US Pat. No. 10,363,819

METER CLUSTER ASSEMBLY

1. A meter cluster assembly, comprising:a meter cluster body including
a wall defining an open space,
a trench on a proximal edge of the wall, the trench having a discontinuous channel along a length of the trench,
at least one tab attachment location at predetermined positions not in the discontinuous channel,
a lip disposed on an aspect of the proximal edge of the wall, adjacent to a portion of the trench,
a tactile feature disposed on a visible surface of the lip,
a clip disposed on a hidden surface of the lip, opposite the tactile feature; and
a bezel including
a finished surface projecting radially from a visible aspect,
a plurality of fins projecting radially from a hidden aspect, and
at least one tab projecting from the hidden aspect.

US Pat. No. 10,363,812

VAPOUR RECOVERY SYSTEM AND VAPOUR CONTROL METHOD

Plastic Omnium Advanced I...

1. A vapour recovery system for recovering vapour coming from a vehicle tank comprising:a valve configured for being positionable in a closed position, an open position creating a passageway with a first size, and one or more intermediate positions each creating a passageway with a size which is smaller than said first size;
an actuator configured for operating said valve;
an electronic controller configured for controlling said actuator to position said valve in a sequence of positions over time, wherein said sequence comprises at least one of said one or more intermediate positions during a time period, said time period being larger than 1 second;
wherein the valve is arranged in a line of the vapour recovery system between a vapour outlet of the vehicle tank and the atmosphere;
wherein the actuator is a stepper-motor based linear actuator;
wherein the controlling comprises selecting at least one intermediate position of said one or more intermediate positions, the selection consisting in selecting a number of steps to be set from a predetermined reference position; and
wherein the controller is configured to:
in response to a positive detection of a refuelling event, position the valve in the open position;
monitor a level of liquid in the vehicle tank and, in response to the level reaching a predetermined threshold level, position the valve in the closed position; and
then reopen the valve by positioning the valve in an intermediate position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,805

HANDLING STRUT

BENTLEY MOTORS LIMITED, ...

1. A handling strut for a vehicle, the handling strut formed of at least two strut members; a first strut member for connection to a powertrain and a second strut member for connection to a structural member of the vehicle; wherein one of said strut members comprises a bushing and the other strut member comprises a shaft arranged to extend through an aperture in the bushing; wherein the aperture through the bushing is wider than the shaft, a predetermined air gap is provided between the shaft and the bushing, and the first strut member is decoupled from the second strut member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,804

VEHICLE ELECTRICALLY DRIVING ASSEMBLY

Jing-Jin Electric Technol...

1. A vehicle electrically driving assembly, connected to vehicle axle half shafts of a vehicle, whereinthe vehicle electrically driving assembly comprises: an electric motor, a speed reducer, an electromagnetic tooth-mounted clutch and a differential;
the speed reducer is provided with multiple stages of gears, an input shaft and an intermediate shaft;
the differential is connected between the vehicle axle half shafts;
the electromagnetic tooth-mounted clutch is installed on the intermediate shaft of the speed reducer; and
when the electromagnetic tooth-mounted clutch is in engagement, a driving force of the electric motor is transmitted to the vehicle axle half shafts via the speed reducer and the electromagnetic law clutch, to provide the driving force to the vehicle;
the speed reducer comprises: a first stage driving gear, a first stage driven gear, a second stage driving gear and a second stage driven gear, and the gears of the same stage are in engagement; and
the electromagnetic tooth-mounted clutch comprises: a fixed face tooth, a movable face tooth, a solenoid assembly and a return elastic assembly, and when the solenoid assembly is powered off, the return elastic assembly drives the movable face tooth to reset, the return elastic assembly is a spring, an elastic sheet, a diaphragm spring or a spring assembly, and the spring assembly comprises several springs.

US Pat. No. 10,363,786

BALL SOCKET ASSEMBLY WITH A LOW FRICTION BEARING

Federal-Mogul Motorparts ...

7. A socket assembly, comprising:a housing with an inner bore which extends along a central axis from a closed first end to an open second end;
a ball stud including a ball portion that is disposed in said inner bore of said housing and including a shank portion which projects out of said housing through said open second end;
a backing bearing disposed in said inner bore and slidably supporting said ball portion of said ball stud;
a pair of thrust washers disposed in said inner bore of said housing between said closed first end of said housing and said backing bearing and operatively supporting said backing bearing to allow low friction rotation of said backing bearing relative to said housing;
one of said thrust washers being in direct contact with said backing bearing;
a washer spring disposed in said inner bore of said housing between said thrust washers and said closed first end of said housing;
wherein the one of said thrust washers that is not in direct contact with said backing bearing is in direct contact with said washer spring; and
wherein said backing bearing is able to move in a radial direction within said inner bore of said housing.

US Pat. No. 10,363,785

TOW HOOK SEAL ASSEMBLY WITH INTEGRATED BUMPER BOLT COVER

Ford Global Technologies,...

11. A tow hook seal assembly for a vehicle, comprising:a housing;
a tow hook seal held in said housing;
a first bumper bolt opening;
a second bumper bolt opening; and
a cover having a U-shape from a front elevation view of the vehicle and including a first section covering said first bumper bolt opening, a second section covering said second bumper bolt opening and a bridge section connecting said first section and said second section.

US Pat. No. 10,363,783

TIRE SENSOR MOUNTING ASSEMBLY, VEHICLE WHEEL BALANCER, COMBINATION TIRE SENSOR MOUNTING ASSEMBLY AND WHEEL BALANCER, METHOD FOR MOUNTING A TIRE SENSOR TO A VEHICLE PART, AND METHOD FOR BALANCING A VEHICLE WHEEL

ITIRE, LLC, Rock Hill, S...

1. A combination vehicle tire sensor assembly and in-tire wheel balancer adapted for residing inside a pneumatic tire mounted on a wheel rim of a motor vehicle, said combination comprising:a flexible mounting cable secured to said sensor assembly, and adapted for extending circumferentially within an annular space formed between the tire and wheel rim;
a counterweight secured to said mounting cable a spaced distance from said sensor assembly; and
a substantially hollow balancer belt adjacent said sensor assembly and counterweight, and defining a circumferentially-extending exterior groove designed for receiving and locating said mounting cable, and a circumferentially-extending interior cavity adapted for containing a wheel-balancing medium.

US Pat. No. 10,363,771

PAPER BINDING DEVICE

1. A paper binding device configured to hold a plurality of paper sheets together utilizing aligned holes formed in each of the plurality of sheets, the paper binding device comprising:a first part comprising:
a first elongated strip elongated along a first longitudinal direction;
wherein a first cross-section through the first elongated strip perpendicular to the first longitudinal direction has a first outer perimeter shape which includes at least one flat first surface;
a plurality of bendable extensions extending from the at least one flat first surface, wherein the plurality of bendable extensions are spaced along the first longitudinal direction;
wherein each of the plurality of bendable extensions comprises:
two cylindrically-shaped posts disposed adjacent to one another and separated by a gap, where the two cylindrically-shaped posts are connected at each of a proximal ends to the at least one flat first surface, and where the two cylindrically-shaped posts extend perpendicular from the at least one flat first surface to each of a respective distal ends;
wherein the two cylindrically-shaped posts define an alignment line passing through a center of each of the two cylindrically-shaped posts, wherein the alignment line is perpendicular to the first longitudinal direction;
a plurality of bridges connecting the two cylindrically-shaped posts along the gap, wherein each bridge of the plurality of bridges is spaced between the proximal end and distal end of the two cylindrically-shaped posts;
a second part comprising:
a second elongated strip elongated along a second longitudinal direction;
wherein a second cross-section through the second elongated strip perpendicular to the second longitudinal direction has a second outer perimeter shape which includes at least one flat second surface;
a plurality of through apertures disposed from the at least one flat second surface through to an opposite surface, wherein the plurality of through apertures are matched to the plurality of bendable extensions when the first and second parts are mutually aligned to another along the same first and second longitudinal directions; and
a plurality of elongated channels openly formed in the opposite surface along the second longitudinal direction, wherein each elongated channel of the plurality of elongated channels starts at its respective through aperture and extends to a respective channel end;
wherein each elongated channel comprises a channel opening along the opposite surface which is smaller than a widest portion of the channel disposed within the second elongated strip; and
wherein when the at least one flat first surface is disposed facing the at least one flat second surface and the plurality of bendable extensions are fitted through the plurality of through apertures, the plurality of bendable extensions are configured to be manipulated by a user to bend and lock into the plurality of elongated channels.

US Pat. No. 10,363,749

LIQUID DISCHARGING HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF LIQUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid discharging head comprising an external cover portion which is connected to a liquid discharging apparatus and which discharges a liquid from a nozzle,wherein the external cover portion includes
a first gas hole for communicating a first gas flow path which is provided inside the external cover portion with an atmosphere,
a second gas hole for carrying a gas between a second gas flow path which is provided inside the external cover portion and the liquid discharging apparatus, and
a first liquid hole for carrying the liquid between a liquid flow path which is provided inside the external cover portion and the liquid discharging apparatus, and
wherein the first gas hole and the second gas hole are disposed separately in the external cover portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,741

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus comprising:a pressure chamber;
a piezoelectric element corresponding to the pressure chamber, the piezoelectric element comprising a first electrode, a piezoelectric film and a second electrode, the first electrode, the piezoelectric film and the second electrode being stacked in a stacked direction, the first electrode being between the pressure chamber and the second electrode in the stacked direction;
a common trace connecting to the second electrode and an electrode of another piezoelectric element; and
wherein a maximum width of the first electrode in a direction orthogonal to the stacked direction and parallel to a shortest virtual line connecting the pressure chamber to a closest adjacent pressure chamber of the liquid ejection apparatus is greater than a maximum width of the pressure chamber in the direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,740

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a substrate including an energy generating element configured to generate energy used for ejecting a liquid;
a flow channel member overlying the substrate and defining a flow channel through which a liquid is supplied; and
an ejection opening member overlying the flow channel member and defining an ejection opening through which the liquid supplied through the flow channel is ejected by the energy from the energy generating element,
wherein the flow channel member contains a crosslinked cured product of a multifunctional epoxy resin and a polyhydric alcohol having a perfluoroalkyl group in the molecule thereof, and wherein the concentration of a component derived from the polyhydric alcohol in the flow channel member is lower on a side adjacent to the substrate than on the opposite side adjacent to the ejection opening member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,730

SELECTIVELY ACTIVATED MESH DISCHARGE POWDER RECOATER FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING

The ExOne Company, North...

13. A method of recoating comprising the steps of:a) providing a powder-layer three-dimensional printer comprising a recoater, the recoater comprising a mesh discharge device having a planar mesh and an agitator, the mesh being adapted to support a quantity of powder when the quantity of powder and the mesh are static and to dispense at least a portion of the quantity of powder when at least one of the quantity of powder and the mesh is agitated by the agitator and wherein the agitator is not physically attached to another part of the recoater;
b) positioning at least part of the mesh over at least part of a powder bed;
c) functionally connecting the agitator to the mesh and discharging from the mesh a predetermined amount of powder upon the powder bed.

US Pat. No. 10,363,722

BLADE-SHAPED CUTTING INSERT AND CUTTING TOOL THEREFOR

Iscar, Ltd., Tefen (IL)

1. A blade-shaped cutting insert (20), comprising:opposing first and second insert side surfaces (22a, 22b) with a peripheral surface (24) extending therebetween; and
the peripheral surface (24) including first and second diverging flank surfaces (26a, 26b) and an upper surface (28), the first and second diverging flank surfaces (26a, 26b) located on opposite sides of a first plane (P1) transverse to the upper surface (28), and
first and second cutting portions (34a, 34b) having respective first and second primary cutting edges (36a, 36b) which extend between the first and second insert side surfaces (22a, 22b),
the first primary cutting edge (36a) being formed at the intersection of a first rake surface (38a) and a first relief surface (40a), with the first rake surface (38a) being disposed on the upper surface (28),
the second primary cutting edge (36a) being formed at the intersection of a second rake surface (38b) and a second relief surface (40b), with the second rake surface (38b) also being disposed on the upper surface (28), and
wherein:
the first primary cutting edge (36a) defines a maximum insert width (WMAX) between the first and second cutting portions (34a, 34b);
the cutting insert (20) has a maximum insert length (LMAX) measured perpendicular to the first plane (P1), and a maximum insert height (HMAX) measured parallel to the first plane (P1),
the maximum insert length (LMAX) is more than twelve times greater than the maximum insert width (WMAX),
the maximum insert height (HMAX) is more than eight times greater than the maximum insert width (WMAX),
the maximum insert width (WMAX) is less than 1.5 mm,
the first relief surface (40a) is spaced apart from the first flank surface (26a) by a first lower surface (42a),
the second relief surface (40b) is spaced apart from the second flank surface (26b) by a second lower surface (42b), and
the first lower surface (42a) forms an obtuse external angle (?4) with the first flank surface (26a).

US Pat. No. 10,363,720

LAMINATED GLASS AND METHOD OF MOUNTING LAMINATED GLASS

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD...

1. A laminated glass comprising a first laminated glass member, a second laminated glass member and an interlayer film arranged between the first laminated glass member and the second laminated glass member,the interlayer film being provided with an infrared ray reflection layer which reflects infrared rays, a first resin layer which is arranged on a first surface side of the infrared ray reflection layer and contains a polyvinyl acetal resin, a plasticizer, an ultraviolet ray shielding agent and an oxidation inhibitor, and a second resin layer which is arranged on a second surface side opposite to the first surface of the infrared ray reflection layer and contains a polyvinyl acetal resin, a plasticizer, an ultraviolet ray shielding agent, an oxidation inhibitor and heat shielding compounds,
the first layer further containing one or more heat shielding compounds or not containing a heat shielding compound,
the heat shielding compounds of the second resin layer comprising metal oxide particles and at least one of a phthalocyanine compound, a naphthalocyanine compound, and an anthracyanine compound,
the content in % by weight of the one or more heat shielding compounds in the first resin layer is smaller than the content in % by weight of the heat shielding compounds in the second resin layer by 005% by weight or more,
the content of the oxidation inhibitor in 100% by weight of the first resin layer being 0.1% by weight or more and 2% by weight or less and the content of the oxidation inhibitor in 100% by weight of the second resin layer being 0.1% by weight or more and 2% by weight or less,
the content of the metal oxide particles in 100% by weight of the second resin layer being 0.1% by weight or more and 6% by weight or less,
the first laminated glass member being arranged on the outside of the first resin layer in the interlayer film, the second laminated glass member being arranged on the outside of the second resin layer in the interlayer film, and the infrared ray transmittance in the wavelength of 780 to 2100 nm of the whole layer composed of the first laminated glass member and the first resin layer being higher than the infrared ray transmittance in the wavelength of 780 to 2100 nm of the whole layer composed of the second laminated glass member and the second resin layer.

US Pat. No. 10,363,704

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING TOOL PATHS IN THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING

AREVO, INC., Milpitas, C...

