US Pat. No. 10,111,853

COMPOUNDS, COMPOSITIONS, AND METHODS FOR THE TREATMENT OF CANCERS

PLACON THERAPEUTICS, INC....

1. A method of inhibiting proliferation of a cell, wherein the cell is a cancer cell selected from the group consisting of a lung cancer cell and a colorectal cancer cell, comprising contacting the cell with an effective amount of a compound of selected from the group consisting of

US Pat. No. 10,111,841

STABILIZATION OF ALCOHOL INTOXICATION-INDUCED CARDIOVASCULAR INSTABILITY

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORI...

1. A method for stabilizing blood pressure in a subject having alcohol-induced hypotension, comprising intravenously administering an effective amount of fingolimod, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, to the subject, wherein said administering ameliorates the alcohol-induced hypotension.

US Pat. No. 10,111,810

THIN FILM WITH NON-SELF-AGGREGATING UNIFORM HETEROGENEITY AND DRUG DELIVERY SYSTEMS MADE THEREFROM

Aquestive Therapeutics, I...

1. A process for manufacturing a continuously cast oral film for delivery of an active in individual self-supporting oral unit doses cut therefrom, said individual self-supporting oral unit doses containing a desired amount of said active, comprising the steps of:(a) forming a Non-Newtonian visco-elastic polymer matrix by mixing, said matrix comprising a polymer selected from the group consisting of water-soluble polymers, water-swellable polymers and combinations thereof, a solvent selected from the group consisting of—water, ethanol, isopropanol, acetone, methylene chloride, and a combination thereof and said active, which polymer matrix is a shear-thinning pseudoplastic fluid when exposed to shear rates of 10-105 sec?1, said polymer matrix having a substantially uniform distribution of said pharmaceutical active;
(b) continuously casting said polymer matrix;
(c) removing at least a portion of said solvent from said matrix to achieve a solvent content of no greater than 10% by weight of said continuously cast oral film;
wherein said continuously cast oral film has a substantially uniform distribution of said active substantially locked-in within said polymer matrix, wherein said active is selected from the group consisting of cosmetic agents, pharmaceutical agents, vitamins, bioactive agents and combinations thereof wherein said active is substantially uniformly distributed in said continuously cast film, whereby said substantially uniform distribution is measured by substantially equally sized individual self-supporting oral unit doses cut from said continuously cast film which do not vary by more than 10% of said desired amount of said active and
wherein said pharmaceutical active is an anti-parkinsonian agent.

US Pat. No. 10,111,802

WEARABLE ROBOT AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method of controlling a wearable robot, the wearable robot including sensors and a controller, the method comprising:measuring, via the sensors, electrical signals from a scalp of a wearer of the wearable robot such that the measured electrical signals include signals related to at least a head muscle movement of the wearer resulting from the wearer walking;
estimating, via the controller, a current walking speed of the wearer using the measured electrical signals related to the head muscle movement of the wearer; and
outputting, via the controller, an assistive torque such that the estimated currant walking speed approximates a target walking speed.

US Pat. No. 10,111,796

INCUBATOR

ATOM MEDICAL CORPORATION,...

1. An incubator comprising:a service port provided at a peripheral wall section of an infant accommodation space;
a service door capable of opening and closing the service port by swinging to and fro, a substantially ring-shaped insertion groove being formed at an inner face of the service door so as to run along an outer periphery of the inner face;
a base frame attached to the peripheral wall section and retaining the service door so as to be capable of swinging to and fro, a substantially ring-shaped outer peripheral portion being formed at the base frame; and
a latch mechanism retaining the service door in a closed position,
wherein the incubator is configured such that, when the service door is retained in the closed position, a leading end of the substantially ring-shaped outer peripheral portion of the base frame is inserted into the substantially ring-shaped insertion groove of the service door.

US Pat. No. 10,111,795

SHOWER FALL PREVENTION DEVICE

1. A shower fall prevention device suitable for fixing on a ceiling of a shower, comprising:an extendable and retractable belt rolled up in a box in a retracted state and configured to fix the device to the ceiling of the shower at a fixing point; and
two arm pit hooks configured to receive arms of a user and pivotably connected to the fixing point.

US Pat. No. 10,111,792

MULTIFUNCTIONAL NURSING BED FOR EXCRETION

1. A multifunctional nursing bed for excretion, comprising:a bed frame including a head board connecting a foot board with a plurality of side supports in-between;
a board disposed on the bed frame between the head board and the foot board, including at least one first panel and one second panel, both ends of an abutting side of said first and second panels having a rotatable linkage point for angle adjusting between the first and second panels;
a first elevation device disposed under the first panel for supporting and adjusting an elevation of the first panel;
a second elevation device disposed under the second panel for supporting and adjusting an elevation of the second panel and an angle between the first and second panels;
wherein the first panel includes a first through hole corresponding to a position of buttocks of human body;
an excretion device arranged below the first through hole, including a basin, a seat pad disposed on a surface of the basin, and a detachable container disposed below the basin for taking the falling wastes;
a washing device including a first tube connecting to said excretion device with an end and to a first pump with the other end, said first pump including a first suction tube to suck in water from a tank for washing the excretion device;
an anti-splash device disposed at a front of the excretion device, including a placing space, an anti-splash cover disposed in said placing space with a gear rack arranged behind for operation, and a first motor arranged aside said placing space for driving a gear that engages said gear rack for elevation and descending;
a cover device arranged between the excretion device and the first panel, including a cover disposed above the seat pad and composed of a left board and a right board, a first sliding rail, and a second sliding rail; said sliding rails being parallel arranged and respectively fixed at a front and a rear side of the cover by an engaging element for the left and right boards to slide along the first and second sliding rails to combine with and detach from each other; at both ends of said sliding rails, a vertical guiding rod being engaged with a spring in-between and the other end devoid of the spring stretching through the side supports for elastically elevating the washing device and for pressing and lowering said cover device to a position where the cover being in the first through hole when the board being descended;
two driver assemblies symmetrically arranged at corresponding far sides of the first and second sliding rails, respectively including a second motor and a third motor for respectively driving a first threaded rod and a second threaded rod, on each of which a nut is arranged for respectively engaging and driving the right board and the left board; and
a control device individually connected to the first elevation device, the second elevation device, the first pump, and the first, second and third motors, and having an operation interface for operation control;
whereby upon a patient on the nursing bed having a need for excretion, the control device drives the first and second elevation devices to elevate the board and the cover device is elevated as well, then the board descends back to an original position after the cover of the cover device is opened, pressing the cover device for descending and placing the seat pad of the excretion device right under the first through hole with the anti-splash cover of the anti-splash device elevated for being ready for use.

US Pat. No. 10,111,789

WHEELCHAIR WHEEL WINDER

1. A wheelchair hand pedal manual propulsion device that attaches to a wheelchair wheel comprising:a gearbox comprised of a gearbox housing and a plurality of gears configured for speed changing, said plurality of gears encased in said gearbox housing, said gearbox further comprising a drive member that is integrally formed with said housing,
a telescoping hand pedal arm with a first end and a second end, said second end opposite to said first end, wherein said gearbox housing is affixed to said first end,
a pawl and a pawl switch to shift from a forward to backward position with a locked position and a neutral position, said pawl switch located on an exterior surface of said gearbox housing,
a lever to change gears,
a detachable handle, said detachable handle positioned at said second end of said hand pedal arm,
a socket attachment, said socket attachment being attachable at an axis of the wheelchair wheel, said socket attachment configured to receive said drive member such that torque from said drive member is transmitted to said wheelchair wheel,
a first quick release mechanism to detach said drive member from said socket, wherein said gearbox and said drive member are detached from the wheel when said drive member is detached from said socket.

US Pat. No. 10,111,786

TAMPON APPLICATOR INCLUDING BEVELED PORTION

First Quality Hygienic, I...

1. A tampon applicator assembly, comprising:a barrel comprising:
a proximal opening;
a distal opening; and
a wall with an interior surface that defines a channel extending from the proximal opening to the distal opening, the wall comprising a first narrowing portion having a diameter narrower than a distal portion of the channel and comprising a beveled portion which comprises the proximal opening, the channel configured to releasably retain a tampon, wherein the beveled portion has a minimum diameter, and has an internal diameter narrower than an internal diameter of the distal portion of the channel and of the narrowing portion, and wherein the internal diameter of a proximal portion of the beveled portion is narrower than an internal diameter of a distal portion of the beveled portion and where the beveled portion is beveled inward to form the proximal opening; and
a plunger disposed in the barrel and configured for slidable passage through the channel of the barrel, wherein the plunger includes a flared proximal end portion which is deformable, wherein the minimum diameter of the beveled portion is less than a diameter of a proximal portion of the plunger but wherein a minimum diameter of the narrowing portion is not less than a diameter of a proximal portion of the plunger; and wherein the plunger is so disposed that the flared proximal end portion of the plunger is outside of the proximal opening of the barrel and a flared distal end of the plunger is within the barrel.

US Pat. No. 10,111,782

RESORBABLE LAPAROSCOPICALLY DEPLOYABLE HEMOSTAT

Ethicon, Inc., Somervill...

1. A method of manufacturing a resorbable hemostatic dressing comprising a single layer of three-dimensionally entangled nonwoven felt that is not separable into distinct layers by hand consisting essentially of oxidized cellulose fibers, wherein the felt has sufficient mechanical strength and flexibility to retain its structural integrity when deployed laparoscopically, said method comprising the steps of:a) providing cellulose yarn having filaments of minimal twist;
b) forming a multi-yarn, single feed circular knitted cellulose fabric having minimal twist;
c) scouring the cellulose fabric;
d) oxidizing the scoured fabric;
e) pliabilizing the oxidized fabric;
f) de-knitting the pliabilized fabric to form a continuous strand having a crimp from about 5 crimps/inch to about 12 crimps/inch;
g) cutting the continuous strand to form staples, said staples having length from about 1½ to about 4¼ inches;
h) carding the staples into a carded batt; and
i) needle-punching and three-dimensionally entangling the carded batt to form a single layer non-woven felt.

US Pat. No. 10,111,779

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR LASER ASSISTED DEEP SCLERECTOMY

I Optima Ltd., Ramat-Gan...

1. A method, comprising:providing a laser scanner, wherein the laser scanner is configured to allow to control a direction of at least two converging beams that are generated from at least two light sources;
identifying a target ablating area of an eye overlying at least one of a Schlemm canal and a trabecular meshwork;
utilizing the laser scanner to control the direction of the at least two converging beams to ablate at least a portion of a scleral tissue overlying a percolation layer above one or both of the Schlemm canal and the trabecular meshwork in the target ablating area of the eye so as to achieve, without a full thickness penetration of the Schlemm's canal or the trabecular meshwork, a percolation of an aqueous humor of the eye to reduce an elevated intra-ocular pressure while causing a minimal thermal damage to the percolation layer and surrounding tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,111,773

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR POSITIONING GAZE-ATTRACTING CONDOMS WITH PACKAGING

1. A packaging apparatus for placement of condoms in a gaze-attracting position to a recipient of a gift or product, comprising:a mount having a body having a first side adapted for an engagement at an engagement position upon a product;
said mount having a second side holding a condom in a removable engagement;
said body of said mount adapted to engage upon a said product which is a bottle by a sleeve extending from said first side of said body of said mount; and
said sleeve having an axial opening having a diameter sized to slide upon and surround a dispensing end of said bottle, wherein said mount must be removed by disengagement of said sleeve from said dispensing end of said bottle, in order to dispense liquid therefrom and whereby the gaze of a recipient receiving said product, is attracted to said engagement position upon opening said product or opening packaging surrounding said product, whereupon the presence of said condom in said mount is easily ascertained.

US Pat. No. 10,111,769

DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR A SELF-EXPANDING IMPLANT

C. R. Bard, Inc., Murray...

1. A delivery system for a self-expanding implant to line a bodily lumen, which includes a sheath to hold the self-expanding implant in a radially compressed configuration prior to deployment in the bodily lumen, when the sheath is withdrawn along an axis of the bodily lumen, the delivery system further comprising:a confining element surrounding the sheath during a storage period between placement of the implant within the sheath and said withdrawal of the sheath, the confining element configured to reduce the hoop stress in the sheath during said storage period and being removable from the sheath prior to advancement of the sheath into the bodily lumen; and
spaced pressure elements interposed between the sheath and the confining element, the spaced pressure elements configured to carry forces acting between the sheath and the confining element, the spaced pressure elements creating gaps between the sheath and the confining element to define pressure relief zones of the sheath that lie between adjacent spaced pressure elements relieved of a full magnitude of said forces.

US Pat. No. 10,111,767

SHEATHS USED IN POLYMER SCAFFOLD DELIVERY SYSTEMS

ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYS...

1. A method for crimping, comprising:using a scaffold having a scaffold diameter, the scaffold being made from a polymer tube and having a plurality of rings interconnected by links;
using a balloon catheter;
using a sheath having a sheath diameter, the sheath being configurable between an un-deformed state and a deformed state by radially stretching the sheath along its entire circumference, wherein the sheath is a tube having an undeformed diameter (d0) and when radially stretched the sheath has a deformed diameter (d3) at both ends thereof, and d3>d0;
crimping the scaffold to the balloon catheter including reducing the scaffold diameter from a first diameter (d1) to a second diameter (d2) by plastic deformation of the scaffold, wherein a ratio d1/d2 is at least 2.5; and
reducing recoil effects in the crimped scaffold, comprising steps of
deforming the sheath, including
configuring the sheath into its deformed state to enable the sheath to receive the crimped scaffold, wherein d3>d2,
receiving the crimped scaffold within the sheath configured in the deformed state, and
after the crimped scaffold is received within the sheath configured in the deformed state, allowing the sheath to return to substantially the un-deformed state and attach to a surface of the scaffold rings;
wherein the sheath is configured for being manually removed from the scaffold before the scaffold is placed within a body.

US Pat. No. 10,111,762

PARALLELOGRAM LOAD CELL

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY, N...

1. A powered leg device, comprising:a shank extending substantially along a shank axis and comprising a first member comprising first joints, a second member comprising second joints and disposed in series with the first member along the shank axis, a plurality of links mechanically coupling the first member to the second member via the first and the second joints, and at least one sensor for generating at least one signal indicating a separation between the first member and the second member, a foot extending along a foot axis and comprising a resilient toe portion and a resilient heel portion;
a powered ankle joint coupling the foot portion to the shank portion; and
a controller for controlling at least the powered ankle joint based on the at least one signal,
wherein the first member, the second member, and the plurality of links are arranged to define at least one substantially planar parallelogram linkage having a plane of motion substantially parallel to the foot axis and a constrained range of motion, wherein a component for the motion in the constrained range parallel to the shank axis is substantially greater than a component for the motion in the constrained range perpendicular to the shank axis.

US Pat. No. 10,111,760

BONE FUSION SYSTEM, DEVICE AND METHOD INCLUDING A MEASURING MECHANISM

Neuropro Technologies, In...

1. A bone fusion system for inserting a bone fusion device into a desired location, the system comprising:an insertion instrument comprising a first end, a second end opposite the first end, a coupling mechanism having a control shaft and a plurality of fingers configured to move between a closed position wherein the fingers are close together to a spread position wherein the fingers are farther apart based on manipulation of the control shaft;
a bone fusion device having a body and one or more extendable tabs, wherein the body of the bone fusion device is detachably coupled to the first end of the insertion instrument by the coupling mechanism; and
a measuring tool detachably coupled to the second end of the insertion instrument, the measuring tool comprising an indicating mechanism that indicates a variable tab extension value, wherein the indicating mechanism comprises an indicating screw, a screw gear coupled to the indicating screw, a ring threaded onto the indicating screw and an offset gear operably coupled to a screw gear such that rotation of the offset gear causes rotation of the indicating screw via the screw gear thereby causing the ring to move up or down the indicating screw.

US Pat. No. 10,111,759

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MINIMALLY INVASIVE INSERTION OF INTERVERTEBRAL IMPLANTS

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A method for accessing a patient's intervertebral disc to be treated in orthopedic surgery, comprising the steps of:passing a first dilator tube along a first longitudinal axis through Kambin's triangle until the first dilator tube reaches the intervertebral disc to be treated; and
passing a second dilator tube along a second longitudinal axis that is parallel to and laterally displaced from the first longitudinal axis, until a distal portion of the second dilator tube contacts an annulus, wherein the second dilator tube has cutting flutes oriented towards an inferior pedicle, and wherein the distal portion of the second dilator tube has a generally semi-annular cross-section, configured such that the second dilator tube does not contact an exiting nerve during insertion.

US Pat. No. 10,111,755

EXPANDING INTERBODY IMPLANT AND ARTICULATING INSERTER AND METHODS OF USE

Warsaw, Orthopedic, Inc.,...

1. A device to space apart vertebral members comprising:an upper endplate comprising a first engagement surface configured to engage a first vertebra and an opposite inner surface, the upper endplate comprising first projections extending from the inner surface, the first projections each comprising a first inclined surface;
a lower endplate comprising a second engagement surface configured to engage a second vertebra that is adjacent to the first vertebra and an opposite inner surface, the lower endplate comprising second projections extending from the inner surface of the lower endplate, the second projections each comprising a second inclined surface;
a wedge positioned between the endplates, the wedge comprising first mating parts that engage the first inclined surfaces and second mating parts that engage the second inclined surfaces,
wherein the wedge is movable relative to the endplates to move the device between a first configuration having a first height between the engagement surfaces and a second configuration having an increased second height between the engagement surfaces,
the device comprising a frame having an interior cavity, at least a portion of the endplates and the wedge being positioned within the interior cavity as the device moves between the first and second configurations, the frame comprising a plurality of rails that define recesses therebetween, the projections each being disposed in one of the recesses such that side surfaces of the projections engage two of the rails and the projections translate within the recesses as the device moves between the first and second configurations,
the device comprising a pivot coupled to the frame and an actuator that extends through the pivot, wherein rotation of the actuator relative to the pivot translates the actuator to move the wedge to move the device between the first and second configurations.

US Pat. No. 10,111,747

IMPLANTABLE HEART VALVE DEVICES, MITRAL VALVE REPAIR DEVICES AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

TWELVE, INC., Menlo Park...

1. A heart valve repair device to treat a native valve of a patient, the repair device comprising:a frame have a first end configured to be placed at least proximate a first commissure of the native valve, a second end configured to be placed at least proximate a second commissure of the native valve, and a curved region between the first and second ends; and
an extension unit coupled to the frame and expandable from a contracted configuration to an expanded configuration, wherein
the extension unit is configured to push at least a portion of a leaflet towards an opposing leaflet of the native valve when in the expanded configuration,
the extension unit includes a plurality of projections and depressions, and
the projections expand between and engage chordae tendineae attached to the leaflet,
wherein the heart valve repair device has a triangular or polygonal cross-section and is configured to engage a backside of the leaflet of the native heart valve so as to reposition the leaflet such that the leaflet at least partially coapts with the opposing leaflet of the native valve.

US Pat. No. 10,111,743

WRAPPING CLIP FOR SECURING A FLEXIBLE LINE TO ANOTHER OBJECT

SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTIT...

1. A securing device configured to facilitate the securing of a flexible line to another object, the device comprising:a single continuous length of wire, shaped to form the following elements:
a main shaft having a working end and a clip end;
a first loop extending from the main shaft in a first direction;
wherein the first loop is formed as a continuous loop having a first loop beginning at the clip end of the main shaft, curving away from the main shaft, and curving back toward the main shaft to a first loop end;
second loop extending from the main shaft in a second direction and in the same plane as the first loop;
wherein the second loop is formed as a continuation of the wire, beginning from where the first loop ends at the main shaft, extending past the main shaft, and curving back toward the beginning of the first loop, such that the second loop has a second loop end tightly adjacent to the first loop beginning, such that when the line is wrapped between the first loop and the second loop, there is a first point of contact between the line and the clip that contributes to frictional retention of the line in the clip
a locking clip formed as straight secondary shaft extending from the second loop end, parallel to and tightly adjacent to the main shaft such that when the line is wedged between the main shaft and the secondary shaft, there is a second point of contact between the line and the clip that contributes to frictional retention of the line in the clip;
wherein the working end of the main shaft ends at the lowermost extremity of the securing device and the first and second loop form the uppermost extremity of the securing device.

US Pat. No. 10,111,741

INTRALUMENAL STENT GRAFT FIXATION

1. An implantable stent graft device comprising:a stent frame including a first annular stent ring, a second annular stent ring, a third annular stent ring, and a fourth annular stent ring;
a covering material covering the stent frame and forming a cylindrical profile; and
one or more anchor members extending from apices of the second annular stent ring, said anchor members each having a hook portion with a free end;
wherein in an un-deployed configuration the first annular stent ring is positioned within an everted second annular stent ring, and
wherein in a deployed configuration the one or more anchor members are located outside the cylindrical profile defined by the covering material at a mid-body portion of the stent frame.

