US Pat. No. 10,480,439

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MITIGATING WET-FOULING OF SPARK PLUGS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:in response to flooding a combustion chamber of a spark ignition engine with fuel during an engine start attempt, shutting off fuel delivery to the combustion chamber and directing compressed air from an electrically driven compressor through the combustion chamber under predetermined conditions prior to a subsequent engine start attempt.

US Pat. No. 10,480,420

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING TURBINE POWERED SYSTEM TO REDUCE STARTUP TIME

General Electric Company,...

8. A power plant comprising:a turbine;
a heat recovery system;
a bypass stack;
an exhaust duct including a damper configured to selectively direct the flow of exhaust from the turbine to the heat recovery system or to the bypass stack; and
a processing system, including at least one processor, the processing system being configured to at least:
before flame out during fired shutdown of the turbine, control the damper to move from a first position directing turbine exhaust to enter the heat recovery system to a second position to allow the turbine exhaust to enter the bypass stack and block the turbine exhaust to the heat recovery system;
while the position of the damper is maintained in the second position to prevent gas and/or vapor to enter the heat recovery system, perform fired shutdown of the turbine;
in response to request to start the turbine, determine whether a damper sealing air pressure is continuously maintained from when the damper was moved from the first position to the second position and until the request to start the turbine is received;
upon determining that the damper sealing air pressure was continuously maintained from when the damper was moved from the first position to the second position and until the request to start the turbine is received, generate air flow in the exhaust duct for a predetermined period of time while the position of the damper is maintained in the second position and start the turbine without performing a purge sequence for the heat recovery system;
upon determining that the damper sealing air pressure was not continuously maintained from when the damper was moved from the first position to the second position and until the request to start the turbine is received, start the turbine after generating air flow in the exhaust duct for the predetermined period of time while the position of the damper is maintained in the second position and after performing the purge sequence for the heat recovery system while the position of the damper is maintained in the first position; and
after starting the turbine, control the damper to move from the second position to the first position to allow the turbine exhaust to enter the heat recovery system and to block the turbine exhaust to the bypass stack.

US Pat. No. 10,480,418

GAS TURBINE ENERGY SUPPLEMENTING SYSTEMS AND HEATING SYSTEMS, AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING THE SAME

POWERPHASE LLC, Jupiter,...

7. A method of increasing output of a gas turbine engine, the method comprising:operating the gas turbine engine on natural gas;
operating an auxiliary air injection system coupled to a reciprocating engine, the reciprocating engine fueled with a supply of off-take gas from a waste facility; and,
injecting air from the auxiliary air injection system into the gas turbine engine to increase the power output from the gas turbine engine.

US Pat. No. 10,480,407

HEAT EXCHANGER ASSEMBLY FOR ENGINE BLEED AIR

1. An aircraft engine, comprising:an engine core having a core compressor and a core turbine for receiving a core flow, and a bypass conduit for receiving a bypass flow;
a heat exchanger having at least one cool air passage and at least one hot air passage in heat exchange relationship with one another; and
a turbocharger having a turbocharger compressor and a turbocharger turbine in driving engagement with each other, an inlet of the turbocharger compressor being in fluid communication with ambient air, an outlet of the turbocharger compressor being fluidly connected to the bypass conduit through the at least one cool air passage of the heat exchanger;
wherein the core compressor is fluidly connected to an inlet of the turbocharger turbine through the at least one hot air passage of the heat exchanger such that the turbocharger turbine is located downstream of the heat exchanger relative to a flow circulating in the at least one hot air passage.

US Pat. No. 10,480,391

COOLANT CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO PREVENT COOLANT BOILING

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A coolant control system for a vehicle, comprising:a first target flowrate module that determines a first target flowrate of coolant through an engine;
a flowrate adjustment module that:
when a change in heat input to the engine from combustion within the engine is greater than a predetermined value:
determines a flowrate adjustment based on the change in the heat input to the engine;
determines a flow period for increasing coolant flow through the engine based on the change in the heat input to the engine, the determination of the flow period including:
setting the flow period to a first period if the change in the heat input to the engine is in a first range; and
setting the flow period to a second period that is greater than the first period if the change in the heat input to the engine is in a second range that is greater than the first range; and
maintains the flowrate adjustment for the duration of the flow period; and
when the change in the heat input to the engine is less than the predetermined value and the flow period has passed, sets the flowrate adjustment to a predetermined flowrate;
a heat input module that determines the heat input to the engine from combustion within the engine based on an engine torque and an engine speed;
a second target flowrate module that determines a second target flowrate as a function of the first target flowrate and the flowrate adjustment;
a coolant valve control module that controls a position of a coolant valve, the coolant valve having:
a first chamber configured to output coolant received by the first chamber to a transmission fluid heat exchanger and an oil heat exchanger; and
a second chamber configured to output coolant received by the second chamber to an engine coolant pump,
the coolant valve being configured to:
when the position of the coolant valve is between a first end position and a first position, block coolant flow into the first chamber and block coolant flow into the second chamber;
when the position of the coolant valve is between the first position and a second position, block coolant flow into the first chamber, allow coolant flow from an engine into the second chamber, and block coolant flow from a radiator into the second chamber;
when the position of the coolant valve is between the second position and a third position, allow coolant flow into the first chamber from an integrated exhaust manifold, allow coolant flow from the engine into the second chamber, and block coolant flow from the radiator into the second chamber;
when the position of the coolant valve is between the third position and a fourth position, allow coolant flow from the integrated exhaust manifold into the first chamber, allow coolant flow from the engine into the second chamber, and allow coolant output by the radiator into the second chamber;
when the position of the coolant valve is between the fourth position and a fifth position, allow coolant flow into the first chamber from the engine coolant pump, block coolant flow into the second chamber from the engine, and allow coolant flow from the radiator into the second chamber;
when the position of the coolant valve is between the fifth position and a sixth position, allow coolant flow into the first chamber from the engine coolant pump, allow coolant flow into the second chamber from the engine, and allow coolant flow from the radiator into the second chamber;
when the position of the coolant valve is between the sixth position and a seventh position, allow coolant flow into the first chamber from the engine coolant pump, allow coolant flow into the second chamber from the engine, and block coolant flow from the radiator into the second chamber; and
when the position of the coolant valve is between the seventh position and a second end position, block coolant flow into the first chamber and block coolant flow into the second chamber;
a target speed module that determines a target speed of the engine coolant pump based on the second target flowrate and the position of the coolant valve; and
a speed control module that controls a speed of the engine coolant pump based on the target speed.

US Pat. No. 10,480,358

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE VALVE TIMING APPARATUS AND ENGINE PROVIDED WITH THE SAME

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A continuously variable valve timing apparatus comprising:a camshaft;
first and second cam portions having two cams formed thereto, the camshaft being inserted into the first and second cam portions, wherein relative phase angles with respect to the camshaft are variable;
first and second inner brackets transmitting rotation of the camshaft to the first and second cam portions, respectively;
first and second slider housings having the first and second inner brackets rotatably inserted thereinto, respectively, and having relative positions with respect to the camshaft that are variable;
a cam cap rotatably supporting the first and second cam portions together with a cylinder head, wherein the first and second slider housings are slidably mounted to the cam cap;
a control shaft disposed parallel with the camshaft and configured to move the first and the second slider housings; and
a control portion configured to rotate the control shaft so as to change positions of the first and second inner brackets.

US Pat. No. 10,480,347

DIVIDED BAFFLE FOR COMPONENTS OF GAS TURBINE ENGINES

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A divided baffle for a gas turbine engine, the divided baffle comprising:a baffle body having a first end and a second end;
at least one divider located within the baffle body and extending from the first end to the second end arranged to divide an interior of the baffle body into two or more feed cavities;
at least one cap arranged at the first end to bound a first feed cavity of the two or more feed cavities; and
at least one cap arranged at the second end to bound a second feed cavity of the two or more feed cavities.

US Pat. No. 10,480,294

METHODS FOR PRESERVING ZONAL ISOLATION WITHIN A SUBTERRANEAN FORMATION

Suncor Energy Inc., Calg...

1. A method for effecting at least partial interference of a fluid passage extending between a subterranean formation and a casing disposed within an open-hole or cased-hole completed wellbore penetrating the subterranean formation, comprising:after zonal isolation material disposed between the casing and the subterranean formation has set, and in response to detecting of the fluid passage, effecting an operative displacement of a section of the casing to a displaced position, wherein, upon the casing section becoming displaced, the zonal isolation material becomes disposed opposite to the subterranean formation and effects at least partial interference of the fluid passage; and
effecting opposition to an elastic contraction of the displaced casing section for mitigating reversion of the displaced casing section towards its original position prior to the operative displacement,wherein the opposition to the elastic contraction of the displaced casing section is effected and maintained by a tool that is deployed and remains within the section of the casing.

US Pat. No. 10,480,284

BALANCED VALVE ASSEMBLY

Silverwell Energy LTD., ...

1. A valve assembly for use downhole comprising:a housing having a chamber;
an inlet formed through an end of the housing;
a valve element,
selectively disposed in a first position in sealing engagement with the inlet to form a barrier between the chamber and an environment ambient to the housing, and
selectively moveable to a second position spaced away from the inlet to provide fluid communication between the chamber and the environment;
an elongated valve stem disposed in the chamber having an end attached to the valve element, an opposite end distal from the valve element profiled with an enlarged radius;
a surface on a side of the opposite end of the valve stem facing away from the valve element that is in communication with the environment, and has an area substantially the same as an area of a side of the valve element facing away from the inlet;
a motor in the chamber and coupled to the valve stem;
a planar flange circumscribing the valve stem between the motor and the valve element, and having a radial surface facing the valve element with an area substantially the same as a surface area of the valve element in communication with the chamber when the valve element is in the first position;
actuating bellows having an end attached to the planar flange, and an opposite end attached to the motor; and
matching bellows having an end attached to the opposite end of the valve stem, and an opposing end attached to the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,480,264

TRANSITIONING PIPE HANDLER

DRILLFORM TECHNICAL SERVI...

1. An adjustable pipe handler for transitioning pipe to an elevated platform, the pipe handler comprising:a base, having a front, middle and rear section, and having a surface forming a track for receiving at least one pipe,
a lift arm having a first end and a second end, said first end being pivotally mounted to the front section of the base and said second end for contacting the elevated platform, the lift arm being pivotable between a first closed position on the surface of the base and a second open position at an incline from the base, the lift arm forming a first lift arm channel operably corresponding to the track of the base for receiving the at least one pipe therefrom, and
a transitioning arm, having a first and second end, the first end pivotally connected to the lift arm and the second end slidably connected to the base, the transitioning arm forming a second transitioning arm channel operably corresponding to the track of the base for receiving at least one pipe therefrom and guiding the pipe to the first lift arm channel and to the elevated platform, wherein movement of the transitioning arm along the base controllably adjusts the height of the lift arm relative to the elevated platform.

US Pat. No. 10,480,255

SHEARABLE TUBULAR SYSTEM AND METHOD

Mitchell Z. Dziekonski, ...

1. A method for accessing subterranean horizons, comprising:assembling a first tubular string comprising multiple sections of first tubular material to extend beneath a subterranean level to a horizon of interest;
assembling a second tubular string comprising multiple sections of a second tubular material attached above the first tubular string, the second tubular string extending along a length that will traverse a blow out preventer during accessing of the horizon of interest; and
assembling a third tubular string comprising multiple sections of the first tubular material attached above the second tubular string;
wherein during accessing the horizon of interest, except during placement and removal of the first tubular string, only the second tubular string traverses the blow out preventer; and
wherein the second tubular string comprises a single wall material, and the first tubular material has a ratio of yield strength to tensile strength of at most approximately 0.85 and the second tubular material has a ratio of yield strength to tensile strength of at least approximately 0.90, whereby the second tubular material is more favorable to shear than the first tubular material.

US Pat. No. 10,480,242

DEVICE FOR PROVIDING A CROSSOVER POINT

AMRONA AG, Zug (CH)

1. A device (100) for providing a passage between a first area (1) and a second area (2) which is hermetically delimited from the first area (1) by means of a wall (10), wherein the device (100) comprises the following:an airlock chamber (12) which can be inserted into an opening (11) provided in the wall (10) which has a first opening (13) forming a passage between the first area (1) and the airlock chamber (12) and which has a second opening (14) forming a passage between the second area (2) and the airlock chamber (12); and
a revolving element (15) configured as one of a conveyor belt and a drum wall for separating the first opening (13) from the second opening (14) having at least one passage opening (15.1; 19.1; 15.2, 19.2), the revolving element movable relative to the first opening and the second opening (13, 14) of the airlock chamber (12) so as to be able to alternatingly realize at least one first state in which the at least one passage opening (15.1; 19; 19.1) is substantially aligned with the first opening (13) of the airlock chamber (12) and allows entry from the first area (1) into the airlock chamber (12) and the revolving element (15) essentially completely covers the second opening (14) of the airlock chamber (12), and a second state in which the at least one passage opening (15.1; 19.1; 15.2, 19.2) or at least a further passage opening (15.1, 19.1, 15.2, 19.2) is substantially aligned with the second opening (14) of the airlock chamber (12) and allows entry from the second area (2) into the airlock chamber (12) and the revolving element (15) essentially completely covers the first opening (13) of the airlock chamber (12);
wherein the revolving element (15) comprises two passage openings (15.1, 15.2) which are arranged in relation to their relative position to one another such that in a state in which a first one of the passage openings (15.1) is aligned with one of the first opening and the second opening (13, 14) of the airlock chamber (12), a second one of the passage openings (15.2) is not aligned with either of the first opening and the second opening (13, 14) of the airlock chamber (12), and in a state in which the second one of the passage openings (15.2) is aligned with one of the first opening and the second opening (13, 14) of the airlock chamber (12), the first one of the passage openings (15.1) is not aligned with either of the first opening and the second opening (13, 14) of the airlock chamber (12).

US Pat. No. 10,480,218

SECURITY DEVICES AND STRAPS THEREFOR

ZEAL INNOVATION LTD., (G...

1. A security device in which a strap with a central core consisting of at least one elongate planar body is contained within a flexible sleeve, with complementary locking units secured at opposite ends of the flexible sleeve, wherein the complementary locking units receive respective ends of the central core, wherein the flexible sleeve is extensible independently of the central core such that the central core is not under tension, and wherein a length of the central core is at least equal to a spacing between the complementary locking units when the flexible sleeve is fully extended.

US Pat. No. 10,480,209

NON-INJURIOUS RESTRAINT TYPE FORM OF FENCING

1. A fencing system comprised of hollow polymer tubes arranged in horizontal rows affixed to vertical fence posts, the hollow polymer tubes contain fibers which are coated with a moisture cured adhesive where said fibers are secured at end to an end cap of the tubes, where said tubes are constructed of a brittle material or a material which will become brittle upon treatment with ultra violet radiation or heat and said tubes containing the adhesive coated fibers are sealed and pressurized with a dry inert gas, such that said adhesive coated fibers are expelled out of the tube upon breakage of said tube.

US Pat. No. 10,480,166

WATER DRAINER

1. A drainer, comprising a downcomer (1), a connecting pole (2), a connecting seat (4) having a sewer outlet (3), and a sewer lid (5) to close or open the sewer outlet (3), wherein the connecting seat (4) is connected to the downcomer (1), wherein the connecting pole (2) is inside the downcomer (1), wherein the sewer lid (5) is connected to an upper end of the connecting pole (2), wherein a fixing seat (6) is arranged on a side wall of the downcomer (1), wherein a mounting housing (7) is fixed to the fixing seat (6), wherein a sliding block (8) is slidably arranged in the mounting housing (7), wherein a tilted block (9) to support the connecting pole (2) is arranged on end of the sliding block (8) facing the connecting pole (2), wherein a driving component to actuate the sliding motion of the sliding block (8) is arranged within the mounting housing (7), wherein the tilted block (9) pushes the connecting pole (2) and the sewer lid (5) upwards to open the sewer outlet (3) when the sliding block (8) slides towards the connecting pole (2), and wherein a pulley (11) rotatably connected to the tilted block (9) is rotatably connected to a lower end of the connecting pole (2).

US Pat. No. 10,480,158

WORKING MACHINE

SUMITOMO (S.H.I.) CONSTRU...

1. A working machine comprising:an arm;
a boom that supports the arm;
an upper revolving body that supports the boom;
a lower traveling body that mounts the upper revolving body in a rotatable state;
a first hydraulic actuator that is driven while a relief valve relieves a hydraulic oil;
a first pump that supplies the hydraulic oil to the first hydraulic actuator;
a second hydraulic actuator that is driven by the first pump;
a control valve that switches a flow of the hydraulic oil in order to supply the hydraulic oil discharged by the first pump to the first hydraulic actuator;
a pump state detector that detects load of the first pump;
a hydraulic actuator state detector that detects load of the first hydraulic actuator; and
a controller that reduces a flow rate of the hydraulic oil from the first pump to the first hydraulic actuator in a case where the hydraulic actuator state detector determines that a detection value of the hydraulic actuator state detector exceeds a predetermined pressure,
wherein the hydraulic oil is supplied at the reduced flow rate to the second hydraulic actuator, when a combined operation of the first hydraulic actuator and the second hydraulic actuator is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,480,149

SYSTEM FOR CONSTRUCTING A RETAINING WALL

King Saud University, Ri...

1. A system for constructing a retaining wall, comprising a plurality of blocks, wherein each said block has:a) laterally opposed first and second end portions,
b) a central portion, and
c) a neck portion, the central portion being positioned between the first end portion and the neck portion, and the neck portion being positioned between the second end portion and the central portion,
wherein the central portion having a longitudinal length less than a longitudinal length of the first end portion, the second end portion having a longitudinal length less than the longitudinal length of the central portion, and the neck portion having a longitudinal length less than the longitudinal length of the second end portion, a vertically extending passage being formed through the central and neck portions,
d) vertically opposed upper and lower surfaces, a plurality of upper recesses being formed in the upper surface, and a plurality of lower recesses being formed in the lower surface, and
e) a pair of longitudinally opposed, vertically extending recesses defined by the central portion, neck portion and second end portion thereof, wherein each of the vertically extending recesses has an upper portion, a lower portion and a central portion, the central portion having a lateral length less than a lateral length of the upper portion, and the lower portion having a lateral length less than the lateral length of the central portion;
a plurality of tie connectors, wherein each tie connector consists of:
i) a main body portion having laterally opposed first and second ends:
ii) a rod having laterally opposed first and second ends, the second end of the rod being secured to the first end of the main body portion, the rod extending laterally from the main body portion; and
iii) a pair of longitudinally opposed, L-shaped legs secured to the second end of the main body portion and extending laterally therefrom, whereby the pair of longitudinally opposed, L-shaped legs are dimensioned and configured to fit about the second end of the main body portion and to slidably engage the pair of longitudinally opposed, vertically extending recesses of each block.

