US Pat. No. 10,137,871

ADAPTIVE BRAKING FOR A VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM

Bendix Commercial Vehicle...

1. A controller for a vehicle system on a host vehicle comprising:an input for receiving a travel signal indicative of a direction of travel of the host vehicle;
an output for transmitting a braking signal to control a braking action of the host vehicle;
a processor having control logic, the control logic capable of:
identifying a first target in a lane of travel of the host vehicle;
monitoring for an active braking intervention request;
monitoring for an additional target in an adjacent lane of travel to the host vehicle;
transmitting a first braking signal at the output to control a braking action at a first braking level in response to receiving the active braking intervention request and identifying no other targets in adjacent lanes of travel to the host vehicle;
identifying the additional target in the adjacent lane of travel;
receiving the travel signal at the input indicative of a change in the direction of travel of the host vehicle toward the identified additional target; and
transmitting a second braking signal at the output to control the braking action at a second braking level in response to receiving the active braking intervention request, identifying the additional target and receiving the travel signal indicative of the host vehicle moving to toward the additional target, the second level being different than the first level.

US Pat. No. 10,137,870

BRAKE LOCK DETECTION SYSTEM FOR TOWED VEHICLES

Danko Manufacturing LLC, ...

1. A brake controller comprising:a main housing configured to engage an interior surface of a towed vehicle near a brake pedal of the towed vehicle;
an actuation arm extending away from the main housing configured to connect to the brake pedal to actuate a brake of the towed vehicle through the brake pedal;
an arm drive system of the main housing to apply a positive pressure to the actuation arm when activated to drive the brake pedal to actuate the brake;
a negative pressure sensor to generate a negative pressure signal when the brake pedal applies a negative pressure to the actuation arm and the actuation arm is not activated.

US Pat. No. 10,137,869

AUTOMATIC BRAKE HOLD WITH LOW SPEED MANEUVERABILITY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an autohold selector;
a gear selector including forward and reverse gear positions;
a brake pedal;
a brake actuator;
a control circuit configured to initiate a brake hold event of the brake actuator in response to predetermined conditions including the autohold selector being on and the vehicle braking to a stop with the brake pedal depressed, wherein initiating the brake hold event is prevented if the gear selector is in the reverse position, and wherein the control circuit prevents initiation of a brake hold event for a predetermined interval when the gear selector shifts from the reverse position to the forward gear position or the neutral position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,867

VEHICLE LOW PRESSURE BRAKE ARRANGEMENT

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

1. A vehicle braking arrangement comprising:a braking plate including a sealing rim running circumferentially adapted to at least partially contact the ground in a braking position such that an at least partly enclosed volume then is formed between the braking plate and the ground, the braking plate movable to the braking position from a rest position;
an expandable chamber at least fluidly connectable to the at least partly enclosed volume and where, when the braking plate is in the braking position, a volume of the expandable chamber is arranged to expand, from a first volume to a second volume such that air pressure in the expandable chamber initially falls below an air pressure of ambient air, such that, when the expandable chamber is fluidly connected to the at least partly enclosed volume, the pressure is lowered in the at least partly enclosed volume as a result of a lowered pressure in the expandable chamber, which results in pressing of the braking plate against the ground by a conferred pressure difference between air outside the at least partly enclosed volume and air in the at least partly enclosed volume such that a retaining force between the braking plate and the ground is obtained; and
a valve assembly fluidly connecting the expandable chamber and the at least partly enclosed volume, the valve assembly including a trigger pin, at least one locking pin, a piston and a housing, the piston being co-axially arranged in the housing, the housing includes at least one aperture that connects the expandable chamber to an interior of the housing, the piston being locked in sealing engagement with the housing by the locking pin, the trigger pin being arranged to release the piston by acting on the locking pin when the trigger pin is pressed against the ground, the piston when released allowing a fluid connection between the enclosed volume and the expandable chamber to be established.

US Pat. No. 10,137,866

TANK SYSTEM FOR HAVING A DISCHARGE ADAPTER FOR PRODUCING BUBBLES AND DISPENSING THE BUBBLES AS THEY FALL FROM THE TANK ONTO A PASSING VEHICLE

1. A tank system having a discharger adapter for dropping fluid onto a passing vehicle, comprising:a tank, the tank having a trough portion and a fluid exit;
a support system connected with the tank for elevating the tank above a ground surface to allow a vehicle to pass beneath the tank;
a fluid supply inlet fluidly connected with the tank for receiving a fluid flow from an external fluid source and introducing fluid into the tank;
an air manifold positioned in the trough portion of the tank;
an air motor fluidly connected with the air manifold to introduce air through the air manifold and into the fluid in the tank; and
a discharge adapter attached with the tank, the discharge adapter having a discharge adapter plate with a plurality of holes formed therethrough, whereby upon receiving fluid from the external source, the fluid passes from the fluid exit of the tank and into the discharge adapter, where it passes through the holes and falls from the discharge adapter onto a passing vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,864

PRIMARY PART AND SECONDARY PART OF AN END FITTING FOR A WIPER

1. A wiper assembly comprising:a wiper blade extending lengthwise along a first axis; and
an end fitting of the wiper blade consisting of a primary part configured to cooperate with a secondary part, the primary part comprising:
a recess that is able to receive the wiper blade and extends along a longitudinal axis to be aligned with the first axis of the wiper blade when the wiper blade is received by the recess; and
a zone formed laterally with respect to the longitudinal axis and receiving the secondary part of the end fitting, said zone comprising a tubular sector that protrudes from and connects at least two opposing surfaces of the primary part in a primary direction that is parallel to the longitudinal axis, the tubular sector having a circular cross section orthogonal to the primary direction,
wherein at least one blocking means, separate from the tubular sector, is provided and configured to plug a liquid channeling device that is a constituent part of a support to which the wiper blade is attached.

US Pat. No. 10,137,861

SLIM-TYPE SMART CARD KEY OF VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

SEOYON ELECTRONICS CO., L...

1. A slim smart card key for a vehicle, comprising:a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) to which a plurality of electronic components are soldered, which has a predetermined thickness, and in which a spare key receiving part and a battery receiving part are formed, wherein the spare key receiving part is formed by vertically cutting one side of the PCB and thus is vertically hollow, and the battery receiving part is formed by vertically cutting the other side of the PCB and thus is vertically hollow;
a body part which has a spare key entrance hole for inserting a spare key through the spare key receiving part, and a battery entrance hole for inserting a battery through the battery receiving part, and which is injection molded to embrace the PCB while the PCB is inserted into a mold;
a spare key settling part which is moved toward the spare key receiving part from above or below the PCB before the body part is injection molded, and then sits on and fixed onto a circumference of the spare key receiving part; and
a terminal assembly which is moved in the same direction as that of the spare key settling part before the body part is injection molded, and then sits on and fixed onto a circumference of the battery receiving part,
wherein the spare key settling part vertically protrudes by a predetermined length from the spare key receiving part on the PCB,
wherein the spare key settling part comprises:
an upper plate in which an upper portion settling part is formed, wherein the upper portion settling part protrudes upwardly toward a top of the spare key receiving part, is bent downwardly toward one side among directions orthogonal to a longitudinal direction of the spare key receiving part, and is extended in parallel;
a lower plate in which a lower portion settling part is formed, wherein the lower portion protrudes downwardly toward a bottom of the spare key receiving part and is bent upwardly in one side among directions orthogonal to the longitudinal direction of the spare key receiving part; and
a connecting plate which connects the upper plate, which corresponds to the other side among directions orthogonal to the longitudinal direction of the spare key receiving part, and an end of the lower plate,
wherein a side portion settling part for holding the spare key settling part is formed in the connecting plate, and
wherein the upper portion settling part, the lower portion settling part, and the side portion settling part sit on a top surface of the circumference of the spare key receiving part of the PCB.

US Pat. No. 10,137,860

REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY MESSAGE AUTHENTICATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A remote keyless entry system, comprising:a key fob to:
pad a fob count;
generate an encrypted counter value by encrypting the padded fob count value based on an encryption key;
generate an encrypted value by performing a bitwise XOR on the encrypted counter value with an action code, a first portion of the fob count, and a first portion of an identifier code;
generate a plaintext including a second portion of the fob count and a second portion of the identifier code;
generate a ciphertext including the encrypted value; and
a vehicle to:
generate a predicted full counter value based on the second portion of the fob count and a vehicle count;
generate an encrypted prediction using the predicted full counter value using the encryption key;
generate the first portion of the fob count, the first portion of the identifier code, and the action code by performing the bitwise XOR on the encrypted value with the encrypted prediction; and
when the first portion of the fob count and the second portion of the fob count reconstructed together match the predicted full counter value, authorize the key fob.

US Pat. No. 10,137,859

AUTOMOTIVE SECURITY APPARATUS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

NXP B.V., Eindhoven (NL)...

1. An automotive security apparatus, comprising:a security-terminal, configured to receive security-location-information representative of a location of the automotive security apparatus or a vehicle key; and
a vehicle-location-terminal, configured to receive vehicle-location-information representative of a location of a vehicle,
a processor, configured to compare the security-location-information with the vehicle-location-information, and determine a security-condition-signal based on whether the location of the automotive security apparatus or the vehicle key is inside or outside of a predetermined-proximity of the location of the vehicle; and
an output-terminal, configured to provide the security-condition-signal.

US Pat. No. 10,137,858

VEHICLE-MOUNTED DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle-mounted device equipped to a vehicle, comprising:a vehicle side transmission unit that transmits, to a mobile terminal carried by a user, a response request signal requesting for a response;
a vehicle side receiving unit that receives a response signal transmitted from the mobile terminal as the response to the response request signal;
an exit movement detection unit that detects an exit movement of the user;
a locking and unlocking control unit that controls locking and unlocking of a door of the vehicle; and
a first timer that measures a first time period preliminarily set to be longer than an estimated time period required for the user to leave a periphery of the vehicle after exiting from the vehicle, wherein
the first timer starts a measurement of the first time period at a time point when the exit movement of the user is detected by the exit movement detection unit as a counting start time,
before an elapse of the first time period,
the vehicle side transmission unit periodically transmits the response request signal at a transmission period that is preliminarily set,
the locking and unlocking control unit keeps the door in an unlocked state while the vehicle side receiving unit receives the response signal,
the locking and unlocking control unit locks the door when the vehicle side receiving unit is incapable of receiving the response signal, and
the locking and unlocking control unit keeps the door in the unlocked state when the vehicle side receiving unit is capable of receiving the response signal at a time point corresponding to the elapse of the first time period, and
after the elapse of the first time period,
the vehicle side transmission unit periodically transmits the response request signal at a second time period which is set to be longer than the transmission period,
the locking and unlocking control unit keeps the door in the unlocked state while the vehicle side receiving unit receives the response signal, and
the locking and unlocking control unit locks the door when the vehicle side receiving unit is incapable of receiving the response signal.

US Pat. No. 10,137,857

VEHICLE UNLOCKING SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND METHODS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an ultraviolet keypad coupled to a window;
a camera directed at the window, configured to capture a key press of the ultraviolet keypad and an iris of a person outside the vehicle; and
a processor configured to:
responsive to detecting the iris, activate the ultraviolet keypad;
unlock the vehicle based on the detected key press; and
modify a vehicle setting based on a profile corresponding to the detected iris.

US Pat. No. 10,137,856

SEATBELT SYSTEM INCLUDING OCCUPANT DETECTOR

Zoox, Inc., Foster City,...

1. A seatbelt system comprising:a seatbelt comprising:
a belt portion comprising a lap portion configured to constrain a waist of an occupant and a sash portion configured to constrain a torso of the occupant; and
a coupling configured to couple a portion of a vehicle to at least one of the lap portion or the sash portion;
a reel configured to receive one of at least a portion of the sash portion or at least a portion of the lap portion;
a tension sensor associated with at least one of the coupling, the belt portion, or the reel and configured to generate a signal indicative of tension in at least one of the lap portion or the sash portion;
a deployment sensor associated with one of the lap portion or the sash portion, the deployment sensor being configured to generate a signal indicative of a length of the lap portion or the sash portion deployed from the reel; and
an occupant detector in communication with the tension sensor and the deployment sensor and configured to determine, based at least in part on the signal indicative of tension and the signal indicative of the length, whether an occupant is properly wearing the seatbelt, such that the lap portion and the sash portion constrain the occupant.

US Pat. No. 10,137,855

SAFETY BELT SYSTEM WITH SIGNAL SENDING TENSION SENSOR

Key Safety Systems, Inc.,...

1. A safety belt system having first and second lap belts that are adjustable to vary a force on each of said lap belts, an end of one of the lap belts connected to a tension sensor, the tension sensor connected to an anchor, an end of the other lap belt connected to an anchor, the anchors each being fixed to a component of a vehicle, and the tension sensor being capable of generating a signal indicating a tension sensed in the first and second lap belts and sending the signal to an electronic device, andwherein the tension sensor has a base plate integral with an anchor plate for attaching the tension sensor to any structural member of the vehicle including a floor or a base of a seat and further has a housing containing a switch mounted to a carrier, the carrier slides in the housing when a pulling force is placed on the carrier by an end of the lap belt, the end being looped about a bar and sewn to itself fixed to the carrier of the tension sensor, the housing having a switch contact and when the carrier slideably moves in the housing in response to the pulling force of the lap belt, the switch moves away from the switch contact allowing a conductor fixed to the switch in a conductive manner to send signals from the tension sensor to the electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,137,854

HEADLINER ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE AND A VEHICLE SYSTEM USING THE SAME

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A headliner assembly for a vehicle, comprising:a base panel having an edge in a length direction of the vehicle and a portion adjacent to the edge and having a plurality of notches, wherein the portion is configured such that the plurality of notches are partially overlapped with a side trim of the vehicle at an assembled position in the vehicle; and
a cover layer disposed below the base panel in a height direction of the vehicle, wherein the cover layer has an edge extending beyond the edge of the base panel.

US Pat. No. 10,137,852

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MONITORING A PASSENGER COMPARTMENT OF A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for monitoring a vehicle passenger compartment of a vehicle, the vehicle passenger compartment including at least one RFID transponder, the method comprising:emitting a readout signal for reading out the RFID transponder;
measuring a response signal of the RFID transponder in response to the emitting to obtain a measured value; and
ascertaining a degree of obscuration that represents an obscuration of the RFID transponder using the measured value to monitor the vehicle passenger compartment,wherein in the emitting step, a transmission power for emitting the readout signal is varied at least one of: (i) as a function of a position of the RFID transponder in the vehicle passenger compartment, and (ii) as a function of damping of the readout signal and/or the response signal.

US Pat. No. 10,137,849

ARRANGEMENT FOR FACILITATING SELECTION AND ACTIVATION OF A VOICE CONTROL SYSTEM BY A VEHICLE OPERATOR

Volvo Car Corporation, G...

1. A system for facilitating selection and activation of a voice control system by a vehicle operator, the system comprising:a switch selectively switchable between a first switch position (P1) and a second switch position (P2) and arranged to emit a signal when switched between the switch positions (P1, P2);
a vehicle voice control system;
communication means; and
a processing unit arranged to interpret the signal and, based on the interpretation of the signal, perform a selection of one of the vehicle voice control system or a voice control system of an external communication device to be activated, and communicate, via the communication means, an activation signal to the voice control system selected;
wherein one of the vehicle voice control system and the voice control system of the external communication device is arranged to be activated when the switch is brought to the second switch position (P2) during less than a predefined time limit (TL), and that the other one of the vehicle voice control system and the voice control system of the external communication device is arranged to be activated when the switch is brought to the second switch position (P2) during at least the predefined time limit (TL).

US Pat. No. 10,137,848

SYSTEM IDENTIFYING A DRIVER BEFORE THEY APPROACH THE VEHICLE USING WIRELESS COMMUNICATION PROTOCOLS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system comprising:a vehicle including a processor and memory;
a departure prediction module to determine a departure probability based upon driving patterns of a driver, GPS positions data, time data, driver calendar data, and driver social media data;
a ping rate module to:
increase a transmission rate, based upon the departure probability, from a default transmission rate to an increased transmission rate at a predetermined transmission time for a predetermined transmission duration for signals to detect the driver;
select a first transmission rate for a first portion of the predetermined transmission duration and a second transmission rate that is less than the first transmission rate for a second portion of the predetermined transmission duration that occurs after and is longer than the first portion; and
adjust an amount of increase from the default transmission rate to the increased transmission rate, wherein the amount of increase is variable with respect to the GPS position data, the time data, the driver calendar data, and the driver social media data; and
a beacon module to preconfigure a driver setting before a predicted trip upon detecting that the driver is within range of the ping rate module.

US Pat. No. 10,137,846

CONNECTOR USED FOR CONNECTING VEHICLE PARTS AND A VEHICLE EMPLOYING THE SAME

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A connector used in a vehicle part, comprising:a base plate connected with the vehicle part; and
a clip housing disposed on the base plate and forming a receiving space with the vehicle part,
wherein the base plate includes a reinforcement portion, and wherein the reinforcement portion is disposed in the receiving space and contacts the vehicle part,
wherein the reinforcement portion includes a neck portion and a head portion that extend into the receiving space sequentially from a main portion of the base plate, and wherein a width of the head portion is greater than a width of the neck portion.

US Pat. No. 10,137,845

TETHER CLIP AND STRUCTURE FOR COUPLING THE TETHER CLIP TO A PILLAR GARNISH

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A structure comprising:a pillar garnish having a tether housing portion provided with a bottom wall having a tether inserting aperture, and
a tether clip coupled to the pillar garnish and including a tether and an anchor, the tether including a tip, a seat-side end and a tether intermediate portion, the tether extending along one plane, the anchor being connected to the tip of the tether and extending in a direction perpendicular to the one plane, wherein
the tether intermediate portion includes a pair of guide plates extending parallel to the one plane, respective guide plates of the pair of guide plates extending in directions away from the tether intermediate portion and opposite to each other, the tether intermediate portion including:
a first portion extending in a direction upward and away from the anchor from the seat-side end;
a second portion extending in a direction upward and toward the anchor from an upper end of the first portion;
a third portion extending in a direction downward and toward the anchor from an upper end of the second portion; and
a fourth portion extending in the direction upward and toward the anchor from a lower end of the third portion to the tip of the tether,
the pair of guide plated is provided at the fourth portion of the tether intermediate portion,
the pair of guide plates has two sides located on opposite sides of a guide plate-provided portion of the tether intermediate portion and opposing each other, and a distance between points located on the two sides increases, as the points located on the two sides approach the tip of the tether,
a protrusion protruding in a direction toward the anchor is formed at a portion of each guide plate of the pair of guide plates opposing the anchor, the protrusion being nearly rigid, and
a space is provided between an anchor-side end of the nearly rigid protrusion and the anchor, the space being larger than a thickness of the bottom wall of the tether housing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,137,844

VEHICLE CAMERA HAVING MOLDED INTERCONNECT DEVICE

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

1. A camera for a vision system of a vehicle, said camera comprising:a housing comprising a front housing portion and a plastic molded rear housing portion mated with said front housing portion;
wherein said front housing portion houses a lens assembly;
wherein said camera is configured to be disposed at a vehicle so as to have a field of view interior or exterior of the vehicle;
wherein a MID (Molded Interconnect Device) frame comprising electrically conductive traces is integrated in said rear housing portion with circuit board connecting elements and connector connecting elements exposed at an inner surface of said rear housing portion;
a connector portion for electrically connecting circuitry of said camera to an electrical connector of the vehicle when said camera is disposed at the vehicle;
wherein said circuitry of said camera is disposed at a circuit board, and wherein said circuit board includes contacts electrically conductively connected to said circuitry;
wherein said contacts of said circuit board contact said exposed circuit board connecting elements of said MID frame of said rear housing portion; and
wherein said connector portion comprises connector portion terminals that contact respective connector connecting elements of said MID frame to electrically connect said connector portion terminals to said circuitry of said circuit board via said connector connecting elements of said MID frame, said electrically conductive traces of said MID frame, and said circuit board connecting elements of said MID frame.

US Pat. No. 10,137,843

PROCESS FOR PROVIDING A CAMERA FOR MOUNTING ON A VEHICLE

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

1. A process for providing a vehicular camera suitable for mounting and use on a vehicle, comprising:providing a front housing member;
said front housing member comprising a lens member, an imaging element and a circuit board mounted thereat;
wherein said circuit board has a plurality of front housing electrical connectors thereon, said plurality of front housing electrical connectors comprising at least a first front housing electrical connector and a second front housing electrical connector;
providing a rear housing member;
wherein said rear housing member comprises a plurality of rear housing electrical connectors comprising at least a first rear housing electrical connector and a second rear housing electrical connector;
positioning said front and rear housing members so that said first front housing electrical connector aligns with said first rear housing electrical connector and said second front housing electrical connector aligns with said second rear housing electrical connector;
joining said front and rear housing members together to define a camera interior; and
wherein, when said front and rear housing members are joined together, said plurality of front housing electrical connectors mechanically contact and electrically connect within said camera interior with said plurality of rear housing electrical connectors so that said first front housing electrical connector makes electrical connection with said first rear housing electrical connector and said second front housing electrical connector makes electrical connection with said second rear housing electrical connector.