US Pat. No. 10,111,739

METHOD FOR REHYDRATION OF LYOPHILIZED BIOLOGIC MATERIALS

C.R. Bard, Inc., Murray ...

1. A method of storing and rehydrating a lyophilized medical implement, the method comprising:sealing the lyophilized medical implement within a sealed flexible container capable of being expanded away from the lyophilized medical implement to a maximum predetermined internal volume, the maximum predetermined internal volume corresponding to a certain volume of rehydration fluid for properly hydrating the lyophilized medical implement, the flexible container including a resealable port for receiving rehydration liquid therethrough into the flexible container;
opening the resealable port and introducing rehydration liquid into the flexible container through the resealable port until the flexible container has expanded to the maximum, predetermined internal volume;
resealing the resealable port;
waiting for the lyophilized medical implement to rehydrate within the sealed resealable container;
opening the sealed flexible container via a second opening through which the medical implement may be removed from the resealable container; and
removing the medical implement from the flexible container.

US Pat. No. 10,111,736

HERMETIC TOOTH CLEANING DEVICE

Bluereo Inc., Seoul (KR)...

1. A hermetic tooth cleaning device comprising:a main body which includes an outer case;
a cleaning body which is coupled to the main body, has an internal fluid conduit formed therein such that at least one nozzle is formed to be opened at one end of the internal fluid conduit, and an accommodating portion is formed at the other end of the internal fluid conduit;
a connecting unit which couples the main body and the cleaning body, has a connecting flow path formed therein, one side fixedly coupled to the main body, and the other side inserted into the accommodating portion; and
a first sealing unit which is provided between the cleaning body and the connecting unit, and has a hollow space formed therein, and prevents a spatial separation from occurring between the internal fluid conduit of the cleaning body and the connecting flow path of the connecting unit,
wherein the first sealing unit is made of an elastic body,
a flange is separably coupled to an outer portion of the connecting unit,
the flange is inserted and fixed into the accommodating portion,
a loss of positive pressure or negative pressure in a flow path is prevented, and
the flange is coupled to the outer portion of the connecting unit, which protrudes from the main body, such that the flange is disposed in the cleaning body,
wherein a second sealing unit is provided between the outer case and the connecting unit, and the connecting unit is penetratively coupled to the second sealing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,111,735

DOUBLE-CUSHIONED DENTAL IMPLANT

JTI BIOMED CORP., Tainan...

1. A dental implant comprising:a solid base member;
an abutment;
an implant-abutment junction (IAJ) portion at one end of said base member to retain said abutment to said base member, so that said abutment is able to move within a predetermined distance in an axial direction of said base member, wherein said one end of said base member is a flat closed end;
a first cushion adapted to be sandwiched between said abutment and said flat closed end of said base member only in said axial direction; and
a second cushion adapted to be sandwiched between said IAJ portion and said abutment,
wherein the first cushion and the second cushion are two separate members.

US Pat. No. 10,111,731

SELF-LIGATING BRACKET

AMERICAN ORTHODONTICS COR...

1. A self-ligating bracket, comprising:a bracket body with an arch wire slot defined therethrough in a mesial-distal dimension, the bracket body comprising:
a mesial recess having a first lateral ledge located at a mesial side of the bracket body and extending into the bracket body from the arch wire slot, a distal recess having a second lateral ledge located at a distal side of the bracket body and extending into the bracket body from the arch wire slot, and a central ridge defining a ridge surface, the ridge surface separated from the lateral ledges respectively by mesial and distal walls; and
a clip comprising a first arm and a second arm, the first arm and second arm connected by a U-shaped portion, and the first arm terminates in a mesial arm, a distal arm, and a middle arm between the mesial arm and the distal arm, the middle arm separated from the mesial arm by a first cut out and the middle arm separated from the distal arm by a second cut out, the clip moveable between an open position wherein the arch wire slot is accessible and a closed position wherein the arch wire slot is occluded by at least a portion of the mesial arm, the distal arm, and the middle arm, wherein in the closed position, the mesial arm engages the first lateral ledge in the mesial recess, the distal arm engages the second lateral ledge in the distal recess, and the middle arm engages the ridge surface.

US Pat. No. 10,111,729

NIGHT TIME ORTHODONTICS

OrthoAccel Technologies, ...

1. A method of orthodontic remodeling, said method comprising treating a patient with malocclusions with aligner trays that apply orthodontic forces to said patient to correct said malocclusions, wherein said patient wears said aligner trays only at night throughout the treatment plan and combines said wearing with 1-20? per night of micropulse vibration, said micropulse vibration shown to speed orthodontic remodeling by 50% as compared with a similar patient not using said micropulse vibration.

US Pat. No. 10,111,726

RISK INDICATION FOR SURGICAL PROCEDURES

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A system for computing a risk, the risk relating to injuring an anatomical structure of a patient, by a medical device comprising a needle object, during a medical procedure, the system comprising:an image acquisition unit which acquires image data of the anatomical structure;
a memory, including computer readable instructions; and
a computer processor, wherein the computer processor executes the computer readable instructions, which causes the computer processor to:
obtain, during the medical procedure, a position of the anatomical structure based on the acquired image data, wherein the anatomical structure comprises at least one blood vessel;
obtain, during the medical procedure, a current actual position of the medical device used in the medical procedure with respect to the anatomical structure;
obtain risk data associated with the anatomical structure; and
compute the risk relating to injuring the anatomical structure for the current actual position of the medical device, based on the current actual position of the medical device which is determined from coordinates and directional cosines, the position of the anatomical structure, and the risk data which is determined from coordinates and directional cosines,
wherein the risk is defined as a ratio calculated by summing a first distance and a second distance and dividing the sum by a third distance,
wherein the first distance is defined from an axis of the needle object to a nearest point on the at least one blood vessel, wherein the second distance is defined as a predefined distance, and wherein the third distance is defined as a distance from the end of the needle object to a second nearest point on the blood vessel, and
wherein the computed risk is used to navigate the medical device with respect to the anatomical structure during the medical procedure.

US Pat. No. 10,111,711

ROBOTIC SURGICAL DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND RELATED METHODS

Board of Regents of the U...

1. A robotic device sized to be positioned completely within a patient, the device comprising:a. a body component;
b. a first rotating shoulder component;
c. a second rotating shoulder component;
d. a first movable segmented robotic arm operationally connected to the body component by way of the first shoulder component, the first movable segmented robotic arm comprising:
i. an upper first arm link;
ii. a lower first arm link;
iii. a first operational component; and
iv. at least one first arm motor;
e. a second movable segmented robotic arm operationally connected to the body component by way of the second shoulder component, the second movable segmented robotic arm comprising:
i. an upper second arm link;
ii. a lower second arm link;
iii. a second operational component; and
iv. at least one second arm motor; and
f. an elongate support beam operably coupled to the body component at a distal end of the support beam, wherein the elongate support beam is configured to be positionable through a port into a body cavity of the patient such that a distal portion of the elongate support beam is positioned within the body cavity and a proximal portion of the elongate support beam is positioned outside the body cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,111,706

RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION CATHETER WITH OPTICAL TISSUE EVALUATION

MEDLUMICS S.L., Madrid (...

1. A catheter comprising:a proximal section;
a distal section, the distal section comprising:
one or more electrodes configured to apply RF energy to a portion of a sample in contact with the one or more electrodes, such that the portion of the sample is ablated;
a plurality of interconnected optical ports configured to transmit one or more beams of exposure radiation away from the distal section of the catheter and receive one or more beams of scattered radiation that have been reflected or scattered from the sample, wherein the plurality of interconnected optical ports are formed on a substrate having rigid sections and flexible sections; and
a holder configured to maintain the plurality of interconnected optical ports in a fixed spatial relationship; and
a multiplexer configured to direct the one or more beams of exposure radiation from a source beam of radiation and combine the one or more beams of scattered radiation.

US Pat. No. 10,111,704

INTRAOSSEOUS NERVE TREATMENT

Relievant Medsystems, Inc...

1. A method of treating back pain from a location within a bone of a spine, comprising:inserting a distal end portion of a radiofrequency energy delivery device having two electrodes through an outer cortical bone region of the bone and within an inner cancellous bone region of the bone,
positioning a first electrode of the two electrodes on a first side of a nerve within the bone and positioning a second electrode of the two electrodes on a second side of the nerve within the bone; and
applying radiofrequency energy to the inner cancellous bone region of the bone, thereby generating heat sufficient to ablate at least a portion of the nerve within the inner cancellous bone region of the bone.

US Pat. No. 10,111,703

ELECTROSURGICAL GENERATOR

COSMAN INSTRUMENTS, LLC, ...

1. A system for tissue ablation that includes a radiofrequency generator, a radiofrequency ablation electrode, and a controller; wherein the radiofrequency generator is configured to deliver a radiofrequency signal via the radiofrequency ablation electrode; wherein the controller automatically produces a sequence of on periods and off periods; wherein during each on period, the controller configures the signal level to heat tissue in order to increase the volume ablated tissue and to produce boiling in the tissue; wherein during each off period, the controller configures the signal level to allow for cooling of heated tissue; wherein the controller terminates an on period based in part on a measured indication of boiling in the tissue; wherein after the signal is first configured to heat tissue in order to increase the volume ablated tissue, the controller configures both increases and decreases of the signal level delivered during on periods based in part on the duration of a present on period or of a previous on period.

US Pat. No. 10,111,695

DISTAL BONE ANCHORS FOR BONE FIXATION WITH SECONDARY COMPRESSION

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A fusion device, comprising:an elongate body having a proximal end and a distal end;
a cancellous bone anchor on the distal end, the cancellous bone anchor comprising a helical member wrapped about a respective central axis, an outer edge of the helical member defining an outer boundary;
a break point on the proximal end;
a proximal anchor axially movably carried on the body; anda first surface structure on an external surface of the body that cooperates with a complementary second surface structure on the proximal anchor, wherein the first and second surface structures permit advancing the proximal anchor along a span of the body in the distal direction but that resist axial proximal movement of the proximal anchor at all positions along the span of the body; wherein the proximal anchor comprises an outwardly extending flange and a tubular member extending longitudinally away from the flange towards the cancellous bone anchor, wherein an internal surface of the tubular member comprises the second surface structure.

US Pat. No. 10,111,683

POSITIONING AND TISSUE SENSING DEVICES AND METHODS

OMEQ MEDICAL LTD., M.P. ...

1. An apparatus for safely positioning an introducer or a stylet inside a mammalian tissue, the apparatus comprising:a hollow introducer having a longitudinal axis and a distal end;
a stylet movable through the hollow introducer and arranged to be controllably pushed out of the distal end of the introducer and against the mammalian tissue;
an actuator arranged to controllably push the stylet out of the distal end of the introducer or pull it back towards the distal end;
a sensor arranged to measure a force or a pressure required to push the stylet against the mammalian tissue; and
a processor arranged to record and analyze the measurements and determine therefrom a type of the mammalian tissue and transitions between different mammalian tissues and cavities.

US Pat. No. 10,111,682

CONNECTION OF A MANIPULATION MEMBER, INCLUDING A BEND WITHOUT SUBSTANTIAL SURFACE CRACKS, TO AN ENDOVASCULAR INTERVENTION DEVICE

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A device for intravascular intervention, the device comprising:an intervention element;
an elongate manipulation member comprising a metallic material forming a hooked portion extending about a proximal portion of the intervention element, the hooked portion comprising a bend, the hooked portion having (i) no substantial surface crack in the metallic material at an interior region of the bend and (ii) a maximum lateral dimension that is less than 0.027 inch; and
a joining element substantially permanently attaching the hooked portion to the intervention element.

US Pat. No. 10,111,677

RETRIEVAL DEVICES AND RELATED METHODS OF USE

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. A retrieval device having a contracted state and an expanded state, comprising:a sheath defining a longitudinal axis;
a first arm, a second arm, and a third arm; and
a first member extending between a distal end of the first arm and a distal end of the third arm, and a second member extending between a distal end of the second arm and the distal end of the third arm;
wherein in the expanded state, from a distal-end view, the first and second members and the distal ends of the first arm, second arm, and third arm form a V-shape with an open mouth, and wherein a distal end of the third arm is parallel to the longitudinal axis in the expanded state.

US Pat. No. 10,111,675

DEVICE FOR FORMING AN OPENING ADAPTED TO RECEIVE A CRANIAL PLUG

N.G. MED SINGLE MEMBER PR...

1. A device adapted to perform appropriate forming of openings (3) made in a skull (2) to facilitate cutting out a skull flap during brain surgery with a scope of subsequently filling such openings with standardised cranial plugs, said device characterised in that it comprises:a cylindrical body member (6) with a rear end extending into a shaft (8) having an appropriate configuration for being coupled in a rotary power supply source and a frontal end provided with a cutting head (8a) comprising a perimetrical arrangement of cutting teeth of triangular section, said frontal end of the cylindrical body member (6) comprising a circumferential ring (7) rearward of the cutting head (8a), said circumferential ring (7) having a diameter larger than an external diameter of the cutting head (8a) and forming a circumferential flat basement (7a), and
a guide head (10) comprising a first cylindrical portion (10a) that has a diameter, smaller than the external diameter of the cutting head (8a) and larger than an internal diameter thereof, equivalent to the corresponding diameter of an opening (3) made in the skull (2) so as to firmly fit onto side walls of said opening (3) when inserted therein, said first cylindrical portion (10a) extending forwardly of said cutting head (8a), a second cylindrical portion (13) extending rearwardly said first cylindrical portion (10a), said second cylindrical portion (13) having a diameter smaller than the diameter of the first cylindrical portion (10a) and equivalent to the internal diameter of the cutting head (8a) so as to terminate onto a basement flange (17a) provided at the frontal end of said cylindrical body member (6), said second cylindrical portion (13) extending into a shaft (14) having a yet smaller diameter than said first cylindrical portion (10a) and said second cylindrical portion (13), said shaft (14) entering through an opening (17) in an interior of the cylindrical body member (6) of the device, said guide head (10) being fixedly mounted onto said cylindrical body member (6) with said first cylindrical portion (10a) thereof extending forwardly said cutting head (8a), whereby a previously cut opening (3) of the skull (2) is appropriately formed for the reception of a cranial plug through introduction of said first cylindrical portion (10a) of the guide head (10) at an inlet of said previously cut opening (3) and firm fitting thereof within the side walls of said previously cut opening (3) and subsequent initiating rotation of said cutting head (8a) drilling into the previously cut opening (3) and cutting a portion of the side walls thereof thereby creating an enlarged opening (4) appropriately formed for the reception of said cranial plug, said enlarged opening (4) having a diameter larger than a diameter of the previously cut opening (3) and extending at a depth corresponding to the length of the cutting head (8a) protruding forwardly said circumferential ring (7), wherein operation of said cutting head (8a) is terminated when said flat basement (7a) of said circumferential ring (7) comes in contact with an exterior surface of the skull (2).

US Pat. No. 10,111,674

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR VERTEBROSTENTING

Globus Medical, Inc., Au...

1. A method for treating a vertebral body comprising:inserting a distal end of a flexible shaft assembly through a cannula and into the vertebral body; and
moving a lever and cam subassembly of the flexible shaft assembly from a first position to a second position, thereby applying a curving force to the distal end of the flexible shaft assembly,
wherein the flexible shaft assembly further comprises a handle and a compression spring within the handle,
wherein the lever rotates away from the handle in the first position causing the cam subassembly to compress the compression spring and straighten the distal end of the flexible shaft assembly, and
wherein the lever is positioned against the handle in the second position causing the compression spring to expand and curve the distal end of the flexible shaft assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,111,669

FLUOROSCOPY-INDEPENDENT, ENDOVASCULAR AORTIC OCCLUSION SYSTEM

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A vessel occlusion system for occluding a thoracic artery of a patient between the left subclavian artery and an aortic bifurcation to reduce blood flow to the patients extremities, the system comprising:a balloon shaft including a distal end portion and a proximal end portion, the proximal end portion including a port, the balloon shaft also including pre-calibrated length indicia on an external surface;
an occlusion balloon connected to the distal end portion, the port being in fluid communication with the occlusion balloon;
a balloon inflation lumen extending along a length of the balloon shaft, the balloon inflation lumen being in fluid communication with the balloon and the port;
a curved tip at the distal end portion, the curved tip configured to limit perforation of vessels as the balloon shaft is advanced through blood vessels of the patient toward and through the target blood vessel; and
a nomogram correlating a first distance between at least two externally identifiable boney anatomical landmarks of humans of a pool of humans and a second distance from an insertion puncture to the predetermined location of the humans, wherein a reference distance between the at least two externally identifiable external boney anatomical landmarks of the patients torso, the nomogram configured to enable a comparison of a measurement on the patient to the first distance on the nomogram to determine the correlated second distance such that the predetermined location is the determined second distance from the insertion puncture and the occlusion balloon is to be inserted into the patient and positioned at the predetermined location within the target blood vessel without using fluoroscopy, the pre-calibrated length indicia providing an indication of an insertion distance of the occlusion balloon from the insertion puncture, the nomogram also including a listing of a diameter of the aorta.

US Pat. No. 10,111,668

ANVIL ASSEMBLY WITH SNAP BACKUP RING

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An anvil assembly comprising:a center rod assembly; and
a head assembly pivotally supported on the center rod assembly between an operative position and a tilted position, the head assembly including:
a housing;
a post extending proximally from the housing and defining a proximal annular groove; and
a backup member operably supported about the post, wherein the backup member is movable from a first position in which a portion of the backup member is positioned to prevent pivotal movement of the head assembly from the operative position to the tilted position, to a second position in which the backup member is positioned to permit pivotal movement of the head assembly from the operative position to a tilted position, the backup member including a first locking feature and a second locking feature receivable within the proximal annular groove of the post to maintain the backup member in the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,111,666

DISSOLVABLE SLEEVE CONFIGURATIONS TO AID GRAFT DEPLOYMENT

Cook Medical Technologies...

18. A prosthesis comprising:a self-expanding stent having a distal end, a middle portion, and a proximal end, the distal and proximal ends comprising one or more barbs; and
a graft body;
wherein the distal end of the self-expanding stent comprises a radially compressed configuration and a distal end sleeve comprising a distal section having a thinner wall thickness and a proximal section having a thicker wall thickness, wherein the proximal section is located proximally adjacent to the distal section;
wherein the proximal end of the self-expanding stent comprises a radially compressed configuration and a proximal end sleeve comprising a proximal section having a thinner wall thickness and a distal section having a thicker wall thickness, wherein the proximal section having the thinner wall thickness is located proximally adjacent the distal section having the thicker wall thickness;
wherein the distal end sleeve and the proximal end sleeve are dissolvable, wherein the distal section of the proximal end sleeve is configured to dissolve at a rate which is slower than a rate of the proximal section of the proximal end sleeve, and wherein the proximal section of the distal end sleeve is configured to dissolve at a rate which is slower than a rate of the distal section of the distal end sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,111,662

SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A staple cartridge for a surgical stapling apparatus, the stapling apparatus including a first jaw member and a second jaw member, the first jaw member having a first arm extending transversely from a proximal portion thereof, and the second jaw member having a second arm extending transversely from a proximal portion thereof, the first and second arms coupled together to enable movement between the first and the second jaw members, the staple cartridge comprising:opposed outer side surfaces; and
a tissue contacting surface defining a longitudinal axis that extends between proximal and distal end portions of the tissue contacting surface, the tissue contacting surface defining a tissue contacting plane and positioned to extend distally along the longitudinal axis from the arms of the surgical stapling apparatus when the staple cartridge is coupled to one of the jaw members, the tissue contacting surface including a first segment and at least a second segment, each segment being movable relative to the other segment prior to a firing of the surgical stapling apparatus, each segment defining at least two staple receiving slots, each segment extending between an inner end portion and an outer end portion, the outer end portion of at least one of the segments extending to at least one of the opposed outer side surfaces of the staple cartridge, the first segment floating on a spring and positioned to move from a first position aligned with the tissue contacting plane towards a second position, the first segment positioned to move towards the spring and away from the tissue contacting plane as the first segment moves from the first position to the second position,
wherein the tissue contacting surface defines a knife slot that extends along the longitudinal axis between the proximal and distal end portions thereof, the knife slot separating the tissue contacting surface into a first side and a second side, the first segment being disposed on the first side of the knife slot, the second segment being disposed on the second side of the knife slot.