US Pat. No. 10,480,109

METHOD OF FORMING A UNITARY KNIT ARTICLE USING FLAT-KNIT CONSTRUCTION

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A knitted tubular blank for an article of apparel, the knitted tubular blank having a front portion and a back portion, the knitted tubular blank further comprising:a first region comprised of a first tubular flat knit element having a first shoulder seam extending from a first edge of the knitted tubular blank to a first neck cut line and a second shoulder seam extending from a second edge of the knitted tubular blank to the first neck cut line, wherein the front portion and the back portion are joined at the first shoulder seam and at the second shoulder seam, and wherein the front portion and the back portion are not joined at remaining portions of the first tubular flat knit element; and
a second region comprised of a second tubular flat knit element, a third tubular flat knit element, and a fourth tubular flat knit element positioned in a side-by-side arrangement, wherein a first end of each of the second tubular flat knit element, the third tubular flat knit element, and the fourth tubular flat knit element seamlessly extends from the first tubular flat knit element;
wherein the first region and the second region together form a first knit component.

US Pat. No. 10,480,090

ELECTROLYTIC COPPER FOIL, CURRENT COLLECTOR COMPRISING THE SAME, ELECTRODE COMPRISING THE SAME, SECONDARY BATTERY COMPRISING THE SAME, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

KCF TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD...

1. An electrolytic copper foil for a secondary battery, the electrolytic copper foil comprising:a first surface; and
a second surface opposite to the first surface,
wherein each of the first and second surfaces has a peak count roughness Rpc of 10 to 100,
wherein the peak count roughness Rpc of each of the first and second surfaces is an average of peak count roughness Rpc values measured at randomly-selected three points,
the peak count roughness Rpc of each point is the number of effective peaks which rise above an upper criteria line of 0.5 ?m per unit sampling length of 4 mm in a surface roughness profile obtained according to steel-iron test schedule (SEP 1940), and
there is at least one valley deeper than a lower criteria line of ?0.5 ?m between adjacent ones of the effective peaks.

US Pat. No. 10,480,061

SPUTTERING TARGET

Tsinghua University, Bei...

1. A sputtering target comprising an indium cerium zinc oxide represented by In2CexZnO4+2x, wherein x=0.5˜2.

US Pat. No. 10,480,033

MIRNA-BASED PREDICTIVE MODELS FOR DIAGNOSIS AND PROGNOSIS OF PROSTATE CANCER

Ohio State Innovation Fou...

1. A method for treating a subject based on a high biochemical recurrence risk score following post-prostatectomy salvage radiation therapy, comprisinga) determining a miRNA expression profile from a sample from the subject of at least 1 miRNA selected from the group consisting of hsa-miR-628-3p, hsa-miR-1193, hsa-miR-601, hsa-miR-4516, hsa-miR-320e, hsa-miR-508-3p, hsa-miR-598, hsa-miR-626, hsa-miR-563; and
b) calculating a-miRNA-based recurrence risk score from the miRNA expression profile; wherein a high recurrence risk score when compared to Gleason score and lymph node status alone, wherein a high recurrence risk score is based on a regression value of about 0.5 or greater, is an indication of biochemical recurrence within 1 to 5 years; and
c) treating the subject with a high recurrence risk score with adjuvant therapy, radiation therapy, palliative care, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,480,027

NANOPORE SEQUENCING METHODS

Pacific Biosciences of Ca...

1. A method for sequencing a nucleic acid and determining the presence and position of a modified base in a template nucleic acid using a nanopore comprising:providing a substrate having an upper solution above the substrate and a lower solution below the substrate, the substrate comprising a nanopore connecting the upper solution and lower solution, the nanopore sized to pass a single stranded nucleic acid;
providing a voltage across the nanopore to produce a measurable current flow through the nanopore;
providing, in the upper solution, a polymerase-nucleic acid complex comprising a strand displacing polymerase and a circular nucleic acid template which may have modified bases and providing the components required for nucleic acid synthesis, whereby the polymerase produces a nascent strand that passes through the nanopore as the nascent strand is produced;
measuring the current through the nanopore over time as the nascent strand is translated through the nanopore;
determining a sequence of the nascent strand as it translates through the nanopore using the measured current over time, and determining the presence of a modified base in the circular nucleic acid template using a measured change in kinetics of the polymerase, whereby the polymerase proceeds around the circular template, then continues to produce nascent strand such that a sequence in the nascent strand and the presence of a modified base in the circular template is determined more than once, and
determining the position of the modified base using a determined value for the number of bases between the active site and the bases within the nanopore.

US Pat. No. 10,480,025

LABELLED NUCLEOTIDES

Illumina Cambridge Limite...

1. A nucleotide or nucleoside molecule having a ribose or deoxyribose sugar moiety and a base linked to a detectable label via a cleavable linker, wherein the sugar moiety comprises a protecting group attached via a 3? oxygen atom, and wherein said protecting group comprises an azido group that can be modified or removed to expose a 3? OH group.

US Pat. No. 10,479,970

CONTAINER WITH INSPECTION OPENING

1. A container with a container wall laterally encircling the container, comprising:a mixer provided with a motor and a joint propeller, the container being provided with a mixer mount configured for carrying the mixer and moving it in different positions within the container, wherein, in the container wall, a sealable inspection opening is formed, through which the mixer can be removed, and the mixer mount is configured for moving the mixer in a position horizontally next to the inspection opening, wherein, either outside or inside to the container wall adjacent to the inspection opening, a boom mounting for a boom is attached, and wherein, in the boom mounting, a boom is installed that has a crossbeam extending at least partly over the inspection opening, and wherein the boom is arranged to swing around a vertical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,479,930

ORGANIC ACID FRACTURING FLUID COMPOSITION

King Fahd University of P...

1. An organic acid fracturing fluid composition, comprising:an aqueous base fluid;
a chelating agent comprising glutamic diacetic acid in an amount of 5-20 wt %, wherein wt % is relative to the total weight of the fracturing fluid composition; and
a polymeric additive comprising a copolymer of acrylamido-tert-butyl sulfonate and partially hydrolyzed polyacrylamide, in an amount of 0.45-1 wt %, wherein wt % is relative to the total weight of the fracturing fluid composition, wherein the polymeric additive is present in the fracturing fluid composition at a concentration of no more than 1 wt % relative to the total weight of the fracturing fluid composition;
wherein a weight percent of acrylamido-tert-butyl sulfonate in the copolymer is in the range of 5 to 20 wt %, and a weight percent of the partially hydrolyzed polyacrylamide in the copolymer is in the range of 80 to 95 wt %, each relative to the total weight of the copolymer.

US Pat. No. 10,479,911

COMPOSITION AND METHOD FOR POLISHING MEMORY HARD DISKS EXHIBITING REDUCED EDGE ROLL OFF

Cabot Microelectronics Co...

1. A chemical-mechanical polishing composition comprising:(a) an abrasive comprising colloidal silica and fused silica,
(b) about 10 ppm to about 1000 ppm of a compound of formula (I):

wherein R is selected from
a straight chain or branched chain C1-C20 alkyl,


R5C6H4, and
R6—O—(R7O)n—,
wherein R1-R5 are independently selected from straight chain or branched chain C1-C20 alkyls,
wherein R6 is a straight chain or branched chain C1-C20 alkyl or R8—C6H4—,
wherein R7 is a straight chain or branched chain C2-C10 alkylene,
wherein R8 is a straight chain or branched chain C1-C20 alkyl,
wherein n is an integer of from 1 to about 20,
wherein X and Y are independently O or a covalent bond, and
wherein A and B are independently an alkali metal cation or an organic amine compound,
(c) an amino acid,
(d) hydrogen peroxide, and
(e) water,
wherein the polishing composition has a pH of about 1 to about 5.

US Pat. No. 10,479,901

MAGNETIC MULTILAYER PIGMENT FLAKE AND COATING COMPOSITION

Viavi Solutions Inc., Sa...

1. A symmetric pigment flake, comprising:a plurality of semi-transparent absorbing magnetic layers;
a plurality of dielectric layers; and
a plurality of opaque reflecting magnetic layers; and
wherein two opaque reflecting magnetic layers of the plurality of opaque reflecting magnetic layers have a larger physical thickness than that of two other opaque reflecting magnetic layers.

US Pat. No. 10,479,894

SOLUTION FOR FABRICATING NANO PARTICLES

SK Innovation Co., Ltd., ...

1. A solution for forming metal nano particles, comprising:a compound having the following chemical formula:

wherein M is a metal atom of gold (Au), R is (—CH2—)n, F is selected from the group consisting of sulfur (S), nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P), X is a silyl group, Y represents an oxidation state of the metal atom in the compound of +1, m is a natural number ranging from 1 to 10, and n is a natural number ranging from 1 to 15;
a solvent; and
a stabilizer for preventing metal atoms from being precipitated in the solvent.

US Pat. No. 10,479,841

OXIDIZED SOY POLYSACCHARIDE

Solae Company LLC

1. A composition comprising an oxidized water soluble soy polysaccharide compound, wherein the compound is produced by contacting a water insoluble soy polysaccharide under aqueous conditions with:(i) at least one N-oxoammonium salt,
(ii) at least one periodate compound, and/or
(iii) at least one peroxide compound;
wherein the water insoluble soy polysaccharide comprises arabinose, galactose, xylose, and galacturonic acid as a majority of constituent monosaccharide monomeric units.

US Pat. No. 10,479,811

PROCESS FOR PREPARING CYCLOPHOSPHAMIDE, INTERMEDIATES, AND MONOHYDRATE THEREOF

PHARMACORE BIOTECH CO., L...

1. A process for preparing cyclophosphamide monohydrate, comprising the steps of:(a) providing bis (2-chloroethyl) amine hydrochloride;
(b) converting bis (2-chloroethyl) amine hydrochloride into cyclophosphamide monohydrate represented as formula I, and

wherein the converting comprises the step of reacting bis (2-chloroethyl) amine hydrochloride with phosphorus oxychloride in the presence of a base in toluene at a temperature ranging from 20° C. to 60° C. to form bis-(2-chloroethyl)-phosphoramidic dichloride represented as formula II:

wherein the bis-(2-chloroethyl)-phosphoramidic dichloride represented as formula II is converted into the cyclophosphamide represented as formula I by reacting with 3-amino-1-propanol in the presence of the base in a solvent and purifying and isolating to yield a crystalline of cyclophosphamide monohydrate represented as formula I.

US Pat. No. 10,479,806

HYDRIDOSILAPYRROLES, HYDRIDOSILAAZAPYRROLES, THIASILACYCLOPENTANES, METHOD FOR PREPARATION THEREOF, AND REACTION PRODUCTS THEREFROM

Gelest Technologies, Inc....

1. A silicon nitride or silicon carbonitride film produced from a hydridosilapyrrole or hydridosilaazapyrrole having formula (I):
wherein R is a substituted or unsubstituted organic group having a carbon or silicon bonded to the ring nitrogen and R? is an alkyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,479,791

HETEROCYCLIC COMPOUNDS AS ERK INHIBITORS

CHANGZHOU JIEKAI PHARMATE...

1. A compound of formula I:
and/or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof;
wherein:
X is C—R, wherein R is hydrogen, halo, alkyl, haloalkyl, —CN, or alkoxy;
Y is a monocyclic or 6,5-fused bicyclic aryl or heteroaryl optionally substituted with at least one group selected from halo, alkyl, alkenyl, alkoxy, alkynyl, aryl, cycloalkyl, heteroaryl, heterocyclyl, —OH, —CN, —COORa, —SO2NRaRb, —CONRaRb, and —NRaRb, wherein each of the group alkyl, alkenyl, alkoxy, alkynyl, aryl, cycloalkyl, heteroaryl and heterocyclyl is optionally substituted with at least one group selected from alkoxy, alkyl, halo, OH, —CN, —COORa, —SO2NRaRb, —CONRaRb, and —NRaRb;
R2 is hydrogen, aryl, —CONRaRb, alkyl, alkoxy, —COORa, cycloalkyl, heteroaryl, or heterocyclyl;
R3 is hydrogen, alkyl, aryl, cycloalkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, alkoxy, heteroaryl, or heterocyclyl;
wherein each of the alkyl, alkoxy, aryl, cycloalkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, heteroaryl, and heterocyclyl for R2 and/or R3 is optionally substituted with at least one group selected from —OH, alkoxy, halo, and alkyl;
Ra and Rb are independently H, alkyl, aryl, cycloalkyl, heterocyclyl, or heteroaryl, wherein each of the alkyl, aryl, cycloalkyl, heterocyclyl, and heteroaryl is optionally substituted with at least one group selected from halo, alkyl, haloalkyl, alkoxy, —C(O)alkyl, —SO2-alkyl, —OH, cycloalkyl, and heterocyclyl optionally substituted with at least one group selected from alkyl, —C(O)-alkyl, and —SO2-alkyl; or
Ra and Rb, together with the atoms to which they are attached, form a heterocyclic ring optionally substituted with at least one group selected from halo, alkyl, haloalkyl, alkoxy, and —OH; and
n is 1.

US Pat. No. 10,479,767

SUBSTITUTED HETEROARYL COMPOUND, COMPOSITION CONTAINING SAME, AND APPLICATION THEREOF

Shenzhen TargetRx, Inc., ...

1. A substituted heteroaryl compound, which is a heteroaryl compound represented by Formula (I), or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof,
wherein R1, R2, R9, R10, R11, R12, and R13 are each independently hydrogen, or deuterium; and
R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, and R8 are each hydrogen;
provided that at least one of R1, R2, R9, R10, R11, R12, and R13 is deuterium.

US Pat. No. 10,479,749

PROCESS FOR THE PREPARATION OF STANDARDIZED COMPOSITION OF ARJUNOGLUCOSIDE FROM THE BARK OF TERMINALIA ARJUNA

SAMI LABS LIMITED, Banga...

1. A process for the isolation of standardized composition comprising of arjunoglucoside from bark of Terminalia arjuna, said process comprising steps of:(a) Charging Terminalia arjuna bark powder into an extractor,
(b) Adding 3 volumes of ethanol or methanol to Terminalia arjuna bark powder and refluxing for 3 hours at 65 to 70° C.,
(c) Filtering the ethanol or methanol extract of step b) and concentrating under vacuum to get a brown coloured powder,
(d) Dissolving the powder obtained from step c) into 5 volumes of de-mineralize water and stirring thoroughly for 1 hr at 50-55° C. to obtain a solution,
(e) Transferring the solution from step d) to separating funnel and extracting with 2 volumes of ethyl acetate, 6 times, and separating the aqueous and organic layer,
(f) Collecting and combining the ethyl acetate fractions 1-6 from step e and concentrating under vacuum to obtain brown coloured powder,
(g) Loading the powder of step 1) into a silica gel and eluting with chloroform:methanol,
(h) Identifying the compounds from step g) as Arjunic acid corresponding to STR#1, Arjunolic acid corresponding to STR#2, Arjungenin corresponding to STR#3, Arjunoglucoside-I corresponding to STR#4, Arjunoglucoside-II corresponding to STR#5, Arjunetin corresponding to STR#6, and catechin corresponding to STR#7

US Pat. No. 10,479,743

PROCESS FOR THE SEPARATION OF ETHYLBENZENE

SCG Chemicals Company Lim...

1. A process for separation of ethylbenzene from a mixture comprising C8 aromatics comprising:distilling the mixture comprising C8 aromatics in the presence of an extractive agent;
wherein the extractive agent comprises a chlorinated aromatic compound and an organic compound selected from the group consisting of furandione derivatives and organic nitriles;
wherein the extractive agent comprises 5 to 20 percent by weight of the organic compound; and
wherein a weight ratio of the extractive agent to the mixture comprising C8 aromatics is in the range of 0.2:1 to 20:1.

US Pat. No. 10,479,742

LIQUID PHASE XYLENE ISOMERIZATION IN THE ABSENCE OF HYDROGEN

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...

1. A process for the isomerization of an alkylaromatic feed mixture, comprising contacting the alkylaromatic feed mixture in a C8 isomerization zone, wherein the C8 isomerization zone comprises an isomerization stage wherein the alkylaromatic feed mixture contacts a catalyst comprising a UZM-54 zeolite, alumina, and an absence of metals, at isomerization conditions in a liquid phase in the complete absence of hydrogen to produce a product stream.

US Pat. No. 10,479,705

ILLUMINATED VENTILATION RING FOR A UV-LIGHT WATER SANITIZER

Custom Molded Products, L...

1. An ultraviolet light sanitation apparatus comprising:a housing;
a ventilation ring incorporated into the housing for allowing heated air to exhaust from the housing, the ventilation ring comprising downwardly facing ventilation openings whereby the ventilation openings are shielded from sources of overhead moisture while preventing intrusion of moisture from outside of the apparatus into the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,479,698

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AN AUTOMATED WATER TESTING DEVICE

1. A method of testing a fluid sample comprising the steps of:receiving at least one instruction from a first computing system to schedule a test of a fluid;
operating an input device for importing at least a quantity of the fluid from a source;
filling a vial with a pre-determined amount of the imported fluid;
operating a drawing device for drawing a pre-determined amount of a reagent;
activating the drawing device for adding the pre-determined amount of the reagent to the vial;
mixing the fluid and reagent in the vial;
reading an output of a photocolorimeter, the output indicating a result of the reaction of the pre-determined amount of the imported fluid and the pre-determined amount of the reagent;
transmitting the result of the reaction to a second computing system; and
sending an order to another device to dose and correct for a missing chemical.

US Pat. No. 10,479,654

CRANE GIRDER FOR A CRANE

1. A crane girder for a crane, the crane girder comprising a hollow profile, having an external wall that encloses a cavity, and extends longitudinally, and the external wall, when viewed in a cross section through the crane girder, has at least in regions an outwardly bulging shape for reducing aerodynamic drag, the external wall, when viewed in the cross section through the crane girder, has two mutually opposite portions, having an outwardly bulging shape, which are interconnected by two mutually opposite straight wall portions of the external wall, and at least one running surface adapted to support at least one running wheel of a trolley of a lifting gear of the crane, the mutually opposite portions, having an outwardly bulging shape, in an operating position of the crane girder point upward and downward, and the straight wall portions in the operating position laterally delimit the crane girder, the straight wall portions extend vertically, the running surface is at least one of disposed or supported on one of the straight wall portions of the external wall, and a thickness extent of the external wall in a vertical direction, when viewed in the cross section through the crane girder, is between 50% and 80% of a width extent of the external wall in a horizontal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,493

DAMPER DEVICE AND AN AIRCRAFT

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS, Mari...