US Pat. No. 10,137,842

CAMERA SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A camera system for a vehicle, which is to be arranged inside the vehicle behind a windshield of the vehicle, said camera system comprising:a housing,
a first camera module including an objective and an image recording element, wherein the first camera module has a first optical axis and a first field of view oriented through the windshield, and is focused on, and configured and arranged to detect, an outside area ahead of the vehicle in the first field of view of the first camera module,
a second camera module that is focused on at least a focused portion of, and configured and arranged to detect, a detected area of the windshield covered by a second field of view of the second camera module, and
at least one lens hood for the first camera module, which lens hood is configured and arranged to avoid reflections into the first camera module of laterally incident light on the camera system and on the windshield,
wherein the second camera module is integrated in the lens hood or arranged with a second optical axis of the second camera module oriented through the lens hood toward the windshield, and
wherein the first and second camera modules are configured and arranged so that when the housing is mounted behind the windshield, the first optical axis is oriented substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the vehicle, the second optical axis is oriented substantially upwardly, the first optical axis and the second optical axis cross one another in a space between the housing and the windshield at an angle greater than 45° and less than 90° facing toward the windshield, and the detected area of the windshield covered by the second field of view of the second camera module at least partially overlaps a first area of the windshield covered by the first field of view of the first camera module.

US Pat. No. 10,137,840

VEHICLE INTERIOR COMPONENT

Shanghai Yanfeng Jinqiao ...

1. A component for a vehicle interior comprising:(a) a housing comprising a tab; and
(b) a cover pivotally coupled to the housing for movement between a closed position and an open position for access;
wherein the tab is integrally formed with the housing;
wherein the tab is configured so that when the cover is in the closed position the tab engages with the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,137,839

UTILITY TRAY ASSEMBLY FOR MOUNTING IN A VEHICLE

Iddea California, LLC, B...

1. A utility tray assembly for mounting in the cargo area of a vehicle, in place of the pre-existing vehicle floor, the assembly comprising:a) frame assembly disposable within the vehicle cargo area, the frame assembly comprising a U-shaped frame defining a closed front end portion, an open rear end portion, a plurality of side members extending intermediate the front end portion and the rear end portion, and an upper surface;
b) a plurality of frame support members connected to the frame assembly and engageable to the vehicle, for securing the frame to the vehicle;
c) a cover disposed along the upper surface of the frame assembly, the cover defining a cover front portion fixedly engaged to the frame front end portion and a portion of the side members;
d) the cover further defining a cover rear portion extending across the frame rear end portion and a portion of the side members, the cover rear portion being hingedly engaged to the cover front portion and translatable from a first closed position wherein the cover front and rear portions define a flat cover upper surface, to a second open position wherein the cover rear portion extends upwardly from the cover front portion to facilitate access to a lower cargo area below the cover; and
e) an utility tray disposed beneath the cover, the utility tray being slidably engageable to the frame side members to translate from a first stowed position, wherein at least a portion of the tray is disposed under the cover front portion, to a second access position, wherein at least a portion of the tray extends beyond the cover front portion, to allow access to the tray.

US Pat. No. 10,137,837

REARVIEW MIRROR

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A rearview mirror, comprising:a first substrate,
a second substrate cell-assembled to the first substrate,
a liquid crystal material filled between the first substrate and the second substrate, and
a control circuit,
wherein a plurality of strip electrodes are disposed on a side of the first substrate that faces to the second substrate, an interval is formed between two adjacent strip electrodes, and a planar electrode capable of at least partially reflecting light is disposed on a side of the second substrate, which side faces to the first substrate; the rearview mirror is configured to have a normal operation mode, in which the control circuit is configured to provide the plurality of strip electrodes with a same electric signal concurrently.

US Pat. No. 10,137,836

VEHICLE VISION SYSTEM

GEO SEMICONDUCTOR INC., ...

1. A vehicle vision system comprising:a plurality of Ultra Wide-Angle (UWA) lens cameras mounted on a plurality of sides of a vehicle, each camera providing a corresponding UWA feed;
at least one Head-UP-Display (HUD) comprising a Geometry and Color (GCP) processing unit, wherein the at least one HUD is configured to:
receive at least one UWA feed; and
pre-process the at least one UWA feed, by applying a plurality of geometry and color transformations to the corresponding UWA feed, in preparation for a seamless surround-view image construction;
and a central logic configured to combine the pre-processed UWA feeds provided by the corresponding at least one HUD and output a surround-view image of the vehicle;
wherein at least one of the surround-view output image, one or more of the UWA feeds, and one or more of the transformed UWA feeds are projected on a virtual surface in front of windshield of the vehicle by the at least one HUD.

US Pat. No. 10,137,834

MOTOR VEHICLE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE EXPERT SYSTEM DANGEROUS DRIVING WARNING AND CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. An integrated motor vehicle dangerous driving warning and control system comprising at least one electronic, specifically programmed, specialized device control communication computer machine including electronic artificial intelligence expert system decision making capability and further comprising:(a) one or more motor vehicle electronic sensors including one or more interior vehicle cameras and image analysis software that generate electronic signals derived from monitoring activities of the motor vehicle driver and/or passengers that may distract the driver including activities related to the use of cellular telephones and/or other wireless communication devices;
(b) one or more electronic communications transceiver assemblies for communications with electronic external sensor networks to receive information from external sensor network inputs to gather one or more of weather information, roadway danger information, traffic congestion information, and/or pedestrian congestion information;
(c) one or more sensor input history files wherein said integrated motor vehicle dangerous driving warning and control system makes use of said artificial intelligence expert system decision making capability based on said motor vehicle electronic sensor inputs and said electronic external sensor network inputs and/or sensor input history files to derive warning and/or control signals for the use of said cellular telephone; and,
(d) further wherein artificial intelligence expert systems decision making is based on expert input with multiple propositional expert system programming instructions defining multiple ranges of degrees of danger for each of driver distraction and roadway and driving conditions variables and further wherein said artificial intelligence expert system decision making provides an integrated composite degree of danger driver warning index based on degree of danger input parameters for driver distraction and roadway and driving conditions with variable degrees of danger inputs.

US Pat. No. 10,137,832

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING LIGHT

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A vehicle comprising:a cabin;
a light sensor positioned within the vehicle, wherein the light sensor is configured to send a light intensity signal;
a lamp module positioned within the vehicle, wherein the light sensor is in communication with the lamp module, wherein the lamp module is configured to trigger a darkness lighting scheme when the light intensity signal is at about a darkness set value or less, and wherein the lamp module is configured to trigger a daylight lighting scheme when the light intensity signal is greater than the darkness set value; and
a lamp positioned within the cabin, wherein the lamp is in communication with the lamp module, wherein the lamp is configured to emit a darkness spectrum when the lamp is activated and when the lamp module triggers the darkness lighting scheme, wherein the darkness spectrum has a maximum illumination wavelength that is less than about 555 nanometers, wherein the lamp is configured to emit a daylight spectrum when the lamp is activated and when the lamp module triggers the daylight lighting scheme, and wherein the maximum illumination wavelength of the daylight spectrum is different than the maximum illumination wavelength of the darkness spectrum.

US Pat. No. 10,137,831

VEHICLE SEAL ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An illuminated seal assembly comprising:a carrier that is configured to attach to a vehicle, the carrier having a first region and a second region having varied light transmissivities;
a first light source disposed on the carrier; and
a light guide operably coupled with the first light source.

US Pat. No. 10,137,829

SMART DROP OFF LIGHTING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A lighting system of a vehicle, comprising:a number of lights;
a portable electronic device carried by a vehicle occupant;
a controller in communication with a sensing system onboard the vehicle and configured to:
detect a cabin location of the electronic device, wherein the sensing system comprises a number of wireless communication transceivers and the controller is configured to detect the cabin location of the electronic device through triangulation of the signal strength and time to return of signals between the wireless communication transceivers and the electronic device;
assign a seating area to the electronic device; and
operate only the lights associated with the seating area based on information indicative of an impending departure of the vehicle occupant from the vehicle, wherein the controller operates the lights based on a seatbelt status or a door status communicated to the controller by the body control module.

US Pat. No. 10,137,823

EXTERIOR REARVIEW DEVICE WITH ILLUMINATION FUNCTIONS

1. A vehicle exterior rearview system comprising:a housing adapted for mounting to an exterior side of a vehicle, the housing holding at least one of a reflective mirror surface and a display screen for displaying to a driver an image of the area to the side and rear of the vehicle;
one or more lighting modules disposed in and directly secured to said housing and providing at least one first lighting sector for implementing a turn-signal indicator and at least one second lighting sector for implementing additional illumination to the outside or inside of a vehicle, the second lighting sector being adaptively controlled; and
a control system for receiving input data concerning one or more of: (a) vehicle status parameters from vehicle status sensors, (b) the vehicle's environment conditions from environmental sensors; and (c) a user's intentions from a user input device; and for adaptively activating the second lighting sector in response to the input data.

US Pat. No. 10,137,822

HEADLAMP FASTENING SYSTEM FOR MOTOR VEHICLES AND METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A headlamp fastening system for a vehicle comprising:a vehicle wing fastening structure;
a radiator mounting structure;
a headlamp structure; and
a 1-valued alignment element configured to align and fix the headlamp structure with at least one of the vehicle wing fastening structure and the radiator mounting structure with respect to a z-direction relative to an x-, y-, and z-direction of the vehicle, wherein the 1-valued alignment element holds the vehicle wing fastening structure, the radiator mounting structure and the headlamp structure in an alignment position, wherein the vehicle wing fastening structure, the radiator mounting structure and the headlamp structure are relatively displaceable in the x-, y-, and z-direction relative to one another and wherein the vehicle wing fastening structure, the radiator mounting structure and the headlamp structure with respect to the xy-plane such that the vehicle wing fastening structure, the radiator mounting structure and the headlamp structure remain loose relative to one another; and a fixing position, wherein, upon the 1-valued alignment element fixing the vehicle wing fastening structure, the radiator mounting structure, and the headlamp structure relative to one another with respect to the z-direction, the vehicle wing fastening structure, the radiator mounting structure and the headlamp structure simultaneously become fixed relative to one another in the x- and y-direction.

US Pat. No. 10,137,819

HOIST ASSEMBLY

Wastequip, LLC, Charlott...

1. A hoist assembly, comprising:a frame;
a first sheave assembly fixed relative to the frame, wherein the first sheave assembly comprises:
a first sheave comprising a first axis of rotation; and
a second sheave comprising a second axis of rotation oriented perpendicular to the first axis of rotation;
a second sheave assembly movable relative to the frame, wherein the second sheave assembly comprises:
a third sheave comprising a third axis of rotation; and
a fourth sheave comprising a fourth axis of rotation angularly-oriented relative to the third axis of rotation, wherein the third axis of rotation and the fourth axis of rotation are positioned in a plane; and
a cable engaged with the first sheave, the second sheave, the third sheave, and the fourth sheave.

US Pat. No. 10,137,815

TOWABLE ELECTRIC SWEEPER, DUMPSTER, AND POWER SOURCE

1. A towable trailer comprising:a rectangular frame with front, rear, left, and right sides supported by wheels mounted on its left and right sides and touching a road surface;
a towing assembly mounted to front of said frame for towing said trailer;
a rectangular rear panel attached perpendicular to and along rear edge of said frame with the bottom of said rear panel proximate to said frame and the top of said rear panel at least 60 inches above said road surface;
a hopper with front, rear, left, right, and bottom planes suitable for holding material and occupying space above and resting on said frame;
a hinging means attached to the top edge of said rear panel that mates with hinging means attached to the rear of said hopper allowing said hopper to rotate about the longitudinal axis of the top edge of said rear panel;
a platform adjoining rear, left and right sides of said frame;
an energy source; and
an actuator with two opposing ends with a first end attached to said platform and a second end attached to said hopper and powered by said energy source for rotating said hopper about said hinging means to such an angle so that said material is easily removed from said hopper.

US Pat. No. 10,137,813

CONTROLLING A DEVICE DEPENDENT ON THE SEAT INCLINATION

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A motor vehicle, comprising:a seat having a backrest with an adjustable backrest inclination and/or a position of the seat being adjustable in a forward driving direction of the motor vehicle as provided during operation;
an interior device;
a controllable device;
a touch-sensitive screen, disposed in or on the interior device, configured to control the controllable device, the controllable device being a further screen physically separated from the touch-sensitive screen, at least one of an inclination, curvature, and a position of the touch-sensitive screen being adjustable relative to the interior device in the forward driving direction; and
a control device configured to control the at least one of the inclination, curvature and the position of the touch-sensitive screen based on at least one of the backrest inclination of the backrest and the position of the seat in the forward driving direction.

US Pat. No. 10,137,811

VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a seat frame that includes a plurality of frame members joined to each other at a plurality of connection points in which a stress concentration occurs in the seat frame during a vehicle collision, the connection points being regions where joined frame members make surface contact with each other; and
a reinforcing member that is attached to at least one of the plurality of joined frame members such that the reinforcing member extends across and overlaps at least one connection point of at least one set of joined frame members of the plurality of joined frame members to disperse a stress from the stress concentration that occurs at the at least one connection point during the vehicle collision, and
the reinforcing member having a specific gravity smaller than a specific gravity of the seat frame.

US Pat. No. 10,137,810

VEHICLE SEATING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING

Lear Corporation, Southf...

1. A seating system for a vehicle, comprising:a seat cushion arrangement including a seat cushion having a seating surface; and
a positioning insert disposed below the seating surface of the seat cushion and having a first side oriented generally upward toward the seating surface of the seat cushion, and a second side oriented generally downward away from the seating surface of the seat cushion and including a plurality of first attachment features attached to a portion of the seat cushion arrangement, the first side including a back portion, a front portion, and a middle portion disposed between the front portion and the back portion, the middle portion being positioned lower than the front portion and the back portion such that the back portion inhibits rearward movement of a seated occupant beyond the back portion, and the front portion inhibits forward movement of a seated occupant, the positioning insert being located in the seat cushion such that it facilitates positioning of a seated occupant at a desired fore-aft position, and
wherein the seat cushion arrangement further includes a wireframe disposed below the seating surface and having a plurality of wireframe elements, the first attachment features being attached to at least one of the wireframe elements oriented in a first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,137,806

VEHICLE LOAD FLOOR ACCESS PANEL SYSTEM

1. A vehicle comprising:a load floor;
a storage compartment associated with the load floor;
a stowable seat having a seat structure coupled to the vehicle, the stowable seat configured to move between a deployed position and a stowed position where the stowable seat is stowed within the storage compartment; and
a load floor access panel assembly associated with the storage compartment and the stowable seat, the load floor access panel including a forward panel pivotally coupled to the load floor, and a rearward panel pivotally coupled to the forward panel, the load floor access panel assembly movable between an open position providing access to the storage compartment, and a closed position where the load floor access panel assembly is in a substantially flat load floor configuration covering the storage compartment;
wherein the rearward panel includes a channel formed therein configured to receive the seat structure when the stowable seat is in the deployed position and the load floor access panel is in the closed position, and a seat structure access panel pivotally coupled to the rearward panel and configured to move between a load floor position where the seat structure access panel covers the channel, and an access position where the seat structure access panel is pivoted away from the channel by the seat structure;
wherein the seat structure access panel is rotatably coupled to the rearward panel by a hinge coupling that includes a biasing mechanism configured to bias the seat structure access panel to the closed position within the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,137,804

VEHICLE SEAT WITH A RECLINER

JOHNSON CONTROLS GMBH, B...

1. A vehicle seat comprising a seat part relative to which a backrest is arranged so as to be rotatable about a backrest rotational axis;wherein the backrest is adjusted by means of a recliner and is able to be locked in a respective position on the seat part;
wherein the recliner comprises a recliner fitting with a positive and/or non-positive connecting means in form of a toothing, which cooperates positively and/or non-positively with a drive element and/or locking element;
wherein the drive element and/or locking element is connected rotatably to the backrest;
wherein a drive element and/or locking element rotational axis is disposed at an angle to the backrest rotational axis;
wherein the vehicle seat further comprises a drive, of which a rotational movement is transmittable to the drive element and/or locking element by means of a bevel gear mechanism; and
wherein the drive element and/or locking element is a worm and is configured to mesh with the toothing of the recliner fitting during this rotation, and as a result, the drive element and/or locking element moves along an outer periphery of the recliner fitting to drive the backrest; and
wherein the worm is flattened and/or recessed at least in a partial region of its periphery such that in this region the worm is not able to cooperate non-positively and/or positively with the toothing of the recliner fitting so the backrest may be adjusted relative to the recliner fitting;
wherein the worm is mounted rotatably and longitudinally displaceable on an axle; and
wherein the vehicle seat further comprises a spring means, said spring means being compressed or released during a longitudinal movement of the worm.

US Pat. No. 10,137,803

LONGITUDINAL ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM FOR A VEHICLE SEAT

1. A longitudinal adjustment mechanism for a vehicle seat, the longitudinal adjustment mechanism comprising:at least one first seat rail;
at least one second seat rail that is displaceable relative to the first seat rail;
a spindle assigned to the first seat rail, for interacting with a gearbox that is assigned to the second seat rail;
at least one spindle holder fixing the spindle relative to the first seat rail; and
a floor connection for connecting the first seat rail to a vehicle structure, wherein:
the floor connection and the at least one spindle holder are components that are configured so as to be mutually separate; and
the at least one spindle holder has one web, two first limbs, two second limbs, and two flanges; or
the at least one spindle holder is H-shaped, wherein the at least one spindle holder has two flanges which are interconnected by means of a web.

US Pat. No. 10,137,798

BUSBARS FOR A POWER MODULE ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle power module assembly comprising:a horizontally stacked frame array;
a plurality of power stages, each housed within one of the frames, including a pair of opposite polarity terminals extending external to a respective frame, and arranged such that like polarity terminals are adjacent one another; and
busbars located external to the frames to electrically connect adjacent pairs of like polarity terminals in a horizontal line orientation relative to a horizontal frame stack orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,137,797

BATTERY STATE OF CHARGE ESTIMATION BASED ON CURRENT PULSE DURATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a traction battery; and
a controller coupled to the traction battery to operate the traction battery according to a state of charge derived from a resistance value and, in response to a duration of current flow through the traction battery exceeding a predetermined duration, change the resistance value from a second resistance value to a first resistance value that is greater than the second resistance value to compensate the state of charge for a change in voltage drop caused by diffusion processes within the traction battery.

US Pat. No. 10,137,795

PERFORMING ACTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH A CONNECTED VEHICLE

Recargo, Inc., El Segund...

1. A method, comprising:receiving data collected by an on-board diagnostic system of a controller area network of an electric vehicle;
comparing the collected data to data previously collected from controller area networks of a group of electric vehicles having a same make and model as a make and model of the electric vehicle;
identifying a potential failure event for a battery pack of the electric vehicle when data collected from the electric vehicle matches one or more data patterns associated with known failure events at battery packs for the group of electric vehicles; and
performing an action in response to the identified potential failure event,
wherein the performed action includes generating and transmitting an alert message that identifies the potential failure event for the battery of the electric vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,794

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A WIRELESS CHARGING SYSTEM

STMICROELECTRONICS, INC.,...

1. A method for wireless charging, the method comprising:aligning an energized charging pad of a charger with a receiver charging pad of a device being charged using alignment data from an electronic compass;
transferring energy by an electromagnetic field from the energized charging pad of a charger to the receiver charging pad of a device being charged; and
using PLC (power line communications) for communications between the charger and the device being charged, wherein the using PLC for communications further comprises using the electromagnetic field between the energized charging pad and the receiver charging pad for the communications.

US Pat. No. 10,137,781

INPUT DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An input device mounted on a vehicle with a display device, the input device comprising:an operation surface, on which an operation body performs an input;
a distance acquisition unit that acquires a distance between the operation surface and the operation body;
a display control unit that detects a movement of the operation body on the operation surface, and switches the display screen;
a guide unit that is arranged at a position separated from the operation surface by a predetermined distance along a direction toward the operation surface, and has a predetermined length;
a mode switching operation detection unit that detects the movement of the operation body along the guide unit; and
a mode switching unit that switches between an aerial operation prohibition mode for reflecting only the movement of the operation body, in which a distance between the operation surface and the operation body is within a predetermined distance, on a switching operation of the display screen, and an aerial operation permission mode for additionally reflecting an operation of the moving body, in which the distance between the operation surface and the operation body exceeds the predetermined distance, on the switching operation of the display screen, wherein:
the mode switching unit switches the aerial operation prohibition mode to the aerial operation permission mode when the mode switching operation detection unit detects that the operation body moves along the guide unit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,777

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VEHICLE SYSTEM CONTROL BASED ON PHYSIOLOGICAL TRAITS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for controlling a vehicle based on a physiological trait, comprising:receiving physiological data from one or more physiological sensors, the physiological data including at least one of a blood pressure, a pulse rate, a body temperature, a respiration rate, a blood sugar and a blood alcohol level;
processing the received physiological data, by a processor, and determining, by the processor, one or more physiological conditions based on the received physiological data from the one or more physiological sensors;
processing the received physiological data, by the processor, and determining, by the processor, one or more physiological changes based on a comparison of a baseline reading of the physiological data from the one or more physiological sensors and a subsequent reading of the physiological data from the one or more physiological sensors;
based on the determined one or more physiological changes, retrieving, by the processor, a setting associated with the determined one or more physiological changes and outputting, by the processor, one or more control signals to a vehicle system to control an operation of the vehicle system based on the setting associated with the determined one or more physiological changes;
outputting, by the processor, a prompt based on the determined one or more physiological conditions;
determining, by the processor, whether the prompt has been dismissed; and
based on the determining that the prompt has not been dismissed, retrieving, by the processor, the setting associated with the determined one or more physiological conditions and outputting, by the processor, one or more control signals to a vehicle control system to operate the vehicle autonomously based on the setting associated with the determined one or more physiological conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,137,776

VEHICLE TRAVELING CONTROL APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle traveling control apparatus applied to a vehicle comprising:circuitry configured to
monitor whether or not a driver of said vehicle is in an abnormal state where said driver loses an ability to drive said vehicle;
decelerate said vehicle to automatically stop said vehicle after a conclusive abnormality determination time point which is a time point when said circuitry finalizes a determination that said driver is in said abnormal state;
determine whether or not said vehicle is in a deceleration prohibition situation based on at least one set of self-vehicle information on a traveling state of said vehicle, information on a vehicle speed of another vehicle traveling around said vehicle, information on a speed limit of a road on which said vehicle is traveling, information on weather condition around said vehicle, and information on a road surface condition of said road on which said vehicle is traveling; and
prohibit said deceleration of said vehicle when it is determined that said vehicle is in said deceleration prohibition situation.