US Pat. No. 10,111,661

MATRIX METALLOPROTEINASE INHIBITING ADJUNCTS FOR SURGICAL DEVICES

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A staple cartridge assembly for use with a surgical stapler, comprising:a cartridge body having a plurality of staple cavities, each staple cavity having a surgical staple disposed therein;
a biocompatible adjunct material releasably retained on the cartridge body and configured to be delivered to tissue by deployment of the staples in the cartridge body to form a staple line; and
an effective amount of at least first and second medicants disposed within and releasable from the adjunct material along the staple line, the first medicant having a first absorbable coating configured to dissolve according to a first predetermined release profile, and the second medicant having a second absorbable coating configured to dissolve according to a second predetermined time release profile that is different than the first predetermined release profile such that the first and second medicants are configured to be released from the adjunct material at different times from one another, the first and second medicants including a tissue matrix degradation inhibitor and an agent configured to induce proliferation of fibroblasts.

US Pat. No. 10,111,658

DISPLAY SCREENS FOR MEDICAL DEVICES

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An electromechanical handheld surgical device, comprising:a housing enclosing and including:
a processor;
a memory coupled to the processor and storing instructions; and
an orientation detector configured to detect orientation of the electromechanical handheld surgical device with respect to a reference direction; and
a non-planar display screen fixedly attached around a portion of the housing and configured to display information, wherein the display screen has more than one display portion, wherein the non-planar display screen covers an upper surface of the housing by at least 15 degrees to the left side and to the right side of the housing, from a top of the upper surface of the housing,
wherein the instructions, when executed by the processor, cause the non-planar display screen to display the information on a portion of the non-planar display screen,
wherein the instructions, when executed by the processor, move the information from a first display portion of the non-planar display screen to a second display portion, which is determined only based on a change in the detected orientation, and
wherein a starting location for displaying the information is determined based on a display direction setting entered by a user of the electromechanical handheld surgical device, wherein the starting location is at least one of a right side of the housing or a left side of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,111,656

TISSUE FASTENING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A fastening system comprising:a first fastening member having a backspan and a set of lobes extending from the backspan configured to atraumatically pass through tissue;
a second fastening member having a backspan and a set of lobes extending from the backspan; and
a penetrating member including a first body, a set of teeth, and a first trailing wall, the first body being substantially planar and the first trailing wall extending orthogonal to a plane defined by the first body along a trailing edge of the first body, the set of teeth extending from a leading edge of the first body opposite the trailing edge of the first body and in the plane defined by the first body, the set of teeth configured to pierce and spread tissue over the set of lobes of the first fastening member, the first trailing wall configured to support the backspan of the first fastening member.

US Pat. No. 10,111,655

ARTHROSCOPIC SURGICAL DEVICE

MININVASIVE LTD., Tel Av...

1. An arthroscopic surgical device for tunneling through hard tissue comprising:an at least partially flexible arcuate tunneling needle driver; and
a bone engagement element,
said at least partially flexible arcuate tunneling needle driver comprising a needle pushing element which is capable of assuming an arcuate orientation during needle driving operation thereof,
said at least partially flexible arcuate needle driver and said bone engagement element are joined together to provide a joined arcuate needle driver and bone engagement element, said joined arcuate needle driver and bone engagement element having at least two different operative orientations including:
an arthroscopic operative orientation wherein said joined arcuate needle driver and bone engagement element has a trans-incision insertion cross-sectional footprint; and
a tunneling operative orientation suitable for tunneling, wherein said joined arcuate needle driver and bone engagement element has a tunneling cross-sectional footprint which is substantially greater than said insertion cross-sectional footprint.

US Pat. No. 10,111,652

TWO-PIECE KNOTLESS SUTURE ANCHOR

1. A suture anchor assembly, comprising:a suture anchor, comprising:
an elongated anchor body having a lumen extending there-through between a proximal end and a distal end along a longitudinal axis; and
an anchor tip having a proximal end and a distal end, the anchor tip and including an eyelet extending transversely there-through and a cavity formed in the proximal end of the anchor tip, wherein the proximal end of the anchor tip does not extend into the anchor body lumen, wherein the cavity does not intersect the eyelet, and wherein the tip is separate from of the anchor body; and
an anchor inserter, comprising:
a tubular outer shaft extending between a proximal end and a distal end; and
an inner shaft slidably receivable within the outer shaft and the anchor body lumen
wherein the distal end of the inner shaft is mechanically engageable with the cavity of the anchor tip so as to position the anchor tip distally of the anchor body;
wherein the inner shaft is proximally retractable while mechanically engaged with the anchor tip so as to urge the proximal end of the anchor tip against the distal end of the anchor body; and
wherein the proximal end of the anchor tip is deformable to accommodate receipt of at least a portion of the distal end of the anchor body within the cavity upon being urged proximally against the distal end of the anchor body.

US Pat. No. 10,111,521

ADJUSTABLE ROTARY SHELF ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF USE

Hardware Resources, Inc.,...

1. A rotary shelf assembly for a blind corner cabinet having a front panel with an edge adjacent an opening, the assembly comprising:a first frame bracket, having one or more flanges, configured to be mounted to the front panel;
a first rotary coupling connected to the first frame bracket;
a rod engaged with the first frame bracket and the first rotary coupling;
a first rotary support, moveably positioned about the rod, and rotatably engaged with the first rotary coupling;
a first set of slide assemblies adjustably attached to a first set of mounting points in the first rotary support;
a first shelf connected to the first set of slide assemblies; and,
wherein the first shelf is capable of rotating about the rod from a stowed position within the blind corner cabinet and extending along the first set of slide assemblies to a deployed position through the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,111,520

STORAGE SYSTEM AND ARTICLE RETRIEVING METHOD

Frazier Industrial Compan...

1. A storage rack, comprising:a base surface;
a first column directly or indirectly attached to the base surface; and
a support bar directly or indirectly attached to the first column and spaced from the first column to form a supporting area for a pallet,
wherein the support bar extends substantially perpendicularly from the first column until a corner portion which curves at a right angle on opposite sides the first column,
the support bar is configured to support the pallet,
the support bar has four curved corner portions, and
additionally comprising
at least four columns forming a line of vertically-extending columns together with said first column,
horizontal bars extending outwardly from opposite sides of at three of said columns and connected to opposite sides of said support bar,
said horizontal bars together with said support bar forming the supporting area for the pallet,
a first series of separate vertical support bars (180), each said vertical support bar (180) positioned to support a respective horizontal bar (140, 152, 156) between said respective column (106, 150, 154) and said support bar (120) on either side of said respective column (106, 150, 154),
wherein the vertical support bars (180) are set back from the support bar (120), and
the respective vertical support bars (180) each include a bracket connected to adjacent horizontal bars (140, 152), and the vertical support bars (180) each terminate a distance below the respective supporting area for the pallet.

US Pat. No. 10,111,512

COSMETIC POT HAVING A LID WITH A TRANSLATIONALLY MOVED COUPLING ELEMENT

CHANEL PARFUMS BEAUTE, N...

1. A cosmetic pot comprising:a base comprising a neck provided with at least one peripheral indentation; and
a lid configured to close the base, said lid comprising:
an inside part comprising a coupling plate; and
an outside part comprising a cap;
the coupling plate and the cap being rotatably mounted in relation to each other, such that the lid is configured to adopt a resting position and an opening position and the coupling plate and the cap are turned in relation to each other in relation to the resting position;
the cap comprising a radial cam, the radial cam being defined by a profile forming at least one projecting active zone;
the coupling plate comprising:
a support;
at least one coupling member mounted on the support and movable in translation in relation to the support;
the at least one coupling member comprising a claw and a cam follower, the cam follower being in contact with the radial cam of the cap;
the at least one coupling member being configured to adopt at least a first position when the lid is in the resting position and a second position when the lid is in the opening position;
the second position being a position in which the cam follower of the coupling member cooperates with the at least one projecting active zone of the radial cam and in which the at least one coupling member, in the second position, is configured to be translated in relation to the first position; and
at least one coupling return member linked to the at least one coupling member and to the support, the at least one coupling return member being configured to automatically return the at least one coupling member to the first position; and
the claw of the at least one coupling member of the lid being engaged in the at least one indentation of the neck of the base when the lid is in the resting position and the pot is closed.

US Pat. No. 10,111,479

METHOD OF SECURING FABRIC IN A DECORATIVE MANNER

9. A method of using a fashion accessory tool, comprising:securing fabric in the fashion accessory tool between a base plate and an arm pivotally attached to the base plate by a first extendable feature at a first end of the arm and a first end of the base plate, wherein securing comprises fastening the arm at a second end of the arm to a second end of the base plate, wherein a second extendable feature is between the second end of the base plate and a fastener on the second end of the base plate; and
weaving the fabric through at least two openings in the arm, wherein the fabric can be adjusted after securing the fabric in the fashion accessory tool by further pulling the fabric through the at least two openings.

US Pat. No. 10,111,474

SPORTMAN'S GARMENT WITH VOLUME REDUCTION ARRANGEMENT

Under Armour, Inc., Balt...

1. A garment configured to be worn by a human, the garment comprising:a torso portion including an inner side and an outer side; and
a volume reduction arrangement provided on the torso portion, the volume reduction arrangement including a first strap, a second strap, a first strap adjustment member, and a second strap adjustment member, wherein the first strap is a first elastic cord, the first strap adjustment member is a first cord lock, the second strap is a second elastic cord, and the second strap adjustment member is a second cord lock, and wherein:
a first portion of the first strap is connected to a left side of the torso portion,
the first strap adjustment member is connected to a right side of the torso portion, and a second portion of the first strap engages the first strap adjustment member on the right side of the torso portion,
a first portion of the second strap is connected to the right side of the torso portion,
the second strap adjustment member is connected to the left side of the torso portion, and a second portion of the second strap engages the second strap adjustment member on the left side of the torso portion, and
the first strap crisscrosses the second strap on a lower portion of the torso portion adjacent a waist region of a wearer when worn.

US Pat. No. 10,111,470

VAPORIZER APPARATUS

JUUL Labs, Inc., San Fra...

1. A cartridge for use with a vaporizer device, the cartridge comprising:a storage compartment configured to hold a vaporizable material, the storage compartment having a distal end and a proximal end opposite the distal end, the storage compartment having a compartment side extending between the distal end and the proximal end;
a mouthpiece enclosing the proximal end of the storage compartment, the mouthpiece having a mouthpiece side adjacent to the compartment side, a first end of the mouthpiece terminating in an edge disposed adjacent to a location between the distal end and the proximal end of the storage compartment, the mouthpiece having a notch in the mouthpiece side, the notch extending away from the edge of the mouthpiece toward a second end of the mouthpiece that is opposite the first end of the mouthpiece, wherein the notch exposes a region of the compartment side;
a wicking material proximate to the distal end of the storage compartment, the wicking material disposed to contact the vaporizable material; and
a heating element proximate to the distal end of the storage compartment, the heating element in contact with the wicking material, the heating element configured to generate an aerosol from the vaporizable material.

US Pat. No. 10,111,465

ELECTRONIC SMOKE APPARATUS

Altria Client Services LL...

1. A power management device for an electronic smoke apparatus, the electronic smoke apparatus including a heater to heat a liquid, and a reservoir to hold the liquid, the power management device comprising:a controller to adaptively supply operating power to the heater to operate the electronic smoke apparatus based on received signals indicative of characteristics of a puff event, the characteristics including airflow through the electronic smoke apparatus;
wherein the controller is configured to, during the puff event,
supply the operating power at a first power level in response to detecting airflow through the electronic smoke apparatus at or above a first threshold level,
reduce the operating power from the first power level to a second power level after expiration of a first time period following detection of the airflow at or above the first threshold level, the second power level less than the first power level, and
increase the operating power from the second power level to a third power level after expiration of a second time period and in response to detecting airflow through the electronic smoke apparatus at or above a second threshold level;
wherein the expiration of the second time period is after the expiration of the first time period; and,
wherein the third power level is less than or equal to the first power level.

US Pat. No. 10,111,463

COMBUSTIBLE HEAT SOURCE HAVING A BARRIER AFFIXED THERETO AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE THEREOF

Philip Morris Products S....

1. A combustible heat source for a smoking article comprising:a barrier affixed to an end face of the combustible heat source; and
a thermally-activated adhesive provided between the end face of the combustible heat source and the barrier,
wherein the combustible heat source is a combustible carbonaceous heat source and comprises an ignition aid.

US Pat. No. 10,111,462

VAPORIZER PROTECTIVE CASE

1. A protective electronic cigarette case housing an electronic cigarette comprising:an elongate boxy forming an interior chamber and having a longitudinal length defined by a proximal end and a distal end;
a cylindrical, deformable, transparent region of the body located between the proximal end and the distal end and having an intake valve that is opened when the deformable, transparent region is squeezed;
cylindrical interior padding within the interior chamber and located between the cylindrical, deformable, transparent region and the distal end of the body, wherein the cylindrical interior padding limits transverse movement of the electronic cigarette housed inside the case;
an interior piston at the distal end of the interior chamber and a spring giving a first proximal bias to the interior piston;
a removable top removably affixable to a collar at the proximal end of the body, wherein the removable top has a removable top mouthpiece at a proximal end and an interior annular shoulder at a distal end;
wherein the removable top mouthpiece at the proximal end of the removable top includes a proximal valve that is opened when an operator bites down on it;
wherein the electronic cigarette housed within the protective case has a distal end and a proximal end, the proximal end of the electronic cigarette having an electronic cigarette mouthpiece that extends proximally from a top of the electronic cigarette;
wherein the first proximal bias of the interior piston imparts a second proximal bias to the electronic cigarette, thereby pushing the electronic cigarette mouthpiece against the interior annular shoulder of the removable top and creating a seal between the removable top and the body of the case; and
wherein the electronic cigarette has an actuating button, visible through the transparent region of the body, and capable of being actuated by deforming the transparent region of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,111,459

ASSEMBLY MACHINE FOR PRODUCING CIGARETTES, AND RELATIVE ASSEMBLY METHOD

1. An assembly machine for producing multicomponent cigarettes, each comprising a number of portions, which have a central axis and comprise at least one portion defined by a filter element, and at least another portion defined by an aromatic, tobacco-based, element; the assembly machine comprising:a combining unit for forming groups of portions, each comprising at least two different first portions aligned axially and contacting end to end, and in which the groups of portions travel perpendicularly to their central axis; the combining unit comprises a number of structurally identical feed stations, each for supplying a respective first portion of single length to form the groups of portions; and each feed station comprises an insertion drum which receives the groups of portions from a preceding feed station or creates the groups of portions, receives respective first portions, and inserts the respective first portions into the groups of portions;
a first wrapping unit, which receives a succession of groups of portions, aligned axially and contacting end to end, from the combining unit, feeds the groups of portions perpendicularly to their central axis, and winds a single first sheet of wrapping material around the whole circumference of each group of portions; and
a second wrapping unit, which receives a succession of groups of portions from the first wrapping unit, feeds the groups of portions perpendicularly to their central axis, and winds a single second sheet of wrapping material around the whole circumference of each group of portions; wherein the second wrapping unit comprises a portion feed unit for inserting third portions into the groups of portions.

US Pat. No. 10,111,445

PROCEDURE FOR PREPARING PREMIUM COCKTAIL BERRIES

Lounge Attire LLC, Shell...

1. A cold process of preparing and preserving whole cranberries to result in preserved cranberries having an appearance that is close to natural cranberries, comprising:selecting a quantity of whole cranberries;
ensuring the temperature of the whole cranberries at no time during the process exceeds 70° F.;
at no time freezing the whole cranberries;
measuring the Brix of the whole cranberries in ° Bx;
preparing a syrup with no more than 10% sugar;
adjusting the syrup to within ±1° Bx of the whole cranberries;
adding a preservative to the syrup or reducing the pH;
agitating the syrup in a tank;
filling jars with the whole cranberries and syrup;
capping, rinsing and labelling the jars, and
wherein during the entire process neither the syrup nor the cranberries are heated which ensures that the preserved cranberries have an appearance that is close to natural cranberries.

US Pat. No. 10,111,433

FUNGICIDAL COMPOSITIONS

SYNGENTA PARTICIPATIONS A...

1. A composition suitable for control of diseases caused by phytopathogens comprising(A) a compound of formula I

wherein R1 is difluoromethyl and R2 is difluoromethyl; and
(B) at least one compound selected from the group consisting of azoxystrobin, mefenoxam (metalaxyl-M), dimethomorph, iprovalicarb, mandipropamid, ametoctradin, amisulbrom, chlorothalonil, cymoxanil, dithianon, famoxadone, fenamidone, fluazinam, flupicolide, folpet, fosetyl-Al, mancozeb and zoxamid.

US Pat. No. 10,111,417

WATERFOWL DECOY DEPLOYMENT SYSTEMS

QUICKCOYS OUTDOOR PRODUCT...

1. A waterfowl decoy deployment system comprising:a hub subsystem comprising:
a casing defining a plurality of apertures therein, said casing comprising an upper flange; and
a plurality of arm suspension mechanisms, wherein each aperture of said plurality of apertures is configured to receive one arm suspension mechanism of said plurality of arm suspension mechanisms, each arm suspension mechanism of said plurality of arm suspension mechanisms comprising:
a biasing device inserted into one aperture of said plurality of apertures;
a collet coupled to said biasing device; and
a collet nut coupled to said collet;
a hub cap comprising a top surface and an outer lip extending from said top surface, wherein said outer lip engages said upper flange to space said top surface from said upper flange; and
a plurality of arms extending radially outward from said casing, each arm of said plurality of arms coupled to said one arm suspension mechanism of said plurality of arm suspension mechanisms; and
a plurality of waterfowl decoys, wherein at least one waterfowl decoy of said plurality of waterfowl decoys is coupled to said each arm; and
a plurality of decoy tethers coupled to said plurality of waterfowl decoys, wherein said at least one waterfowl decoy of said plurality of waterfowl decoys is coupled to a respective decoy tether of said plurality of decoy tethers; and
a decoy tether guide subsystem comprising said hub cap, said hub cap defining a plurality of tether guides therein, wherein said plurality of hub cap tether guides are substantially circular openings defined in said hub cap, said plurality of hub cap tether guides configured to receive at least a decoy tether of the plurality of decoy tethers and to reduce a potential for tether entanglement.

US Pat. No. 10,111,410

LEASH ATTACHABLE PORTAGE AND STORAGE APPARATUS

1. A leash attachable portage and storage apparatus comprising:a graspable upper portion;
an attachment member disposed upon the upper portion, said attachment member having an eyelet adapted for linking engagement with an existing leash;
a closable reservoir portion disposed for nesting engagement into the upper portion; and
at least one bowl member disposed for nesting engagement around the reservoir portion and securable to the upper portion;
wherein the at least one bowl member secures the reservoir portion into the upper portion and the upper portion securely attaches to an existing leash whereby portage and storage of fluids in the reservoir portion, and dry goods in the at least one bowl member, is effective when walking a pet attached to the attachment member.

US Pat. No. 10,111,405

VIDEOS FOR PETS AND METHODS FOR THE CREATION THEREOF

1. A method for creating a video for pets, comprising:creating visual content for the video; and
creating auditory content for the video, wherein the auditory content comprises:
a musical arrangement that has a relaxing effect on dogs, the musical arrangement characterized by a tempo in the range of 50 to 70 beats per minute (BPM), and
one or more sounds that have a stimulating effect on dogs.

US Pat. No. 10,111,402

ANIMAL LITTER BOX

UNICHARM CORPORATION, Eh...

1. An animal litter box, comprising:a granular matter storing container configured to store a plurality of granular matter, wherein
the granular matter storing container includes:
a container main body having a bottom portion and a side wall portion that is upright from a peripheral portion of the bottom portion in a height direction of the granular matter storing container; and
protrusion portions spaced apart and discontinuous from each other, the protrusion portions each having a protrusion bottom and a protrusion side wall, the protrusion portions bulging away from the side wall portion of the container main body and being bent at a predetermined angle with respect to the side wall portion, andwhereinthe protrusion bottom inclines from a middle of the side wall portion upwardly in the height direction while being gradually distanced away from the side wall portion,
an upper end edge of the container main body and upper end edges of the protrusion portions connect to each other to define an endless contour of a continuous upper end edge of the granular matter storing container,
the endless contour of the continuous upper end edge of the granular matter storing container is exposed, and
a lower end of the protrusion bottom is positioned above an upper end of the bottom portion in the height direction.

US Pat. No. 10,111,387

BAFFLE FLOAT SYSTEM FOR BALER

1. A baffle float system for a baler, comprising:a pair of first pivot arms configured to pivotally couple to a frame of the baler and to a cross-member, the first pivot arms pivot about a first pivot axis;
a baffle coupled to the cross-member;
a pair of second pivot arms having a first end coupled to the cross-member and a second end;
a compressor rack coupled to the second end of each of the second pivot arms such that the compressor rack pivots relative to the second end along a second pivot axis, the second pivot axis different than the first pivot axis; and
at least one biasing member coupled to the compressor rack so as to be offset from the second pivot axis.