1. A damper device provided with a first connection member and with a second connection member that are suitable for connecting the damper device respectively to a first mechanical member and to a second mechanical member, the damper device including a resilient member and a hydraulic system that are interposed between the first connection member and the second connection member, wherein the hydraulic system includes a sealed outer casing containing a hydraulic fluid, the hydraulic fluid being contained solely in the hydraulic system, the hydraulic system including a rod movable in translation relative to the outer casing, the rod extending longitudinally from a first end to a second end along a longitudinal axis, the rod having a projecting portion that projects longitudinally from the outer casing, the first connection member being fastened in reversible manner to the outer casing in order to be constrained to move in translation with the outer casing, the resilient member being arranged around the projecting portion of the rod, the resilient member including at least one resilient means interposed between a first strength member and a second strength member, the resilient member and the hydraulic system being two distinct modules, the first strength member being fastened in reversible manner to the outer casing in order to be constrained to move in translation with the outer casing, the second strength member being constrained to move in translation with the projecting portion, the second resilient member being fastened in reversible manner to the projecting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,467

MOUNTING AND PROPULSION SYSTEM FOR BOATS

Meg McCall, San Luis Obi...

1. A mount for a boat, comprising:a generally t-shaped tubular body including a flange and a stem, wherein a length of the flange and the stem is adjustable and, when the body is oriented in a generally horizontal position with the stem facing towards the front of the boat, each end of the flange is configured to rest on a generally flat portion of a side of the boat, wherein the flange ends rest on opposing sides of the boat;
a mount configured to couple to a front portion of the boat and pivotally couple to an end of the stem, whereby the t-shaped body may be rotated upwards away from the boat; and
a mount configured to couple to each side of the boat, wherein the flange ends are configured to be removably coupled to the corresponding mount, wherein the mounts are socket mounts and the flange ends include a ball configured to fit in the socket.

US Pat. No. 10,479,447

POWERTRAIN FOR A PEDAL VEHICLE

E2 DRIVES SA, Louvain-la...

1. A powertrain for a pedal vehicle, the powertrain comprising a first and a second motor, a planetary gearing having a planet carrier, a ring gear and a sun gear, the first motor being connected to the planetary gearing, the powertrain further comprising a crank axle to which the ring gear is connected to create a first input to the planetary gearing, wherein the second motor is mechanically coupled to the crank axle and the first motor is connected to the sun gear, the planet carrier being connected to an output chainring of the powertrain, said first and second motors each having at least one first sensor or at least one second sensor designed to measure the angular position of a rotor on the motor to which the sensors are assigned, said at least one first sensor and said at least one second sensor being connected to a control unit, said powertrain further comprising measuring elements designed to produce current measurement signals that indicate a torque supplied by the first motor and a torque supplied by the second motor, said control unit being configured and operable to regulate the first motor according to an angular position setpoint, and the second motor according to a current or torque setpoint.

US Pat. No. 10,479,446

PROPULSION DEVICE FOR A BICYCLE

Newer Commuter, LLC, Bur...

1. A propulsion device for a bicycle, comprising:a mounting assembly for releasably coupling the propulsion device to the bicycle;
a motor;
a power source operably coupled to and selectively providing power to the motor;
a gear assembly coupled to the motor; and
two frictional drive components coupled to the gear assembly, the two frictional drive components being movable between an engaged configuration and a disengaged configuration, wherein in the engaged configuration the two frictional drive components are frictionally engaged with a side of a wheel of the bicycle such that the wheel is arranged between the two frictional drive components and in the disengaged configuration the two frictional drive components are disengaged from the wheel,
wherein:
when the power source provides power to the motor, the motor drives the gear assembly: (i) to move the two frictional drive components into the engaged configuration, and (ii) to rotate at least one of the two frictional drive components such that rotation of the at least one frictional drive component rotates the wheel of the bicycle, and
the gear assembly comprises:
a gear housing;
a planetary gear assembly coupled to the gear housing and including a ring gear, a sun gear, and a plurality of planet gears; and
one or more drive gears coupled to the at least one of the two frictional drive components, wherein the one or more drive gears are coupled to the planetary gear assembly through the sun gear.

US Pat. No. 10,479,404

BACKUP SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE WITH A TRAILER HITCH

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle, comprising:upright sides;
a hitch point between the upright sides;
an interior display; and
a control module communicatively connected with the display, the control module configured to, in response to a backup event, operate the display during the backup event to display:
an area behind the vehicle;
general-purpose steering guidelines, the general-purpose steering guidelines leading from the upright sides, indicating a projected locus of the vehicle, and having a lengthwise reach that is maintained regardless of changing steering angles; and
a trailer-hitching steering guideline, the trailer-hitching steering guideline leading from the hitch point, indicating a projected path of the hitch point, and having a lengthwise reach that is adjusted based on changing steering angles.

US Pat. No. 10,479,398

INTEGRATED ELECTRIC POWER STEERING APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An integrated electric power steering apparatus having an electric motor that generates assist torque corresponding to steering torque produced by a vehicle driver and a control unit that controls the electric motor, the electric motor and the control unit being integrally fixed to each other,wherein the control unit is configured as a module comprising:
an inverter circuit including two or more switching devices that each supply an electric current to the electric motor;
a CPU that outputs command signals to the inverter circuit;
a wiring board on which at least the inverter circuit and the CPU are directly mounted;
a housing that contains the wiring board; and
respective connectors that are provided on the housing and connect a power source apparatus and a sensor for detecting the operation state of the vehicle, which are provided outside the control unit, with the control unit,
wherein the control unit configured as the module is integrally fixed to the electric motor in the axel direction of the electric motor,
wherein the wiring board is contained in the housing in such a way that the surface thereof is perpendicular to the axel direction,
wherein the housing has wiring members to be connected with respective winding terminals of the electric motor,
wherein each of the wiring members is disposed inside the housing in such a way as to extend in the axel direction,
wherein the wiring members penetrates the wiring board comprising respective wiring strip conductors and are welded to the respective winding terminals, and
wherein the winding terminal of the electric motor extends to the outside of the housing and is connected with the wiring member at the outside of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,479,385

MOTORIZED HANDLING TRUCK

R.S.A. Concept, Brussels...

1. Truck-type handling truck with a chassis and a back, and a low section, a nose plate attachment and two wheels, characterized in that it includes:a motor unit (60) mounted to the chassis (10) and having an electric motor (61) connected to a differential transmission (62) with two lateral output shafts (621),
two track modules (50), each connected to a shaft (521) of the motor unit (60) and mounted to swivel about this shaft independently, between a position aligned on the chassis and a deployed position.

US Pat. No. 10,479,374

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CUSTOMIZING VEHICLE CONNECTIONS OF OCCUPANTS EQUIPPED WITH WEARABLE DEVICES

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A system comprising:a memory that stores instructions for customizing connections to a vehicle of one or more occupants equipped with a wearable device; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions, wherein the instructions cause the processor to:
detect one or more occupants of the vehicle equipped with a respective wearable device;
determine a status of each of the one or more occupants equipped with the wearable device based on one or more motions;
distinguish between a driver of the vehicle and one or more passengers of the vehicle; and
customize the connections to the vehicle based on the status of each of the one or more occupants by prioritizing a secondary device of the driver equipped with the wearable device over other secondary devices in the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,361

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING BRAKING OF VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for controlling braking of a vehicle, comprising:determining, by a first controller, a required deceleration based on a running state of other vehicle ahead;
determining, by the first controller, a maximum value of a maximum creep torque of a motor and a maximum creep torque of a battery as an amount of available creep torque;
determining, by the first controller, a smaller value of a required deceleration and the amount of available creep torque as the creep torque;
determining, by the first controller, a motor torque based on the creep torque;
performing, by a second controller, regenerative braking by controlling the motor so as to follow the determined motor torque;
calculating, by the first controller, a deceleration torque based on the creep torque and calculating an amount of hydraulic braking based on the deceleration torque; and
performing, by a third controller, hydraulic braking according to the calculated hydraulic braking amount.

US Pat. No. 10,479,359

RESTART CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A restart control device applied to a vehicle which is provided with an internal combustion engine, an electric motor which is connected to an output shaft of the internal combustion engine so that a torque is applied to the output shaft to increase a rotation speed of the internal combustion engine, a driving wheel, a clutch device which is engaged or disengaged to permit or prohibit a power transmission between the output shaft of the internal combustion engine and the driving wheel, and a vehicle speed detector which detects a vehicle speed, the restart control device comprising:a computer configured to:
determine whether a performing condition is established for the vehicle to perform a coasting;
terminate a fuel supply to the internal combustion engine and disengage the clutch device to perform a coasting of the vehicle when the computer determines that the performing condition is established;
determine whether a restart condition for restarting the internal combustion engine is established while the vehicle is coasting;
perform push-start by engaging the clutch device to increase a rotation speed of the internal combustion engine by a driving force generated by the coasting, and reopening the fuel supply to the internal combustion engine to start the internal combustion engine;
perform start-up by increasing the rotation speed of the internal combustion engine using the electric motor, and reopening the fuel supply to the internal combustion engine to start the internal combustion engine; and
try to start the internal combustion engine by one of the push-start and the start-up when the computer determines that the restart condition is established, and try to start the internal combustion engine by another one of the push-start and the start-up when the internal combustion engine has not been started,
wherein the push-start includes:
trying to start the internal combustion engine without any drive assistance of the electric motor when the vehicle speed detected by the vehicle speed detector is higher than a specified speed, and
trying to start the internal combustion engine with drive assistance of the electric motor when the vehicle speed detected by the vehicle speed detector is lower than the specified speed.

US Pat. No. 10,479,341

ELECTRICALLY POWERED BRAKE DEVICE

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. An electric brake device comprising:a brake rotor;
a friction member configured to be brought into contact with the brake rotor;
a friction member operator configured to bring the friction member into contact with the brake rotor;
an electric motor configured to drive the friction member operator; and
a controller configured to control a braking force by means of the electric motor, wherein
the controller includes:
a heat balance degree estimator configured to estimate a balance degree among heat generation amounts of a plurality of exciting coils in the electric motor; and
a heat load balancing section configured to decrease a heat generation amount of a specific exciting coil, when the heat balance degree estimator has estimated that the heat generation amount of the specific exciting coil among the plurality of exciting coils is larger than heat generation amounts of the other exciting coils, to equalize the heat generation amounts of the respective exciting coils.

US Pat. No. 10,479,340

OVERLOAD PROTECTION FOR A PARKING LOCK

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method, comprising:normally controlling a parking lock of a vehicle by a first control unit;
measuring all measurement values from the group consisting of temperature of the first control unit, number of actuations of the parking lock in a predefined time period, current applied to the first control unit, voltage applied to the first control unit, current outputted by the first control unit and voltage outputted by the first control unit;
in the presence of a predefined condition, controlling the parking lock by a second control unit of the vehicle; and
disabling the first control unit, at least in part, in the presence of the predefined condition,
wherein the presence of the predefined condition is affirmed, when one of the measurement values corresponds to a respective one of predefined values.

US Pat. No. 10,479,339

FLARE-TYPE BRAKE LINE ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of sealing a flare-type brake line assembly including (a) a brake tube having a flare with a first sealing surface, (b) a brake component having a port with a second sealing surface and (c) a tube nut, comprising:treating at least one sealing surface of said first sealing surface and said second sealing surface to provide a first coefficient of friction between said brake tube and said brake component greater than a second coefficient of friction between said tube nut and said brake tube by (a) applying a material selected from a group of materials consisting of a paint, an adhesive, or a glue, to said at least one sealing surface or (b) roughening at least one sealing surface of said first sealing surface and said second sealing surface to increase said first coefficient of friction above said second coefficient of friction while maintaining sufficient sealing robustness between said brake tube and said brake component to prevent high pressure brake fluid from leaking between said first sealing surface and said second sealing surface when the first sealing surface is against the second sealing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,479,327

VEHICLE CAMERA CLEANING SYSTEM

THUNDER POWER NEW ENERGY ...

1. A vehicle camera cleaning system, comprising:an air nozzle arranged proximate to a camera lens, the air nozzle being configured to expel air onto the camera lens; and
a central controller comprising a processing unit including one or more processors, the central controller configured to control the operation of the air nozzle, wherein the central controller is further configured to:
determine whether there are water drops on the camera lens;
in response to determining there are water drops on the camera lens, generate a first instruction to activate the air nozzle to expel air onto the camera lens to remove the water drops;
in response to the air nozzle having expelled air onto the camera lens, determine whether there are residual water drops remaining on the camera lens; and
in response to determining there are residual water drops on the camera lens, performing the following:
determining a temperature of the camera lens;
comparing the temperature of the camera lens with a threshold temperature value;
generating a second instruction to remove the residual water drops using a heated water flow based on a result of the comparison; and
generating a third instruction to activate the air nozzle to expel air onto the camera lens to further remove the residual water drops; and
after the third instruction is generated, determining whether there are residual water residual water drops on the camera lens, and in response to determining there are residual water drops on the camera lens,
generating a fourth instruction to remove the residual water drops using the heated water flow; and
generating a fifth instruction to activate the air nozzle to expel air onto the camera lens to further remove the residual water drops.

US Pat. No. 10,479,278

VEHICLE AND VEHICLE STEP APPARATUS

T-MAX (HANGZHOU) TECHNOLO...

1. A vehicle step apparatus, comprising:a first extending and retracting device comprising a first mounting bracket, a first step bracket, and a first arm assembly coupled between the first mounting bracket and the first step bracket and configured to drive the first step bracket to move between a first extending position and a first retracting position;
a second extending and retracting device comprising a second mounting bracket, a second step bracket, and a second arm assembly coupled between the second mounting bracket and the second step bracket and configured to drive the second step bracket to move between a second extending position and a second retracting position;
a step mounted on the first step bracket and the second step bracket;
a first permanent magnet direct current motor mounted on the first mounting bracket and coupled with the first arm assembly to drive the first arm assembly;
a second permanent magnet direct current motor mounted on the second mounting bracket and coupled with the second arm assembly to drive the second arm assembly;
a first elastic member configured to elastically deform so as to store energy when the first permanent magnet direct current motor drives the first step bracket to move towards the first extending position, and to release energy so as to assist the first permanent magnet direct current motor to drive the first extending and retracting device when the first permanent magnet direct current motor drives the first step bracket to move towards the first retracting position; and
a second elastic member configured to elastically deform so as to store energy when the second permanent magnet direct current motor drives the second step bracket to move towards the second extending position, and to release energy so as to assist the second permanent magnet direct current motor to drive the second extending and retracting device when the second permanent magnet direct current motor drives the second step bracket to move towards the second retracting position.

US Pat. No. 10,479,275

VEHICLE PERIPHERAL OBSERVATION DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle peripheral observation device, comprising:a plurality of cameras for imaging an area including a road surface of a vehicle periphery;
a monitor, for displaying the images captured using the plurality of cameras; and
an image processor for processing the images for display on the monitor in the following manner: and
a primary display area on which an image captured by any one of the plurality of cameras is displayed and an overhead image display area on which an overhead image of the vehicle periphery is displayed when there is sensed a touch operation touching any area of the monitor while only one of the images is displayed in a display area of the monitor,
wherein the overhead image comprises a plurality of images captured using the plurality of cameras, and the overhead image display area is divided into a plurality of divided areas.

US Pat. No. 10,479,253

VEHICLE MOUNTED LOADING AND UNLOADING APPARATUS

1. A loading and unloading apparatus comprising:a mounting rack configured to removably attach to a roof of a vehicle, and including a mounting frame defining a first plane and having a front mount portion, a rear mount portion, and a pair of opposing lateral mount portions;
a top rack slidably and pivotally connected to the mounting rack, and including a base frame defining a second plane and having a front wall at a front end of the top rack, a rear wall at a rear end of the top rack, and a pair of opposing lateral wall portions defining a container space for storing cargo;
an adjustment mechanism adapted to slidably and pivotally move the top rack relative to the mounting rack from a transporting position in which the respective first and second planes of the mounting frame and the base frame are substantially parallel, to a loading/unloading position in which the second plane of the base frame is slanted and lowered with respect to the first plane of the mounting frame; and
a movable shelf unit provided on the top rack for assisting with loading and unloading cargo, the shelf unit including a shelf frame adapted to slide between a position adjacent the rear end of the top rack and a position adjacent the front end of the top rack, wherein the movable shelf unit maintains a predetermined fixed orientation relative to the top rack as the movable shelf unit slides between the position adjacent the rear end of the top rack and the position adjacent the front end of the top rack.

US Pat. No. 10,479,194

OVER FENDER AIR GUIDE AND SNORKEL PROTECTION

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. An air intake system for supplying air to a snorkel of a vehicle, the vehicle comprising a wheel well, a wheel disposed in the wheel well, a first body panel defining a side of an engine compartment of the vehicle, and a second body panel attached to the first body panel and located above and defining the wheel well, the air intake system comprising:a first air intake vent having a first opening and a snorkel located underneath the second body panel defining a first air pathway to the snorkel; and
a scoop disposed in the first air intake vent, wherein air entering the first air intake vent passes the scoop and follows the first air pathway to the snorkel and wherein the scoop comprises:
a base portion attached to a body component defining a back wall of the lower air intake vent;
a longitudinally transverse portion extending forward from the base portion; and
a laterally transverse portion extending from an upper edge of the base portion and an upper edge of the longitudinally transverse portion; and
wherein air entering the first air intake vent passes the scoop and follows the first air pathway to the snorkel.

US Pat. No. 10,479,112

PRINTING DEVICE AND PRINTING METHOD

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

1. A printing device that carries out printing with respect to a medium, the printing device comprising:an ejection head that ejects an ink to the medium; and
an infrared irradiating portion that irradiates an infrared light in which a wavelength is smaller than or equal to 3 ?m with respect to the ink on the medium;
wherein the ejection head ejects the ink containing a solvent that generates heat by absorbing the infrared light; and
the infrared irradiating portion volatilizes and removes at least one part of the solvent in the ink by irradiating the infrared light with respect to the ink on the medium,
wherein the infrared irradiating portion generates the infrared light in which a peak wavelength is smaller than or equal to 3 ?m, and an intensity of a component in which a wavelength is 4 ?m is smaller than or equal to 1/10 of an intensity at the peak wavelength.