1. A method for generating printing instructions for printing a three-dimensional (3D) object, comprising:(a) receiving a computer model of said 3D object in computer memory;
(b) generating a parametric representation of said computer model of said 3D object;
(c) selecting a first edge in a parametric representation of a curved surface of said computer model;
(d) generating a 3D tool path at least in part by:
(i) selecting a first set of points on said first edge; and
(ii) computing coordinates of a second set of points on a second edge parallel to said first edge in said parametric representation, wherein said first edge and said second edge define said 3D tool path; and
(e) generating said printing instructions for printing at least a portion of said 3D object along said 3D tool path generated in (d).

US Pat. No. 10,363,688

DEVICE FOR FABRICATING ION EXCHANGE MEMBRANE AND METHOD OF FABRICATING THE ION EXCHANGE MEMBRANE

GWANGJU INSTITUTE OF SCIE...

1. A device for fabricating an ion exchange membrane, comprising:a substrate on which a polymer solution is placed;
a doctor blade which is arranged spaced apart from the substrate, and is in contact with the polymer solution to transfer the same to both ends of the substrate to perform a casting process; and
a function generator which is electrically connected to the substrate and the doctor blade to give an AC voltage and an AC frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,363,687

MOLD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

NALUX CO., LTD., Osaka-s...

1. A method for manufacturing a mold, including the steps of:placing a base material of semiconductor or metal that reacts with sulfur hexafluoride in a reactive ion etching apparatus;
supplying a mixed gas of sulfur hexafluoride and oxygen thereto;
making the base material undergo a plasma dry-etching process such that oxides are scattered on a surface of the base material, etching advances on the surface of the base material while the oxides function as etching masks, and thereby a fine surface roughness is formed on the surface of the base material; and
irradiating the fine surface roughness of the base material with an accelerated ion beam in an ion beam etching apparatus such that shapes of protrusions of the fine surface roughness can be adjusted.

US Pat. No. 10,363,682

POWER TOOL

POWER BOX AG, Zug (CH)

1. A powered cutting apparatus,said apparatus comprising a base having a surface onto which a work piece to be cut can be placed, first and second spaced parallel slide members,
a fence having a surface for location of the work piece therewith and a cutting unit, said cutting unit including a rotatable blade, a guard for the rotatable blade, and drive means for rotating said blade when switched on, said cutting unit mounted on, and to one side of, the slide members such that the blade is spaced to one side of the same along a plane substantially parallel with the said surface of the base;
wherein the base includes first guide means including first and second slots extending from an edge of the base surface and running perpendicular to the cutting line of the rotatable blade, and provided for location of the said fence via first and second pins provided on the fence such that the said fence surface is positioned in a plane parallel with the longitudinal axis of said slides and movable perpendicular thereto, and
at least second guide means are provided, including a single slot extending from an edge of the base surface and running parallel to the cutting line of the rotatable blade, with which said fence is located via one of said first or second pins, with the other of the first or second pins at least partially retracted so as to allow the position of said fence to be angularly adjustable by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,363,676

MANDOLINE WITH SPIRALIZER INSERT

Progressive International...

1. A mandoline slicer, comprising:a frame having a pair of opposing frame sidewalls;
a slicing ramp having a rearward ramp portion positioned between the opposing frame sidewalls and a forward ramp portion positioned between the opposing frame sidewalls, the forward ramp portion having a main slicing blade with a sharp edge facing toward the rearward ramp portion, the rearward ramp portion being spaced apart from the forward ramp portion to define an opening between the rearward ramp opening and the forward ramp opening; and
a spiral slicing insert removably seated within the opening, the spiral slicing insert having an upper side and a lower side;
the upper side of the spiral slicing insert having an upper circular support, an upwardly extending spindle, and a first spiral slicing blade positioned inside the upper circular support; and
the lower side of the spiral slicing insert having a lower circular support, a downwardly extending spindle, and a second spiral slicing blade positioned inside the upper circular support;
the spiral slicing insert further being selectively positionable within the opening such that either the upper side of the spiral slicing insert extends upwardly away from the slicing ramp or the lower side of the spiral slicing insert extends upwardly away from the slicing ramp.

US Pat. No. 10,363,659

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LOAD BALANCING OF ROBOTS TO CREATE MORE EQUIVALENT TASK LOADS ACROSS TASK SERVERS

Fetch Robotics, Inc., Sa...

1. A system for load balancing of robots, comprising:at least two robots;
a first computer comprising a first task server; and
a second computer comprising a second task server, the second task server
operably connected to the first task server, the first task server configured to manage a first spatial region, the first task server operably connected to the at least two robots, the first task server configured to receive a task to be performed by a robot at a site comprising the first spatial region, the first task server further configured to assign the task to one of the two or more robots if the task can efficiently be performed within the first spatial region, thereby creating enhanced task loads across the first task server and the second task server, wherein the first task server and the second task server are configured to interactively assign spatial regions so as to approximately balance loads on the first task server and the second task server, wherein the load is defined as a length of a server's task queue.

US Pat. No. 10,363,656

MULTI-ROBOT GRADIENT BASED ADAPTIVE NAVIGATION SYSTEM

Santa Clara University, ...

1. A system for collective navigation of mobile robots, comprising:(a) a cluster of mobile robots equipped with sensors, the robots navigating in a space with a desired navigation task;
(b) a first controller controlling the kinematics of each of the robots; and
(c) a second controller adaptively and collectively controlling the navigation of each of the robots in the cluster by receiving information from the sensors of all the mobile robots in the cluster and estimating field characteristics comprising gradient direction and/or differential scalar measurements based on all the received sensor information to then determine a desired bearing for the entire cluster of mobile robots, and specifying appropriate cluster state space set-points comprising cluster size and shape to achieve the desired navigation task for each of the mobile robots in the cluster.

US Pat. No. 10,363,645

CONTROLLER AND CONVEYANCE SYSTEM

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

10. A conveyance system comprising:an actuator that conveys a workpiece;
a sensor that detects the workpiece; and
a controller for outputting a drive signal to the actuator while referencing a sensor signal received from the sensor,
the controller including:
an external interface that includes an actuator output part and a sensor input part, the actuator output part receiving drive information for controlling the actuator, and transmitting the drive signal to the actuator in accordance with the drive information, and the sensor input part receiving the sensor signal from the sensor and generating sensor information in accordance with the sensor signal;
a settings input part that receives input of a control program and constraint-condition setting information from a user, the control program being a program for generating the drive information while referencing the sensor information, and the constraint-condition setting information being instruction information that is associated with the control program to change a constraint condition assumed between the workpiece and the actuator;
a control-program execution part that processes the control program and includes a constraint-condition change instruction processor that issues a constraint-condition change instruction in accordance with the constraint-condition setting information;
a constraint-condition change part that manages the constraint condition in accordance with the constraint-condition change instruction issued by the constraint-condition change instruction processor;
a workpiece simulation part that estimates an amount of movement of the workpiece from the drive information and estimates a current position of the workpiece by adding the amount of movement to a previous position of the workpiece, the drive information being generated by the control-program execution part and generated for, among the at least one actuator, an actuator that is assumed to be constrained by the workpiece under the constraint condition managed by the constraint-condition change part;
a sensor simulation part that uses information about the current position of the workpiece estimated by the workpiece simulation part to generate sensor simulation information that simulates the sensor information; and
an input/output switching part that has at least a sensor simulation mode as an operation mode,
wherein in the sensor simulation mode, the input/output switching part transmits the drive information generated by the control-program execution part to at least the workpiece simulation part and transmits the sensor simulation information generated by the sensor simulation part as alternate information of the sensor information to the control-program execution part.

US Pat. No. 10,363,640

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A WING PANEL

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A system for automated manufacture of aircraft wing panels comprising:a tacking cell configured to tack one or more stringers to a skin plank;
a riveting cell configured to receive a tacked plank from the tacking cell and to rivet the one or more stringers to the tacked plank;
a splicing cell configured to receive a plurality of riveted planks from the riveting cell and to attach one or more splice stringers to the plurality of riveted planks;
a side of body cell configured to receive a spliced panel from the splicing cell and to attach a side of body chord thereto to produce a wing panel; and
an overhead positioning system comprising a plurality of vice jaws configured to engage a track that extends between at least some of the cells and to engage components of the aircraft wing panels, wherein at least one vice jaw comprises a pair of adjustably positionable jaw members with at least one jaw member comprising one or more adjustably positionable clamp members configured to move along the respective jaw member to receive a riveted plank between the clamp members.

US Pat. No. 10,363,631

NEUTRON IRRADIATED MATERIAL REPAIR

Framatome Inc., Lynchbur...

1. A method of repairing a neutron irradiated damaged metal of a part in a nuclear power plant, comprising:identifying a damaged portion of the irradiated metal to be repaired on the part;
removing a volume of the irradiated metal to create a cavity, the volume including the damaged portion, said removing creating a surface formed by a recast layer in the cavity;
cleaning the surface to remove the recast layer; and
replacing the volume with a replacement material that at least partially fills the cavity without melting the part, wherein said replacing includes performing powder injection laser welding to replace the removed volume.

US Pat. No. 10,363,628

AUTOMATIC AND SEMI-AUTOMATIC WELDING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A method of control for an automated welding system, comprising:receiving, via control circuitry, a data set including one or more features of a joint to be welded;
receiving, via the control circuitry, a weld procedure for the joint to be welded, wherein the weld procedure for the joint is determined based on a sample virtual weld performed by an operator or a combination of the sample virtual weld performed by an operator and a stored procedure developed for a substantially similar weld joint;
determining, via the control circuitry, one or more desired changes to the weld procedure based on the received features of the joint to be welded; and
generating, via the control circuitry, an updated weld procedure by altering one or more parameters of the received weld procedure in accordance with the one or more desired changes, wherein the one or more parameters are included within a predetermined allowable data set.

US Pat. No. 10,363,620

SAW BAND INCLUDING A CHIP SEPARATOR TOOTH

1. A saw band of metal for cutting work pieces of metal, comprising:a tooth supporting body; and
a group of teeth being repeated along the tooth supporting body, the group including a first tooth and a second tooth,
the first tooth including a chamfer, two effective cutting edge portions being arranged in the region of the chamfer and a flank being connected to the chamfer,
the first tooth being designed as a positively conical tooth with a positive flank angle,
the first tooth being designed as a combined performance and surface tooth and as the tooth having the greatest height in the group,
the second tooth including a flank,
the second tooth being designed as a positively conical tooth with a positive flank angle,
the second tooth being designed as a chip separator tooth in relation to the first tooth,
the second tooth being designed and arranged such that its flank in the view from the front intersects the chamfer of the first tooth and does not overlap the flank of the first tooth, and
the first tooth including an ineffective cutting edge portion being formed between its effective cutting edge portions, the ineffective cutting edge portion being caused by the second tooth overlapping this ineffective cutting edge portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,619

RECIPROCATING SAW BLADE

1. A reciprocating saw blade comprising:an elongated body having a front end portion, a rear end portion, an elongated cutting edge extending from the front end portion to the rear end portion and defining a longitudinal axis, and an opposite non-cutting back edge extending from the front end portion to the rear end portion, the body having a thickness of approximately 0.89 mm to approximately 1.15 mm; and
a tang coupled to the rear end portion, the tang being configured to be coupled to a tool holder of a powered reciprocating saw,
wherein the cutting edge comprises a plurality of teeth and gullets, the teeth having straight side faces, a kerf width from approximately 1.29 mm to approximately 1.56 mm and being arranged in a pattern of alternating tooth pitch of a smaller first tooth pitch and a larger second tooth pitch, each tooth having a zero or positive rake angle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,615

PRECESSIONAL-MOTION BONE AND DENTAL DRILLING TOOLS AND BONE HARVESTING APPARATUS

1. An apparatus for harvesting bone matter, the apparatus comprising:a first canister, the first canister comprising an open cylinder with an inner diameter and an outer diameter, the open cylinder of the first canister including a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end including a coupling component configured to attach to a shank of a bone drill bit such that when the coupling component is attached to the shank of the bone drill bit: (i) the first canister is rotatable in relation to the bone drill bit and (ii) the coupling component and the first canister are fixed from moving in an axial direction along the bone drill bit; and
a second canister, the second canister comprising an open cylinder with an inner diameter and an outer diameter, the open cylinder of the second canister including a proximal end and a distal end,
wherein the first canister and the second canister are configured to slidably engage with each other such that, in a retracted configuration, a majority of one of the canisters is positioned substantially within an interior region defined by the other canister, and wherein, in an extended configuration, a majority of each of the canisters is positioned outside of the interior region defined by the other canister.

US Pat. No. 10,363,600

MOLD ASSEMBLY, MANUFACTURING METHOD AND ROTATING ELECTRICAL MACHINE HOUSINGS

6. A method of manufacturing a rotating electrical machine housing produced from a mold comprising:forming a mold comprising a top part, a bottom part, a first side part, a second side part and a center part;
attaching a bracket portion extending from a peripheral surface of the center part to a top part recess formed in an inner surface of the top part;
assembling the bottom part to the center part;
engaging two sets of first and second shoulders extending from the peripheral surface of the center part into first and second side part recesses, respectively, formed in an inner surface of each of the first side part and the second side part;
positioning box-shaped extensions formed in inner surfaces of the first and second side parts, respectively, over the peripheral surface of the center part; and
depositing cast metal in the formed mold;
wherein the first side and the second side parts have a symmetric profile; and
wherein the first side part and the second side part are mounted laterally and externally onto the peripheral surface of the center part.

US Pat. No. 10,363,587

BRISTLE ELEMENT FOR BRUSH AND BRUSH ROLL

HOTANI CO., LTD., Kimino...

1. A brush bristle for use in a brush roll configured to scour a mill roll for rolling a metal sheet,the bristle comprising one or more monofilaments made of a thermoplastic resin containing abrasive particles,
the abrasive particles having a Vickers hardness lower than a Vickers hardness of the mill roll and higher than a Vickers hardness of the metal sheet,
the Vickers hardness of the abrasive particles being in a range of HV 80 to HV 450.

US Pat. No. 10,363,575

VIBRATION MOTOR WITH BASE PORTION INCLUDING FIRST AND SECOND PLATE PORTIONS

NIDEC SEIMITSU CORPORATIO...

1. A vibration motor comprising:a base portion arranged to extend perpendicularly to a central axis extending in a vertical direction;
a cover portion arranged above the base portion, and fixed to an outer edge portion of the base portion;
a shaft arranged to extend along the central axis, and having an end portion or portions supported by at least one of the base portion and the cover portion;
a rotor holder arranged around the shaft to be rotatable about the central axis;
a magnet portion including a plurality of magnetic poles, and attached to the rotor holder;
an eccentric weight attached to the rotor holder;
a circuit board arranged above the base portion; and
a coil portion attached onto the circuit board, and arranged vertically opposite to the magnet portion with a space therebetween; wherein
the base portion includes:
a first plate including a first plate recessed portion in an upper surface thereof; and
a second plate arranged in the first plate recessed portion, and fixed to the first plate;
one of the first and second plates is made of a magnetic metal, while another one of the first and second plates is made of a nonmagnetic metal;
an upper surface of the second plate is arranged at a same level as that of a portion of the upper surface of the first plate which lies adjacent to and along the first plate recessed portion; and
the second plate includes:
an annular second plate support portion centered on the central axis; and
a plurality of second plate projecting portions arranged to project radially inward from the second plate support portion, and arranged in a circumferential direction at a position vertically opposed to the magnet portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,573

VIBRATION MOTOR WITH DUAL U-SHAPED ELASTIC MEMBERS WITH FIXING PORTIONS TO A YOKE

AAC TECHNOLOGIES PTE. LTD...