US Pat. No. 10,137,774

CONTROL DEVICE FOR 4WD VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A control device for a 4WD vehicle, the 4WD vehicle including a driving force source, main driving wheels, auxiliary driving wheels, a driving force transmission shaft, a first disconnection mechanism, and a second disconnection mechanism, the driving force transmission shaft configured to transmit part of power of the driving force source transmitted to the main driving wheels to the auxiliary driving wheels during 4WD traveling, the first disconnection mechanism disposed on the driving force source side of the driving force transmission shaft, the second disconnection mechanism disposed on the auxiliary driving wheels side of the driving force transmission shaft, the first disconnection mechanism and the second disconnection mechanism being configured to disconnect a power transmission path between the driving force source and the auxiliary driving wheels, the 4WD traveling being traveling with the first disconnection mechanism and the second disconnection mechanism being engaged, one of the first disconnection mechanism and the second disconnection mechanism being a clutch, the clutch having a first rotating member and a second rotating member configured to rotate relative to the first rotating member, and the clutch being configured to control an engagement force while synchronizing a rotation speed of the first rotating member and a rotation speed of the second rotating member, the control device comprising:an electronic control unit configured to:
execute engagement control for controlling the engagement force of the clutch such that the driving force transmission shaft is maintained in a state prior to an initiation of a continuous increase in the rotation speed of the driving force transmission shaft, and
control the engagement force of the clutch based on a temperature of a hydraulic oil at the initiation of the engagement control, the hydraulic oil lubricates at least the first rotating member or the second rotating member, and the clutch is configured to cause an increase of the rotation speed of the first rotating member or the rotation speed of the second rotating member as a result of the engagement of the clutch.

US Pat. No. 10,137,773

NON-LINEAR SPRING MECHANISM

Ford Global Technologis, ...

1. A refilling system of a vehicle comprising:a fluid port having an interior passage and a main opening positioned forward of the interior passage;
a sealing door pivotably coupled to the fluid port, downstream of the main opening, the sealing door angled relative to a central port axis, where the main opening is only covered by the sealing door and no additional caps; and
a spring mechanism having a fixed spring arm coupled to the fluid port and a pivotable spring arm coupled to the sealing door, the fixed spring arm rotatably coupled to the pivotable spring arm via a spring hinge.

US Pat. No. 10,137,768

AIR DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR A FARM MACHINE

Eaton Corporation, Cleve...

1. An air delivery system for a farm machine having an exhaust duct configured to receive exhaust from an engine, the air delivery system comprising:a first rotary blower including a housing and having a first rotor and a second rotor rotatably disposed in the housing, the first and second rotors having meshed lobes for transporting air from an inlet port to an outlet port, the first rotary blower further including a first rotor shaft and a second rotor shaft rotatably supported by the housing and having the first and second rotors, respectively, fixed for rotation therewith;
a first aftertreatment enclosure configured to receive and surround a first portion of the exhaust duct and having a first inlet, a second inlet, a first outlet, and a second outlet, wherein the first inlet receives the engine exhaust from the engine and the second inlet receives a first portion of cooling air from the rotary blower to reduce a temperature of the engine exhaust passing through the first aftertreatment enclosure, wherein the engine exhaust exits the first aftertreatment enclosure through the first outlet, and the cooling air is vented to ambient air through the second outlet; and
a second aftertreatment enclosure configured to receive and surround a second portion of the exhaust duct and having a third inlet, a fourth inlet, a third outlet, and a fourth outlet, wherein the third inlet receives the engine exhaust from the engine and the second inlet receives a second portion of cooling air to further reduce a temperature of the engine exhaust received from the first aftertreatment enclosure and passing through the second aftertreatment enclosure, wherein the engine exhaust exits the second aftertreatment enclosure through the third outlet, and the second portion of cooling air is vented to ambient air through the fourth outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,137,767

POWER TRANSMISSION UNIT FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A power transmission unit for a vehicle, comprising:a prime mover including a main prime mover, a first motor and a second motor;
a transmission that transmits torque between the main prime mover and drive wheels and between the first motor and the drive wheels;
a locking device that selectively halts a rotation of an output shaft of the main prime mover by bringing a rotary member into engagement to a stationary member;
a transmission case holding the first motor, the second motor, the transmission, and the locking device;
a first torque limiter that is disposed between the main prime mover and the locking device to restrict torque transmitted between the drive wheels and the main prime mover; and
a second torque limiter that is held in the transmission case to restrict torque transmitted between the drive wheels and the locking device.

US Pat. No. 10,137,765

FRONT-AND-REAR SPLIT DOORS AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME

SHENZHEN ZHILUN DRIVING T...

1. A front-and-rear split door, used in an electric vehicle, comprising a vehicle body and a passenger compartment disposed on the vehicle body, wherein the front-and-rear split door comprises a front compartment door and a rear compartment door configured to open or close the passenger compartment, wherein the front compartment door and the rear compartment door are provided above the passenger compartment, wherein the front compartment door comprises a front cover and two front doors respectively connected to two sides of the front cover, the rear compartment door comprises a rear cover and two rear doors respectively connected to two sides of the rear cover;a front end of the front compartment door is connected to the vehicle body via a first hinge assembly, a rear end of the rear compartment door is connected to the vehicle body via a second hinge assembly; and
the electric vehicle further comprises a first turning mechanism configured to control the front compartment door to turn outwardly about the first hinge assembly and a second turning mechanism configured to control the rear compartment door to turn outwardly about the second hinge assembly, and a first linkage turning device configured to turn each of the two front doors in a linkage manner when turned with the front compartment door and a second linkage turning device configured to turn each of the two rear doors in a linkage manner when turned with the rear compartment door,
wherein the front compartment door and/or the rear compartment door is provided with an air window.

US Pat. No. 10,137,764

ELECTRO-OPTIC WINDOW CONTROL SYSTEM

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A window control system comprising:a plurality of electro-optic windows each having a variable transmittance level;
a portable control unit for generating wireless control signals for controlling transmittance levels of the plurality of electro-optic windows; and
a plurality of window control circuits each coupled to a respective one of the plurality of electro-optic windows and each comprising a transceiver for receiving the wireless control signals from the portable control unit, and each configured to adjust the transmittance level of the respective one of the plurality of electro-optic windows in response to a wireless control signal received by the transceiver from the portable control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,759

HEATING DEVICE FOR THE VEHICLE INTERIOR OF A VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A heating device for a vehicle interior of a vehicle, wherein the heating device is configured as an IR radiator comprising a reflector housing having a parabolic cross section with a textile-based heating band and a heating element carrier arranged in the reflector housing, wherein the textile-based heating band is made of a mixed yarn of stainless steel wrapped on an outside by a basalt multifilament, said heating band having a cross section of uniform thickness to enable heat radiation generated by the heating band to exit perpendicular to the heating band, wherein the heating band has an entirely planar surface without curvature in facing relation to an exit of the reflector housing, wherein the heating band is arranged on the heating element carrier, said heating element carrier arranged below the heating band opposite the heat radiation generated by the heating band.

US Pat. No. 10,137,757

AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING A MOTOR VEHICLE

MAHLE INTERNATIONAL GMBH,...

12. An air-conditioning system for heating and air conditioning a motor vehicle, comprisinga housing,
a first heat exchanger arranged in the housing,
a second heat exchanger arranged in the housing,
a flow guidance element, and
a flow channel through the housing,
wherein the flow channel begins upstream of the first heat exchanger and continues through the first heat exchanger into a branching region arranged between the first heat exchanger and the second heat exchanger, wherein in the branching region the flow channel divides into an upper first flow channel and a lower second flow channel, wherein the upper first flow channel does not pass through the second heat exchanger, wherein the lower second flow channel continues through the second heat exchanger,
wherein the flow guidance element is fixed on the second heat exchanger or a retaining device that fixes the second heat exchanger in the second flow channel and projects into the branching region at an angle with respect to a face of the second heat exchanger, wherein the flow guidance element has an S-shaped section and an adjoining C-shaped section curved towards the second heat exchanger, wherein the C-shaped section is arranged on a free end region of the flow guidance element, wherein the second heat exchanger has a projection extending towards the first flow channel, on which the flow guidance element is arranged, wherein the flow guidance element comprises a region abutting a wall delimiting the first flow channel and is formed such that the interface between the flow guidance element and the wall is free of steps and edges that would cause a turbulent air flow.

US Pat. No. 10,137,755

VEHICLE SEAT AIR-CONDITIONING DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle seat air-conditioning device that blows a conditioned air from a seat, the conditioned air that is supplied from an interior air-conditioning unit that performs an air conditioning for an indoor space of a vehicle compartment, the vehicle seat air-conditioning device comprising:a seat air-conditioning duct that has one end communicating with the interior air-conditioning unit and an other end arranged at a location adjacent to the seat, the seat air-conditioning duct that guides the conditioned air to the location adjacent to the seat; and
a connection duct that has one end communicating with the seat air-conditioning duct and an other end communicating with the seat and guides the conditioned air to the seat, the connection duct that is bent at a middle part of the connection duct to form a curved portion of which location varies in conjunction with a displacement of the seat, wherein
the connection duct has:
a duct body that is made of a flexible material, the duct body in which the conditioned air flows along a flow direction; and
a plurality of core members that are made of a material having a higher rigidity than the duct body and maintain a cross-sectional shape of the duct body at a specified cross-sectional shape, the plurality of core members each having a flat plate shape,
the plurality of core members are arranged in successive order, in the duct body, each along the flow direction and are parallel with the flow direction to guide the conditioned air to flow along the flow direction,
the plurality of core members respectively have:
an outer plate that is located on an outer peripheral side in the curved portion;
an inner plate that is located on an inner peripheral side in the curved portion; and
a connection plate that connects the outer plate with the inner plate, and
a length of the outer plate in the flow direction is longer than a length of the inner plate in the flow direction.

US Pat. No. 10,137,754

EXPANDABLE REFRIGERATION SYSTEM FOR VEHICLES

1. An expandable refrigeration system for vehicles, said system comprising:a generally rigid frame member having a plurality of walls that define a first hollow interior space;
an expandable cooler body having a plurality of expandable wall sections which are parallel to each other, wherein each of the plurality of expandable wall sections which are parallel to each other are joined with each of the plurality of walls of the generally rigid frame member, wherein the expandable cooler body is configured to move from a first position to a second position and back to the first position, wherein the expandable cooler body is positioned entirely within the first hollow interior space when in the first position, wherein the expandable cooler body is positioned at least partially outside the first hollow interior space to form a second hollow interior space when in the second position;
a transitional wall that is pivotally secured to the generally rigid frame member, wherein the transitional wall is removably coupled with three of the plurality of walls of the generally rigid frame member to completely enclose the expandable cooler body within the first hollow interior space when the expandable cooler body is in the first position;
wherein the transitional wall is removably coupled with three of the plurality of expandable wall sections which are parallel to each other when the expandable cooler body is in the second position; and
a refrigeration unit that is secured to the generally rigid frame member, said refrigeration unit fluidly communicating with the first and second hollow interior spaces, and functioning to control a temperature within the first and second hollow interior spaces in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,753

AIR GUIDE HOUSING AND VENTILATION, HEATING OR AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM WITH SUCH AN AIR GUIDE HOUSING

MAHLE International GmbH,...

1. An air guide housing for a ventilation, heating or air conditioning system of a vehicle, the air guide housing comprising:at least one first air inlet opening having a cross sectional area which is disposed substantially vertical to a first axis;
at least one second air inlet opening having a cross sectional area which is arranged substantially vertical to a second axis;
at least one air outlet opening having a cross sectional area which is arranged essentially vertical to a third axis; and
a fan impeller for suctioning air into the air guide housing, the fan impeller disposed in a center of the air guide housing such that the at least one first air inlet opening is located in a direction of rotation of the fan impeller upstream of the at least one second air inlet opening and the at least one second air inlet opening is located in the direction of rotation of the fan impeller upstream of the at least one air outlet opening, and
wherein the second axis and the third axis are arranged substantially parallel to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,137,751

AIR SPRING COMPRISING ADSORPTIVE MATERIAL

VIBRACOUSTIC GMBH, Darms...

1. An air spring system comprising:at least one air spring with at least one compressed air chamber, the compressed air chamber comprising a first chamber with a variable volume defined at least in part by a rolling bellows and a second chamber in fluid communication with the first chamber, the at least one air spring being connected to a compressor unit as a compressed air supply device, wherein a compressed air space of the second chamber is provided with an adsorptive material, wherein the adsorptive material is an agglomerated porous monolithic element defining a geometrical shape that fills the second chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,137,745

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MAINTAINING TARGET PRESSURE IN CONJUNCTION WITH GRAVITY-DRIVEN AUTOMATIC TIRE PUMPING MECHANISMS

INTELLIAIRE, LLC, Park C...

1. A method comprising:receiving (1) first data associated with one of usage data and sensor data and (2) tire data for a target tire;
determining, via a processor, and based on the first data, a pump parameter that will provide a desired inflation level for the target tire according to the tire data; and
adjusting a pump positioned at a distal end of the target tire away from a tire axis and according to the pump parameter, such that rotational motion of the target tire about the tire axis causes gravity to move an element of the pump in a first direction at a first rotational position to yield a first stroke, and causes gravity to move the element in a second direction at a second rotational position to yield a second stroke, wherein the first stroke and the second stroke perform one of (1) pumping a gas into the target tire to the desired inflation level and (2) generating electricity to electrically power the pump the pump the gas into the target tire, wherein the pump comprises a plurality of masses, and wherein the pump is adjusted by fixing one or more masses of the plurality of masses in place preventing the one or more masses from moving as part of the first stroke or the second stroke.

US Pat. No. 10,137,742

TIRE HAVING A DEVICE FOR GENERATING ROTATION-DEPENDENT SIGNALS

1. A method for producing a tire, the method comprising:providing a tire body having a holding element which is connected in positively locking or non-positively locking fashion to the tire body, wherein the holding element is arranged, substantially outside strengthening members or reinforcement elements of the tire; and,
providing a signal-generating element which is received in the holding element such that the signal-generating element forms a part of the outer surface of the tire or projects beyond the outer surface of the tire;wherein the signal-generating element is shot by way of a corresponding pistol into the element holder.

US Pat. No. 10,137,740

MOTORCYCLE TIRE FOR RUNNING ON ROUGH TERRAIN

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A motorcycle tire for running on rough terrain comprising:a tread portion, a sidewall portion and a carcass having a toroidal profile;
the tread portion being provided with a first block pair comprising a shoulder block and a middle block arranged adjacently to each other in an axial direction of the tire through a first groove bottom having a first thinnest rubber portion, and a central block arranged axially inwardly of the middle block;
the shoulder block comprising a ground contact surface having an axially inner edge and an axially outer edge corresponding to a tread edge that locates axially outermost of the tire beyond the sidewall portion;
the middle block comprising a ground contact surface having an axially outer edge and an axially inner edge;whereinin a first tire cross-section passing the first block pair, a distance from the first thinnest rubber portion to the axially inner edge of the shoulder block is greater than a distance from the first thinnest rubber portion to the axially outer edge of the middle block; and
the axially inner edge of the middle block protrudes radially outwardly beyond an imaginary tread profile that passes an intersecting point of a ground contact surface of the central block, and a tire equator and extends along the toroidal profile of the carcass.

US Pat. No. 10,137,739

PNEUMATIC TIRE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A pneumatic tire with a tread, the tread comprising:a plurality of circumferential direction main grooves extending along a tire circumferential direction;
a plurality of land portion rows that are partitioned by the circumferential direction main grooves and that are formed with sipes;
lug grooves that partition each land portion row into a plurality of land portions in a row along the tire circumferential direction;
first auxiliary grooves formed on one groove width direction side of the lug grooves, the first auxiliary grooves opening onto the lug grooves and terminating inside the land portions; and
second auxiliary grooves formed on the other groove width direction side of the lug grooves, the second auxiliary grooves opening onto the lug grooves so as to face opening portions of the first auxiliary grooves that open onto the lug grooves, and terminating inside the land portions, and
terminal portions of the second auxiliary grooves being connected to the circumferential direction main grooves through fine grooves of which groove width is wider than that of the sipes,
wherein the terminal portions of the second auxiliary grooves bend toward a tire edge from an extending direction of the second auxiliary grooves, and
the fine grooves are formed on an extension of a bending direction of the terminal portions of the second auxiliary grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,137,734

RUBBER COMPOSITION COMPRISING A 1,3-DIPOLAR COMPOUND ADDITIVE BEARING AN IMIDAZOLE FUNCTIONAL GROUP

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A rubber composition based on:at least one diene elastomer;
a reinforcing filler; and
a 1,3-dipolar compound of formula (I):
Q-A-B  (I)
wherein Q comprises a dipole containing at least one nitrogen atom,
wherein A is an atom or a group of atoms connecting Q to B,
wherein B comprises a ring of formula (II):

 and
wherein three of the four symbols Z, Y, R and R?, which are identical or different, each represent an atom or a group of atoms, it being possible for Z and Y to form, together with the carbon atoms to which they are attached, a ring, and the fourth symbol Z, Y, R or R? denotes a direct attachment to A.

US Pat. No. 10,137,732

UNIVERSAL WHEEL ASSEMBLY AND SUITCASE

Xiaomi Inc., Beijing (CN...

1. A suitcase, comprising:a case body; and
at least one universal wheel assembly, wherein the at least one universal wheel assembly comprises:
a base structure comprising an upper base and a lower base which form a cavity therebetween;
a wheel ball locked in the cavity in a manner such that the wheel ball is capable of rolling in all directions, wherein a bottom of the lower base is provided with an opening enabling a part of the wheel ball to protrude out of a lower end face of the lower base to form an exposed rolling spherical surface, and an inner diameter of the opening is smaller than a diameter of the wheel ball;
at least three rollers rollably arranged between an inner wall of the upper base and a surface of the wheel ball; and
an elastic gasket arranged between the inner wall of the upper base and the surface of the wheel ball, wherein the elastic gasket includes roller mounting bases uniformly distributed on a bottom of the elastic gasket in a circumferential direction in one-to-one correspondence with the at least three rollers, and wherein the roller mounting bases include recessed portions matching shapes of the at least three rollers;
wherein the elastic gasket is arranged to absorb vibration that occurs during a rolling process of the rollers and the wheel ball, and press the rollers with a suitable force to keep the rollers and the wheel ball in constant contact without affecting normal rolling between the rollers and the wheel ball.

US Pat. No. 10,137,730

TOOL FOR HANDLING OF A WHEEL

1. A tool for handling a wheel, the tool comprising:a supporting plate member (1) having a first wall member and a second wall member spaced apart from the first wall member, the supporting wall member having a first end (la) and a second end (1b),
at least one threaded holder (5, 7, 7?) on the supporting plate member (1), which threaded holder is configured to receive a threaded pushing means (6, 6?, 6?, 6??, 18, 18?),
a first compression member (2) having a compression end (2a) and a tension end (2b), the compression end disposed between the first wall member and the second wall member of the supporting plate member and pivotally connected to the first end of the supporting plate member,
a second compression member (2?) having a compression end (2?a) and a tension end (2?b), the compression end disposed between the first wall member and the second wall member of the supporting plate member and pivotally connected to the second end of the supporting part,
moving means (3) having a first end and a second end, the first end connected to the tension end of the first compression member and the second end connected to the tension end of the second compression member, the moving means configured to axially move the first compression member (2) and the second compression member (2?) in relation to the supporting plate member,wherein the at least one threaded holder comprises a first end holder (7) connected to the first end of the supporting member and a second end holder (7?) connected to the second end of the supporting member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,726

UPRIGHT MULTI-POSITION FABRIC PAINTING RACK

1. A painting rack assembly for supporting fabric during a painting process, comprising:a frame portion, further comprising:
a first pair of spaced, parallel elongated members;
a second pair of spaced, parallel semi-elongated members connected to the first pair of spaced, parallel elongated members to define a parallelogram, wherein the parallelogram further defines a working plane within which a scarf may be taughtly stretched;
a respective pivotable connector operationally connected to each respective semi-elongated member, wherein each respective pivotable connector is centered relative each respective semi-elongated member; and
a plurality of independently tension-adjustable partially elastic fabric connection assemblies operationally connected to and distributed around the parallelogram; and
a support assembly operationally connected to the frame portion, further comprising:
a pair of elongated support members, each respective elongated support member connected to the respective pivotable connector at one end and having a connection socket at the other, oppositely disposed end;
a pair of spaced elongated stabilizing members extending orthogonally from each respective elongated support member and oriented parallel to the working plane:
a respective four-way connector operationally connected to each respective support member; and
an elongated utility member magnetically connected at a first one end to the connection socket attached to one of the pair of elongated support members and magnetically connected at a second, opposite end to the four-way connector connected to another one of the pair of elongated support members;
wherein the four-way connector is operationally connected to each respective spaced stabilizing member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,715

PRINTING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DEFECT DETECTION IN A PRINTING SYSTEM

1. A printing system comprising an apparatus for defect detection in a printing system, the printing system comprising:an image forming device;
a sensing unit comprising at least one first sensor device for sensing a surface geometry or topology of a sheet to be printed as the sheet travels on a transport path of the printing system and for generating data representative of that surface geometry or topology;
a processor device for processing the data from the first sensor device to detect and classify deformations in the surface geometry or topology of the sheet; and
a controller for controlling further progress of the sheet along the transport path of the printing system in dependence upon the deformations in the surface geometry or topology of the sheet detected and classified by the processor device,
wherein the controller determines operating conditions in the sensing unit, and
wherein the controller adjusts the operating conditions in the sensing unit to be similar to the operating conditions in the image forming device.