US Pat. No. 10,479,072

METHOD FOR DECORATING SUBSTRATES AND DECORATED SUBSTRATE

1. A method for decorating substrates, comprising the following steps:printing at least one first decorative pattern (2) with a first printing ink composition (3) onto the substrate (1), the substrate being a glass vessel,
printing at least one second decorative pattern (4) with a second printing ink composition (5) onto the substrate (1), at least sectionally in a region adjacent to the first pattern (2), temporarily before, after, or during the printing of the first pattern,wherein the second printing ink composition (5) when radiation-cured, has a lower glass transition temperature than the first printing ink composition (3) when radiation-cured, and wherein a hot stamping method (10) is used to apply a decorative coating to the second pattern (4), for which purpose hot stamping foil comprising a decorative coating material is pressed with exposure to heat and pressure, by means of a stamping tool (12) against the printed substrate (1), at least sectionally in the region of the first and second patterns (4), so that the decorative coating adheres to the second pattern (4), but not to the first pattern (2),wherein the first and the second printing ink compositions (3, 5) are radiation-curable and wherein the first and second printing ink compositions (3, 5) are radiation-cured before the hot stamping method, and wherein the second printing ink composition (5) comprises a base composition having at least one radical photoinitiator and no cationic photoinitiator, andwherein the base composition comprises at least one epoxy resin based on bisphenol A, which is in solution in a UV-curing monomer, and also a resin having functional groups which free functional hydroxy, epoxide, acid, acid anhydride and/or acrylate groups, and further a wax, and wherein on irradiation of the second printing ink composition (5), the epoxy resin based on bisphenol A is not crosslinked with the UV-curable monomer, but is instead merely physically embedded, and wherein a weight fraction of a heat-activatable pressure-sensitive adhesive in the second printing ink composition (5) is between 10% and 25%.

US Pat. No. 10,479,063

ROLLER MASKING SYSTEM AND METHOD

PDS IG Holding LLC, Prai...

1. A system for applying a masking material to a planar substrate, comprising:a carousel configured to support a first roller and a second roller;
a masking material application location where the system is configured to apply the masking material to a staging surface on the first roller or a staging surface on the second roller: and
a transfer location where at least a portion of the masking material is transferred from the staging surface on the first roller or the staging surface on the second roller to a surface of a planar substrate: and
wherein the carousel is configured to rotate around a carousel axis of the carousel to move the first roller between the masking material application location and the transfer location, wherein the carousel is further configured to rotate around the carousel axis to move the second roller between the masking material application location and the transfer location.

US Pat. No. 10,479,042

MACHINE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PLASTIC POUCHES

Mamata Machinery Pvt. Ltd...

1. A machine for making plastic pouches having three gussets comprising:a. a panel plastic film unwinding means adapted to provide a panel plastic film;
b. a folding device adapted to longitudinally fold in half the panel plastic film;
c. a pair of guide rollers adapted to receive the folded panel plastic film and to transport the folded panel plastic film longitudinally;
d. an accumulator roller adapted to receive the folded panel plastic film and to further transport it in longitudinal direction;
e. a slitter adapted to slit into top and bottom halves the folded panel plastic film along the longitudinal fold and to create an initial gap substantially the same as a thickness of the slitter between the top and bottom halves of the panel plastic film;
f. a means to enlarge the gap between the top and bottom halves of the panel plastic film;
g. a side gusset plastic film unwinding means adapted to provide a side gusset plastic film;
h. an accumulator roller adapted to receive the side gusset plastic film unwound from the side gusset plastic film unwinding means and to transport the side gusset plastic film in a transverse direction;
i. a means to longitudinally fold the side gusset plastic film such that the folded portions are on the top and the combined width of the folded top portions is substantially same as the width of the bottom portion;
j. a creasing device adapted to maintain the crease at the folds in the unwound folded side gusset plastic film;
k. an accumulator roller adapted to receive the folded side gusset plastic film and to transport it further in transverse direction;
l. a means to cut the folded side gusset plastic film into side gusset pieces having a length less than or equal to the width of the top and bottom halves of the folded panel plastic film;
m. a pair of index rollers adapted to intermittently transport in the transverse direction the side gusset pieces such that the side gusset pieces are placed through the enlarged gap between the top and bottom halves of the panel plastic film at a predetermined distance from each other;
n. a transverse sealing means to seal the side gusset pieces along the length of the side gusset pieces with the top and bottom halves of the panel plastic film such that at least the edges of the folded top portions of the side gusset piece are sealed with the bottom surface of the top half of the panel plastic film and at least the corresponding middle of the bottom portion of the side gusset piece is sealed with the top surface of the bottom half of the panel plastic film;
o. a means to pull the top and bottom halves of the panel plastic film away from each other at the location of the side gusset creating a folded top portion of the top half of the panel plastic film that is substantially perpendicular to the greater parts of the top half of the panel plastic film and a folded bottom portion of the bottom half of the panel plastic film that is substantially perpendicular to the greater parts of the bottom half of the panel plastic film and to transform the shape of the end of the side gusset piece into a rhomboid-like shape having rounded front and rear corners;
p. a means to push inwards the front and rear corners of the rhomboid-like shaped end of the side gusset piece and to form two vertical edges that are substantially parallel to the vertical axis of the rhomboid-like end and to transform the rhomboid-like end into a rhomboid creating new front and rear corners of the rhomboid, the rhomboid shaped end being substantially perpendicular to the greater parts of the top and bottom halves of the panel plastic film;
q. a bottom gusset plastic film unwinding means adapted to provide a bottom gusset plastic film;
r. an accumulator roller adapted to receive the unwound bottom gusset plastic film and to transport the unwound bottom gusset plastic film in the transverse direction;
s. a pair of index rollers adapted to transport in the transverse direction the bottom gusset plastic film;
t. a turn bar adapted to reorient the bottom gusset film to be transported in the longitudinal direction and to be substantially in contact with the full face of the rhomboid shaped ends of the side gusset pieces and the folded top and bottom portions of the top and bottom halves of the panel plastic film;
u. a sealing means to seal along the vertical edges within the rhomboid shaped ends of the side gusset pieces, the sealing extending beyond the vertical edges up to the edges of the folded top and bottom portions of the top and bottom halves of the panel plastic film;
v. a means to collapse into equal top and bottom halves the bottom gusset film sealed with the rhomboid shaped end of the side gusset and the top and half folded portions of the top and bottom panel plastic film;
w. a sealing means to longitudinally seal the top edge of the bottom gusset film with the edge of the top half of the panel plastic film and the bottom edge of the bottom gusset film with the edge of the bottom half of the panel plastic film;
x. at least one sealing means to transversely further seal the top edge of the side gusset piece with the top half of the panel plastic film and the bottom edge of the side gusset piece with the bottom half of the panel plastic film, the seal also sealing the edges of the side gusset piece with the corresponding contacting edges of the bottom gusset film;
y. a means to transversely cut along substantially the middle of the length of the side gusset pieces and top and bottom halves of the panel plastic film.

US Pat. No. 10,479,027

EDGE BANDING MACHINE CAPABLE OF REDUCING PROCESSING ERROR

OAV EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS, ...

1. An edge banding machine which is capable of reducing processing error and adapted for processing a workpiece, the edge banding machine comprising:a base having a slide installation seat, the slide installation seat having an first outer wall and an second outer wall which are arranged parallel to each other, the slide installation seat having a feed inlet end and a feed outlet end;
a slide rail movably disposed on the slide installation seat from the feed inlet end to the feed outlet end;
a positioning pressing wheel set being spacedly disposed above the slide rail and pressing the workpiece toward the slide rail in such a way that the workpiece can be moved between the slide rail and the positioning pressing wheel set and moved along with the slide rail;
a pre-milling mechanism fixed to the second outer wall and located close to the feed inlet end and far from the feed outlet end.

US Pat. No. 10,478,960

HANDHELD MACHINE TOOL HAVING A SPINDLE-LOCKING DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A handheld machine tool, comprising:a tool housing, in which a drive motor is situated for driving a drive element equipped with at least one clamping surface, to which a spindle-locking device is assigned that is equipped with a blocking element and at least one spindle cylinder, the at least one spindle cylinder being clampable in the spindle-lock operation of spindle-locking device radially between the at least one clamping surface and the blocking element within a plane that is perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the machine tool to prevent the drive element from rotating relative to the tool housing; and
a positioning element assigned to the spindle-locking device is situated at least in sections on the at least one clamping surface of the drive element, the positioning element being situated at least partially in the region radially between the at least one spindle cylinder and the at least one clamping surface,
wherein the positioning element is configured to impinge on the at least one spindle cylinder in a direction of the blocking element,
wherein the positioning element projects beyond the at least one clamping surface at least in regions in the direction of blocking element, thereby forming a maximal projection on the clamping surface when viewed in a circumferential direction of the drive element,
wherein the positioning element is situated at least partially in the region radially between the at least one spindle cylinder and the at least one clamping surface within a plane that is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the machine tool.

US Pat. No. 10,478,959

HAND-HELD POWER TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hand-held power tool, comprising:a gear housing with a gear for transmitting a torque, generated by a drive motor, to a spindle that rotates about a rotation axis and defines an axial direction; and
a housing-side interface element, the gear housing being exchangeably connectable to a tool attachment via the housing-side interface element in such a way that a torque is transmitted from the spindle to an input spindle of the tool attachment, the housing-side interface element including a flange ring that is connected to the gear housing in a torsionally stiff manner, and the housing-side interface element corresponding to a tool attachment-side interface element which includes a fastening ring that is rotatably supported on the tool attachment, the fastening ring being brought into engagement with the flange ring by a coupled rotatory and axial relative movement of the fastening ring with respect to the flange ring in such a way that the fastening ring and the flange ring together form a bayonet-type connector,
wherein the flange ring has at least one beveled undercut that extends in a circumferential direction of the flange ring and has a variable slope.

US Pat. No. 10,478,958

SOLID STATE TOOL SYSTEM

Fiskars Brands, Inc., Mi...

1. A tool system comprising:a first tool defining a first aperture;
a second tool defining a second aperture; and
a connection mechanism formed of a resilient material and including a first coupling portion sized to engage the first aperture and a second coupling portion sized to engage the second aperture,
wherein the connecting mechanism passes through the first tool and the second tool, and engages the first aperture and the second aperture in a storage configuration,
wherein the first tool provides a first mode of operation when used independently,
wherein the second tool provides a second mode of operation when used independently, and
wherein the tool system provides a third mode of operation when arranged in the storage configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,478,927

DEVICE FOR ASSEMBLING CAMS ON A CAMSHAFT PIPE

Mahle International GmbH,...

1. A device for assembling cams on a camshaft pipe of a camshaft, comprising:a first gripper and a second gripper each configured for gripping and holding a respective cam during assembly, wherein the first gripper and the second gripper receive the respective cam in a common direction and are movable in a common direction into alignment with respect to the camshaft pipe, and the second gripper grips and holds the respective cam that is pivoted by 90° with respect to an orientation of the respective cam in the first gripper; and
wherein the second gripper comprises a U-shaped seat and a U-shaped holder, and the U-shaped holder is movable axially and radially with respect to the U-shaped seat.

US Pat. No. 10,478,908

OSCILLATING JIG SAW BLADE

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. An accessory tool for an oscillating power tool, the oscillating power tool defining an oscillating axis, the accessory tool comprising:a first metal plate forming:
a mounting portion configured to mate with an oscillating drive member of a power tool; and
a support arm portion including a rearmost portion, a distal end portion, a first lateral support edge and a second lateral support edge, the rearmost portion being adjacent the mounting portion, the first lateral support edge and the second lateral support edge extending in a forward direction from the rearmost portion to the distal end portion, the first lateral support edge being angled toward the second lateral support edge such that the support arm portion narrows as it approaches the distal end portion; and
a second metal plate forming:
an overlapping portion attached to the support arm portion, the overlapping portion including a first lateral edge, a second lateral edge, and a forward end portion, the first lateral edge being aligned with the first lateral support edge, the second lateral edge being aligned with the second lateral support edge, the first lateral edge and the second lateral edge following the first lateral support edge and the second lateral support edge, respectively, from the rearmost portion of the support arm portion and beyond the distal end portion to position the forward end portion forward of the distal end portion of the support arm portion; and
a blade portion extending laterally from the forward end portion of the overlapping portion, the blade portion including a cutting edge arranged facing in the forward direction and a trailing edge that faces toward the mounting portion,
wherein the mounting portion defines a central axis which intersects the oscillating axis when the mounting portion is attached to a tool holder of the oscillating power tool,
wherein the angled first lateral support edge of the support arm portion and the trailing edge of the blade portion define an open region which is interposed between the blade portion and the mounting portion, and
wherein the central axis intersects the open region, the first lateral support edge of the support arm portion and both the trailing edge and the cutting edge of the blade portion.

US Pat. No. 10,478,904

HOLE SAW ASSEMBLY

GRIPP-X B.V., Ede (NL)

1. A hole saw assembly comprising a hole saw and an arbor for coupling said hole saw to a driving tool, said hole saw comprising a bottom wall provided with a hole with internal thread having a major and a minor thread diameter, and said arbor comprising a clamping device having a first and a second thread-engaging part,said first thread-engaging part extending in a longitudinal direction and having a first external surface for in use engaging the internal thread;
said second thread-engaging part extending in said longitudinal direction and having a second external surface for in use engaging the internal thread;said first and second thread-engaging parts moveable with respect to one another with a component in a direction perpendicular to said longitudinal direction, allowing said first and second thread-engaging parts to displace between a first or disengaged position with respect to one another for together providing a first circumference allowing retraction from or insertion in said hole in a substantially longitudinal direction, and a second or engaged position having a second circumference that is larger than the first circumference, and in said second position said first and second external surfaces engaging said internal thread for clamping said clamping device in said hole.

US Pat. No. 10,478,878

EXTRUSION PRESS SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Manchester Copper Product...

1. An extrusion press system comprising:a mandrel bar having a first end and a second end, the first end for receiving a billet having a hole therethrough and the second end coupled to a mandrel bar tip;
a plurality of cooling elements configured to be clamped to the mandrel bar, each of the plurality of cooling elements having a respective port through which cooling fluid is delivered into an interior of the mandrel bar for cooling the mandrel bar tip, wherein at any given time at least one but fewer than all of the plurality of cooling elements are clamped to the mandrel bar;
a plurality of gripping elements configured to grip the mandrel bar, each of the plurality of gripping elements comprising moveable grips for securing in place and preventing rotation of the mandrel bar, wherein at any given time at least one but fewer than all of the plurality of gripping elements are gripping the mandrel bar; and
a rotating extrusion die, rotating at a speed between 200 RPM and 1000 RPM, configured to receive the billet from a centering insert having a frictional surface that frictionally engages the billet to prevent the billet from rotating prior to entry of the billet into the rotating extrusion die,
wherein the mandrel bar tip is positioned within the rotating die.

US Pat. No. 10,478,847

COATING SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED OPERATING METHOD

1. A Coating system for coating components, having:a) a coating booth,
b) a conveyor for conveying the components through the coating booth,
c) at least one applicator inside the coating booth for applying a spray jet of a coating agent to the components to be coated, a portion of the applied coating agent being deposited on the components to be coated, while another portion of the applied coating agent floats in the booth interior as overspray,
d) a cleaning device for reducing the overspray from the booth interior by an additional measure in addition to the reduction of the overspray by a vertically downwardly directed air flow that is generated by a filter ceiling wherein the cleaning device is on a movable manipulator having a plurality of movement axis; the cleaning device has a blowing nozzle arrangement which delivers the air flow downwards through at least one blowing nozzle in order to blow the troublesome overspray downwards out of the booth interior, and
the movable manipulator is arranged above the conveyor, and
the blowing nozzle arrangement extends through the coating booth transversely to the conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 10,478,846

DYNAMIC COATING THICKNESS MEASUREMENT AND CONTROL

Lockheed Martin Corporati...

1. A method, comprising:spraying, by a spray gun coupled to a robot, a first predefine number of passes of a material onto a substrate at a first flow rate;
measuring, by a measurement device, one or more properties of the material sprayed onto the substrate while the material is wet;
determining, by an analyzer, a thickness of the wet material based on the one or more measured properties; and
calculating, by the analyzer, a second flow rate required to achieve a cured thickness of the material within a second predefined number of passes, the calculated second flow rate based on:
the first predefined number of passes;
an expected thickness of the wet material for one pass of the first predefined number of passes;
the determined thickness of the wet material; and
the first flow rate; and
where the one or more properties comprises electrical performance data; and
wherein the electrical performance data comprises reflectivity.

US Pat. No. 10,478,840

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONVERTING LIQUID STREAM INTO FINE DROPLETS

INDIAN OIL CORPORATION LI...

1. An apparatus for mixing and atomizing a hydrocarbon stream using a dispersion stream, said apparatus comprising:an inner conduit having a first inlet for receiving the hydrocarbon stream and a second inlet for receiving a primary dispersion stream, the inner conduit producing a primary mixture comprising the hydrocarbon stream and the primary dispersion stream;
said second inlet for receiving the primary dispersion stream including a first axial pipe and at least one further axial pipe connected in a direction of flow of the primary dispersion stream, the first axial pipe being adapted to receive the primary dispersion stream and the second axial pipe defining a first set of orifices for exit of the primary dispersion stream thereto, the first set of orifices being located at the same horizontal plane as that of the first inlet;
an outer conduit having a third inlet for receiving a secondary dispersion stream, said inner and outer conduits together defining an annular passage for downstream flow of the secondary dispersion stream;
a distal end of the annular passage defining a second set of orifices for allowing the secondary dispersion stream flowing there-through to come in contact with the primary mixture and to thereby form a secondary mixture; and
an outlet for dispensing the secondary mixture comprising the hydrocarbon stream, the primary dispersion stream and the secondary dispersion stream.

US Pat. No. 10,478,821

OPTICAL DENSITY INSTRUMENT AND SYSTEMS AND METHODS USING THE SAME

BIOMERIEUX, INC., Durham...

1. An optical density instrument comprising:a handheld unit having a top and a bottom and further comprising:
an optical test platform having an open top and a cavity configured to receive at least a portion of a first sample tube and a bottom portion positioned within the handheld unit such that the first sample tube extends above the top of the handheld unit when inserted in the optical test platform;
an emitter positioned within the handheld unit at the bottom portion of the optical test platform such that the emitter is configured to emit light into the cavity, and wherein the emitter is configured to emit light into the first sample tube when the first sample tube is inserted in the optical test platform;
at least one sensor positioned in optical communication with the emitter via the cavity, such that the at least one sensor is configured to receive the emitted light from the cavity, and such that the at least one sensor is configured to receive light emitted by the emitter and passing through the first sample tube when the first sample tube is inserted in the optical test platform; and
an illumination light positioned at the bottom portion of the optical test platform and configured to illuminate the cavity such that light emitted by the illumination light is configured to illuminate the first sample tube when the first sample tube is inserted in the optical test platform; and
a base station having at least a handheld unit receiving portion,
wherein the handheld unit is configured to operably couple to the base station both when the handheld unit engages the handheld unit receiving portion and when the handheld unit is separated from the base station.

US Pat. No. 10,478,806

PROCESS AND CATALYST SYSTEM FOR THE PRODUCTION OF HIGH QUALITY SYNGAS FROM LIGHT HYDROCARBONS AND CARBON DIOXIDE

Carbon Recycling Solution...

1. A nickel-based, solid solution catalyst for producing syngas, wherein the solid solution catalyst is not coated on a substrate, and wherein the catalyst is in contact with CO2, CH4 and H2O, and wherein the catalyst is capable of producing syngas with a pre-selected ratio of H2/CO, and wherein the H2/CO ratio is capable of being varied based on the production process used to produce the syngas, wherein the nickel-based, solid solution catalyst comprises only one transition metal, and wherein the transition metal is nickel.

