recommended action that is different from the first recommended action;
effectuate delivery of the first and second recommendations to different users in the first segment of the users, such that the first recommendation is delivered to a first subset of users in the first segment and the second recommendation is delivered to a second subset of users in the first segment;
track responses of the users of the first segment to the first and second recommendations by:
(i) determining a first metric of effectiveness for the first recommendation based on retention of those users in the first subset of users who received the first recommended action, and
(ii) determining a second metric of effectiveness for the second recommendation based on retention of those users in the second subset of users who received the second recommended action;
generate a new recommendation for a particular subset of the users, wherein the new recommendation is based on one or more of the first recommendation, the second recommendation, the first metric of effectiveness, and/or the second metric of effectiveness; and
effectuate delivery of the new recommendation to the particular subset of the users.

US Pat. No. 10,987,582

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AWARDS TO USERS OF AN ONLINE GAME

Kabam, Inc., San Francis...

1. A system for incentivizing players of an online game that takes place in a virtual space by providing the players with information regarding potential awards that are available in a secondary game for the players that reach particular levels of progress in the online game, the system comprising:one or more physical computer processors configured by machine-readable instructions to:
execute an instance of the online game and use the instance of the online game to generate game state information that is transmitted to client computing devices over a network, the game state information facilitating presentation of views of the online game to the players via the client computing devices, wherein the client computing devices include a first client computing device associated with a first player, wherein execution of the instance of the online game includes performing operations in the instance of the online game in response to commands received over the network from the client computing devices, wherein execution of the instance of the online game further includes facilitating player participation in the online game, such that the first player participates in the online game through a game interface on the first client computing device, wherein the game interface is configured to present views of the online game to the first player and to receive commands from the first player;
determine a gameplay metric for individual ones of the players of the online game, wherein the gameplay metric is based on one or more of individual progress of the players in the online game and/or individual actions taken by the players in the online game, such that a first gameplay metric for the first player is based on one or more of actions taken by the first player in the online game and/or a first level of progress by the first player in the online game;
selectively provide access for the players to a secondary game, wherein the players are presented with the secondary game through the game interface while participating in the online game, and wherein participation in the secondary game potentially results in awarding the players with a set of potential awards, wherein the set of potential awards includes one or more virtual items usable in the online game;
determine a subset of potential awards that corresponds to a higher gameplay metric than the first gameplay metric, wherein the higher gameplay metric corresponds to a target level of progress in the online game that is higher than the first level of progress; and
provide information to the first player regarding the subset of potential awards that corresponds to the higher gameplay metric, wherein the subset of potential awards would be available to the first player through the secondary game upon the first player reaching the target level of progress in the online game, thereby incentivizing the first player to make progress in the online game.

US Pat. No. 10,987,577

HAND-HELD GAME CONTROLLER WITH COOLING FEATURES

1. A hand-held game controller with cooling features, comprising:a housing;
at least one hand grip extending from said housing, said at least one hand grip forming a hand grip cavity, and at least one of said housing or said at least one hand grip having a plurality of openings therethrough;
a motor having a rotatable shaft, said motor carried in one of said housing and said at least one hand grip, said rotatable shaft extending into said hand grip cavity; and
a fan connected to said rotatable shaft, wherein rotation of said fan by said rotatable shaft generates air flow into and out of said plurality of openings, wherein said at least one hand grip has an end surface with at least one end surface opening extending therethrough and contiguous with said hand grip cavity, and wherein rotation of said fan draws air into said hand grip cavity through said at least one end surface opening and expels the air through said plurality of openings.

US Pat. No. 10,987,573

VIRTUAL REALITY HAND GESTURE GENERATION

Valve Corporation, Belle...

1. A system comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more non-transitory computer-readable media storing computer-executable instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to perform acts comprising:
receiving, via one or more cameras, first images depicting light reflected or emitted by markers coupled to a hand operating a controller;
analyzing the first images to generate first motion data indicating first tracked positions of the markers, the first tracked positions corresponding to a first movement of the hand operating the controller;
receiving, via the controller, first touch data corresponding to a first touch of the hand operating the controller;
receiving, via the controller, first force data corresponding to the first touch of the hand operating the controller;
associating the first motion data with the first touch data and the first force data;
generating, based at least in part on the first motion data, the first touch data, and the first force data, a model corresponding to a gesture of the hand;
receiving, via the one or more cameras, second images depicting light reflected or emitted by the markers coupled to the hand operating the controller;
analyzing the second images to generate second motion data indicating second tracked positions of the markers, the second tracked positions corresponding to a second movement of the hand operating the controller;
receiving, via the controller, second touch data corresponding to a second touch of the hand operating the controller;
receiving, via the more controller, second force data corresponding to the second touch of the hand operating the controller;
associating the second motion data with the second touch data and the second force data;
training, based at least in part on the second motion data, the second touch data, and the second force data, the model corresponding to the gesture of the hand;
receiving, via the controller, third touch data corresponding to a third touch of the hand operating the controller;
receiving, via the controller, third force data corresponding to the third touch of the hand operating the controller; and
generating, based at least in part on the model corresponding to the gesture and at least one of the third touch data or the third force data, image data corresponding to a representation of the hand.

US Pat. No. 10,987,566

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR GOLF BALL LOCATION MONITORING

Dish Network L.L.C., Eng...

1. A method to determine a resting location for a golf ball, the method comprising:receiving a plurality of signals from a plurality of sensors in an array of sensors that are arranged along a golf course playing surface, each sensor in the array having a sensing field that includes, a portion of the golf course playing surface;
determining by a processor that the plurality of signals correspond to signals generated by the golf ball traveling along the golf course playing surface;
determining, by the processor and motion detecting sensors, a location on the golf course playing surface that the golf ball first contacts after being hit by a player by detecting a change in trajectory of the golf ball from a first trajectory to a second different trajectory after the golf ball makes contact, the second different trajectory including a velocity and new direction of travel;
using the second different trajectory of the golf ball to identify a resting location of the golf ball along or adjacent to the golf course playing surface;
transmitting an indication of the resting location for the golf ball; and
displaying a marker indicating the resting location of the golf ball on a display device.

US Pat. No. 10,987,564

BALL STOWABLE SUPPORT

Medal Sports (Taiwan) Cor...

1. An apparatus comprising:a frame including a distal end and a proximal end, the distal end comprising a connector interlocking with the proximal end to form the frame;
at least one leg connected to the frame, the at least one leg comprising a frame receiving end, a ground-engaging end opposite the frame receiving end, and a ball-retaining portion between the frame receiving end and the ground-engaging end;
an elastic cover secured to the frame by a securing portion, the securing portion of the elastic cover including an opening for the at least one leg at the frame receiving end.

US Pat. No. 10,987,562

HOCKEY SHOOTER TUTOR

1. A one-piece hockey puck-training device for improving hockey puck shooting comprising:a hockey goalie panel mannequin having a 2-dimensional shape having a perimeter similar to a perimeter of a shape of a live hockey goalie in a butterfly style position,
said hockey goalie panel mannequin constructed from a manipulated durable material characterized to produce a rebound of a hockey puck which ricochets off said mannequin simulating the rebound of a hockey puck which rebounds from a hockey goalie,
said hockey goalie panel mannequin securable to a hockey goal post to form a right shoulder target slot having a shape and size similar to a shape and size of a space having a perimeter formed from said live goalie's neck and right shoulder region and a right goal post corner when said live goalie is tending a net in said butterfly position with each of said sides of said right shoulder target slot having a different length and a side sloping against said right shoulder region of said hockey goalie panel mannequin,
a left shoulder target slot having a shape and size similar to a shape and size of a space having a perimeter formed from said live goalie's neck and left shoulder region and a left goal post corner when said live goalie is tending said net in said butterfly position with each of said sides of said left shoulder target slot having a different length and a side sloping against said left shoulder region of said hockey goalie panel mannequin,
a right lower arm target slot having a shape and size similar to a shape and size of a space having a perimeter formed from said live goalie's lower right arm, midsection, and upper right thigh and said right goal post when said live goalie is tending said net in said butterfly position with each of said sides of said right lower target slot having a different length and a side sloping against said upper right thigh of said hockey goalie panel mannequin,
a left lower arm target slot having a shape and size similar to a shape and size of a space having a perimeter formed from a goalie's lower left arm, midsection, and upper left thigh and the left goal post when said live goalie is tending said net in said butterfly position with each of said sides of said left lower target slot having a different length and a side sloping against said upper left thigh of said hockey goalie panel mannequin,
a between the legs/skates target slot having a shape and size similar to a shape and size of a space having a perimeter formed from said live goalie's skates, said live goalie's groin region, and a ground surface when said live goalie is tending said net in said butterfly position,
a right floor slot having a shape and size similar to a shape and size of a space having a perimeter formed from a lower right region of said live goalie and said ground surface when said live goalie is tending said net in said butterfly position, and
a left floor slot having a shape and size similar to a shape and size of a space having a perimeter formed from a lower left region of said live goalie and said ground surface when said live goalie is tending said net in said butterfly position with said right shoulder target slot, said right lower arm target slot, said right floor slot, and said between the legs/skates target slot each comprises a different shape and size;
said target slots shaped and sized to mimic the typical scoring areas when a hockey goalie is tending a net in the “butterfly style” technique.

US Pat. No. 10,987,560

SWING TRAINING DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A training device, comprising:a mask maintaining an aperture therein at a predefined focal length in front of the eyes of a wearer of the mask, wherein the predefined focal length is between three to four and a half inches in length;
a diaphragm guide on opposing sides of the aperture, each diaphragm guide has a slot interchangeably connecting to a periphery of one of the one or more diaphragms; and
one or more diaphragms dimensioned to cover the aperture, wherein one of the one or more diaphragms provides a diaphragmatic aperture offset from said periphery.

US Pat. No. 10,987,556

BAT WITH BARREL PIVOT JOINT

Wilson Sporting Goods Co....

1. A ball bat configured for impacting a ball, the ball bat extending along a longitudinal axis, the bat comprising:a unitary bat frame including a handle portion and a barrel portion having a distal region; and
a pivot joint coupled to the distal region of the barrel portion, the pivot joint movably supporting the barrel portion relative to the longitudinal axis such that the distal region of the barrel portion may pivot towards and away from the longitudinal axis about the pivot joint.

US Pat. No. 10,987,555

GOLF CLUB

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A golf club comprising:a head;
a shaft including a tip end and a butt end;
a grip; and
a weight member that is located in a butt end region having a distance from a butt end of the grip of less than or equal to 100 mm, wherein
the grip and the weight member constitute a grip-weight portion,
the shaft, the grip, and the weight member constitute a shaft-grip-weight portion,
the golf club has a weight of less than 295 g,
the head has a weight of greater than or equal to 195 g,
the grip-weight portion has a weight of greater than or equal to 40 g,
the head has a gravity center distance of greater than or equal to 44.5 mm, wherein the gravity center distance is the length of a perpendicular line from a center line of the shaft to a center of gravity of the head, and
W1/W3 is greater than or equal to 0.40, where W1 represents a weight (g) of the butt end region, and W3 represents a weight (g) of the shaft-grip-weight portion.

US Pat. No. 10,987,552

GOLF CLUB HEADS WITH ARCUATE PORT STRUCTURES AND TUNING ELEMENTS

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club head comprising:a strike portion comprising:
a strikeface; and
a backface opposite the strikeface;
a rear portion coupled to the strike portion at a bottom end of the strike portion; and
a tuning element;
a port structure partially defined within the rear portion and the strike portion and configured to receive the tuning element,
the port structure comprising a slot extending from a slot opening to a slot base;
wherein the slot comprises:
a heel wall;
a toe wall;
a rear wall extending from the slot opening to the slot base, and extending between the heel wall and the toe wall, the rear wall comprising a first rear wall curve, wherein the first rear wall curve is convex in a first direction extending between the slot opening and the slot base;
a front wall extending from the slot opening to the slot base, and extending between the heel wall and the toe wall, the strike face being located closer to the front wall than the rear wall, and the front wall comprising a first front wall curve along the first direction;
wherein the first front wall curve comprises a portion of a first circle having a first radius; the first rear wall curve comprises a portion of a second circle having a second radius, and the first circle and the second circle are not concentric such that a distance between the front wall and the rear wall is variable;
the distance from the slot opening to the slot base is greater than the distance from the front wall to the rear wall; and
the front wall is offset rearwardly from the backface.

US Pat. No. 10,987,551

GOLF CLUB HEADS WITH STIFFENING RIBS

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club comprising:a golf club head comprising a first component adhered to a second component to define a closed interior volume therebetween, the golf club head comprises a strikeface configured to strike a golf ball, a rear portion opposite the strikeface, a crown, a sole opposite the crown, a heel end, and a toe end opposite the heel end;
wherein the first component comprises:
a crown return extending rearwardly from the strikeface, the crown return forming a portion of the crown;
a sole return extending rearwardly from the strikeface, the sole return forming a portion of the sole;
a sole extension extending rearwardly from the sole return and forming a portion of the sole;
a back rail connected to the sole extension; and
a crown bridge that is integrally formed with the crown return and the back rail and extends in a strikeface-to-rear portion direction;
wherein the back rail comprises a top wall, a rear wall, and a lip;
wherein the top wall, the rear wall, and the lip together define a channel extending along the back rail in a heel to toe direction;
wherein the second component comprises:
a crown portion;
a heel side wing that extends from the crown portion to the sole around the heel end of the golf club head;
a toe side wing that extends from the crown portion to the sole around the toe end of the golf club head;
wherein the sole extension extends a greater distance away from the strikeface, as measured in a direction from the strikeface to the rear, than the crown return;
wherein the channel is configured to receive a weight portion of at least 14 grams;
wherein the first component comprises approximately 85%-90% of an overall mass of the golf club head.

US Pat. No. 10,987,550

GOLF CLUB HEAD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

Sumitomo Rubber Industrie...

1. A golf club head having an inner cavity and comprising a face member and a head main body having a front opening which are connected to each other, whereinthe head main body comprises a sole portion,
a weight member which has a specific gravity greater than that of the head main body is fixed to an inner surface of the sole portion,
a weld which fixes the weight member to the sole portion of the head main body is formed at a peripheral edge of the weight member, and
the weight member has the width in a toe-heel direction of the head, which is smaller on its rear side than its front side,
wherein
the weight member has a polygonal shape made up of substantially straight sides in a plan view of the weight member and the number of the sides is not more than five,
the inner surface of the sole portion is provided with a recess in which the weight member is disposed, and
the recess has a bottom and a surrounding wall which define a space for accommodating the weight member, and the space has a slightly larger shape than that of the weight member to exactly position the weight member.

US Pat. No. 10,987,546

HYDRODYNAMIC HUMAN-POWERED PROPULSION MECHANISM

1. A pair of devices for propelling a body of a person through water, consisting of:a. a left foot attachment and a right foot attachment;
b. a set of four blades, consisting of a left outer blade attached to an outside of the left foot attachment, a left inner blade attached to an inside of the left foot attachment, a right outer blade attached to an outside of the right foot attachment, and a right inner blade attached to an inside of the right foot attachment;
c. a left pivot mechanism and a right pivot mechanism whereby the left inner blade and the left outer blade can change an angle with respect to the left foot attachment, and the right inner blade and the right outer blade can change an angle with respect to the right foot attachment, as the person moves the left foot attachment and the right foot attachment either upwards or downward;
wherein the right inner blade is positioned such that the right inner blade can pass the left inner blade without contact as the person moves the right foot attachment and the left foot attachment past each other up and down in a swimming motion.

US Pat. No. 10,987,544

FORCE PROFILE CONTROL FOR THE APPLICATION OF HORIZONTAL RESISTIVE FORCE

SOUTHERN RESEARCH INSTITU...

1. A system comprising:a harness configured to transfer a horizontal resistive force to a waist of a treadmill user walking in a single direction on a treadmill;
a cable having a distal end coupled to the harness;
a motor coupled to the cable and configured to apply a motor force to the cable, wherein the cable has an adjustable operative length corresponding to a distance of cable extending outwardly from the motor toward the harness, wherein the cable is configured to transfer the motor force to the harness which in turn transfers the horizontal resistive force to the waist of the treadmill user walking in the single direction; and
a system controller comprising a processor communicatively coupled to the motor, wherein the processor is configured to:
receive an input indicative of a translation of the distal end of the cable relative to the motor;
determine the operative length of the cable based upon the translation of the distal end of the cable relative to the motor;
receive at least one input indicative of an actual force applied by the motor to the cable;
determine an average applied motor force based upon the at least one received input indicative of the actual applied force; and
selectively adjust the motor force applied by the motor to thereby adjust the average applied motor force transferred by the cable to the harness which in turn transfers the horizontal resistive force to the waist of the treadmill user as the treadmill user continues walking in the single direction,
wherein the processor is configured to increase the average applied motor force when the operative length of the cable exceeds a first predetermined length, and wherein the processor is configured to decrease the average applied motor force when the operative length of the cable is below a second predetermined length that is less than the first predetermined length, and wherein the processor is configured to maintain the average applied motor force when the operative length of the cable is between the first and second predetermined lengths.