US Pat. No. 10,137,714

PRINTER AND PRINTING PROGRAM

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

1. A printer, comprising:a printing head that includes a plurality of heating elements arranged in a first direction; and
a processor,
wherein printing data representing an image to be printed on a printing medium are divided into a plurality of line data, each of the plurality of line data representing a corresponding line segment of the image, extending in the first direction, by a series of dots constituted of printing dots to be printed on the printing medium and non-printing dots that are not printed on the printing medium,
wherein, for each of the line data, the processor selectively activates the heating elements that correspond to the printing dots in the line data so as to make the selected heating elements generate heat and print the corresponding printing dots in the line data on the printing medium, and
wherein, for each of the line data, the processor obtains distribution information of the printing dots in the line data, and sets an energizing time, during which the selected heating elements are energized continuously, or intermittently by pulses, to print the corresponding printing dots, in accordance with the distribution information of the printing dots in the line data,
wherein, in obtaining the distribution information of the printing dots for each of the line data, the processor counts or estimates an occurrence frequency of two successive printing dots in the line data, and
wherein the processor sets said energizing time for each of the line data in accordance with the counted or estimated occurrence frequency of the two successive printing dots in the line data.

US Pat. No. 10,137,713

THERMAL PRINTER AND PORTABLE TERMINAL

SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC., ...

1. A thermal printer, comprising:a head block including a head support plate and a thermal head fixed to the head support plate;
a platen roller brought into abutment against the thermal head through intermediation of recording paper;
a wiring board connected to and extending from the thermal head;
a frame supporting the platen roller and the head support plate; and
a recording paper sensor mounted to the wiring board and configured to detect the recording paper,
the frame including a guide wall at an upstream side of the thermal head in a conveyance direction of the recording paper, the guide wall guiding the recording paper to the thermal head,
the head block including a sensor holder mounted thereto, the sensor holder covering a portion of the wiring board and including a holding portion that positions the recording paper sensor between the thermal head and the guide wall in the conveyance direction.

US Pat. No. 10,137,710

PRINTER AND CONTROL METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printer which transports a sheet of paper from a paper tray inserted in the printer to perform printing, the printer comprising:an insertion/removal sensing unit configured to sense insertion and removal of the paper tray;
a transport failure sensing unit configured to sense a transport failure of the sheet of paper; and
a print control unit configured to, in response to the transport failure sensing unit sensing the transport failure during a current transport of the sheet of paper, determine whether the current transport of the sheet of paper is a first transport that is performed directly after the insertion/removal sensing unit sensing the insertion of the paper tray,
the print control unit being further configured to, in response to determining that the current transport of the sheet of paper is the first transport, issue a notification for prompting a user to perform an operation relating to the paper tray.

US Pat. No. 10,137,709

RECORDING DEVICE AND MEDIUM FEEDING METHOD FOR RECORDING DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording device comprising:a feeding portion which feeds a medium;
a medium support comprising a first support portion and a second support portion, the feeding portion being upstream of the first and second support portions,
a control portion which controls the feeding portion;
a groove which is provided on a downstream side of the first support portion and the upstream side of the second support portion in a feeding path of the medium; and
a cutter that is used for cutting the medium at the position of the groove,
wherein the control portion controls the feeding portion so that the feeding portion feeds a leading edge of the cut medium to an upstream side before feeding the leading edge of the medium to the downstream side of the groove, after the medium is cut at a position of the groove;
wherein the control portion controls the feeding portion so that a trailing end of the recorded portion of the medium reaches a standby position which is different from the position in which the groove is provided in the feeding path at the end of a recording job, and
wherein the control portion determines whether or not the medium is to be cut at the position of the groove and then determines whether or not the medium is fed by the feeding portion during the standby state between the recording jobs.

US Pat. No. 10,137,708

PRINTING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD OF A PRINTING DEVICE

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A printing device comprising:a print mechanism that prints images on roll paper stored in the printing device;
a cutter disposed downstream in a conveyance direction from the print mechanism and configured to cut the roll paper while leaving an uncut portion;
a communicator that receives receipt production control commands, said receipt production control commands instructing issuing a receipt printed with information including transaction information by the print mechanism; and cutting of the roll paper by the cutter;
a conveyance mechanism that conveys the roll paper in the conveyance direction or a reverse direction that is opposite to the conveyance direction; and
a controller that executes a reversing process that conveys the roll paper in the reverse direction by the conveyance mechanism if the receipt is separated from the roll paper at the uncut portion after the roll paper is cut by the cutter, and does not execute the reversing process in a specific situation when the receipt remains partially connected to the roll paper through the uncut portion.

US Pat. No. 10,137,707

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS WITH PAIRS OF CONVEYANCE ROLLERS

RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:a first inkjet head configured to eject ink to a sheet being conveyed;
a second inkjet head arranged parallel to the first inkjet head and downstream of the first inkjet head in a conveyance direction of the sheet and configured to eject ink to the sheet being conveyed;
a first platen arranged to face the first inkjet head and configured to support the sheet being conveyed between the first inkjet head and the first platen;
a second platen arranged to face the second inkjet head and configured to support the sheet being conveyed between the second inkjet head and the second platen;
a first pair of conveyance rollers arranged upstream of the first platen in the conveyance direction and configured to convey the sheet toward the first platen downward with respect to a horizontal direction; and
a second pair of conveyance rollers arranged downstream of the first platen and upstream of the second platen in the conveyance direction and configured to receive the sheet conveyed by the first pair of conveyance rollers and convey the sheet toward the second platen downward with respect to the horizontal direction, wherein
the second inkjet head is arranged at a lower position than the first inkjet head,
the second platen is arranged at a lower position than the first platen,
the second pair of conveyance rollers is arranged at a lower position than the first pair of conveyance rollers, and
a nip point of the second pair of conveyance rollers is arranged at a lower position than a highest point of the first platen.

US Pat. No. 10,137,704

EDGE HOLDERS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. An edge holder, comprising:a strap;
a first end cap attached to a first end of the strap;
a second end cap attached to a second end of the strap, opposite the first end; and
a cam rotatably engaged with the second end cap to adjustably tension the strap between the first end cap and the second end cap.

US Pat. No. 10,137,702

TREATMENT LIQUID APPLICATOR AND PRINTER INCLUDING SAME

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A treatment liquid applicator comprising:a storage container to store a treatment liquid;
a squeeze roller partially immersed in the treatment liquid in the storage container;
a coating roller disposed opposite the squeeze roller; and
an outlet disposed at the storage container,
the outlet including an outlet opening through which the treatment liquid flows from the storage container to an outside of the storage container,
the outlet extending from an inner wall surface of the storage container,
wherein the squeeze roller supplies the treatment liquid to the coating roller, to form a film of the treatment liquid on the coating roller.

US Pat. No. 10,137,701

DUPLEX PRINTING SYSTEM FOR CUT SHEETS AND A METHOD THEREFORE

1. A printing system for cut sheets, the printing system comprising a control unit for controlling the printing of image data on a plurality of sheets comprising at least one speciality sheet intended to be one-sided printed and at least one duplex sheet intended to be two-sided printed, and for scheduling the plurality of sheets in a printing order, a paper path comprising a duplex printing loop, a first turn station arranged in the duplex printing loop for turning a sheet of the plurality if both sides of the sheet are scheduled to be printed in two passes along a print engine arranged in the duplex printing loop and configured to dispose marking material on the sheets according to the image data on one side per pass,wherein
the speciality sheet has predetermined unexchangeable opposite edges,
the control unit comprises a scheduler to schedule a sheet for a first pass along the print engine and for a second pass along the print engine by using the duplex printing loop and a logic module to determine whether or not the sheet is a speciality sheet,
the printing system comprises a second turn station arranged in the paper path of the printing system near an inlet of the output section for turning the sheet before laying the sheet off in an output holder of the output section when activated,
and the control unit is configured,
for a sheet determined not to be a speciality sheet by means of the logic module,
to activate the first turn station to turn the sheet after the first pass and before the second pass of the sheet along the print engine, and,
for a sheet determined to be a speciality sheet by means of the logic module,
to deactivate the first turn station as to behave as a pass-through for the sheet after the first pass and before the second pass of the sheet along the print engine.

US Pat. No. 10,137,700

INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An ink-jet recording apparatus configured to record an image based on image data on a sheet, the ink-jet recording apparatus comprising:a first roller pair configured to convey the sheet in a conveyance direction while nipping the sheet;
a recording head disposed downstream of the first roller pair in the conveyance direction, having a nozzle surface in which nozzles are formed in a nozzle area, and configured to jet ink droplets from the nozzles to the sheet;
a carriage carrying the recording head and configured to move in a width direction intersecting with the conveyance direction;
a second roller pair disposed downstream of the recording head in the conveyance direction and configured to convey the sheet in the conveyance direction while nipping the sheet; and
a controller configured to:
control the first roller pair and the second roller pair to perform intermittent conveyance of the sheet;
control the carriage and the recording head to record a one-pass image on the sheet by causing the recording head to jet the ink droplets during movement of the carriage in the width direction in a state where the sheet is stopped in the intermittent conveyance of the sheet; and
calculate an overlap amount, in the conveyance direction, of a one-pass image to be recorded on the sheet in a predefined one pass and a one-pass image to be recorded on the sheet in a next one pass after the predefined one pass, the overlap amount depending on a nipping state of the sheet by the first roller pair and the second roller pair in a case of recording the one-pass image in the next one pass,
wherein the controller is configured to calculate the overlap amount based on a length of the nozzle area in the conveyance direction and a length in the conveyance direction of the image which corresponds to the image data and which is to be recorded on the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,137,697

LIQUID SUPPLY DEVICE, LIQUID EJECTION DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR PUMP

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A liquid supply device comprising:a force sensor which outputs an output value corresponding to a force of expansion of a detection target site of a blockage detection tube communicating with a liquid ejection unit for ejecting a liquid;
a pump for sending out a liquid in the blockage detection tube toward the liquid ejection unit; and
a control unit which stops an operation of the pump when the output value reaches a threshold,
wherein the control unit decides the threshold, using, as a reference value, the output value acquired when a predetermined condition is satisfied including that the detection target site is filled with the liquid and that the pump is stopped.

US Pat. No. 10,137,696

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS WITH TANK INCLUDING NOTIFICATION FEATURES

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:a tank forming an ink chamber and including an injection inlet;
a cover movable between a covered position in which the injection inlet is covered and an exposed position in which the injection inlet is exposed;
a cover sensor positioned to sense a movement of the cover;
a recording head configured to discharge ink from the ink chamber; and
a controller configured to control operation of the recording head,
wherein the controller is configured to:
decide whether complement of ink injection into the ink chamber is a first time or a second time;
count an amount of ink discharged from the recording head;
based on decision that the complement of the ink injection into the ink chamber is the first time and based on the counted amount of discharged ink being greater than or equal to a first threshold value, wait until the controller receives one positional signal outputted from the cover sensor in response to the cover being positioned in the exposed position; and
based on decision that the complement of the ink injection into the ink chamber is the second time and based on the counted amount of discharged ink being greater than or equal to a second threshold greater than the first threshold value, wait until the controller receives the one positional signal outputted from the cover sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,137,694

LIQUID SUPPLY UNIT AND LIQUID CONSUMPTION SYSTEM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid supply unit comprising:a liquid container configured to supply a liquid to a liquid consuming apparatus, the liquid container having a liquid supply portion that is arranged to flow out the liquid;
a unit housing located below the liquid consuming apparatus and configured to be detachably mounted to a bottom face of the liquid consuming apparatus, the liquid container being configured to be placed inside of the unit housing; and
a liquid introduction portion configured to be connected with the liquid supply portion and to flow the liquid from the liquid supply portion to the liquid consuming apparatus, the liquid introduction portion being placed inside of the unit housing,
the unit housing being located below a paper feed slot of the liquid consuming apparatus and being configured to be detachably mounted to an outer surface side of the bottom face of the liquid consuming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,137,689

LIQUID EJECTING DEVICE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A liquid ejecting device comprising:a frame;
a liquid ejecting head having an ejection surface that is formed with ejection ports for ejecting liquid, the liquid ejecting head being elongated in a first direction;
a supporting section disposed in confrontation with the ejection surface and configured to support a recording medium;
a first-tank mount section on which a first tank storing liquid is configured to be mounted such that liquid in the first tank mounted on the first-tank mount section is conveyed to the liquid ejecting head;
a receiving section configured to receive liquid ejected from the liquid ejecting head;
a waste-liquid tank configured to store liquid received by the receiving section;
a medium feed tray configured to accommodate the recording medium;
a discharge section configured to receive the recording medium on which an image has been formed by the liquid ejecting head;
a conveying mechanism configured to convey the recording medium from the medium feed tray to the discharge section through the supporting section;
a liquid conveying section configured to convey liquid in the first tank mounted on the first-tank mount section to the liquid ejecting head; and
a controller,
wherein the medium feed tray is located below the supporting section;
wherein each of the discharge section and the first-tank mount section is located at a higher position than the liquid ejecting head;
wherein the discharge section is located directly above the liquid ejecting head, and the first-tank mount section is located at a position shifted in a horizontal direction from a position directly above the liquid ejecting head;
wherein the first tank and the supporting section are located to overlap each other with respect to the first direction in a state where the first tank is mounted on the first-tank mount section;
wherein the supporting section has a pivotal end and a free end opposite the pivotal end, the supporting section being configured to pivotally move about the pivotal end;
wherein the controller is configured to control the supporting section to move from a confronting position confronting the ejection surface to a retracted position by moving the free end in a direction away from the ejection surface, allowing the receiving section to receive liquid ejected from the liquid ejecting head; and
wherein the receiving section is disposed at a position in confrontation with the ejection surface when the supporting section is at the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,688

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:a scanner;
an inkjet head; and
a controller configured to:
receive a copy instruction including an operation mode information;
cause the scanner to read an image formed on an original based on the operation mode information in response to reception of the copy instruction;
generate image data representing the read image;
determine a standby period based on the operation mode information;
execute a pre-print process in response to an elapse of the determined standby period from the reception of the copy instruction; and
cause the inkjet head to eject ink droplets to print an image based on the image data after completion of the pre-print process.

US Pat. No. 10,137,683

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD SUBSTRATE, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head substrate comprising:a first heater row including a plurality of heaters arranged in a first direction in a plan view; and
a first transistor and a second transistor configured to supply current to a first heater of the plurality of heaters,
wherein the first heater and the first transistor are connected in series on an electric path between first wiring to which a first potential is supplied and second wiring to which a second potential different from the first potential is supplied,
wherein the first heater and the second transistor are connected in series on an electric path between the first wiring and the second wiring, and
wherein the first heater is arranged between the first transistor and the second transistor in a second direction crossing the first direction in the plan view.

US Pat. No. 10,137,676

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING AND ADHERING PANEL AND BRACKET STRUCTURES

Zephyros, Inc., Romeo, M...

1. A method for the attachment of a bracket to a panel structure comprising:i. providing a reformable thermoplastic epoxy resin adhesive for attaching the bracket to the panel structure, the thermoplastic epoxy resin adhesive being incapable of forming crosslinks so that the adhesive is adapted to be reformed;
ii. placing the bracket in a desired location on the panel structure;
iii. heating the adhesive to a temperature above the glass transition temperature of the adhesive but below a melt processing temperature of 150° C.; and
iv. hardening without crosslinking the adhesive by cooling to room temperature so the bracket is adhered to the panel structure
v. heating the adhesive to a temperature above the glass transition temperature of the adhesive to remove the bracket during repair.

US Pat. No. 10,137,673

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CONTINUOUS FLOW CELL LYSIS IN A MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE

Canon U.S. Life Sciences,...

1. A method for fabricating a microfluidic device using soft-lithography replica molding, comprising:fabricating a first piece of the microfluidic device in a mold, the first piece including at least one microchannel having features sized to provide for mechanical cell lysis, the features including constricted regions and non-constricted regions separating the constricted regions, the non-constricted regions being shaped to converge at the ends into the constricted regions, wherein fabricating the first piece comprises:
pouring a first layer of a thermoplastic prepolymer onto the mold; and
partially curing the first layer under exposure to UV-light;
fabricating a second piece of the microfluidic device on a glass slide, wherein fabricating the second piece comprises:
coating the glass slide with a layer of the thermoplastic prepolymer; and
partially curing the layer coated on the glass slide under exposure to UV-light;
removing the partially cured first piece from the mold, wherein the partially cured first layer is removed from the mold without loss of the features of the at least one microchannel;
contacting the first piece to the second piece; and
bonding the first piece and the second piece together on the glass slide by curing the contacted first and second pieces under exposure to UV-light.

US Pat. No. 10,137,663

COMPOSITES COMPRISING ADHERED COMPONENTS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A composite comprising:a first component;
a second component; and
an adhesive stack disposed between the first component and the second component, the adhesive stack comprising:
a first adhesive-impregnated scrim layer disposed between the first component and the second component; and
a bulk adhesive layer disposed between the first component and the second component, wherein the bulk adhesive layer has a cleaving region with an embedded cord arrangement within the cleaving region for cleaving the adhesive stack.

US Pat. No. 10,137,662

FLEXIBLE LIGHTWEIGHT ARC FLASH AND FLASH FIRE RESISTANT POLYVINYLCHLORIDE FABRIC AND GARMENTS AND METHODS THEREFOR

Tingley Rubber Corporatio...

1. An apparatus comprising:a garment having a plurality of sections made with a fabric;
the fabric of the garment comprising:
a flexible polyvinylchloride sheet comprising plasticizers;
a non-woven liner of meta-aramid fiber;
an adhesive covering a part of the flexible polyvinylchloride sheet that forms a bond only between a part of the flexible polyvinylchloride sheet and a part of the non-woven liner of meta-aramid fiber, the adhesive being discontinuous lines and forming discrete locations that are spaced in the range of 0.25 to 1.5 mm,
wherein the flexible polyvinylchloride sheet forms an outside of the garment that is exposed during wear.

US Pat. No. 10,137,655

RESEALABLE PACKAGE METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE RESEALABLE PACKAGE AND APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING THE RESEALABLE PACKAGE

1. A resealable package, comprisinga package body having a first side wall, a second side wall opposite the first side wall, an openable top end and a closed bottom end,
wherein a portion of the first side wall protrudes beyond the second side wall at the top end in a direction from the bottom end to the top end,
wherein, when the package is in a closed configuration, an outer surface of the first side wall is located at a first outer surface of the package, and an outer surface of the second side wall is located at a second outer surface of the package opposite the first outer surface, and
a removable closure element with a first adhesive arrangement and a second adhesive arrangement applied to a common surface of the closure element, the first adhesive arrangement and second adhesive arrangement being applied to separate and distinct areas of the common surface of closure element and out of adherence to each other;
wherein the closure element is releasably adhered to an inner surface of the portion of the first side wall which protrudes beyond the second side wall and the second outer surface via the first adhesive arrangement so as to close and seal the top end, and releasably adhered to at least one of the inner surface of the first side wall and the second outer surface via the second adhesive arrangement that is resealable and distinct from the first adhesive arrangement, and
wherein, upon removal of the closure element from the package body, the first adhesive arrangement remains with the closure element and the second adhesive arrangement is left behind on at least one of the inner surface of the first side wall and the second outer surface, the second adhesive arrangement allowing the inner surface of the portion of the first side wall which protrudes beyond the second side wall and the second outer surface to be resealably adhered to one another in a position to close the top end.

US Pat. No. 10,137,633

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING THE EXPOSURE OF A SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING OR LASER MELTING DEVICE

CL SCHUTZRECHTSVERWALTUNG...

1. A method for controlling the exposure of a selective laser sintering or laser melting apparatus for manufacturing three-dimensional objects, comprising the following steps:providing a selective laser sintering apparatus or laser melting apparatus (1) in which three-dimensional objects can be manufactured by successive solidification of layers of a powder-type construction material (6) that can be solidified using radiation, on the positions corresponding to the respective cross-section of the object, wherein the provided apparatus (1) comprises an irradiation device for irradiating layers of the powder construction material, that has a plurality of scanners (8a, 8b) that can separately be actuated, simultaneously irradiating the powder construction material,
characterized by the following steps
separately detecting irradiation times of each individual scanner (8a, 8b) and/or the irradiation areas detected by each individual scanner (8a, 8b) in a first step, and storing the detected irradiation times and/or irradiation areas;
comparing the irradiation times and/or irradiation areas of the individual scanners (8a, 8b) with each other;
re-determining the surface sections of a construction material layer (11) to be irradiated by each individual scanner such that the irradiation times for each individual scanner (8a, 8b) are approximated to each other and/or the irradiation areas of each individual scanner (8a, 8b) are aligned with each other in terms of surface area to the largest extent possible.