US Pat. No. 10,478,787

SALT BRINE PRODUCTION SYSTEM

DUO LIFT MANUFACTURING CO...

1. A salt brine production system, comprising:a hopper, having an open upper end, an open lower end, a front wall, a back wall, a first end wall and a second end wall;
said front wall, said back wall, said first end wall and said second end wall having inner and outer surfaces;
said hopper being configured to receive salt therein;
a receiving tank having an open upper end;
said receiving tank being positioned below said open lower end of said hopper;
said open lower end of said hopper being in open communication with said open upper end of said receiving tank;
at least one spray device mounted in said hopper which is configured to spray water onto the salt in said hopper;
a solids screen, having upper and lower surfaces, positioned between said open lower end of said hopper and said open upper end of said receiving tank;
a vertically disposed overflow tube having an open upper end and an open lower end;
said overflow tube being positioned in said hopper and being secured thereto;
said open lower end of said overflow tube being in fluid communication with said solids screen;
said upper end of said overflow tube being spaced below said open upper end of said hopper;
a screen mounted on said open upper end of said overflow tube; and
said overflow tube being configured to permit the downward flow of salt brine therethrough to said solids screen and said receiving tank when the level of salt brine in said hopper reaches said screen.

US Pat. No. 10,478,779

HOLLOW FIBER MEMBRANE MODULE

KOLON INDUSTRIES, INC., ...

1. A hollow fiber membrane module comprising:a housing including a first fluid inlet, a first fluid outlet, a second fluid inlet, and a second fluid outlet;
diaphragms each extending from an inner surface of the housing thereby partitioning an inner space of the housing into a plurality of sections;
a vacant porous tube disposed in each of the plurality of sections, the vacant porous tube having closed ends and including a plurality of pores formed on a side surface thereof; and
a hollow fiber membrane bundle disposed in every each of the plurality of sections, the hollow fiber membrane bundle including a plurality of hollow fiber membranes so that a first fluid flows inside the hollow fiber membranes and a second fluid flows outside the hollow fiber membranes,
wherein each of the diaphragms has at least one fluid flow hole through which the second fluid flows.

US Pat. No. 10,478,743

AUDIO-LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEM

GEMMY INDUSTRIES CORPORAT...

1. An audio-lighting control system, comprising:a first device, comprising
an audio module, the audio module generating audio data, wherein the audio module plays music according to the audio data;
a first processor unit, electrically connected to the audio module, wherein the first processor unit generates a lighting control signal; and
a first wireless module, electrically connected to the first processor unit, wherein the first wireless module receives the lighting control signal from the first processor unit;
a wireless transmission device, wirelessly connected to the first wireless module of the first device, and receiving the lighting control signal from the first wireless module;
a second device, comprising
a second wireless module, wirelessly connected to the wireless transmission device, wherein the second wireless module receives the lighting control signal from the wireless transmission device; and
a lighting module, electrically connected to the second wireless module and receiving the lighting control signal, wherein the lighting module displays lighting effects according to the lighting control signal; wherein
the wireless transmission device is wirelessly connected to the first wireless module and the second wireless module through 2.4 GHz wireless communication;
a main control device, comprising
a second processor unit, wherein the second processor unit generates a function control signal; and
a third wireless module, electrically connected to the second processor unit, wherein the third wireless module receives the function control signal from the second processor unit; and
a router, wirelessly connected to the third wireless module; wherein
the wireless transmission device comprises
a first communication interface, wirelessly connected to the first wireless module of the first device and the second wireless module of the second device; and
a second communication interface, electrically connected to the first communication interface, and wirelessly connected to the router; wherein
the second communication interface of the wireless transmission device receives the function control signal of the main control device through the connection of the router, and the first communication interface receives the function control signal and sends the function control signal to the first wireless module of the first device; and wherein
when the first device receives the function control signal, the first processor unit controls the audio module to play the music according to the function control signal, or generates the lighting control signal according to the function control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,478,697

SOCCER TRAINING APPARATUS

1. A soccer training apparatus configured to be disposed on the front of a user's chest and above a user's hips, the apparatus comprising:a backing plate, the backing plate having a body surface disposable towards the user's chest and above the user's hips, a frontal surface opposite to the body surface, a first side positioned between the body surface and the frontal surface and a second side positioned opposite to the first side between the body surface and the front surface, the backing plate further comprising a first hinge pin positioned on the first side and extending outwardly from the first side and a second hinge pin positioned on the second side and extending outwardly from the second side;
a sight shield coupled to the backing plate, the sight shield extending perpendicularly away from the backing plate and in an orientation parallel to the user's hips to block downward line of sight and the sight shield further comprising a first hinge receptor and a second hinge receptor spaced apart from the first hinge receptor, the first hinge receptor configured with a first opening to receive the first hinge pin of the backing plate and the second hinge receptor configured with a second opening to receive the second hinge pin of the backing plate;
a first harness aperture located on the backing plate at a position above the sight shield;
a second harness aperture located on the backing plate at a position below the sight shield;
a harness, wherein the backing plate is coupled to the harness, and wherein the harness is configured to be worn on the chest of the user;
a plurality of ribs extending away from the backing plate, wherein a rib channel is formed between two adjacent ribs of the plurality of ribs; and
wherein sight shield is coupled to the backing plate and between two adjacent ribs.

US Pat. No. 10,478,677

SPORTS TRAINING BALL AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A SPORTS TRAINING BALL

SWAX LAX LLC, Summit, NJ...

1. A lacrosse training ball comprising:a shell defining an enclosure having an interior volume, the shell including a plurality of pads connected along a plurality of seams sewn with a thread having a finishing knot; and
a filler consisting essentially of a mixture of a first material being a plurality of pellets formed by a process comprising grinding an elastic material, and a second material being a plurality of grains of sand that substantially occupies the interior volume,
wherein the shell has a substantially spherical shape having a circumference in the range of 19.0 to 21.0 centimeters, and
wherein the lacrosse training ball has a weight of 5 ounces to 5.25+/?5% ounces.

US Pat. No. 10,478,645

SAFETY REMOVABLE ANCHORING DEVICE

ZEDEL, Crolles (FR)

1. A removable anchoring device, designed to be fixed in a bore hole and able to be easily disassembled and recovered from the bore hole, the removable anchoring device comprising:a fixed first part with an expansion head,
a second movable control part having wedging means collaborating with the expansion head to perform blocking or releasing of the removable anchoring device inside the bore hole, and a gripping knob connected to the wedging means by operating rods, and
a spring biasing the wedging means in a blocking direction, wherein the gripping knob is associated with a stop arranged on the fixed first part, and the gripping knob being movable with respect to the stop by a relative translational movement to disable any release command in a predefined position of the gripping knob,
wherein the wedging means comprise at least two half-rings driven by the operating rods solidly attached to a drive sleeve, the gripping knob being mounted on the drive sleeve, and
wherein the gripping knob comprises a tapped axial bore, the tapped axial bore collaborating with a conjugate thread provided on the drive sleeve to move the gripping knob between a first axial adjustment position offset from the stop to indicate a non-locked state enabling the release command, and a second axial adjustment position in engagement against the stop to indicate a locked state and to disable the release command.

US Pat. No. 10,478,620

INTERVENTIONAL MEDICAL SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND METHODS OF USE

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A method for deploying an implantable medical device to a target implant site located in a chamber of a patient's heart, the device comprising a hermetically sealed housing containing an electronic controller, a pacing electrode electrically coupled to the controller and mounted in proximity to a distal end of the housing, and a plurality of elastically deformable fixation fingers spaced apart from one another around a perimeter of the distal end of the housing an elastically deformable between an extended condition, a relaxed condition, and a compressed condition, wherein each fixation finger includes a first segment and a second segment, each first segment extending from a fixed end of the corresponding finger to the corresponding second segment, and each second segment extending from the corresponding first segment to a free end of the corresponding finger, and wherein, when the plurality of fingers are in the relaxed condition, each free end is closer to the housing than when the plurality of fingers are in the extended condition and, when the plurality of fingers are in the compressed condition, each free end is closer to the housing than when the plurality of fingers are in the relaxed condition, the method comprising:loading an entirety of the medical device into a distal-most portion of a deployment tube of a delivery tool such that a proximal end of the device abuts a distal end of an inner member of the tool, and such that each fixation finger is deformed into the extended position with each finger extending distally from the distal end of the housing, the distal-most portion of the tool holding the fixation fingers in the extended position, and the inner member of the tool extending within a lumen of the deployment tube;
navigating the delivery tool with the device loaded therein through a venous system of the patient to locate the distal-most portion of the tool in the chamber of the heart;
retracting the deployment tube of the delivery tool with respect to the inner member and the loaded device to expose the fixation fingers out through a distal opening of the lumen of the deployment tube, the distal opening terminating the distal-most portion of the tube, and the exposed fixation fingers being released to the relaxed condition with each finger extending in a proximal direction and outward from the housing; and
advancing the delivery tool toward the target implant site, after retracting the deployment tube, and thereby wedging the exposed fixation fingers into the compressed condition and between opposing tissue surfaces of the implant site, the wedged fingers being compressed to hold the pacing electrode of the device in intimate tissue contact by a spring force that passively fixates the implantable medical device to tissue at the implant site without penetrating the tissue at the implant site.

US Pat. No. 10,478,538

FLEXIBLE CATHETER WITH A DRIVE SHAFT

ECP ENTWICKLUNGSGESELLSCH...

1. A flexible catheter comprising:a drive shaft;
a sleeve surrounding the drive shaft; and
a sheath surrounding the drive shaft and the sleeve, wherein the drive shaft, the sleeve and the sheath are configured to be pliable, wherein the drive shaft at a proximal end of the drive shaft comprises a coupling element for connecting the drive shaft to a drive motor; and
wherein the drive shaft has an outer diameter of less than 1 mm, and at least in regions consists of a material configured to have a tensile strength between 1800 N/mm2 and 2400 N/mm2.

US Pat. No. 10,478,510

PLANT VIRUS PARTICLES FOR DELIVERY OF ANTIMITOTIC AGENTS

CASE WESTERN RESRVE UNIVE...

1. A method of treating lymphoma in a subject in need thereof: comprising ay administering to the subject a therapeutically effective amount of an anti-lymphoma virus particle, the anti-lymphoma virus particle comprising a tobacco mosaic virus particle linked to an antimitotic agent, wherein the antimitotic agent is covalently conjugated to the exterior of the plant virus particle.

US Pat. No. 10,478,506

FUCOIDAN NANOGELS AND METHODS OF THEIR USE AND MANUFACTURE

Memorial Sloan Kettering ...

1. A polymeric nanoparticle with affinity to P-selectin, the nanoparticle comprising a non-covalent assembly ofa sulfated polymer species comprising free hydroxyl moieties and free sulfate moieties capable of targeting P-selectin, the sulfated polymer species comprising one or more of a sulfated polysaccharide, a protein, or a fucoidan;
a hydrophobic drug; and
a dye comprising a fluorophore;whereinthe nanoparticle has an intensity-weighted average diameter as determined by dynamic light scattering of about 20 nm and about 200 nm; and
the non-covalent assembly is a self-assembly of the sulfated polymer species around the hydrophobic drug.

US Pat. No. 10,478,431

METHODS FOR TREATING A CYTOMEGALOVIRUS INFECTION

The J. David Gladstone In...

1. A method for inhibiting cytomegalovirus (CMV) replication in a cell infected with CMV, the method comprising contacting the cell with an effective amount of a bisbenzimidazole compound to inhibit CMV replication in the cell, wherein the bisbenzimidazole compound has the structure of formula (I)
wherein:
R is OH, —O—CH2CH3 or N(CH3)2.

US Pat. No. 10,478,428

COMBINATION THERAPY FOR CANCER TREATMENT

Ipsen Biopharm Ltd., (GB...

1. A method of treating a patient having a solid tumor, the method comprisingi) administering to the patient liposomal irinotecan once every two weeks; and
ii) administering a Poly(ADP-ribose) Polymerase (PARP) inhibitor daily for 3 to 10 days between consecutive administrations of the liposomal irinotecan wherein the PARP inhibitor starting at least 2 days after the liposomal irinotecan and ending at least 1 day prior to the administration of additional liposomal irinotecan, wherein the patient has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

US Pat. No. 10,478,380

GLASS CONTAINERS WITH IMPROVED STRENGTH AND IMPROVED DAMAGE TOLERANCE

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

1. A coated glass container comprising:a borosilicate glass body having a Type 1 chemical durability according to USP 660 (2011), at least a class A2 base resistance or better according to ISO 695, and at least a type HGB2 hydrolytic resistance or better according to ISO 719, the glass body having an interior surface and an exterior surface and a wall extending therebetween, wherein the glass body forms the interior surface of the coated glass container and wherein the coated glass container does not comprise a boron-rich layer on the interior surface of the glass body;
a lubricous coating having a thickness of less than 100 microns positioned on at least a portion of the exterior surface, wherein:
the portion of the exterior surface of the coated glass container with the lubricous coating has a coefficient of friction that is at least 20% less than an uncoated glass container formed from the same glass composition and the coefficient of friction does not increase by more than 30% after undergoing a depyrogenation cycle at a temperature of about 260° C. for 30 minutes and abrasion under a 30 N load;
the lubricous coating can be pyrolized at temperatures less than or equal to 300° C. in a time period of less than or equal to 1 hour;
a horizontal compression strength of the coated glass container is at least 10% greater than an uncoated glass container formed from the same glass composition and the horizontal compression strength is not reduced by more than 20% after undergoing a heat treatment at a temperature of about 260° C. for a period of time of 30 minutes and abrasion under a 30 N load;
the lubricous coating is a polymer; and
a surface region extending over the inner surface and having a persistent surface homogeneity such that the glass body is resistant to delamination such that for a discrete point on the inner surface of the glass body, an extrema of a surface concentration of each constituent component of the glass composition in the surface region at the discrete point is greater than or equal to about 70% and less than or equal to about 130% of the same constituent component in the surface region at any second discrete point on the inner surface of the glass body when the glass body is in an as-formed condition.

US Pat. No. 10,478,370

ACTUATED GLOVE ORTHOSIS AND RELATED METHODS

Rehabilitation Institute ...

1. An orthosis, comprising:a. a finger actuation system for a finger of a person's hand, comprising:
i. a digit having an opening to receive the finger;
ii. a cable guide connected to the digit and comprising at least one joint hyperextension mechanical stop;
iii. an actuator for applying tension on a plurality of cables;
iv. the plurality of cables inserted through the cable guide and coupled to the actuator;
v. a control system for controlling the operation of the actuator and measuring the amount of tension needed to fully extend the digit when the user is in a relaxed state;
vi. wherein the control system actuates the actuator to create a tension on the plurality of cables, which causes the cable guide to extend, in order to extend the finger;
vii. wherein in one mode of the control system, the actuator is actuated to apply a constant extension force on the plurality of cables as the finger extends from a fully flexed position to a fully extended position, the constant extension force determined by the measured tension when the user is in the relaxed state; and
vii. wherein the control system further allows voluntary finger flexion when the user exerts a voluntary flexion force that exceeds the applied extension force.

US Pat. No. 10,478,360

PERSON LIFTING DEVICES WITH ACCESSORY DETECTION FEATURES AND METHODS FOR OPERATING THE SAME

1. A method for operating a person lifting device, the method comprising:detecting, with a first coupling detector, an identification of a first accessory coupling attached to a first lifting hook of a sling bar of the person lifting device;
determining, automatically with an electronic control unit communicatively coupled to the first coupling detector, a type of the first accessory coupling based on the identification of the first accessory coupling, wherein the type of the first accessory coupling is based on a predetermined attachment configuration for attaching the first accessory coupling to the sling bar;
detecting, with the first coupling detector, an identification of a second accessory coupling attached to the first lifting hook of the sling bar of the person lifting device;
determining, automatically with the electronic control unit communicatively coupled to the first coupling detector, a type of the second accessory coupling based on the identification of the second accessory coupling, wherein the type of the second accessory coupling is based on a predetermined attachment configuration for attaching the second accessory coupling to the sling bar;
comparing, with the electronic control unit communicatively coupled to the first coupling detector, the type of the first accessory coupling and the type of the second accessory coupling; and
communicating, automatically with the electronic control unit, a warning signal indicating that an accessory is improperly attached to the sling bar when the type of the first accessory coupling and the type of the second accessory coupling are different.

US Pat. No. 10,478,354

ABSORBENT ARTICLE WITH A FLUID-ENTANGLED BODY FACING MATERIAL INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF HOLLOW PROJECTIONS

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. An absorbent article comprising:an outer cover;
a body facing material; and
an absorbent body disposed between the outer cover and the body facing material,
wherein the body facing material comprises a fluid-entangled laminate web comprising:
a first layer comprising a first plurality of fibers and having a first surface and an opposed second surface, wherein the first layer has a basis weight of between about 10 grams per square meter and about 40 grams per square meter;
a second layer comprising a second plurality of fibers and having an inner surface and an opposed outer surface, wherein portions of the second surface of the first layer are in contact with the inner surface of the second layer, wherein at least a portion of the first plurality of fibers or the second plurality of fibers are fluid-entangled with at least a portion of the other of the first plurality of fibers or the second plurality of fibers;
a plurality of hollow projections formed from at least a portion of the second plurality of fibers, the plurality of hollow projections extending from the outer surface of the second layer in a direction away from the first layer; and
a and area, wherein the plurality of hollow projections are surrounded by the land area.

US Pat. No. 10,478,306

MATERIALS AND METHODS FOR PREVENTION OF COLD WELDING, CORROSION AND TISSUE OVERGROWTH BETWEEN MEDICAL IMPLANT COMPONENTS

1. A method for prevention of cold welding, corrosion, and tissue overgrowth between adjoined implant components subjected to static loading in a tin comprising:obtaining a first medical implant component having a first implant contact surface;
obtaining a second medical implant component having a second implant contact surface, the second implant contact surface adapted for placement into contact with the first implant contact surface, the first implant contact surface and the second implant contact surface encompassing all points of contact between the first medical implant component and the second medical implant component; and
applying a nonmetallic biocompatible separation coating material having a wax formulation on at least one of the first implant contact surface and the second implant contact surface using at least one of a smearing, spraying and immersion technique, the nonmetallic biocompatible separation coating material separates the first implant contact surface from the second implant contact surface at all of the points of contact between the first medical implant component and the second medical implant component;
wherein the wax formulation comprises ethylene combined with a copolymer wax, the copolymer wax including from about 5 percent to about 99 percent by weight of a co-monomer having molecular weight in the range of from about 500 to about 1,600 Dalton;
wherein the at least one of a smearing, spraying and immersion technique imparts a coating layer of the nonmetallic biocompatible separation coating material at an interface between the first and second medical implant components;
wherein the nonmetallic biocompatible separation coating material having a wax formulation is formulated to prevent cold welding, corrosion, and tissue overgrowth between the first medical implant component and the second medical implant component; and
wherein obtaining a first medical implant component comprises obtaining an implant bone plate and obtaining a second medical implant component comprises obtaining at least one fastener configured to engage the implant bone plate.