US Pat. No. 10,987,543

DUAL MONITORING INSTRUCTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. An instruction device comprising:three or more video cameras;
a processor in digital communication with a video camera and first and second monitors; and
a monitor stand having
a support frame;
a vertical support coupled to the support frame;
a first bracket connecting the first monitor to the monitor stand; and
a second articulated bracket connecting the second monitor to the monitor stand,
wherein the processor simultaneously sends live or recorded camera video to the first and second monitors;
wherein the processor is two processors connected by a data connection;
wherein the data connection is one or more of a local area network, a wide area network, the internet, or a mobile phone data network;
wherein the three or more video cameras, the first monitor, or the second monitor include a transceiver wirelessly connected to the processor;
wherein the one or more video cameras, the first monitor, and the second monitor include a transceiver wirelessly connected to the processor;
wherein one of the video cameras integrates into the first monitor and is configured to capture demonstration video from an instructor;
wherein one of the video cameras integrates into the second monitor and is configured to capture practice video from a student; and
wherein the first and second monitors have a user interface to receive commands from the instructor or the student that cause the processor to direct the live or recorded video signal to the first or second or both the first and second monitors.

US Pat. No. 10,987,542

INTELLIGENT SYSTEM AND APPARATUS PROVIDING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FEEDBACK

1. A system for providing physical activity feedback, comprising:a first sensor apparatus associated with a first user's first physical orientation, the first sensor apparatus comprising real-time, active visual, haptic, and auditory feedback mechanisms;
a second sensor apparatus remote to said first user associated with a second physical orientation of an athletic apparatus in contact with the first user;
one or more follow sensor apparatuses associated with one or more third party users where each third-party user is associated with one of said follow sensor apparatuses;
the first sensor apparatus collecting in real-time first physical orientation data of said first user and the second sensor apparatus collecting in real-time second physical orientation data of said apparatus;
a network capable communication capability establishing and maintaining a bi-directional data communication channel between the first sensor apparatus and the second sensor apparatus;
a first software module associated with the second sensor apparatus operative to transmit the second physical orientation data in real-time from the second sensor apparatus to the first sensor apparatus utilizing the bi-directional data communication channel;
a second software module associated with the first sensor apparatus operative to receive the second physical orientation data from the second sensor apparatus and comparing the second physical orientation data with the first physical orientation data in real-time;
said second software module associated with the first sensor apparatus operative to analyze the comparison data in real-time to determine angular differences between the first physical orientation and the second physical orientation as changes in the first physical orientation and second physical orientation occur, and create a combination of visual, auditory, and haptic adjustment feedback signals;
said second software module associated with the first sensor apparatus transmitting in real-time the current physical orientation of the first sensor apparatus to each of the one or more follow sensor apparatuses;
said comparison permitting one of said third party users associated with a follow sensor apparatus to determine and match the position in real time of any positional changes made and held by said first user through a created combination of visual, auditory, and haptic adjustment feedback signals on each follow apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,987,541

FOOT EXERCISE BRACE AND BALL DEVICE

1. A Foot Exercise Brace and Ball Device engineered for the treatment of plantar fasciitis, comprising:(a) an adjustable Ankle Brace component designed for receiving the foot of a user formed of multidirectional stretch fabric comprising a curvilinear tongue section integrally extending from the ankle brace component, said ankle brace component further encompassing a hook and loop securement segment sewn to the underside of one terminal end of the ankle brace component so as to anatomically fasten it around the ankle of a user;
(b) a Cord Lock component configured as an adjusting mechanism for threading and sizing an elastic shock cord component through two holes, said cord lock component held loosely in position above the curvilinear tongue section of the brace by function of the elastic shock cord component;
(c) the elastic shock cord component threaded through the cord lock component, the curvilinear tongue section of the brace, and an exercise ball component, said elastic shock cord component cord configured for engaging and retaining the exercise ball component under the foot of the user; and
(d) the exercise ball component comprising a hollowed built-in cylindrical channel intersecting the center axis of the ball configured to allow unrestricted circulation of the elastic shock cord component, said cylindrical channel further including a solid yet hollow cylinder fused to an inner part of the ball for preventing its collapse when under the weight of the foot of a user;
wherein the foot exercise brace and ball device is typified in that, all the aforementioned components are constructed for cooperatively engaging with each other to operate as one integrated foot-massaging device.

US Pat. No. 10,987,537

TWO-WAY RECIPROCATING STRUCTURE

1. A two-way reciprocating structure, comprising:a body;
a rotational axis assembly disposed on the body;
a flexible element having a first flexible end and a second flexible end, the first flexible end connected to the rotational axis assembly, wherein the rotational axis assembly is rotated by a force along a rotating direction to wind the flexible element around the rotational axis assembly, and the rotating direction is a clockwise direction or a counterclockwise direction;
a reciprocating member having a first reciprocating end and a second reciprocating end, the first reciprocating end disposed on the body, and the second reciprocating end connected to the second flexible end and simultaneously displaced with the second flexible end, wherein the rotational axis assembly is restored via a restoring force relative to the force provided by the reciprocating member; and
a pulley disposed on the body and rotationally connected to the flexible element, wherein a number of the pulley is one, and the pulley is surrounded by the flexible element and simultaneously actuated with the rotational axis assembly, the flexible element and the second reciprocating end.

US Pat. No. 10,987,536

PLANKING EXERCISE BELT

1. An exercise apparatus, comprising:a belt configured and dimensioned to be worn about a lower torso of a user;
a coupling attached to a forward end of the belt and positioned at a medial centerline of the user when worn;
a strap having an adjustable length and a first end and a second end;
a connector to attach the strap to the coupling; and
the second end adapted to attach to a weight, wherein the length of the strap is configured to be adjustable such that the strap is under a tension with the user in a planking position and the weight is in contact with a supporting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,987,535

DECIDING WEIGHT AND REPETITIONS IN A GYM MACHINE WITH NO MECHANICAL IMPACT

Sony Mobile Communication...

10. A method for obtaining information related to physical performance on an exercise machine, the method comprising: using a weight pin for selecting one or more weights to be lifted to read information on the one or more weights during use of the exercise machine, detecting rotational movement of the weight pin, determining a configuration of the exercise machine based on the detected rotational movement, and identifying a type of exercise being performed on the exercise machine based on the detected rotational movement.

US Pat. No. 10,987,528

FALL PROTECTION DEVICE

YOKE INDUSTRIAL CORP., T...

1. A fall protection device adapted to be connected to a safety belt, comprising:a frame having a receiving space;
a shaft disposed on the frame;
a decelerating member connected to the shaft, received in the receiving space, wherein an outer peripheral surface of the decelerating member has a plurality of friction surfaces arranged at intervals; and
a safety belt base fitted around the decelerating member, having an outer peripheral surface and an inner peripheral surface, wherein the outer peripheral surface is adapted to be wrapped or be wound by the safety belt, and the inner peripheral surface is in contact with the plurality of friction surfaces of the decelerating member;
wherein the decelerating member has a plurality of positioning holes and a braking plate further has a plurality of positioning holes which corresponds to the plurality of positioning holes of the decelerating member;
a plurality of positioning members, wherein each respective positioning member passes through one of the plurality of positioning holes of the braking plate and the corresponding one of the plurality of positioning holes of the decelerating member to engage the braking plate and the decelerating member.

US Pat. No. 10,987,526

DESCENDER

CAMP S.p.A., Lecco (IT)

1. A descender device for a rope, comprising a casing wherein a cam mechanism and a actuating lever for the cam mechanism are housed in the casing, wherein the casing comprises a return element for the rope, wherein the cam mechanism comprises a lever pin rotatably actuated by the actuation lever and a movable cam which is rotatably movable in an activation direction between a deactivation position and a lock position wherein the movable cam presses on the rope against the return element, and wherein the lever pin is configured to act on a rocker member which is integral with the movable cam during a first rotation step of the lever pin in a direction opposite to the activation direction of the movable cam;wherein a side surface of the movable cam comprises a loop at a lower portion, said loop having a shape and size to accommodate a stop element integral with the casing.

US Pat. No. 10,987,522

THREE DIMENSIONAL LOCALIZATION AND TRACKING FOR ADAPTIVE RADIATION THERAPY

Elekta, Inc., Atlanta, G...

1. A computer-implemented method for generating a model to track a three-dimensional (3D) target in a region of interest in a patient, the method comprising:receiving, by a processor, a 3D medical image;
extracting a two-dimensional (2D) slice that includes the target from the 3D medical image;
determining one or more 2D patches from the 2D slice;
computing, for the one or more 2D patches, an offset from a center of a respective one of the one or more 2D patches to a center of the target, the offset comprising a vector that is computed as a function of a 3D coordinate of the respective one of the one or more 2D patches to a 3D location of the target; and
generating the model based on the one or more 2D patches and the offset computed for the one or more 2D patches.

US Pat. No. 10,987,520

VASCULAR OPTICAL FIBER GUIDEWIRE

1. A side-illuminated vascular optical fiber guidewire, comprisinga light-conducting portion,
wherein one end of the light-conducting portion is connected to a light-emitting portion;
the light-emitting portion comprises a metal axial wire and an optical fiber surrounding the metal axial wire;
the optical fiber comprises a core wire and a cladding layer covering the core wire; and
in the light-emitting portion, when a bending radius of the optical fiber around the metal axial wire is less than a critical bending radius, a light in the core wire may be scattered from a sidewall to achieve lighting.

US Pat. No. 10,987,517

DETECTION OF NOISE SIGNALS IN CARDIAC SIGNALS

MEDTRONIC, INC., Minneap...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a processing circuitry, a cardiac signal generated in response to electrical activity of a heart of a patient;
determining, by the processing circuitry, a baseline amplitude value of the cardiac signal within a first detection window, the first detection window comprising a first time period extending for a predefined amount of time from a sample time;
determining, by the processing circuitry, a plurality of amplitude level values for the cardiac signal within a second detection window, the second detection window comprising a second time period extending for a predefined amount of time following the sample time;
calculating, by the processing circuitry, an area-under-the-curve value based on the plurality of amplitude level values within the second detection window and the baseline amplitude value;
comparing, by the processing circuitry, the area under the curve value to a noise signal threshold value;
determining, by the processing circuitry, that the cardiac signal includes a noise signal in response to a determination that the area under the curve value exceeds the noise signal threshold value; and
in response to the determination that the cardiac signal includes the noise signal, outputting, by the processing circuitry and for display to a user, an indication that the cardiac signal includes the noise signal.

US Pat. No. 10,987,516

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CARDIOVASCULAR CONDITIONING

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA RESEAR...

1. A method comprising:delivering a first series of electrical signals to an atrium of a heart of a user, wherein the first series of electrical signals increases a first heart rate of the heart toward a target heart rate;
retrieving physiological data of the user during delivery of the first series of electrical signals, wherein the heart is at a second heart rate greater than the first heart rate when the physiological data is retrieved;
determining whether at least two physiological parameters are each within a respective physiological threshold based on the physiological data, wherein the at least two physiological parameters comprise an optimal atrio-ventricular synchrony and an optimal interventricular synchrony, wherein the respective physiological threshold of the optimal atrio-ventricular synchrony comprises an atrio-ventricular dyssynchrony threshold, wherein the atrio-ventricular dyssynchrony threshold comprises an atrio-ventricular conduction ratio and an atrio-ventricular delay, and wherein the respective physiological threshold of the optimal interventricular synchrony comprises an interventricular dyssynchrony threshold;
if at least one physiological parameter of the at least two physiological parameters is outside of the respective physiological threshold, modifying the first series of electrical signals to a second series of electrical signals that restores the at least one physiological parameter to an acceptable level; and
if each of the at least two physiological parameters is within the respective physiological threshold, continuing delivery of the first series of electrical signals until the target heart rate is met for a target time duration.

US Pat. No. 10,987,514

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MINIMALLY INVASIVE LEAD IMPLANTATION FOR CAVERNOSAL NERVE STIMULATION CONTROLLED AND POWERED WIRELESSLY FROM AN EXTERNAL SOURCE

1. A kit for cavernosal neuromodulation controlled and powered wirelessly from an external source, comprising:a removable penile control ring having a flexible body formed of a resilient material enclosing:
wireless communication electronics;
a power supply; and
control circuitry associated with the wireless communication electronics and power supply; and
an implantable lead as a unitary structure having at least one electrode structured and arranged to be disposed proximate to the cavernous nerve in a penis, the implantable lead having the at least one electrode having wireless communication electronics including an antenna with a plurality of coupling contacts adapted to receive power and control from the penile control ring to generate an electrode pulse for stimulation of the cavernous nerve when power is supplied by the penile control ring.

US Pat. No. 10,987,502

MICRONEEDLE SHEET

HISAMITSU PHARMACEUTICAL ...

1. A microneedle sheet comprising a plurality of microneedles formed on a sheet generally along a main surface of the sheet, whereina bending resistance of the sheet as measured in accordance with a 45° cantilever method defined by JIS L 1096:2010 is 4.2 cm to 12.5 cm, thereby providing improved puncture properties to the microneedle sheet such that the plurality of microneedles do not bend but pierce a styrene copolymer elastomer test sheet,
a material of the sheet is selected from the group consisting of polylactic acid, a lactic acid/glycolic acid copolymer, polyglutamic acid, pullulan or a salt thereof, hyaluronic acid or a salt thereof, chondroitin sulfuric acid or a salt thereof, and carmellose or a salt thereof,
a thickness of the sheet is 40 ?m to 80 ?m, and
the microneedles rise from the main surface when the sheet is bent.

US Pat. No. 10,987,498

ANAL AND PERIANAL THERAPEUTIC SUBSTANCE DELIVERY DEVICE

LK Innovations, LLC, Mia...

1. A delivery device for a flowable agent to an anus, comprising:a) a hollow shaft having a proximal end, a distal end, and defining a longitudinal axis between its proximal and distal ends and a diameter transverse to its longitudinal axis, the shaft defining a first storage volume for an agent to be delivered to anal or perianal tissues, the shaft including a wall having pores through which the agent is released from the first storage volume, and the pores filled with heat-activated material that releases to open the pores after the shaft is inserted into the anus;
b) an inflatable anchor at the distal end of the shaft for insertion into the anus, the inflation anchor having an expanded configuration greater in dimension than the diameter of the shaft;
c) a bumper at the proximal end of the shaft, the bumper having a dimension transverse to the longitudinal axis to prevent uncontrolled ingress of the shaft and anchor within the anus;
d) a one-way valve integrated with the device and through which to inject an inflation medium through the into the anchor; and
e) a release element coupled to the valve and extending from the bumper, wherein force applied to the release element opens the one-way valve to release inflation medium within the anchor.

US Pat. No. 10,987,496

MEDICAL BALLOON

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED,...

1. A composite expandable medical balloon, comprising:a base balloon comprising a coextrusion, the coextrusion comprising an inner layer formed from an elastomeric polymer, the inner layer comprises a polyether-block-amide, and an outer layer formed from a thermoplastic polymer, the outer layer comprises a thermoplastic polyurethane; and
a fiber braid disposed on and in direct contact with the thermoplastic polymer layer of the base balloon, the fiber braid comprising at least one polymeric fiber disposed over the base balloon;
wherein the base balloon is designed to exhibit minimal delamination between the inner layer and the outer layer of the base balloon.

US Pat. No. 10,987,494

PLEATED OR FOLDED CATHETER-MOUNTED BALLOON

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A catheter-mounted balloon comprising:an inflatable chamber defining a volume expandable from a deflated state to an inflated state, the inflatable chamber having a distal transition portion, a proximal transition portion, and a cylindrical body portion disposed between the distal transition portion and the proximal transition portion,
wherein the cylindrical body portion includes at least first and second pleat zones each having a soft pleat that causes the inflatable chamber to collapse or fold along the soft pleat into a pre-determined pleat pattern when the inflatable chamber is pushed through or pulled back into a guide catheter, wherein at least a portion of each soft pleat extends along a longitudinal axis of the cylindrical body portion when the inflatable chamber is in the deflated state, and wherein each soft pleat extends at least partially into the proximal transition portion of the inflatable chamber;
wherein the proximal transition portion includes a transition portion pleat disposed between the soft pleats of the first and second pleat zones, wherein the transition portion pleat extends between proximal and distal ends of the proximal transition portion substantially free of extension into the cylindrical body portion; and
an electrode disposed along a wall of the inflatable chamber, wherein at least one of the soft pleats traverses the electrode such that the electrode is pleated.