US Pat. No. 10,137,628

DUAL TENTER CLIP AND TABLE ASSEMBLY AND TRANSVERSE SHEET STRETCHING PLANT COMPRISING SAME

1. A dual tenter clip and table assembly for moving, by means of an endless chain consisting of alternating pairs of first chain links and pairs of second chain links rotatably connected by pins arranged in parallel to a plane of a rail and perpendicular to a direction of the endless chain's movement, a polymer material web on a stretching plant or stretching device for stretching said polymer material web at least in a transverse direction, said assembly comprisinga main tenter clip body comprising a main tenter clip body carriage having a plurality of wheels moving the carriage along a single rail by said endless chain to which a carriage of the main tenter clip body is fixed;
said carriage of the main tenter clip body further comprising a tenter table onto which the polymer material web to be stretched is fixed by a tenter clip; and
said carriage of the main tenter clip body being fixed to a first chain link of the endless chain by a vertical pin positioned in parallel to pins connecting first and second chain links and passing through at least one structural part of the main tenter clip body;
and said assembly further comprising
a secondary tenter clip body different in structure from the main tenter clip body and comprising a secondary tenter clip body carriage, said carriage of the secondary tenter clip body further comprising a tenter table onto which the polymer material web to be stretched is fixed by a tenter clip; and
said carriage of the secondary tenter clip body being fixed to a second chain link of the endless chain by a vertical pin positioned in parallel to pins connecting first and second chain links and passing through at least one structural part of the secondary tenter clip body;
wherein outer walls of the main tenter clip body carriages opposing outer walls of the secondary tenter clip body carriages and outer walls of the secondary tenter clip body carriages opposing outer walls of the main tenter clip body carriages have an oppositely shaped curvature to not come into contact with each other during operation of the assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,137,579

ANTI-JAMMING SYSTEM IN A HUMANOID-TYPE ROBOT

SOFTBANK ROBOTICS EUROPE,...

1. A humanoid robot comprising:first and second elements, each of the first and second elements comprising a skin delimiting an outer surface having a flexible zone and a rigid zone; and
an articulation linking the first and second elements and allowing a travel of at least one of the first and second elements with at least one degree of freedom and within a given range,
wherein an end of the range is defined by the flexible zone of the first element being separated from the flexible zone of the second element by a gap in the absence of an object, and the first element is attached to the second element by passing through the flexible zone of the second element.

US Pat. No. 10,137,572

GLASS CLEANING ROBOT OUTAGE EMERGENCY PROCESSING METHOD

Ecovacs Robotics Co., Ltd...

1. A glass cleaning robot outage emergency processing method comprising:Step 100: a glass cleaning robot (1) operates in an external power supply power-on mode, and is automatically switched to a built-in battery power-on mode when an external power supply suddenly suffers outage;
Step 110: the glass cleaning robot (1) determines whether its walking direction is a vertically downward direction;
Step 120: if a result of the determination of Step 110 is YES, Step 200 starts, and if the result of the determination is NO, the control unit controls a walking mechanism of the glass cleaning robot (1) to act so as to rotate a machine body of the glass cleaning robot (1), and Step 110 is performed again after the rotation; and
Step 200: a control unit controls the glass cleaning robot (1) to walk downward in response to the glass cleaning robot (1) being automatically switched to the built-in battery power-on mode, wherein Step 200 occurs in response to Steps 100, 110 and 120,
wherein Steps 110 and 120 are performed between Steps 100 and 200, and wherein Step 120 occurs after Step 110.

US Pat. No. 10,137,548

FOOT ATTACHMENT FOR PNEUMATIC ROTARY TOOLS

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. A vacuum-powered rotary tool comprising:a housing having a nose portion and a main body portion, the housing defining at least one air flow channel for guiding a flow of air within the housing, the at least one air flow channel including an air flow inlet located in the nose portion of the housing and at least one air flow outlet located in the main body portion of the housing, the main body portion of the housing being configured to be connected to a vacuum source for generating the flow of air in the at least one air flow channel;
a pneumatic drive system enclosed within the housing in the air flow channel and including an output shaft, the output shaft having an axis of rotation and including a tool holder that extends from the nose portion of the housing and is configured to retain a working tool, the pneumatic drive system being configured to use the flow of air in the air flow channel to drive the output shaft to rotate about the axis of rotation, the tool holder being configured to rotate with the output shaft and defining a working space in front of the nose portion of the housing where the working tool performs work while being rotated; and
a foot attachment removably attached to the nose portion of the housing, the foot attachment having a shroud portion, the shroud portion comprising a wall that extends generally forwardly from the nose portion of the housing in a direction parallel to the axis of rotation and surrounds the working space, the wall having a leading edge, the leading edge forming a perimeter around the working space and lying substantially in a single plane that is perpendicular to the axis of rotation,
wherein air is drawn into the at least one air flow channel via the air flow inlet in response to the vacuum source generating the flow of air in the at least one air flow channel,
wherein the air inlet is in fluid communication with the working space such that the air flow inlet draws air into the at least one air flow channel from the working space,
wherein the shroud portion includes at least one tangential air flow inlet for guiding an air flow into the working space from outside of the shroud portion as air is being drawn into the at least one air flow channel via the air flow inlet, and
wherein the at least one tangential air flow inlet is configured to generate a vortex within the working space when the flow of air is being generated by the vacuum source.

US Pat. No. 10,137,524

SPOT WELDING ELECTRODE HOUSING APPARATUS

KYOKUTOH CO., LTD., Nago...

1. A spot welding electrode housing apparatus capable of housing a plurality of electrodes for spot welding, the spot welding electrode housing apparatus comprising:a housing case including a linear housing path therein and having an electrode outlet port, the housing path being capable of housing the electrodes in a state where the electrodes are arranged linearly in a direction orthogonal to center axes of the electrodes and fitting recesses of the electrodes to be fitted on a distal end of a shank of a welding gun are arranged in parallel and are open in an identical direction, the electrode outlet port communicating with the housing path and being disposed at an end of the housing case;
a pressing part that presses one or a plurality of parallel electrodes housed in the housing path toward an end of the housing path;
a lever member supported by the housing case to be swingable about a swing shaft extending in a direction identical to the center axes of the electrodes housed in the housing path, a position of the lever member being changeable between a first position in which the lever member swings to one side to have a distal end cover a part of the electrode outlet port and a second position in which the lever member swings to another side to have the distal end expose the electrode outlet port; and
a biasing part disposed between a proximal end of the lever member and a side surface of the housing case and configured to bias the proximal end of the lever member to a direction away from the housing case so that the lever member swings to the one side.

US Pat. No. 10,137,515

METHOD FOR MACHINING A CASING OF AN AIRCRAFT TURBOSHAFT ENGINE AND SCRAPER TOOL FOR IMPLEMENTING SAID METHOD

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A scraper tool for deburring an edge of an aircraft turboshaft engine casing, the scraper tool being mountable in a milling device, the scraper tool comprising:a body including, on a first end, a connector to connect to the milling device and, on a second end, a deburring module comprising a turning lathe platelet including at least one cutting edge to deburr the casing edge, said turning lathe platelet being indexable about a first rotation axis;
wherein the deburring module comprises a guide to maintain contact with the casing edge to adjust the turning lathe platelet to variations in a height of the casing edge along an axial direction of the casing, said at least one cutting edge being maintained in contact with the casing edge without indexing of the turning lathe platelet about the first rotation axis when the at least one cutting edge is deburring the casing edge, and
the deburring module further comprises a connecting pole having a longitudinal axis, the connecting pole and the longitudinal axis thereof extending from the deburring module into the connector, the turning lathe platelet being mounted to the connecting pole, and a plate rotationally mounted about said connecting pole, the guide being arranged on said plate, and the plate having an axis of rotation that is oriented so as to be coincidental with the longitudinal axis of the connecting pole, and
the connector inhibits a transfer of rotation of the milling device to the turning lathe platelet when the at least one cutting edge is deburring the casing edge.

US Pat. No. 10,137,473

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR APPLICATION OF POLYSILAZANE AND FLUOROACRYLATE COATING COMPOSITIONS

Newtech LLC, Cincinnati,...

1. A method comprising:receiving into a sprayer a curable coating comprised of a polysilazane and a fluoroacrylate copolymer;
receiving an air flow control signal;
receiving a position control signal;
enabling a Venturi spray head in accordance with the air flow control signal;
positioning a work piece relative to the Venturi spray head in accordance with the position control signal; and
applying the coating to the work piece via the Venturi spray head.

US Pat. No. 10,137,472

DUAL PATTERN SHIM ASSEMBLY FOR USE IN CONJUNCTION WITH HOT MELT ADHESIVE DISPENSING SYSTEMS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A hot melt adhesive dispensing system, comprising:an underlying substrate; and
a dual pattern shim assembly comprising:
a first pattern shim having a first lower edge in which a plurality of first fluid application ports are formed, wherein the first pattern shim deposits a first hot melt adhesive material onto the underlying substrate in a first material pattern, the first material pattern comprising a plurality of first deposition patterns, each first deposition pattern deposited onto the underlying substrate from a respective first fluid application port of the plurality of first fluid application ports;
a second pattern shim having a second lower edge in which a plurality of second fluid application ports are formed, wherein the second pattern shim deposits a second hot melt adhesive material onto the underlying substrate in a second material pattern, the second material pattern comprising a plurality of second deposition patterns, each second deposition pattern deposited onto the underlying substrate from a respective second fluid application port;
a separation shim interposed between the first and second pattern shims for separating the first and second pattern shims from each other, the separation shim having an intermediate lower edge disposed between the first lower edge and the second lower edge;
a die plate disposed adjacent to the second pattern shim, the die plate having a rearwardly facing bottom edge terminating in an arcuately shaped portion; and
a die adaptor for receiving the first hot melt adhesive material in a plurality of first inlet ports from a source of the first hot melt adhesive material and the second hot melt adhesive material in a plurality of second inlet ports from a source of the second hot melt adhesive material, wherein the die adaptor defines a housing having an undersurface portion, a vertical front wall portion which has first fluid outlet ports for discharging the first hot melt adhesive material and second fluid outlet ports for discharging the second hot melt adhesive material defined within the vertical front wall portion of the die adaptor, and a knife edge portion extending vertically downwardly within a vertical plane from the vertical front wall portion of the die adaptor such that the knife edge portion is disposed beneath the undersurface portion of the die adaptor,
wherein the vertical front wall portion of the die adaptor, the first and second fluid outlet ports, and the knife edge portion are substantially coplanar within a vertical plane,
wherein the first pattern shim is disposed in abutment with the vertical front wall portion of the die adaptor and the knife edge portion of the die adaptor and is configured to receive the first hot melt adhesive material from the die adaptor,
wherein the second pattern shim is configured to receive the second hot melt adhesive material from the die adaptor through the first pattern shim and the separation shim,
wherein the first and second pattern shims, and the separation shim, as an assembly, are disposed immediately adjacent to the knife edge portion of the die adaptor such that the first and second hot melt adhesive materials are deposited onto the underlying substrate in an overlapping pattern relative to one another wherein at least one of a first deposition pattern of the plurality of first deposition patterns and a second deposition pattern of the plurality of second deposition patterns overlaps at least one of the other first deposition pattern and second deposition pattern,
wherein a first flow path for the first hot melt adhesive material to be deposited onto the underlying substrate in the first material pattern by the first pattern shim is defined from the die adaptor to the first pattern shim,
wherein a second flow path for the second hot melt adhesive material to be deposited onto the underlying substrate as the second material pattern by the second pattern shim is defined from the die adaptor, through the first pattern shim, through the separation shim, through the second pattern shim, to the die plate, and back to the second pattern shim,
wherein the first hot melt adhesive material is different than the second hot melt adhesive material,
wherein the underlying substrate is configured for movement along a path below the dual shim pattern assembly,
wherein the knife edge portion, the first lower edge, the intermediate lower edge, the second lower edge and a terminal edge of the arcuately shaped portion are disposed at a same elevational level, and
wherein the underlying substrate contacts the dual pattern shim assembly such that the underlying substrate is depressed by contact with the dual pattern shim assembly and one or more of the first hot melt adhesive material and the second hot melt adhesive material being deposited from the dual pattern shim assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,137,471

SYSTEMS FOR REINFORCING A MULTI-PANEL SUPPORT MAT

29. An automated system for providing a reinforcement weld over at least one seam formed between upper and lower panels of a support mat, the upper and lower panels having similar or dissimilar shapes and dimensions, the automated system comprising:at least one extruder configured to apply weld-forming material over the at least one seam to form at least one weld atop the at least one seam;
at least one automated robot configured to carry said at least one extruder and control the rate said at least one extruder applies weld-forming material atop the at least one seam;
at least one controller electronically coupled to said at least one robot and configured to direct said at least one robot to vary and/or maintain the rate said at least one extruder applies weld-forming material atop the at least one seam; and
at least one force sensor associated with said at least one extruder and electronically coupled to said at least one controller, said at least one force sensor being configured to measure at least one among back-pressure resistance caused by said at least one extruder and push and pull on said at least one extruder during use of the system and communicate such data to said at least one controller,
wherein said at least one controller is configured to receive data from said at least one force sensor and determine, based upon such data, whether said at least one extruder is too close or too far from the mat and/or dispensing too much or too little weld-forming material as said at least one extruder reinforces the mat, and whether said at least one robot needs to make corrective adjustments to at least one among the position of said at least one extruder, the speed of movement of said at least one extruder and the rate of application of weld-forming material from said at least one extruder to the mat and, if so, determine the corrective adjustment(s) and direct said at least one robot to make such corrective adjustment(s).

US Pat. No. 10,137,465

ELECTRIC SPRAYER

SUZHOU CROSSTEC CO., LTD....

1. An electric sprayer, comprising:a water tank having an upper end, a front, a back and a bottom;
a spray device;
a trolley seat and a roller disposed on the trolley seat, with the water tank removably disposed on the trolley seat, and
wherein the water tank is provided at the upper end with a sealing cover,
wherein the water tank is provided at the front with a mounting seat on which a motor, a pump and an electric outlet are fixed,
wherein a power supply, which is a lithium battery pack, is removably disposed on the electric outlet, wherein the spray device is connected to a water outlet of the pump,
wherein the pump has a water inlet in communication with the water tank, and
wherein the trolley seat comprises a support seat, wherein the support seat is provided with a positioning hole inside with a threaded knob, and wherein the water tank is provided at the back with an inner threaded hole matching the threaded knob.

US Pat. No. 10,137,462

DEBRIS SEPARATOR

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A centrifugal debris separator for removing debris from a gas turbine engine fuel system, comprising:a debris separator inlet;
a debris separator outlet; and
a separating chamber with a centreline extending in an axial direction and defined by an outer wall formed around the centreline, the separating chamber comprising:
a separating chamber inlet for receiving fluid;
a first separator outlet to the separating chamber;
a second separator outlet to the separating chamber provided to the outer wall of the separating chamber;
a third separator outlet to the separating chamber defined by a third separator outlet wall formed around the centreline of the separating chamber;
a flow straightener downstream of the first separator outlet; and
at least one filter downstream of the second separator outlet and the third separator outlet, wherein
the debris separator inlet is fluidly connected to the separating chamber inlet,
the debris separator outlet is fluidly connected to the first separator outlet, and
the flow from the first separator outlet, the second separator outlet and the third separator outlet is rejoined downstream of the flow straightener and the at least one filter and upstream of the debris separator outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,137,454

MAINTENANCE PLATFORM OF JAW CRUSHER

Metso Minerals, Inc., He...

1. A maintenance platform of a jaw crusher, comprising:an adapter part configured to engage against a first wear part of the jaw crusher when the maintenance platform is in place in a jaw crusher cavity;
a support part configured to engage against a second wear part of the jaw crusher when the maintenance platform is in place in the jaw crusher cavity; and
a platform part for standing thereon, the platform part positioned between the adapter part and the support part, the platform part comprising a face section and a central section that is perpendicular to the face section, wherein the face section and the central section together define at least two grooves extending therebetween;
at least two hand-tightenable couplers configured to engage with the adapter part, wherein the at least two grooves are shaped such that the platform part is separable from the adapter part while the at least two hand-tightenable couplers are engaged with the adapter part, and wherein the adapter part is rigidly joinable to the platform part by positioning the at least two hand-tightenable couplers within the at least two grooves and tightening the at least to hand-tightenable couplers; and
an extension part that is coupled to the support part, wherein the extension part is slideably attachable to the platform part to adjust a distance between the adapter part and the support part,
wherein the maintenance platform is usable without the extension part in smaller jaw crushers or at lower platform position and is usable with the extension part in greater jaw crushers or at higher platform position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,453

STATIC-DEFEATING APPARATUS FOR PIPETTE TIPS

BIOTIX, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A pipette tip tray comprising:a rack;
a pipette tip receptacle plate affixed to the rack, the pipette tip receptacle plate comprising an array of holes, a top surface and a bottom surface;
a flexible sheet comprising a first surface, a second surface and an array of holes, wherein:
each of the holes in the array of holes in the sheet comprises an edge, the second surface of the sheet is in contact with the top surface of the pipette tip receptacle plate,
the sheet is not adhered to the pipette tip receptacle plate,
the holes of the array of holes in the sheet each comprise a diameter or effective diameter,
the array of holes in the sheet are concentric with the array of holes in the pipette tip receptacle plate,
the sheet comprises a uniform thickness or substantially uniform thickness of about 0.005 inches to about 0.02 inches, and
the sheet is flexible relative to the pipette tip receptacle plate; and
an array of pipette tips adhered to the sheet, wherein:
the array of pipette tips is positioned in the array of holes of the pipette tip receptacle plate,
each of the pipette tips in the array of pipette tips comprises an exterior surface, a proximal region, a distal region, a proximal terminus, a distal terminus, and a junction between the proximal region and the distal region,
the distance between the proximal terminus to the junction is less than the distance between the distal terminus to the junction,
the proximal region of each of the pipette tips comprises a shoulder surface that protrudes from the exterior surface of the distal region at the junction,
each of the hole edges in the sheet contacts the exterior surface of the distal region at the junction of a pipette tip and the shoulder surface at the junction of the pipette tip contacts the first surface of the sheet,
the diameter or the effective diameter of each of the holes in the sheet is less than an outer diameter of the pipette tip exterior surface that contacts the hole edge,
each of the pipette tips in the array of pipette tips is retained in a corresponding hole of the sheet by an interference fit between the exterior wall of the pipette tip and the edge of each corresponding hole in contact with the pipette tip, and
each of the pipette tips is adhered to the sheet by compression between the exterior wall of a pipette tip and the edge of each corresponding hole in the sheet in contact with the pipette tip.

US Pat. No. 10,137,446

DISPENSING DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE FOR DISPENSING A DEFINED VOLUME OF A LIQUID

1. A dispensing device for dispensing a defined volume of a liquid, the dispensing device comprising:(a) a housing comprising:
a holding chamber comprising an open top, a chamber wall having one or more chamber snap fit elements on an interior thereof, one or more piston stops, and a bottom with a central opening; and
a tubular member extending downward from the central opening on the bottom of the holding chamber;
(b) a cannula affixed to a distal segment of the tubular member; and
(c) a spring loaded piston comprising
a push cap disposed at least partially in the holding chamber, the push cap including a top pusher and at least one pair of snap fit arms extending downward from an underside of the top pusher; each of the snap fit arms including one or more arm snap fit elements complementary to the one or more chamber snap fit elements;
a piston rod extending downward from the underside of the top pusher, coaxial with the central opening on the bottom of the holding chamber and the tubular member; and
a spring disposed around the piston rod, with two opposing ends thereof against the underside of the top pusher and the bottom of the holding chamber, respectively;
wherein the dispensing device is configured that engagement modes between the one or more arm snap fit elements on the at least one pair of snap fit arms of the push cap and the one or more chamber snap fit elements of the holding chamber control a venting position and an injection starting position, respectively, of the spring loaded piston; and an abutment of at least one part of the push cap with the piston stop in the holding chamber controls an injection ending position of the spring loaded piston.

US Pat. No. 10,137,443

COMPOSITE CATALYST FOR THE PHOTOCATALYTIC ISOMERISATION OF NORBORNADIENE TO PREPARE QUADRICYCLANE AND PROCESS FOR MAKING THE CATALYST

TIANJIN UNIVERSITY, Tian...

1. A process of preparing a composite catalyst for photocatalytic isomerisation of norbornadiene to prepare quadricyclane, comprising the steps:(a) mixing a solution obtained by dissolving an organic photo-sensitizer in an organic solvent with a solid photocatalyst under sufficient stirring, wherein the weight ratio of the organic photo-sensitizer to the solid photocatalyst ranging from 0.5% to 20%, so that the organic photo-sensitizer is adsorbed onto a surface or a channel of the solid photocatalyst, wherein the solid photocatalyst is selected from WO3, Ta2O5 or SrTiO3; and the organic photo-sensitizer is selected from benzophenone, acetophenone, Michler's Ketone, tetraethyl Michler's Ketone, or diethyl Michler's Ketone; and
(b) filtering off redundant solution and vacuum drying the solid photocatalyst which adsorbed the organic photo-sensitizer;
wherein in the step (a), the organic photo-sensitizer is present in the solution in a concentration of 20% by weight, and the solid photocatalyst is dried at 100° C., and the stirring continues for 24 hours; and in the step (b), the vacuum drying is carried out at 100° C. for 5 hours.

US Pat. No. 10,137,430

ALKYLAMINE FUNCTIONALIZED METAL-ORGANIC FRAMEWORKS FOR COMPOSITE GAS SEPARATIONS

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A method of composite gas separations, the method comprising:(a) providing a mixture of gases for separation;
(b) adsorbing acid gases from the mixture of gases on a porous metal-organic framework (MOF) adsorbent, the framework comprising:
(i) a framework of M2(dobpdc) where M is selected from the group of metals consisting of Mg, Ca, Mn, Cr, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu and Zn, the framework having coordinatively unsaturated metal centers; and
(ii) a plurality of ligands disposed within pores of the metal-organic framework to produce a functionalized framework, said ligands having a ligand bridge with at least one first functional group capable of adsorbing a gas and at least one second functional group coupled to at least one metal center of said metal-organic framework;
(iii) wherein contact of the functionalized framework with a volume of gases produces a stepped adsorption isotherm; and
(iv) wherein gas adsorption properties before and after each step cannot be modeled as a continuous Langmuir function;
(c) separating residual gases with reduced acid gas concentrations; and (d) releasing the adsorbed acid gases from the framework.