US Pat. No. 10,478,299

LOW CROSSING PROFILE DELIVERY CATHETER FOR CARDIOVASCULAR PROSTHETIC IMPLANT

DFM, LLC, Incline Villag...

1. A method of deploying a cardiovascular prosthetic implant, the method comprising the steps of:translumenally advancing a catheter having a distal portion with a diameter of 18 French and carrying a cardiovascular prosthetic implant with a tissue valve having a thickness of at least about 0.011 inches to a position proximate a native valve of a patient, wherein the cardiovascular prosthetic implant comprises an inflatable cuff, a tissue valve coupled to the inflatable cuff;
inflating the inflatable cuff fully with a hardenable inflation media; and
removing the catheter from the patient, leaving the hardenable inflation media in the cardiovascular prosthetic implant within the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,478,266

ILLUMINATED SURGICAL PROBE HAVING MULTIPLE OPTICAL FIBERS

Novartis AG, Basel (CH)

1. An illuminated surgical probe system, comprising:a surgical probe having a probe needle;
a first optical fiber incorporated onto the probe needle, wherein a distal end of the first optical fiber projects a first beam of illumination light over a tip of the probe needle when activated;
a second optical fiber incorporated onto the probe needle, wherein a distal end of the second optical fiber projects a second beam of illumination light over the tip of the probe needle when activated;
a third optical fiber incorporated onto the probe needle, wherein a distal end of the third optical fiber projects a third beam of light over the tip of the probe needle to perform a distance measurement between the probe needle and a patient's retina when activated, wherein the distance measurement is displayed or audibly presented to aid a user in positional awareness of the probe needle with respect to the patient's retina; and
a processor that, based on the distance measurement, automatically toggles the illumination light between the first beam having a first numerical aperture that facilitates vitreous visualization and the second beam having a second numerical aperture that facilitates background illumination, wherein the second numerical aperture is larger than the first numerical aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,478,256

ROBOTICS TOOL BAILOUTS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical tool, comprising:a housing having a plurality of motor-driven drive gears;
an elongate shaft extending distally from the housing;
an end effector coupled to a distal end of the elongate shaft;
at least first and second actuation assemblies, each actuation assembly being coupled to one of the plurality of motor-driven drive gears such that each of the motor-driven drive gears is configured to drive a corresponding actuation assembly, the first actuation assembly being configured to operate a first function of the end effector, and the second actuation assembly being configured to operate a second function of the end effector that is different than the first function; and
at least first and second bailout mechanisms, the first bailout mechanism being selectively engageable with the first actuation assembly and being configured to be manually driven to subsequently drive the first actuation assembly, and the second bailout mechanism being selectively engageable with the second actuation assembly and being configured to be manually driven to subsequently drive the second actuation assembly, the first bailout mechanism including a first one-way gear, the second bailout mechanism including a second one-way gear, each of the first and second one-way gears being configured to be rotatable in only one direction to drive the corresponding first and second actuation assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,478,241

ARTICULATING OSTEOTOME WITH CEMENT DELIVERY CHANNEL

Merit Medical Systems, In...

1. A medical device for treating hard tissue, comprising: a conduit having a series of slots along a first side of an articulating distal portion of the conduit; a rod extending through the conduit, the rod including a flexible portion; a handle including an actuating portion coupled to a proximal end of the rod, wherein movement of the actuating portion results in an associated movement of the rod and the conduit to selectively move the articulating distal portion between a linear configuration and an articulated configuration; and a side port coupled to the handle with an insertion guide that extends to an accessible portion of the conduit extending along the conduit to a distal end of the conduit; further comprising a lumen inserted in the insertion guide and extending through the conduit, wherein the lumen is semicylindrical, and wherein the semicylindrical flexible portion of the rod and the lumen are positioned within the conduit to form a cylinder that fills the conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,478,240

DEVICE FOR PERFORMING A SURGICAL PROCEDURE AND METHODS OF USE

1. A method comprising:providing a device comprising an expandable first tubing portion, an expandable second tubing portion, a transition portion, and a substantially rigid outer member, the first tubing portion and the second tubing portion being joined by the transition portion, the first tubing portion extending through a first passage extending through the substantially rigid outer member, and the second tubing portion extending outwardly from the substantially rigid outer member;
creating an access path to a bone;
inserting the device into the access path to position at least a first inflatable lobe portion and a second inflatable lobe portion of the second tubing portion within the bone;
passing an inflation medium through a second passage formed by an inner surface of the first tubing portion, through a third passage formed by an inner surface of the transition portion, and into a chamber formed by an inner surface of the second tubing portion, the inner surfaces of the first tubing portion, the transition portion, and the second tubing portion being continuous with one another;
preventing the first tubing portion from expanding via contact of an outer surface of the first tubing portion with an inner surface of the substantially rigid outer member;
inflating the first inflatable lobe portion and the second inflatable lobe portion of the second tubing portion from uninflated positions to inflated positions with the inflation medium by expanding the first inflatable lobe portion and the second inflatable lobe portion; and
compressing a portion of the bone and create a cavity via inflation of the first inflatable lobe portion and the second inflatable lobe portion.

US Pat. No. 10,478,230

POLYAXIAL BONE SCREW WITH INCREASED ANGULATION

K2M, Inc., Leesburg, VA ...

1. A polyaxial bone screw device comprising:a screw including a screw head and a shaft extending from the screw head;
a screw housing defining a longitudinal axis and a bore that extends along the longitudinal axis, the screw housing including a basewall and opposed sidewalls that extend from the basewall, the basewall defining a notch configured to receive a portion of the shaft therein, the notch configured to increase pivotal movement between the screw and the screw housing relative to the longitudinal axis of the screw housing, the opposed sidewalls defining a rod-receiving channel, the screw housing further defining a transverse hole that is in communication with the bore;
a spring supported in the transverse hole of the screw housing and extending therethrough, the spring extending into the bore of the screw housing to frictionally engage the screw head of the screw while the screw head is seated in the bore of the screw housing; and
a pin disposed within the transverse hole and in engagement with the spring.

US Pat. No. 10,478,228

SCREW ASSEMBLY FOR SPINAL IMPLANT

1. A screw assembly for a spinal implant, comprising:a first unit including insertion holes positioned opposite each other, cut from an edge of an upper end of the first unit, the first unit forming an inner space, and the first unit penetrated from top to bottom, wherein the first unit further comprises:
a linear groove depressed in parallel with an upper portion of the first unit along an outer circumference surface of the first unit;
a first hole depressed into a preset depth and a preset size in the outer circumference surface of the first unit to be positioned in a lower portion of the first unit; and
second holes, having a rectangular shape, positioned between the linear groove and the first hole, and depressed from both edges of each of the insertion holes positioned opposite each other to be disposed along an outer surface of the first unit;
a rod having a side whose outer circumference surface is positioned on the insertion holes of the first unit and another side whose outer circumference surface is positioned on insertion holes of another first unit positioned adjacent to the first unit;
a second unit having an upper portion rotatably received in a lower portion of the inner space and a lower portion configured to be screwed into a vertebral body of a spine so s not to be released from the spine;
a third unit screwed to an upper portion of the inner space to hold the rod;
a fourth unit positioned between the inner space and the upper portion of the second unit to restrict a rotation of the second unit and including a pressure cap seated in the inner space while pressing an outer surface of an upper portion of a ball joint head disposed on the upper portion of the second unit and having an upper portion contacting the outer circumference surface of the rod to be pressurized by a coupling force of the third unit coupled with the first unit; and
a fifth unit enabling the pressure cap of the fourth unit to be inserted into the first unit and including a C-ring preventing the inserted pressure cap from escaping off.

US Pat. No. 10,478,216

ATHERECTOMY DEVICES AND METHODS

Cardio Flow, Inc., St. P...

1. A method for performing rotational atherectomy to remove stenotic lesion material from a blood vessel of a patient, the method comprising:navigating a rotational atherectomy device within the blood vessel, the rotational atherectomy device comprising an elongate flexible drive shaft defining a longitudinal axis and including helically wound metallic filars that form a coil having an outer diameter;
advancing a distal tip portion of the drive shaft past stenotic lesion material within the blood vessel;
after advancing the distal tip portion past the stenotic lesion material, advancing a concentric metallic stability element affixed to the coil of the drive shaft past the stenotic lesion material, the concentric metallic stability element having a center of mass aligned with the longitudinal axis;
after advancing the concentric metallic stability element past the stenotic lesion material, advancing a distal-most eccentric abrasive element of an array of at least three eccentric abrasive elements past the stenotic lesion material while causing a rotary actuator coupled to the drive shaft to rotate the drive shaft about the longitudinal axis, the eccentric abrasive elements affixed to the drive shaft such that a center of mass of each eccentric abrasive element is offset from the longitudinal axis, each eccentric abrasive element being spaced apart from an adjacent eccentric abrasive element, wherein said causing the rotary actuator to rotate the drive shaft about the longitudinal axis causes the distal-most eccentric abrasive element to move in an orbital path to abrade the stenotic lesion material.

US Pat. No. 10,478,203

SNARE INSTRUMENT WITH SNARE STRUCTURE FORMED FROM A TUBE SECTION

1. A snare instrument comprisingan enclosure; and
a snare structure placed in the enclosure, where the snare structure is formed by a tube section that extends from a proximal end of a proximal base portion to a distal end of a distal snare portion, the tube section including:
a plurality of open slits formed in the distal end of the tube section, with each open slit extending a distance L in an axial direction toward the proximal base portion, and
a plurality of closed wire sections, with each closed wire section located between a first open slit of the plurality of open slits and a second open slit of the plurality of open slits adjacent to the first open slit, where each closed wire section is formed by a channel opening, and the channel opening is spaced a distance Bd away from the distal end of the tube section such that the closed wire section is closed at the distal end of the tube section by a curved wire section, where the curved wire section has a radius of curvature R;
wherein the channel opening is semi-circular and the radius of curvature R of the curved wire section is at least a factor of 2.5 greater than the distance Bd;
wherein the snare structure is movable between a snaring position characterized by the snare structure moved forward in a distal direction out of the enclosure and a securing position characterized by the snare structure moved back in a proximal direction into the enclosure;
wherein, when in the snaring position, the snare structure forms a cup shape having a distal snare opening that is approximately circular;
wherein n is defined as a number of the plurality of open slits, and a circumferential length of the distal snare circular opening is 70% or more of the product of 2 nL.

US Pat. No. 10,478,198

INSIDE-OUT GUIDE FOR HIP REPLACEMENT METHOD

1. A method of preparing an acetabulum in a hip of a patient for hip arthroplasty using a portal incision comprising:forming a main incision, the main incision providing access to the acetabulum;
inserting a locating tool into the acetabulum through the main incision, the locating tool configured for using the acetabulum to identify an appropriate portal incision location for use in preparing the acetabulum;
using the locating tool and the patient's acetabulum to identify the appropriate portal incision location;
extending a portion of the locating tool from the acetabulum toward the appropriate portal incision location to form an internal passage from the acetabulum to the appropriate portal incision location, while avoiding damaging tissues located between the acetabulum and the appropriate portal incision location,
forming a portal incision at the appropriate portal incision location to thereby gain external access to the internal passage;
removing the locating tool from the acetabulum; and
using the internal passage to prepare the acetabulum for receipt of a hip cup.

US Pat. No. 10,478,195

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR THE TREATMENT OF VASCULAR DEFECTS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A vascular occlusion device for treating an aneurysm, wherein a neck of the aneurysm opens to a blood vessel, the device comprising:a proximal portion having a mesh configured to be positioned within the aneurysm;
a distal portion including a directing region having:
a proximal terminus that coincides with a proximal terminus of the distal portion,
a distal terminus, wherein the directing region extends along a first direction that runs through the proximal terminus and the distal terminus, and
a length measured along the first longitudinal direction between the proximal terminus and the distal terminus; and
an intermediate mesh portion between the proximal and distal portions that, when in a deployed configuration, forms a preset bend in the device that orients the first longitudinal direction of the directing region at an angle to a portion of the proximal portion adjacent the intermediate mesh portion, wherein the angle is between about 45 degrees and about 135 degrees, and
wherein, when the device is being pushed distally out of a delivery catheter into the aneurysm, the directing region directs the distal portion to inhibit the distal portion from exiting the aneurysm through the neck such that the proximal portion crosses the neck and generally remains within the aneurysm,
wherein the device is configured to be implanted within the aneurysm.

US Pat. No. 10,478,191

BUTTRESS ATTACHMENT FOR CIRCULAR STAPLING DEVICE

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An anvil assembly, comprising:a circular anvil head having a first engaging feature and supporting a crush ring member;
an anvil cap having a second engaging feature that connects with the first engaging feature of the anvil head to secure the anvil cap to the anvil head, the anvil cap being movable relative to the anvil head between an approximated position and an unapproximated position, the crush ring member being spaced from the second engaging feature when the anvil cap is disposed in the approximated position and movable into engagement with the second engaging feature to move the anvil cap to the unapproximated position; and
a circular anvil buttress member including a body portion and an extension portion that extends from the body portion, the body portion supported on a tissue engaging surface of the anvil head, the extension portion being secureable between the anvil cap and the anvil head when the anvil cap is disposed in the approximated position, the extension portion being releasable from between the anvil cap and the anvil head when the anvil cap is disposed in the unapproximated position so that the body portion separates from the tissue engaging surface of the anvil head.

US Pat. No. 10,478,167

MEDICAL ADHESIVE APPLICATOR

Rousseau Research, Inc., ...

1. A fluid applicator comprising:a fluid containing frangible vial inside a plastic enclosure, wherein said enclosure has an aperture at or near its proximal end;
a squeeze tube sealed to the proximal end of said enclosure to generate air pressure through said aperture; and,
a dispensing tip at the distal end of said enclosure.

US Pat. No. 10,478,161

TISSUE CUTTING MEMBER FOR A BIOPSY DEVICE

SenoRx, Inc., Franklin L...

1. A method for forming a tissue cutting member to separate a tissue specimen from a target site within a patient's body, comprising:providing a distal tubular portion including a side wall defining a lumen, a longitudinal axis, and a flared distal section;
configuring the flared distal section to include an inclined distal tip at a distal end of the side wall and an outwardly flared distal tubular portion that defines an inner tissue receiving aperture, the inclined distal tip having a beveled front face with a leading cutting edge and a trailing cutting edge, the outwardly flared distal tubular portion being outwardly flared in a distal direction to the leading cutting edge;
providing a single longitudinally oriented opening in the side wall in the flared distal section which radially opens to the lumen, the single longitudinally oriented opening having an open distal end and extending from a closed proximal end to the open distal end; and
providing a relief opening at the closed proximal end, the relief opening having a transverse dimension larger than a transverse dimension of the single longitudinally oriented opening adjacent the relief opening, the single longitudinally oriented opening diverging from the closed proximal end to intersect the trailing cutting edge of the beveled front face of the inclined distal tip of the distal tubular portion and facilitating formation of the outwardly flared distal tubular portion.

US Pat. No. 10,478,145

ROTARY JOINT WITH SHIELDING COMPRISING FILLED SMC AND/OR BMC MATERIALS

1. A rotary joint comprising:a first contactless data link of a rotary joint, said first contactless data link including
a first transmission line structure,
a second transmitter configured to feed a first signal representing first data into the first transmission line structure,
a first receiver configured to receive the first signal from the first transmission line structure, and
a first holding bracket configured to guide the first receiver at the first transmission line structure;
at least one shielding component disposed around at least the first contactless data link and made of a sheet molding compound (SMC) material configured as a layer that is made of a mix of a) thermosetting reactive resins and b) reinforcing fibers, and configured in a mat form or in a fabric form,andfirst and second plastic films sandwiching the at least one shielding component therebetween, the first and second plastic films configured to prevent adhesion of an external body to said mat or fabric,
wherein the SMC material encloses at least one of an electrically conductive material and a magnetically conductive material.

US Pat. No. 10,478,141

METHOD FOR ESTIMATING THE DISTRIBUTION OF BONE MINERAL DENSITY IN AT LEAST ONE PORTION OF A PERSON'S SKELETON

AMVALOR, Paris (FR)

1. An estimation method for estimating the bone mineral density distribution in at least one portion of a person's skeleton, the skeleton being made up of bone tissue, the bone tissue being surrounded by soft tissue, in turn surrounded by an outline (E) of the person, the method being characterized in that it comprises generating:a geometrical representation in three dimensions of said portion of the person's skeleton;
a geometrical representation in three dimensions of at least one portion of the outline (E) containing said portion of the person's skeleton;
at least one first X-ray image of said at least one portion of the skeleton, this first image being generated by observing a projection onto a first detection surface of X-rays, coming from a first source, the first image being generated by projecting X-rays and representing the person as observed from a first observation angle of incidence; and
at least one second X-ray image of said at least one portion of the skeleton, the second image being generated by projecting X-rays and representing the person as observed from a second observation angle of incidence distinct from the first observation angle of incidence; and then
using predetermined software and for a plurality of given X-rays selected from among said projected X-rays, estimating for each given X-ray:
a value for the thickness of soft tissue through which the given X-ray has passed;
a value for the thickness of bone tissue through which the given X-ray has passed; and
a value for the overall attenuation of the given X-ray between its source and its projection onto the detection surface onto which it is projected; and
using the thickness value for soft tissue through which the given X-ray passes, and using an estimate for an attenuation coefficient of the soft tissues through which the given X-ray passes, deducing firstly a value for the attenuation of the given X-ray due to the thickness of soft tissue through it has passed and secondly a value for the attenuation of the given X-ray due to the thickness of bone tissue through which it has passed; and then
using the value for the thickness of bone tissue through which the given X-ray has passed, the value for the attenuation of the given X-ray due to the thickness of bone tissue through which it has passed, and the overall value for attenuation of the given X-ray, the software estimates a value representative of the bone mineral density of the bone tissue through which the given X-ray has passed.

US Pat. No. 10,478,121

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING AN INCORRECT POSITIONING IN THE ALIGNMENT OF PROSTHESES

1. A method for determining positions for alignment of a prosthetic foot relative to a lower leg tube as part of an alignment of a lower extremity device, comprising:establishing, using sensor data measured by at least one inertial sensor connected to the lower extremity device, over at least one gait cycle for a treated extremity, at least one of inertial measurement data and variables derived from the inertial measurement data for the treated extremity, the inertial measurement data comprising absolute angles of a lower leg and a thigh of the treated extremity;
determining a knee angle of the lower leg and the thigh from the absolute angles of the lower leg and thigh;
comparing the inertial measurement data and the knee angle with intended values;
determining positions for alignment of the prosthetic foot relative to the lower leg tube based on the comparing.