1. A vibration motor, comprising:a shell,
a vibrator accommodated in the shell,
a stator accommodated in the shell, and
an elastic member suspending the vibrator in the shell;
wherein one of the vibrator and the stator comprises a magnetic circuit unit, and the other one of the vibrator and the stator comprises a coil,
wherein the elastic member is a sheet-like spring, and a plane where the elastic member is located is perpendicular to a vibrating direction of the vibrator; the elastic member is of a U-shape, and comprises a first fixing portion and a second fixing portion which are respectively fixed to the vibrator and spaced from each other, a third fixing portion located between the first fixing portion and the second fixing portion and fixed to the shell, a first deforming portion which connects the third fixing portion with the first fixing portion, and a second deforming portion which connects the third fixing portion with the second fixing portion, two elastic members are provided, the third fixing portions corresponding to the two elastic members are arranged directly facing each other, and the first deforming portion and the second deforming portion of two elastic members are parallel to and spaced from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,363,564

SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING THE FLOW DISTRIBUTION OF SOLID PARTICLES

General Electric Technolo...

1. A coal pulverizer, comprising:a grinding mechanism configured to transform raw coal into pulverized coal;
a classifier configured to receive the pulverized coal from the grinding mechanism and to generate a swirling flow of coal, the classifier being further configured to reject coarse particles of the pulverized coal from the swirling flow;
a turret arranged generally above the classifier, the turret having a frusto-conical body and a plurality of static vanes arranged interior to the body and extending inwardly from an interior sidewall of the body; and
a plurality of coal outlet pipes in fluid communication with the interior of the turret;
wherein a body of each of the vanes has a twisted shape, a leading edge, and a trailing edge, the twisted shape of the body of the vanes at the leading edge being configured to generally match the flow of coal at a bottom of the turret, wherein the leading edge is narrower than the trailing edge, and wherein a pitch angle of each of the vanes is set to coincide with a coal particle flow within the turret,
wherein the vanes are configured to guide the swirling flow of coal as it enters the turret, and to divide the swirling flow into a plurality of controlled flows that are communicated to a plurality of coal outlet pipes, wherein the number of vanes is equal to the number of coal outlet pipes in the pulverizer and wherein each of the leading edges is located adjacent to the bottom of the turret and each of the trailing edges is located adjacent to a top of the turret and a respective one of the coal outlet pipes.

US Pat. No. 10,363,563

GRINDER PLATE AND TOOL FOR REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION THEREOF

1. A system for a food grinder, the system comprising:a grinder plate configured to be installed within a food grinder, the grinder plate having a disk-shaped body with a first face, a second face, and a side, the disk-shaped body defining:
a central cylindrical aperture extending from the first face to the second face, the central aperture coaxial with a central axis of the disk-shaped body;
a plurality of material-passing apertures extending from the first face to the second face, the material-passing apertures disposed between the central aperture and the side; and
a first one or more screw threads defined in the central aperture; and
a tool for removing the grinder plate from or installing the grinder plate into a food grinder, the tool having an elongated body defining:
a first end having a cylindrical geometry;
a second one or more screw threads on an external surface proximate the first end, wherein an axis of the second one or more screw threads is aligned with a central longitudinal axis of the elongated body; and
at least one of:
a head defining a plurality of flat surfaces disposed as sides of a regular polygon, the regular polygon having a center aligned with the central axis of the elongated body; or
one or more handles extending from the elongated body, the one or more handles projecting outward in a perpendicular direction to the central axis of the elongated body,
wherein the first one or more screw threads are configured to mate with the second one or more screw threads.

US Pat. No. 10,363,562

APPARATUS TO REDUCE SIZE OF MATERIAL

1. An apparatus to reduce size of a light, dry, fibrous material comprisinga ring element arranged around an axis and configured to rotate about the axis, the ring element including a plurality of tool modules detachably coupled to the ring element around an inner circumference of the ring element,
an impeller mounted for rotation about the axis and spaced radially inward of the ring element to form a shearing area between the ring element and the impeller, the impeller including a plurality of tool modules detachably coupled to the impeller around an outer circumference of the impeller, and
identical size reduction tools detachably connected to the tool modules of the ring element and tool modules of the impeller, each of the size reduction tools (i) including a tangential leg extending primarily along a tangent plane relative to inner circumference of the ring element and the outer circumference of the impeller and facing the shearing area and (ii) a radial leg extending from the tangential leg radially away from the shearing area relative to the axis to form a L-shape,
wherein each of the tangential legs is sized to have an arc length along the tangent plane that is greater than 3° (i) of the inner circumference of the ring element to which it is coupled or (ii) of the outer circumference of the impeller to which it is coupled, and
wherein each of the tangential legs is sized to have an arc length along the tangent plane less than 18° (i) of the inner circumference of the ring element to which it is coupled or (ii) of the outer circumference of the impeller to which it is coupled.

US Pat. No. 10,363,559

APPARATUS FOR THE SEPARATION OF PLASMA

Boehringer Ingelheim Inte...

1. An apparatus (1) for absorbing blood (19) and separating blood components as a sample liquid (2), comprising:a carrier (6) defining a base of the apparatus and having a lower boundary surface,
a feed device (13) spaced away from the lower boundary surface of the carrier (6) in a direction opposite to an input direction for receiving the blood (19) into the feed device (13),
a separating device (15) for separating the blood components as the sample liquid (2), the separating device (15) being spaced away from the carrier (6) in the direction opposite to the input direction, the separating device (15) including a first surface facing the blood (19) as the blood (19) is received into the feed device (13) and a second surface opposite to the first surface and facing towards the lower boundary surface, where a volume is defined between the second surface of the separating device (15) and the lower boundary surface of the carrier (6),
a channel (3), in fluid communication with the volume, which takes up the sample liquid (2) exclusively by capillary forces,
a filling device for filling the channel (3) with the sample liquid (2) in an inlet or feed region (18) of the channel (3), and
an insert (35) disposed in the volume between the second surface of the separating device (15) and the lower boundary surface of the carrier (6), where the insert (35): (i) is at least partially annular about an axis defined by the input direction, (ii) includes respective inner and outer cylindrical surfaces about the axis, and (iii) includes longitudinally disposed notches running on at least one of the inner and outer surfaces of the cylinder in directions parallel to the input direction of introducing the blood.

US Pat. No. 10,363,558

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SERIAL PROCESSING OF MULTIPLE NUCLEIC ACID ASSAYS

Canon U.S. Life Sciences,...

1. A system for serial processing of nucleic acid assays, comprising:a microfluidic cartridge comprising an interface chip having at least one inlet port and microfluidic channel and a separate reaction chip coupled to the interface chip, the reaction chip having at least one microfluidic channel ending in a T-junction, the T-junction in fluid communication with an associated microfluidic channel of the interface chip;
a flow control module comprising a first pumping system configured to selectively apply pneumatic pressures to the at least one microfluidic channel of the interface chip and a second pumping system to apply a pneumatic pressure to control assay fluid flow through the reaction chip;
the flow control module being configured to:
(a) draw a first fluid into the microfluidic channel of the interface chip via the inlet port of the interface chip and stop the first fluid in the interface chip when the T-junction is loaded with the first fluid;
(b) create a first fluid segment in the microfluidic channel of the reaction chip by drawing the first fluid from the associated microfluidic channel of the interface chip into the microfluidic channel of the reaction chip;
(c) draw a second fluid into the microfluidic channel of the interface chip via the inlet port of the interface chip while maintaining the position of the first fluid segment in the reaction chip and stop the second fluid in the interface chip when the T-junction is loaded with the second fluid; and
(d) create a second fluid segment in the microfluidic channel of the reaction chip by drawing the second fluid from the associated microfluidic channel of the interface chip into the microfluidic channel of the reaction chip;
a temperature measurement and control system configured to control and measure a temperature of one or more portions of the at least one microfluidic channel of the reaction chip; and
a fluorescence imaging system comprising one or more illumination elements and an imaging sensor and configured to create images of fluorescent emissions from materials within the at least one microfluidic channel of the reaction chip.

US Pat. No. 10,363,557

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PREPARING A BIOLOGICAL SAMPLE FOR ANALYSIS

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a body comprising a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the body comprising:
a plurality of processing chambers comprising a first processing chamber and a second processing chamber, each processing chamber comprising an opening proximate the first end;
a first reservoir disposed in selective fluid communication with the first processing chamber via a first fluid pathway;
a second reservoir disposed in selective fluid communication with the first processing chamber via a second fluid pathway and in selective fluid communication with the second processing chamber via a third fluid pathway;
a first filter disposed in the body between at least a portion of the first processing chamber and the second reservoir;
wherein the first fluid pathway and the second fluid pathway pass through the first filter;
wherein the first filter has a first surface oriented in the first and second fluid pathways toward the first processing chamber;
a second filter disposed in the body between at least a portion of the second processing chamber and the second reservoir;
wherein the third pathway passes through the second filter;
wherein the first filter has a first surface oriented in the third fluid pathway;
a first one-way valve disposed between the first filter and the first reservoir, the first one-way valve providing selective fluid communication between the first processing chamber and the first reservoir; and
a second one-way valve disposed in the second fluid pathway between the first filter and the second reservoir, the second one-way valve providing selective fluid communication between the first processing chamber and the second reservoir; and
a third one-way valve disposed in the third fluid pathway between the second filter and the first reservoir, the third one-way valve providing selective fluid communication between the second processing chamber and the first reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,363,556

AUTOMATED EXPERIMENT APPARATUS AND AUTOMATED EXPERIMENT METHOD USING THE SAME

1. An automated experiment apparatus, comprising:a pressure vessel having an opening to define a sample receiving chamber therein, the pressure vessel including a vessel flange having a circular outer shape with a radius about a central axis of the pressure vessel;
a sample holding member configured to hold a sample to be accommodated in the sample receiving chamber, the sample holding member including a holder flange having an outer circular shape of the same radius as the vessel flange and configured to make contact with the vessel flange to close the opening;
a sensing unit configured to sense at least one of an upper position and a lower position of the sample holding member;
a plurality of clamps configured to air-tightly engage the holder flange of the sample holding member and the vessel flange of the pressure vessel wherein each of the plurality of clamps includes a clamp head having a groove configured to engage with the holder flange and the vessel flange and an actuator connected to the clamp head;
a clamping sensor configured to sense a top dead point of the clamp head at which the clamp head is fully pushed out by the actuator to air-tightly engage the holding flange;
a gas transfer unit having a gas supplier and a gas discharger connected to the sample holding member and configured to supply or discharge a gas into or from the pressure vessel;
a heating unit configured to heat the sample receiving chamber;
a pressure sensor configured to measure an internal pressure of the pressure vessel;
a user interface configured to receive an input from an user; and
a controller configured to receive the input signal from the user interface and the sensing signal from a sensing unit to control in response to the input signal and the sensing signal, the actuator of each of the clamps to cause the clamp head to make a transverse movement in a radial direction of the vessel flange to engage the holder flange and the vessel flange to engage the holder flange and the vessel flange, to control in response to a clamping sensor signal received from the clamping sensor, the gas transfer unit to supply the gas to the pressure vessel until the internal pressure of the pressure vessel reaches a predetermined reaction pressure as indicated by a pressure sensor signal from the pressure sensor, to control in response to the pressure sensor signal from the pressure sensor, the heating unit to heat the sample receiving chamber, and to control the gas transfer unit to discharge the gas from the sample receiving chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,363,555

POLYMER COMPOUND FOR CONDUCTIVE POLYMER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., L...

1. A dopant polymer for a conductive polymer, having(i) one or more repeating units “a” represented by the following general formula (1),

wherein R1 represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, R2 represents a fluorine atom or a trifluoromethyl group, “m” represents an integer of 2 to 4, and a number of “a” repeating units as a proportion of a total number of all repeating units in the dopant polymer satisfies 0 (ii) at least one repeating unit “b” represented by the following general formula (2),

wherein a number of “b” repeating units as a proportion of the total number of all repeating units in the dopant polymer satisfies 0 wherein the dopant polymer for the conductive polymer has a weight average molecular weight in the range of 1,000 to 500,000.

US Pat. No. 10,363,551

MONONUCLEAR IRON COMPLEX AND ORGANIC SYNTHESIS REACTION USING SAME

KYUSHU UNIVERSITY, NATION...

1. A mononuclear iron bivalent complex having formula (1):
wherein R1 to R6 are each independently hydrogen, or an alkyl, aryl, aralkyl, organoxy, monoorganoamino, diorganoamino, monoorganophosphino, diorganophosphino, monoorganosilyl, diorganosilyl, triorganosilyl or organothio group which may be substituted with X, or at least one pair of any one of R1 to R3 and any one of R4 to R6, taken together, represent a crosslinking substituent,
X is a halogen atom, organoxy, monoorganoamino, diorganoamino or organothio group,
L1 is a two-electron ligand being isonitrile, with the proviso that when a plurality of L1's are present, two L1's may bond together,
L2 is a two-electron ligand other than CO ligand and L1, with the proviso that when a plurality of L2's are present, two L2's may bond together,
m1 is an integer of 1 to 4, m2 is an integer of 0 to 3, and m1+m2 is 3 or 4.

US Pat. No. 10,363,540

PRODUCTION APPARATUS AND PRODUCTION METHOD FOR FINE PARTICLES

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

9. A method for producing fine particles comprising:supplying a gas to a vacuum chamber and supplying the gas into an outside space between a wall of the vacuum chamber and a wall of an inner chamber which is arranged between the wall of the vacuum chamber and a plasma generation region;
generating thermal plasma in the plasma generation region in a space inside the inner chamber by electrodes installed in the vacuum chamber;
feeding material particles to the vacuum chamber to be evaporated or gasified when the fed material particles passes through the generation region of the generated thermal plasma to thereby obtain a material gas; and
cooling the material gas rapidly at a moment when the material gas passes through the region of thermal plasma to thereby generate fine particles.

US Pat. No. 10,363,532

MODULE FOR A COATING APPARATUS FOR GRANULAR BODIES

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A module for a coating apparatus for granular bodies (1), the module comprising:a rotatable, hollow cylindrical drum (2) that is an accommodation unit for accommodating the granular bodies (1),
wherein within the drum (2) at least one moveable separating element (8) is disposed on an end side of the drum (2) such that transfer of the granular bodies (1) into the drum (2) and/or out of the drum (2) is achievable in a defined manner by a movement of the at least one moveable separating element (8);
wherein the at least one moveable separating element (8) is movable from a closed position to an open position, wherein, in the closed position, a closed subregion of an underside of the at least one moveable separating element (8) lies radially flush against an inner wall of the drum (2) or is arranged radially offset at a distance from the inner wall of the drum (2) via a gap measuring less than an external diameter of each of the granular bodies (1), and in the open position, the closed subregion on the underside is spaced apart from the inner wall of the drum (2) and, in this said open position of the at least one moveable separating element (8), there is an opening in the lower region between the underside of the respective at least one moveable separating element (8) and the inner wall of the drum (2), through which said opening the granular bodies (1) are arranged to pass, and
wherein the at least one moveable separating element (8) is configured to rotate about an axis of rotation (54) to bring the at least one moveable separating element (8) from the closed position into the open position, and the at least one moveable separating element (8) is configured so as to leave a clear space above the closed subregion, and on the end sides of the drum (2) there are elements (6, 7) to which a second drum (2) of at least one second module (3, 5) is connectable in order to form the coating apparatus, and/or to which a closure element (59) is connectable.