US Pat. No. 10,137,428

ZEOLITE PARTICLES FOR ADSORPTION AND/OR DESORPTION OF GASES AND LIQUIDS

1. A plurality of adsorbent particles, wherein the particles comprise zeolite powders bound with a silica binder, wherein the zeolite has a silica to alumina (SiO2/Al2O3) ratio of less than 6 and wherein the silica binder content in the particles is at least 5 wt %, based on the total weight of the particles; wherein the adsorbent particles have a mean diameter of greater than 800 microns anda) a zeolite crystal density within a loose bed sufficient to provide an effective zeolite crystal mass loading within the bed of at least 52 g/100 cc, and/or
b) a zeolite crystal density within a loose bed sufficient to provide an effective zeolite crystal volume loading within the bed of at least 36 cc/100 cc, or
c) a volumetric capacity for CO2 of at least 13.4 g CO2/100 cc of adsorbent.

US Pat. No. 10,137,422

SHAKER

WISTRON CORP., New Taipe...

1. A shaker, comprising:a base;
a holder movably disposed on the base; and
a drive assembly, comprising:
a first eccentric shaft, comprising a first part and a second part which are non-coaxial, and the first part pivoted on the holder;
a second eccentric shaft, comprising a third part and a fourth part which are non-coaxial, and the third part pivoted on the holder;
a drive shaft, two opposite ends of the drive shaft respectively corresponding to the second part and the fourth part;
a plurality of magnetic members respectively disposed on the second part, the fourth part and two opposite ends of the drive shaft; and
a power source used for rotating the first eccentric shaft, and rotating the second eccentric shaft through the magnetic members and the drive shaft,
wherein a rotational axis of each of the magnetic members disposed on the drive shaft is orthogonal to both a rotational axis of the magnetic member disposed on the second part of the first eccentric shaft and a rotational axis of the magnetic member disposed on the fourth part of the second eccentric shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,137,412

FILTER

Johnson Matthey Japan G.K...

1. A filter comprising a base material and a catalytic substance provided within the base material,wherein the base material comprises a plurality of cells forming gas flow paths and having a gas inflow-side end portion and outflow-side end portion, the base material has a length wherein the length is the distance from the gas inflow-side end portion and outflow-side end portion, and a plurality of porous partition walls defining said cells, the end portions of some of the cells being closed off, wherein only one of the gas inflow-side end portion and outflow-side end portion is partially closed off, the catalytic substance is present on the gas inflow portion of the base material, and the void occupancy of the catalytic substance within the pores of the partition walls is 10% or less.

US Pat. No. 10,137,408

EQUIPMENT AND METHOD FOR CIRCULATING FLUIDIZED BED SEMIDRY SIMULTANEOUS DESULFURIZATION AND DENITRATION OF SINTERING FLUE GAS

INSTITUTE OF PROCESS ENGI...

1. An equipment for combined desulfurization and denitration of sintering flue duct gas by circulating fluidized bed semidry process, comprising: an ozone generator (2), a diluting blower (1), a mixing buffer tank (3), an ozone distributor (4) and a circulating fluidized bed reaction tower (9);the ozone generator (2) and diluting blower (1) are connected to an inlet of the mixing buffer tank (3);
the ozone distributor (4) is mounted in a flue duct (4?), and a connection port is set outside the flue duct (4?) and connected to an outlet of the mixing buffer tank (3), wherein the connection port is contacted with the flue duct (4?);
a flue duct gas inlet (5) of the circulating fluidized bed reaction tower (9) is connected to the flue duct (4?) arranged with the ozone distributor (4), wherein the length of the flue duct (4?) between the position of the ozone distributor (4) and the flue duct gas inlet (5) of the circulating fluidized bed reaction tower (9) is 15-30 m.

US Pat. No. 10,137,407

COMPLEX AMINE ABSORBENT, AND DEVICE AND METHOD FOR REMOVING ONE OR BOTH OF CO2 AND H2S

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A complex amine absorbent for absorbing one or both of CO2 and H2S in a gas, the complex amine absorbent comprising1) monoethanolamine (MEA),
2) 2-amino-2-methyl-1-propanol, and
3) at least one selected from the group consisting of N,N?-dimethylethylenediamine, N,N?-diethylethylenediamine, and N,N?-dimethylpropanediamine.

US Pat. No. 10,137,406

TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED NITROGEN GENERATION SYSTEM

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A nitrogen generation system comprising:a heat exchanger for receiving supply air and cooling air and providing temperature conditioned supply air;
a first flow control valve for controlling a flow of the cooling air through the heat exchanger;
an air separation module for receiving the temperature conditioned supply air and generating nitrogen-enriched air;
a first sensor upstream of the air separation module for measuring a parameter of the temperature conditioned supply air selected from the group consisting of a temperature, a flow rate, an oxygen concentration, and combinations thereof;
a second sensor downstream of the air separation module for measuring a parameter of the nitrogen-enriched air selected from the group consisting of a temperature, a flow rate, an oxygen concentration, and combinations thereof; and
a controller connected to the first sensor, the second sensor, and the first flow control valve, wherein the controller is for controlling the flow of the cooling air through the heat exchanger based on the parameter of the temperature conditioned supply air measured by the first sensor, and for controlling the flow of the temperature conditioned supply air based on the parameter of the nitrogen enriched air measured by the second sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,137,405

POROUS CARBON, HUMIDITY CONTROL ADSORBENT, ADSORPTION HEAT PUMP, AND FUEL CELL

TOYO TANSO CO., LTD., Os...

1. A porous carbon characterized by comprising mesopores and micropores and having a mesopore volume of from 0.9 mL/g to 2.0 mL/g and a water vapor adsorbed amount ratio of 2.0 or higher, the water vapor adsorbed amount ratio being defined by the following expression:Water vapor adsorbed amount ratio=water vapor adsorbed amount at a relative humidity of 90%/water vapor adsorbed amount at a relative humidity of 70%.

US Pat. No. 10,137,392

FIBER WEBS COATED WITH FIBER-CONTAINING RESINS

1. An article, comprising:a non-woven web comprising a plurality of fibers; and
a resin comprising a plurality of fibrillated fibers distributed therein, wherein the plurality of fibrillated fibers distributed within the resin coats at least a portion of the plurality of fibers within an interior of the non-woven web, and wherein the weight percent of the plurality of fibrillated fibers within the resin is greater than or equal to about 0.5 wt % and less than or equal to about 5 wt %, and the weight percentage of the plurality of fibrillated fibers within the resin is based on dry resin solids.

US Pat. No. 10,137,391

ENHANCED FILTER SUPPORT BASKET

PECOFacet (US), Inc., Fr...

1. A filtration vessel, comprising:an outer housing defining a filtration chamber, the housing having an inlet port and an outlet port;
a partition plate in the housing dividing the filtration chamber into an inlet chamber communicating with the inlet port and an outlet chamber communicating with the outlet port;
a hole defined in the partition plate;
a sleeve mounted in the hole in the partition plate, the sleeve having a solid ring portion lining the hole to provide a radial seal surface, the solid ring portion lining the hole such that the radial seal surface extends through the hole in the partition plate, and the sleeve further having an apertured portion with a plurality of flow apertures, the solid ring portion securing the apertured portion to the partition;
a filter element removably installed into the sleeve, the filter element having a seal sealing radially against the radial seal surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,372

VIRTUAL SCENE LIGHTING WITH LIGHT PROBE CULLING BASED UPON VISIBILITY

SQUARE ENIX LIMITED, Lon...

1. A computer-implemented method for determining an illumination component for a selected point in a multi-dimensional space, comprising:identifying a set of probes associated with the selected point, the probes located in the multi-dimensional space;
for each selected one of the probes, determining which of a plurality of zones for the selected probe contains the selected point and determining visibility of said determined zone from the selected probe, wherein the zones for each selected probe are defined by intersections of pre-defined occlusion planes for the selected probe; and
deriving an illumination component at the selected point by combining scene irradiance data associated with those of the probes from which the corresponding determined zone is determined to be visible.

US Pat. No. 10,137,357

SKATEBOARD DECKS AND METHODS FOR CONSTRUCTING SKATEBOARD DECKS

LITHE INDUSTRIES, LLC, H...

1. A skateboard deck, comprising:a first composite layer;
at least two wood layers; and
a second composite layer;
wherein said first composite layer comprises at least one first composite sheet and at least two first tipfills;
wherein said second composite layer comprises at least one second composite sheet and at least two second tipfills;
wherein said at least two wood layers each comprise at least one wood sheet and at least two third tipfills;
wherein an epoxy is applied to said first composite layer, said at least two wood layers, and said second composite layer;
wherein said at least two wood layers are stacked between said first composite layer and said second composite layer;
wherein said first composite layer, said at least two wood layers, and said second composite layer are pressed together in a mold and said epoxy cures to create an uncut skateboard deck;
wherein said uncut skateboard deck is cut and smoothed.

US Pat. No. 10,137,355

LAND PADDLE

Brennan Innovation Inc., ...

1. A land paddle apparatus for support and propulsion, the apparatus comprising:a shaft comprising an upper portion and a lower portion;
a spring element with an upper and a lower end, the upper end of the spring element coupled to the lower portion of the shaft; and
a swing arm comprising an upper end and a lower end, the upper end of the swing arm coupled to the lower portion of the shaft, and the lower end of the swing arm coupled to an intermediate portion of the spring element.

US Pat. No. 10,137,352

GOLF PUTTING TRAINING DEVICE

1. A golf putting training device comprising:a base configured for positioning on a substantially horizontal surface, said base comprising a pair of first tubes and a second tube, said second tube being coupled to and extending perpendicularly between said first tubes, said second tube being positioned substantially equally distant from a first end and a second end of each said first tube;
a post coupled to and extending perpendicularly from said base, said post comprising a plurality of nested sections such that said post is selectively extensible;
a line guide coupled to a front of said base;
a frame coupled to said post distal from said base, said frame extending from said post toward said front of said base, said frame being open-bottomed such that said frame is configured for bracketing both shoulders of a user positioned between said post and said front of said base; and
wherein said line guide is positioned on said base such that said line guide is configured for directing a swing of a putter positioned in hands of the user, wherein said frame is positioned on said post such that said frame is configured for contacting a torso of the user for notifying the user of an improper putting stroke.

US Pat. No. 10,137,344

ASYMMETRICAL ICE HOCKEY STICK HANDLE

Wm. T. Burnett IP, LLC, ...

1. An ice hockey stick including a blade attached to a handle, the handle providing improved grip and tactile feel to a player, said handle extending along a longitudinal axis and said blade extending at an angle therefrom in a first direction, the handle comprising a hexagonal cross-section uniformly defining said handle along all or part of its length, said hexagonal cross-section further comprising an irregular hexagon symmetric about a theoretical first centerline and asymmetric about a theoretical second centerline orthogonal to said first centerline, said irregular hexagon having a first pair of opposing sides including a front side and a back side shorter than said front side and parallel thereto and to said second centerline, and two long sides and two concave sides between each of said front side and back side, wherein said two concave sides converge toward said back side, and said two converging concave sides join said back side at obtuse angles.

US Pat. No. 10,137,342

GOLF CLUB HAVING REMOVEABLE WEIGHT

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf club head including a weight member, comprising:a club head body having a hollow construction defined by a face defining a ball-striking surface, a sole, a crown, and a skirt, wherein the sole extends aftward from a lower edge of the face, wherein the crown extends aftward from an upper edge of the face, and wherein the skirt extends between the sole and the crown around a perimeter of the body;
a weight mount disposed on at least one of the sole, the crown, and the skirt, wherein the weight mount defines a perimeter wall, wherein a portion of the perimeter wall defines an undercut having an undercut depth Ru; and
a weight member that includes a weight body defining a side wall, a bore, and a spring feature, wherein at least a portion of the spring feature is movably coupled to the weight body so that it is movable between a first configuration and a second configuration, wherein in the first configuration a portion of the spring feature extends outward from a side wall of the weight body by a first distance R1, wherein in the second configuration a portion of the spring feature extends outward from a side wall of the weight body by a second distance R2, wherein the spring feature is a cantilevered arm that includes a fixed end coupled to the weight body and a cantilevered end, wherein the bore of the weight body receives a portion of the cantilevered arm,
wherein the undercut depth Ru is less than the first distance R1 and greater than the second distance R2 so that the spring feature abuts the undercut of the perimeter wall of the weight mount, and wherein the spring feature is at least partially flexed by the abutment of the spring feature with the perimeter wall when the weight member is installed in the weight mount.

US Pat. No. 10,137,338

GOLF CLUB HEAD

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A golf club head comprising a head main body, a weight member and a fixing member, wherein:a specific gravity of the weight member is larger than a specific gravity of the head main body and larger than a specific gravity of the fixing member,
the head main body is provided in its outer surface with a concave portion,
the weight member is disposed in the concave portion so that a part of the outer surface of the weight member fits to the concave portion,
the fixing member is fixed to the concave portion from outside of the golf club head so that a part of said outer surface of the weight member is covered with the fixing member,
the fixing member is provided with a through hole having an opening located in the outer surface of the fixing member, and
a part of the weight member protrudes into the through hole.

US Pat. No. 10,137,336

GOLF HEAD CLUB

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A golf club head having a hollow structure, the golf club head comprising a face portion, a crown portion, and a sole portion;wherein in the sole portion, a first groove and a second groove are formed extending in a toe-heel direction and recessed toward the inside of the sole portion,
the first groove being disposed on a face side relative to the second groove,
the first groove including a first main inner wall and at least one of a first sub inner wall shorter than the first main inner wall, constituting an inner wall forming the first groove,
the second groove including a second main inner wall and at least one of a second sub inner wall shorter than the second main inner wall, constituting an inner wall forming the second groove,
the first main inner wall and the second main inner wall being inclined so as to point upward toward the face side, and
the second main inner wall, when the sole portion has been placed on a ground plane, being inclined more steeply than the first main inner wall relative to the ground plane in a side cross-sectional view,
wherein L2/L1 is ?0.4 and L2/L1 is ?0.8, where L1 is a length of the head in a face-back direction and L2 is a length in the face-back direction from a frontmost point of the head to an edge on the face side of the second groove on a cross-sectional plane passing through a face center and orthogonal to the toe-heel direction.

US Pat. No. 10,137,328

PROGRAMMED EXERCISE BICYCLE WITH COMPUTER AIDED GUIDANCE

Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc.,...

1. A stationary bike, comprising:a frame that is configured to allow a rider to ride in sitting and standing positions;
a direct drive mechanism that couples a pedal assembly and a flywheel and that facilitates a smooth transition between sitting and standing positions;
a set of handlebars that is coupled to the frame and that provides the rider with at least one hand position;
a mechanism that provides resistance to the flywheel and that is manually adjustable by the rider to vary the pedaling resistance;
a computer that is coupled to the stationary bike, that is configured to connect with the internet or other computer network to access a collection of exercise routines, wherein the exercise routines include instructions regarding cadence, pedaling resistance, and riding position including sitting and standing positions;
wherein the computer is configured to measure the pedaling resistance and the rider's cadence and is configured to calculate power exerted by the rider based on the pedaling resistance and the rider's cadence; and
a display that is coupled to the computer, that displays an exercise routine from the collection of exercise routines so that the rider is provided with instructions for the rider to manually adjust pedaling resistance, and instructions for the rider to vary cadence and riding positions including sitting and standing positions;
wherein the display displays cadence, pedaling resistance and the power exerted by the rider.

US Pat. No. 10,137,327

SENSING PRESENCE OR ABSENCE OF A PROJECTILE ON SPORTS EQUIPMENT

Robert Marc Goldberg, Fa...

1. Sports equipment, comprising:a frame with a top and a bottom and forming a central open region, the frame having an opening at the bottom;
an elongated shaft having a first end coupled to the bottom of the frame at the opening;
netting disposed on the frame forming a pocket area in the central open region that supports a ball, the pocket area being configured to allow a majority of the ball to enter the frame as measured relative to an edge of the frame; and
a sensor member in position to generate a signal corresponding with presence or absence of the ball in the pocket area, the sensor member comprising an emitter and a detector, one each disposed on opposing sides of the frame, the emitter configured to generate a light beam across the central open region and the detector configured to receive the light beam.

US Pat. No. 10,137,325

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DEACTIVATION AND DISPOSAL OF A PHARMACEUTICAL DOSAGE FORM

1. A system for disposing of a pharmaceutical dosage form, the system comprising:a container;
an oxidant selected from the group consisting of non-chlorine, stabilized peroxide compounds; stable chlorine-based oxidizing agents; and metal oxides, wherein the oxidant is contained in a first water soluble package;
a transition metal complex of a tetra-amido macrocyclic ligand as activating agent; and
an immobilizing agent;
wherein (i) the activating agent and the immobilizing agent are contained in second and third water soluble packages, or (ii) the activating agent and the immobilizing agent are provided as a mixture in a second water soluble package, or (iii) the activating agent is provided in a second water soluble package and the container comprises the immobilizing agent.

US Pat. No. 10,137,322

SAFETY HARNESS

D B Industries, LLC, Map...

1. A safety harness configured to arrest a user during a fall event, said safety harness comprising:shoulder straps;
a dorsal D-ring connected to the shoulder straps;
a waist strap; and
a weight distribution assembly interconnecting the shoulder straps proximate the dorsal D-ring and the waist strap, the weight distribution assembly being positioned proximate a user's spine when in use, the weight distribution assembly configured to be loaded in compression and transfer a significant weight from a load suspended from the dorsal D-ring from proximate the shoulder straps to proximate the waist strap.

US Pat. No. 10,137,312

METHODS OF IMPROVING A PATIENTS RECOVERY AFTER A NEURO-ISCHEMIC EVENT

AUTONOMIC TECHNOLOGIES, I...

1. A method of improving a patient's recovery after a stroke or a transient ischemic attack, the method comprising the steps of:placing an electrode in electrical communication with a parasympathetic structure of a cranium of a patient who has suffered from a stroke or a transient ischemic attack;
applying an electrical signal to the parasympathetic structure in the patient's cranium during the patient undergoing a task-oriented therapy to improve the patient's recovery after the stroke or the transient ischemic attack.

US Pat. No. 10,137,311

LIGHT THERAPY GLASSES AND MOBILE APPLICATION

1. A portable light therapy device configured to be worn by a patient proximate to the eyes of the patient, the device comprising:a front frame including a pair of eye frame sections coupled to each other by a bridge, the bridge being configured to be supported on a nose of a patient when worn such that each of the eye frame sections is positioned in front of a respective eye of the patient;
a pair of side frames coupled to opposing ends of the front frame such that, when the device is worn by the patient, the side frames extend generally perpendicularly to a plane defined by the front frame;
a pair of light modules, each of which is attached to a respective one of the side frames, each light module including a light source configured to emit light toward the front frame, and a battery configured to provide power to the light source; and
a pair of diffuse reflectors, each mounted on a respective one of the side frames proximate the respective light source, wherein the diffuse reflector is configured to direct and diffuse the light emitted by the respective light source into a corner of a retina of a respective eye of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,137,307

IDENTIFYING INDIVIDUAL TARGET SITES FOR TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION APPLICATIONS

Beth Israel Deaconess Med...

1. A method of operating a computing device comprising at least one processor to identify target sites for application of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to a patient, the method comprising:by the at least one processor:
receiving a plurality of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) images obtained over a duration of time while the patient is in a resting state, wherein the plurality of fMRI images include voxels of the patient's brain and values for the voxels that are indicative of intrinsic brain activity of the patient;
identifying, in at least one fMRI image of the plurality of fMRI images, a portion of the voxels as at least one region of interest of the patient's brain, wherein stimulating the at least one region of interest affects at least one of a neurological or psychiatric condition of a person;
analyzing the plurality of fMRI images to determine at least one target TMS stimulation site in a target region of the patient's brain that is functionally connected to the at least one region of interest of the patient's brain, wherein determining the at least one target TMS stimulation site comprises:
generating a seed map that includes the at least one region of interest and voxels outside the at least one region of interest that are functionally connected to the at least one region of interest;
modifying the seed map by subtracting voxels corresponding to the target region of the patient's brain; and
comparing, over the duration of time, values for voxels corresponding to the modified seed map and values for voxels corresponding to the target region to identify a group of voxels in the target region that correlates negatively with the modified seed map over the duration of time; and
generating an output comprising the at least one determined target TMS stimulation site as a region of the patient's brain corresponding to the identified group of voxels.

US Pat. No. 10,137,305

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR BEHAVIORALLY RESPONSIVE SIGNAL DETECTION AND THERAPY DELIVERY

Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.,...

1. A method for operating a leadless cardiac pacemaker implanted into a patient, the patient having two or more predefined behavioral states including a first predefined behavioral state and a second predefined behavioral state, the method comprising:the leadless cardiac pacemaker detecting a change in the behavioral state of the patient from the first predefined behavioral state to the second predefined behavioral state, and in response, the leadless cardiac pacemaker changing a sampling rate of a sensor signal generated by a sensor of the leadless cardiac pacemaker from a first sampling rate to a second sampling rate;
the leadless cardiac pacemaker using the sampled sensor signal at the second sampling rate to determine an updated pacing rate of the leadless cardiac pacemaker; and
the leadless cardiac pacemaker providing pacing to the patient at the updated pacing rate.

US Pat. No. 10,137,300

INGESTIBLE ELECTRICAL DEVICE FOR STIMULATING TISSUES IN A GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT OF AN ORGANISM

Carnegie Mellon Universit...