US Pat. No. 10,987,493

GUIDE WIRE

NIPRO CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A guide wire comprising:a core wire; and
a coil wire that constitutes a coil externally mounted about a distal end portion of the core wire, wherein
a cross-sectional shape of the coil wire varies in a lengthwise direction of the coil;
a cross-sectional area of the coil wire becomes smaller from a proximal end side of the coil toward a distal end side of the coil; and
the cross-sectional shape of the coil wire has a height dimension relative a center axis of the coil that remains the same along the lengthwise direction of the coil.

US Pat. No. 10,987,490

MULTI-PLANAR STEERABLE MEDICAL SHAFTS

ST. JUDE MEDICAL, CARDIOL...

1. A steerable introducer having a proximal end and a distal end, the steerable introducer comprising:a steerable sheath having a proximal end and a distal end, the steerable sheath comprising:
an outer layer extending from the proximal end to the distal end of the steerable sheath;
an inner liner disposed within the outer layer and extending from the proximal end to the distal end of the steerable sheath;
a first pair of pull wires disposed between the inner liner and the outer layer and extending from the proximal end to the distal end of the steerable sheath; and
a second pair of pull wires disposed between the inner liner and the outer layer and extending from the proximal end to the distal end of the steerable sheath, and
a handle disposed at the proximal end of the steerable introducer, the handle comprising:
a first actuator operatively coupled to the first pair of pull wires; and
a second actuator operatively coupled to the second pair of pull wires,
wherein the first actuator is configured to selectively tension the first pair of pull wires to cause a deflectable portion of the steerable sheath to deflect within a first plane, and the second actuator is configured to selectively tension the second pair of pull wires to cause the deflectable portion of the steerable sheath to deflect within a second plane.

US Pat. No. 10,987,486

CATHETER SECUREMENT DEVICE WITH WINDOW

BECTON, DICKINSON AND COM...

1. A method of securing a catheter, comprising:inserting a catheter into a patient at an insertion site;
after inserting the catheter into the patient at the insertion site, adhering an anchor pad to skin of the patient via an adhesive layer, wherein the anchor pad comprises a lower surface, an upper surface, and an opening extending through the anchor pad and from an outer edge of the anchor pad, wherein the lower surface comprises the adhesive layer to adhere the anchor pad to the skin of the patient, wherein the anchor pad comprises a retainer on the upper surface of the anchor pad and extending across the opening, wherein the anchor pad is adhered to the skin of the patient via the adhesive layer such that the opening extends beyond the insertion site;
securing a portion of the catheter within the retainer; and
after adhering the anchor pad to the skin of the patient via the adhesive layer and after securing the portion of the catheter within the retainer, applying a liquid adhesive within the opening at the insertion site such that the liquid adhesive contacts the anchor pad and the skin of the patient within the window.

US Pat. No. 10,987,481

SLEEP APNEA NASAL PILLOWS DEVICE

REMSleep Holdings Inc., ...

1. An interface pillow for insertion into a nostril of a user, the interface pillow comprising:a pliable member having a body, the body having an insertion end and a distal sealing end, the distal sealing end having a seal for interfacing with a cannula whereas the body has a decreasing cross-sectional area from the sealing end to the insertion end;
an insertion bulge extending from the body limiting an insertion distance;
an insertion area of the body extending between the insertion end and the insertion bulge, the insertion area having sides that angle inwardly towards the insertion end at an angle, thereby a cross-sectional area of the insertion end being smaller than a second cross-sectional area at a point where the insertion area interfaces to the insertion bulge;
whereas the outer shape of the insertion area is planar on one side for interfacing with a septum of a nose, and an upper interface area of the outer shape of the insertion area is narrower than a lower interface area of the outer shape of the insertion area to conform to a shape of a nostril of the nose; and
whereas the insertion bulge is configured to seal against an outer edge of the nostril of the nose.

US Pat. No. 10,987,473

LUBRICATED PEN NEEDLE

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A pen needle assembly, comprising:an injection pen including a removable pen cap and a medicament reservoir; and
a pen needle configured to engage the injection pen when the pen cap is removed, the pen needle including:
a hub having a protruding portion, and an engagement portion for engaging the injection pen, the engagement portion having an interior and an open proximal end;
a needle fixedly connected to said protruding portion of said hub, said needle having a patient end, formed for insertion into a patient, and a proximal end extending into said interior of said engagement portion of said hub for communicating with said medicament reservoir;
a reusable outer cover for repeatedly receiving said engagement portion of said hub and said needle between multiple injections of the pen needle, the reusable outer cover including a first transverse wall, a second transverse wall, and an inner diameter of the first and second transverse walls extending through the first and second transverse walls, the first and second transverse walls each including a ring structure extending radially inwardly from an inner diameter of the reusable outer cover;
a septum secured between the first and second transverse walls of the reusable outer cover to prevent axial movement of the septum; and
a lubricant reservoir disposed in said outer cover such that at least a portion of said needle passes through the septum and is disposed in said lubricant reservoir whenever said engagement portion of said hub and said needle are received by said outer cover; wherein
said reusable outer cover is sized to be received within said pen cap.

US Pat. No. 10,987,470

SYRINGE WITH PLUNGER EXTENSION

William A. Aqeel, Yonker...

1. A single-hand controlled syringe with plunger extension comprising a barrel, a plunger with a piston at one end, and a plunger extension, wherein said plunger fits to said barrel; wherein said plunger extension is integrated with said plunger at ends of said plunger extension and said plunger; wherein said plunger extension is oriented parallel to said plunger and said barrel; wherein said barrel of the syringe with plunger extension is a transparent or translucent cylindrical body having graduated volume indication lines arranged axially along said barrel; wherein said barrel of the syringe with plunger extension has a tip and an open bottom; wherein said tip is a luer-type lock coupling, to which a needle, tubing, or other implement can be attached; wherein said tip has an upstanding open post and a coaxial, upstanding outer sidewall formed with internally-directed helical threads; wherein said open bottom of said barrel is open and receives said plunger there through; wherein there are outwardly-extending flanges formed with said open bottom of said barrel; wherein said plunger is mounted for sliding or reciprocal movement within said barrel; wherein said plunger consists of a front, a back, and a body extending there between; wherein said front of said plunger is securely mounted to said piston which snug fit within said barrel of said syringe; wherein said body of said plunger consists of four axially-extending ribs extending from an axial, central core; wherein said back of said plunger is integrated with said body of said plunger and is formed with outwardly-extending flanges; wherein said plunger extension is designed like said plunger; wherein said plunger extension consists of a head, a back, and a body there between; wherein said head of said plunger extension is close to said piston and close to said tip of said barrel; wherein said head of said plunger extension is a generally flat pad or platform and oriented normal to the alignment of said body of said plunger extension, providing a spot to depress said plunger extension with a thumb to move said syringe from a contracted state to a retracted state; wherein said head of said plunger extension is formed integrally and monolithically on said body of said plunger extension; wherein said back of said plunger extension is formed integrally and monolithically to said back of said plunger as a single, unitary piece; wherein said body of said plunger extension consists of four ribs extending radially outward from an axial, central core; wherein said ribs of said plunger extension extend entirely from said head to said back of said plunger extension and provide said body of said plunger extension with rigidity to prevent said plunger extension from bending during depression; wherein said body of said plunger extension is oriented parallel to said plunger and is the same length as or shorter than said body of said plunger; wherein said single-hand controlled syringe with plunger extension has only one said barrel.

US Pat. No. 10,987,468

OPERATING MULTI-MODAL MEDICINE DELIVERY SYSTEMS

Bigfoot Biomedical, Inc.,...

1. A method for delivering one or more medications from a multi-modal medicine delivery system, comprising:selecting a first delivery mode from among a plurality of delivery modes to use for operating a multi-modal medicine delivery system to dispense one or more medications adapted to alter a blood analyte level;
delivering the one or more medications to a user according to the first delivery mode, the first delivery mode delivering amounts of the one or more medications according to a primary feedback loop that uses analyte sensor data and user-specific dosage parameters to determine at least some of the amounts of the one or more medications to deliver over time without user interaction;
obtaining, while the multi-modal medicine delivery system is operating according to and without exiting the first delivery mode, (i) the analyte sensor data and (ii) one or both of medicine delivery data and food intake data, the analyte sensor data being generated by an analyte sensor and indicating the blood analyte level for the user at one or more specific times, the medicine delivery data identifying amounts and times at which the one or more medications were delivered to the user, the food intake data identifying amounts and times at which one or more foods were consumed by the user;
determining, using a secondary feedback loop, one or more updates to the user-specific dosage parameters based on the analyte sensor data and (ii) the one or both of the medicine delivery data and the food intake data;
delivering the one or more medications to the user according to the first delivery mode using the analyte sensor data and the updated user-specific dosage parameters to determine at least some of the amounts of the one or more medications to deliver over time without user interaction; and
switching to a second delivery mode delivering the one or more medications to the user according to the second delivery mode using the updated user-specific dosage parameters to determine a schedule of basal dosages of the one or more medications, and
while the multi-modal medicine delivery system is operating according to and without exiting the second delivery mode, performing the following:
obtaining additional analyte sensor data and additional medicine delivery data from operation of the multi-modal medicine delivery system according to the second delivery mode and the updated user-specific dosage parameters;
determining, using the secondary feedback loop, one or more additional updates to the user-specific dosage parameters based on (i) the additional analyte sensor data and (ii) the additional medicine delivery data; and
delivering the one or more medications to the user according to the second delivery mode based upon the additional updates to the user-specific dosage parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,987,465

VIBRATIONAL INJECTION APPARATUS

1. A vibrational injection apparatus, comprising:an apparatus housing;
a vibration mechanism in the apparatus housing;
a material injector in the apparatus housing and mechanically coupled to the vibration mechanism;
an injection cannula disposed in fluid communication with the material injector; and
the material injector comprises at least one injection chamber and a telescoping injector tube establishing fluid communication between the at least one injection chamber and the injection cannula, the injector tube mechanically coupled to the vibration mechanism, wherein material is flowable from the injection chamber, through the telescoping injector tube to the injection cannula, respectively, as the vibration mechanism vibrates the telescoping injector tube.

US Pat. No. 10,987,457

VOICE INTERFACE FOR A DIALYSIS MACHINE

Fresenius Medical Care Ho...

1. A dialysis system, comprising:a dialysis machine;
a voice recognition component configured to identify a voice command in audio information received by a microphone of the dialysis system;
an authentication component configured to determine a source of the voice command;
a processor configured to perform a function determined based on the voice command; and
a user interface component configured to cause a user interface to display an arrangement of user interface elements,
wherein the user interface elements are buttons displayed by the user interface, and the voice command comprises a command to rearrange the buttons, and
wherein the command to rearrange the buttons does one or more of the following:
(i) causes a button of the dialysis machine to be replaced with a different button,
(ii) causes a first button of the dialysis machine and a second button of the dialysis machine to be combined into a single button that, when interacted with, causes the dialysis system to perform at least one action associated with the first button and at least one action associated with the second button, or
(iii) causes a stored profile to be accessed that defines an arrangement of buttons to be displayed.

US Pat. No. 10,987,452

LOCAL DELIVERY OF WATER-SOLUBLE OR WATER-INSOLUBLE THERAPEUTIC AGENTS TO THE SURFACE OF BODY LUMENS

THE SPECTRANETICS CORPORA...

1. A medical disposable device coating comprising:a polymer matrix complexed with iodine; and
a water-insoluble therapeutic agent dispersed with the matrix;
wherein the coating dissolved when exposed to an aqueous fluid; and
wherein the polymer matrix comprises one or more amphiphilic polymers or co-polymers.

US Pat. No. 10,987,403

CYCLODEXTRIN-NLE3-A(1-7) COMPOSITIONS AND THEIR USE

University of Southern Ca...

1. A method for treating a subject, comprising orally administering to a subject a composition comprising cyclodextrin and a peptide comprising or consisting of Nle3-A(1-7) [Asp-Arg-Nle-Tyr-Ile-His-Pro (SEQ ID NO:1)], or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, in an amount effective to treat a disorder that may benefit from treatment with a peptide comprising or consisting of Nle3-A(1-7) or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein:(a) the subject will be undergoing, is undergoing or has undergone chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and/or bone marrow transplantation;
(b) the subject has chemotherapy induced myelosuppression and/or myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS); or
(c) the subject has a disorder selected from the group consisting of multiple sclerosis (MS) and muscular dystrophy (MD).

US Pat. No. 10,987,380

HYDROZINCITE CONTAINING ZINC CARBONATE HYDROXIDE HYDRATE AND METHOD OF MAKING

JFE MINERAL COMPANY, LTD....

1. An inorganic composition, which can be used as an active ingredient of a pharmaceutical, comprising hydrozincite-containing zinc carbonate hydroxide hydrate,wherein the hydrozincite-containing zinc carbonate hydroxide hydrate is produced by drying a precipitate,
wherein the precipitate is obtained by adding aqueous zinc nitrate solution, aqueous zinc sulfate solution or aqueous zinc chloride solution and aqueous sodium hydroxide solution dropwise to aqueous sodium hydrogen carbonate solution, a pH of the aqueous sodium hydrogen carbonate solution being maintained within a range of 6.5 to 9 by means of a pH controller,
wherein the hydrozincite-containing zinc carbonate hydroxide hydrate has an amount of dissolved Zn2+ ions of not less than 0.1 ?g/m2 but not more than 7.33 ?g/m2 and pH of not less than 7.2 and less than 8.3 after a dissolution test using stirring method;
wherein, in the dissolution test, a BET specific surface area of the hydrozincite-containing zinc carbonate hydroxide hydrate is from 10 to 150 m2/g, a mass ratio of the hydrozincite-containing zinc carbonate hydroxide hydrate to the saline is 1:50, and a time for stirring at 37° C. using a rotor at 500 rpm is 3 hours.

US Pat. No. 10,987,375

METHODS OF INDUCING VASCULAR MORPHOGENSIS

The Johns Hopkins Univers...

1. A method of inducing in vitro blood vessel formation in a hydrogel comprising:a) adding to a gelatin-g-ferulic acid (GtnFA) polymer a cell or population of cells selected from the group consisting of pluripotent stem cells, adult stem cells, fibroblasts, endothelial colony-forming cells, human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs), tumor cells, or a combination thereof to create a mixture; and
b) adding to the mixture of a) a sufficient amount of a laccase to cause crosslinking of the (GtnFA) polymer and create a hydrogel having an oxygen content less than 0.5% oxygen to induce in vitro blood vessel formation.

US Pat. No. 10,987,372

ANTI-HEPATOMA-VIRUS AGENT

KAGOSHIMA UNIVERSITY, Ka...

1. A method for treating a hepatoma virus infection, comprising administering an effective amount of a compound Formula (I)
wherein R1 is fluorine
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof to a patient in need thereof; and
wherein the hepatoma virus is hepatitis B virus and/or hepatitis C virus.

US Pat. No. 10,987,369

PDIA4 PROTEIN AS A TARGET FOR DIAGNOSIS, MONITORING AND TREATMENT OF DIABETES

ACADEMIA SINICA, Taipei ...

1. A method for alleviating and/or treating diabetes and/or diabetes-related complications in a subject in need thereof, comprising:administering to the subject in need thereof a therapeutically effective amount of a Pdia4 inhibitor to alleviate and/or treat diabetes and/or diabetes-related complications, wherein the diabetes-related complications are selected from the group consisting of eye disease, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and foot ulcers, nephropathy, osteoporosis, skin ulcer, and eye damage, and the Pdia4 inhibitor is selected from the group consisting of

US Pat. No. 10,987,317

INHIBITION OF GLUTAMINASE C

Cornell University, Itha...