US Pat. No. 10,478,082

FILM-TYPE BIOMEDICAL SIGNAL MEASURING APPARATUS, BLOOD PRESSURE MEASURING APPARATUS USING THE SAME, CARDIOPULMONARY FITNESS ESTIMATING APPARATUS, AND PERSONAL AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS

1. A film-type biomedical signal measuring apparatus comprising:a film-type piezoelectric element;
a plurality of metallic thin film electrodes formed on the piezoelectric element;
a first circuit unit for measuring a biomedical evoked potential from at least two of the plurality of metallic thin film electrodes; and
a second circuit unit for measuring a biomedical evoked vibration signal from at least two of the plurality of metallic thin film electrodes,
wherein the plurality of metallic thin film electrodes comprises two or more first metallic thin film electrodes formed on an attachment surface of the piezoelectric element so as not to be electrically connected to each other, and a second metallic thin film electrode formed on an opposite surface of the piezoelectric element,
wherein the first circuit unit is formed on the opposite surface of the piezoelectric element so as to be electrically connected to at least two first metallic thin film electrode among the first metallic thin film electrodes, and
wherein the second circuit unit is formed on the opposite surface of the piezoelectric element so as to be electrically connected to at least one first metallic thin film electrode among the first metallic thin film electrodes and the second metallic thin film electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,478,081

SYSTEMS AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING THE NEED FOR MEASUREMENT OF CARDIAC OUTPUT

1. A decision support system (DSS) for providing medical decision support for cardiac output (CO) measurements in connection with an associated patient (P) using one or more physiological models (MOD1) implemented on a computer system, the computer system being configured for:receiving first data (D1) indicative of an arterial oxygenation (SaO2, SpO2) in the blood of the patient;
receiving second data (D2) indicative of a haemoglobin concentration (Hb) in the blood of the patient;
the decision support system being configured for:
applying the physiological model(s) (MOD1) of the patient using said first data (D1) and said second data (D2) for modelling a tissue metabolism in the patient;
A)
i. outputting from said physiological model(s) (MOD1), using a preliminary value for a cardiac output (CO_PREL), an estimated measure indicative of haemoglobin oxygen saturation in mixed venous blood of the patient (SvO2_EST); and
ii. performing a first comparison (COMP1) of said estimated measure indicative of the haemoglobin oxygen saturation in the mixed venous blood of the patient (SvO2_EST) with a reference value for the haemoglobin oxygen saturation in the mixed venous blood of the patient (SvO2_REF); and/or
B)
iii. outputting from said physiological model(s) (MOD1), using a reference value for the haemoglobin oxygen saturation in the mixed venous blood of the patient (SvO2_REF), an estimated value indicative of the cardiac output (CO_EST) in the patient; and
iv. performing a second comparison (COMP2) of said estimated value indicative for the cardiac output (CO_EST) with a reference value for the cardiac output (CO_REF) in patient; and
based on said first comparison (COMP1, step ii of A) and/or said second comparison (COMP2, step iv of B) generating a measure (NM_CO) indicative of a need for an improved measurement and/or estimation of the cardiac output (CO).

US Pat. No. 10,478,039

UNDERCOUNTER APPLIANCE DRAIN PAN

ARMORY PRODUCTS, INC., R...

1. An appliance drain pan comprising:a continuous upturned rim around an outer edge of the drain pan, the rim having a top edge;
horizontal left and right side support ledges enclosed by the rim;
a horizontal rear ledge and a horizontal front ledge; and
a central depression between the horizontal left and right side support ledges, the central depression being deeper than the side support ledges relative to the top edge of the rim, at least a portion of the central depression extending under at least a portion of each of the side support ledges
wherein the central depression is between and deeper than the rear and front ledges;
wherein the central depression comprises a rear sloped wall adjacent the rear ledge, a front sloped wall adjacent the front ledge, and a horizontal floor, at least part of the horizontal floor being between the rear and front sloped walls;
wherein the rear sloped wall comprises a vertical wall portion adjacent the rear ledge;
wherein the front sloped wall comprises a vertical wall portion adjacent the front ledge;
wherein a portion of the horizontal floor extends to the vertical wall portion of the rear sloped wall; and
wherein a portion of the horizontal floor extends to the vertical wall portion of the front sloped wall.

US Pat. No. 10,478,019

SHOWER RODS

Croydex Limited, Andover...

5. A shower rod assembly for mounting between facing walls surfaces, the shower rod assembly comprising:a rod with two opposing ends,
an end bracket on each end of the rod, the end brackets each being directly connected to the respective facing wall; and
a pair of separate additional supports, each separate additional support being directly connected to the respective facing wall to supplement the connection between the end brackets on each end of the rod and the facing walls, the separate additional supports comprising caps that cover the junctions between each end of the rod and the facing walls once the shower rod assembly is mounted between the facing walls, the separate additional supports having adhesive surface parts contactable with the facing walls, wherein the separate additional supports surround each of the two opposing ends of the rod.

US Pat. No. 10,478,011

METHOD FOR PREPARING A FRESH BREWED COLD COFFEE BEVERAGE AND COFFEE MACHINE FOR CONDUCTING SUCH METHOD

1. A method for preparing a fresh brewed cold coffee beverage having a target temperature, comprising the steps of:a. filling a brewing means with a predetermined quantity of coffee powder;
b. brewing a coffee beverage having a temperature in excess of the target temperature by pushing a first stream of water and/or steam having a temperature in excess of the target temperature through said predetermined quantity of coffee powder in said brewing means;
c. reducing a temperature of said coffee beverage to a temperature at or above said target temperature by bringing a first stream of said coffee beverage having a temperature in excess of the target temperature in thermal contact with a first stream of water having a temperature sufficiently below said target temperature such that a heat exchange between said first stream of coffee beverage and said first stream of water reduces the temperature of said first stream of coffee beverage to said temperature at or above said target temperature, said first stream of coffee beverage and said first stream of water running through at least one heat exchanger; and
d. dispensing a fresh brewed coffee beverage at said temperature at or above said target temperature at a coffee outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,478,009

BEVERAGE INFUSION SYSTEM

1. A beverage infusion system comprising:an infusion chamber configured to hold an infusing material and to allow a beverage to flow through the infusion chamber past the infusing material such that the beverage is infused by the infusing material, wherein the infusion chamber is formed by:
an outer housing having a first end and a second end and openings formed at each end,
a first enclosure member configured to removably mount to the first end of the outer housing and to cover the opening located at the first end of the outer housing, and
a second enclosure member configured to removably mount to the second end of the outer housing and to cover the opening located at the second end of the outer housing;
a beverage inlet in fluid communication with the infusion chamber for carrying the beverage to the infusion chamber;
a beverage outlet in fluid communication with the infusion chamber for carrying the beverage to away from the infusion chamber;
a heat transfer probe inside the infusion chamber and positioned such that the beverage entering the infusion chamber via the beverage inlet and exiting via the beverage outlet flows past the heat transfer probe;
a coolant path operable for carrying a coolant through the heat transfer probe,
wherein, when the coolant is at a lower temperature than the beverage flowing through the infusion chamber, heat is carried away from the beverage and is transferred through the coolant probe to the coolant as the beverage flows past the coolant probe,
wherein the infusion chamber maintains pressure of the beverage passing through it, such that the pressure of the beverage at the beverage outlet is substantially equal to the pressure of the beverage at the beverage inlet, and
wherein the beverage infusion system further comprising a first filter configured to removably mount between the first enclosure member and the outer housing, such that the first filter covers the opening located at the first end of the outer housing and is positioned between the beverage inlet and the infusion chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,478,005

STEAM GENERATING APPARATUS AND HEATING COOKER

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A steam generating apparatus comprising:a steam generator, the steam generator including a housing capable of storing water therein, and a heating unit for heating the housing so as to generate steam;
a water level measurement unit for measuring a water level in the housing;
a water supply unit for supplying water into the housing; and
a controller for controlling the heating unit and the water supply unit,
the controller being configured to
when a time during which that the measured water level does not exceed a threshold value continues for a first time, control the water supply unit to start water supply into the housing, and
when the time during which the measured water level does not exceed the threshold value continues for a second time longer than the first time, control the heating unit to stop heating of the housing;
wherein the controller is further configured to
when the measured water level exceeds the threshold value, and thereafter, when a time during which the measured water level exceeds the threshold value continues for a third time, control the heating unit to start heating of the housing, and
when the time during which the measured water level exceeds the threshold value continues for a fourth time longer than the third time, control the water supply unit to stop the water supply into the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,477,937

SYSTEMS AND APPARATUSES TO APPLY A MATERIAL TO A NAIL

PREEMADONNA INC., Sunnyv...

1. An apparatus to apply a material to a nail, comprising:a receiving unit adapted to hold an external device;wherein, the receiving unit comprises a cradle or a receptor which receives and holds the external device therein;a vertical stand member;
an applicator unit to apply the material to the nail coupled to the vertical stand member;
a position aiding unit operably coupled to the applicator unit;
wherein, the position aiding unit is removable;
wherein the receiving unit is disposed on a side of the vertical stand member above the position aiding unit;
wherein, in operation, the position aiding unit facilitates positioning of the nail relative to the applicator unit;
wherein, in operation, the applicator unit applies the material to the nail;
wherein the external device comprises:
a processing unit:
a memory unit coupled to the processing unit, the memory unit having stored thereon instructions which when executed by the processing unit, cause the processing unit to;
perform image processing techniques on the image of the nail;
provide audio or visual cues in relation to operating the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,477,892

APPARATUS FOR SECURING TO THE TOP OF A BOTTLE OR CANISTER FOR PROVIDING A SMOKING ASSEMBLY

1. A method for smoking leaves comprising:filling a vessel with an open top with a volume with water or other liquid so that there is a remaining air volume within the vessel;
engaging a smoking apparatus comprising a straw element and a bowl with the open top of the vessel;
inserting a flame-resistant straw into the straw element and into the interior of the vessel;
positioning the straw relative to the straw element to ensure that the top end of the straw may be placed on the lips of a user without the face of the user coming into close contact with the bowl, such that any flame or heated material within the bowl is at a safe distance from the user's face;
placing crushed plant leaves into the bowl for lighting with a fire instigating device; and
smoking the crushed plant leaves by lighting the plant leaves with a fire instigation device, wherein the user places his or her lips on the top end of the straw, wherein the smoke from the burnt leaves travels down in to the open air chamber of the vessel and up through the straw while being cooled by the water or other liquid and the ambient temperature of the vessel, wherein excess debris from the burnt leaves is filtered down into the water portion of the vessel by falling directly through apertures located on the bottom of the smoking apparatus, and wherein cooled and filtered smoke from the burnt leaves is substantially contained within the air volume within the vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,477,857

TRACKING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Infestation Tracking Syst...

1. An infestation tracking system comprising:a data receiver arranged to: i) receive work data detailing an infestation at a location, from a data provider logged in to the infestation tracking system, and ii) receive (a) property data related to properties of interest from users who have subscribed to an alert system, the property data of each property of interest indicative of an address or location of the property, and (b) contact information for a user associated with the property;
a module arranged to upon receiving the work data: i) update an existing record in a database according to the received work data upon determining the record corresponds to the location based on a geographical matching process by including the received work data and automatically appending data provider data of the data provider based on a logged-in account, ii) create a new record in the database according to the received work data upon determining that no record corresponding to the location exists based on a geographical matching process by including the received work data and automatically appending data provider data of the data provider based on the logged-in account, and iii) responsive to receipt of the work data, determine whether any properties of interest are in a risk area corresponding to the updated record or the new record, based on a geographical matching process; and
a data transmitter arranged to, upon the module determining that one or more properties are in a risk area, transmit a notification based on the updated record or the new record to each respective user using the contact information for the user associated with the property, the notification including an indication of the data provider.

US Pat. No. 10,477,851

DUAL-BEARING REEL

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A dual-bearing reel, comprisinga reel body having a boss portion;
a shaft member extending through the boss portion and rotatably supported in the reel body;
a roller clutch including an outer race non-rotatably mounted in the boss portion, an inner race connected to the shaft member so as to be integrally rotatable, and a rolling element disposed between the outer race and the inner race, the roller clutch preventing rotation of the shaft member in one direction, the outer race including a plurality of protruding portions; and
a prevention member mounted on an outer perimeter of the boss portion within lateral confines of the roller clutch to prevent radially outward expansion of the boss portion and the roller clutch.

US Pat. No. 10,477,837

CAT ACTIVITY TOY

1. An interactive cat toy, comprising:a housing fabricated from a durable material, the housing have at least one opening for a passageway to a respective side of the housing;
an object of prey associated with each opening of the at least one opening, the object of prey dimensioned to be received within a corresponding passageway for moving relative to a respective opening;
a motor operatively coupled to the object of prey and communicating with a supply of an electrical current for moving the object of prey between a recessed position within the housing and an extended position outwardly of the housing through the respective opening;
a controller for receiving an operational schedule for operation of the motor, wherein the controller is communicatively coupled to a processor;
the processor configured to receive the operational schedule from the controller and to control delivery and cessation of electrical current to the motor according to the operational schedule, wherein the motor in operation is configured to move the object of prey relative to the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,477,783

ENVIRONMENT CONTROLLED MULTI SPAN STRUCTURED GREEN HOUSES FOR COST EFFECTIVE FOOD PRODUCTION

1. An environmentally controlled greenhouse having a roof, the greenhouse comprising:a capture manifold for capturing a carbon dioxide rich greenhouse air during dark hours and an oxygen rich greenhouse air during sunlight hours;
a compressor for compressing the captured carbon dioxide rich and oxygen rich greenhouse air;
a first tank (T1) and a second tank (T2) for dehumidifying, or for maintaining relatively dry, the compressed carbon dioxide rich and oxygen rich greenhouse air;
a release manifold for releasing into the greenhouse at cultivation level, the dehumidified or relatively dry carbon dioxide rich greenhouse air during the sunlight hours, and the dehumidified or relatively dry oxygen greenhouse air during the dark hours;
a third tank (Ta) for storing and dehumidifying compressed atmospheric air for release into the greenhouse to maintain a balance between carbon dioxide and oxygen;an earth tube heat exchanger comprising a first compartment (Ec) for storing the dehumidified carbon dioxide rich greenhouse air, a second compartment (Eo) for storing the dehumidified oxygen rich greenhouse air, a third compartment (Ecd) for storing the relatively dry carbon dioxide rich greenhouse air, and a fourth compartment (Eod) for storing the relatively dry oxygen rich greenhouse air, wherein, in relatively cold weather geographical locations, the earth tube heat exchanger conditions relatively cooler greenhouse air to relatively warmer greenhouse air and, in relatively hot weather geographical locations, the earth tube heat exchanger conditions relatively warmer greenhouse air to relatively cooler greenhouse air,and wherein the earth tube heat exchanger maintains the greenhouse air temperature at a predetermined temperature set point which is equal to an average thermal constant temperature of the geographical location of the greenhouse; anda carbon dioxide sensor,wherein when the content of carbon dioxide in the greenhouse is higher than a predetermined carbon dioxide content set point due to carbon dioxide released by the plants during the dark hours or due to residual carbon dioxide available after carbon dioxide enrichment events during the sunlight hours, the greenhouse carbon dioxide sensor switches on the capture manifold, the compressor, the first tank (T1), the second tank (T2), the release manifold, the third tank (Ta), and the earth tube heat exchanger, and the capture manifold captures the carbon dioxide rich greenhouse air, the compressor compresses the captured carbon dioxide rich greenhouse air, the compressed carbon dioxide rich greenhouse air is dehumidified in the first and second tanks (T1) and (T2), the carbon dioxide rich dehumidified greenhouse air is stored into the first compartment (Ec) and the release manifold releases into the greenhouse, at a cultivation level, the oxygen rich dehumidified conditioned greenhouse air stored in the second compartment (Eo) for maintaining the greenhouse carbon dioxide content at the predetermined carbon dioxide content set point which is equal to the content of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and wherein the greenhouse reduces global warming by preventing the greenhouse carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere by capturing, compressing, dehumidifying, storing and utilizing the greenhouse carbon dioxide for enrichment during the sunlight hours for maximizing the yield of plants growing in the greenhouse and for maintaining the greenhouse carbon dioxide content at the predetermined carbon dioxide content set point that is equal to the atmospheric carbon dioxide content.

US Pat. No. 10,477,778

PLANT INFILTRATION TRAY

MEDICAGO INC., Quebec, Q...

1. A plant tray assembly for holding at least one plant pot containing at least one plant and associated media, the plant tray assembly comprising:a base retaining tray having an upper surface defining a plurality of cavities for receiving the at least one plant pot therein; and
a top plate mounted on said base retaining tray such that an inwardly-facing surface of the top plate faces the upper surface of the base retaining tray, the top plate being displaceable relative to the base retaining tray in a plane substantially parallel to said upper surface, the top plate having a plurality of apertures defined therein and which extend transversely therethrough;
the top plate and the base retaining tray being relatively displaceable between a loading and unloading position and a locked operative position of the plant tray assembly, the apertures of the top plate and the cavities of the base retaining tray being substantially aligned in said loading and unloading position such as to define open plant pot receiving channels, the apertures of the top plate and the cavities of the base retaining tray being at least partially misaligned in said locked operative position such that a retaining portion of the inwardly-facing surface of the top plate obstructs part of the corresponding cavity in the base retaining tray, the at least one plant pot being retained within the base retaining tray and a part of the at least one plant protruding through the apertures of the top plate in said locked operative position; and
the plant tray assembly being invertible to invert the at least one plant pot, the inverted at least one plant pot abutting the retaining portion of the inwardly-facing surface of the top plate and being retained within the plant pot receiving channels when the top plate and the base retaining tray are in the locked operative position.

US Pat. No. 10,477,767

DRAPER PLATFORM WITH REMOVABLE CENTRAL ROLLER BAFFLE

1. A draper platform for mounting on a feeder house of an agricultural combine, the draper platform comprising:a frame;
a center belt conveyor to carry cut crop material rearwardly towards a center opening in the frame through which crop may be fed into a feeder house;
a left side belt conveyor to carry cut crop material to the center belt conveyor;
a right side belt conveyor to carry cut crop material to the center belt conveyor;
at least one elongate reciprocating knife assembly extending along a front edge of each of the center belt conveyor, the left side belt conveyor and the right side belt conveyor;
a left side top cross auger above the left side belt conveyor, the left side top cross auger having a right inner end;
a right side top cross auger above the right side belt conveyor, the right side top cross auger having a left inner end opposite to and spaced from the right inner end; and
a conveyor drum above the center belt conveyor and underlying a space sandwiched between the right inner end and the left inner end.
US Pat. No. 10,477,816

SOYBEAN VARIETY 5PZWF45

PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATI...