1. A method performed by an ingestible, electrical device, comprising:following a dissolution of an outer casing of the ingestible, electrical device, expanding a form factor of one or more electrodes included in the ingestible, electrical device;
wherein at least one of the one or more electrodes comprises a biocompatible conducting material and a biocompatible insulating material; and
wherein the dissolution occurs in an organism that ingests the ingestible, electrical device;
activating, based on exposure to an aqueous environment in the organism, a generator of the ingestible, electrical device, the generator being connected to the one or more electrodes;
following activation of the generator, delivering one or more of a current or a voltage across the one or more electrodes of the ingestible, electrical device;
stimulating, based on delivery of the one or more of the current or the voltage, one or more internal cells of the organism that ingests the ingestible, electrical device; and
ceasing to deliver the one or more of the current or the voltage across the one or more electrodes after a predetermined time;
wherein the ingestible, electrical device is configured to break down following a cease in delivery of the one or more of the current or the voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,137,299

ENGAGING THE CERVICAL SPINAL CORD CIRCUITRY TO RE-ENABLE VOLITIONAL CONTROL OF HAND FUNCTION IN TETRAPLEGIC SUBJECTS

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A method of improving motor control and/or strength in a hand of a subject with a neuromotor disorder affecting motor control of the hand, said method comprising:neuromodulating a cervical spinal cord of said subject by administering transcutaneous stimulation to the cervical spinal cord or a region thereof; and/or
neuromodulating the cervical spinal cord of said subject by administering epidural stimulation to the cervical spinal cord or a region thereof; and/or
by administering to said subject at least one monoaminergic agonist: and wherein said method additionally comprises physical training of said subject where said physical training comprises:
hand contraction against a resistance: and/or
tracing a displayed pattern by hand manipulation of a hand controller.

US Pat. No. 10,137,295

IMPLANTABLE EXTRAVASCULAR ELECTRICAL STIMULATION LEAD HAVING IMPROVED SENSING AND PACING CAPABILITY

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. An implantable medical electrical lead comprising:an elongated lead body having a distal portion and a proximal end;
at least one pace/sense electrode located along the distal portion of the elongated lead body;
a defibrillation electrode located along the distal portion of the elongated lead body, wherein the defibrillation electrode includes a first defibrillation electrode segment and a second defibrillation electrode segment spaced proximal to the first defibrillation electrode segment, and wherein the distal portion of the elongated lead body is arranged such that, when the implantable medical electrical lead is implanted in a substernal location in a patient, the defibrillation electrode is substantially over a surface of a cardiac silhouette of a heart of the patient as observed via an anterior-posterior (AP) fluoroscopic view of the heart, and the at least one pace/sense electrode is over a surface of a silhouette of a ventricle of the heart as observed via the AP fluoroscopic view of the heart.

US Pat. No. 10,137,293

MEDICAL STOPCOCK VALVE

Board of Supervisors of L...

1. A medical stopcock valve comprising:a hollow body having a plurality of through holes around a perimeter of the hollow body;
an outer ring encapsulating the perimeter, the outer ring having a plurality of external ports;
the outer ring being rotatable around the perimeter to open and close access between the external ports and the through holes;
at least three through hole;
at least three exterior ports;
eight possible stable on/off positions of the outer ring as the outer ring rotates around the perimeter; and
eight unstable intermediate positions between the stable on/off positions.

US Pat. No. 10,137,292

WATER RESISTANT CATHETER COVER

1. A catheter covering device comprising:a sleeve formed of a water resistant and breathable polymer and comprising a first end and a second end, wherein the first end comprises a rim forming an opening into the sleeve;
an adhesive film comprising a first side and a second side, wherein the first side is attached to the rim of the sleeve and the second side comprises an adhesive, wherein the adhesive film comprises an inner edge forming an opening leading into the sleeve;
a water indicator comprising a ring shape having a first side, a second side, an inner edge and an outer edge, wherein the first side of the water indicator is attached to the second side of the adhesive film, wherein an opening formed by the inner edge aligns with the opening of the adhesive film and leads into the sleeve, wherein an outer edge of the adhesive film extends beyond the outer edge of the water indicator so that the adhesive is exposed; and
a desiccant paper attached to the water indicator, wherein the water indicator is sandwiched in between the adhesive film and the desiccant paper.

US Pat. No. 10,137,287

DRUG DELIVERY DEVICES AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLED DRUG RELEASE THROUGH DEVICE ORIFICE

TARIS Biomedical LLC, Le...

1. An intravesical drug delivery device comprising:a device body comprising an elongated drug reservoir lumen and a retention frame lumen;
a drug positioned in the drug reservoir lumen;
a retention frame which comprises an elastic wire; and
at least one end plug positioned at an end of the device body comprises an aperture through which the drug is released from the drug reservoir lumen,
wherein the aperture has an initial diameter which is configured to release the drug in vivo predominately driven by osmosis, and, after a period within the bladder, the aperture has a second diameter which is greater than the initial diameter and with which release of the drug in vivo is predominately driven by diffusion.

US Pat. No. 10,137,232

TET SYSTEM FOR IMPLANTED MEDICAL DEVICE

HeartWare, Inc., Miami L...

1. A system, comprising:an implantable electrical device including a pump having a motor, the electrical device sized to be received within a body of a patient;
an implantable power unit sized for mounting within the body of the patient and in electrical communication with the implantable electrical device, the power unit having a receiving coil and a power circuit in communication with the receiving coil to transmit power from the receiving coil to the implantable electrical device; and
a power supply external to the patient having:
a transmitting coil adapted for transcutaneous mutual inductive coupling with the receiving coil, the transmitting coil and the receiving coil including a resonant frequency;
a drive circuit configured to apply an alternating current having a variable transmission frequency to the transmitting coil;
a control circuit configured to maintain a difference between the transmission frequency and the resonant frequency; and
a monitoring circuit operable to monitor a condition of the power circuit and to send a transcutaneous telemetry signal representing the monitored condition, the monitoring circuit being configured to measure a voltage at the receiving coil.

US Pat. No. 10,137,211

PROBES FOR IMAGING HUNTINGTIN PROTEIN

CHDI Foundation, Inc., N...

1. An imaging agent comprising a compound of Formula I,or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, whereinm is 0, 1, or 2;
n is 1 or 2;
J is C(?O) or —CH2-;
X is S or N;
Y is CH or N;
Z is CH or N;
W is N;
for each occurrence, R1 is independently chosen from halo, lower alkoxy, hydroxy, aryl, heteroaryl, cycloalkoxy, or lower alkyl, wherein the lower alkoxy, cycloalkoxy, lower alkyl, aryl, or heteroaryl are each optionally substituted with one, two, or three groups independently selected from lower alkoxy, alkenyl, —NR4R5, halo, or heteroaryl optionally substituted with one to three lower alkoxy;
R2 is hydrogen or lower alkyl; and
R3 is alkyl, aryl, aralkyl, heterocycloalkyl, heterocycloalkenyl, heteroaryl, or heteroaralkyl, each of which is optionally substituted with one, two, or three groups independently chosen from hydroxy, lower alkoxy optionally substituted with lower alkoxy or halo, lower alkyl optionally substituted with halo, halo, heteroaryl, —(CH2)tNR4R5, oxo, cyano, or —C(O)—NR4R5, or
R2 and R3 taken together with the nitrogen to which they are bound form a heterocycloalkyl ring, optionally substituted with one, two, or three groups independently chosen from hydroxy, lower alkoxy, lower alkyl, halo, or —C(O)—NR4R5;
t is 0, 1, or 2;
each R4 is independently chosen from hydrogen or lower alkyl;
each R5 is independently chosen from hydrogen or lower alkyl; or
R4 and R5 taken together with the nitrogen to which they are bound form a heterocycloalkyl ring, optionally substituted with one, two, or three groups independently chosen from hydroxy, lower alkoxy, lower alkyl, halo, or —C(O)—NR6R7;
each R6 is independently chosen from hydrogen or lower alkyl; and
each R7 is independently chosen from hydrogen or lower alkyl;
wherein the compound of Formula I, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, is labeled with one or more positron-emitting radionuclides.

US Pat. No. 10,137,133

METHODS FOR TREATMENT OF DISEASES

GALERA LABS, LLC, Creve ...

1. A method of treating an inflammatory disease or condition selected from the group consisting of pancreatitis, colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) and asthma in a human patient, the method comprising administering to the patient 25 mg to 450 mg of a superoxide dismutase mimetic at a rate of at least 100 mg/hr, wherein the superoxide dismutase mimetic corresponds to Formula (GC4419):and X and Y are independently halo ligands.

US Pat. No. 10,137,107

SUBSTITUTED PHENYLPYRROLECARBOXAMIDES WITH THERAPEUTIC ACTIVITY IN HIV

New York Blood Center, In...

1. A compound represented by Formula 1:wherein R4, R5, R6, R7, R8, R9, R10, R12, R13, and R14 are H, a halide, or a substituent having a molecular weight of 15 Da to 150 Da and consisting of 2 to 5 chemical elements, wherein the chemical elements are independently C, H, O, N, S, P, F, Cl, Br, or I;R11 is H, optionally substituted C1-6 alkyl, the optional substituent having a molecular weight of 15 Da to 150 Da and consisting of 2 to 5 chemical elements, wherein the chemical elements are independently C, H, O, N, S, P, F, Cl, Br, or I;
R15, and R15a are H, optionally substituted C1-6 alkyl, optionally substituted carbamimidoyl, optionally substituted C1-6 aryl, or optionally substituted C1-6 heteroaryl, the optional substituent having a molecular weight of 15 Da to 150 Da and consisting of 2 to 5 chemical elements, wherein the chemical elements are independently C, H, O, N, S, P, F, Cl, Br, or I;
R16 is H or C1-6 hydrocarbyl; and
Y is a bond or C1-3 alkyl.

US Pat. No. 10,137,102

OLIGOMERIC FORMS OF 3-HYDROXYBUTYRATE

1. A method of treatment of an individual having an ophthalmic disorder, said method comprising:administering to the individual a therapeutically effective amount of a molecule of general formula I,
whereinn is an integer 1 or 2, andZ is selected from a carboxylic acid, its pharmaceutically acceptable salt or ester and the disorder is associated with oxidative stress.

US Pat. No. 10,137,061

DENTAL FILLERS AND COMPOSITIONS INCLUDING PHOSPHATE SALTS

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A dental composition comprising:a hardenable resin comprising water, wherein the hardenable resin is polymerizable and/or crosslinkable; and
a phosphate salt of the formula:

where x=2-4;
each R is independently H or P(O)(O?)2(M+n)2/n, with the proviso that at least one R group is P(O)(O?)2(M+2n)2/n and at least one R group is H; and
M is a metal of valence n,
wherein the phosphate salt is dissolved in the hardenable resin of the dental composition.

US Pat. No. 10,137,052

COMPRESSION DEVICE WITH WEAR AREA

KPR U.S., LLC, Mansfield...

1. A device for applying compression treatment to a part of a wearer's body, the device having an inner face for being placed adjacent to the part of the wearer's body in use and an outer face opposite the inner face, the device comprising:a pressure applicator to apply compression to the wearer's body part when the device is placed on the wearer's body part;
a plurality of patches of hook material on the inner face of the device; and
loop material mounted on the entirety of the outer face of the device and adapted for releasably connecting to at least one of said plurality of patches of hook material for use in holding the device on the wearer's body part, the loop material including a plurality of colored areas spaced apart from each other along a longitudinal axis of the device indicating areas of engagement for at least one of said plurality of patches of hook material, the colored areas having a different color from loop material immediately adjacent the colored areas, the colored areas and the loop material immediately adjacent the colored areas form a continuous loop material section.

US Pat. No. 10,137,013

ENDOLUMINAL DEVICE AND METHOD

Intact Vascular, Inc., W...

1. A self-expanding intravascular implant comprising:a proximal sinusoidal ring forming a proximal end of the self-expanding intravascular implant, the proximal sinusoidal ring comprising:
a plurality of proximal ring struts, each proximal ring strut of the plurality of proximal ring struts having a proximal end and a distal end;
a plurality of proximal ring proximal apices, wherein each proximal ring proximal apex of the plurality of proximal ring proximal apices connects two proximal ends of two proximal ring struts of the plurality of proximal ring struts; and
a plurality of proximal ring distal apices, wherein each proximal ring distal apex of the plurality of proximal distal apices connects two distal ends of two proximal ring struts of the plurality of proximal ring struts;
a distal sinusoidal ring forming a distal end of the self-expanding intravascular implant, the distal sinusoidal ring comprising:
a plurality of distal ring struts, each distal ring strut of the plurality of distal ring struts having a proximal end and a distal end;
a plurality of distal ring distal apices, wherein each distal ring distal apex of the plurality of distal ring distal apices connects two distal ends of two distal ring struts of the plurality of distal ring struts; and
a plurality of proximal ring distal apices, wherein each distal ring proximal apex of the plurality of proximal ring distal apices connects two proximal ends of two distal ring struts of the plurality of distal ring struts;
a plurality of bridge members, each bridge member of the plurality of bridge members comprising a proximal end, a distal end, and a bridge midpoint, wherein the proximal end of each bridge member of the plurality of bridge members is connected to the proximal sinusoidal ring and the distal end of each bridge member of the plurality of bridge members is connected to the distal sinusoidal ring;
a plurality of anchors, the plurality of anchors being located on the plurality of bridge members;
wherein an outer surface of the proximal sinusoidal ring, an outer surface of the distal sinusoidal ring, an outer surface of each bridge member of the plurality of bridge members, and an outer surface of each anchor of the plurality of anchors forms a generally cylindrical shape when the self-expanding intravascular implant is in an unconstrained state, wherein the plurality of anchors remain in-plane when the self-expanding intravascular implant is in a generally cylindrical configuration, and wherein the plurality of anchors is configured to project out of plane when the self-expanding intravascular implant is forced into a non-round configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,136,997

TIBIAL PROSTHESIS FOR TIBIA WITH VARUS RESECTION

Zimmer, Inc., Warsaw, IN...

1. A system for forming a tibial implant configured for attachment to a tibia in a knee arthroplasty, the system comprising:one or more baseplates having a lateral portion and a medial portion oriented relative to an anteroposterior axis, each of the lateral portion and the medial portion having a distal surface configured to interface with a resected proximal surface of a tibia;
a plurality of fixation members each of the plurality of fixation members being configured to couple to the baseplate and extend both distally and medially from the baseplate such that each fixation member of the plurality of fixation members is oriented at an acute angle relative to the distal surface of the medial portion, and wherein each of the plurality of fixation members is configured to differ from others of the plurality of fixation members such that the acute angle formed by each of the plurality of fixation members, when mounted to the baseplate, differs in degree.

US Pat. No. 10,136,992

CUFF CONFIGURATIONS FOR PROSTHETIC HEART VALVE

St. Jude Medical, Cardiol...

1. A prosthetic heart valve comprising:a collapsible and expandable stent having a proximal end, a distal end, an annulus section adjacent the proximal end and an aortic section adjacent the distal end, the stent including a plurality of struts;
a collapsible and expandable valve assembly including a cuff and a plurality of leaflets, the cuff being folded over itself to form an inner layer and an outer layer, the cuff being coupled to selected ones of the plurality of struts and having microspheres disposed therein, the microspheres being capable of expanding upon contact with blood.

US Pat. No. 10,136,975

ORAL CAVITY SUCTION SYSTEM

1. A saliva ejection system comprising:a saliva ejector for placement within a patient's mouth;
a “U” configured hollow connector having an inner cheek nipple and an outer cheek nipple, said inner cheek nipple connected to said saliva ejector;
a sterile tube having a distal end and a proximal end, said distal end connected to said outer cheek nipple;
a quick connect fitting having an entrance nipple and an exit nipple; said proximal end of said sterile tube connected to said entrance nipple of said quick connect fitting;
a non-sterile tube having a first end and a second end, said first end connected to said exit nipple of said quick connect fitting; and
a vacuum fitting having a minor nipple and a major nipple, said second end of said non-sterile tube connected to said minor nipple wherein said saliva ejector comprises: a first and second generally planar plates having distal ends, proximal ends, an inner face, an outer face, and identically shaped perimeter edges; a suction connection tube disposed centrally between said plates and residing adjacent to said proximal ends, said connection tube having a vacuum connection end and a saliva inlet end; a series of embossings formed thereon said inner faces so as to form a series of saliva flow channels between said plates when said planar plates are conjoined and positioned in a spaced, parallel, mirror imaged configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,136,886

KNOTLESS SOFT TISSUE DEVICES AND TECHNIQUES

Biomet Sports Medicine, L...

1. A tissue fixation system, comprising:a tissue fixation device, comprising:
a self-locking construct including a first loop, a second loop, and a first free end;
a first flexible tail coupled to and extending from the first loop;
a second flexible tail coupled to and extending from the second loop; and
a first flexible anchor coupled to the first flexible tail such that the first flexible tail extends through the first flexible anchor;
wherein the self-locking construct is configured such that pulling the first flexible tail opens the first loop and pulling the second flexible tail opens the second loop; and
an arthroscopic cannula,
wherein an elongated free tail portion of the first flexible tail extends longitudinally through the arthroscopic cannula from a first open end of the arthroscopic cannula to a second open end of the arthroscopic cannula.

US Pat. No. 10,136,835

DETERMINING A PRESENCE OF AN OBJECT

University of Washington ...

1. A method of detecting a kidney stone within a medium, comprising:inducing an excited state of the kidney stone by transmitting one or more first ultrasound pulses into the medium that surrounds the kidney stone, wherein the excited state is characterized by varying a size or a shape of a bubble attached to the kidney stone, and wherein the excited state of the kidney stone has different ultrasound reflection characteristics when compared to the kidney stone in a non-excited state;
transmitting one or more second ultrasound pulses into the medium towards the kidney stone in the excited state, wherein the second ultrasound pulses have a lower amplitude than the first ultrasound pulses;
detecting one or more reflections of the one or more second ultrasound pulses off of the kidney stone in the excited state; and
determining that the kidney stone is in the medium based on detecting the one or more reflections.

US Pat. No. 10,136,783

SUCTION APPARATUS FOR CLEANING PURPOSES

Hilti Aktiengesellschaft,...

1. A suction apparatus for cleaning purposes, comprising:a container having a container interior;
a suction subassembly;
a changeable-shape filter element which is arrangeable in the container interior;
a pumping subassembly, wherein a mixture made up of a carrier fluid and entrained particles of dirt can be taken in via a suction inlet by negative pressure generated by the suction subassembly, wherein the particles of dirt are restrainable by the changeable-shape filter element, and wherein the carrier fluid after filtering by the changeable-shape filter element is deliverable by the pumping subassembly from the container interior to a fluid outlet;
wherein the changeable-shape filter element is a filter bag, wherein the mixture can be taken into the filter bag by the suction subassembly; and
a filter bag restraining part that subdivides the container interior into a filter bag accommodating space and a fluid delivery space, wherein the filter bag is disposed in the filter bag accommodating space and is prevented by the filter bag restraining part from expanding into the fluid delivery space from which carrier fluid flowing around, or through, the filter bag restraining part is delivered by the pumping subassembly from the fluid delivery space to the fluid outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,136,765

COCKTAIL SHAKER AND TOOL ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF USING SAME

PACIFIC MARKET INTERNATIO...

1. A kit comprising:a vessel having an interior and a rim portion that defines an opening into the interior, the interior being configured to house a fluid;
a lid having a through-channel and a strainer extending across the through-channel, the strainer being removable from the lid, the lid being positionable with respect to the vessel in both a first orientation and a different second orientation, the lid being removably couplable to the vessel when in the first orientation, the lid being configured to rest upon the rim portion of the vessel when in the second orientation, the through-channel being in fluid communication with the opening when the lid is coupled to the vessel, the strainer being operable, when the lid is coupled to the vessel, to strain the fluid as the fluid flows from the interior through the opening into the through-channel and through the strainer;
a citrus reamer removably couplable to the lid within the through-channel; and
a cap configured to be attached to the lid to cover the through-channel, (a) the vessel, the lid in the first orientation, the citrus reamer, and the cap being configured to be removably coupled together to form a kit assembly, (b) the vessel, the lid in the first orientation, and the cap being configured to be removably coupled together to form a cocktail shaker, and (c) the vessel, the lid in the second orientation, and the citrus reamer being configured to be removably coupled together to form a juicing assembly, the strainer being removed from the lid before the juicing assembly is formed so that the strainer is omitted from the juicing assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,136,764

HIGH-SPEED BLENDING BLADE FOR A FOOD PROCESSING APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A blending blade for a food-processing appliance, the blending blade comprising:an upwardly arcuate blade having a continuously-curved downward top surface;
a downwardly arcuate blade having a continuously-curved upward top surface; and
a central blade portion having a connection aperture and that receives the upwardly and downwardly arcuate blades, wherein the central blade portion defines an uppermost portion of the upwardly arcuate blade and also defines a lowermost portion of the downwardly arcuate blade.

US Pat. No. 10,136,763

DOMESTIC APPLIANCES WITH POWER CONTROL

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A hand held domestic appliance comprising:a handle part comprising:
a surface sensor configured to provide both area and pressure information, said surface sensor configure to:
detect
a size of a contact area with said surface sensor; and
a pressure associated with said contact;
a driven member;
a motor for driving the driven member; and
a controller configured to:
receive from said surface sensor:
said size of said contact area, and
said pressure associated with said contact; and
control a power supplied to the motor,
wherein the power applied to the motor varies based on the said size of said contact area and said pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,136,755

CODING INSERT FOR USE IN A FOOD PREPARATION MACHINE

Nestec S.A., Vevey (CH)

1. A coding insert for associating to a food ingredient capsule adapted to be functionally inserted in a cavity of a food preparation machine,the coding insert is a disc or a ring that comprises at least one deformable portion that is deformed when the coding insert is inserted into the cavity of the food preparation machine, and/or when the cavity is closed,
so that at least one machine operational parameter is set by detection of a reaction force on the cavity by the at least one deformed portion, to customize machine brewing functional parameters to the coding insert inserted therein with the food ingredient capsule to which the coding insert is associated, the coding insert and the food ingredient capsule forming an insert-capsule assembly,
wherein the at least one deformable portion is selected from the group consisting of:
(i) a series of tongue-shaped protrusions,
(ii) a series of wave-shaped protrusions,
(iii) a coiled spring portion,
(iv) a series of curved flexible arches that extend inwardly and upwardly from a lowermost inner surface of the coding insert, towards a center of the coding insert,
(v) a series of curved protrusions oriented downwardly, which extend from a bottom edge of the coding insert and
(vi) combinations thereof,
the at least one deformable portion is located at the periphery of the coding insert, and
the coding insert is constructed of a thermoplastic material.