1. A method of treating a subject with a condition mediated by production of glutamate from glutamine by glutaminase C, said method comprising:selecting a subject with a condition mediated by production of glutamate from glutamine by glutaminase C, wherein the condition is breast cancer; and
administering to said selected subject an inhibitor of glutaminase C activity under conditions effective to treat said breast cancer, wherein the inhibitor is a compound of Formula I:

wherein:
the dotted circle identifies an active moiety;
X is independently —CR14a— or N;
R1a is independently H, OH, OR14a, C1-C6 alkyl, C2-C6 alkenyl, C2-C6 alkynyl, R14aC(O)—, R14aOC(O)—, R14aS(O)—, or R14aS(O)2—;
R2a, R3a, R4a, R5a, and R6a are each independently H, halogen, NO2, OH, OR14a, —SR14a, NH2, NHR14a, NR14aR15a, R14aC(O)—, R14aOC(O)—, R14aC(O)O—, C1-C6 alkyl, C2-C6 alkenyl, C2-C6 alkynyl, C3-C6 cycloalkyl, C4-C7 cycloalkylalkyl, aryl C1-C6 alkyl, mono or polycyclic aryl, or mono or polycyclic heteroaryl with each cyclic unit containing from 1 to 5 heteroatoms selected from the group consisting of nitrogen, sulfur, and oxygen; or
R2a and R3a, R3a and R4a, R4a and R5a, or R5a and R6a can combine to form a heterocyclic ring;
R7a, R8a, R9a, and R10a are each independently H, OH, NH2, C1-C6 alkyl, C2-C6 alkenyl, C2-C6 alkynyl, C3-C6 cycloalkyl, C4-C7 cycloalkylalkyl, aryl C1-C6 alkyl, mono or polycyclic aryl, or mono or polycyclic heteroaryl with each cyclic unit containing from 1 to 5 heteroatoms selected from the group consisting of nitrogen, sulfur, and oxygen, wherein the aryl, heteroaryl, and aryl C1-C6 alkyl are optionally substituted from 1 to 3 times with substituents selected from the group consisting of halogen, OH, NH2, C1-C6 alkyl, C2-C6 alkenyl, C1-C6 alkoxy, SH, and C1-C6thioalkyl; and
R11a, R12a, R13a, R14a, R15a, R16a, and R17a are each independently H, halogen, OH, NO2, C1-C6 alkyl, C2-C6 alkenyl, C2-C6 alkynyl, C3-C6 cycloalkyl, C4-C7 cycloalkylalkyl, aryl C1-C6 alkyl, mono or polycyclic aryl, each one of R11a-R17a optionally substituted with NH2, OH, halogen, COOH, NO2 and CN.

US Pat. No. 10,987,307

NO-RINSE CHEMICAL FOAM COMPRISING IVERMECTIN

1. A self-foaming composition formulated for leave-on topical application, consisting of:(a) at least one intermediate composition B consisting of (i) a gas-generating agent, (ii) 0.15% to 5% by weight, relative to the weight of composition B, of gelling agents, and (iii) at least about 65% by weight, relative to the weight of composition B, of water, and (iv) one or more agents selected from the group consisting of ivermectin, dispersants, solubilizers, stabilizers, preserving agents, fatty substances, thickeners, dyes, fragrances, complexing agents, neutralizers, non-foaming emulsifying agents, fillers, sequestrants, reducing agents, odor maskers, plasticizers, softeners, moisturizers, pigments, clays, mineral fillers, mineral colloids, polymers, proteins, nacreous agents, propellants, waxes, oils, optimally paraffins, fatty acids, solid esters of fatty alcohols or of fatty acids, gums and wetting agents;
(b) at least one intermediate composition A consisting of (i) an agent for activating the gas-generating agent, (ii) 0.15% to 5% by weight, relative to the weight of composition A, of gelling agents, and (iii) at least about 60% by weight, relative to the weight of composition A, of water, and (iv) one or more agents selected from the group consisting of ivermectin, dispersants, solubilizers, stabilizers, preserving agents, fatty substances, thickeners, dyes, fragrances, complexing agents, neutralizers, non-foaming emulsifying agents, fillers, sequestrants, reducing agents, odor maskers, plasticizers, softeners, moisturizers, pigments, clays, mineral fillers, mineral colloids, polymers, proteins, nacreous agents, propellants, waxes, oils, optimally paraffins, fatty acids, solid esters of fatty alcohols or of fatty acids, gums and wetting agents
wherein the ivermectin is present in composition A and/or composition B;
wherein the gelling agents do not comprise cellulose or cellulose derivatives; and
wherein at least 90% of the ivermectin remains present in the composition after 2 months at room temperature or 40° C.

US Pat. No. 10,987,297

COSMETIC AGENT FORMED BY GALACTOMANNANS OBTAINED FROM CAESALPINIA SPINOSA AND CROSS-LINKED SULPHATED GALACTANS OBTAINED FROM KAPPAPHYCUS ALVAREZII

1. A cosmetic or dermocosmetic agent consisting of galactomannans obtained from Caesalpinia spinosa with average molar masses of between 5 and 30 kDa, and cross-linked sulfated galactans obtained from Kappaphycus alvarezii with molar masses of between 5 and 25 kDa and cross-linked with an ionic cross-linking agent, wherein the galactomannans and cross-linked sulfated galactans are present in an amount effective to produce a film-forming effect ensuring a tensor effect reducing the skin pores and reducing wrinkles and fine lines, and a skin-protector effect.

US Pat. No. 10,987,280

METHODS, COMPOSITIONS, AND DEVICES FOR SUPPLYING DIETARY FATTY ACID NEEDS

Alcresta Therapeutics, In...

8. A method of providing a nutritional formula, the method comprising:drawing at least one of milk, infant formula, or enteral formula into a syringe;
hydrolyzing polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) triglycerides and/or PUFA esters in the at least one of milk, infant formula, or enteral formula to form the nutritional formula by exposing the milk, infant formula, or enteral formula to immobilized lipase; and
outputting the nutritional formula from the syringe and into a feeding tube for ingestion by a subject.

US Pat. No. 10,987,278

PRE-FILLED DRINKING STRAW WITH A CROSS-SLIT VALVE CLOSURE ON BOTH ENDS

Alterno Labs d.o.o., Lju...

1. A pre-filled straw with a cross-slit valve to be used for oral administration of liquid soluble ingredients, comprising:a straw body (1) formed from two or more segments, which are attached together with a connection (5), the straw body having two ends, and
a liquid soluble ingredient (11) provided within the straw body;
wherein the segments of the straw body (1) on both its ends have a cross-slit valve (2, 3) closure at the end of the segment; wherein each of the cross-slit valves (2, 3) is positioned to face a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the respective segment; and
each of the valves (2, 3) is attached to the respective segments of the straw body (1) by molecular adhesion.

US Pat. No. 10,987,274

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING PERCUSSIVE VENTILATION THERAPY TO A PATIENT AIRWAY

1. An apparatus for delivering percussive gas pulses to a patient, comprising:at least one driver unit configured to provide pressurized, non-pulsate gas;
at least one patient interface device having structure configured to (i) receive the pressurized, non-pulsate gas from the at least one driver unit and transform the pressurized, non-pulsate gas into a pulsed and pressurized gas, and (ii) supply at least one sub tidal volume of pulsed and pressurized gas to a patient through a patient connection orifice, wherein the at least one patient interface device comprises a disposable part that includes a venturi system that comprises at least one sliding venturi valve slidably mounted inside the disposable part; and
at least one flexible tube configured to provide pressurized, non-pulsate gas from the at least one driver unit to the at least one patient interface device.

US Pat. No. 10,987,272

METHODS OF OPERATING AN EXOSKELETON FOR GAIT ASSISTANCE AND REHABILITATION

LEONIS MEDICAL CORPORATIO...

7. A method of operating an exoskeleton device, the method comprising:obtaining, by a control system, data generated by sensors that are located proximate to joints of a structural frame,
wherein each joint is connected to a pulley system via a separate cable, and
wherein the pulley system is controlled by an actuation system that includes multiple drive train systems that are responsible for controlling motion of the joints;
determining, by the control system based on the data, that engagement of an individual drive train system of the multiple drive train systems by the actuation system is necessary to cause actuation of a given joint of the joints; and
actuating, by the control system, the given joint by powering a motor associated with the given joint to engage the actuation system.

US Pat. No. 10,987,271

UPPER LIMB EXOSKELETON REHABILITATION DEVICE WITH MAN-MACHINE MOTION MATCHING AND SIDE-TO- SIDE INTERCHANGING

HUAZHONG UNIVERSITY OF SC...

1. An upper limb exoskeleton rehabilitation device with man-machine motion matching and side-to-side interchanging for man-machine motion matching and side-to-side interchanging of a mechanical arm, characterized by comprising: a chassis bracket assembly, a shoulder girdle abduction assembly, a side-to-side interchanging assembly and a mechanical arm coupling member;the chassis bracket assembly includes a frame and a lifting unit mounted on the frame;
the shoulder girdle abduction assembly includes a shoulder girdle rotation joint and a shoulder girdle translation joint; the shoulder girdle rotation joint includes a shoulder girdle upper rotation joint, a shoulder girdle rotation shaft, a shoulder girdle lower rotation joint and steel tubes; the shoulder girdle upper rotation joint and the shoulder girdle lower rotation joint are coupled by the shoulder girdle rotation shaft and are rotatable around the shoulder girdle rotation shaft; the shoulder girdle upper rotation joint is mounted on the lifting unit to be driven by the lifting unit to move up and down;
the side-to-side interchanging assembly includes an interchanging assembly upper rotation joint, an upper locking assembly, an interchanging assembly lower rotation joint and a lower locking assembly; the interchanging assembly upper rotation joint includes an upper rotation joint supporting member and an upper rotation joint rotation shaft; the upper locking assembly is configured to lock and release the upper rotation joint rotation shaft; the lower rotation joint includes a lower rotation joint supporting member and a lower rotation joint rotation shaft; the lower locking assembly is configured to lock and release the lower rotation joint rotation shaft, the interchanging assembly lower rotation joint configured to be rotated relative to the interchanging assembly upper rotation joint;
the upper rotation joint supporting member is mounted on the steel tubes, the upper rotation joint rotation shaft is rotatably mounted on the upper rotation joint supporting member, and the lower rotation joint supporting member is fixedly mounted on the upper rotation joint rotation shaft; the lower rotation joint rotation shaft is rotatably mounted on the lower rotation joint supporting member, the mechanical arm coupling member is fixedly coupled to the lower rotation joint rotation shaft, and the mechanical arm coupling member is configured to mount the mechanical arm and drive the mechanical arm to rotate with the respective rotating joints, thereby achieving the man-machine motion matching and side-to-side interchanging of the mechanical arm.

US Pat. No. 10,987,270

ORTHOPEDIC EXERCISE APPARATUS

1. An orthopedic exercise apparatus comprising:a base including a top sheet and a bottom sheet, said top sheet having an upper surface and a lower surface, said bottom sheet attached to said lower surface of said top sheet;
a T-shaped structure including a stabilization post and a cross-bar, said stabilization post having a first end and a second end, said first end of said stabilization post secured to said upper surface of said top sheet, said cross-bar mounted to said second end of said stabilization post, said cross-bar having a lower surface and a foam pad attached to said lower surface, said stabilization post comprising an inner tube and an outer tube, said inner tube being movably fitted within said outer tube, said inner tube having a plurality of spaced-apart openings formed therein, and said outer tube including a pin positionable within any one of said plurality of spaced-apart openings in said inner tube for adjusting a height of said stabilization post;
a pair of spaced-apart apertures formed in said upper surface of said top sheet; and
a pair of ankle blocks, each ankle block including a brick portion having an upper surface and a lower surface and a peg extending downwardly from said lower surface of said brick portion, said peg fitting within an associated one of said spaced-apart apertures.

US Pat. No. 10,987,266

ROTATIONAL/TRANSLATIONAL TRANSFER LIFT

1. Apparatus disposed to move a user without assistance, the apparatus including,a horizontal stabilizer assembly including a harness sized so that the user can be lifted by said harness to a standing position;
a vertical tower, wherein the horizontal stabilizer assembly engages the vertical tower;
a lifting/lowering element assembly including a lifting/lowering motor, and a lifting/lowering cable directly engaging the horizontal stabilizer assembly, wherein the lifting/lowering motor engages the lifting/lowering cable to lift/lower the harness;
a movable device coupled to said lifting/lowering element assembly, said movable device including a base sufficiently stable that the user can lean or stand on the base;
a tower coupling generally disposed at top center of the base, wherein the tower coupling includes a centralized hole into which the vertical tower extends, wherein the vertical tower is coupled to the base at the tower coupling, and wherein the vertical tower is stationary relative to the base;
a moving element coupled to the movable device, said moving element subject to the control of the user; wherein the base is rotatable relative to the movable device about an axis of rotation; wherein the moving element includes a rotational motor operationally engaging the base to provide motorized rotational movement of the base in a controlled manner; and wherein the moving element includes a translational motor operationally engaging the moveable device for providing motorized translational movement of the moveable device in a controlled manner.

US Pat. No. 10,987,263

SIDERAIL POWER COMMUNICATION INTERFACE

Hill-Rom Services, Inc., ...

1. A kit for a siderail of a patient support apparatus, the kit comprising:a base configured to couple to the siderail of the patient support apparatus, the base defining a cavity,
a plurality of front panels configured to removably and individually couple to the base, each of the plurality of front panels configured to cooperate with the base to perform a desired function, the desired function of each of the plurality of front panels being different, and
at least one cable configured to electrically couple the patient support apparatus to a personal device.

US Pat. No. 10,987,257

APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING OF AN ABSORBENT ELEMENT FOR SANITARY PRODUCTS

TEXOL S.R.L., Alanno (IT...

1. An absorbent element configured for absorbing biological liquids and configured to be incorporated in a sanitary article,which absorbent element comprises:
a first layer of laminate material, having first cavities;
a plurality of super-absorbent material masses, each super-absorbent material mass of said plurality being received in a respective first cavity of said first layer of laminate material;
a second layer of laminate material, having second cavities, each second cavity being arranged so as to be received in a respective corresponding first cavity of said first layer of laminate material, the convexity of the second cavity facing the concavity of the first cavity and the respective super-absorbent material mass received therein,
wherein said first layer of laminate material and said second layer of laminate material are fixed one another at least at intermediate portions, devoid of said first cavities and said second cavities, and
wherein the overall configuration is such that said super-absorbent material masses are capable of absorbing the biological fluid, by expanding and deforming the respective second cavities up to overturn the concavity and convexity thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,987,254

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ABSORPTIVE ARTICLE

ZUIKO CORPORATION, Settu...

1. An apparatus for manufacturing absorptive article that receives a constituent element of an absorptive article from an upstream conveying device and after changing an orientation of the constituent element during conveying, transfers the constituent element to a downstream conveying device, the apparatus for manufacturing absorptive article comprising:a main suction pad having a main suction surface curved to an arcuate surface shape between one end and another end and disengageably suctioning the constituent element, the main suction surface passing a first position and a second position by moving along a cylindrical or conical first virtual path surface centered on a first reference center line and in a circumferential direction of the first virtual path surface, the first virtual path surface being adjacent to the upstream conveying device at the first position, a reference direction connecting the one end and the other end of the main suction surface changing in orientation with respect to the circumferential direction of the first virtual path surface while the main suction surface moves, the reference direction being parallel to the circumferential direction of the first virtual path surface when the main suction surface passes the first position, and the reference direction being perpendicular to the circumferential direction of the first virtual path surface when the main suction surface passes the second position;
a first sub-suction pad having a first sub-suction surface disengageably suctioning a portion of the constituent element, the first sub-suction surface passing the second position and a third position by moving around a second reference center line and along a cylindrical or conical second virtual path surface centered on the second reference center line, the second virtual path surface being adjacent to the first virtual path surface at the second position and being adjacent to the downstream conveying device at the third position; and
a second sub-suction pad having a second sub-suction surface disengageably suctioning another portion of the constituent element, the second sub-suction surface passing the second position and the third position at the same time as the first sub-suction surface by moving around the second reference center line and along the second virtual path surface while being aligned with the first sub-suction surface with a space therebetween,
wherein at the second position, the main suction surface of the main suction pad mutually approaches or contacts the first sub-suction surface of the first sub-suction pad and the second sub-suction surface of the second sub-suction pad, and the space between the first sub-suction surface and the second sub-suction surface when the first sub-suction surface and the second sub-suction surface pass the third position becomes greater than the space between the first sub-suction surface and the second sub-suction surface when the first sub-suction surface and the second sub-suction surface pass the second position, and
wherein the first sub-suction surface of the first sub-suction pad includes
a first inner suction surface being a curved surface lying along a third virtual conical surface that is internally tangent to a first virtual conical surface contacting or approaching the first virtual path surface and being centered on the first rotational center line and is smaller in radius than the first virtual conical surface, and
a first outer suction surface being a portion of a cylindrical curved surface that is internally tangent to a first virtual cylindrical surface centered on the first rotational center line, the first virtual cylindrical surface being adjacent to a large diameter side of the first virtual conical surface, and is smaller in radius than the first virtual cylindrical surface, and
the second sub-suction surface of the second sub-suction pad includes
a second inner suction surface being a curved surface lying along a fourth virtual conical surface that is internally tangent to a second virtual conical surface contacting or approaching the first virtual path surface and being centered on the second rotational center line, the second virtual conical surface being such that a small diameter side of the second virtual conical surface opposes a small diameter side of the first virtual conical surface, and is smaller in radius than the second virtual conical surface, and
a second outer suction surface being a portion of a cylindrical curved surface that is internally tangent to a second virtual cylindrical surface centered on the second rotational center line, the second virtual cylindrical surface being adjacent to a large diameter side of the second virtual conical surface, and is smaller in radius than the second virtual cylindrical surface.