US Pat. No. 10,111,382

MID-MOUNT RIDING GRASS MOWER WITH A MOWER UNIT COVER

Kubota Corporation, Osak...

1. A mid-mount riding grass mower comprising:a traveling vehicle body;
a mower unit liftably suspension-supported at a front/rear intermediate lower portion of the traveling vehicle body;
a belt transmission device attached to an upper portion of the mower unit; and
a cover unit that covers the belt transmission device;
wherein the mower unit includes a blade rotatable with a driven pulley of the belt transmission device, and a mower deck that covers the blade from the above;
the cover unit includes a lower cover extending upward from the mower deck so as to surround three sides of the belt transmission device, and right and left side covers detachably attached to right and left end portions of the traveling vehicle body;
the lower cover has an upper end disposed higher than an upper end of the belt transmission device, the lower cover having a vertical length for forming a maintenance space relative to the front/rear intermediate lower portion of the traveling vehicle body when the mower unit is located at its lower limit position; and
each of the right and left side covers has a vertical wall that overlaps respective outermost sides of the lower cover as seen in a right/left direction in a lifting range of the mower unit.

US Pat. No. 10,111,374

ROTATABLE TWO-POINT HITCH SYSTEM

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A two-point hitch system, comprising:an attachment assembly configured to attach the two-point hitch system to a towable implement;
a mount member mechanically coupled to the attachment assembly; and
two rotatable ends rotatably coupled to the mount member, each rotatable end of the two rotate ends configured to rotate between 0 and 360 degrees, each rotatable end configured to rotate independently; wherein each of the two rotatable ends comprise a removable fastener configured to attach the two-point hitch system to a towing vehicle, to an agricultural implement, or to a combination thereof, via the two rotatable ends.

US Pat. No. 10,111,372

SOD HARVESTER HAVING AUXILIARY STACKING CONVEYOR

FireFly Automatix, Inc., ...

1. A sod harvester comprising:a cutting head for cutting slabs of sod from the ground;
a stacking conveyor;
a stacking head positioned overtop the stacking conveyor;
a first inclined conveyor for receiving the slabs from the cutting head;
a second inclined conveyor positioned between the first inclined conveyor and the stacking conveyor; and
an auxiliary stacking conveyor positioned overtop the second inclined conveyor, the auxiliary stacking conveyor being configured to form stacks of slabs on the second inclined conveyor prior to the stacks of slabs being advanced to the stacking conveyor by advancing a first slab from the first inclined conveyor onto the auxiliary stacking conveyor and then advancing the first slab off the auxiliary stacking conveyor onto a second slab as the second slab is advanced along the second inclined conveyor in the same direction as the first slab, the stacking head being configured to remove the stacks of slabs from the stacking conveyor, wherein the stacks of slabs are formed on the second inclined conveyor by performing one of:
pivoting the first inclined conveyor to advance the first slab onto the auxiliary stacking conveyor and to advance the second slab onto the second inclined conveyor;
pivoting the second inclined conveyor and the auxiliary stacking conveyor to cause the first slab to be advanced onto the auxiliary stacking conveyor and to cause the second slab to be advanced onto the second inclined conveyor; or
employing a gate that is positioned between the first and second inclined conveyors, the gate being configured to pivot to cause the first slab to be advanced onto the auxiliary stacking conveyor and to cause the second slab to be advanced onto the second inclined conveyor.
US Pat. No. 10,111,837

DOSAGE FORMS FOR ORAL ADMINISTRATION OF ZOLEDRONIC ACID OR RELATED COMPOUNDS

ANTECIP BIOVENTURES II LL...

1. A method of delivering zoledronic acid to the blood of a human being comprising: orally administering zoledronic acid in the disodium salt form to a human being in need of treatment with zoledronic acid, wherein a weekly dose of about 30 mg to about 100 mg of zoledronic acid in the disodium salt form is orally administered, wherein the weekly dose is orally administered as a single dose, or as 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 individual doses administered during the week, wherein the zoledronic acid in the disodium salt form is orally administered in a dosage form that does not contain a bioavailability enhancer, and wherein the zoledronic acid in the disodium salt form enhances bioavailability of zoledronic acid.
US Pat. No. 10,111,843

METHODS FOR TREATING BRAIN INJURY

Hough Ear Institute, Okl...

1. A method for increasing the bioavailability of a compound in the central nervous system, the method comprising the steps of:administering 2,4-disulfonyl a-phenyl tertiary butyl nitrone to an organism in an amount sufficient to increase blood-brain barrier permeability; and
administering the compound to the organism either concurrently or following administration of 2,4-disulfonyl a-phenyl tertiary butyl nitrone.
US Pat. No. 10,115,950

METHOD OF PREPARING SEPARATOR FOR LITHIUM SECONDARY BATTERY, SEPARATOR PREPARED THEREFROM, AND LITHIUM SECONDARY BATTERY COMPRISING THE SAME

LG Chem, Ltd., (KR)

1. A method of preparing a separator for a lithium secondary battery, comprising:(S1) bringing polymer particles into electric charging to obtain electrically charged polymer particles;
(S2) transferring the electrically charged polymer particles on at least one surface of an inversely electrically charged porous polymer substrate to form an electrode-adhesion layer whose area ranges from 1 to 30% based on a total area of the porous polymer substrate; and
(S3) fixing the electrode-adhesion layer with heat and pressure,
wherein a solvent is not used to form the electrode-adhesion layer.
US Pat. No. 10,113,134

CAPPED OIL SOLUBLE POLYALKYLENE GLYCOLS WITH LOW VISCOSITY AND HIGH VISCOSITY INDEX

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A capped oil soluble polyalkylene glycol having the following structure:R1O-(AO)n—R2
where: R1 is a linear or branched alkyl or aryl with one to 18 carbon atoms; AO refers to residuals of monomers selected from 1,2-butylene oxide and 1,2-propylene oxide selected so that at least 50 weight-percent of the (AO)n, component is 1,2-butylene oxide residuals; n is a number from 3 to 7 and is selected to provide a kinematic viscosity at 100 degrees Celsius of less than 5 centiStokes for the non-capped polyalkylene glycol; and R2 is a linear or branched alkyl or aryl having from 1-8 carbon atoms and wherein the capped oil soluble polyalkylene glycol is characterized by having a kinematic viscosity of less than 4.5 centiStokes at 100 degrees Celsius and a viscosity index of greater than 150.
US Pat. No. 10,112,879

PROCESS TO MANUFACTURE 2-CHLORO-1,1,1,2-TETRAFLUOROPROPANE (HCFC-244BB)

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. A process for the production of 2-chloro-1,1,1,2-tetrafluoropropane which comprises reacting 2-chloro-3,3,3,-trifluoropropene with hydrogen fluoride, in a liquid phase reaction in the presence of hydrogen chloride and a liquid phase fluorination catalyst, wherein the hydrogen chloride is added into the reaction from an external source at a pressure of about 100 psig or more.
US Pat. No. 10,111,854

SYNTHESIS AND USE OF AMINE-CONTAINING FLAVONOIDS AS POTENT ANTI-LEISHMANIAL AGENTS

The Hong Kong Polytechnic...

1. An anti-leishmanial compound having the general formula of:Flavonoid-X—NR1R2 or Flavonoid-X—R1R2,
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof,wherein:the flavonoid is selected from the group consisting of flavone, flavonol, flavanone, and isoflavonoid;
X is a linker, wherein each linker independently comprises one or more groups selected from the group consisting of alkylene, ethyleneoxy, propyleneoxy, butyleneoxy, alkylC(O)—, ethylene amine, propylene amine, butylene amine, alkylcyclic amine, alkylcyclic diamine, or a combination thereof;
wherein:
(i) R1 is independently selected from the group consisting of H, —(CH2)n-aryl, and —(CH2)n-heteroaryl which may be optionally substituted; R2 is independently selected from the group consisting of H, —(CH2)n-aryl, and —(CH2)n-heteroaryl which may be optionally substituted; or
(ii) R1R2 forms a cyclic compound with a general structure of —(CH2)n—Y—(CH2)m— wherein Y is CH2, O, or NR1, any of which may be optionally substituted; and
wherein n and m are independently selected from an integer between 1 to 6.
US Pat. No. 10,111,855

USE OF EQUOL FOR TREATING ANDROGEN MEDIATED DISEASES

Brigham Young University,...

1. A method of modulating androgen hormone action to ameliorate or enhance at least one condition of the skin or hair of a subject, comprising administering a composition composing racemic equol, wherein the racemic equol binds free 5?-dihydrotestosterone and inhibits its binding with the androgen receptor, and wherein ameliorating or enhancing at least one condition of the skin or hair of the subject comprises at least one of:a) enhancing antioxidant content of the skin;
b) reducing skin inflammation;
c) improving skin thickness;
d) reducing skin adipose tissue (fat) and cellulite formation;
e) enhancing skin blood flow;
f) enhancing collagen and elastin;
g) improving skin abrasions and the appearance of scars;
h) enhancing wound healing;
i) diminishing skin pigmentation or dermal age spots;
j) enhancing skin lightening;
k) diminishing facial hair (hirsutism) or body hair; and
l) reducing skin oil production.
US Pat. No. 10,111,857

MICROCAPSULES CONTAINING AN OXIDIZABLE ACTIVE, AND A PROCESS FOR PREPARING THE SAME

IDCAPS, La Rochelle (FR)...

1. A microcapsule consisting of:a single core consisting of an oxidizable active (OA), and at least one additional element selected from drying agents, antioxidant agents, filmogen agents and emulsifying agents, the outer part of said core being in a solid form; and
a water insoluble coating obtained from a water soluble encapsulating agent (EA) selected from alginates of monovalent cations, water insolubility being induced by a salt having a divalent metallic cation, said coating surrounding said core,
wherein said OA is selected from the group consisting of vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B8, vitamin B9, vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin K and vitamin E,
with the proviso that:
said core does not comprise a metal oxide, and
said coating does not comprise a disintegrant.
US Pat. No. 10,115,963

NEGATIVE ELECTRODE MATERIAL FOR SECONDARY BATTERY AND SECONDARY BATTERY USING THE SAME

LG Chem, Ltd., (KR)

1. A negative electrode material for a secondary battery capable of intercalating and de-intercalating lithium, wherein the negative electrode material consists of alloy particles including a silicon phase and a metal phase, and a carbonaceous material, whereinthe silicon phase has a crystallite size of 10 nm or less,
the metal phase comprises two or more kinds of metals alloying with silicon but not with lithium,
the carbonaceous material has a crystallite size of 30 nm or more, and
the carbonaceous material is present on a surface of, or within the alloy particles.
US Pat. No. 10,111,608

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING DATA PROCESSING AND CONTROL IN MEDICAL COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

ABBOTT DIABETES CARE INC....

1. A method for notifying a user about an alarm condition without causing interruption to a predetermined routine, the method comprising:executing a concurrent passive notification routine on an analyte monitoring device, the concurrent passive notification routine comprising monitoring analyte levels received from a sensor for the alarm condition;
executing the predetermined routine comprising one or more of performing a finger stick blood glucose test, calibrating a sensor unit, configuring a device setting, reviewing historical glucose data, reviewing historical alarms, events, or entries in a data log, managing a data communication setting, transferring data to a data processing terminal, or reviewing a higher priority alarm condition;
in response to detecting the alarm condition by the concurrent passive notification routine during the execution of the predetermined routine, outputting to a user interface a first indication associated with the alarm condition, wherein the first indication is outputted during the execution of and without interruption to the predetermined routine; and
in response to a termination or a completion of the predetermined routine, outputting to the user interface by the concurrent passive notification routine a second indication for the alarm condition associated with the first indication.
US Pat. No. 10,113,146

METHOD OF COLLECTING PLACENTAL STEM CELLS

CELULARITY, INC., Warren...

1. A method of collecting embryonic-like stem cells from a placenta which has been treated to remove residual cord blood said method comprising:perfusing a placenta which has been drained of cord blood with an anticoagulant perfusion solution to flush out residual cells and embryonic-like stem cells from said drained placenta, and
collecting said residual cells and embryonic-like stem cells and perfusion solution from the drained placenta.
US Pat. No. 10,113,150

ENGINEERED CARDIAC TISSUES AND METHODS OF USING THEM

InvivoSciences, Inc., Ma...

1. An engineered cardiac tissue comprising human cardiomyocyte cells comprising a transgene encoding a protein that results in resistance to a pharmacologic inhibitor wherein said transgene is operably linked to a cardiac-specific promoter, cardiac fibroblast cells and an extracellular matrix component, wherein the ratio of fibroblasts to cardiomyocytes is between 0.1:1 and 2:1, and wherein the tissue contracts coherently.
US Pat. No. 10,113,161

MUTANT GLUTAMATE-CYSTEINE LIGASE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING GAMMA GLUTAMYL-VALYL-GLYCINE

AJINOMOTO CO., INC., Tok...

1. A method for producing ?-Glu-Val and/or a salt thereof, the method comprising:contacting a mutant glutamate-cysteine ligase with Glu and Val to produce ?-Glu-Val and/or a salt thereof,
wherein the mutant glutamate-cysteine ligase comprises an amino acid sequence having at least 90% sequence identity to the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 2 wherein the amino acid residue corresponding to at least one residue selected from the group consisting of L135, Q144, Y241, N243, and Y300 of SEQ ID NO: 2 is mutated to a different amino acid in the mutant glutamate-cysteine ligase, and
wherein the mutant has ?-glutamylvaline synthetase activity.
US Pat. No. 10,113,166

TREATMENT OF FILAGGRIN (FLG) RELATED DISEASES BY MODULATION OF FLG EXPRESSION AND ACTIVITY

CuRNA, Inc., Miami, FL (...

1. A method of upregulating a function of and/or the expression of a Filaggrin (FLG) polynucleotide in patient cells or tissues in vivo or in vitro comprising:contacting said cells or tissues with at least one single-stranded antisense oligonucleotide of 15 to 25 nucleotides in length or a siRNA oligonucleotide of 19 to 25 nucleotides in length wherein said at least one is 100% complementary with and specifically hybridizes to a 15 to 25 nucleotide region or, in the case of siRNA, to a 19 to 25 nucleotide non-overlapping sequence of SEQ ID NO: 2; thereby upregulating a function of and/or the expression of the Filaggrin (FLG) polynucleotide in patient cells or tissues in vivo or in vitro.
US Pat. No. 10,113,172

NUCLEIC ACID APTAMERS

University of Iowa Resear...

1. A nucleic acid molecule not more than 90 nucleotides in length comprising an aptamer, wherein the aptamer is aptamer-1 (SEQ ID NO:2322), aptamer-35 (SEQ ID NO:2356), aptamer-41 (SEQ ID NO:2362) or aptamer-51 (SEQ ID NO:2372).
US Pat. No. 10,111,894

DOSAGE FORMS FOR ORAL ADMINISTRATION OF ZOLEDRONIC ACID OR RELATED COMPOUNDS FOR TREATING DISEASE

ANTECIP BIOVENTURES II LL...

1. A method of treating arthritis, comprising: 1) fasting a human being for at least one hour, wherein the human being is suffering from arthritis, followed by 2) orally administering a dosage form comprising zoledronic acid to the human being, followed by 3) fasting the human being for at least one hour, wherein the zoledronic acid is administered to the human being in a manner that results in a bioavailability of zoledronic acid that is about 1.5% to about 2%.
US Pat. No. 10,113,177

YIELD IMPROVEMENT IN PLANTS

Koch Biological Solutions...

1. A transgenic plant having greater photosynthetic resource use efficiency than a control plant;wherein the transgenic plant comprises an exogenous recombinant polynucleotide comprising a photosynthetic tissue-enhanced promoter which is operably linked to a nucleic acid sequence that encodes a polypeptide comprising the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 2;
wherein the promoter regulates expression of the polypeptide in a photosynthetic tissue to a level that is effective in conferring greater photosynthetic resource use efficiency in the transgenic plant relative to the control plant;
wherein the control plant does not comprise the recombinant polynucleotide; wherein the promoter does not regulate protein expression in a constitutive manner; and wherein expression of the polypeptide under the regulatory control of the promoter confers greater photosynthetic resource use efficiency in the transgenic plant relative to the control plant.
US Pat. No. 10,111,899

INTRAPULMONARY ADMINISTRATION OF POLYNUCLEOTIDE TOLL-LIKE RECEPTOR 9 AGONISTS FOR TREATING CANCER OF THE LUNG

Dynavax Technologies Corp...

1. An isolated polynucleotide, wherein the polynucleotide consists of SEQ ID NO:7, SEQ ID NO:8, or SEQ ID NO:9, and wherein at least one internucleotide linkage is a phosphorothioate linkage.
US Pat. No. 10,113,187

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR REDUCING ONE OR MORE IMPURITIES AND/OR MOISTURE FROM GRAIN OIL, AND RELATED COMPOSITIONS

Poet Research, Inc., Sio...

1. A method of making a grain oil product comprising:providing a grain material comprising:
grain oil;
grain solids; and
one or more oligosaccharides and/or one or more polysaccharides;
converting at least a portion of the one or more oligosaccharides and/or one or more polysaccharides into one or more monosaccharides;
fermenting at least a portion of the one or more monosaccharides to form a fermentation product comprising the grain oil and a biochemical;
distilling the fermentation product to remove at least a portion of the biochemical from the fermentation product and form a whole stillage composition, wherein the whole stillage comprises the grain oil, the grain solids, and water;
separating the whole stillage into cake and thin stillage;
separating the thin stillage into syrup and a first grain oil product, wherein separating the thin stillage into syrup and a first grain oil product comprises:
concentrating the thin stillage to form an intermediate composition;
centrifugally separating at least a first portion of the intermediate composition into an aqueous component and an oil emulsion component; and
de-emulsifying the oil emulsion component to form the first grain oil product
providing at least a portion of the first grain oil product into a vessel; and
injecting a gas into the first grain oil product in the vessel in a manner to form gaseous bubbles in the first grain oil product and allow the gaseous bubbles to rise through at least a portion of the first grain oil product within the vessel and form a second grain oil product.
US Pat. No. 10,111,398

SOYBEAN CULTIVAR S170015

M.S. Technologies, LLC, ...

1. A plant of soybean cultivar S170015, representative seed of said soybean cultivar having been deposited under ATCC Accession No. PTA-124450.
US Pat. No. 10,111,919

COSMETIC COMPOSITIONS

Mary Kay Inc., Addison, ...

1. A method for treating pruritus in a subject in need thereof comprising topically applying to the skin of said subject a composition that includes effective amounts of an extract from Echinacea purpurea and an extract from Silybum marianum fruit,wherein topical application of the composition activates human cannabinoid receptor type 2 and inhibits fatty acid amide hydrolase activity in said skin and, thereby, treats the pruritus.
US Pat. No. 10,111,937

METHOD OF REDUCING ACCUMULATION OF INTRACELLULAR TINGIBLE BODY MACROPHAGES

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A method of reducing accumulation of intracellular tingible body macrophages comprising:contacting a macrophage having an accumulation of tingible bodies with a human lysosomal phospholipase A2 (LPLA2) derivative having LPLA2 enzymatic activity in an amount effective to reduce the accumulation of tingible body macrophages, wherein the derivative is selected from the group consisting of a LPLA2 of SEQ ID NO:1 comprising one or more mannose residues, a LPLA2 of SEQ ID NO:1 comprising one or more mannose 6-phosphate residues, a fragment of a LPLA2 of SEQ ID NO:1 comprising a length of 50-275 residues with the catalytic active site corresponding to amino acids 196-200 of SEQ ID NO:1, a fragment of a LPLA2 of SEQ ID NO:1 comprising a length of 50-275 residues with amino acid residues Cys65 and Cys89 of SEQ ID NO:1, a LPLA2 of SEQ ID NO:1 with polyethylene glycol, a LPLA2 of SEQ ID NO:1 with polylysine, a LPLA2 of SEQ ID NO:1 with a lipid, a LPLA2 of SEQ ID NO:1 with a steroid, a LPLA2 of SEQ ID NO:1 with a carbohydrate, a LPLA2 of SEQ ID NO:1 with an oligonucleotide and a LPLA2 of SEQ ID NO:1 with an antibody Fc domain.
US Pat. No. 10,111,441

SYNTHESIS OF SILVER-PMMA NANOCOMPOSITE FILM USING HERBAL EXTRACT

KING SAUD UNIVERSITY, Ri...