US Pat. No. 10,363,526

ENTRY MIXING ELEMENTS AND RELATED STATIC MIXERS AND METHODS OF MIXING

Nordson Corporation, Wes...

1. An entry mixing element for mixing an incoming fluid flow having first and second unmixed components arranged to define a transverse flow cross-section perpendicular to a flow direction of the incoming fluid flow, the entry mixing element having a central axis aligned with the flow direction of the incoming fluid flow, the entry mixing element comprising:an entry dividing wall extending parallel to the central axis; and
a planar front panel comprising an upper front panel portion and a lower front panel portion, the planar front panel being arranged at a leading edge of the entry dividing wall and extending generally transverse to the central axis,
wherein the entry dividing wall and the planar front panel are positioned to divide the incoming fluid flow into a first fluid flow portion and a second fluid flow portion, each of the first and second fluid flow portions containing an amount of the first component and an amount of the second component,
wherein the planar front panel and the entry dividing wall define an upper fluid gate in a first quadrant of the planar front panel through which the first fluid flow portion is directed, and define a lower fluid gate in a second quadrant of the planar front panel through which the second fluid flow portion is directed,
wherein the upper front panel portion has a first edge that partially defines the lower fluid gate and a second edge opposite the first edge that partially defines an upper fluid slot that extends from the upper fluid gate,
wherein the lower front panel portion has a first edge that partially defines the upper fluid gate and a second edge opposite the first edge that partially defines a lower fluid slot that extends from the lower fluid gate, and
wherein the entry dividing wall and the planar front panel are configured to divide the incoming fluid flow into the first and second fluid flow portions in any rotational orientation of the entry mixing element about its central axis relative to the transverse flow cross-section of the incoming fluid flow.

US Pat. No. 10,363,523

EXHAUST GAS PURIFYING APPARATUS

FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD., ...

1. An exhaust gas purifying apparatus for installation in a vessel,comprising:
a seawater introduction pipe configured to introduce, via a pump interposed therein, unprocessed seawater;
an electrolyzed alkaline water generator which is connected to the seawater introduction pipe and includes a cathode and an anode, the electrolyzed alkaline water generator being configured to electrolyze the unprocessed seawater introduced therein by the seawater introduction pipe through application of a voltage across the cathode and the anode so as to generate electrolyzed alkaline water from the unprocessed seawater;
an exhaust gas absorption tower, exhaust gas being introduced into, and exhausted from, the exhaust gas absorption tower;
an electrolyzed alkaline water supply line through which the electrolyzed alkaline water is supplied from the electrolyzed alkaline water generator to the exhaust gas absorption tower; and
a spray nozzle connected with the electrolyzed alkaline water supply line to receive the electrolyzed alkaline water and being provided inside the exhaust gas absorption tower, the exhaust gas purifying apparatus being configured to spray the electrolyzed alkaline water through the spray nozzle to purify the exhaust gas through gas-liquid contact between the sprayed electrolyzed alkaline water and the exhaust gas introduced into the exhaust gas absorption tower.

US Pat. No. 10,363,522

AIR IONIZATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

IONaer International Ariz...

1. A method of removing contaminants from air, the method comprising the steps of:(a) activating an ion generator to generate more negative ions than positive ions, wherein the ion generator comprises: (i) a stainless steel ion dispenser configured to receive electrical current responsive to operation of a control system, (ii) an inner electrode electrically coupled to the ion dispenser, the inner electrode comprising a perforated aluminum sheet, (iii) a glass tube disposed at least partially around the inner electrode, and (iv) an outer electrode disposed at least partially around the glass tube, the outer electrode comprising a tubular stainless steel mesh screen;
(b) operating a fan to move air past the ion generator so the air acquires negative ions; and
(c) passing the air with acquired negative ions through an ozone removal catalyst at least partially surrounding the ion generator to remove ozone from the air.

US Pat. No. 10,363,520

DRYING CARTRIDGE FOR OUTDOOR ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS

Tesla, Inc., Palo Alto, ...

1. A gas drying device comprisinga two-piece housing comprising a fixed portion and a detachable portion;
a threaded male connector built into the fixed portion, the threaded male connector having a female restraining nut operable to restrain the fixed portion against the wall of an electric box when the threaded mail connector is inserted into a knockout formed in a wall of the box;
a gasket positioned between the restraining nut and the wall of the box;
a molecular sieve contained within the two-piece housing so that openings in the sieve are open to the ambient atmosphere within the two-piece housing when the housing is closed; and
a volume of desiccant contained within the molecular sieve, wherein at least a portion of the detachable portion comprises a window allowing viewing of the molecular sieve without detaching it from the fixed portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,517

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO DEHYDRATE HIGH ACID GAS STREAMS USING MEMBRANES IN AN OIL AND GAS PROCESSING PLANT

CHEVRON U.S.A. INC., San...

1. A system for de-bottlenecking an integrated oil and gas production plant including hydrogen sulfide removal and sour-gas injection, comprising:a water-selective membrane for receiving a teed stream comprising water-saturated sour gas containing 1-50% hydrogen sulfide by volume and forming a first retentate stream depleted in water and a first permeate stream enriched in water;
a hydrogen sulfide-selective membrane for receiving the first retentate stream to form a second retentate stream depleted in hydrogen sulfide and a second permeate stream enriched in hydrogen sulfide;
one or more gas processing plants for receiving the second retentate stream and further processing the second retentate stream to produce sales gases; and
a permeate compressor for compressing the second permeate stream and injecting the second permeate stream into an underground formation.

US Pat. No. 10,363,512

FILTER CYLINDER HAVING DUST CLEANING DEVICE OF DUST COLLECTOR

SAN FORD MACHINERY CO., L...

1. A filter device for a dust collector, the filter device comprising a cylindrical outer frame and a cylindrical high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter provided inside the cylindrical outer frame, wherein an outer peripheral wall of the cylindrical HEPA filter is formed with a plurality of zigzag edges, and wherein an inner peripheral wall of the cylindrical HEPA filter is formed with first zigzag tips corresponding to the zigzag edges, and wherein the filter device further comprises a cleaning device axially provided in the interior of the cylindrical HEPA filter, and wherein the cleaning device includes a guide rod and a bracket, and wherein two ends of the bracket are each provided with a flap member, and wherein an upper end of the guide rod is provided with a handle, and wherein the cleaning device is operable to be driven to rotate in the interior of the cylindrical HEPA filter by the handle, characterized by that:at least one collar is disposed on the inner peripheral wall of the cylindrical HEPA filter, wherein the at least one collar corresponds in position to the flap members, and wherein the at least one collar is formed with second zigzag tips corresponding to and attached to the first zigzag tips, one end of the each of the flap members being located between two of the second zigzag tips, and
wherein when the guide rod is rotated by the handle, the flap members are rotated to flap the collar and further to vibrate the cylindrical HEPA filter so that dust adsorbed to the cylindrical HEPA filter drops from the cylindrical HEPA filter, and
wherein the at least one collar is made of resilient anti-abrasive paper.

US Pat. No. 10,363,511

DUST COLLECTOR PROVIDED WITH A SHUNT GUIDE PLATE

SAN FORD MACHINERY CO., L...

1. A dust collector provided with a shunt guide plate comprising a main body, said main body having an upper side provided with an induced draft device, said main body communicating with an air intake, a first air outlet and a second air outlet, said first air outlet connected with a filter drum, said second air outlet connected with a cover plate, said cover plate bored with an insert hole corresponding to said second air outlet, said cover plate having an underside connected with a dust collecting barrel, and characterized bya guide plate provided under said cover plate, said guide plate stretched across said insert hole of said cover plate;
Thus, said induced draft device started to have airflow with dust absorbed into said main body, airflow stopped by said guide plate when the airflow passes through said insert hole of said cover plate, the airflow forced to pass through two sides of said guide plate to form a shunt effect.

US Pat. No. 10,363,510

CLIMATE CONTROL FILTER MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MONITORING THE USEFUL LIFE OF A CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM FILTER

Ford Global Technologies,...

10. A method of monitoring useful life of a climate control system filter of a motor vehicle, comprising:periodically setting, by a control module having a control software or a dedicated microprocessor, a climate control system to a filter test configuration;
testing, by said control module, said useful life of said climate control system filter; and
indicating, by an indicator, when said climate control system filter needs changing/cleaning.

US Pat. No. 10,363,505

HIGH EFFICIENCY AND HIGH CAPACITY GLASS-FREE FUEL FILTRATION MEDIA AND FUEL FILTERS AND METHODS EMPLOYING THE SAME

1. A method of making filtration media comprising:(a) forming a wet laid sheet from a fibrous slurry comprised of a blend of synthetic non-fibrillated staple fibers and fibrillated cellulosic staple fibers, and
(b) drying the sheet to obtain the filtration media, wherein
the fibrillated cellulosic fibers exhibit a Canadian Standard Freeness (CSF) of about 300 mL or less and are present in the filtration media in an amount to achieve an overall filtration efficiency at 4 microns of about 95% or higher and a ratio of filtration capacity to media caliper of 0.5 mg/in2/mils and greater.

US Pat. No. 10,363,501

MAGNETIC FILTER FOR A CENTRAL HEATING SYSTEM

ADEY HOLDINGS (2008) LIMI...

1. A magnetic filter for a central heating system, the magnetic filter including:a first separation chamber having a first inlet and a first outlet, and a first magnet disposed on a first axis within the first separation chamber, the first separation chamber being substantially cylindrical;
a second separation chamber having a second inlet and a second outlet, and a second magnet disposed on a second axis within the second separation chamber, the second separation chamber being substantially cylindrical,
the first separation chamber and the second separation chamber being disposed next to each other, and longitudinal sides of the first separation chamber and the second separation chamber being joined together to provide the first and second separation chambers on different longitudinal axes, the first inlet of the first separation chamber being disposed adjacent the second inlet of the second separation chamber, and the first outlet of the first separation chamber being disposed adjacent the second outlet of the second separation chamber,
the magnetic filter further including an inlet port arrangement between the first separation chamber and the second separation chamber for fluidly connecting the first inlet of the first separation chamber and the second inlet of the second separation chamber to a single inlet pipe, and an outlet port arrangement between the first separation chamber and the second separation chamber for fluidly connecting the first outlet of the first separation chamber and the second outlet of the second separation chamber to a single outlet pipe, the inlet port arrangement and the outlet port arrangement being provided on the same side of the filter,
wherein a flow deflector is provided between the first separation chamber and the second separation chamber for splitting a flow through the inlet port arrangement into a first portion of flow entering the first separation chamber at a tangent, creating a first swirl of flow in the first separation chamber, and a second portion of flow entering the second separation chamber at a tangent, creating a second swirl of flow in the second separation chamber, the first swirl of flow and the second swirl of flow swirling in opposing directions, and
in use, the first magnet and the second magnet each filter magnetic particles from water of the of the central heating system as the water circulates through the central heating system, including through the magnetic filter from the inlet port arrangement to the outlet port arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,363,495

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTO DISTILLING LIQUIDS AT STRICTLY DEFINED CONDITIONS REGARDLESS OF COMPOSITION

1. A distillation assembly for distillation of liquid samples at atmospheric pressure, said distillation assembly comprising:a flask having a round bottom, a neck portion and a top opening;
a stopper for covering the top opening of said flask;
a heating element in thermal communication with said flask for heating said flask;
a first thermal radiation detector in optical connection with said flask;
a second thermal radiation detector in optical connection with said flask;
a temperature detector traversing said stopper;
a plurality of collimators having an aperture there through, said plurality of collimators housing said first and said second thermal radiation detectors;
a condenser connected to said flask at one end of said condenser;
a receiving vessel/collector in communication with said condenser, said receiving vessel/collector for receiving distillate; and
a base plate for supporting said flask, said base plate having an aperture in the center thereof and positioned between said flask and said heating element.

US Pat. No. 10,363,483

METHODOLOGY FOR EQUALIZING SYSTEMIC LATENCIES IN TELEVISION RECEPTION IN CONNECTION WITH GAMES OF SKILL PLAYED IN CONNECTION WITH LIVE TELEVISION PROGRAMMING

Winview, Inc., Carmel, C...

1. A method of preventing a first set of participants of a game of skill or chance or other entertainment at a live event from having an advantage over a second set of participants of the game of skill or chance or other entertainment watching the live event by receiving online content comprising:a. determining a site that serves a set of Internet-enabled mobile devices at a venue site;
b. determining the set of Internet-enabled mobile devices that are utilizing the site of the venue site;
c. determining a subset of Internet-enabled mobile devices within the set of Internet-enabled mobile devices that are located within the venue site; and
d. generating one or more separate groups of competitions based on the subset of Internet-enabled mobile devices within the set of Internet-enabled mobile devices that are located within the venue site.

US Pat. No. 10,363,482

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CLOUD EXECUTING MINI-GAMES AND SOCIAL TAGGING

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A method for processing mini-games executed in a game cloud system, comprising:providing, on a server, a plurality of mini-games, created based on a video recording of a game play for a game title, wherein and each of the plurality of mini-games is defined from a portion selected from the video recording, the portion is associated with state data produced during said game play of the game title, the state data identifies actions taken to produce scenes present in the video recording from the game title,
identifying, for each of the mini-game, the state data to enable functionality in each mini-game, the portion is is used to identify parts of the executable code of the game title, and each part of the executable code for each mini-game is identified using pointers to access code from the executable code of the game title, wherein the plurality of mini-games are sharable to a social network; and
detecting user interactions with ones of the plurality of mini-games that are shared in the social network, wherein user interaction with each mini-game causes construction of the mini-game using the executable code of the game title and the state data;
ranking the mini-games based on the user interactions;
wherein user interactions include game play of said ones of the plurality of mini-games via streaming execution by the game cloud system.

US Pat. No. 10,363,480

GAMING MACHINE WITH A CURVED DISPLAY

Video Gaming Technologies...

1. A gaming machine comprising:a cabinet;
a curved video display device comprising at least one display portion, the at least one display portion including an opening within the at least one display portion, wherein a peripheral device is mounted within the opening and accessible by a user of the gaming machine; and
a processor programmed to display, on the at least one display portion of the curved video display device, a graphic adjacent to the peripheral device.

US Pat. No. 10,363,478

MOBILE FREEWHEELING PLAYING CARD CART

1. A freewheeling playing card cart, comprising: a base, wherein said base comprises a tray having at least two playing card compartments on a top of said tray, wherein said playing card compartments are configured to accept and retain a stack of playing cards, wherein said playing card compartments comprise a generally rectangular shape; at least three swivel wheels attached to said base such that said base is configured to roll on said wheels in any direction in a 360 degree radius; and wherein said playing card cart is free-wheeling, wherein said playing cart is configured to be used on a table top; wherein said cart comprises one or more handles, and wherein said base defines a plane and said one or more handles are located at opposing ends of said base and extend vertically and normal to said plane.