US Pat. No. 10,987,252

SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND DEVICES FOR TREATING A TISSUE SITE ON A MAMMAL HAVING HAIR PROXIMATE THE TISSUE SITE

KCI Licensing, Inc., San...

1. A system for treating a tissue site, the system comprising:a pad having a peripheral edge;
a hair-modification agent adapted to be disposed adjacent the peripheral edge of the pad and further adapted to modify hair on an epidermis adjacent the tissue site;
a barrier layer disposed adjacent to a side of the hair-modification agent; and
a drape adapted to cover the pad, the hair-modification agent, and the barrier layer to form a sealed space containing the pad, the hair-modification agent, and the barrier layer.

US Pat. No. 10,987,248

DEVICES AND METHODS USEABLE FOR TREATMENT OF GLAUCOMA AND OTHER SURGICAL PROCEDURES

MICROSURGICAL TECHNOLOGY,...

1. A device useable to sever a strip of trabecular meshwork tissue from an eye, said device comprising:an elongate probe having a front side, a rear side, and a distal portion that is configured for insertion into an anterior chamber of the eye;
a member at a distal end of the distal portion, said member having a first end portion which extends ahead of and distal to the front side of the elongate probe, said first end portion having a first side and a second side, the first end portion having a width which tapers to its narrowest point at a tip of the first end portion and the first side of the first end portion comprising an incline which slopes upwardly from the tip;
said member having a second end portion which bends inwardly and forms an electrode of a bipolar ablation apparatus configured for ablating or cutting a strip of tissue; and;
the device being further configured such that, the distal portion is insertable through a corneal incision and into the anterior chamber and, thereafter, the member is advanceable, tip first, through the trabecular meshwork and into Schlemm's Canal such that the first side of the first end portion is positioned beneath the trabecular meshwork, the elongate probe being thereafter moveable to cause tip-first advancement of the member through Schlemm's Canal with trabecular meshwork tissue riding over the incline and into contact with the bipolar ablation apparatus, thereby causing a strip of the trabecular meshwork tissue to be cut by the bipolar ablation apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,987,247

OPTHALMIC MICROSURGICAL INSTRUMENT

1. An apparatus, comprising:a trocar comprising a rigid shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, said rigid shaft formed with a lumen extending from said proximal end to said distal end, said distal end shaped for tissue penetration;
a composite microcannula slidably engaged in said lumen of said trocar, comprising:
a flexible hollow tube having an outer diameter less than an inner diameter of said lumen of said trocar;
a first light guide positioned in a lumen of said flexible hollow tube, said composite microcannula and said first light guide extendable from said lumen in said trocar outward from said distal end shaped for tissue penetration; and
a second light guide positioned in said lumen of said trocar with a distal end of said second light guide not attached to said distal end shaped for tissue penetration;
a positioner configured to hold said composite microcannula; and
a hollow sleeve attached to said positioner, said composite microcannula passing through said hollow sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,987,242

APPARATUS FOR TREATING ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION AND ENHANCING PENILE ENLARGEMENT

1. A method for enhancing erection of a penis, where the penis includes a shaft with an upper portion and a lower portion, a urethra extending lengthwise along the lower portion of the shaft, and a first vein for carrying blood away from the penis located between the upper and lower portions, the method comprising the steps of:providing an apparatus having an expandable first member and a second member that is at least semi-rigid and that has left and right shoulder sections and a contoured section formed between and curving away from the shoulder sections;
placing the apparatus onto said penis such that the first member at least partially encircles the upper portion of the penis while, at the same time, the second member contacts the penis shaft along the left and right sides of the urethra so that the first member partially constricts the first vein in order to reduce the volume of blood carried away from the penis and to enhance erection of the penis while the contoured section extends around and does not constrict the urethra.

US Pat. No. 10,987,238

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GUIDEWIRE CROSSOVER FOR BIFURCATED PROSTHESES

TriVascular, Inc., Santa...

1. An endovascular delivery system, comprising:an elongate outer tubular sheath having an open lumen and opposed proximal and distal ends, the proximal end of the outer tubular sheath securably disposed to a first handle at a handle assembly;
an elongate inner tubular member having a tubular wall with an open lumen and opposed proximal and distal ends, the inner tubular member being slidably disposed within the open lumen of the outer tubular sheath, the proximal end of the inner tubular member securably disposed to a second handle at the handle assembly;
an elongate crossover guidewire slidably disposed within the outer tubular sheath and having a proximal portion extending from the handle assembly, having a distal portion opposed to the proximal portion and having a medial portion disposed there between; and
a crossover guidewire member having an open lumen extending over at least a portion of the medial portion of the elongate crossover guidewire;
wherein a distal portion of the crossover guidewire member is releasably secured within the endovascular delivery system; and
wherein the distal portion of the crossover guidewire member comprises a tether; and
a release wire configured to releasably secure the crossover guidewire member within the endovascular delivery system.

US Pat. No. 10,987,237

ENDOVASCULAR PROSTHESIS AND DELIVERY DEVICE

Evasc Neurovascular Enter...

1. An endovascular prosthesis comprising:a first expandable portion expandable from a first, unexpanded state to a second, expanded state to urge the first expandable portion against a vascular lumen, the first expandable portion being disposed at a distal portion of the endovascular prosthesis and comprising a plurality of strut portions to define a first section wherein a space between adjacent strut portions is a first distance; and
a retractable leaf portion attached to the first expandable portion at a proximal portion of endovascular prosthesis, the retractable leaf portion comprising a single spine portion connected to the first expandable portion and a plurality of rib portions attached to the spine portion, the plurality of rib portions comprising a pair of rows of rib portions connected to opposed sides of the single spine portion, a combination of the single spine portion and the plurality of rib portions defining a second section wherein a space between adjacent ribs is a second distance configured to occlude an aneurysmal opening across which the retractable leaf portion is disposed, longitudinally adjacent pairs of rib portions being free of interconnecting struts
wherein the first distance and the second distance are determined immediately adjacent the spine portion, and wherein the second distance is greater than the first distance.

US Pat. No. 10,987,235

SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND METHODS FOR MARKING AND/OR REINFORCING FENESTRATIONS IN PROSTHETIC IMPLANTS

Aortica Corporation, Sun...

1. An apparatus comprising:a member configured to be secured to a patient-specific prosthetic such that the member surrounds a fenestration defined by the prosthetic, the fenestration corresponding to a location of a branch blood vessel in a portion of a patient's blood vessel, wherein the member includes a first patch and a second patch, the first patch coupled to the second patch via the fenestration such that the first patch is positioned on a first side of the patient-specific prosthetic and the second patch is positioned on a second side of the patient-specific prosthetic, and
at least one radiopaque element configured to indicate the location of the fenestration via radiographic imaging, wherein the at least one radiopaque element includes a first wire and a second wire, the first wire coupled to the first patch and the second wire coupled to the second patch, the second wire configured to transition between a first configuration having a first diameter and a second configuration having a second diameter, the second diameter being greater than the first diameter, the second wire configured to be compressed such that the second wire and the second patch can be inserted through the fenestration in the first configuration, the second wire configured to be deployed and expanded in the second configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,987,231

LOCKING GRIP ORTHOPEDIC IMPLANT EXTRACTION TOOL

Shukla Medical, St. Pete...

1. An extraction tool for orthopedic implants comprising:a first handle having a first jaw at a distal end of the first handle, wherein the first jaw has a first width defining a first implant engaging surface, and a first sharp edge extending substantially transverse to the first implant engaging surface;
a second handle pivotally coupled to the first handle about a fulcrum adjacent a distal end of the first and second handles, the second handle having a second jaw extending from a distal end of the second handle, wherein the second jaw has a second width defining a second implant engaging surface, and a second sharp edge extending substantially transverse to the second implant engaging surface;
a locking link coupling the first handle to second handle;
an adjustment screw operatively engaged with the locking link, wherein the adjustment screw includes double lead threads; and
a connection rod extending from and rigidly attached to the first handle, wherein a longitudinal axis of the connection rod extends substantially normal to a plane of movement defined by the first and second jaws.

US Pat. No. 10,987,229

SPINAL IMPLANT SYSTEM

WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC., ...

1. A spinal implant system comprising:a spinal implant having a first end, an opposite second end, a height extending between the first end and the second end, the spinal implant including a first flange portion provided at the first end, a second flange portion provided at the second end, a first recess provided adjacent the first flange portion, and a second recess provided adjacent the second flange portion, the first flange portion and the second flange portion each including a perimeter surface extending at least partially along the first flange portion and the second flange portion, respectively; and
an end cap having a first end and an opposite second end,
the end cap having a base portion including a lower portion and an upper portion, the lower portion being provided at the first end of the end cap, and the upper portion extending from the lower portion to adjacent the second end of the end cap,
the lower portion including a first end, an opposite second end, a perimeter, a mid-longitudinal axis extending through the first end and the second end, a lower surface, and a plurality of sidewall portions, the plurality of sidewall portions of the lower portion being spaced apart from one another adjacent the perimeter of the lower portion, the plurality of sidewall portions of the lower portion including inner surfaces, and at least two of the plurality of sidewall portions of the lower portion being spaced apart from one another across a portion of the lower surface, the lower surface and the inner surfaces of the plurality of sidewall portions of the lower portion defining a first cavity, the inner surfaces of at least two of the plurality of sidewall portions of the lower portion each including a tab extending into the first cavity, and the lower portion having a maximum dimension perpendicular to the mid-longitudinal axis of the lower portion in a first plane extending through the plurality of sidewall portions, and
the upper portion including a first end, an opposite second end, a mid-longitudinal axis extending through the first end and the second end of the upper portion, and an exterior surface extending between the first end and the second end, the first end of the upper portion being attached to the lower portion, the upper portion having a maximum dimension perpendicular to the mid-longitudinal axis of the upper portion in a second plane extending through the exterior surface that is less than the maximum dimension of the lower portion, the exterior surface including a tapered portion adjacent the second end of the upper portion having a first step portion and a second step portion, and the tapered portion residing in a third plane and a fourth plane that are perpendicular to the mid-longitudinal axis of the upper portion, the tapered portion having a maximum dimension in the third plane extending through the first step portion, and a maximum dimension in the fourth plane extending through the second step portion, the maximum dimension in the fourth plane being less than the maximum dimension in the first one of the various planes, and the second step portion being closer to the second end than the first step portion,
the end cap having a body portion including a sidewall portion, a third flange portion, and a third recess, the sidewall portion extending from adjacent the first end of the end cap to adjacent the second end of the end cap, the third flange portion being provided at the second end of the end cap, and the third recess provided in the sidewall portion adjacent the third flange, the sidewall portion having a mid-longitudinal axis and defining an interior cavity for receiving a portion of the upper portion of the base portion, the interior cavity having an engagement surface therein for contacting at least a portion of the tapered portion of the upper portion of the base portion;
wherein the body portion is positionable with respect to the base portion by adjusting the position of the engagement surface of the interior cavity of the body portion on the tapered portion of the upper portion of the base portion; and
wherein the first cavity of the end cap is configured to receive one of the first flange portion of the spinal implant and the second flange portion of the spinal implant, the tabs of the end cap being received in one of the first recess and the second recess corresponding to the one of the first flange and the second flange to facilitate attachment of the end cap to the spinal implant.

US Pat. No. 10,987,228

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR TRANSPEDICULAR STABILIZATION OF THE SPINE

Raed M. Ali, M.D., Inc., ...

1. A method of fusing a first vertebra to a second vertebra, the second vertebra being immediately adjacent the first vertebra, the method comprising:advancing a first bone screw through a passage from a posterior end of a pedicle of the first vertebra through a superior endplate of the first vertebra, such that a distal end of the first bone screw extends at least partially into an intervertebral space, the intervertebral space located between the first and second vertebrae, wherein a tip of the first bone screw is positioned to buttress an inferior endplate of the second vertebra.

US Pat. No. 10,987,221

HEART VALVE SEALING DEVICES AND DELIVERY DEVICES THEREFOR

Edwards Lifesciences Corp...

1. A valve repair device for repairing a native valve of a patient, the valve repair device comprising:a collar having a plurality of engagement portions for releasably connecting the valve repair device to a delivery apparatus;
a coaption element attached to the collar;
a pair of paddles connected to the coaption element, wherein the paddles are movable between an open position and a closed position;
wherein the paddles are circumferentially offset from the engagement portions by about 90 degrees and circumferentially disposed around the collar when viewed from a proximal end of the valve repair device;
wherein the paddles are configured to attach to the native valve of the patient; and wherein the engagement portions extend radially from the collar.

US Pat. No. 10,987,216

PROSTHETIC VALVE

1. A prosthetic valve with fluoroscopic properties for precise placement of the prosthetic valve in a human aortic orifice, the prosthetic valve comprising:a support frame having a distal end, a proximal end and three adjacently placed rows of hexagonal cells between the distal end and the proximal end, the three rows comprising an upper row, a middle row, and a lower row;
wherein the upper row of hexagonal cells occupies 50-55% of total length of the support frame, and contacts the proximal end of the support frame; and
wherein the lower row of hexagonal cells is towards the distal end of the support frame;
wherein each hexagonal cell has a plurality of a) straight strut members and b) v-shaped strut members having two arms;
wherein the fluoroscopic image of the prosthetic valve, when the prosthetic valve is placed inside a human aortic orifice in crimped condition with the lower row of hexagonal cells towards the ventricle, comprises:
three light bands; and
four dark bands, wherein the light bands and the dark bands alternate with each other along the length of the support frame;
wherein a second dark band of the four dark bands from the distal end of the support frame is bisected by aortic annular plane on placement of the prosthetic valve in orthotopic position of a human aorta.

US Pat. No. 10,987,213

METHOD FOR SELECTING AN IOL ON THE BASIS OF THE PREDICTION OF THE ANATOMICAL, POST-OPERATIVE POSITION AND ORIENTATION THEREOF

Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, J...

1. A method for selecting an intraocular lens (IOL) that is to be implanted into an eye comprising:measuring the eye pre-operatively to determine values selected from a group consisting of anterior chamber depth (VKT), lens thickness (LD) and eye axial length (AL) and a combination of the foregoing;
basing a prediction of an anatomical, post-operative position (ALP) of the IOL and orientation of the IOL on a prediction model utilizing the pre-operative measuring values selected from the group consisting of the anterior chamber depth (VKT), the lens thickness (LD) and the eye axial length (AL) and the combination of the foregoing;
using a curvature or curvatures of a crystalline lens or the measuring values that are additionally or exclusively derived from the curvature or curvatures of the crystalline lens as part of the prediction model; and
prescribing or implanting the selected intraocular lens (IOL) based on the prediction.

US Pat. No. 10,987,207

BRANCHED FROZEN ELEPHANT TRUNK DEVICE AND METHOD

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. An endoluminal prosthesis system for being deployed in a patient's aorta near the heart, the system comprising:a graft having a tubular body with a proximal end and a distal end, where the proximal end is an end configured to be deployed near a patient's heart and the distal end is an end configured to be deployed away from the patient's heart, the tubular body defining a lumen extending from the proximal end to the distal end;
an unstented proximal portion of the graft including the proximal end;
a stented distal portion of the graft including the distal end;
a stented middle portion of the graft extending from the proximal portion to the distal portion;
a collar disposed at a junction defining an intersection between the stented distal portion and the stented middle portion whereby stents are provided proximally and distally of the collar;
a plurality of connection branches attached to the stented middle portion, each of the connection branches having a first end attached to the stented middle portion at an interface of flexible graft material between the first end and the stented middle portion and a second end disposed radially outwardly from the first end, the first end defining a first opening and the second end defining a second opening, and a lumen extending from the first opening to the second opening;
wherein each of the connection branches is pivotable in a proximal and distal direction and a circumferential direction relative to the stented middle portion at the interface between the first end of the connection branch and the stented middle portion;
wherein each of the connection branches includes a seal stent disposed at the outer end, the seal stent being radially expandable to engage a branch vessel wall.