1. A method for synthesis of a silver-PMMA nanocomposite film, comprising the steps of:dissolving silver nitrate in water to obtain an aqueous solution of silver ions;
extracting buds of Aristolochia bracteolate in water to obtain an aqueous Aristolochia extract;
mixing the aqueous solution of silver ions with the aqueous Aristolochia extract to obtain silver nanoparticles in water;
mixing the silver nanoparticles in water with poly (methyl methacrylate) [PMMA] in an organic solvent at 80° C. to obtain a colloidal solution of a nanocomposite of silver nanoparticles and PMMA;
casting the colloidal solution on a support; and
evaporating the organic solvent at room temperature to obtain a silver-PMMA nanocomposite film;
wherein the step of dissolving silver nitrate in water comprises the step of dissolving silver nitrate in distilled water at 60° C. under continuous stirring.
US Pat. No. 10,113,035

CURABLE POLYSILSESQUIOXANE COMPOUND, PRODUCTION METHOD THEREFOR, CURABLE COMPOSITION, CURED PRODUCT AND USE METHOD OF CURABLE COMPOSITION

LINTEC CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A method for producing a curable polysilsesquioxane compound comprising one structural unit or two or more structural units represented by R1SiO3/2,the curable polysilsesquioxane compound having a 29Si nuclear magnetic resonance spectrum that
has a first peak top within a range of ?60 ppm or more and less than ?54 ppm, and
has a second peak top within a range of ?70 ppm or more and less than ?61 ppm, and
a peak is not observed within the range of ?53 ppm or more and less than ?45 ppm, or, the ratio of the integral value of the peak within the range of ?53 ppm or more and less than ?45 ppm to the integral value of the peak within the range of ?60 ppm or more and less than ?54 ppm is less than 0.5% in the 29Si nuclear magnetic resonance spectrum,
the method comprising a step (I) that subjects one compound or two or more compounds represented by a formula (1) to polycondensation in the presence of an acid catalyst, and
R1Si(OR2)3  (1)
a step (II) that adds an organic solvent to a reaction mixture obtained by the step (I) to dissolve a polycondensate of the compound represented by the formula (1) to obtain a solution, adds a base to the solution in a molar equivalent equal to or larger than that of the acid catalyst, and then effects polycondensation,
wherein R1 is an alkyl group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms, and R2 is a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms, provided that a plurality of R2 are either identical to or different from each other.
US Pat. No. 10,113,055

ARTICLE COMPRISING POLY(PHENYLENE ETHER)-POLYSILOXANE COPOLYMER COMPOSITION

SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An article comprising a composition,wherein the article is selected from the group consisting of fan blades, battery parts for hybrid and electric vehicles, parts for automotive kinetic energy recovery systems, and electric vehicle junction boxes;
wherein the composition comprises
40 to 75 weight percent of a poly(phenylene ether)-polysiloxane block copolymer reaction product comprising a poly(phenylene ether)-polysiloxane block copolymer and a first poly(phenylene ether);
10 to 25 weight percent of a flame retardant comprising an organophosphate ester; and
15 to 30 weight percent of a reinforcing filler;wherein all weight percent values are based on the total weight of the composition; andwherein the composition comprises less than 1 weight percent of a polyamide.
US Pat. No. 10,113,064

WATER SOLUBLE INK-JET COMPOSITION FOR 3D PRINTING

STRATASYS LTD., Rehovot ...

1. A material composition for three-dimensional inkjet printing comprising:polyethylene glycol (PEG) having a molecular weight between about 1000 and about 6000; and
dimethyl hexanediol, wherein the composition has a melting point between 70° C.-85° C. and solidifies upon cooling.
US Pat. No. 10,113,067

TRANSPARENT HYDROPHOBIC COATING MATERIALS WITH IMPROVED DURABILITY AND METHODS OF MAKING SAME

LUNA INNOVATIONS INCORPOR...

1. A hydrophobic coating material which comprises an acid catalyzed condensation reaction product comprised of:an organic polymeric silane selected from the group consisting of polycaprolactone polyols having 2 to 4 hydroxyl groups reacted with an isocyanate-terminated silane and polyurea silanes;
an inorganic metal alkoxide; and
a fluorinated silane.
US Pat. No. 10,113,090

ADHESIVE COMPOSITION

HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY,...

1. An adhesive composition comprising:15 to 25 parts by weight of a 1-butene homopolymer;
12 to 22 parts by weight of an ?-olefin copolymer having a melting point of 90° C. or higher;
30 to 50 parts by weight of a tackifier resin having a softening point of 125° C. or higher;
6 to 22 parts by weight of a polypropylene-based wax; and
4 to 20 parts by weight of a liquid hydrocarbon.
US Pat. No. 10,111,826

SOLID COSMETIC COMPOSITION HAVING DISPERSED THEREIN GAS BUBBLES, AND A PROCESS FOR MAKING A SOLID COSMETIC COMPOSITION

COSMETIC WARRIORS LIMITED...

1. A solid cosmetic composition comprising:a vegetable butter wherein the solid cosmetic composition has dispersed therein gas bubbles, wherein the gas bubbles form from 5 to 19% of the volume of the solid cosmetic composition; wherein the vegetable butter is present in an amount of 60-99% by weight of the total composition; wherein the composition comprises a shell coating; wherein the solid cosmetic composition is a solid non-edible cosmetic composition having a physical shape and the solid non-edible cosmetic composition substantially sustains the physical shape when unsupported externally, and wherein the solid non-edible cosmetic composition is solid at room temperature and remains substantially solid at up to a temperature of 30° C.
US Pat. No. 10,111,828

TREATMENT AND COMPOSITION FOR ACHIEVING SKIN ANTI-AGING BENEFITS BY CORNEUM PROTEASE ACTIVATION

Mary Kay Inc., Addison, ...

1. A method of treating skin, the method comprising topically applying to skin in need thereof a composition comprising:(a) a chemically compatible combination of one or more surfactants and at least one chelating agent;
(b) an algae extract;
(c) sodium hyaluronate;
(d) glycerin;
(e) water;
(f) citric acid or triethanolamine;
(g) sunflower (helianthus annus) seed oil;
(h) rosemary extract;
(i) acrylates / C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer; and
(j) hexylene glycol.
US Pat. No. 10,113,111

TREATED FILLERS AND USES THEREOF

Dow Silicones Corporation...

1. A condensation curable silicone composition comprising:a condensation curable polyorganosiloxane; and
treated particles comprising a particulate solid having an effective amount of nitrogen-containing superbase disposed thereon;
wherein the effective amount of nitrogen-containing superbase disposed on the particulate solid is sufficient to neutralize a substantial number of a plurality of acidic sites on the particulate solid and a substantial number of the acidic sites on the particulate solid are neutralized with the disposed nitrogen-containing superbase.

US Pat. No. 10,117,198

TERMINAL AND TERMINAL SYNCHRONIZATION METHOD

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., ...

1. A terminal synchronization method implemented by a first terminal, the method comprising:establishing a connection with a second terminal;
acquiring attribute information of the first terminal and attribute information of the second terminal, wherein the attribute information of the first terminal and the attribute information of the second terminal both comprise first attribute information and second attribute information, wherein the first attribute information comprises at least one of account information or status information, and wherein the second attribute information comprises at least one of capability information or type information;
determining, according to at least one of first attribute information of the first terminal or first attribute information of the second terminal, whether the first terminal and the second terminal belong to a same account;
acquiring first synchronization data of the first terminal according to second attribute information of the first terminal and second attribute information of the second terminal when the first terminal and the second terminal belong to the same account, wherein the first synchronization data are at least one of common data or personalized data;
synchronizing, by the first terminal, the first synchronization data of the first terminal to the second terminal when the first terminal and the second terminal belong to the same account;
acquiring second synchronization data of the first terminal according to the second attribute information of the first terminal and the second attribute information of the second terminal when the first terminal and the second terminal do not belong to the same account, wherein the second synchronization data comprise only common data; and
synchronizing, by the first terminal, the second synchronization data of the first terminal to the second terminal when the first terminal and the second terminal do not belong to the same account.

US Pat. No. 10,117,197

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING DATA USING A MULTI-CARRIER IN A MOBILE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method for performing discontinuous reception (DRX) by a terminal in a communication system, the method comprising:receiving, from a base station, DRX related information including a timer value related to on-duration, a first DRX cycle value and a second DRX cycle value;
receiving, from the base station, control information with a zero bit payload, the control information including a logical channel ID (LCID), the LCID identifying a type of the control information;
identifying the type of the control information based on the LCID;
configuring a first DRX with the first DRX cycle value if the control information is information related to the first DRX; and
configuring a second DRX with the second DRX cycle value if the control information is information related to the second DRX,
wherein the first DRX and the second DRX are configured with the timer value related to on-duration included in the DRX related information.

US Pat. No. 10,117,195

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONFIGURING POWER HEADROOM INFORMATION IN MOBILE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM SUPPORTING CARRIER AGGREGATION

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method by a terminal in a mobile communication system, the method comprising:generating a medium access control protocol data unit (MAC PDU) including a header and an extended power headroom report (PHR), the header including a logical channel identifier (LCID) for identifying the extended PHR; and
transmitting the MAC PDU to a base station,
wherein the extended PHR includes one or more power headrooms (PHs) and a bitmap, the bitmap indicating whether at least one PH for at least one secondary cell is reported.

US Pat. No. 10,117,189

UPLINK POWER CONTROL METHOD, USER EQUIPMENT, AND BASE STATION

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., ...

1. User equipment, comprising:a receiver, configured to receive first radio resource control(RRC) configuration information sent by a first base station, wherein the first RRC configuration information comprises a parameter used to calculate a power headroom PH that is of the UE and that is in a first cell controlled by the first base station; and
a transmitter, configured to send second RRC configuration information to a second base station, wherein the second RRC configuration information comprises the parameter used to calculate the PH that is of the UE and that is in the first cell, wherein if the first base station supports a time division duplex TDD mode, the second RRC configuration information further comprises subframe ratio information, wherein the subframe ratio information is used by the second base station to learn whether a subframe in which the UE is scheduled by the first base station at a next moment is an uplink subframe or a downlink subframe.

US Pat. No. 10,117,187

INITIALIZING UPLINK POWER IN A WIRELESS NETWORK

Ofinno Technologies, LLC,...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a wireless device, at least one message comprising configuration parameters of a physical uplink control channel (PUCCH) secondary cell with a secondary PUCCH; and
receiving a media access control (MAC) activation command indicating activation of the PUCCH secondary cell;
transmitting first uplink control information (UCI) on the secondary PUCCH employing an adjustment factor, wherein the adjustment factor is updated in response to the wireless device receiving at least one first transmit power control (TPC) command for the secondary PUCCH;
receiving, on a common search space of a primary cell, at least one second TPC command of the secondary PUCCH, when the PUCCH secondary cell is activated and is assigned to a timing advance group whose time alignment timer is not running;
ignoring the at least one second TPC command, in response to the PUCCH secondary cell being assigned to the timing advance group whose time alignment timer is not running;
initializing the adjustment factor employing a transmit power control value received in a random access response if the wireless device transmits a random access preamble on the PUCCH secondary cell, otherwise initializing the adjustment factor to zero; and
transmitting second UCI on the secondary PUCCH with a transmit power computed employing the adjustment factor.

US Pat. No. 10,117,185

CONTENT-AWARE ENERGY SAVINGS FOR VIDEO STREAMING AND PLAYBACK ON MOBILE DEVICES

FutureWei Technologies, I...

1. A computer-implemented method for reducing power consumption of a mobile device, comprising:detecting video content to be viewed in an application executed by the mobile device;
detecting unwanted content associated with the video content; and
operating the mobile device in a low-power mode during playback of the video content in the application in response to detecting the unwanted content, wherein operating the mobile device in the low-power mode comprises at least one of using Dynamic Voltage and Frequency Scaling (DVFS) to adjust power consumption of a processor included in the mobile device, reducing the resolution of a display device included in the mobile device, or reducing a brightness level of the display device.

US Pat. No. 10,117,183

DATA TRANSMISSION METHOD AND DEVICE

Huawei Technologies Co., ...

1. A data transmission method, comprising:determining, by a first device, a candidate-moment set according to a preset moment on a channel, wherein each candidate moment in the candidate-moment set comprises a moment in time, and wherein the preset moment on the channel is a start moment of a timeslot on the channel or a start moment of a data subframe on the channel;
determining, by the first device, a target candidate moment from the candidate-moment set, wherein the target candidate moment is a candidate moment in the candidate-moment set that is equal to or later than an end moment of a clear channel assessment (CCA) backoff process; and
sending, by the first device, data on a channel according to the target candidate moment.

US Pat. No. 10,117,182

COMMUNICATING CONTROL MESSAGES THAT INDICATE FREQUENCY RESOURCE INFORMATION TO RECEIVE DATA

InterDigital Technology C...

1. A method performed by a wireless device, the method comprising:receiving, by the wireless device, a wireless signal that includes a plurality of control messages, wherein each control message from the plurality of control messages points to a different message and indicates frequency resource information and coding information of data for each respective different message;
determining, by the wireless device, that a control message from the plurality of control messages corresponds to the wireless device; and
receiving, by the wireless device, the data pointed to by the control message that corresponds to the wireless device.

US Pat. No. 10,117,179

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSMISSION MANAGEMENT IN A WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

INTERDIGITAL TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method for use in an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.11 access point (AP), the method comprising:transmitting a first power save frame that includes a first uplink transmission time (ULT), associated with a first station (STA) and a second ULT associated with a second STA;
monitoring a wireless medium during the first ULT;
determining whether the wireless medium is idle for a time duration during the first ULT; and
on a condition that the wireless medium is idle for the time duration during the first ULT, reclaiming the wireless medium, wherein reclaiming the wireless medium comprises transmitting a second power save frame during the first ULT that comprises an indication to the first STA to transmit during a remaining portion of the first ULT and an indication to the second STA to transmit during the second ULT.

US Pat. No. 10,117,177

METHOD AND RELATED EQUIPMENT FOR SENDING SIGNALING

Huawei Technologies Co., ...

1. A method for sending signaling comprising:determining, by a user equipment, that current power preference information is different from a power preference indicated in a last transmission of a message; and determining, that a timer used for restricting sending of a lower power consumption preference indication is expired;
when a power consumption preference of the user equipment is power saving, setting, by the user equipment, power prefer indication to low power consumption; and transmitting, by the user equipment, the power prefer indication to a base station; and
when the power consumption preference of the user equipment is not power saving, setting, by the user equipment, the power prefer indication to normal power consumption, and start the timer used for restricting sending of the lower power consumption preference indication; and transmitting, by the user equipment, the power prefer indication to the base station.

US Pat. No. 10,117,171

ESTIMATING INTERVALS AT WHICH TO TRANSMIT KEEP-ALIVE MESSAGES FROM A WIRELESS STATION TO AN ACCESS POINT

GainSpan Corporation, Sa...

1. A method performed in a wireless station (STA) of a wireless network, said method comprising:receiving a de-authentication frame from an access point (AP) of said wireless network, said de-authentication frame indicating that said AP has disassociated said STA due to inactivity;
determining a keep-alive interval based on one or more de-authenticated messages received from said AP, said one or more de-authenticated messages including said deauthentication frame;
transmitting keep-alive messages according to the determined keep-alive interval;
transmitting a first frame to said AP, wherein said STA is associated with said AP before transmission of said first frame, wherein said de-authentication frame is a response from said AP to said first frame, wherein said first frame is transmitted at a first time instant (T1);
initializing an expected inactivity time to a first value, wherein said expected inactivity time represents an estimate of an inactivity time maintained by said AP, wherein said AP disassociates said STA if a frame is received after elapse of said inactivity time from an immediately previous frame transmitted by said STA to said AP;
identifying that a second frame has been transmitted immediately prior to said first frame at a prior time instant (T2);
adjusting the value of said expected inactivity time based on the values of said T1 and said T2; and
re-associating with said AP.

US Pat. No. 10,117,168

PROCEDURE FOR BASIC SERVICE SET (BSS) LOAD MANAGEMENT IN WLAN SYSTEM

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A method for a wireless local area network, the method comprising:receiving, by a station, a beacon frame from an access point (AP), the beacon frame including a channel width field and load information, the load information including a first utilization field and a second utilization field, the channel width field indicating a bandwidth of an operating channel; and
accessing, by the station, the operating channel including a primary channel and a secondary channel when both the primary channel and the secondary channel are idle, and accessing only the primary channel when the primary channel is idle and the secondary channel is not idle,
wherein the first utilization field indicates a utilization of the primary channel that is defined as a fraction of time sensed that the primary channel is busy as indicated by a virtual carrier sense mechanism in which the AP sensed a network allocation vector (NAV) of the primary channel to check whether the primary channel was busy,
wherein the second utilization field indicates a utilization of the secondary channel that is defined as a fraction of time sensed that the secondary channel is busy as indicated by a physical carrier sense mechanism in which the AP physically detected energy at the secondary channel to check whether the secondary channel was busy,
wherein the station, which accesses the operating channel only if the primary channel is idle, does not access the operating channel that includes both the primary channel and the secondary channel if the primary channel is not idle regardless of an idleness of the secondary channel,
wherein, if the bandwidth indicated by the channel width field is equal to or greater than 80 MHz, the primary channel is a primary 20 MHz channel, the secondary channel is a secondary 40 MHz channel and the beacon frame further includes a quiet interval element, and
wherein the quiet interval element indicates whether communications to the AP are allowed within both the primary 20 MHz channel and the secondary 40 MHz channel during a quiet interval which is an interval to prohibit any transmissions in at least one channel within the operating channel.

US Pat. No. 10,117,159

NETWORK ADDRESS RESOLUTION FOR INTERWORKING BETWEEN CELLULAR NETWORK DOMAIN AND WIRELESS LOCAL AREA NETWORK DOMAIN

TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ER...

1. A method of supporting interworking between a cellular network domain and a wireless local area network domain, the method comprising:receiving, by a node of the cellular network domain, a report from a user equipment, the report indicating an identity of an access point of the wireless local area network domain, the identity being indicated in a management frame received by the user equipment from this access point;
resolving, by the node, a network address associated with the access point by using the indicated identity and a network address database;
sending, by the node, a request to the resolved network address; and
in response to the request, receiving, by the node, information on the access point.

US Pat. No. 10,117,149

OBTAINING OF COMMUNICATION SERVICE

TELIA COMPANY AB, Solna ...

1. A method for obtaining a communication service for a mobile terminal, the method comprising:monitoring at least one parameter representing an operational state of at least one service provided by a first communication network into which the mobile terminal is registered to with a first subscriber identity,
in response to a detection that the at least one parameter does not fulfill at least one predetermined condition generating a signal to cause the mobile terminal to switch the first subscriber identity to a second subscriber identity, wherein the second subscriber identity allows the mobile terminal to register to a second communication network as a roaming subscriber,
wherein the monitoring and the detection is performed by the mobile terminal by receiving a message from a network node collecting information on the operational state of the first communication network and by detecting, based on information carried in the message, if the at least one predetermined condition is fulfilled or not, and
wherein the monitoring and the detection further comprising detection if the message is received under a predetermined schedule in the mobile terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,117,148

RADIO COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, BASE STATION, COMMUNICATION METHOD, MOBILE STATION, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

NEC CORPORATION, Minato-...

1. A radio communication system comprising:a base station connectable to a mobile station using a plurality of radio access technologies including first and second radio access technologies; and
an upstream network corresponding to the first radio access technology,
wherein the base station is configured to, when the mobile station communicate with the base station using the second radio access technology, use a communication path that passes through the upstream network without passing through another upstream network.

US Pat. No. 10,117,147

SERVER DEVICE, BASE STATION, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

NEC CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A server device comprising:a non-transitory storage medium connected to a wireless access network and configured to store a handover list, the handover list being a list in which a base station that is a handover destination of a mobile terminal wirelessly connected to a managed base station is registered, the managed base station being a base station managed by the server device; and
a processor configured to determine whether to keep or disconnect an established inter station link by determining whether another base station that establishes the established inter station link with the managed base station is registered in the handover list, the established inter station link being a communication link between the another base station and the managed base station,
wherein a non-managed base station that is a base station not managed by the server device is connected to the wireless access network, and
wherein the processor
performs a first check to check whether the non-managed base station is registered in the handover list of the managed base station when the processor recognizes that the inter station link is established between the non-managed base station and the managed base station,
acquires neighbor cell information including information of a base station that becomes a handover destination of the non-managed base station from the non-managed base station via the managed base station,
performs a second check to check whether the managed base station is registered in the adjacent cell information,
disconnects the inter station link established between the managed base station and the non-managed base station when results of the first and second checks determine that the non-managed base station and the managed base station are not registered in the handover list of the managed base station and the adjacent cell information of the non-managed base station, respectively, and
keeps the inter station link when the non-managed base station is registered in the handover list of the managed base station or the managed base station is registered in the adjacent cell information of the non-managed base station or both.