US Pat. No. 10,363,463

AERODYNAMIC GOLF CLUB HEAD

TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY,...

1. An aerodynamic golf club head comprising:A) a hollow body (110) having a club head volume of at least 400 cc, a face (200), a sole section (300), a crown section (400), a front (112), a back (114), a heel (116), a toe (118), and a front-to-back dimension (FB) of at least 4.4 inches, wherein
i) the hollow body (110) has a bore having a center that defines a shaft axis (SA) which intersects with a horizontal ground plane (GP) to define an origin point; and
ii) the hollow body (110) has a center of gravity (CG) located:
(a) vertically toward the crown section (400) from the origin point a distance Ycg in a direction orthogonal to the ground plane (GP), and vertically toward the crown section (400) from a horizontal center face plane a distance Vcg in a direction orthogonal to the horizontal center face plane, wherein the distance Vcg is less than or equal to 0 inches;
(b) horizontally from the origin point toward the toe (118) a distance Xcg that is parallel to a vertical plane defined by the shaft axis (SA) and parallel to the ground plane (GP); and
(c) a distance Zcg from the origin toward the back (114) in a direction orthogonal to the vertical direction used to measure Ycg and orthogonal to the horizontal direction used to measure Xcg;
B) the face (200) having a top edge (210) and a lower edge (220), wherein a top edge height (TEH) is the elevation of the top edge (210) above the ground plane (GP), and a lower edge height (LEH) is the elevation of the lower edge (220) above the ground plane (GP), wherein a portion of the top edge height (TEH) is at least 2 inches; and
C) the crown section (400) having a crown apex (410) located an apex height (AH) above the ground plane (GP), wherein;
i) the crown apex (410) is located behind the forwardmost point on the face (200) a distance that is a crown apex setback dimension (412) measured in a direction toward the back (114) and orthogonal to the vertical direction used to measure Ycg and orthogonal to the horizontal direction used to measure Xcg;
ii) the crown apex (410) is located a distance from the origin toward the toe (118) a crown apex x-dimension (416) distance that is parallel to the vertical plane defined by the shaft axis (SA) and parallel to the ground plane (GP);
iii) the crown section (400) includes a post apex attachment promoting region (420) on the surface of the crown section (400) at an elevation above a maximum top edge plane (MTEP) wherein the post apex attachment promoting region (420) begins at the crown apex (410) and extends toward the back (114), and includes:
(a) an attachment promoting region length (422) measured along the surface of the crown section (400) and orthogonal to the vertical plane defined by the shaft axis (SA), wherein the attachment promoting region length (422) is at least as great as fifty percent of the crown apex setback dimension (412); and
(b) an apex promoting region width (424) measured along the surface of the crown section (400) in a direction parallel to the vertical plane defined by the shaft axis (SA), wherein the attachment promoting region width (424) is at least as great as the difference between the crown apex x-dimension (416) and the distance Xcg;
iv) an apex ratio of the apex height (AH) to the greatest top edge height (TEH) is at least 1.13, and less than 10% of the club head volume is located above the maximum top edge plane (MTEP); and
v) a portion of the crown section (400) is composed of nonmetallic material;
D) the golf club head includes an adjustable loft system.

US Pat. No. 10,363,461

MULTI-PIECE SOLID GOLF BALL

Bridgestone Sports Co., L...

1. A multi-piece solid golf ball comprising a core, a cover and an intermediate layer therebetween,wherein the core, a sphere composed of the core and the intermediate layer which peripherally encases the core (intermediate layer-encased sphere), and the ball have respective surface hardnesses, expressed in terms of Shore D hardness, which satisfy the relationship
ball surface hardness?surface hardness of intermediate layer-encased sphere?core surface hardness;
the thickness of the cover is not more than 1.2 mm, and
the core has a hardness profile which, expressed in terms of JIS-C hardness, satisfies the following relationships:
20?core surface hardness (Cs)?core center hardness (Cc),
5?[hardness at a position 5 mm from core center (C5)?core center hardness (Cc)]>0, and
[core surface hardness (Cs)?core center hardness (Cc)]/[hardness at a position midway between core surface and core center (Cm)?core center hardness (Cc)]?4.

US Pat. No. 10,363,460

MULTI-PIECE SOLID GOLF BALL

Bridgestone Sports Co., L...

1. A multi-piece solid golf ball comprising a core of at least one layer, a cover of at least one layer, and at least one intermediate layer interposed between the core and the cover, wherein the core has a deflection when compressed under a final load of 1,275 N (130 kgf) from an initial load state of 98 N (10 kgf) of at least 4.0 mm, the intermediate layer material has a melt flow rate (MFR) of at least 2.5 g/10 min, the intermediate layer has a thickness of from 1.0 to 1.8 mm, the cover is composed primarily of polyurethane, the cover has a thickness of from 0.5 to 1.0 mm, the cover has a Shore D hardness of at least 55, the sum of the intermediate layer thickness and the cover thickness is not more than 2.2 mm, and the value obtained by subtracting the Shore D hardness of the intermediate layer material from the Shore D hardness of the cover material is from ?10 to 0, andwherein the core is formed of a rubber composition comprising:
(a) a base rubber,
(b) an ?,?-unsaturated carboxylic acid and/or a metal salt thereof,
(c) a crosslinking initiator, and
(d) a metal carboxylate in which the carboxylic acid bonded to metal is of two or more different types and at least one of the carboxylic acids has 8 or more carbon atoms, the component (d) being selected from the group consisting of zinc monostearate monopalmitate, zinc monostearate monomyristate, zinc monostearate monolaurate, zinc monopalmitate monomyristate, zinc monopalmitate monolaurate, zinc monostearate monoacrylate, zinc monostearate monomethacrylate, zinc monostearate monomaleate, zinc monostearate monofumarate, zinc monopalmitate monoacrylate, zinc monopalmitate monomethacrylate, zinc monopalmitate monomaleate, zinc monopalmitate monofumarate, zinc monomyristate monoacrylate, zinc monomyristate monomethacrylate, zinc monomyristate monomaleate, zinc monomyristate monofumarate, zinc monolaurate monoacrylate, zinc monolaurate monomethacrylate, zinc monolaurate monomaleate and zinc monolaurate monofumarate.

US Pat. No. 10,363,455

EXERCISE MACHINE AND CROSS TRAINER

1. An exercise system to provide a full body cardiovascular and upper body work out comprising:at least one piece of adjustable weight training apparatus;
a mountable cardiovascular machine;
wherein the at least one piece of adjustable weight training machine is configured with and directly connected to the mountable cardiovascular machine;
wherein the adjustable weight training apparatus comprises, support equipment, resistance cables, cable pulleys, weight handles and weight plates wherein the weight training apparatus is adjusted by a user whom has mounted the mountable cardiovascular machine;
wherein the user adjusts the amount of weight the user desires to undertake in upper body exercise by selecting the number of weight plates the user desires;
wherein the adjustable weight training apparatus is adjusted by the user so that the apparatus is positioned over the user's head, at a midway position or in a lowered position;
wherein the exercise system apparatus further comprises weight trays designed to hold at least two free weights;
wherein the weight trays are configured in the front section of the mountable cardiovascular machine in front of the user within reach of the user;
wherein weight trays are also attached to the mountable cardiovascular machine and positioned on both sides of the user within reach of the user;
wherein the exercise system further comprises an “app” uploaded onto a smart or mobile device;
wherein the “app” provides the user with a rate that the user engages in cardiovascular exercise and also directs the user as to the upper body exercises to be undertaken using the adjustable weight training apparatus;
wherein the user engages in cardiovascular exercise while simultaneously engaging in upper body weight training thereby engaging in a full body workout including both cardiovascular and upper body exercises.

US Pat. No. 10,363,451

CROSS-TRAINING TREADMILL

1. A cross-training treadmill comprises:a treadmill;
a first weight-engaging pulley mechanism;
a second weight-engaging pulley mechanism;
a first guide channel;
a second guide channel;
a power source;
the treadmill comprises a processing unit, a first lateral edge, a treadmill belt track, and a second lateral edge;
the first weight-engaging pulley mechanism and the second weight-engaging pulley mechanism each comprise a slidable base;
the treadmill belt track being positioned in between the first lateral edge and the second lateral edge;
the first guide channel being positioned adjacent the first lateral edge;
the second guide channel being positioned adjacent the second lateral edge;
the slidable base of the first weight-engaging mechanism being slidably positioned along the first guide channel;
the slidable base of the second weight-engaging pulley mechanism being slidably positioned along the second guide channel;
the power source being electrically connected to the processing unit;
the treadmill further comprises a control housing;
the first guide channel and the second guide channel each comprise a proximal end, a channel body, and a distal end;
the first lateral edge and the second lateral edge each comprise a terminal end;
the channel body extending from the proximal end to the distal end;
the terminal end of the first lateral edge being positioned adjacent the distal end of the first guide channel;
the terminal end of the second lateral edge being positioned adjacent the distal end of the second guide channel; and
the control housing being connected to the terminal ends.

US Pat. No. 10,363,447

ELECTRIC-PNEUMATIC ACTUATOR ASSEMBLY

Tyco Fire Products LP, L...

1. An actuator assembly configured for rupturing a seal of a cartridge of pressurized gas, the assembly comprising:a housing having a proximal end and a distal end with a passageway extending axially from the proximal end to the distal end along an actuator axis, the passageway defining a first chamber and a second chamber with the second chamber disposed distally of the first chamber, with the first and second chambers centered along the actuator axis, the housing including at least one inlet port formed between the first and second chambers in communication with the passageway for coupling to a pressurized gas source;
an electrically operated protracting actuation device having an electrical connector and a rod member, the protracting actuation device being disposed within the housing such that the electrical connector is disposed in the first chamber and the rod member is disposed in the second chamber with the first chamber being sealed from the second chamber and the at least one inlet port; and
a puncturing assembly including a head with a puncturing pin extending axially from the head, the puncturing assembly having an actuated position and a retracted position within the passageway with the head in the second chamber biased in a proximal direction to the retracted position for translation from the retracted position to the actuated position upon either electrical operation of the protracting actuation device or delivery of the pressurized gas to the at least one inlet port acting on the head.

US Pat. No. 10,363,443

PASSIVE DUCTWORK INTUMESCENT FIRE DAMPER

Superposed Associates LLC...

1. A passive intumescent fire damper for closing off an air stream in the event of a fire comprising a sheet metal box comprising a bottom wall, a top wall, a back wall and side walls and an assembly adapted to fit into said sheet metal box comprising an intumescent comprising a back wall and a top wall wherein said back wall is adapted to fit adjacent to said back wall of said sheet metal box, a sheet metal comb comprising a base and a plurality of teeth extending upwardly from said base wherein said base is adapted to fit adjacent to said bottom wall of said sheet metal box, and a plastic liner having a top wall, a bottom wall and side walls and adapted to surround said sheet metal comb and said top wall of said plastic liner is adapted to seat adjacent to said top wall of said intumescent.

US Pat. No. 10,363,440

LINE-FOCUSED ULTRASOUND TRANSDUCER AND HIGH-INTENSITY LINE FOCUSED ULTRASOUND GENERATOR INCLUDING SAME

KORUST CO., LTD., Anyang...

1. A high intensity line-focused ultrasound generation device which focuses in a line shape comprising:a housing which is filled with an ultrasound transmitting material;
a line-focused ultrasound transducer which is provided within the housing to be movable;
a driving unit moving the line-focused ultrasound transducer;
a grip which is provided to the housing to be able to be coupled and decoupled; and
a slider one end of which is connected to the line-focused ultrasound transducer and the other end of which is connected to the driving unit to be able to be coupled and decoupled; and
a position detecting part which detects a position of the line-focused ultrasound transducer,
wherein the position detecting part comprises:
a first position hole which is formed at a portion of an end of the slider which is disposed within the grip with reference to an initial state in which the slider is completely pulled by the driving unit;
a proximate sensor which is provided to the grip in correspondence with the first position hole to detect the first position hole; and
a second position hole which is formed at a portion of the other end of the slider which is disposed within the grip such that the slider is detected by the proximate sensor in case that the slider is unintentionally separated from the driving unit.

US Pat. No. 10,363,434

LED THERAPY BED

1. A LED therapy bed comprising:a plurality of LED modules;
the plurality of LED modules each having upstanding walls;
an acrylic cover over the plurality of LED modules;
the acrylic cover resting on and supported by the upstanding walls of the modules;
a first frame supporting each of the LED modules of the LED therapy bed;
wherein the frame is separate from the upstanding walls of the modules;
each LED module having a plurality of different LEDs regulated by one or more current limiting circuits;
the plurality of different LEDs configured to be overdriven to increase light output beyond normal operating intensity and to further produce thermal heat from the plurality of LEDs in order to produce a skin temperature of a user between 101 and 108 degrees Fahrenheit from direct thermal conduction;
each of the LED modules further including at least one thermal sensor placed between the LEDs and is in conductive contact with the acrylic cover; the at least one thermal sensor in each module being supported by and resting within a recess in a flexible arm that is located between the LEDs of each module; the flexible arm being mounted on a second frame that sits between the LEDs; the at least one thermal sensor within each module locally senses a temperature adjacent the underside of the acrylic cover which is over the LEDs of each module;
each of the LED modules further including at least one fan wherein the fan speed is regulated directly or indirectly by said at least one thermal sensor; and
a master controller that controls the LEDs; the at least one fan and the at least one thermal sensor in each said module; wherein the temperature of each module, LED or cluster of LEDs is separately controlled while each module or LED or cluster of LEDs is providing treatment;
wherein the LEDs, the thermal sensor, the current limiting circuit, and the fan are controlled by the master controller to raise and maintain the skin temperature of all areas of the user's body being treated by the LED therapy bed from a starting temperature to a same therapeutic temperature in the range of 101 to 108 degrees Fahrenheit.

US Pat. No. 10,363,432

SCALP-HAIR THERAPY SYSTEM

Theradome, Inc., Pleasan...

1. A low-level laser-light scalp-hair therapy device, comprising:a plastic helmet having on its interior a plurality of laser diode arrays mounted such as to generally direct a number of monochromatic and coherent therapeutic lights across the scalp of a user wearing it;
a rechargeable battery and an operational status display that are mounted together with a master-switch, and which are all disposed within the plastic helmet;
a controller connected to operate the plurality of laser diode arrays according to predefined therapeutic profiles and sessions, and that maintains an operational status and log with a microcontroller;
a proximity sensor positioned as a user scalp presence detector, and connected to the controller to shut off power from the rechargeable battery to the plurality of laser diode arrays if the user scalp is not then detected as being proximate;
at least one temperature sensor connected to the controller and connected to shut off battery power to the plurality of laser diode arrays if a particular part or area of the therapy device exceeds a predefined temperature;
a speech synthesizer and a loudspeaker connected to the controller to audibly speak instructions and the operational status of the device to the user in a spoken language; and
a wireless transceiver for Internet communication with a centralized server, and connected to exchange status and operational data with the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,363,426

EXTERNAL CHARGER FOR AN IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE FOR DETERMINING POSITION USING PHASE ANGLE OR A PLURALITY OF PARAMETERS AS DETERMINED FROM AT LEAST ONE SENSE COIL

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. An external charger for wirelessly providing energy to an implantable medical device (IMD), comprising:a charging coil configured when energized by a drive signal to produce a magnetic field to wirelessly provide energy to the IMD;
a sense coil, wherein the sense coil is configured to be induced by the magnetic field with an induced signal affected by a position of the charging coil with respect to the IMD; and
control circuitry configured to
determine a phase angle between the induced signal and the drive signal, and
determine using the phase angle the position of the charging coil with respect to the IMD.