US Pat. No. 10,987,204

ORAL CARE IMPLEMENT

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. An oral care implement for detachable coupling to a handle having a power source and a motor including a drive shaft, the oral care implement comprising:a drive assembly having a first portion configured to operably engage the drive shaft of the motor;
a head portion comprising:
a body;
a first carrier comprising a plurality of bristle tufts extending from the first carrier, the first carrier comprising a central passageway; and
a second carrier disposed within the central passageway of the first carrier, the second carrier comprising an elastomeric cleaning element extending from the second carrier; and
the drive assembly having a second portion operably coupled to each of the first and second carriers and configured to: (1) produce a first oscillatory motion of the first carrier about a first rotational axis; and (2) produce a second oscillatory motion of the second carrier, the second oscillatory motion being counter to the first oscillatory motion;
wherein the elastomeric element is a cup member that extends along a first axis, the cup member comprising a plurality of grooves formed in a top surface of the cup member, each of the grooves extending along a groove axis that extends radially outward from the first axis; and
wherein the grooves have a depth that increases with distance from the first axis.

US Pat. No. 10,987,200

CEMENTING A DENTAL RESTORATION TO A BASE

VALOC AG, Rheinfelden (C...

1. A dental restoration cementing device for cementing a dental restoration having a closable axial passage to a base having a hollow interior which is open into an occlusal direction, the dental restoration cementing device comprising:a body portion dimensioned to tightly fit into the hollow interior of the base via the closable axial passage of the dental restoration; and
a hollow cementing portion extending from the body portion,
wherein the hollow cementing portion has a lateral opening which is located outside the base when the body portion is fitted into the hollow interior of the base such that a pathway is formed from an interior of the hollow cementing portion through the lateral opening into a gap between the dental restoration and the base, and
wherein a side wall of the interior of the hollow cementing portion comprises a mixing contour.

US Pat. No. 10,987,199

ORTHODONTIC PALATAL EXPANDER INCLUDING SPLIT BEAMS

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. An orthodontic palatal expander comprising:a first shell configured to receive at least one tooth of a first posterior segment of a dental arch of a patient;
a second shell configured to receive at least one tooth of a second posterior segment of the dental arch, the second segment opposing the first segment;
a connecting plate positioned between the first shell and the second shell;
a first split beam connected to the first shell and the connecting plate; and a second split beam connected to the second shell and the connecting plate,
wherein each split beam comprises a first component beam, a second component beam, and a region between the first component beam and the second component beam, wherein the first component beam and second component beam are closely arranged in a plane either substantially parallel or substantially perpendicular to the occlusal plane, and
wherein both the first and second split beams are configured to store energy in response to deformation and exert forces on the shell.

US Pat. No. 10,987,193

CLAMPING DEVICE

Hiwin Technologies Corp.,...

1. A clamping device for attaching a surgical auxiliary device to one side rail of an operating bed, comprising:a support base;
a handle pivotally mounted to said support base;
a clamping unit comprising an upper jaw, a slide and a lower jaw, said upper jaw being affixed to a top surface of said support base, said slide being mounted in said support base and horizontally movable relative to said support base by said handle, said slide comprising a first positioning portion and a slope, said lower jaw being vertically movably mounted to said support base and comprising a slope, the said slope of said lower jaw being abutted against the said slope of said slide so that said lower jaw is upwardly movable by said slide from a release position to a clamping position where said side rail is clamped between said upper jaw and said lower jaw; and
a locking unit comprising a stop block, a return spring and a locking bar, said stop block being vertically movably mounted in said support base and comprising a second positioning portion, said second positioning portion of said stop block incorporating said first positioning portion of said slide, said return spring acting on said stop block to push said stop block toward said slide, said locking bar being horizontally movably mounted in said support base and movable by said handle relative to said stop block between a locking position where a locking portion of said locking bar pushes said stop block to hold said slide in position and an unlocking position where said locking portion of said locking bar is released from said stop block for allowing said slide to be displaced horizontally.

US Pat. No. 10,987,188

STERILE BARRIER FOR SURGICAL LIGHTHEADS

1. A light-transmitting, disposable barrier system comprising:a light-emitting region on a surgical lighthead;
a light transmitting barrier configured to partially cover the light-emitting region on the surgical lighthead;
at least one of a positioning handle, a camera housing, an attachment point, and a control interface configured to attach the light transmitting barrier to the light-emitting region on the surgical lighthead.

US Pat. No. 10,987,187

MOVEABLE MEDICAL DEVICE CONFIGURED TO OPERATE ONLY WITHIN A SPECIFIC RANGE OF ACCELERATION

Hera Med Ltd., Netanya (...

6. A method for home use of a fetal heart rate monitor, said fetal heart rate monitor comprising at least one Doppler transducer and at least one accelerometer operably coupled to said at least one Doppler transducer, the method comprising:placing said at least one Doppler transducer and said at least one accelerometer on an abdomen of a pregnant woman;
measuring base line involuntary movements of the pregnant woman in situ using said at least one accelerometer placed on the abdomen of the pregnant woman;
determining a lower essential movement threshold for the pregnant woman based on said base line involuntary movements measured by said at least one accelerometer;
measuring acceleration of said at least one Doppler transducer using said at least one accelerometer;
activating said at least one Doppler transducer to operate in an active configuration when said acceleration of said at least one Doppler transducer measured by said at least one accelerometer is within a predetermined range of acceleration in situ, wherein said active configuration comprises receiving and monitoring fetal heart rate signals, wherein said predetermined range is bounded by said lower essential movement threshold and a predetermined proactive upper movement threshold, and wherein said proactive upper movement threshold corresponds to said at least one Doppler transducer being moved by a user on the abdomen of said pregnant woman;
moving said at least one Doppler transducer from the in situ position on the abdomen of the pregnant woman; and
deactivating said at least one Doppler transducer to operate in an inactive configuration when said acceleration is outside said predetermined range, wherein said inactive configuration comprises not emitting energy or receiving signals.

US Pat. No. 10,987,183

OPHTHALMIC SURGICAL SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND DEVICES

1. A surgical apparatus for use by a surgeon during a surgical procedure, the surgical apparatus comprising:one or more sealed sterilized surgical packs configured to be unsealed before a surgical procedure, the one or more sealed sterilized surgical packs comprising one of each of a removably receivable sterile infusion module and a removably receivable sterile aspiration module, the sterile infusion and aspiration modules each comprising:
a housing comprising walls, a top surface, and a bottom surface sized and configured to be removably received in a sterile module recess of a reusable support structure, and at least one outer surface configured to be part of the sterile field of the surgical procedure;
a pump for pumping fluids into or out of a surgical site; and
a motor coupled to the pump for rotating a rotor of the pump,
wherein the housing further comprises an electrical interface configured to receive electrical power from the reusable support structure for powering the motor,
wherein the sterile infusion module is configured to pump fluids into the surgical site, and the sterile aspiration module is configured to pump fluids out of the surgical site;
wherein the one or more sealed sterilized surgical packs further comprises:
a sterile surgical instrument; and
a sterile surgical instrument holder comprising a top surface configured to be part of the sterile field of the surgical procedure, the top surface comprising a receiving portion for positioning therein or thereon of the sterile surgical instrument, the sterile surgical instrument holder further comprising a bottom surface sized and configured to be received in an instrument holder recess of the reusable support structure;
wherein the sterile surgical instrument is configured to couple with one or more of: a light source of the reusable support structure, an electronic controller of the reusable support structure, a mechanical driver of the reusable support structure, a pneumatic driver of the reusable support structure, and a fluidic driver of the reusable support structure;
wherein the reusable support structure is non-sterile, and the one or more sealed sterilized surgical packs further comprises a surgical drape configured to be positioned between the non-sterile reusable support structure and at least one of the modules.

US Pat. No. 10,987,181

HANDLING DEVICE FOR A MICROINVASIVE MEDICAL INSTRUMENT

1. A manipulation device for a microinvasive medical instrument, the manipulation device comprising:a proximal region portion defining a recess for receiving a proximal region of an electrically conductive transmission device for transmitting electrical power and at least one of a force or a torque to a distal end of the microinvasive medical instrument; and
a contacting device for producing an electrical contact to the electrically conductive transmission device arranged in the recess, wherein the contacting device comprises:
a radially outward annular portion;
a plurality of resilient tongues; and
a plurality of contact faces for simultaneously bearing on a surface of the electrically conductive transmission device arranged in an intended position in the recess, wherein each contact face is arranged at a corresponding distal end of one of the resilient tongues and the resilient tongues each have a resilient tongue extent, from the radially outward annular portion to one of the contact faces, that is parallel to a plane orthogonal to a longitudinal axis of the electrically conductive transmission device arranged in the intended position in the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,987,179

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO CORRECT FOR UNCOMMANDED INSTRUMENT ROLL

Auris Health, Inc., Redw...

1. A method for adjusting a controller-feedback system in a robotically controlled medical instrument inserted into a patient, the method comprising:moving a robotically controlled medical instrument inserted into a patient based on a user command;
detecting an uncommanded roll of the medical instrument about a longitudinal axis of the medical instrument caused by the movement by:
receiving data from at least one imaging device or location sensor at a distal end of the medical instrument;
determining a tip frame of reference based on the data from the at least one imaging device or location sensor, the tip frame of reference representing a current orientation of the distal end of the medical instrument;
obtaining a desired frame of reference representing a frame of reference relative to an anatomy frame of reference or a global frame of reference; and
detecting a difference between the tip frame of reference and the desired frame of reference based on comparing one or more features derived from at least one image of an anatomical feature and one or more features derived from at least one model of the anatomical feature, wherein the at least one image of an anatomical feature is obtained from the imaging device at the distal end of the medical instrument, and wherein the difference is based on the uncommanded roll of the medical instrument;
determining an adjustment to at least one of (1) a visual frame of reference representative of an orientation of a displayed output of the imaging device of the medical instrument and (2) a control frame of reference representative of an orientation of the user command and an orientation of the movement of the medical instrument, wherein the adjustment is based on the difference between the tip frame of reference and the desired frame of reference; and
transforming the visual frame of reference or the control frame of reference based on the determined adjustment such that the visual frame of reference or the control frame of reference is aligned with the desired frame of reference.

US Pat. No. 10,987,177

ROBOTIC ENDOCUTTER DRIVETRAIN WITH BAILOUT AND MANUAL OPENING

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical tool, comprising:a housing;
an elongate shaft extending distally from the housing and having an end effector with opposed jaws on a distal end thereof; and
a transmission shaft disposed within the housing and movable between a first position, in which the transmission shaft is configured to be rotated by a rotary input to cause the opposed jaws to move between open and closed positions such that the rotary input is configured to rotate during jaw closure, and a second position, in which the transmission shaft is configured to be rotated by the rotary input to cause at least one of articulation of the end effector and firing of at least one staple from the end effector.

US Pat. No. 10,987,173

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR MAINTAINING PATIENT REGISTRATION IN A SURGICAL NAVIGATION SYSTEM

SYNAPTIVE MEDICAL (BARBAD...

1. A method of maintaining patient registration in a surgical navigation system, comprising:obtaining, at a computing device, a position of a patient in a tracking system frame of reference, based on a fiducial marker array affixed in a first position relative to the patient;
receiving, at the computing device, an initial surface scan depicting the patient and the fiducial marker array in the first position;
prior to receiving an intraoperative image from a medical imaging device, receiving an intermediate surface scan depicting the patient;
determining a further position of the patient in the tracking system frame of reference, based on a comparison of the intermediate surface scan and the initial surface scan, by:
(i) registering the intermediate surface scan to the tracking system frame of reference,
(ii) registering the initial surface scan to the intermediate surface scan,
(iii) determining, based on the registration of the initial surface scan with the intermediate surface scan, a virtual position for the fiducial marker array, and
(iv) based on the virtual position, determining the further position of the patient;
obtaining a position of the medical imaging device in the tracking system frame of reference;
selecting an imaging configuration based on a comparison of the further position and the position of the medical imaging device;
controlling the medical imaging device to capture the intraoperative image according to the imaging configuration;
responsive to capturing, by the medical imaging device, the intraoperative image depicting the patient:
obtaining a position, in the tracking system frame of reference, of the fiducial marker array affixed in a second position relative to the patient;
receiving a secondary surface scan depicting the patient and the fiducial marker array in the second position;
detecting a deviation in a position of the fiducial marker array relative to the patient between the initial and secondary surface scans; and
applying the deviation to the further position of the patient to generate an updated position of the patient in the tracking system frame of reference, based on the fiducial marker array affixed in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,987,171

ORTHOPEDIC SYSTEMS, COMPONENTS, AND METHODS

1. A method, comprising:prompting, by a graphical user interface presented on a display device of a computing system, a surgeon for a plurality of adaptive tibial guide parameters collectively indicative of a physical structure of a surgeon-specific tibial cutting guide and a plurality of adaptive femoral guide parameters collectively indicative of a physical structure of a surgeon-specific femoral cutting guide for a surgical procedure on a patient;
receiving, via the graphical user interface of the computing system, surgeon input from the surgeon associated with the plurality of adaptive tibial guide parameters and the plurality of adaptive femoral guide parameters; and
transmitting, via a communication circuitry of the computing system, the received surgeon input to an instrumentation manufacturing system for manufacturing of at least one of the surgeon-specific tibial cutting guide and the surgeon-specific femoral cutting guide;
wherein prompting the surgeon for the plurality of adaptive tibial guide parameters and the plurality of adaptive femoral guide parameters comprises prompting the surgeon to select from a distal femur cut first surgical technique or a tibial cut first surgical technique.

US Pat. No. 10,987,162

IRRIGATED ABLATION ELECTRODE ASSEMBLIES

St. Jude Medical, Atrial ...

1. An irrigated ablation electrode assembly comprising:a body comprising a distal portion and a proximal portion, wherein the distal portion defines at least one irrigation port configured to direct irrigation fluid proximally; and
at least one receiving port configured to receive a temperature sensor;
wherein at least a portion of the receiving port is positioned along a longitudinal axis of the body;
wherein the at least one irrigation port extends substantially axially relative to the body; and
wherein the distal portion of the body further defines at least one axially extending passageway positioned off-axis from the longitudinal axis of the body, and the at least one irrigation port is configured to direct a fluid from the at least one axially extending passageway.

US Pat. No. 10,987,159

ELECTROSURGICAL END EFFECTOR ASSEMBLIES AND ELECTROSURGICAL FORCEPS CONFIGURED TO REDUCE THERMAL SPREAD

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An end effector assembly of an electrosurgical forceps, comprising:first and second jaw members, at least one of the first or second jaw members movable relative to the other between a spaced-apart position and an approximated position, at least one of the first or second jaw members including:
an electrically-conductive inner member defining an outer surface;
a first electrically-insulative layer disposed on at least a first portion of the outer surface of the electrically-conductive inner member;
a second electrically-insulative layer disposed on at least a second portion of the outer surface of the electrically-conductive inner member, the first electrically-insulative layer having a thermal conductivity greater than a thermal conductivity of the second electrically-insulative layer; and
an electrode disposed on the second electrically-insulative layer and electrically coupled to the electrically-conductive inner member, the electrode defining a tissue-treating surface of the at least one of the first or second jaw members,
wherein the electrically-conductive inner member includes a proximal flange and a distal body, wherein the first electrically-insulative layer is disposed only on a first portion of the distal body, and wherein the second electrically-insulative layer is disposed on the proximal flange and a second portion of the distal body.

US Pat. No. 10,987,158

RADIO FREQUENCY SURGICAL SYSTEM

Covidien AG, Neuhausen a...