US Pat. No. 10,117,146

NON-PERSISTENT HETEROGENEOUS NEIGHBORS

1. A method, comprising:in response to receiving a communication indicating a failure to establish a first network connection with a network device of a communication network,
detecting, by a system comprising a processor, a number of network connections with which the network device is operable to establish with network devices, wherein the network devices facilitate a network coverage area for the communication network,
determining, by the system, a first number of the network devices with which the network device is operable to establish at least a portion of the number of network connections, and
determining, by the system, a second number of the network devices, which is less than the first number of the network devices, to facilitate a second network connection for the network device that is different than the first network connection.

US Pat. No. 10,117,143

COMMUNICATIONS PROCESSING SYSTEM, COMMUNICATIONS PROCESSING METHOD, COMMUNICATIONS CONTROL DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD AND CONTROL PROGRAM FOR THESE

NEC CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A communications processing device comprising:a measurement report acquisition unit that obtains a measurement report relating to a communications environment from a mobile communications terminal located within a cell;
a wireless quality determination unit that determines whether or not a quality of wireless communications with the mobile communications terminal, comprised in the measurement report, is lower than a threshold value; and
a message transmission unit that changes a size of a message that comprises a carrier frequency for a base station to be handed over according to the quality of wireless communications and sends a RRC Connection Release message to the mobile communications terminal in a case when the quality of wireless communications is less than the threshold value, wherein the wireless quality determination unit determines whether or not a value of one of Timing Advance type 1 and Timing Advance type 2, comprised in the measurement report, is lower than the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,117,142

MODELING MOBILE NETWORK PERFORMANCE

VIAVI Solutions UK Limite...

1. A device for improving network performance, comprising:one or more processors of a self-optimizing network system configured to:
obtain uplink information associated with a base station of a network;
obtain downlink information associated with a mobile device in communication with the base station;
train a predictive model, based on the uplink information and the downlink information, to predict network performance information;
determine predicted uplink information for the base station based on the predictive model;
receive measurement information from the base station including observed uplink information for a particular time interval;
compare the predicted uplink information and the observed uplink information to determine that the base station receives an interfering signal during the particular time interval based on the observed uplink information differing from the predicted uplink information by a threshold amount,
the interfering signal being different than a signal used to communicate with the base station, and the interfering signal altering a signal transmitted by the mobile device, and
a source of the interfering signal including at least one of a repeater, a coaxial cable egress, a signal amplifier, a light bulb, or a relay for communications with the network;
analyze the interfering signal to determine a characteristic of the interfering signal; and
cause, by the one or more processors, an action to be performed to mitigate the interfering signal based on the characteristic of the interfering signal.

US Pat. No. 10,117,140

NETWORK STORAGE METHOD, SWITCH DEVICE, AND CONTROLLER

Huawei Technologies Co., ...

1. A network storage method, applicable to a first switching equipment based on an OpenFlow protocol, comprising:receiving, by the first switching equipment, a first data packet;
receiving, a first notification from a controller, wherein the first notification is used to instruct the first switching equipment to cache data requested by the first data packet, and instruct the first switching equipment to establish a first flow table entry according to issued match information associated with the first data packet and issued action instruction information associated with the first data packet, wherein the action instruction information associated with the first data packet is used to instruct the first switching equipment to forward the data cached in the first switching equipment and requested by the first data packet;
establishing the first flow table entry according to the match information associated with the first data packet and the action instruction information associated with the first data packet, wherein the match information and the action instruction information are issued by the controller;
forwarding the first data packet to a target network element associated with the first data packet;
receiving data associated with the first data packet, wherein the data associated with the first data packet is returned by the target network element associated with the first data packet;
caching the received data associated with the first data packet;
receiving a second data packet sent by a network device;
forwarding cached data associated with the second data packet to the network device, in a case that a flow table entry associated with the second data packet exists in the first switching equipment;
after receiving the second data packet sent by the network device, sending the second data packet to the controller, in a case that the flow table entry associated with the second data packet does not exist in the first switching equipment;
receiving a second notification from the controller, wherein the second notification is adapted to instruct the first switching equipment to forward the second data packet to a second switching equipment, wherein the data associated with the second data packet is cached in the second switching equipment;
sending the second data packet to the second switching equipment according to the second notification;
receiving the data associated with the second data packet and sent by the second switching equipment;
forwarding the received data associated with the second data packet to the network device; wherein the second notification is further used to instruct the first switching equipment to cache data requested by the second data packet, and instruct the first switching equipment to establish a second flow table entry according to match information associated with the second data packet and action instruction information associated with the second data packet, wherein the action instruction information associated with the second data packet is used to instruct the second switching equipment to forward the data cached in the second switching equipment and requested by the second data packet;
caching the data associated with the second data packet, after receiving the data associated with the second data packet and sent by the second switching equipment;
forwarding, by the first switching equipment, cached data associated with the second data packet to the network device, in a case that the flow table entry corresponding to the second data packet exists in the first switching equipment;
wherein after the receiving, by the first switching equipment, the second data packet sent by the network device,
sending, by the first switching equipment, the second data packet to the controller, in a case that the flow table entry associated with the second data packet does not exist in the first switching equipment;
sending, by the first switching equipment, the second data packet to the second switching equipment according to the second notification, wherein the second notification is adapted to instruct the first switching equipment to forward the second data packet to the second switching equipment, and wherein the data associated with the second data packet is cached in the second switching equipment;
receiving, by the first switching equipment, the data associated with the second data packet and sent by the second switching equipment; and
forwarding, by the first switching equipment, the received data associated with the second data packet to the network device.

US Pat. No. 10,117,128

SIGNAL TRANSMISSION METHOD AND DEVICE

Huawei Technologies Co., ...

1. A signal transmission method, comprising:determining, by a first communications node, that a sending state of a reference signal needs to be adjusted when one or more of the following cases occur in a first cell:
a radio resource is overloaded,
a backhaul link network is overloaded,
a transmission delay in a backhaul link exceeds a set threshold, or
a hardware resource is overloaded; and
adjusting, by the first communications node, the sending state of the reference signal of the first cell to stop sending the reference signal of the first cell;
stopping, by the first communications node, sending the reference signal of the first cell according to the adjusted sending state;
after stopping sending the reference signal, transmitting, by the first communications node, data or control signaling to a user equipment (UE) in the first cell using a resource previously occupied by the reference signal; and
wherein the first communications node is a pico eNodeB and the reference signal is a Discovery Reference Signal (D-RS).

US Pat. No. 10,117,123

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR NETWORK SERVICES RELATED TO GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION

SANDVINE INCORPORATED ULC...

1. A method for applying network services related to geographic location of a subscriber comprising:receiving regions within a map, from a region detection module;
receiving geo-service definitions for the regions, from a geo-service definition and enablement module, wherein the geo-service definitions comprise geo-service actions based on pre-determined logical conditions for the regions and subscriber traffic flows, wherein the geo-service actions are configured to impact a subscriber's traffic flow, via applying a geo-fencing policy to the subscriber's traffic flow, wherein the geo-fencing policy comprises a policy to amend the traffic flow related to at least one application;
determining information related to the subscriber's traffic flow by a subscriber detection and traffic management module, wherein the information related to the subscriber's traffic flow comprises the at least one application being accessed by the subscriber and protocol being accessed by the subscriber;
determining the subscriber's location based on data extracted from packets of the subscriber's traffic flow by a location detection module;
determining a subscriber's region based on the subscriber's location;
and applying the geo-service definitions to modify the traffic flow related to the at least one application, based on the subscriber's region and based on the information related to the subscriber's traffic flow, wherein the applying the geo-service definitions further comprises;
determining if the subscriber's traffic flow changes to another at least one application being accessed by the subscriber and protocol being accessed by the subscriber;
and re-applying geo-service definitions based on the subscriber's region and the information related to the changed subscriber's traffic flow.

US Pat. No. 10,117,110

STRUCTURING AND METHOD FOR WIRELESS RADIO ACCESS NETWORK DEPLOYMENT

1. A radio access network system comprising one or more radio access network elements communicatively linked to form at least a portion of a radio access network, the one or more radio access network elements each comprising one or more processors, the system further comprising:one or more reconfigurable connection points comprising one or more processors executable to provide all or a subset of radio transmission functions for one or more radio access technologies, the radio transmission functions linking user equipment operating on the radio access technology to the radio access network; and
one or more reconfigurable radio access network functional elements each executable on at least one of the radio access network elements, each of the radio access network functional elements linked directly or indirectly to one or more of the reconfigurable connection points, each radio access network functional element configurable to provide one or more non-radio transmission functions for enabling communication between the user equipment and a core network linked to the radio access network, each of the radio access network functional elements reconfigurable to permit introduction and removal of non-radio transmission functions.

US Pat. No. 10,117,108

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING AN AUTONOMOUS DEVICE

TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ER...

1. A method for controlling an autonomous device of a cellular network, the method being performed by a network device and comprising the steps of:predicting a need to increase coverage of said cellular network or a need to increase capacity of said cellular network, comprising the steps of:
inputting live data features into a trained classifier; and
outputting a launch class from said classifier;
activating an autonomous device of said cellular network, to improve said cellular network, wherein said step of activating comprises initiating a physical move of said autonomous device from a first idle location to a second active location; and
enabling a wireless communication device to be connected to said cellular network through said autonomous device.

US Pat. No. 10,117,100

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ACCESSING A NETWORK

Futurwei Technologies, In...

1. A method for establishing a control channel for packet data network (PDN) access with a user equipment (UE), the method comprising:obtaining, by an authentication, authorization and accounting (AAA) server/proxy from a trusted wireless local area network (WLAN) (TWAN) access gateway (TWAG), an identifier of a link layer channel;
after obtaining the identifier of the link layer channel from the TWAG, sending, by the AAA server/proxy, the identifier of the link layer channel to the UE in an extensible authentication protocol (EAP) message; and
communicating, by the TWAG, with the UE over the link layer channel using a WLAN control protocol (WLCP) in a trusted WLAN Access Network (TWAN).

US Pat. No. 10,117,096

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO DETERMINE SAFE ZONES AND SAFE ROUTES OF A DEVICE

Athentek Innovations, Inc...

1. A system to authenticate a device, the system comprising:a fixed wireless infrastructure device, wherein the fixed wireless infrastructure device comprises a processor, a memory, and a communication unit, and the processor is programmed to scan, periodically, using the communication unit, a radio environment surrounding the fixed wireless infrastructure device to obtain a radio signal fingerprint;
an authentication server comprising a processing unit, a memory unit, and a server communication unit, wherein the server communication unit is in communication with the fixed wireless infrastructure device, and the processing unit is programmed to:
transmit, periodically, a first cryptographic key to the fixed wireless infrastructure device, wherein the first cryptographic key is included as part of a wireless broadcast frame of a wireless communication protocol;
receive from the fixed wireless infrastructure device the radio signal fingerprint to corroborate a geographic location of the fixed wireless infrastructure device;
wherein the processor of the fixed wireless infrastructure device is further programmed to broadcast, via the communication unit, the first cryptographic key;
wherein the processing unit of the authentication server is further programmed to:
receive a second cryptographic key from an application server originating from the device, wherein the application server is configured to receive the second cryptographic key as part of a request from the device to access a resource provided by the application server; and
generate a request approval recommendation to allow the device access to the resource provided by the application server when the first cryptographic key matches the second cryptographic key and the radio signal fingerprint matches a preapproved radio signal fingerprint.

US Pat. No. 10,117,078

MEDICAL INFORMATION COMMUNICATION METHOD

1. A method for providing a third party with medical information associated with a user, the method comprising steps of:obtaining a user's cellular telephone, the cellular telephone including a microprocessor, a non-transient memory device in signal communication with the microprocessor, and a data entry device, the user's cellular telephone containing an emergency/non-emergency events application stored in the non-transient memory device;
providing medical information to the user's cellular telephone;
encoding the medical information using the emergency/non-emergency events application, the emergency/non-emergency events application running using the microprocessor;
storing the encoded medical information in the non-transient memory device;
providing the user's medical information to a third party using the emergency/non-emergency events application.

US Pat. No. 10,117,076

DESTINATION SELECTION FOR AN OFFLINE CHARGING SYSTEM TO AVOID REVERSION

Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc., ...

1. A system comprising:a distributor unit configured to connect to a plurality of Charging Data Functions (CDFs) of an Offline Charging System (OFCS) through an interface, and to receive information from the CDFs for registering queues associated with the CDFs;
the distributor unit comprising a processor configured to receive an initial accounting request from a Charging Trigger Function (CTF) for a session through the interface, to generate a prioritized list of the queues for the session based on a distribution algorithm, to select a destination queue from the prioritized list for the session, and to transmit the initial accounting request to the destination queue through the interface;
the processor is configured to receive a subsequent accounting request from the CTF for the session through the interface, to extract a first identifier from a parameter of the subsequent accounting request indicating the destination queue previously selected for the session, and to determine a status of the destination queue;
when the status of the destination queue indicates that the destination queue is not accepting new sessions or ongoing sessions, the processor is configured to:
identify the prioritized list for the session;
identify a position of the destination queue in the prioritized list;
search the prioritized list for a first alternate queue having a lower priority than the destination queue, and having a status indicating that the first alternate queue is accepting new sessions;
select the first alternate queue as an alternate destination queue for the session; and
transmit the subsequent accounting request to the alternate destination queue through the interface.

US Pat. No. 10,117,075

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ESTABLISHING COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN MOBILE DEVICE USERS

KINECTUS, LLC, Boston, M...

1. A method for establishing communications between mobile devices, comprising:registering a plurality of mobile devices on a collaboration system, each device including profile data, wherein the profile data includes at least gender information;
processing by the collaboration system search criteria for a user of each of a first mobile device and a second mobile device, wherein the search criteria includes at least gender information;
identifying by the collaboration system a match between the first and second mobile devices based on the profile data and the search criteria of the first and second mobile devices;
in response to identifying the match, outputting from the collaboration system to one of the first or second mobile devices an information notification of a presence of the other of the first or second mobile devices, including providing a at least one profile data element of a first tier display of profile information to the one of the first or second mobile devices, the first tier display of profile information including the at least one profile data element of the other of the first or second mobile devices;
receiving from the other of the first and second mobile devices selection data for the one of the first or second mobile devices, which in response authorizes a second tier display of profile information of the other of the first or second mobile devices to be displayed on the one of the first or second mobile devices, wherein the second tier display of profile information includes at least one profile data element that is different than the first tier display of profile information, and wherein:
in response to the users of the first and second mobile devices selecting each other, outputting a notification from the collaboration system to the first mobile device informing the user of the first mobile device of the selection of the first mobile device by the user of the second mobile device, and outputting a notification from the collaboration system to the second mobile device informing the user of the second mobile device of the selection of the second mobile device by the user of the first mobile device.

US Pat. No. 10,117,073

NETWORK SOLUTIONS FOR BUILDING AND LEVERAGING CLUSTERS OF USER EQUIPMENT ASSOCIATED WITH A TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE PROVIDER

Sprint Communications Com...

1. A system for determining clusters of telecommunications service provider subscribers, comprising:a plurality of enhanced node B (eNB) stations;
a server associated with a content provider;
a server comprising an application stored in a non-transitory memory and executable by a processor;
a data store in communication with the server and configured to receive pluralities of data at periodic intervals from a plurality of user equipments (UEs), wherein each UE of the plurality of UEs is in communication with at least one enhanced node B of the plurality of eNBs and the pluralities of data are associated with the plurality of UEs performance and activity;
wherein the application, when executed by the processor:
analyzes a first plurality of data from the data store based upon a UE location and a timestamp, wherein the timestamp is associated with a duration of time in the UE location;
forms, in response to the analysis, a plurality of clusters, wherein a first portion of the UEs of the plurality of UEs are members of a first formed cluster based on a determination that the first portion was associated with a first UE location and a first duration of time in the first UE location, wherein a second portion of UEs of the plurality of UEs are members of a second formed cluster based on a determination that the second portion of UEs of the plurality of UEs was associated with a second UE location for a second duration of time in the second UE location, wherein the first cluster further includes a third portion of UEs of the plurality of UEs when the third portion of UEs are determined to be outside of a first distance radius with respect to the first location, within a second distance radius with respect to the first location, and present outside of the first distance but within the second distance radius for a specified period of time with respect to a time threshold, and wherein the second distance radius is at least partially determined according to an error distance associated with determining the first location;
determines, subsequent to the parsing, a plurality of attributes of the members of the first formed cluster;
generates and stores a profile for the first formed cluster in the data store based on the determined plurality of attributes;
receives a request from the content provider server to transmit content to UEs of the plurality of UEs associated with a set of attributes;
analyzes, in response to receiving the request, at least some of the plurality of clusters based on a profile associated with each cluster;
determines a subset of clusters of the plurality of clusters associated with the set of attributes in the request; and
transmits the content to the UEs associated with the subset of clusters.

US Pat. No. 10,117,071

COMMUNICATION METHOD

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication method of using a communication terminal to communicate to a server and another apparatus via a network, the method comprising:accepting an operation instruction by said communication terminal;
requesting said server of contents according to said operation instruction by said communication terminal;
receiving said contents from said network according to said request from said communication terminal, by said communication terminal;
causing a first display to show said contents by said communication terminal;
determining whether connection with said another apparatus is established or not by said communication terminal;
transmitting said contents to said another apparatus after a determination is made that connection with said another apparatus is established by said communication terminal;
receiving said contents from said communication terminal by said another apparatus; and
changing said contents by said another apparatus so as to transmit to another server.

US Pat. No. 10,117,069

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING SELECTIVE ACCESS TO WIRELESS NETWORK RESOURCES USING DETAILED INFORMATION

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. A method, comprising:at a user terminal that is connected to a public cellular network via a dedicated connection to a base station;
receiving an indication of a plurality of services offered by a femtocell of a private network, wherein;
the private network comprises a group of user terminals approved for access to the femtocell; and
the user terminal is not a member of the private network; and
receiving, from the femtocell, at least one service from the plurality of services offered by the femtocell, wherein the dedicated connection between the user terminal and the base station is maintained and a connection to the femtocell is not established during the receiving of the at least one service from the femtocell and wherein the receiving the at least one service improves at least one aspect of service quality for the user terminal over that when the services are provided by the base station.

US Pat. No. 10,117,063

REAL-TIME LOCATING SYSTEM WITH LIMITED OR NO INFRASTRUCTURE AND METHOD OF USE

1. A locating system, comprising:a central server configured to receive and process data;
a device with a unique first identifier configured to be secured or assigned to a person or asset, the device having one or more sensors configured to immediately and continuously detect a first distance from a plurality of physical structures within a campus, the first distance being wirelessly transmitted as raw data to the central server; wherein the plurality of physical structures and subsequent plurality of structures are selectively recognized between static and moving objects based on intelligent object recognition;
a software installed on the central server and providing a computer implemented drawing of the campus, the computer implemented drawing having a database of floorplans and site plans associated with the campus; and
a unique second identifier incorporated into one of the plurality of physical structures, the unique second identifier configured to be wirelessly sensed by the device and provide the device with a campus information;
wherein the raw data is correlated to the database of floorplans, site plans, first identifier, and campus information, to determine a first location of the device within the campus;
wherein the central server is further configured to i) receive additional raw data from the device, the additional raw data related to subsequent plurality of distances from the subsequent plurality of structures in relation to the first distance within the campus; and ii) correlate the additional raw data to the first location to determine subsequent locations of the device.

US Pat. No. 10,117,052

TRACKING DEVICE OPERATION IN BEHAVIOR-CLASSIFIED ZONE

Tile, Inc., San Mateo, C...

1. A method for locating a tracking device, comprising:accessing, by a central tracking system, information describing a set of smart zones, each smart zone associated with a geographic boundary and a smart zone category, wherein an expected behavior of a tracking device located within a smart zone is different than an expected behavior of the tracking device outside the smart zone;
receiving, by a central tracking system from a mobile device, a location of the tracking device, the mobile device configured to provide the location of the tracking device to the central tracking system in response to receiving a communication from the tracking device;
determining, by the central tracking system, that the tracking device is located within a smart zone of the set of smart zones in response to the received location being located within the geographic boundary associated with the smart zone; and
in response to determining that the tracking device is located within the smart zone, providing, by the central tracking system, an instruction to the mobile device to configure the tracking device to operate in a smart zone mode based on the category of the smart zone, the mobile device configured to configure the tracking device to operate in the smart zone mode in response to receiving the instruction.

US Pat. No. 10,117,044

SHARING OF LOCATION-BASED CONTENT ITEM IN SOCIAL NETWORKING SERVICE

Facebook, Inc., Menlo Pa...