US Pat. No. 10,363,425

DISCRETE COFIRED FEEDTHROUGH FILTER FOR MEDICAL IMPLANTED DEVICES

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A feedthrough filter arrangement for use with an AIMD, comprising:a ferrule;
a feedthrough associated with said ferrule;
a plurality of conductors supported through said feedthrough; and
a corresponding plurality of discrete filters, each of said filters having at least two respective terminals, with one of said terminals associated with a respective one of said conductors, and the other of said terminals associated with said ferrule;
wherein
said at least two respective terminals comprise side and end terminals associated respectively with said filters and said ferrule; and
each of said filters has two sets of interleaved vertical electrodes comprising ground electrodes and signal electrodes wherein said ground electrodes are associated with at least one end terminal of each respective filter so that ground is connected to said ferrule, and wherein said signal electrodes are associated with at least one side terminal of each respective filler so that signals on a respective associated conductor are connected to such associated conductor.

US Pat. No. 10,363,419

NERVE STIMULATOR SYSTEM

Electrocore, Inc., Baski...

20. A stimulation device for treating a condition or symptom of a patient, the stimulation device comprising:an enclosure configured for positioning adjacent to or near a nerve within the patient;
an antenna coupled to the enclosure and configured to receive an input signal from a power source located remotely from the enclosure, wherein the input signal comprises electrical energy;
a storage device coupled to the antenna and configured to store the electrical energy, wherein the electrical energy is delivered to the storage device only during a period of time at least one of when an electrical impulse is not being applied to the nerve, during a refractory period of the nerve, or between electrical impulses;
a pulse generator coupled to the storage device and configured to generate the electrical impulse upon release of the electrical energy from the storage device; and
an electrodes coupled to the pulse generator and configured to conduct the electrical impulse to the nerve sufficient to modulate the nerve.

US Pat. No. 10,363,417

IMPLANT FIXATION AND IMPACT DISPLACEMENT PROTECTION SYSTEMS

MED-EL Elektromedizinisch...

1. A cochlear implant arrangement comprising:an implant housing containing a stimulation processor for processing externally produced communications signals to generate electrical stimulation signals for the cochlea of an implant patient, the implant housing lying substantially in a plane and having an outer perimeter adapted to fit within a surgically prepared housing recess in skull bone of the implant patient; and
a plurality of housing fixation features located on the outer perimeter, the housing fixation features being adapted to cooperate to develop lateral force in the plane of the implant housing between the implant housing and radially adjacent skull bone of the housing recess to fixedly secure the implant housing within the housing recess,
wherein the housing fixation features include one or more fixed contact features located toward one side of the outer perimeter and one or more elastic spring features located towards another side of the outer perimeter.

US Pat. No. 10,363,416

ELECTROSTIMULATION TO INCREASE PERFUSION

Hill-Rom Services, Inc., ...

1. An electrostimulation system for encouraging perfusion in a patient's body, the system comprising:a number of first stimulation pods providing a first polarity, each first stimulation pod engaging the patient's body,
a number of second stimulation pods providing a second polarity, each second stimulation pod engaging the patient's body and being arranged with proximity to the first stimulation pods to create a directed electric field to encourage perfusion in nearby areas of the patient's body, and
a controller connected with each of the first and second stimulation pods to communicate at least one stimulation signal to produce the first and second polarities, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,363,413

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR TREMOR REDUCTION

1. A tremor-reduction system comprising:a stimulation device configured to deliver electric current to a body region;
at least one sensor; and
a computing device comprising a first processor and a non-transitory computer-readable medium configured to store program instructions thereon executable by the first processor to cause the computing device to perform functions comprising:
determining, through a first evaluation, whether data received from the at least one sensor indicating movement of the body region corresponds to a spatial movement coherent to a tremor;
for data that is determined to be coherent to a bidimensional tremor, responsively storing the data, the stored data comprising measurements for at least one movement characteristic;
comparing a measurement associated with a latest movement of the body region to an average measurement calculated from at least one prior movement of the body region; and
responsively changing characteristics of the applied electric current if the measurement associated with the latest movement is the same as or greater than the average measurement associated with the at least one prior movement.

US Pat. No. 10,363,411

MICROELECTRODE AND MULTIPLE MICROELECTRODES

NEURONANO AB, (SE)

1. Medical microelectrode for insertion into soft tissue, comprising an electrically conducting elongate electrode body having a first, proximal end and a second, distal end, the electrode body comprising a tip section extending from its distal end, a main body section extending in a proximal direction from the tip section, and, optionally, a coupling section extending in a proximal direction from the main body section, wherein the tip section, the main body section and, optionally, the coupling section are embedded in a first electrode matrix element, which is substantially rigid, biocompatible and soluble or biodegradable in a body fluid, further comprising one or both of:a dissolution retarding layer on the first electrode matrix element;
a second electrode matrix element disposed between the first electrode matrix element and the electrode;
wherein a drug capable of being released upon dissolution or biodegradation of the first electrode matrix element is comprised by the first electrode matrix element or the second electrode matrix element; and
an anchor positioned at the tip section.

US Pat. No. 10,363,409

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT ELECTRODES

ZOLL Medical Corporation,...

1. A medical device comprising:an electrode assembly including at least a first defibrillation electrode and a defibrillation second electrode for delivering one or more defibrillating shocks to a patient;
a camera disposed on at least one of the first defibrillation electrode of the electrode assembly and the second defibrillation electrode of the electrode assembly, the camera configured to acquire image information of external features of the patient;
a chest compression sensor coupled to the electrode assembly and configured to acquire chest compression information based on chest compressions being applied to the chest of the patient;
an output device configured to generate feedback indicative of the chest compression information and the image information; and
at least one processor communicatively coupled to the electrode assembly, the camera, the chest compression sensor, and the output device, the at least one processor configured to:
receive the image information of the external features of the patient from the camera,
estimate a location of the electrode assembly relative to the external features of the patient based on the received image information,
receive the chest compression information from the chest compression sensor,
estimate one or more chest compression parameters based on the received chest compression information,
control the output device to provide electrode position feedback based on the estimated location of the electrode assembly, and
control the output device to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) feedback based on the estimated one or more chest compression parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,363,403

SYSTEM FOR REDUCING LOCAL DISCOMFORT

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A kit for targeted delivery of a substance to an airway in conjunction with deploying a medical device to the airway, the kit comprising:a conduit comprising a proximal end and a bifurcated distal portion having a first distal end and a second distal end, the first and second distal ends being separate with a space positioned therebetween, wherein the proximal end is configured to be coupled with a source of the substance; and a first applicator and a second applicator, each of the first and second applicators coupled with a respective one of the first and second distal ends of the conduit, wherein each of the first and second applicators is configured to direct the substance out of the applicator toward different sides of an airway, and wherein the first and second applicators are made at least partially of a material configured to allow the substance to weep out of the first and second applicators, and
an endotracheal tube.

US Pat. No. 10,363,402

SINUS DILATION CATHETER

Entellus Medical, Inc., ...

1. A balloon dilation catheter for dilating sinus drainage pathways, the balloon dilation catheter comprising:a handle having a proximal end and a distal end and a slot disposed in a surface of the handle, the handle configured to be gripped by an operator;
a substantially rigid inner guide member having a blunt distal end and a proximal end and a lumen extending between the distal end and the proximal end, the substantially rigid inner guide member extending longitudinally from the distal end of the handle and wherein the proximal end of the substantially rigid inner guide member terminates within the handle;
a shaft slidably arranged over the substantially rigid inner guide member, the shaft including an inflation lumen that is fluidically coupled to an inflation port, and wherein a distal portion of the shaft includes an inflatable balloon;
a shaft advancing member that is moveable along the slot disposed in the surface of the handle, wherein moving the shaft advancing member along the slot moves the shaft over the substantially rigid inner guide member; and
a flexible guide wire disposed within the lumen of the substantially rigid inner guide member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,401

SINUS DILATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Medtronic Xomed, Inc., J...

1. A surgical system for dilating a region of a patient's nasal sinus system, the system comprising:a first sinus dilation instrument including:
a handle defining a front end opposite a back end;
a rigid probe extending distally from the front end of the handle, the rigid probe defining:
a rigid proximal end at the front end of the handle,
a rigid distal tip opposite the proximal end,
a rigid curved segment between the proximal end and the distal tip;
a balloon having a distal end, the balloon being secured over the rigid probe adjacent the distal tip, wherein a distance between the distal end of the balloon and the distal tip is invariable;
an inflation path fluidly connected to an interior of the balloon;
wherein a curvature and a longitudinal location of the curved segment is configured to locate the balloon within one of a frontal sinus, a maxillary sinus, and a sphenoid sinus following insertion of the distal tip through a naris of the patient;
a connector associated with the handle and configured to be electronically coupled to an image guidance system of the type to allow for a display of a position of the first sinus dilation instrument within the patient relative to a pre-operative image of the patient's anatomy; and
an electronic identifier device electronically coupled to the connector and programmed to generate a signal indicative of an instrument identification assigned to the first sinus dilation instrument and corresponding with a region of the patient's sinus system that the first sinus dilation instrument is configured to access and treat with the balloon, the instrument identification selected from the group consisting of a frontal sinus instrument, a maxillary sinus instrument, and a spheroid sinus instrument; and
a second sinus dilation instrument including:
a handle,
a rigid probe extending from the handle and forming a curved segment,
a balloon secured over the rigid probe adjacent a distal tip thereof and fluidly connected to an inflation path,
a connector configured to be electronically coupled to the image guidance system, and
an electronic identifier device electronically coupled to the connector and programmed to generate a signal indicative of an instrument identification assigned to the second sinus dilation instrument and selected from the group consisting of a frontal sinus instrument, a maxillary sinus instrument, and a sphenoid sinus instrument;
wherein the instrument identification of the first sinus dilation instrument is different from the instrument identification of the second sinus dilation instrument;
and further wherein the electronic identifier device of the first sinus dilation instrument is separate from the electronic identifier device of the second sinus dilation instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,363,397

CATHETER, CATHETER MANIPULATION PART, AND CATHETER MANUFACTURING METHOD

SUMITOMO BAKELITE CO., LT...

1. A catheter, comprising:an elongated flexible tubular main body;
a plurality of manipulation wires inserted through the tubular main body and having tips connected to a distal part of the tubular main body;
a manipulation-part main body provided at a base end of the tubular main body; and
a bending manipulation part having an engagement part configured to engage with base ends of the manipulation wires, and individually apply pulling force to the plurality of manipulation wires through a pulling operation to bend the distal part of the tubular main body,
wherein the bending manipulation part is provided such that the bending manipulation part is capable of transiting to a manipulation position or a retracted position with respect to the manipulation-part main body, and configured such that path lengths of the manipulation wires when the bending manipulation part is at the retracted position are shorter than the path lengths when the bending manipulation part is at the manipulation position, and that when the bending manipulation part at the manipulation position performs the pulling operation, the pulling force is applied to the plurality of manipulation wires and the distal part of the tubular main body is bent, the manipulation-part main body further comprises a pulling restricting part configured to restrict the bending manipulation part from applying the pulling force to the manipulation wires when the bending manipulation part is at the retracted position, the restriction of the pulling restricting part is released when the bending manipulation part transits from the retracted position to the manipulation position, the bending manipulation part is rotatable with respect to the manipulation-part main body, and the pulling restricting part is positioned to be fitted to a structure formed in the bending manipulation part such that the bending manipulation part at the retracted position does not cause the pulling operation.

US Pat. No. 10,363,392

DEFLECTABLE GUIDE

Ancora Heart, Inc., Sant...

1. A method for accessing a cardiac region of a patient, comprising:advancing a guide catheter from a peripheral vascular site in a retrograde direction through an aorta into a left ventricle, the guide catheter comprising a tubular body comprising a proximal section and a distal section, the distal section comprising a deformation zone, a curved pre-deformation section proximal to the deformation zone and a curved post-deformation section distal to the deformation zone, wherein the deformation zone has a proximal end, a distal end, a longitudinal length and a longitudinal axis therebetween, a first constricting portion, a second constricting portion and a compressible portion in alternating configuration with the first and second constricting portions along the longitudinal axis, wherein the first and second constricting portions have a higher hardness and the compressible portion has a lower hardness and wherein the guide catheter further comprises a pull member coupled to a pull structure that is located in the post-deformation section;
steering the guide catheter into a subvalvular region adjacent mitral valve leaflets by pulling the pull member to bend the catheter such that the first and second constricting portions compress the compressible portion therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,363,391

CATHETER

ASAHI INTECC CO., LTD., ...

1. A catheter comprising:an outer tube;
a first inner tube disposed within the outer tube;
a second inner tube disposed within the outer tube and disposed parallel to the first inner tube, the second inner tube having an insertion opening provided at a proximal end of the second inner tube and a distal end opening provided at a distal end of the second inner tube;
a first core wire disposed between the outer tube and the first inner tube, the first core wire being fixed to the outer tube or the first inner tube; and
a second core wire disposed between the outer tube and the first inner tube, disposed parallel to the first core wire, and disposed outside the second inner tube, the second core wire being configured to move between the outer tube and the first inner tube,
wherein:
the second inner tube extends from a medial region of the catheter to a distal end of the catheter, and
a distal end of the first core wire is located distal to the insertion opening of the second inner tube, and a distal end of the second core wire is located proximal to the insertion opening of the second inner tube.

US Pat. No. 10,363,390

DUAL-TIP HEMODIALYSIS CATHETER

Pristine Access Technolog...

1. A split tip dialysis catheter comprising:an elongated body extendable along a longitudinal axis and longitudinally split along a splitting plane at a junction;
wherein the elongated body comprises an unsplit portion proximal to the junction comprising a septum dividing and preventing relative motion between a first lumen and a second lumen, wherein said septum splits at said junction to form a split distal portion of the elongated body comprising a first distal end region terminating in a first tip and a second distal end region terminating in a second tip;
wherein the elongated body comprises an elastic junction portion in the split distal portion adjacent to the junction having planar lumen walls facing each other;
wherein the elastic junction portion is configured to facilitate voluntary sliding of the first distal end region and the second distal end region against each other, in a scissor-like motion, along the splitting plane from an elastically stressed state in which the first and second distal end regions are aligned to an elastically relaxed state, wherein said planar lumen walls remain in contact with each other distally adjacent to the junction, and wherein a dihedral angle formed by intersection of planes defined by the facing planar lumen walls is less than 10 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,363,389

MICRO-FABRICATED GUIDEWIRE DEVICES HAVING VARYING DIAMETERS

Scientia Vascular, LLC, ...