US Pat. No. 10,136,753

MACHINE FOR PREPARING BEVERAGES WITH DISPOSITION FOR ACTUATION OF SINGLE DOSE PACKAGES

1. A machine (1) for preparing beverages and presenting:at least one storage means (4) adapted for collecting a support (21) having single portions that are provided in a strip-like form in an axial direction, and that comprise a plurality of successive single dose portions (22), each single dose portion presenting a first and a second package wall (23, 24) substantially hermetic to air and being separable from the strip-like form,
at least one extraction device (3) adapted so as to collect inside thereof a single dose portion (22) that has been separated from the strip like form, and
at least one actuation device (6) upstream of said extraction device (3) and presenting an actuation element (61) that has a perimeter actuation surface (63) and is rotatable about an axis orthogonal to said axial direction, said actuation surface being formed so that said actuation element can move said support (21) of single portions in strip-like form by means of traction along said perimeter actuation surface (63) and effect a movement and separation of a single dose portion from the strip-like form to thereby supply respective single dose portions (22) successively to said extraction device (3),
wherein said actuation device (6) further presents a back-pressure element (62) provided in direct opposition to said actuation element (61) and is operative so as to exert a back-pressure upon said single portions and upon at least part of the extension of traction interaction of the perimeter actuation surface (63) with said single portions, and disposed in a relative position so as to permit separation of a single dose portion from the strip-like form and vary the circulation direction of said single portions along said perimeter actuation surface (63).

US Pat. No. 10,136,747

PROTECTIVE MAT AND METHOD FOR PROTECTING A FLOOR FROM SPILLAGE AND DEBRIS

Keene Building Products C...

1. A protective floor mat comprising:a web of extruded polymer monofilaments, the polymer monofilaments being heat welded at junctions to form a matrix of tangled monofilaments, the web having a top surface, a bottom surface and a plurality of side surfaces extending from the top surface to the bottom surface, the web including a void amount of at least 50% in relation to the entire volume of the web; and
an impervious membrane underlaying at least a portion of the bottom surface of the web, the membrane having a top surface, a bottom surface and a plurality of side surfaces extending from the top surface to the bottom surface, wherein
the mat includes at least one of a dam projecting downwardly from the top surface of the web towards the bottom surface of the web and extending along at least one of the side surfaces of the web, and a bump projecting upwardly away from the top surface of the web and extending along at least one of the side surfaces of the web.

US Pat. No. 10,136,739

ERGONOMIC TWIN BABY CARRIER

1. A child carrier for simultaneously carrying two children, comprising:a first child carrier portion comprising a first carrier pouch attached at its bottom to a first waist support, the first waist support being capable of fitting securely around the entirety of a wearer's waist by itself;
a second child carrier portion comprising a second carrier pouch attached at its bottom to a second waist support, the second waist support being capable of fitting securely around the entirety of the wearer's waist without attaching to the first waist support in a first configuration, the second waist support also being capable of, in a second configuration, attaching to the first waist support such that a combined waist support is formed by the first waist support attached to the second waist support, the combined waist support fitting securely around the entirety of the wearer's waist.

US Pat. No. 10,136,737

PORTABLY SUSPENDED RETRACTABLE SHELF

DCONNECT GROUP LLC, St. ...

1. A portably suspended retractable shelf for storing items proximate to a piece of furniture, comprising:a horizontal platform having an inner portion and an outer portion, the inner portion adapted to be frictionally engaged within a select location along a seam formed between an upper cushion member of the piece of the furniture and a lower cushion support member of the piece of the furniture, the frictional engagement created by the seam having a thickness that is less than a thickness of the horizontal platform, the outer portion of the horizontal platform extending outward from the seam of the piece of the furniture; and
a wireless charger disposed within the outer portion of the horizontal platform, and the wireless charger configured to supply power to at least one of an electrical device on and an electronic device adjacent to the horizontal platform.

US Pat. No. 10,136,733

PAPER TOWELING OR TISSUE DISPENSING APPARATUS INCLUDING ROLL OVERSPIN CONTROL

Dispensing Dynamics Inter...

1. Dispenser apparatus for holding a roll of paper toweling or tissue sheet material having a roll core with an inner core surface defining a core interior and centrally disposed first and second roll support openings in communication with the core interior at opposed first and second roll ends of the roll, and said dispenser apparatus for dispensing the sheet material during rotation of said roll, said dispenser apparatus including:a first roll support positioned in the first roll support opening, said first roll support operable to support the first roll end of said roll and allow rotation of said roll relative thereto to unwind said sheet material when a pulling force is applied to said sheet material, said first roll support configured to exert frictional drag forces on said roll to reduce overspin of said roll when said pulling force is terminated, said first roll support including a hub projection having at least one roll core contact point positioned in the interior of the roll and frictionally engaging the inner core surface when said roll rotates about said hub projection, said at least one contact point located at an upper surface of said hub projection, and said first roll support additionally comprising a hub projection support, said hub projection being pivotally mounted on said hub projection support and movable between a substantially non-inclined orientation and an inclined orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,136,732

SEATING APPARATUS AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME

Innovations US, LLC, Bro...

1. A method of using a seating apparatus, the method comprising:using the seating apparatus to assist an adult human to sit in and rise from a chair, such use comprising
providing a seating apparatus, the seating apparatus having:
a seating surface having a top portion and a bottom portion;
two arms projecting upwardly from the seating surface, each arm having an armrest:
a fastening strap operable to be adjusted between a tightened position and a loosened position, wherein the fastening strap, when adjusted to the tightened position, is operable to restrict motion of the seating surface relative to the chair; and
no seat back:
placing the bottom portion of the seating apparatus directly on a seat of the chair;adjusting the fastening strap to the tightened position; andcausing the person to place one hand on each of the two arms while the person lowers himself or herself onto the top portion of the seating surface of the seating apparatus;
wherein:
the fastening strap is pivotally connected to the seating surface; a first end of the fastening strap is pivotally connected to a back portion of the seating apparatus;
a second end of the fastening strap is pivotally connected to the back portion of the seating apparatus; and
the first end of the fastening strap is pivotally connected to the back portion of the seating apparatus proximate a first edge joining the back portion to a first side portion of the seating apparatus and the second end of the fastening strap is pivotally connected to the back portion of the seating apparatus proximate a second edge joining the back portion to a second side portion opposite the first side portion.

US Pat. No. 10,136,729

FOLDING CHAIR

1. A folding chair which can have an unfolded state and a folded state, comprising:a seat comprising a front end, a rear end, at least one guiding portion, and a top surface;
a back pivotally coupled to the seat;
an interlinking device comprising at least one actuating member, wherein the at least one actuating member is movably coupled to the at least one guiding portion;
a front leg separated and independent from the back, wherein the front leg is pivotally coupled to the at least one actuating member, such that when the folding chair transitions between the unfolded state and the folded state, the front leg is driven by the interlinking device;
a rear leg coupled to the seat and the front leg;
whereby, when the interlinking device is actuated, the folding chair is able to transition between the unfolded state and the folded state;
wherein the back further comprises a back lower end, which is lower than the top surface in the unfolded state, wherein the interlinking device further comprises a linking mechanism, wherein the linking mechanism is coupled to the back lower end, and wherein when the folding chair transitions from the unfolded state to the folded state, the back is rotated by the linking mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,136,721

BAG WITH INTERCHANGEABLE ELEMENTS

1. A bag for holding objects comprising:a front panel with an outer perimeter connected to an outer perimeter of a front side of a central panel;
a back panel with an outer perimeter connected to an outer perimeter of a back side of the central panel;
wherein the front panel, central panel, and back panel when connected form a first central hollow compartment configured to accommodate a plurality of objects;the central panel can be removed with the front panel outer perimeter connected to the back panel outer perimeter to create a second central hollow compartment andthe bag includes a first should strap and a second shoulder strap, the first shoulder strap having a first should strap fastening member located along an upper portion for connecting to a first hood fastening member of a removable hood and the second should strap having a second shoulder strap fastening member for connecting to a second hood fastening member of the removable hood.

US Pat. No. 10,136,720

COSMETIC CONTAINER

AMG Co., Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A cosmetic container comprising:a container main part in a substantially cylindrical shape that has a cosmetic product stored therein;
a first cap that removably engages with a first end of the container main part and comprises an applicator for applying the cosmetic product; and
a second cap that removably engages with a second end of the container main part, wherein
a finishing tool for finishing makeup is placed at a position of the container main part near the second end,
a diameter of the first cap is formed to increase from a connection portion with the container main part toward a closed end of the first cap and to have a maximum value at a position between the connection portion and the closed end, and
a diameter of the second cap is formed to increase from a connection portion with the container main part toward a closed end of the second cap and to have a maximum value at a position between the connection portion and the closed end, wherein
a ratio ?1 (L4/L1) of a length L4 of the first cap to a length L1 of the cosmetic container is not less than 0.2 and not more than 0.3,
a ratio ?2 (L2/L1) of a length L2 of the second cap to the length L1 of the cosmetic container is not less than 0.2 and not more than 0.3, and
a ratio ?3 (L3/L1) of a length L3 of the container main part to the length L1 of the cosmetic container is not less than 0.4 and not more than 0.6.

US Pat. No. 10,136,713

CONVERTIBLE CARRYING BAG

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A bag comprising:an internal volume defined by a top wall, a bottom wall, a front wall, a rear wall, and opposing first and second end walls extending between the top wall and the bottom wall;
a closure mechanism positioned only on the first end wall of the first and second end walls, the closure mechanism configured to collapse the first end wall when the closure mechanism is actuated without substantially changing a surface area of the second end wall;
a carrying strap attached near the first end wall and releasably attachable to one of at least two anchors near the second end wall, wherein a first anchor of the at least two anchors is positioned closer to the front wall than a second anchor of the at least two anchors, wherein the second anchor is positioned closer to the rear wall than the first anchor; wherein when the carrying strap is attached to the first anchor of the at least two anchors near the second end wall, the carrying strap runs generally along the top wall of the bag, and when the carrying strap is attached to the second anchor of the at least two anchors near the second end wall, the carrying strap runs generally along the top wall of the bag; and
an opening in at least one of the top wall, the bottom wall, the front wall, or the rear wall to access the internal volume of the bag from outside the bag; and
an exterior pocket on the first end wall.

US Pat. No. 10,136,700

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH FLUID-FILLED CHAMBER LACKING AN INFLATION CHANNEL AND METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A mold for forming a fluid-filled chamber formed from a first sheet and a second sheet, the mold comprising:a first mold half having a first weld portion;
a second mold half having a second weld portion, the second weld portion aligned with the first weld portion to create a perimeter weld between the first sheet and the second sheet of the fluid-filled chamber when the first mold half and the second mold half are moved from an open state to a closed state; and
a gate valve associated with one of the first mold half and the second mold half and including a weld portion aligned with the first weld portion and the second weld portion, the gate valve moveable relative to the one of the first mold half and the second mold half to create an inflation channel between the first sheet and the second sheet at the perimeter weld by separating one of the first sheet and the second sheet from the other of the first sheet and the second sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,136,689

NECKWEAR FOR DISPLAYING COINS, MEDALS OR BARS

PATUGA LLC, Clarence, NY...

1. A neckwear, comprising:a neckband;
a first coin, medal or bullion bar;
a second coin, medal or bullion bar;
a hermetically sealed neckband module that displays the first coin, medal or bullion bar through glass;
at least one hermetically sealed display segment that displays the second coin, medal or bullion bar through glass; and
at least one fastener,
wherein said neckband is connected to said hermetically sealed neckband module and said hermetically sealed neckband module is connected to said at least one hermetically sealed display segment;
wherein said hermetically sealed neckband module contains the first coin, medal or bullion bar;
wherein said at least one hermetically sealed display segment contains the second coin, medal or bullion bar; and
wherein said at least one fastener includes a first fastener that pivotably connects said hermetically sealed neckband module to said at least one hermetically sealed display segment;
wherein said at least one hermetically sealed display segment comprises at least one intra-changeable hermetically sealed display segment.

US Pat. No. 10,136,684

MOLDED WATERSPORTS AND COLD CLIMATE ACCESSORIES

SOLITE INNOVATIONS LLC, ...

1. A watersports garment for a user's foot, comprising a sole portion integrally attached to an ankle portion,wherein the sole portion comprises a single piece of seamless molded foam having inner and outer surfaces, the sole portion defining an opening for receiving the user's foot, wherein the first inner surface is dimensioned and configured to receive the user's foot and to enclose the sole and sides of the user's foot at an approximately uniform height from the tops of the toes to the top of the heel, and wherein the single piece of seamless molded foam has a durometer below 35 Asker C,
wherein the ankle portion comprises a high-stretch neoprene having inner and outer surfaces, the inner surface being bonded to a first fabric lining that receives the user's ankle,
wherein the ankle portion is bonded to the sole portion at an overlap of the ankle portion over the sole portion around the periphery of the opening, the bond formed by a layer of waterproof glue, and
wherein at a seam where the outer surface of the sole portion abuts the outer surface of the ankle portion, an external seam sealant is applied to provide additional waterproofing and strength to the seam, wherein the external seam sealant is a silicone- or polyurethane-based viscous, room-temperature-cured waterproof compound,
wherein at the bonded overlap of the ankle portion over the sole portion, an overlapped section of the sole portion includes a thin lip extending around the periphery of the opening, and the inner surface of an overlapped section of the ankle portion includes a skived surface cut at an angle through the first fabric lining and at least part of the distance through the high-stretch neoprene of the ankle portion, such that one part of the first outer surface of the thin lip is bonded by the waterproof glue to the first fabric lining of the inner surface of the ankle portion, and a second part of the first outer surface of the thin lip is bonded by the waterproof glue to the high-stretch neoprene of the inner surface of the ankle portion.

US Pat. No. 10,136,681

DUAL USE BRA GARMENT FOR USER-SELECTED CONVERSION BETWEEN A CONVENTIONAL NURSING BRA CONFIGURATION AND A BREAST MILK ENGORGEMENT INHIBITING CONFIGURATION

1. A multi-configurational bra garment, the bra garment comprising:a bra body portion including a left front face and a right front face, a central gap defined by separation of said left and right front face, a rear face and a pair of right and left lateral sides adjoining said left and right front and rear faces such that said left lateral side is attached to said left front face and the left side of said rear face and said right lateral side is attached to said right front face and the right side of said rear face, and a pair of left and right breast cup portions integrated into the respective one of said left and right front faces of said bra body portion,
wherein said pair of left and right breast cup portions include a first layer disposed over a second layer, said first layer having a first mechanical coupling mechanism attached to an upper edge, and said second layer having a second mechanical coupling mechanism attached to an upper edge, each of said first and second mechanical coupling mechanisms being configurable for releasable attachment;
a pair of shoulder straps, each shoulder strap having a length extending, and attached at opposite shoulder strap length ends to, an upper portion of said back face of said bra body portion and to the respective one of each of said left and right breast cup portions second layer mechanical coupling mechanism;
a first pair of pressure-applying straps, said first pair of straps include,
a first strap and a second strap provided at a base portion of said left and right front face, said first pair of pressure-applying straps having an exterior surface, an interior surface, and having a length extending between a proximal end and a distal end, proximate said distal end of each respective one of said first pair of pressure-applying straps being integrated therewith a coupling mechanism on said interior surface, wherein said first and second strap of said first pair of pressure-applying straps are configured for releasable attachment when said bra garment is donned by disposing said first strap over said second strap and attaching said coupling mechanism of each respective one of said straps to a connector mechanism integrated therewith on said back face of said bra body portion; and
a second pair of pressure-applying straps, said second pair of straps include,
a first strap and a second strap depending from said second layer of said breast cup, said second pair of pressure-applying straps having an exterior surface, an interior surface, and having a length extending between a proximal end and a distal end, wherein said first and second strap of said second pair of pressure-applying straps respectively extend outwardly through a corresponding slit on said left and right lateral sides of said bra body portion, proximate said distal end of each respective one of said second pair of pressure-applying straps being integrated therewith a coupling mechanism on said interior surface, wherein said first and second strap of said second pair of pressure-applying straps are configured for releasable attachment when said bra garment is donned by extending said first and second strap rearwardly and attaching said coupling mechanism of each respective one of said straps to said connector mechanism integrated therewith on said back face of said bra body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,136,680

GARMENT WITH BACK STAYS FOR ENHANCED FIT

Cupid Foundations, Inc., ...

1. A garment comprising:a front fabric panel configured to rest on a front midsection of a wearer;
a back fabric panel configured to rest on a back of a wearer; the front fabric panel connected to the back fabric panel wherein the front fabric panel and the back fabric panel circumscribe the wearer's midsection;
at least one pair of stays supported by the garment, wherein the at least one pair of stays are located only in or on the back fabric panel and wherein each of the stays will not be in direct contact with a skin surface of the wearer; and
whereby the at least one pair of stays pull a front of the garment thereby smoothing the front fabric panel over the wearer's midsection.

US Pat. No. 10,136,677

RETRACTABLE MOUTHPIECE AND ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE HAVING THE SAME

JOYETECH EUROPE HOLDING G...

1. A retractable mouthpiece, comprising:an upper cover of a hollow structure with a receiving cavity;
a lower cover that fits with the upper cover;
a fastener arranged between the upper cover and the lower cover and housed inside the receiving cavity;
a smoking pipe housed inside the receiving cavity; and
an elastic component arranged between the smoking pipe and the lower cover,
wherein the fastener is sleeved on the smoking pipe, and the smoking pipe is extended out of the upper cover or retracted within the upper cover when the smoking pipe is pressed and/or rotated.

US Pat. No. 10,136,673

ELECTRICALLY HEATED AEROSOL-GENERATING SYSTEM

PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS S....

1. An electrically operated aerosol-generating system, comprising:a housing;
an aerosol-forming substrate;
at least one heating element configured to heat the aerosol-forming substrate and to generate an aerosol;
a power supply configured to supply power to the at least one heating element;
electric circuitry configured to control a supply of power from the power supply to the at least one heating element;
a first switch provided on an external surface of the housing; and
a mouthpiece comprising at least one second, touch sensitive, switch, the mouthpiece being deformable from a first configuration to a second configuration,
wherein in the first configuration the at least one second, touch sensitive, switch is not exposed and in the second configuration the at least one second, touch sensitive, switch is exposed, and
wherein the electric circuitry is configured to provide power via the power supply to the at least one heating element when both the at least one first switch and the at least one second, touch sensitive, switch are activated.

US Pat. No. 10,136,672

SOLDERLESS DIRECTLY WRITTEN HEATING ELEMENTS

RAI Strategic Holdings, I...

1. A vaporizer comprising:a heating element directly written to a support member, the heating element including first and second extremities;
an inner contact member; and
a first pressure member to sandwich the first extremity of the heating element over said inner contact member to effect first solderless pressure contacts.

US Pat. No. 10,136,656

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING A FOOD PRODUCT WITH ADDITIVES

The Hillshire Brands Comp...

1. A method of making a food product in a continuous in-line production process, the method comprising:applying, by an additive application device, an additive to a surface of a sheet of a casing material while the sheet of casing material is being unrolled from a roll of casing material;
while the sheet of casing material is attached to the roll of casing material, transferring the sheet of casing material to a forming shoulder via an intermediate roller that substantially changes a direction of travel of the sheet of casing material and such that the forming shoulder receives the sheet of casing material after the additive application device applies the additive to the surface of the sheet of casing material, wherein the intermediate roller is separate from the additive application device;
forming, by the forming shoulder, the sheet of casing material into a tubular shape with the additive on an interior surface of the tubular shape;
longitudinally sealing the tubular shaped casing material;
after longitudinally sealing the tubular shaped casing material, extruding a food component such that the food component is received within the tubular shaped casing material plus additive and at least a portion of the additive remains in a liquid form as the food component is received within the tubular shaped casing material plus additive; and
transversely cutting the sealed tubular shaped casing material with the extruded food component to detach part of the sealed tubular shaped casing material from the casing roll,
wherein each of the above steps is performed in the continuous in-line production process,
wherein at least a portion of the additive is transferred from the casing material to the food component after the food component is received within the tubular shaped casing material plus additive and is consumable with the food component.

US Pat. No. 10,136,643

FUNGICIDAL COMPOSITION AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PLANT DISEASES

ISHIHARA SANGYO KAISHA, L...

1. A fungicidal composition comprising, as active ingredients:(a) a benzoylpyridine derivative represented by the formula (I) or a salt thereof:
whereinA is —N? or —CH?;
when A is —N?, B is —CX4?; when A is —CH?, B is —N?;
each of X1 and X2, which are independent of each other, is a halogen atom, an alkoxy group, a hydroxyl group, an alkyl group, a CF3 group or an alkylthio group;
X3 is a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkoxy group, an alkyl group, a CF3 group or an alkylthio group;
X4 is a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkoxy group, an alkyl group, a CF3 group or an alkylthio group;
R1 is an alkyl group;
R2? is an alkoxy group;
p is 0, 1 or 2; and
each of R2? and R2?? is an alkoxy group, and
(b) at least one fungicide selected from the group consisting of boscalid, penthiopyrad, meptyldinocap, sulfur, flutianil, 6-t-butyl-8-fluoro-2,3-dimethylquinolin-4-yl acetate and a compound represented by the formula (II):