1. A method comprising:receiving information of a first user of a social networking service, the information comprising location information and activity information of one or more groups with which the first user is associated;
determining a list of distinct locations where a first user is likely to be located based on the received location and activity information;
sending the list of distinct locations to a communication device of the first user;
receiving, from the communication device, a location selected by the first user among the list of distinct locations to indicate the location of the first user;
retrieving information about public transport traveling from or through the selected location of the first user;
determining an updated location of the first user based on the selected location and the information about the public transport;
receiving, from the communication device, a content item, wherein the content item represents data posted by the first user and is transmitted from the communication device to the social networking service;
labeling the content item with the updated location; and
making the content item and the updated location available to a first viewing user at a first level of resolution and a second viewing user at a second level of resolution, the level of resolution based on the relationship of the viewing user to the first user.

US Pat. No. 10,117,043

SERIALLY-CONNECTED BLUETOOTH LOW ENERGY NODES

Symbol Technologies, LLC,...

1. An apparatus for serially-connected Bluetooth Low Energy nodes, the apparatus comprising:a cable including power wires;
a plurality of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) nodes connected in series with the power wires along a length of the cable; and
a power source connected at one point along the cable and operable to continuously provide power to the plurality of BLE nodes along the power wires so that each of the plurality of BLE nodes, when powered by the power source: (a) includes a transmit mode that transmits a first BLE beacon to a mobile device, and (b) when not in the transmit mode, functions in a receive mode by monitoring reception of a second BLE beacon from the mobile device, wherein, in the receive mode, a BLE node that received the second BLE beacon from the mobile device is configured to send a report including a first identification of the mobile device and a second identification of the BLE node to a locationing server via a headend interface connected to the cable, wherein
the locationing server is to determine a location of the mobile device based on the received second identification of the BLE node and a known location of the BLE node.

US Pat. No. 10,117,040

AUDIO SYSTEM AND METHOD OF EXTRACTING INDOOR REFLECTION CHARACTERISTICS

ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMU...

1. A method of extracting reflection characteristics, the method comprising:generating a detection signal based on an input signal and a modulation code;
outputting sound signals generated based on the detection signal through speakers;
measuring direct sound signals, among the output sound signals, directly from the speakers, or reflected sound signals, among the output sound signals, which are reflected by a wall of a space in which the speakers are installed;
extracting reflection characteristics of the space based on the measured direct or reflected sound signals and the modulation code, wherein the extracting comprises generating a characteristic image of sound propagation based on the measured direct or reflected sound signals and the modulation code, and verifying the reflection characteristics of the space based on the characteristic image of sound propagation by applying a feature point extracting algorithm to the generated characteristic image of sound propagation; and
outputting a sound signal which is optimized for the space based on the extracted reflection characteristics through the speakers.

US Pat. No. 10,117,039

AUDIO APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONVERTING AUDIO SIGNAL THEREOF

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

27. A method of converting an audio signal of an audio apparatus, the method comprising:determining an elevation component of a source by projecting a position of the source on a sound field of a two-dimensional (2D) plane onto a surface of a three-dimensional (3D) stereoscopic space, the source included in audio signals of a plurality of channels that form the sound field of the 2D plane; and
converting the audio signals of the plurality of channels into output audio signals of a plurality of channels based on the position and the elevation component of the source, wherein at least one channel among the output audio signals is an elevation channel.

US Pat. No. 10,117,030

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATION BETWEEN A TELEPHONE AND A HEARING AID

1. A telephone having an electronic processing circuit providing a processed audio signal supplied to a loudspeaker via an electrical signal line, and being modified by mounting an interface circuit to the telephone so the modified telephone becomes adapted to transfer a speaker signal from the telephone to a hearing aid via a dedicated wireless link; wherein interface circuit includes all of the following:an input connected to the electrical signal line for receiving the speaker signal,
an analog-to-digital converter for converting the speaker signal to a digital signal,
a processor for preparing the digital signal for transmission, and
a transceiver configured to establish the dedicated wireless link between the telephone and the hearing aid, whereby a signal representing sound picked up from the electronic processing circuit is sent to the hearing aid for processing in accordance with a user's hearing impairment.

US Pat. No. 10,117,029

METHOD OF OPERATING A HEARING AID SYSTEM AND A HEARING AID SYSTEM

1. A method of operating a hearing aid system comprising the steps ofa) providing a first input signal from a first acoustical-electrical input transducer,
b) branching the first input signal and hereby providing, in a first branch, the first input signal to a first analysis filter bank and providing, in a second branch, the first input signal to a first summation unit, wherein the first analysis filter is adapted to—split the first input signal into a first plurality of frequency band signals,
c) branching the first plurality of frequency band signals and hereby providing, in a third branch, the first plurality of frequency band signals to an adaptive filter coefficient calculator and providing, in a fourth branch, the first plurality of frequency band signals to a corresponding first plurality of adaptive filters,
d) branching the adaptively filtered first plurality of frequency band signals and hereby providing, in a fifth branch, the adaptively filtered first plurality of frequency band signals to a first synthesis filter bank and providing, in a sixth branch, the adaptively filtered first plurality of frequency band signals to a corresponding first multi-band beam former,
e) providing a first error signal as the output signal from the first synthesis filter bank subtracted from the first input signal,
providing a second input signal from a second acoustical-electrical input transducer,
carrying out the method steps b) to e) for the second input signal using a second summation unit, a second analysis filter bank, a second plurality of adaptive filters and a second synthesis filter bank,
determining the filter coefficients for the first and second plurality of adaptive filters, using the adaptive filter coefficient calculator, based on the first error signal and the first plurality of frequency band signals, wherein the determined filter coefficients are selected to be identical for the first and second plurality of adaptive filters,
providing the output signal from the first multi-band beam former to a third synthesis filter bank,
providing the output signal from the third synthesis filter bank to a third summation unit,
providing the first and the second error signals to a second beam former,
providing the output signal from the second beam former to the third summation unit, and hereby providing as output signal from the third summation unit the sum of the output signal from the third synthesis filter bank and from the second beam former.

US Pat. No. 10,117,028

STRESS DECOUPLING IN MEMS TRANSDUCERS

Cirrus Logic, Inc., Aust...

1. A MEMS transducer comprising:a substrate having a first surface;
a membrane formed relative to a cavity in the substrate;
one or more bonding structures coupled to the substrate, wherein the one or more bonding structures, during use, mechanically couple the MEMS transducer to an associated substrate;
a sealing element for providing a seal, during use, in relation to the substrate and the associated substrate; and
a stress decoupling member coupled between the substrate and the sealing element, for allowing movement of the sealing element relative to the substrate, wherein the stress decoupling member comprises:
a first arm having a first end coupled to the first surface of the substrate, wherein the first arm extends from the first surface; and
a second arm having a first end coupled to a second end of the first arm, wherein a second end of the second arm is free to move; and
wherein the sealing element is coupled between the first and second ends of the second arm.

US Pat. No. 10,117,027

MICROPHONE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A MICROPHONE

TDK Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A microphone comprising:a substrate;
a spring element plastically elongated in a direction perpendicular to the substrate;
a transducer element in electrical contact with the substrate by way of the spring element; and
a cover to which the transducer element is fastened, wherein the transducer element is arranged between the cover and the substrate, and
wherein the spring element has a clear height of at least 30 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,117,025

ELECTRODYNAMIC SOUND TRANSDUCER

1. An electrodynamic sound transducer comprising:a diaphragm forming a closed surface, the diaphragm comprising:
a dome; and
a surround;
a voice coil that is fastened to the diaphragm;
a first magnet ring defining a first plane on one side of the diaphragm;
a second magnet ring defining a second plane on a second side of the diaphragm;
wherein the voice coil or the dome is arranged between the first plane and second plane;
wherein a magnetization direction of the first magnet ring is opposite to a magnetization direction of the second magnet ring;
wherein the first magnet ring is beveled at a side facing the diaphragm, and the second magnet ring is beveled at a side facing the diaphragm, and beveled sides of the first and second magnet rings are adapted to a geometry of the diaphragm;
wherein, in cross section, the beveled side of the first magnet ring is parallel to the beveled side of the second magnet ring; and
wherein an inner diameter of the voice coil substantially corresponds to an outer diameter of the first magnet ring, an outer diameter of the second magnet ring, or both.

US Pat. No. 10,117,023

AUDIO ENHANCEMENT

Cirrus Logic, Inc., Aust...

1. An electronic device comprising:first and second loudspeakers;
the first loudspeaker having a higher power rating and a greater response at lower frequencies than the second loudspeaker;
a switching amplifier for driving said first loudspeaker; and
a signal processing module configured to receive an input audio signal and generate first and second output audio channels for said first and second loudspeakers respectively;
wherein the signal processing module is operable in a first mode and a second mode, wherein in the second mode the first output audio channel is limited so as to only comprise components of the input audio data below a filter cut-off frequency and in the first mode the first output audio channel may comprise at least some components of the input audio data above the cut-off frequency; and
wherein a switching frequency of the switching amplifier is greater in the first mode than in the second mode.

US Pat. No. 10,117,022

PORTABLE AUXILIARY UNIT FOR VOICE ACTIVATED MEDIA PLAYER

Ninety7, Inc., Wheaton, ...

1. A portable auxiliary unit for coupling with a non-integral mobile audio player, the portable auxiliary unit comprising:a rechargeable battery pack;
a speaker assembly;
a connector assembly for operatively connecting at least one of the speaker assembly or the rechargeable battery pack to the non-integral mobile audio player, the connector assembly being movable relative to the rechargeable battery pack and the speaker assembly; and
a cylindrical receiving cup positioned over the rechargeable battery pack and speaker assembly, the cylindrical receiving cup comprising:
a substantially flat, circular seat for the non-integral mobile audio player,
a wall extending upward from the circular seat and comprising at least one access port for receiving at least a portion of the connector assembly there through, and
an open top formed by the wall, opposite the seat, for receiving the non-integrated mobile audio player.

US Pat. No. 10,117,021

AUDIO FEEDBACK REDUCTION UTILIZING ADAPTIVE FILTERS AND NONLINEAR PROCESSING

Polycom, Inc., San Jose,...

1. A system for eliminating audio acoustic feedback, comprising:one or more speakers configured to produce an output audio signal;
one or more microphones configured to capture an input audio signal, wherein the input audio signal may comprise at least a portion of the output audio signal;
an audio mixer operatively coupled to the one or more microphones;
an audio amplifier operatively coupled to the one or more speakers; and
a feedback elimination system operatively coupled between the audio mixer and the audio amplifier, the feedback elimination system configured to:
analyze, using a dual-subband data structure with a first crossover frequency, the input audio signal, wherein each subband comprises two or more adaptive filter taps;
estimate an echo return loss in the input audio signal;
detect a double talk condition in the input audio signal;
suppress echo in the input audio signal based, at least in part, on the analysis of the input audio signal, the estimated echo return loss, and the detected double talk condition; and
synthesize the output audio signal based, at least in part, on the input audio signal with suppressed echo.

US Pat. No. 10,117,020

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RESTORING MICROELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEM TRANSDUCER OPERATION FOLLOWING PLOSIVE EVENT

Cirrus Logic, Inc., Aust...

1. A system comprising: control circuitry for detecting a plosive event associated with a microphone transducer and in response to the plosive event, causing restoration of acoustic sense operation of the microphone transducer and a processing circuit associated with the microphone transducer by modifying a pole of a charge-pump filter at an output of a charge pump for generating a bias voltage for the microphone transducer.

US Pat. No. 10,117,019

NOISE-REDUCING DIRECTIONAL MICROPHONE ARRAY

MH Acoustics LLC, Summit...

1. A method for processing audio signals, comprising:(a) generating first and second cardioid signals from first and second microphone signals;
(b) generating a first weight factor;
(c) applying the first weight factor to the second cardioid signal to generate a weighted second cardioid signal;
(d) combining the first cardioid signal and the weighted second cardioid signal to generate a first output audio signal corresponding to a first beampattern, wherein step (b) comprises adaptively generating the first weight factor to minimize the first output audio signal;
(e) using the first weight factor to determine whether or not the first and second microphone signals are uncorrelated signals; and
(f) performing, if step (e) determines that the first and second microphone signals are uncorrelated signals, uncorrelated noise suppression processing on the first output audio signal, wherein uncorrelated noise suppression processing is not performed on the first output audio signla if step (e) determines that the first and second microphone signals are not uncorrelated signals.

US Pat. No. 10,117,017

HEADPHONE AND ACOUSTIC CHARACTERISTIC ADJUSTMENT METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A headphone, comprising:a driver unit that includes a vibration plate; and
a housing configured to house the driver unit,
wherein the vibration plate is on a first side of the housing, and
wherein the housing comprises:
an air-tight first air chamber,
wherein a part of the air-tight first air chamber, except for an opening for sound output, is spatially blocked from an outside of the housing, and
wherein the air-tight first air chamber is on the first side of the housing;
a second air chamber on a second side of the housing,
wherein the second side of the housing is an opposite side to
the first side of the housing; and
an acoustic tube in a partial region of a partition wall of the housing,
wherein the housing constitutes the second air chamber,
wherein the acoustic tube is configured to spatially connect the second air chamber and the outside of the housing,
wherein an acoustic capacity of the headphone is based on a capacity component of the second air chamber and an acoustic inductance of the acoustic tube,
wherein a value of the acoustic inductance is determined based on a length of the acoustic tube and an inner cross-sectional area of the acoustic tube, and
wherein a ratio of the length of the acoustic tube to the inner cross-sectional area of the acoustic tube is at least 13 (1/mm).

US Pat. No. 10,117,016

EARPHONE CAPABLE OF REDUCING PRESSURE IN EAR CANAL AND PROVIDING ENHANCED SOUND QUALITY AND METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME

1. An earphone capable of reducing pressure in an ear canal and providing enhanced sound quality, comprising:an earphone body having opposing front and rear ends and a receiving space formed therein, the earphone body having an air channel formed therein with openings at each of the front and rear ends of the earphone body and providing open fluid communication therebetween, the air channel being fluidly separated from the receiving space;
a vibrating membrane disposed in the receiving space; and
a loudspeaker disposed in the receiving space in correspondence with the vibrating membrane to generate acoustic waves, and wherein reflected acoustic waves are conveyed through the air channel to exit therefrom through the openings in the rear end of the earphone body.

US Pat. No. 10,117,015

EARPHONES OPTIMIZED FOR USERS WITH SMALL EAR ANATOMY

LOGITECH EUROPE, S.A., L...

1. An earphone comprising:a speaker component configured to generate sound;
a housing; and
a tip coupled to the housing, the tip having a length extending away from the housing in a first direction and comprising:
a first section extending to a leading end of the tip and having a first aperture at least partially formed by an interior wall of the first section, the first section further including an outer profile that forms a first exterior surface of the tip and the earphone; and
a second section having a second aperture at least partially formed by an interior wall of the second section, the second section further including an outer profile that forms a second exterior surface of the tip and the earphone, wherein
the second section is disposed between the first section and the housing,
a largest thickness dimension in a second direction across the outer profile of the first section of the tip is smaller than a largest thickness dimension in the second direction across the outer profile of the second section of the tip, the second direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction,
the speaker component is at least partially disposed within the second aperture,
the speaker component includes a first portion disposed outside of the housing and extending towards the first section inside the tip, and
a largest thickness dimension in the second direction across an outer profile of the speaker component is larger than a largest thickness dimension in the second direction across an inner profile of the first aperture in at least one dimension.

US Pat. No. 10,117,014

POWER CONTROL FOR BATTERY POWERED PERSONAL AREA NETWORK DEVICE SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A method for managing a wireless earpiece, comprising:powering circuitry of the wireless earpiece utilizing a low power mode in response to detecting a magnetic field is applied to the wireless earpiece; and
altering the power sent to the circuitry of the wireless earpiece to a high power mode in response to detecting a magnetic field is not applied to one or more of the wireless earpieces.

US Pat. No. 10,117,013

DIGITALLY DRIVEN HEADPHONE

AUDIO-TECHNICA CORPORATIO...

1. A digitally driven headphone comprising:a first sound emission unit;
a second sound emission unit; and
a signal line, wherein
the first sound emission unit comprises:
at least one magnetic body into which the signal line is inserted,
a signal processing circuit configured to process digital signals from a sound source,
a circuit board on which the signal processing circuit is disposed,
a driving part configured to drive in response to the digital signals processed by the signal processing circuit, and
a diaphragm configured to vibrate in response to driving of the driving part,
wherein the driving part comprises:
a magnetic circuit, and
a voice coil which is disposed in a magnetic flux generated in the magnetic circuit,
the signal processing circuit has an output part disposed at an end portion of the circuit board which outputs the digital signals processed by the signal processing circuit to the voice coil and the second sound emission unit,
the signal line is inserted into the at least one magnetic body, and is connected to the output part of the signal processing circuit and the second sound emission unit, and
the at least one magnetic body is disposed adjacent to the output part.

US Pat. No. 10,117,012

WIRELESS EAR BUDS WITH PROXIMITY SENSORS

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A wireless ear bud, comprising:a housing configured to be placed in a user's ear;
a speaker in the housing;
a concha sensor in the housing, wherein the concha sensor emits light that is reflected off of a concha of the user's ear and receives the light that is reflected off of the concha of the user's ear while the housing is in the user's ear, and wherein the concha sensor produces a first output in response to the received light;
a tragus sensor in the housing, wherein the tragus sensor emits light that is reflected off of a tragus of the user's ear and receives the light that is reflected off of the tragus of the user's ear while the housing is in the user's ear, and wherein the tragus sensor produces a second output in response to the received light;
control circuitry in the housing that monitors the first and second outputs, wherein, in response to both the first and second outputs being positive for a predetermined period of time, the control circuitry stops monitoring the first output and only monitors the second output; and
an accelerometer in the housing that is configured to produce an accelerometer output indicative of movement of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,117,011

ADJUSTABLE HOLDER FOR A MICROPHONE ACCESSORY AND METHOD OF USE

The Music People, Inc., ...

1. A holder for securing a microphone, comprising:a bracket having a body extending along a bracket axis between a first end and a second end;
a mounting bar having a body extending along a mounting bar axis between a first end and a second end, the mounting bar having a platform extending from the second end of the body;
a first fastener securing the mounting bar to the bracket such that the mounting bar axis is generally parallel to the bracket axis, the first fastener being releasable such that the mounting bar is adjustable in a direction parallel to the bracket axis when the first fastener is released and the mounting bar is fixed relative to the bracket when the first fastener is secured;
an arm having a body extending along an arm axis between a first end and a second end;
a second fastener securing the first end of the arm to the platform, the second fastener being releasable such that the arm is rotatable about the mounting bar axis when the second fastener is released and the arm is fixed relative to the platform when the second fastener is secured;
a threaded post disposed on the second end of the arm, the threaded post being configured to mate with a microphone accessory;
wherein the arm is a first arm and the holder further comprises:
a second arm having a body extending along a second arm axis between a first end and a second end;
a third fastener securing the first end of the second arm to the platform, the third fastener being releasable such that the second arm is rotatable about the mounting bar axis when the third fastener is released and the second arm is fixed about the mounting bar axis when the third fastener is secured.

US Pat. No. 10,117,010

WIRELESSLY CAPABLE SPORTS MOUTHGUARD FOR COMMUNICATION

1. A mouthguard for wirelessly transmitting audio signals to a user via bone conduction, the mouthguard comprising:an outer portion, a bottom portion, and an inner portion, the inner portion being separated from the outer portion by the bottom portion;
at least one wireless antenna;
at least one speaker; and
a controller configured to receive a signal and output the signal to the at least one speaker,
wherein each of the outer portion, the bottom portion, and the inner portion form an outer shell of the mouthguard, the outer shell comprising an inner surface, which faces towards teeth of the user, and an outer surface, which faces away from the teeth of the user, and
wherein the at least one speaker is embedded within the mouthguard, separated from the teeth of the user, and spaced apart from the inner surface of the mouthguard.

US Pat. No. 10,117,009

PORTABLE LOUDSPEAKERS

Bose Corporation, Framin...

1. A portable loudspeaker comprising:an enclosure that defines an acoustic cavity;
an electro-acoustic transducer disposed within the acoustic cavity;
a strap having a first end that is fixedly coupled to the enclosure and a second end that is releasably coupled to the enclosure;
a speaker grille disposed along a rear surface of the enclosure, wherein the strap overlies the speaker grille when the second end of the strap is secured to the enclosure,
wherein the speaker grille is disposed in a recess formed along the rear surface of the enclosure, and
wherein the strap overlies the speaker grille in a non-contact manner when the second end of the strap is secured to the enclosure.

US Pat. No. 10,117,008

MODULAR SPEAKER COVER

SSV WORKS, INC., Oxnard,...

19. A modular speaker cover for covering a speaker, comprising:a modular grille comprising an outer frame, a center frame, and a plurality of arms connecting said outer frame to said center frame, said outer frame comprising a plurality of first holes; and
a grille insert on said modular grille, said grille insert being removably attached to said modular grille such that said grille insert substantially covers said plurality of arms, said grille insert comprising second holes on opposite ends of said insert;
wherein said first and second holes align when said grille insert is attached to said modular grille, and wherein said modular grille and said grille insert are configured to removably attach to a speaker by a plurality of attachment mechanisms engaged through said first and second holes.