1. A guidewire device comprising:an elongated outer member including
a proximal portion,
a distal portion having an outer surface, an interior surface, and a plurality of radially extending resultant rings and longitudinally extending resultant beams formed between fenestrations on opposing sides of said elongated outer member, the fenestrations having a depth extending between the outer surface and interior surface,
wherein an outer diameter of said distal portion of the elongated outer member is larger than an outer diameter of said proximal portion of the elongated outer member and a length of the distal portion is up to 20% of a full length of the guidewire device;
a monolithic elastomeric filling material fully encapsulating said distal portion, including encapsulating the outer surface of the distal portion, and the same monolithic elastomeric filling material completely filling said fenestrations, including filling the depths of the fenestrations, to thereby establish fluid integrity in the elongated outer member; and
an inner member disposed within at least a portion of said lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,363,387

PATIENT INTERFACE AND ASPECTS THEREOF

1. A patient interface comprising:a mask assembly comprising a seal and a frame;
the seal comprising a pair of protruding nostril locators, each nasal locator including an outlet aperture and being configured to seal against at least a nostril of a user, the seal also comprising an oval air supply aperture with a larger dimension of the oval air supply aperture extending in a lateral direction;
the frame comprising a distal side comprising a round connector connected to a flexible breathing gas supply tube, the round connector comprising a convex right side surface and a convex left side surface, the frame further comprising a left side portion disposed on a left side of the round connector and having a convex left lateral edge disposed laterally outwardly from the left convex side surface of the round connector and a right side portion disposed on a right side of the round connector and having a convex right lateral edge disposed laterally outwardly from the convex right side surface of the round connector;
the frame further comprising a left side arm extending from an apex of the convex left lateral edge of the frame at a transverse angle to an outer surface of the convex left lateral edge of the frame and to a location beyond an extreme width of the seal, the left side arm including a left side headstrap connector portion disposed at a location beyond the extreme width of the seal;
the frame further comprising a right side arm extending from an apex of the convex right lateral edge of the frame at a transverse angle to an outer surface of the convex right lateral edge of the frame and to a location beyond the extreme width of the seal, the right side arm including a right side headstrap connector portion disposed at a location beyond the extreme width of the seal, wherein the convex left lateral edge of the frame and the convex right lateral edge of the frame are connected to each other with portions of the frame extending across upper and lower sides of the round connector;
wherein the frame also comprises a left side semi-oval portion bordered by the convex left side surface of the round connector and the convex left lateral edge and a right side semi-oval portion bordered by the convex right side surface of the round connector and the convex right lateral edge, the left and right side semi-oval portions defining left and right convex outer surfaces of the frame, respectively, wherein the left and right side semi-oval portions are convex along directions extending from the round connector toward the left and right arms, respectively; and
first and second pluralities of apertures each arranged in a semi-oval group of apertures disposed respectively on the left and right side semi-oval portions forming first and second gas washout vents, wherein the semi-oval groups of apertures include concave sides defined by the convex left and right side surfaces of the round connector.

US Pat. No. 10,363,379

SAFETY DEVICE FOR A MEDICAMENT CONTAINER

Sanofi, Paris (FR)

1. A medicament delivery device comprising:a medicament container carrying a needle; and
a safety device comprising:
a first sheath through which the needle is movable in a distal direction to enter the safety device, the first sheath comprising a first ledge and a second ledge,
a second sheath telescopically arranged with the first sheath and releasably coupled to the first ledge of the first sheath, and
a finger flange comprising at least one resilient clip adapted to engage the second ledge of the first sheath, the at least one resilient clip comprising:
a transverse beam extending in a radially inward direction relative to a longitudinal axis of the first sheath,
a longitudinal beam extending from the transverse beam in a proximal direction opposite to the distal direction, and
a hook comprising a slope surface and a block surface extending from the longitudinal beam in the radially inward direction,
wherein the second ledge is configured to engage the slope surface such that the at least one resilient clip increasingly deflects in a radially outward direction relative to the longitudinal axis of the first sheath during insertion of the second ledge in the distal direction into the finger flange, and
wherein the second ledge is configured to engage the block surface after the second ledge has passed the slope surface such that the block surface prevents the second ledge from moving in the proximal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,377

NEEDLE SHIELD PULLER CAP ASSEMBLY

Eli Lilly and Company, I...

1. A puller assembly mountable to a shield around a needle of a syringe, the shield projecting in an axial direction through an opening in a housing of a device holding the syringe, the puller assembly comprising:a grip component having a tubular body defining an interior hollow which axially receives the shield, said tubular body including opposite angular ends defining a slit that allows said tubular body to be forcibly shifted from a first arrangement to a second arrangement, said interior hollow having different sizes in said first and second arrangements, said tubular body including a radial inner face with at least one radial inward projection for directly engaging the shield, said tubular body including first and second axial ends, said first axial end adapted to abut the housing with said second axial end not in contact with the shield during manufacturing installation; and
a cap grippable by a user and including a body having a surface defining a cavity, said grip component held by said cap when inserted within said cavity during manufacturing installation, wherein said at least one radial inward projection of said grip component, when said grip component is held within said cavity with the shield disposed in said interior hollow, engages the shield for removal of the shield from around the needle when the cap is moved from the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,363,371

MEDICAL SYRINGE, GASKET TO BE USED FOR SYRINGE, AND GASKET PRODUCTION METHOD

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A gasket to be used for a medical syringe, the gasket comprising:a main body made of an elastic material; and
a film provided on a surface of the main body;
the gasket having a circumferential surface portion to be brought into contact with an inner peripheral surface of a syringe barrel of the syringe;
wherein said circumferential surface portion has a predetermined and fixed diameter along the gasket longitudinal direction, and has at least one projection provided thereon which projects circumferentially from a surface portion of the film, wherein said at least one projection has a height of not less than 15 ?m and not greater than 55 ?m and has a width of not less than 30 ?m and not greater than 75 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,363,366

ADVANCE DIAGNOSIS OF INFUSION DEVICE OPERATING MODE VIABILITY

Medtronic MiniMed, Inc., ...

1. A method of operating an infusion device to deliver fluid to a user in accordance with an operating mode of a plurality of operating modes supported by the infusion device, the method comprising:obtaining, by a control system associated with the infusion device, operational information pertaining to one or more prior instances of the operating mode;
obtaining, by the control system, status information pertaining to the infusion device;
determining, by the control system, an expected start time for a subsequent instance of the operating mode based on the operational information;
determining, by the control system, a buffer time based at least in part on the operating mode of the plurality of operating modes;
determining, by the control system, a diagnosis time as the buffer time prior to the expected start time, the diagnosis time being prior to the subsequent instance of the operating mode;
automatically determining, by the control system, viability of the subsequent instance of the operating mode based at least in part on the status information at the diagnosis time; and
automatically generating, by the control system, a notification indicative of a recommended action for the user based at least in part on the viability.

US Pat. No. 10,363,360

PUMP CASSETTES WITH SLIDER AND INFUSION PUMP SYSTEMS

CareFusion 2200, Inc., S...

1. A pump cassette comprising:a rigid body comprising a frame portion, a base portion, a compliant membrane disposed substantially therebetween, and two opposing longitudinal edge sections, wherein the rigid body comprises a controllable fluid pathway defined in part by the compliant membrane and extending from an inlet port to an outlet port; and
a slider coupled to the two opposing longitudinal edge sections and longitudinally articulable in a first direction along the two opposing longitudinal edge sections with respect to the rigid body, the slider including engagement protrusions that extend outwardly from the slider away from the rigid body in a second direction that is substantially perpendicular to the first direction, the engagement protrusions configured to interface with corresponding slots of a cassette recess of an infusion pump to releasably lock the pump cassette in the cassette recess upon articulation of the slider, wherein the engagement protrusions include a first pair of engagement protrusions that are spaced apart by a first distance and a second pair of engagement protrusions that are spaced apart by a second distance that is different from the first distance.

US Pat. No. 10,363,357

SYSTEM FOR CONTRAST AGENT-BASED MEDICAL IMAGING

SIEMENS HEALTHCARE GMBH, ...

1. A system for contrast agent-based medical imaging, comprising:a gantry of a medical imaging device;
a contrast agent injection device; and
a support arm including a frame element, a first connecting element and a second connecting element,
wherein the frame element is connected to a stationary support frame of the gantry via the first connecting element such that at least part of the frame element is mounted to be movable relative to the stationary support frame of the gantry, and wherein the contrast agent injection device is connected to at least part of the frame element via the second connecting element such that the contrast agent injection device is mounted to be movable relative to at least part of the frame element, wherein at least one of
the first connecting element includes a first mounting region,
the frame element is mounted by way of the first mounting region so as to be rotatable about a first axis of rotation relative to the stationary support frame of the gantry, and
the first connecting element includes a second mounting region, wherein the frame element is mountable by way of the second mounting region so as to be tiltable about a first tilt axis relative to the stationary support frame of the gantry.

US Pat. No. 10,363,355

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PLATELET REMOVAL DURING MONONUCLEAR CELL COLLECTION

Fenwal, Inc., Lake Zuric...

1. A method of collecting mononuclear cells, comprising:separating whole blood into cellular components and platelet-rich plasma;
separating the platelet-rich plasma into platelet concentrate and platelet-poor plasma;
combining the cellular components with the platelet-poor plasma to form a first mixture; and
separating the first mixture into mononuclear cells and at least one component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,342

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY CANNULA

INSULET CORPORATION, Act...

1. A wearable fluid delivery device, comprising:a chamber containing a fluid to be delivered into a body of a patient; and
a cannula in fluid connection with the chamber, the cannula comprising an exterior surface, an inner surface, a lumen and a distal end extending into the patient, wherein the cannula comprises a first material and a second material mixed with the first material, the second material disposed in discrete regions of the cannula, the second material comprising at least one of a hydrophilic material, an anti-microbial material, an anti-inflammatory material, and an anti-thombogenic material, wherein a first coating at least partially covers the exterior surface of the cannula, the first coating comprising an anti-inflammatory agent, wherein a second coating at least partially covers the interior surface of the cannula, the second coating comprising at least one of the hydrophilic material, the anti-microbial material, the anti-inflammatory material, and the anti-thombogenic material,
wherein the second coating covers less than an entire length of the inner surface of the cannula,
wherein the first coating covers less than an entire length of the exterior surface of the cannula,
wherein the second coating coats less than an entire perimeter of the inner surface of the cannula,
wherein the first coating coats less than an entire perimeter of the exterior surface of the cannula,
wherein a third coating at least partially covers the exterior surface of the cannula, the third coating comprising at least one of the hydrophilic material, the anti-microbial material, the anti-inflammatory material, and the anti-thombogenic material, wherein the first and second coatings comprise different materials,
wherein the third coating is disposed in a concentration gradient throughout the first coating.

US Pat. No. 10,363,336

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR TREATING LIQUIDS USING SWITCHABLE SOLVENTS

BATTELLE ENERGY ALLIANCE,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,335

DISPOSABLE GAS DIFFUSION DEVICE

GUANGZHOU FANER AROMA PRO...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,317

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

ONXEO, Paris (FR) INSTIT...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,250

FOLATE RECEPTOR BINDING CONJUGATES OF ANTIFOLATES

Endocyte, Inc., West Laf...

1. A method for treating a population of cancer cells in a patient, the method comprising administering to the patient a therapeutically effective amount of a conjugate of formula ALDm, wherein A is an antifolate of the formula:
wherein:
(1) X?OH, R?H, and Y=Glu; or
(2) X?OCH3, R?H, and Y?Glu; or
(3) X?OH, R?H, and Y=Valine; or
(4) X?OH, R?H, and Y=Suberate; or
(5) X?OH, R?CH3, and Y=Glu;
m is 1 to 3;
D is an independently selected drug; and;
L is a linker comprising at least one releasable linker;
wherein the cancer cells overexpress a folate receptor, and wherein the cancer is chosen from carcinoma, sarcoma, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, melanoma, mesothelioma, Burkitt's lymphoma, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, leukemia, or myeloma.

US Pat. No. 10,363,239

METHOD FOR INHIBITING GROWTH OF CANCER CELLS

Pain Therapeutics, Austi...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,237

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

The Regents of the Univer...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,227

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

Centre Hospitalier Univer...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,222

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

JDS Therapeutics, LLC, P...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,184

PATIENT SUPPORT APPARATUS HAVING URINARY DRAINAGE BAG LOCKOUT FEATURE

Hill-Rom Services, Inc., ...

1. A patient support apparatus comprising:a frame having a first portion and a second portion, the first portion being pivotally movable to raise and lower relative to the second portion;
a drainage bag support coupled to the first portion of the frame to move therewith, the drainage bag support having a first rung that is substantially horizontal to a floor when the first portion is raised and a second rung that is angled with respect to the first rung and is substantially horizontal to the floor when the first portion is lowered;
control circuitry to control movement of the first portion of the frame, wherein the control circuitry has a lockout mode to prevent movement of the first portion of the frame relative to the second portion of the frame, and
an indicia positioned adjacent the drainage bag support notifying a caregiver to activate the lockout mode in response to a drainage bag being coupled to the first rung of the drainage bag support so that the first portion is unable to be moved to place the drainage bag in an unwanted position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,183

METHOD OF PATIENT CARE DEVICE INTEGRATION WITH A HOSPITAL BED

Hill-Rom Services, Inc., ...

1. A method comprisingcoupling a catheter monitor to a first barrier of a frame of a patient bed,
coupling a patient care device to a second barrier of the frame of the patient bed,
operating bed control circuitry of the patient bed to control at least one function of the patient bed,
operating the catheter monitor so that first circuitry of the catheter monitor communicates with the bed control circuitry, and
operating the patient care device so that second circuitry of the patient care device communicates with the bed control circuitry.

US Pat. No. 10,363,182

PATIENT CONTROL ARM WITH PHONE DOCK AND HEAD OF BED LOCKOUT

Hill-Rom Services, Inc., ...

1. A patient control unit for controlling functions of a hospital bed, the patient control unit comprising a housing having a first side that includes a plurality of user inputs to control the functions of the hospital bed, the housing having a second side having a dock to secure a handheld electronic device in place on the housing, wherein the first and second sides face in opposite directions, wherein the dock comprises a pair of clamp members that are spaced apart from one another and that are substantially similarly shaped so that the electronic device is securable to the dock in a first orientation or a second orientation, wherein the handheld electronic device is clamped at opposite sides thereof between the pair of clamp members due to a spring bias of a spring acting on a movable first clamp member of the pair of clamp members with a second clamp member of the pair of clamp members being a stationary clamp member fixed to the second side of housing, wherein the spring is located relative to the housing so that the movable first clamp member is situated between the spring and the second clamp member, and wherein when the first and second sides of the housing are generally vertically oriented, the patient control unit is devoid of any structure beneath the handheld device that engages a bottom of the handheld device when the handheld device is secured to the housing by the pair of clamp members.

US Pat. No. 10,363,169

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TREATING AN EYE

TEL HASHOMER MEDICAL RESE...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,168

OCULAR IMPLANTS FOR DELIVERY INTO THE EYE

IVANTIS, INC., Irvine, C...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,164

TOOL AND TOOL SYSTEM HAVING INDEPENDENT AXIAL AND TRANSVERSE FORCE SENSING

The Johns Hopkins Univers...