1. An electrosurgical system for sealing and cutting tissue, comprising:a housing;
an outer shaft extending distally from the housing;
an end effector extending distally from the outer shaft, the end effector including a clevis and a pair of opposing jaws pivotably connected to the clevis, at least one of the jaws movable relative to the other from an open position to a closed position, each jaw including an electrically-conductive opposing tissue-contacting inner jaw face;
a cutting blade disposed within the end effector and configured to move between a retracted position and an extended position, wherein, in the extended position, the cutting blade extends at least partially between the jaws;
a first motor operably coupled to the at least one jaw and configured to provide a first rotational output to move the at least one jaw relative to the other from the open position to the closed position;
a second motor operably coupled to the cutting blade and configured to provide a second rotational output to drive the cutting blade from the retracted position to the extended position; and
electronics configured to determine when the cutting blade is permitted to be moved safely to the extended position based on position feedback from the first motor indicating that the at least one jaw is disposed in the closed position, the electronics configured to enable the second motor to be activated to move the cutting blade from the retracted position to the extended position when a sensor determines that the cutting blade is permitted to be safely moved to the extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,987,156

ELECTROSURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE GAP SETTING MEMBER AND ELECTRICALLY INSULATIVE TISSUE ENGAGING MEMBERS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. An end effector, comprising:a first jaw member comprising a first electrode, the first jaw member comprising a distal end and a proximal end;
a second jaw member comprising a second electrode, wherein at least one of the first and second jaw members is movable relative to the other between an open position and a closed position, the second jaw member comprising a distal end and a proximal end;
an electrically conductive member located at the distal end of the first jaw member, the electrically conductive member sized and configured to define a minimum distance between the first and second electrodes along a length of the first and second electrodes; and
an electrically insulative member located on one of the first jaw member or the second jaw member, the electrically insulative member sized and configured to engage tissue, the electrically insulative member having a dimension extending in a gap defined by the minimum distance between the first and second electrodes, wherein the dimension is less than the minimum distance, wherein a portion of the electrically insulative member is positioned in the gap at a location between a tissue contacting surface of the first jaw member and a tissue contacting surface of the second jaw member, wherein the electrically insulative member is provided on at least one of the first and second electrodes, wherein the electrically insulative member protrudes from the at least one of the first and second electrodes through an opening defined by the at least one of the first and second electrodes, and wherein an inner periphery of the opening is larger than an outer periphery of the electrically insulative member.

US Pat. No. 10,987,153

FORCEPS WITH ACTIVE JAW ENTRAPMENT OF TISSUE

Gyrus Acmi, Inc., Southb...

1. A forceps comprising: a first jaw and a second jaw, at least one of which is moveable between an open position and a closed position, the first jaw having a first face and the second jaw having a second face that opposes the first face of the first jaw, wherein a first portion of the first face has a first sealing surface with a first electrode and a second portion of the second face has a second sealing surface with a second electrode, the first and second sealing surfaces configured to treat tissue; a third jaw that is carried on and translates along the first jaw, the third jaw being positioned between the first jaw and the second jaw, the third jaw having a third face that opposes the second face of the second jaw, the first face and the third face defining a capture zone, the capture zone being a gap between the first face and the third face; and a third jaw closing mechanism that brings the third jaw into a position approximating the first jaw, wherein the capture zone decreases to pinch tissue located in the capture zone when the at least one jaw that is moveable moves to the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,987,152

ABLATION DEVICES WITH DUAL OPERATING FREQUENCIES, SYSTEMS INCLUDING SAME, AND METHODS OF ADJUSTING ABLATION VOLUME USING SAME

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A method of adjusting an ablation volume, the method comprising:positioning an ablation device within tissue, the ablation device including an inner conductor surrounded by an outer conductor and a dielectric material disposed between the inner conductor and the outer conductor;
delivering energy to the tissue via the inner and outer conductors;
controlling the energy to a first operating frequency configured to pass through a first balun structure disposed on the outer conductor; and
controlling the energy to a second operating frequency different than the first operating frequency, the second operating frequency configured to pass through a second balun structure disposed on the outer conductor axially spaced relative to the first balun structure.

US Pat. No. 10,987,151

PLASMA-SURGICAL APPARATUS COMPRISING A SPACER

Ovesco Endoscopy AG

1. A plasma-surgical instrument of the minimally invasive type, a distal end of the plasma-surgical instrument being provided with a monopolar electrode which, when supplied with electrical energy, is adapted to generate an electric arc in a specific gaseous atmosphere and with a specific distance to a target tissue, when the target tissue is placed in electrical connection with a neutral electrode, the plasma-surgical instrument comprising:an attachment of an electrically insulating material forming a spacer, which at its distal portion surrounds a spatial volume and at its proximal portion has a mounting device or an adapter configured to be coupled to a distal end of an endoscopic feeding device for the plasma-surgical instrument, the attachment having a wall area which is designed to come into contact with the target tissue to maintain a minimum distance of the distal end of the electrode to the target tissue,
wherein, the mounting device or adapter has a proximal connection opening adapted to be plugged or fitted on top of the endoscopic feeding device and the attachment forms an application cap at its distal portion surrounding the spatial volume, said application cap includes the wall area configured to contact with the target tissue, in which one single aperture with a defined surface area is formed, which is positioned and/or aligned such that the electrode protruding into the spatial volume and in particular its distal end has a predetermined minimum distance to the closest point of the surface area for the generation of the electric arc, the aperture configured and adapted to rest on the target tissue such that the spatial volume to be filled with the specific gaseous atmosphere is enclosed.

US Pat. No. 10,987,150

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROSTATE TREATMENT

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. A prostate treatment device, comprising:an introducer shaft sized and configured for transurethral access into a patient;
a vapor generator configured to generate a condensable vapor;
a vapor delivery needle in communication with the vapor generator and slidably disposed within the introducer shaft;
a first magnet coupled to the vapor delivery needle, wherein the first magnet is configured to move distally relative to the introducer shaft; and
a second magnet configured to rotate about the first magnet so as to apply a magnetic force to the first magnet in order to move the vapor delivery needle between a retracted position, in which the vapor delivery needle is inside the introducer shaft, and an extended position, in which the vapor delivery needle is at least partially outside of the introducer shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,987,148

BONE CLAMP WITH ADAPTER FOR MEASUREMENT AIDS

Naviswiss AG, Brugg (CH)...

1. A bone clamp for securing of a measurement aid to a bone comprises a first clip and a second clip and an adapter, wherein the adapter comprises a pulling mechanism and a locking mechanism, whereby a position of the first clip relative to the second clip can be altered by actuation of the pulling mechanism, wherein the position of the first clip relative to the second clip can be fixed by actuation of the locking mechanism wherein the first clip and the second clip each have an inner face which is oriented in a direction of the bone, wherein the first clip has one or more spikes on the inner face and wherein the second clip has a sliding edge on the inner face, wherein the second clip has a clip axis, wherein the sliding edge is arranged parallel to the clip axis, wherein the sliding edge is designed as a cutting edge extending parallel to the clip axis.

US Pat. No. 10,987,147

BONE CEMENT APPLICATOR WITH HOLLOW CYLINDER ON DELIVERY PLUNGER

Heraeus Medical GmbH, We...

1. A device for producing a bone cement paste from a monomer liquid and a cement powder as parent components of the bone cement paste and for delivering the mixed bone cement paste, the device comprising:a cartridge with a cylindrical interior, wherein the interior of the cartridge is closed at a front side apart from a delivery opening for discharging the bone cement paste, wherein a delivery plunger is arranged in the interior of the cartridge the delivery plunger being pushable in the direction of the delivery opening and wherein the cement powder is arranged in the interior of the cartridge between the delivery opening and the delivery plunger; and
a receptacle in which the monomer liquid is contained, wherein a back side of the cartridge is connected with a front side of the receptacle, and wherein the receptacle and the cartridge are configured as a one-piece tubular container;
wherein a hollow cylinder is arranged at a front side of the delivery plunger facing the delivery opening;
wherein the hollow cylinder is open at a front face facing the delivery opening and extends from the front side of the delivery plunger at least 3 mm into the interior of the cartridge;
wherein at least one connection is provided in the delivery plunger from the back side of the delivery plunger to the front side of the delivery plunger for introducing the monomer liquid into the interior of the cartridge;
wherein the at least one connection is permeable to the monomer liquid and gases and at the same time is impermeable to the cement powder; and
wherein the at least one connection leads from the delivery plunger inside the hollow cylinder or through lines in the hollow cylinder at the front face of the hollow cylinder into the interior of the cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,987,146

BONE DEFECT REPAIR APPARATUS AND METHOD

NEXTREMITY SOLUTIONS, INC...

1. An orthopedic instrument assembly for placing an implant into a bone, the assembly comprising:a targeting guide comprising an adjustable targeting arm having a targeting aperture, wherein the targeting aperture defines a targeting axis through the targeting aperture;
a post having a longitudinal axis and the post connectable to the targeting guide;
the post comprising a post aperture and a post aperture center;
wherein the post aperture defines a post aperture axis through the post aperture, the post aperture axis intersecting the longitudinal axis at the post aperture center;
the adjustable targeting arm movable to align the targeting axis with the post aperture center and thereby align the targeting aperture with the post aperture;
the adjustable targeting arm rotatably connected to a post support, the targeting arm movable in an arc about the post support; and
the adjustable targeting arm connected to an adjustable leg movable relative to the arm;
the adjustable targeting arm comprising an arm hole, the adjustable leg passing through said arm hole, and a fastener;
the adjustable leg connected to the targeting aperture;
a second adjustable targeting arm rotatably connected to the post, the second adjustable targeting arm comprising a second arm hole, a second adjustable leg passing through said second arm hole and a second fastener; and
the second adjustable leg connected to a second targeting aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,987,143

FLEXIBLE SCREW

Conmed Corporation, Utic...

11. A method for non-rigid fixation between two bones, comprising the steps of:providing a flexible screw having a head with a hemispherical cap comprising a proximal-most rounded end and a distal cylindrical end, and a shaft body distally extending from the head and including a thread portion with a flexible shaft portion extending therebetween, the distal cylindrical end positioned between the proximal-most rounded end and a most proximal end of the shaft body, wherein the distal cylindrical end has a first diameter, and the most proximal end of the shaft body has a second diameter, wherein the first diameter is greater than the second diameter; a plurality of rigid threads on the thread portion; a plurality of openings arranged in a pattern configuration along the flexible shaft portion; and wherein the openings extend at least partially through the flexible shaft portion;
inserting the thread portion into a first bone such that the head is positioned on a distal side of an adjacent second bone;
positioning the flexible shaft portion in a joint between the first bone and the second bone; and
tightening the flexible screw by advancing the thread portion into the first bone.

US Pat. No. 10,987,141

VERTEBRAL IMPLANT, METHOD FOR THE PLACEMENT OF SUCH AN IMPLANT AND TOOL FOR THE PLACEMENT OF THE IMPLANT

BPATH, Paris (FR) Jacque...

1. A vertebral implant comprising a first body and a second body that are hinged to each other, each one of the first body and the second body being arranged to be fastened by only one transfacet connection screw, the transfacet connection screws being attachable to opposite sides of a vertebra, each transfacet connection screw having a threaded shank provided with a partially spherical head, each body comprising both a portion for connection to the other body and also a base having a soleplate arranged to face towards a portion of vertebra that has been exposed by laminectomy, the base of each body being provided with a hole having a first end opening out into the soleplate and a second end that opens out at the opposite end and that is provided with a recess for receiving the head of said transfacet connection screw, the base of each body also being provided with a slot extending along the hole and opening out laterally into the hole in order to enable lateral insertion of said transfacet connection screw in the hole and the base of each body cooperating with a cover arranged to tighten the head of the screw against a shoulder of the base;wherein the base of each body comprises a collar provided with a thread for co-operating by screw-fastening with the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,987,140

ANTERIOR CERVICAL FIXATION PLATE FOR FIXATING PORTIONS OF A CERVICAL SPINE TO FACILITATE BONE FUSION

MiRus LLC, Atlanta, GA (...

1. An anterior cervical fixation plate for fixating portions of a cervical spine to facilitate bone fusion, the plate comprising:a first portion having a first surface, a second surface opposite and spaced apart from the first surface of the first portion, a first side, a second side opposite and spaced apart from the first side of the first portion, a third side, a fourth side opposite and spaced apart from the third side of the first portion, and a first axis extending from the third side of the first portion to the fourth side of the first portion, wherein the first surface of the first portion defines a first fastener opening and a second fastener opening, each of the first fastener opening and the second fastener opening being aligned along the first axis, wherein each of the first fastener opening and the second fastener opening extend from the first surface of the first portion to the second surface of the first portion;
a second portion having a first surface, a second surface opposite and spaced apart from the first surface of the second portion, a first side, a second side opposite and spaced apart from the first side of the second portion, a third side, a fourth side opposite and spaced apart from the third side of the second portion, and a second axis extending from the third side of the second portion to the fourth side of the second portion, wherein the first surface of the second portion defines a third fastener opening and a fourth fastener opening, each of the third fastener opening and the fourth fastener opening being aligned along the second axis, wherein each of the third fastener opening and the fourth fastener opening extend from the first surface of the second portion to the second surface of the second portion; and
a bridge having a first surface, a second surface opposite and spaced apart from the first surface of the bridge, a first side, and a second side opposite and spaced apart from the first side of the bridge, wherein the bridge is centrally located between the first portion and the second portion, and the first side and the second side of the bridge each extend from the second side of the first portion to the first side of the second portion,
wherein the second side of the first portion, the first side of the second portion, and the first side of the bridge define a first window, and
wherein the second side of the first portion, the first side of the second portion, and the second side of the bridge define a second window,
wherein the bridge has a bridge width from the first side of the bridge to the second side of the bridge, the bridge width being about 4.3 mm or less.

US Pat. No. 10,987,139

UNIPLANAR BONE SCREW

Zimmer Spine, Inc., Edin...

1. A bone anchor comprising:a housing having a bore with a longitudinal axis, the bore extending through the housing to a lower opening, the housing including a channel for receiving an elongate member, the channel extending transverse to the bore; and
a bone screw having a longitudinal axis and including a head and a shank extending from the head, the bone screw configured to extend through the bore with the head positionable in the housing and the shank extending from the lower opening of the housing, wherein the head includes a substantially spherical body with planar surfaces on opposing sides of the head;
wherein the bore of the housing includes an inner surface, the inner surface including inner surface threading adapted to enable insertion of the bone screw where the shank includes threading including an outer diameter larger than a diameter of the lower opening, and
wherein the housing includes a single mating element having an opening therein defining two opposing planar surfaces extending parallel to the longitudinal axis of the housing, the opposing planar surfaces separated by opposing curved surfaces, the mating element configured to couple with the planar surfaces on the head of the bone screw such that the bone screw is moveable relative to the housing with the longitudinal axis of the bone screw being positionable in any one of a plurality of angular positions within a single plane parallel to the planar surfaces of the head and the planar surfaces of the mating element relative to the longitudinal axis of the bore.

US Pat. No. 10,987,138

LOCKING COMPRESSION MEMBERS FOR USE WITH BONE ANCHOR ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS

Medos International Sari,...

1. A method of assembling a bone screw, comprising:passing a shank portion of the bone screw through an aperture formed in a distal end of a receiver member such that a head portion of the screw is seated in the receiver member; and
inserting a compression cap into the receiver member and engaging opposed projections extending radially outward from the compression cap with complementary recesses formed in the receiver member to retain the compression cap within the receiver member,
wherein inserting the compression cap comprises rotating the compression cap relative to the receiver member to move the opposed projections into engagement with the complementary recesses, and
wherein the complementary recesses are formed in a shelf that extends radially inward from an interior sidewall of the receiver member and said engaging comprises camming the opposed projections over ramped edges of the shelf and snapping the opposed projections into the complementary recesses.

US Pat. No. 10,987,135

SEAL CARTRIDGE DESIGN FOR TROCAR ASSEMBLIES

ETHICON LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A trocar assembly, comprising:a trocar including a trocar housing; and
a seal cartridge releasably coupled to the trocar housing and including a top cap comprising a main body and a latch ring mounted to the main body such that an upper surface of the latch ring defines a top most surface of the seal cartridge, the latch ring including a latch that releasably couples the seal cartridge to the trocar housing,
wherein the latch ring is grounded to the main body at a first angular position and the latch is located at a second angular position angularly offset from the first angular position, and
wherein applying a radial load on the latch causes the latch ring to flex in torsion at an intermediate portion that angularly interposes the first and second angular positions.

US Pat. No. 10,987,134

INTRODUCTION AND ANCHORING TOOL FOR AN IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE ELEMENT

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. An apparatus for introducing and anchoring an elongated implantable medical device element within a tissue of a patient, the apparatus comprising:a first elongated member defining a proximal end and a distal end, the first elongated member configured to define a path through tissue of a patient for insertion of the implantable medical device element into the path;
a second elongated member defining a proximal opening, a distal opening, and a lumen extending between the proximal opening and the distal opening, the lumen configured to slidably receive at least a portion of the first elongated member and at least a portion of the implantable medical device element via the proximal opening,
an anchor having an anchor lumen, the anchor being configured to secure the elongated implantable medical device in the path; and
an anchor deployment member comprising:
a body defining a channel, wherein the first elongated member is slidable out of a proximal end of the channel, and
an anchor engagement member configured to bear against the anchor when the second elongated member is moved in a proximal direction relative to the body such that the second elongated member is withdrawn from the anchor lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,987,133

NASAL VALVE IMPLANTS AND METHODS OF IMPLANTING THE SAME

Entellus Medical, Inc., ...