US Pat. No. 10,117,007

ROUTING NODE, OPTICAL SWITCHING NETWORK, AND OPTICAL SIGNAL TRANSMISSION METHOD

Huawei Technologies Co..,...

1. A routing node comprises:a transmission waveguide;
an optical buffer that includes an optical buffer output end and configured to:
receive an optical signal; and
parse the optical signal to obtain an identifier of a destination routing node; and
a switching node that includes a switching node output end coupled to the transmission waveguide and a switching node input end coupled to the optical buffer output end, the switching node further includes a switch and an arbiter, the switch including a switch first end coupled to the optical buffer output end and a switch second end coupled to the transmission waveguide, and the arbiter including an arbiter input end coupled to the optical buffer output end and an arbiter output end coupled to the switch first end, the arbiter configured to:
receive the identifier from the optical buffer;
determine, according to the identifier, whether an output port required by the destination routing node is in an idle state or a busy state;
control the optical buffer to store the optical signal when the output port is in a busy state; and
send the optical signal to the destination routing node using the transmission waveguide when the output port is in an idle state,
wherein the transmission waveguide corresponds to the output port.

US Pat. No. 10,117,006

HYBRID FIBER COAXIAL NODE

Comcast Cable Communicati...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by an optical/electrical (O/E) node via a fiber optic leg of a network, a binary modulated optical signal comprising data blocks formatted in accordance with a first medium access control (MAC) protocol and a second MAC protocol that is different from the first MAC protocol, wherein the O/E node joins the fiber optic leg and a coaxial cable leg of the network, and wherein communications over the coaxial cable leg are formatted in accordance with the first MAC protocol;
recovering, by the O/E node, the data blocks from the received binary modulated optical signal;
extracting, by the O/E node and from the recovered data blocks, downstream data blocks formatted in accordance with the first MAC protocol;
extracting, by the O/E node and from the recovered data blocks, a downstream management message formatted in accordance with the first MAC protocol; and
transmitting, by the O/E node to at least one device via the coaxial cable leg as part of a downstream communication signal, the extracted downstream data blocks and the extracted downstream management message.

US Pat. No. 10,117,005

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DEVICE ACTION AND CONFIGURATION BASED ON USER CONTEXT DETECTION FROM SENSORS IN PERIPHERAL DEVICES

INTEL CORPORATION, Santa...

1. A mobile device comprising:an interface to receive audio data from a sensor of a wearable peripheral device worn by a user; and
at least one processor to:
identify when the user is eating based on the audio data indicating the user is at least one of chewing or swallowing, the audio data generated in response to at least one of movement or sound of the user,
detect completion of the eating based on the audio data, and
configure the mobile device to generate a reminder to the user in response to the detection of the completion of the eating, the reminder to remind the user to take medication following the completion of the eating.

US Pat. No. 10,117,004

METHOD FOR SIMULTANEOUSLY DETECTING A PLURALITY OF RFID TAGS USING MULTIUSER DETECTION

Collision Communications,...

1. A method for distinguishing responses received by an RFID detector from a plurality of simultaneously queried RFID tags, the method comprising:querying the plurality of RFID tags;
receiving an aggregated RF response from the plurality of RFID tags; and
applying multiuser detection including jointly demodulating a plurality of colliding RFID tag responses included in the aggregated RF response according to at least one estimated parameter so as to distinguish each of the RFID tag responses included in the aggregated RF response.

US Pat. No. 10,117,003

DISTRIBUTED WILD FIRE ALERT SYSTEM

1. A sensor device for detecting and managing wildfires, the sensor device comprising:one or more of sensors generating sensor data by measuring conditions in the vicinity of the sensor device, the sensor data related to monitoring wildfires;
a microprocessor connected to the one or more of sensors and operable to process and store sensor data; and
a transceiver connected to and controlled by the microprocessor;
wherein the sensor device is powered by heat from a fire allowing the sensor device to send data related to the measured conditions using the transceiver before the sensor device is consumed by the fire and wherein the one or more sensors, microprocessor, and transceiver are configured to lie dormant until powered on by heat from the fire.

US Pat. No. 10,117,002

CONTROLLED SIGNALS USING SIGNAL GUIDES FOR SENSOR DEVICES

Cooper Technologies Compa...

1. A signal guide for a sensor device, the signal guide comprising:a base comprising a first proximal aperture, wherein the first proximal aperture has a first cross-sectional profile, wherein the first proximal aperture is configured to be disposed proximate to a first transceiver element of the sensor device;
a body disposed adjacent to the base, wherein the body comprises a first main channel that adjoins the first proximal aperture;
a distal end disposed adjacent to the body opposite the base, wherein the distal end comprises a first distal aperture that adjoins the first main channel, wherein the first distal aperture has a second cross-sectional profile, wherein the first distal aperture is configured to be disposed proximate to an ambient environment; and
a pair of gaps that traverse the base and the body adjacent to the first main channel, wherein the pair of gaps are used, in part, to form variations in a first main channel cross-sectional profile of at least a portion of the first main channel,
wherein the first proximal aperture, the first main channel, and the first distal aperture form a first continuous channel,
wherein the first cross-sectional profile is different than the second cross-sectional profile, and
wherein the first continuous channel is configured to transfer signals between the first transceiver element of the sensor device and the ambient environment.

US Pat. No. 10,117,001

DATA PROCESSING DEVICE AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A data processing device comprising:processing circuitry configured to
generate L1 signaling part 2 data under the digital video broadcasting (DVB)-C2, the L1 signaling part 2 data including an emergency alarm signal related to an emergency alarm, and
generate a transmission frame that includes a preamble portion and a data portion, the preamble portion including the L1 signaling part 2 data; and
a transmitter configured to transmit the generated transmission frame to a data receiving device which presents the emergency alarm to a user based on the emergency alarm signal, wherein
the L1 signaling part 2 data includes control data used to demodulate the data portion.

US Pat. No. 10,116,999

METHOD FOR ADVERTISERS TO SPONSOR BROADCASTS WITHOUT COMMERCIALS

Firtiva Corporation, Cup...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving a transmission of a broadcast, the transmission including embedded information and content, the embedded information including data associated with the content, the data comprising at least one of a TV channel, content name, timestamp, time slice, and sponsor identification;
determining if there is any embedded information in the broadcast;
extracting the content from the broadcast by use of a decoder to split the extracted content from the embedded information, the embedded information being one or more data packets inserted in the broadcast with a frame of content;
sending the extracted content to a display;
examining the embedded information for an end-of-slice marker that signals the end of a time slice;
maintaining viewing counters to keep track of how much time a viewer spent viewing the content corresponding to the time slice;
recording the viewing counters as viewing information when the end of a time slice is detected, the time slice corresponding to the sponsor identification;
storing the embedded information on a storage device of a computer;
transmitting a user identifier and the viewing information to a remote server; and
receiving an enticement based on the embedded information, the viewing information, user information retrieved based on the user identifier, and a sponsor of the time slice corresponding to the sponsor identification.

US Pat. No. 10,116,998

INTERNET PROTOCOL TELEVISION STREAMING METHODS AND APPARATUS

VIRTUAL MARKETING INCORPO...

1. An Internet Protocol (“IP”) television streaming apparatus comprising:a plurality of remote access points, each remote access point configured to provide line termination for television programming received via a data feed from a television service provider, the respective remote access point being specifically assigned to an application operating on a client device for maintaining a one-to-one correspondence between the application and the respective data feed from the television service provider;
a connection controller configured to:
encrypt the television programming received from the respective remote access point;
determine the television programming received in the respective remote access point is to be transmitted to the specific application operating on the client device; and
transmit the encrypted television programming to the application via a secure communication channel; and
a management controller configured to:
provision a virtual local area network between the respective remote access point and the connection controller; and
provision the secure communication channel from the connection controller to the application operating on the client device,
wherein the application is configured to decrypt the television programming and provide an interface for viewing the television programming.

US Pat. No. 10,116,997

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING/RECEIVING CONTENT IN A BROADCAST SYSTEM

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method of transmitting media data, the method comprising:identifying a package including a plurality of assets, transport characteristics of each asset of the plurality of assets, and composition information on the plurality of assets; and
transmitting the package,
wherein the composition information includes information on spatial and temporal relationships among the plurality of assets,
wherein the information on spatial and temporal relationships comprises synchronization information for synchronizing the plurality of assets in the package, and target characteristic information required to at least one device for presenting each of the plurality of assets,
wherein the target characteristic information includes information for indicating whether the plurality of assets in the package are required to be presented across two or more screens, the plurality of assets being different from each other, and information indicating whether the plurality of assets in the package require a user interactive input, and
wherein the transport characteristics include quality of service (QoS) information and delivery direction information of the plurality of assets.

US Pat. No. 10,116,996

DEVICES AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING REMOTE CONTROL HINTS ON A DISPLAY

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A method comprising:at an electronic device in communication with a display and one or more input devices:
concurrently displaying, on the display:
a plurality of representations of content items that a user of the electronic device has viewed on the electronic device, wherein a first representation of a first content item of the plurality of representations has a current focus, and the plurality of representations of content items are arranged according to a recency with which the user of the electronic device viewed the corresponding content items, wherein the first content item is partially watched; and
a representation of content from the first content item;
while concurrently displaying the plurality of representations of content items and the representation of content from the first content item, receiving, via the one or more input devices, a sequence of one or more inputs selecting the first representation of the first content item;
in response to receiving the sequence of one or more inputs selecting the first representation of the first content item, resuming playback, on the display, of the first content item from a playback location at which playback of the first content item was previously stopped;
while concurrently displaying the plurality of representations of content items and the representation of the content from the first content item, receiving, via the one or more input devices, an input corresponding to a request to move the current focus from the first representation of the first content item to a second representation of a second content item of the plurality of representations; and
in response to receiving the input corresponding to the request to move the current focus from the first representation of the first content item to the second representation of the second content item:
moving the current focus from the first representation of the first content item to the second representation of the second content item;
ceasing the display of the representation of the content from the first content item; and
concurrently displaying the plurality of representations of content items and a representation of content from the second content item.

US Pat. No. 10,116,995

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ORGANIZING GROUP CONTENT PRESENTATIONS AND GROUP COMMUNICATIONS DURING THE SAME

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A viewing event site server-based method of conducting a viewing event of a content item for a group of participants and for providing communications therebetween, comprising:a. receiving at a server corresponding to a viewing event site identification data about at least two viewing systems corresponding to potential participants of a group for a viewing event, wherein the identification data includes at least data about an account with a service associated with each viewing system, wherein the viewing event corresponds to a content item accessible to each viewing system through their respective service accounts on the viewing event site;
b. transmitting from the viewing event site an invitation to the viewing systems corresponding to potential participants of the group and polling potential participants of the group about a commencement time of the viewing event;
c. receiving a response to the invitation from one or more viewing systems corresponding to potential participants of the group, wherein if the response is to join the group, then creating the group of participants based on such responses and transmitting a code from the viewing event site to each participant of the group, the code allowing each participant of the group to access the content item through their service account on the viewing event site at or before a commencement time of the viewing event determined by the polling;
d. determining whether to encrypt and pre-load a portion of the content item on a participant's system prior to commencement of the viewing event to compensate for bandwidth limitations that might exist on the participant's network connection, the encryption serving to disallow playback of the content item prior to commencement of the viewing event;
e. at the commencement time of the viewing event, sending a signal to each viewing system of the group of participants, the signal acting to begin playback of the content item on each viewing system through their respective service account on the viewing event site, whereby the viewing event is begun;
f. operating a chat channel for the group of participants before, during, or after the viewing event; and
g. allowing trick playback of a content item by at least one authorized participant, and following trick playback of the content item by the authorized participant, resynchronizing all viewing systems of the group to a common location in the playback of the content item.

US Pat. No. 10,116,994

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING PARENTAL OR GUARDIAN CONTROL AND VISUALIZATION OVER COMMUNICATIONS TO VARIOUS DEVICES IN THE HOME

Time Warner Cable Enterpr...

1. A method of operating a home network monitoring device located in a home including:detecting, at the home network monitoring device, delivery of content via a home network to at least one user of the home network;
determining if any user of the home network to which the content was delivered is subject to monitoring;
in response to determining that a user of home network is subject to monitoring, storing, in a storage device located in the home, portions of content delivered to the user subject to monitoring via the home network along with i) content consumption information including an amount of time spent by the user subject to monitoring viewing the content and ii) information identifying the user subject to monitoring; and
in response to determining that there were no users of the home network subject to monitoring, skipping said storing step;
presenting some of the stored portions of content to a person responsible for setting content restrictions applicable to the user subject to monitoring, said person responsible for setting content restrictions having exclusive control over the content consumption information of the user subject to monitoring; and
subjecting further content delivery to the user subject to monitoring to restrictions established by the person responsible for setting content restrictions applicable to the user subject to monitoring.

US Pat. No. 10,116,993

SERIES REMINDERS AND SERIES RECORDING FROM AN INTERACTIVE TELEVISION PROGRAM GUIDE

Rovi Guides, Inc., San J...

1. A system for generating reminders for new program episodes in a series of program episodes, the system comprising:a server communicatively coupled to control circuitry using a communication link, wherein the server is configured to:
transmit, using the communication link, a video stream of a program episode to the control circuitry;
maintain a program listings database including series information data for the program episode, the series information data including:
a first indicator indicating that the program episode is part of a series of program episodes, and
a second indicator indicating that the program episode is a new program episode;
transmit, using the communication link, to the control circuitry, the first indicator indicating that the program episode is part of the series of program episodes, wherein the control circuitry causes a display device to display:
a program listing for the program episode,
a user-selectable first option to generate a reminder for rerun program episodes and new program episodes, and
a user-selectable second option to generate a reminder for only the new program episodes of the series of program episodes, wherein the user-selectable first option is displayed together with the user-selectable second option;
receive, using the communication link, from the control circuitry, a user selection of the second option;
identify, from the program listings database, that the program episode is associated with the second indicator; and
add a reminder entry for the program episode to a reminders list, wherein the control circuitry causes the display device to display a reminder message associated with the reminder entry.

US Pat. No. 10,116,992

METHOD OF PROVIDING PROGRAM MONITORING INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING SYSTEM USING THE SAME

Alticast Corporation, Se...

1. A user terminal comprising:a display unit configured to display a particular program; and
a monitoring information manager unit configured to display program monitoring information through the display unit, wherein
the program monitoring information informs a viewer of the user terminal of channel changes made by at least one other viewer of at least one other terminal different from the user terminal,
the program monitoring information includes information involving a channel-changing circumstance in which the user terminal and the at least one other terminal display the same program of a first channel simultaneously, and the at least one other terminal subsequently changes from the program of the first channel to at least one program of one or more other channels different from the first channel,
the at least one program of the one or more other channels is different from the program of the first channel,
broadcasting is displayed without displaying the program monitoring information when a specific criterion relating to at least one of channel-changing, a channel change rate, and a viewership rating is not met,
the program monitoring information is automatically displayed with the broadcasting on the screen when the specific criterion is met while the user terminal is activated,
the program monitoring information indicates a proportion of other terminals which change from the program of the first channel to the at least one program of the one or more other channels,
the program monitoring information includes a channel change rate object and a changed channel object, the channel change rate corresponding to the percentage of viewers who have changed to the other channel from among the viewers who were watching the first channel being watched by the user,
the program monitoring information further includes at least one of a currently viewed channel object, a movement indication object, a changed-channel image object, and a user profile of the other terminal, and
when the changed channel object or the changed-channel image object is selected, a screen of the user terminal automatically switches to a channel corresponding to the selection.

US Pat. No. 10,116,991

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATICALLY GENERATING SUPPLEMENTAL CONTENT FOR A MEDIA ASSET BASED ON A USER'S PERSONAL MEDIA COLLECTION

Rovi Guides, Inc., San J...

1. A method for selecting storage location for a media asset, the method comprising:monitoring user interaction with a plurality of media assets delivered to at least one user device to create a first set of metadata keywords indicative of a user accessing media assets outside of a user's home location and a second set of metadata keywords indicative of the user accessing media assets at the user's home location;
providing the media asset to the at least one user device;
determining whether the media asset is being provided at the user's home location or outside of the user's home location; and
in response to determining that the user device is accessing the media asset at the user's home location:
comparing metadata of the media asset to the first set of metadata keywords and to the second set of metadata keywords;
in response to determining that metadata of the media asset matches the first set of metadata keywords better than the second set of metadata keywords, storing the media asset in a network storage;
in response to determining that metadata of the media asset matches the second set of metadata keywords better than the first set of metadata keywords, storing the media asset in a local storage of the first user device.

US Pat. No. 10,116,990

INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISTRIBUTING CONTENT INFORMATION

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information distribution method for a server apparatus to distribute image data and selected content information appended thereto, comprising the steps of:receiving, by receiver circuitry at the server from a first information processing terminal of a user, image data input by the user, text data input by the user appended to the image data and selectively edited text data comprised of said text data selectively edited by the user's first information processing terminal prior to being received by the server;
storing at the server the received image data at an addressable storage location;
storing in a user information database user information representing predetermined characteristics and activities of the user;
selecting, at the server apparatus, content information to be appended to said image data based on (a) the received text data, (b) the received edited text data and (c) the user information;
appending the selected content information to at least the image data;
providing a web page address of a web page related to and containing more information than the selected content information; and
transmitting, by transmitting circuitry, said image data with (a) the storage location address of said image data appended thereto, (b) the selected content information appended thereto and (c) the web page address appended thereto, to a second information processing terminal of a recipient;
wherein said image data, the edited text data and the content information are displayed on said second information processing terminal based on the storage location address of said image data; and
wherein specific information is shared by the user of said first information processing terminal with the recipient at said second information processing terminal via said server.

US Pat. No. 10,116,989

BUFFER REDUCTION USING FRAME DROPPING

Twitch Interactive, Inc.,...

1. A computing system for reducing a quantity of video frames stored in a video frame buffer during transmission of a video stream comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories having stored therein instructions that, upon execution by the one or more processors, cause the computing system perform operations comprising:
selecting, from among a plurality of video frames from the video frame buffer, at least a first video frame to drop from a video output for display, wherein the first video frame is selected for dropping based, at least in part, on at least one of a quantity of dropped video frames, a frequency of dropped video frames, or whether the first video frame is a reference frame;
dropping at least the first video frame from the video output;
determining not to drop at least a second video frame from the video output, the second video frame having a first video timestamp associated with the video frame buffer;
determining a second video timestamp for the second video frame associated with the video output;
determining a video timestamp difference between the first video timestamp and the second video timestamp;
determining an audio timestamp difference for a first audio frame from an audio frame buffer that is a difference between a first audio timestamp for the first audio frame associated with the audio frame buffer and a second audio timestamp for the first audio frame associated with an audio output;
selecting, from among a plurality of audio frames from the audio frame buffer, a second audio frame to drop from the audio output, wherein the second audio frame is selected for dropping based, at least in part, on a relationship between the audio timestamp difference and the video timestamp difference; and
dropping the second audio frame from the audio output.

US Pat. No. 10,116,988

SIGNAL TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A signal transmission device for transmitting/receiving data to/from a companion device, the signal transmission device comprising:a controller to set state variables using an application of the signal transmission device,
wherein the controller sets a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) state variable including URI information of the application, and a name state variable including a name of the application; and
a communicator to transmit values of the URI state variable and the name state variable to a companion application of the companion device,
wherein the controller sets a ready state variable indicating whether the application is prepared to engage in a communication and an access point state variable indicating a Transport Service Access Point (TSAP) at which the application is accepting a connection,
wherein the communicator transmits values of the ready state variable and the access point state variable to the companion application, and
wherein the communicator receives a connection request for the connection from the companion application based on values of the state variables.

US Pat. No. 10,116,986

DIGITAL VIDEO RECORDER STATE CACHE

TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPR...

1. A method comprising the steps of:maintaining a bookmark service database in communication with a plurality of set-top boxes, said bookmark service database comprising a plurality of bookmarks for a plurality of programs, each of said bookmarks in turn comprising a program identifier and a play position;
obtaining, at said bookmark service database, an indication that a given one of said set-top boxes has updated its cache with a bookmark action;
updating said bookmark service database to reflect said bookmark action; and
pushing, from said bookmark service database to said plurality of set-top boxes other than said given one of said set-top boxes, at least a portion of said bookmark service database for local caching on said plurality of set-top boxes,
wherein said pushing is carried out in response to said obtaining of said indication and wherein said subset includes an update to reflect said bookmark action.