1. A force-sensing tool, comprising:a tool shaft comprising a proximal end and a distal end;
a flexure section attached at a first end to said distal end of said tool shaft;
a tool tip operatively connected to said flexure section such that axial forces applied to said tool tip are coupled primarily to a first portion of said flexure section and transverse forces applied to said tool tip are coupled primarily to a second portion of said flexure section;
an axial force sensor coupled to said first portion of said flexure section; and
a transverse force sensor coupled to said second portion of said flexure section,
wherein said first portion of said flexure section is substantially free to move in an axial direction relative to said second portion of said flexure section,
wherein said axial force sensor responds to axial forces applied to said tool tip substantially independently of said transverse forces applied to said tool tip under a designed operating range of forces, and
wherein said transverse force sensor responds to transverse forces applied to said tool tip substantially independently of said axial forces applied to said tool tip under said designed operating range of forces.

US Pat. No. 10,363,162

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING PATIENT TEMPERATURE

ADVANCED COOLING THERAPY,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,160

MANDIBULAR REPOSITIONING DEVICE

ResMed SAS, Saint Priest...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,157

TORQUE GENERATING POUCH AND RELATED METHODS

Rehabilitation Institute ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a. a material pouch defining a volume of space, the material pouch comprising a flexible portion and having a first surface and a second surface;
b. the material pouch having a first position, in which the material pouch is bent along the flexible portion and the first surface contacts the second surface at an interface;
c. wherein, when the material pouch is in the first position, an increase in pressure to the space creates a force between the first surface and the second surface; and
d. wherein the material pouch transitions from the first position to a second position in response to the force between the first surface and the second surface.

US Pat. No. 10,363,150

PROSTHETIC DEVICE WITH A ROTATABLE PYRAMID AND LATERAL TRAVEL LIMIT

American Prosthetic Compo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,134

DEVICE FOR THE IMPLANTATION AND FIXATION OF PROSTHETIC VALVES

JenaValve Technology, Inc...

1. A method of treating a native aortic valve, the method comprising:positioning a first expandable stent component adjacent the native aortic valve, the first stent component including three struts, wherein the three struts include exactly one strut for placement between each leaflet of the native aortic valve and a wall of an aorta, wherein each strut includes an apex pointing in a proximal direction towards a native heart;
expanding the struts of the first stent component;
after expanding the struts, positioning each strut between the respective leaflet and the wall of the aorta, wherein the struts align the first stent component with the native aortic valve in an axial direction;
positioning a second expandable stent component radially inward of the leaflets of the native aortic valve and of the first stent component, wherein the second stent component includes a prosthetic heart valve; and
expanding the second stent component to press the leaflets of the native aortic valve radially outward toward the first stent component, such that the leaflets of the native aortic valve are positioned between the first stent component and the second stent component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,119

DENTAL PROSTHESIS MANUFACTURING AIDS

Geodigm Corporation, Cha...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,111

PHACOEMULSIFICATION SURGICAL MULTI-USE PACK USAGE TRACKER SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,100

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PATIENT-SPECIFIC MODELING OF THE HEART FOR PREDICTION OF TARGETS FOR CATHETER ABLATION OF VENTRICULAR TACHYCARDIA IN PATIENTS WITH IMPLANTABLE CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATORS

The Johns Hopkins Univers...

1. A computer implemented method of non-invasively simulating a subject-specific cardiac procedure, comprising:receiving three-dimensional imaging data of a subject's heart, the subject having an ICD, wherein said ICD causes an imaging artifact in said three-dimensional imaging data of said subject's heart, said three-dimensional imaging data including regions that are free of said artifact and regions that are affected by said artifact;
segmenting said regions of said three-dimensional imaging data that are free of said artifact into a plurality of normal tissue regions and remodeled tissue regions for said subject;
extrapolating from said regions of said three-dimensional imaging data that are free of said artifact to provide extrapolated three-dimensional imaging data corresponding to said regions that are affected by said artifact; and
simulating at least one of electrophysiological or electromechanical activity of at least a portion of said subject's heart using said segmented and extrapolated three-dimensional imaging data, said simulating including providing a preselected alteration of at least one of electrophysiological or electromechanical behavior of said subject's heart for a target of said subject-specific cardiac ablation procedure.

US Pat. No. 10,363,097

ABLATION SYSTEM HAVING MULTIPLE ENERGY SOURCES

COVIDEN LP, Mansfield, M...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,094

FLEXIBLE MICROWAVE CATHETERS FOR NATURAL OR ARTIFICIAL LUMENS

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,090

CATHETER WITH FLOW DIVERTER AND FORCE SENSOR

Biosense Webster (Israel)...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,077

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ESTABLISHING AN ANCHORAGE IN TISSUE

WOODWELDING AG, Stanssta...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,073

BONE ANCHOR ASSEMBLIES AND RELATED INSTRUMENTATION

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,070

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

Roger P. Jackson, Prairi...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,067

SKIN CARE METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND DEVICES

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,065

MEDICAL DEVICES AND METHODS FOR MANIPULATING BODILY TISSUES

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,060

ULTRASONIC SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH COOLING SYSTEM

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,046

EXTREMITY TOURNIQUET WITH LOCKING BUCKLE

The Seaberg Company, Inc....

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,045

ENDOSCOPIC SURGICAL CLIP APPLIER

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,043

TREATMENT OF INCOMPETENT VESSELS

ArtVentive Medical Group,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,040

ANASTOMOSIS DEVICES

1. An implantable medical device comprising:a barrel portion comprising a rigid frame having a first end and a second end;
a first flange portion, said first flange portion comprising a plurality of first flange members having a first length and a plurality of second flange members having a second length, said first length being less than said second length, said plurality of first flange members being discrete and separate from said plurality of second flange members;
a first hinge member formed of a cover material and flexibly coupling said first end of said barrel portion and said first flange portion, said cover material allowing said first flange portion to pivot with respect to said barrel portion;
a second flange portion, said second flange portion comprising a plurality of said first flange members and a plurality of said second flange members;
a second hinge member formed of said cover material and flexibly coupling said second end of said barrel portion and said second flange portion, said cover material allowing said second flange portion to pivot with respect to said barrel portion; and
a plurality of elongate members forming part of the rigid frame of the barrel portion, part of the first flange portion, and part of the second flange portion without the plurality of elongate members extending from the barrel portion through the first hinge member to the first flange portion and from the barrel portion through the second hinge member to the second flange portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,039

SURGICAL FASTENER APPLIERS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,037

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT SYSTEM COMPRISING A MAGNETIC LOCKOUT

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,036

SURGICAL STAPLER HAVING FORCE-BASED MOTOR CONTROL

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,035

STAPLER TOOL WITH ROTARY DRIVE LOCKOUT

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,031

TISSUE THICKNESS COMPENSATORS FOR SURGICAL STAPLERS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,028

METHOD FOR COUPLING SOFT TISSUE TO A BONE

Biomet Sports Medicine, L...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,027

SUTURE ASSEMBLY INCLUDING A SUTURE ATTACHED TO A LEADER

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,023

LATERAL RETRACTOR SYSTEM FOR MINIMIZING MUSCLE DAMAGE IN SPINAL SURGERY

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,022

SCREW BASED RETRACTOR WITH EXPANDABLE BLADES

SPINE WAVE, INC., Shelto...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,021

VASCULAR CLOSURE DEVICES AND METHODS PROVIDING HEMOSTATIC ENHANCEMENT

Cardiva Medical, Inc., S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,011

AUTOMATIC DOSE CONTROL FOR IMAGING MEDICAL DEVICES

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,009

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CORRECTION OF A SYNTHETIC ELECTRON DENSITY MAP

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,006

MOBILE IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,001

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,363,000

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

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,362,994

BIO-SENSING DEVICE WITH AMBIENT LIGHT CANCELLATION

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A bio-sensing device, comprising:a light source circuit;
a first photodetector;
a transimpedance amplifier coupled to the first photodetector and configured to convert a current produced by the photodetector to a voltage;
an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) coupled to the transimpedance amplifier and configured to convert the voltage from the first photodetector to a digital value; and
a controller coupled to the ADC and the light source circuit and configured to:
initiate a light source sense phase followed by a first ambient sense phase and a second ambient sense phase, wherein in the light source sense phase, the controller is configured to receive a digital value from the ADC while the light source circuit is enabled and wherein in each of the first and second ambient sense phases, the controller is configured to receive a digital value from the ADC while the light source circuit is disabled, wherein a first time period between the light source sense phase and the first ambient sense phase is equal to a second time period between the first and second ambient sense phases; and
iteratively vary the second time period, while maintaining the first and second time periods equal, until the digital value received during the first ambient sense phase is within a threshold of the digital value received during the second ambient sense phase.

US Pat. No. 10,362,992

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTION OF MOTION IN DYNAMIC MEDICAL IMAGES

General Electric Company,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,362,985

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ANALYZING SKIN LESIONS

STMicroelectronics S.r.l....

1. A method of analyzing digital images of skin lesions, the images including pixels distributed over a lesion area, the method including using at least one processor to process pixels in an analyzed image by:calculating a first set of values indicative of a distribution of the image pixels, wherein the first set of values includes a first discrimination value indicative of a weighted average of the image pixels with weighing at a border of the lesion;
calculating a second set of values indicative of lesion shape, wherein the second set of values includes a second discrimination value indicative of skewness and kurtosis of the distribution of the image pixels;
calculating a third set of values indicative of lesion symmetry, wherein the third set of values includes a third discrimination value indicative of a ratio of symmetry and gray-level power of the distribution of the image pixels;
providing a total additive score of the values in the first, second and third sets of values;
comparing the total additive score with a total score threshold;
comparing the first, second and third discrimination values with respective first, second and third discrimination threshold values; and
providing an output classification for the image analyzed as a function of results of comparing the total additive score with the total score threshold and comparing the first, second and third discrimination values with respective first, second and third discrimination threshold values.

US Pat. No. 10,362,983

NEAR INFRARED PHOTONIC PROSTATOSCOPY ANALYZER

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

US Pat. No. 10,362,979

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,362,978

COMPUTATIONAL MODEL FOR MOOD

Comcast Cable Communicati...

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

US Pat. No. 10,362,973

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

DexCom, Inc., San Diego,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,362,967

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MISSED BREATH DETECTION AND INDICATION

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,362,965

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO MAP STRUCTURES OF NASAL CAVITY

Acclarent, Inc., Irvine,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,362,963

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

ST. JUDE MEDICAL, ATRIAL ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,362,961

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR NEUTRAL CONTRAST MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING OF CALCIFICATIONS

NORTHSHORE UNIVERSITY HEA...

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

US Pat. No. 10,362,957

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR PERFORMING NEUROPHYSIOLOGIC ASSESSMENTS DURING SPINE SURGERY

NuVasive, Inc., San Dieg...

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

US Pat. No. 10,362,955

GRAPHICALLY MAPPING ROTORS IN A HEART

Regents of the University...

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

US Pat. No. 10,362,949

AUTOMATIC EXTRACTION OF DISEASE-SPECIFIC FEATURES FROM DOPPLER IMAGES

International Business Ma...

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

US Pat. No. 10,362,946

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

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

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

US Pat. No. 10,362,944

OPTICAL DETECTION AND ANALYSIS OF INTERNAL BODY TISSUES

Samsung Electronics Compa...

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

US Pat. No. 10,362,943

DYNAMIC OVERLAY OF ANATOMY FROM ANGIOGRAPHY TO FLUOROSCOPY

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,362,942

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,362,938

FUNDUS IMAGE FORMING DEVICE

NIKON CORPORATION, Tokyo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,362,936

METHODS OF PERFORMING SURGERY USING OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY (OCT)

Bioptigen, Inc., Morrisv...

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

US Pat. No. 10,362,934

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,362,930

ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

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

US Pat. No. 10,362,929

IMAGING UNIT, IMAGING MODULE, AND ENDOSCOPE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An imaging unit comprising:a semiconductor package being a chip size package, the semiconductor package including:
an image sensor, and
a connection electrode formed on a back surface of the semiconductor package;
a circuit board being accommodated in a projection plane in an optical axis direction of the semiconductor package, the circuit board including:
a main body including a connection land formed on a front surface, the connection land being electrically and mechanically connected to the connection electrode via a bump, and
an attachment portion protruding on a back surface of the main body and including cable connection electrodes formed on at least two opposing side surfaces among protruding side surfaces;
a plurality of electronic components mounted on an electronic component mounting area on the back surface of the main body of the circuit board; and
a plurality of cables electrically and mechanically connected to the cable connection electrodes of the attachment portion,
wherein the attachment portion protrudes from the main body such that a center plane of the two side surfaces on which the cable connection electrodes are formed to oppose each other is shifted from a center plane of side surfaces of the semiconductor package which are parallel to the two side surfaces of the attachment portion, and at least one side surface is perpendicular to the back surface of the main body,
the electronic component mounting area is arranged side-by-side with the attachment portion on a same plane as the attachment portion,
each of the two opposing side surfaces of the attachment portion including the cable connection electrode formed thereon includes:
a first step portion on the main body side; and
a second step portion on the proximal end side in the optical axis direction of the image sensor; and
the cable connection electrodes are formed on:
a side surface of the second step portion on the electronic component mounting area side;
a side surface of the second step portion opposing the side surface on the electronic component mounting area side; and
the side surface of the first step portion opposing the side surface on the electronic component mounting area side.

US Pat. No. 10,362,927

ENDOSCOPE WITH PANNABLE CAMERA

DEKA Products Limited Par...

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

US Pat. No. 10,362,926

LOW-COST INSTRUMENT FOR ENDOSCOPICALLY GUIDED OPERATIVE PROCEDURES

CooperSurgical, Inc., Tr...

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

US Pat. No. 10,362,923

VALVE FOR A SPRAY ARM OF A DISHWASHER APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

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

US Pat. No. 10,362,921

CLEANER

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,362,915

VACUUM CLEANER

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,362,913

CLEANING APPARATUS DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD

Diversey, Inc., Fort Mil...

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

US Pat. No. 10,362,896

BEVERAGE DISPENSING SYSTEMS

Starbucks Corporation, S...

1. A beverage dispensing system comprising:a base comprising an upper surface and a first check valve;
tubing connected with the first check valve and with a source of a liquid dairy product; and
a container comprising an interior, an upper end, and a lower end, the lower end comprising a second check valve, the container removably engageable with the upper surface of the base;
the container and the base being configured such that:
when the container is engaged with the base and a flow of the dairy product passes through the tubing, the first and second check valves are open, and the interior cavity of the container is in fluid communication with the tubing though the first and second check valves, thereby allowing the flow of the liquid dairy product to flow from the liquid dairy product source and into the interior of the container; and
when the container is disengaged from the base, at least the second check valve is closed, thereby inhibiting liquid dairy product in the interior of the container from exiting the container through the second check valve.

US Pat. No. 10,362,892

SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR REGULATING FLOW RATE IN AN ESPRESSO MACHINE

Seattle Espresso Machine ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,362,891

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

SEB S.A, Ecully (FR)

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