1. A method of delivering an implant into a nasal valve area of a subject comprising:providing a delivery tool having a handle and a needle extending from a distal end of the handle, wherein the implant is contained in the needle and proximally abuts or is disposed adjacent to a pusher member disposed partially within the needle and containing an optical fiber therein coupled to a light source, wherein a light source is disposed within the delivery tool and coupled to an optical fiber carried within a lumen of the pusher member, wherein an implant is disposed within the needle, wherein a moveable needle shuttle is disposed in the handle of the delivery tool and coupled to the needle, wherein an actuator is disposed in the handle and configured to releasably engage with the moveable needle shuttle, wherein the moveable needle shuttle is coupled to one or more springs configured to apply a proximal tensioning force on the needle shuttle;
advancing the delivery tool through nasal tissue to a desired location in the nasal valve area while light is emitted from the needle, wherein the light is observable through skin of the subject; and
delivering the implant using the delivery tool to the nasal valve area, wherein delivering the implant comprises actuating the actuator to retract the needle proximally into the handle and release the implant.

US Pat. No. 10,987,132

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TISSUE REMOVAL

Applied Medical Resources...

1. A morcellation system for removing a tissue specimen from inside a patient through a body opening to outside the patient, the body opening defining a tissue margin, the morcellation system comprising:a morcellator having a proximal end and a distal end and a longitudinal axis; the morcellator including a housing at the proximal end and an outer shaft extending distally from the housing along the longitudinal axis; the outer shaft having a length from the distal end of the housing to the distal end of the morcellator; the morcellator having an inner shaft coaxial with the outer shaft; the inner shaft having a blade at the distal end; the morcellator includes a working channel extending through the housing and inner shaft between a proximal opening at the proximal end and a distal opening at the distal end; the inner shaft being configured to rotate relative to the outer shaft to cut tissue at the distal blade; and
a tissue guard made of cut-resistant material comprising a proximal end and a distal end interconnected by a sidewall; the tissue guard having an inner surface and an outer surface and an elongate tubular-shaped central lumen extending from the proximal end to the distal end along a longitudinal axis; the tissue guard being configured to anchor to the tissue margin;
wherein the outer shaft of the morcellator is removably insertable into the central lumen of the tissue guard and the tissue guard is configured to protect the tissue margin from the blade during morcellation.

US Pat. No. 10,987,131

TISSUE CONTAINMENT SYSTEMS AND RELATED METHODS

CooperSurgical, Inc., Tr...

1. A tissue containment system, comprising:a bag body configured to be placed in an abdominal cavity of a patient and defining an interior region configured to contain a loose tissue specimen, the bag body further defining:
a main portion sized to accommodate the loose tissue specimen,
an open-ended portion defining an opening sized to receive the loose tissue specimen and arranged to extend from the main portion outside of the patient while the main portion is disposed in the abdominal cavity, and
an invertible portion arranged to extend from the main portion outside of the patient while the main portion is disposed within the abdominal cavity, the invertible portion being invertible to form a double wall layer that is sized to accommodate a tissue visualization device;
a rigid viewing window sealed to an end of the invertible portion that is opposite to the main portion such that the rigid viewing window is positionable outside of the patient while the main portion is disposed within the abdominal cavity, the rigid viewing window being at least partially transparent and being configured to receive the tissue visualization device for viewing the interior region of the bag body when the invertible portion is inverted to form the double wall layer around the tissue visualization device within the patient; and
an access cap configured to close the opening of the open-ended portion of the bag body and comprising:
an entry port configured to allow passage of a tissue removal device into the interior region of the bag body, and
an insufflation port spaced apart from the entry port and configured to deliver fluid to the interior region of the bag body.

US Pat. No. 10,987,128

CANNULA ASSEMBLY

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical cannula assembly, comprising:an elongate cannula member defining a longitudinal axis and having proximal and distal ends, the cannula member including a plurality of longitudinal ribs extending along the longitudinal axis, the plurality of longitudinal ribs positioned about the elongate cannula member so that the elongate cannula member has at least two degrees of rotational symmetry wherein each plane of a plurality of transverse planes intersecting one another across a diameter of the elongate cannula member separates symmetrical halves of the elongate cannula member, adjacent longitudinal ribs of the plurality of longitudinal ribs defining separate and discrete longitudinal channels therebetween that open distally into an annular recess disposed in fluid communication with each of the separate and discrete longitudinal channels;
a fluid port mounted adjacent the proximal end of the cannula member, the fluid port configured for coupling to a source of inflation fluids;
a conduit positioned within at least one longitudinal channel of the longitudinal channels of the cannula member, the conduit in fluid communication with the fluid port; and
an expandable balloon mounted adjacent the distal end of the cannula member and in fluid communication with the conduit, the expandable balloon configured to transition from an initial unexpanded condition to an at least partially expanded condition upon passage and entry of inflation fluids through the conduit and within an internal volume of the expandable balloon.

US Pat. No. 10,987,127

TRANSECTION DEVICE

RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVER...

1. A transection device comprising:a curved tubular body extending from a proximal end to a distal end, said curved tubular body having a wall and an internal chamber extending between the proximal and distal ends, wherein said curved tubular body has a receiving chamber proximate to the distal end, said receiving chamber defined by the distal end and an opening in the wall, said receiving chamber comprising at least one protrusion extending toward a center of said opening;
a cutting member positioned within the curved tubular body and moveable between an initial position within the curved tubular body to an extended position within the receiving chamber wherein at least a portion of the cutting member extends into the receiving chamber; and
a depressible member extending from the proximal end, and configured to move the cutting member between the initial position and the extended position, wherein the depressible member has a contact surface positioned outside of the curved tubular body, and a force applying surface within the curved tubular body; and
a coil spring compressible in an axial direction of the curved tubular body, the coil spring extending from the cutting member to the force applying surface of the depressible member, the coil spring being configured to extend the cutting member toward the at least one protrusion in a controlled manner after being compressed,
wherein the force applying surface directly contacts the coil spring which in turn directly contacts the cutting member.

US Pat. No. 10,987,126

TISSUE-REMOVING CATHETER WITH GUIDEWIRE ISOLATION LINER

MEDTRONIC VASCULAR, INC.,...

1. A tissue-removing catheter for removing tissue in a body lumen, the tissue-removing catheter comprising:an elongate body having an axis, and proximal and distal end portions spaced apart from one another along the axis, wherein the elongate body is sized and shaped to be received in the body lumen;
a tissue-removing element mounted on the distal end portion of the elongate body, the tissue-removing element being configured to remove the tissue as the tissue-removing element is rotated by the elongate body within the body lumen;
an inner liner received within the elongate body, the inner liner defining a guidewire lumen, the inner liner being coupled to the tissue-removing element at a distal end portion of the inner liner; and
a coupling assembly disposed in the tissue-removing element for coupling the inner liner to the tissue-removing element, the coupling assembly comprises a bushing attached to the distal end portion of the inner liner, the bushing including a center ring portion, a proximal ring portion extending proximally from the center ring portion, and a distal ring portion extending distally from the center ring portion, the coupling assembly further comprising a first bearing disposed around the proximal ring portion and a second bearing disposed around the distal ring portion.

US Pat. No. 10,987,125

CAPSULE CUTTER

Biomet Sports Medicine, L...

1. A system for cutting tissue within a synovial cavity, comprising:a cannula including an engagement feature, the cannula defining:
an internal lumen extending from a proximal end to a distal end,
a cutting port in a wall of the cannula for accessing the internal lumen, wherein the cannula is cylindrical and the cutting port is formed through a radial sidewall of the cylindrical cannula,
a guide port in the proximal end for receiving a guide element, and
an access port in the distal end of the cannula, wherein the guide element is removable through the access port; and
a blade assembly including a blade and a blade shaft extending from the blade, wherein the blade is insertable into the internal lumen of the cannula through the access port in the distal end of the cannula such that the blade is proximate the cutting port, wherein the blade shaft is operable to move the blade within the internal lumen relative to the cutting port between a retracted position and a deployed position, the blade assembly including a base including a releasable engagement feature, wherein the releasable engagement feature is engageable to the engagement feature of the cannula when the blade is inserted into the internal lumen to prevent removal of the blade form the internal lumen of the cannula;
wherein the blade is received within the internal lumen in the retracted position and the blade is positioned within the cutting port in the deployed position
wherein the blade is configured such that a sharp edge of the blade faces the cutting port in the deployed position.

US Pat. No. 10,987,122

ULTRASONIC PROBE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An ultrasonic probe comprising:a probe main body configured to receive ultrasonic vibration generated by a transducer; and
a treatment portion provided on a distal side with respect to the probe main body, the treatment portion being configured to excise bone or cartilage by the ultrasonic vibration, the treatment portion comprising:
a first outer surface including a first concave portion,
a second outer surface facing in a direction opposite to the first outer surface and including a second concave portion, the first concave portion and the second concave portion being coaxially disposed about a center axis that intersects an extending direction of the treatment portion such that the first concave portion and the second concave portion are concave in opposite directions along the center axis,
a first blade formed along an edge of an opening of the first concave portion,
a second blade formed along an edge of an opening of the second concave portion, and
an outer relay surface which extends from the first blade to the second blade and faces away from the center axis, a distance from the center axis of the first and second concave portions to the first blade being greater than or equal to a distance from the center axis to the outer relay surface at a position between the first blade and the second blade,
wherein:
the first concave portion includes a first inner relay surface extending from the opening of the first concave portion to a bottom surface of the first concave portion,
the first inner relay surface includes a first inner sloped surface extending from the opening of the first concave portion toward the bottom surface of the first concave portion, the first inner sloped surface being sloped in a direction from the opening of the first concave portion towards the center axis,
the second concave portion includes a second inner relay surface extending from the opening of the second concave portion to a bottom surface of the second concave portion, and
the second inner relay surface includes a second inner sloped surface extending from the opening of the second concave portion towards the bottom surface of the second concave portion, the second inner sloped surface being sloped in a direction from the opening of the second concave portion towards the center axis.

US Pat. No. 10,987,121

POWERED SURGICAL HANDPIECE HAVING A SURGICAL TOOL WITH AN RFID TAG

Medtronic Xomed, Inc., J...

1. A surgical system comprising:a powered surgical handpiece comprising a motor;
wherein the surgical handpiece includes an antenna for wirelessly transmitting RF energy, and a coupler that is electrically isolated from the antenna and the UHF RFID tag and that is configured to guide the transmitted RF energy to the UHF RFID tag;
a surgical tool removably connected to the surgical handpiece and configured to be driven by the motor, wherein the surgical tool includes an ultra-high frequency (UHF) radio frequency identification (RFID) tag; and
a controller connected to the surgical handpiece and programmed to interface with the surgical handpiece, the controller including a data entry device and a display screen, wherein the controller is configured to identify the surgical tool connected to the surgical handpiece based on data stored in the UHF RFID tag.

US Pat. No. 10,987,117

ELECTRICALLY ENHANCED RETRIEVAL OF MATERIAL FROM VESSEL LUMENS

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A system for removing a thrombus, the system comprising:an interventional element configured to be disposed proximate to a thrombus within a blood vessel;
a current generator in electrical communication with the interventional element, the current generator configured to deliver an electrical signal comprising a periodic waveform to the interventional element for a predetermined time period to promote attachment of the thrombus to the interventional element,
wherein the waveform comprises a composite waveform including a superposition of a non-square waveform having a first peak current and a square waveform having a second peak current that is less than the first peak current.

US Pat. No. 10,987,116

ADJUSTABLE DRILL GUIDES AND RELATED METHODS

Medos International Sarl,...

1. An adjustable length guide device, comprising:a body having a proximal end, a distal end, and a central longitudinal axis extending between the proximal and distal ends;
a stem movably coupled to the body, the body and the stem together defining an adjustable length guide lumen; and
an adjustment mechanism that controls movement of the stem relative to the body to incrementally adjust the length of the guide lumen;
wherein the adjustment mechanism comprises a knob having at least one pin received within a groove formed in an outer surface of the body;
wherein the at least one pin is positionable in: (i) a locking region of the groove to prevent adjustment of the length of the guide lumen; and (ii) an adjustment region of the groove to allow adjustment of the length of the guide lumen, and
wherein a central longitudinal axis of the knob is coaxial with a central longitudinal axis of one or more of the stem and the body.

US Pat. No. 10,987,115

APPARATUS FOR USE IN SURGERY

1. A targeting kit suitable for use in removing an implant, especially a femoral implant, from the surrounding tissue, wherein the targeting kit comprises:a mounting arrangement for releasably mounting the targeting kit on the head or neck of a femoral implant,
first and second guide members, each of which is an elongate shape with a bore running along its longitudinal axis, each guide member being able to receive a drill bit through its bore,
a holding arrangement for holding the first and second guide members, the holding arrangement being adjustable between a release condition, in which the positions of the first and second guide members are adjustable relative to each other, and a holding condition, in which the first and second guide members are held by the holding arrangement in a fixed position relative to each other,
a bridging arrangement between the mounting arrangement and the first and second guide members, said bridging arrangement being configured to space the first and second guide members with respect to the mounting arrangement, and to permit the mounting arrangement and the first and second guide members to be pivotably adjustable relative to each other, with there being a pivoting movement of the mounting arrangement and the first and second guide members with respect to each other about a pivot point, such that the angle between the mounting arrangement and the first and second guide members can be increased or decreased, with the bridging arrangement being adjustable between a release condition, in which the position of the mounting arrangement is adjustable relative to the first and second guide members, and a holding condition, in which the first and second guide members are fixedly spaced with respect to the mounting arrangement by the bridging arrangement, such that the mounting arrangement can be secured onto the head or neck of the implant, with the first and second guide members being located on the neck or shoulder of the implant, with the first guide member located at the anterior of the implant and the second guide member located at the posterior of the implant, the first guide member being angled such that its longitudinal axis is spaced from and substantially parallel to the anterior surface of the implant and the second guide member being angled such that its longitudinal axis is spaced from and substantially parallel to the posterior surface of the implant.

US Pat. No. 10,987,114

INSTRUMENT FOR INTRA-OPERATIVE IMPLANT TEMPLATING USING FLUOROSCOPY

WRIGHT MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY...

1. An instrument, comprising:a body formed from a radiolucent material;
a first set of radio-opaque members disposed in the radiolucent body, a first member of the first set of radio-opaque members elongate from a respective first end to a respective second end along a first longitudinal axis, and a second member of the first set of radio-opaque members elongate from a respective first end to a respective second end along a second longitudinal axis, the first and second longitudinal axes being substantially parallel, such that the first set of radio-opaque members collectively define a first profile that corresponds to an outline shape of a first portion of an orthopedic implant over which the instrument is overlaid; and
a second set of radio-opaque members disposed in the radiolucent body, a first member of the second set of radio-opaque members elongate from a respective first end to a respective second end along a third longitudinal axis, and a second member of the second set of radio-opaque members elongate from a respective first end to a respective second end along a fourth longitudinal axis, such that the second set of radio-opaque members collectively define a second profile that corresponds to an outline shape of a second portion of the overlaid orthopedic implant, wherein the third and fourth longitudinal axes intersect to form an acute angle such that the first profile differs from the second profile and the second profile has a taper in a direction away from the first set of radio-opaque members.

US Pat. No. 10,987,113

SENSING OF SURGICAL INSTRUMENT PLACEMENT RELATIVE TO ANATOMIC STRUCTURES

McGinley Engineered Solut...

1. A measurement system for use with a powered surgical instrument for sensing a position of a leading edge of a tool portion relative to anatomic structures of a patient, the measurement system comprising:a first sensor disposed with respect to the powered surgical instrument to measure a tool drive parameter that is characteristic of the tool portion acting on the patient and output a tool drive signal representative of the tool drive parameter as the tool portion is advanced relative to anatomy of the patient;
a displacement sensor disposed with respect to the powered surgical instrument to measure an axial displacement of the leading edge of the tool portion relative to a reference point and output a displacement signal representative of the axial displacement; and
a controller in operative communication with the first sensor to receive the tool drive signal and in operative communication with the displacement sensor to receive the displacement signal, wherein the controller is operative to identify a change in the tool drive parameter over a given amount of axial displacement of the leading edge of the tool portion that is indicative of the leading edge of the tool portion moving through an interface between anatomic structures of the patient, wherein the controller is operative to determine a moving average for the tool drive parameter with respect to the axial displacement of the leading edge of the tool portion relative t the anatomy of the patient.