1. A plant or a seed of soybean variety 5PZWF45, representative seed of the variety having been deposited under ATCC Accession Number PTA-126070.
US Pat. No. 10,479,877

FILLER COMPOSITION AND POLYOLEFIN RESIN COMPOSITION

UBE MATERIAL INDUSTRIES, ...

1. A polyolefin resin composition comprising a polyolefin resin, fibrous basic magnesium sulfate particles and spherical silicon dioxide particles having an average particle diameter in the range of 0.001 to 0.5 ?m in which the polyolefin resin and fibrous basic magnesium sulfate particles are contained in a ratio by weight in the range of 99:1 to 50:50, and the spherical silicon dioxide particles are contained in an amount of 0.001 to 50 weight parts per 100 weight parts of the fibrous basic magnesium sulfate particles and/or in an amount of 0.0002 to 10 weight parts per 100 weight parts of the resin.
US Pat. No. 10,479,890

OXYGEN SCAVENGING POLYESTER COMPOSITIONS FOR CONTAINERS

APG Polytech, LLC, Wilmi...

1. An oxygen scavenging composition for containers comprising:at least one polyester component,
a transition metal catalyst,
an oxygen scavenger, and
a vegetable oil comprising at least one molecule having a double allylic structure,wherein the at least one polyester component comprises at least one acid unit and at least one diol unit, the concentration of the double allylic structures of the vegetable oil in the composition is greater than 5.0 meq/kg of all of the polyester components, the oxygen scavenger is present in the composition in a traditionally inert amount, and the vegetable oil is present in the composition at a level greater than 0.3% by weight relative to the total weight of the polyester components, the transition metal catalyst and the vegetable oil.
US Pat. No. 10,477,866

GOOSE AND COOT REPELLENT AND METHOD FOR REPELLING GEESE, COOTS AND OTHER BIRDS

1. A composition for repelling geese comprising:a mixture of peanut hulls in granular form, cedar oil, thyme oil, cinnamon oil, castor oil, fish oil, garlic oil and white pepper wherein said mixture emits odor that is offensive to repels geese; wherein ingredients of the mixture are included in the following amounts:
89.29 percent by weight peanut hulls;
1.25 percent by weight cedar oil;
0.60 percent by weight thyme oil;
0.55 percent by weight cinnamon oil;
4.0 percent by weight castor oil;
1.0 by weight fish oil;
0.06 by weight garlic oil; and
2.25 by weight white pepper.
US Pat. No. 10,481,484

REFLECTIVE MASK BLANK, REFLECTIVE MASK, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING REFLECTIVE MASK BLANK, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

HOYA CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A reflective mask blank comprising:a substrate, and
a multilayer reflective film, a protective film, and a phase-shift film for shifting a phase of EUV light, which are formed in said order on the substrate,
wherein the protective film is made of a material containing ruthenium as a main component, and
wherein an anti-diffusion layer which contains ruthenium and oxygen is formed on a surface of the protective film, or as a part of the protective film on a side adjacent to the phase-shift film, so as to inhibit counter diffusion in relation to the phase-shift film.
US Pat. No. 10,479,950

QUATERNARY AMMONIUM AMIDE AND/OR ESTER SALTS

The Lubrizol Corporation,...

1. A composition comprising a quaternary ammonium salt detergent containing an amide group, where the quaternized detergent comprises the reaction product of:(a) a non-quaternized detergent containing an amide group, where the detergent has a tertiary amine functionality; and
(b) a quaternizing agent;
and wherein the reaction of (a) and (b) is essentially free of any additional acid component other than an acid group present in the structure of the detergent; and wherein (b) the quaternizing agent comprises ethylene oxide, propylene oxide, butylene oxide, styrene oxide, or combinations thereof.
US Pat. No. 10,479,951

CATALYST FOR DESULFURIZATION, METHOD OF PREPARING THE SAME, AND DESULFURIZATION METHOD USING THE SAME

1. A catalyst for desulfurization, comprising:(a) an oxide selected from the group consisting of SiO2, Al2O3, Fe2O3, TiO2, MgO, MnO, CaO, Na2O, K2O and P2O3;
(b) a metal selected from the group consisting of Li, Cr, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Ga, Sr, Cd and Pb; and
(c) a liquid compound selected from the group consisting of sodium tetraborate (Na2B4O7.10H2O), sodium hydroxide (NaOH), sodium silicate (Na2SiO3) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2),
wherein the oxide, the metal and the liquid compound are formed into a metal chelate compound.
US Pat. No. 10,478,416

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR PREVENTING AND RECOVERY FROM DETRIMENTAL EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION

Cheers Health, Inc., Kin...

1. A tablet or capsule for mitigating the adverse effects of alcohol consumption in a human consisting essentially of at least 98% pure dihydromyricetin, N-acetyl cysteine, prickly pear extract, and at least 80% pure silymarin.
US Pat. No. 10,479,960

FIBROUS STRUCTURES COMPRISING A SURFACE SOFTENING COMPOSITION

1. A fibrous structure comprising a plurality of wood pulp fibers, wherein the fibrous structure comprises a surface comprising a non-transferable surface softening composition comprising a metathesized unsaturated polyol ester having one or more of the following properties:(i) a weight average molecular weight of from about 5,000 Daltons to about 50,000 Daltons;
(ii) an oligomer index from greater than 0 to 1; and
(iii) an iodine value of from about 30 to about 200;wherein the surface softening composition further comprises a quaternary ammonium compound;wherein the surface softening composition comprises from about 5% to about 40% by weight of the quaternary ammonium compound;wherein the fibrous structure comprises from about 0.1% to about 2% of a total basis weight of the surface softening composition; andwherein the fibrous structure exhibits an average TS7 Softness Value of less than 9.
US Pat. No. 10,478,447

ANTIVIRAL SUPPLEMENT FORMULATIONS

Vymedic, LLC, Parker, CO...

1. A method of treating a viral infection in a subject in need thereof comprising administering to the subject a dosage form comprising a therapeutically effective amount of a composition comprising a lysine in a single dose range of from about 1,000 mg to about 5,000 mg, an ascorbic compound, a flavonoid glycoside, wherein the flavonoid glycoside comprises hesperidin and rutin, a threonine, a taurine and a pyridoxine, and wherein the viral infection is selected from the group consisting of an influenza virus infection and a non-polio enterovirus infection.
US Pat. No. 10,479,986

NUCLEIC ACID CONSTRUCTS AND METHODS FOR LABELING AND DETECTING NUCLEOSOMAL DNA MODIFICATIONS

The Broad Institute, Inc....

1. A method for labeling nucleic acids from a cell or population of cells comprising:providing one or more individual discrete volumes, each individual discrete volume comprising a cell or population of cells;
lysing the cell or population of cells in each individual discrete volume and fragmenting nucleosomal DNA from the lysed cell or population of cells;
labeling the fragmented nucleosomal DNA in each individual discrete volume with a barcoded adapter on at least one free end of the fragmented nucleosomal DNA, wherein:
the barcoded adapter comprises an amplification promoter adjacent to a first or second read sequencing primer binding site which is adjacent to a barcode sequence,
the labeled nucleosomal DNA comprises, in a 3? to 5? orientation, a first read sequencing primer binding site, the nucleosomal DNA sequence, the barcode sequence, and a second read sequencing primer binding site,
the barcode sequence is unique to each individual discrete volume thereby identifying a sample from which the labeled nucleosomal DNA originated;
isolating and sequencing the labeled nucleosomal DNA from each sample; and
grouping the sequenced nucleosomal DNA by common barcode thereby identifying the individual discrete volumes from which the nucleosomal DNA originated.
US Pat. No. 10,478,456

PHARMACEUTICAL PREPARATION

APOSCIENCE AG, Vienna (A...

1. A pharmaceutical preparation, comprising a dosage form of a cell-free culture supernatant of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), the cell-free culture supernatant comprising at least 2000 pg/mL of matrix metallopeptidase 9 (MMP-9) and no detectable amount of TNF-?, the PBMCs comprising non-activated, non-proliferating T cells, B cells, NK cells, and monocytes cultivated under a stress inducing condition comprising a dose of at least 10 Gy radiation in a physiological solution free of PBMC-proliferating and PBMC-activating substances for at least 1 h.
US Pat. No. 10,478,459

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR CELL TRANSPLANTATION

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE ...

1. A combination comprising:a liquid cell suspension comprising adult liver-derived progenitor or stem cells and at least one factor Xa inhibitor which is a direct or indirect factor Xa inhibitor and is not an antithrombin activator, and
at least one thrombin inhibitor.
US Pat. No. 10,478,461

CELLULAR EXTRACTS

REGENICS AS, Oslo (NO)

1. A method of improving wound healing in a human subject, comprising:applying a composition comprising a trout egg cellular extract having a protein content of from about 210-270 mg/ml and an RNA content from about 3.51 to 4.68 mg/ml to a wound of said subject under conditions such wound healing is improved, wherein said improvement is selected from the group consisting of faster drying, faster reepithelialization, reduced inflammation, faster contraction, earlier remodeling, reduction in scar tissue and improved visual appearance of the wound and combinations thereof.
US Pat. No. 10,480,001

METHOD FOR THE GENERATION OF A MONOCLONAL PLANT CELL LINE

1. A method for the generation of a monoclonal plant cell line from a heterogeneous population of plant cells, comprising the following steps:(a) providing a heterogeneous population of plant cells;
(b) preparing a heterogeneous population of protoplasts from the heterogeneous population of plant cells, wherein at least one of the protoplasts from the prepared heterogeneous population of protoplasts is transformed with at least one expression vector encoding at least one fluorescent protein and a resistance against at least one selection agent;
(c) initiating cell wall regeneration in said heterogeneous population of protoplasts for fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS);
(d) providing a cell deposition device containing feeder cells in liquid medium containing wells;
(e) sorting by FACS the prepared at least one protoplast from the heterogeneous population of protoplasts in which the cell wall regeneration has been initiated, wherein said at least one protoplast is highly fluorescent;
(f) separating the sorted at least one protoplast into at least one different liquid medium-containing well containing the feeder cells for monoclonal plant cell generation such that said at least one well for monoclonal plant cell line generation contains a single prepared protoplast permitted to directly contact the feeder cells;
(g) regenerating the single separated protoplast from said at least one well into a microcolony by co-cultivating the separated protoplast in the same well as the feeder cells; and
(h) removing the microcolony from the feeder cells and cultivating the microcolony in the presence of said at least one selection agent against which said at least one protoplast is transformed with said at least one expression vector encoding a resistance until a monoclonal plant cell line from said at least one protoplast is established.
US Pat. No. 10,478,464

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS OF USE

Kirit Shah, Portland, OR...

1. A method of treating cancer in a subject comprising administering to the subject a composition comprising an effective amount of 8-hydroxyhexadecanoic acid, or a salt thereof, thereby treating said cancer;wherein said cancer is a lung cancer.
US Pat. No. 10,480,008

INSECTICIDAL POLYPEPTIDES HAVING BROAD SPECTRUM ACTIVITY AND USES THEREOF

POINEER HI-BRED INTERNATI...

1. An isolated nucleic acid molecule operably linked to a heterologous regulatory element, wherein said isolated nucleic acid is selected from the group consisting of:(a) a nucleic acid molecule comprising a nucleotide sequence selected from the group consisting of SEQ ID NO: 1 and SEQ ID NO: 3;
(b) a nucleic acid molecule which encodes a polypeptide comprising an amino acid sequence selected from the group consisting of SEQ ID NO: 2 and SEQ ID NO: 4;
(c) a nucleic acid molecule comprising a nucleotide sequence encoding a protein, having insecticidal activity against soybean looper, comprising an amino acid sequence that differs by 1 to 3 amino acid resides compared to the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 4; and
(d) a nucleic acid molecule comprising a nucleotide sequence encoding a protein, having insecticidal activity against soybean looper, comprising an amino acid sequence that differs by 1 to 3 amino acid resides compared to the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 2.
US Pat. No. 10,479,754

SYNTHESIS OF METHACRYLIC ACID FROM METHACROLEIN-BASED ALKYL METHACRYLATE

Roehm GmbH, Darmstadt (D...

1. A process for preparing at least one alkyl methacrylate and methacrylic acid, the process comprising in the following order:a) synthesizing methacrolein in a reactor I,
b) carrying out oxidative esterification of the methacrolein with an alcohol and oxygen to give an alkyl methacrylate in a reactor II and
e) reacting at least a portion of the alkyl methacrylate with water to give methacrylic acid in a reactor III.
US Pat. No. 10,480,010

BACULOVIRUS EXPRESSION SYSTEMS

GENETHON, Evry (FR)

1. A method for producing a recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) vector, comprising infecting a cell with one or several recombinant baculovirus(es), each baculovirus comprising a recombinant baculovirus genome harboring a heterologous sequence;wherein the heterologous sequence from each of the one or several recombinant baculovirus(es) encodes a different part of said rAAV vector; and
wherein each of the one or several recombinant baculovirus(es) comprises a recombinant baculovirus genome comprising the p26 and p74 baculoviral genes, and wherein the baculoviral genes cathepsin, chitinase and p10 are disrupted in each of the one or several recombinant baculovirus(es).
US Pat. No. 10,478,473

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS OF USING ANTI-MULLERIAN HORMONE FOR TREATMENT OF INFERTILITY

THE CENTER FOR HUMAN REPR...

1. A method for treating infertility in a subject comprising administering to the subject an effective amount of a composition comprising anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH), wherein the AMH comprises the amino acid sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO:1; and wherein the AMH is administered at a dose in the range of about 22,000 ng/day to about 44,000 ng/day for a period of time from about 30 days to about 90 days.
US Pat. No. 10,479,757

N,N-DIMETHYLAMINOETHYL ACRYLATE COMPOSITION STABILIZED IN RESPECT OF DISCOLORING EFFECTS

Arkema France, Colombes ...

1. A process for the continuous production of a composition of N,N-dimethylaminoethyl acrylate that is stabilized with respect to coloration, comprising from 25 to 200 ppm of 2,6-di-tert-butyl-4-methylphenol, said process comprising the steps of transesterifying a light acrylate selected from the group consisting of methyl acrylate and ethyl acrylate, with dimethylaminoethanol in the presence of a catalyst, followed by a treatment for purifying a reaction mixture comprising a final distillation of purified N,N-dimethylaminoethyl acrylate, wherein 25 to 200 ppm of 2,6-di-tert-butyl-4-methylphenol are introduced at an outlet of the distilled gaseous stream of purified N,N-dimethylaminoethyl acrylate, before condensation of final product.
US Pat. No. 10,480,013

INFLUENZA VIRUS VECTOR FOR VIROTHERAPY

BLUE SKY VACCINES GMBH, ...

1. A recombinant influenza B virus vector comprising an NS gene encoding a truncated NS1 protein consisting of 106 amino acids of the N-terminus of the respective wild type NS1 protein, wherein the vector:(i) replicates in IFN-sensitive tumor cells and in IFN-resistant tumor cells, and is attenuated in normal cells, and
(ii) expresses a heterologous immunostimulatory polypeptide, wherein the heterologous polypeptide is a tumor associated antigen.
US Pat. No. 10,478,482

VACCINES FOR PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF TUBERCULOSIS

ALARUM DEVELOPMENT LTD, ...

1. A method of eliciting an immune response against Mycobacterium tuberculosis in a mammalian subject comprising the step of administering to said subject an immunological composition consisting essentially of a first isolated polypeptide of the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 1, a second isolated polypeptide of the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 2, and a third isolated polypeptide of the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 3 and at least one of a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier and an adjuvant.
US Pat. No. 10,480,020

RAPID TEST FOR MICROBIAL RESISTANCES BY MASS SPECTROMETRY

1. Sample support for a mass spectrometric determination of the resistance of a microbial sample to be applied to the sample support, wherein the sample support plate is flat and has on its surface a multiplicity of test sites and at least one test site is coated with a dosed quantity of one or more antibiotics and with one or more reference substances.
US Pat. No. 10,480,031

METHOD FOR GENERATING RETINAL PIGMENT EPITHELIUM (RPE) CELLS FROM INDUCED PLURIPOTENT STEM CELLS (IPSCS)

The United States of Amer...

1. A method for producing human retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells, comprising:(a) culturing human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) in a human embryonic stem cell culture medium comprising human basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and not containing ingredients obtained from non-human animals to produce small embryoid bodies of 200-500 cells;
(b) culturing the small embryoid bodies from step (a) in a first medium comprising retinal induction medium (RIM) and rock inhibitor (RI), wherein the RIM comprises Wnt inhibitor CK1-7, a Nodal pathway inhibitor, Noggin, and 1 to 3% v/v knockout serum replacement, wherein the Nodal pathway inhibitor is SB-431542 or SB-505124, to form embryoid bodies that have increased efficiency of RPE differentiation;
(c) culturing the embryoid bodies that have increased efficiency of RPE differentiation from step (b) on a matrigel coated tissue culture substrate-in a second medium comprising a retinal differentiation medium that does not comprise basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and comprises Dickkopf-related protein 1 (DKK1), CK1-7, a bFGF inhibitor, and Noggin, wherein the bFGF inhibitor is PD0325901, PD98059, PD161570, or PD166285, to form differentiating RPE cells that express PAX6 and MITF;
(d) culturing the differentiating RPE cells from step (C) in a third medium comprising retinal media comprising Activin A and Wnt3a to produce cells that have increased expression of MITF and PAX6 and increased RPE differentiation efficiency; and
(e) culturing the cells that have increased expression of MITF and PAX6 and increased RPE differentiation efficiency from step (d) in a fourth medium comprising a RPE cell medium comprising a non-canonical Wnt 5a inducer, DKK1, SU5402, and cyclopamine to produce human RPE cells that express TYR, TYRP1, MYRIP, Cadherin 1 or Cadherin 3 and TRPMI 1 or TRPMI 3, thereby producing human RPE cells.
US Pat. No. 10,478,497

COMBINATIONS OF INECALCITOL WITH AN ANTI-CD38 AGENT AND THEIR USES FOR TREATING CANCER

HYBRIGENICS S.A., Paris ...

1. The combination of inecalcitol with an anti-CD38 agent, wherein said anti-CD38 agent is selected from the group consisting of daratumumab, isatuximab, and MOR202.
US Pat. No. 10,478,498

EXCIPIENT COMPOUNDS FOR BIOPOLYMER FORMULATIONS

REFORM BIOLOGICS, LLC, W...

1. An injectable, liquid pharmaceutical formulation comprising at least about 100 mg/ml therapeutic protein and a viscosity-reducing amount of caffeine, wherein the viscosity-reducing amount of caffeine is about 15 mg/ml or less, and wherein the formulation further comprises niacinamide, andwherein the viscosity of the formulation is at least about 30% less than the viscosity of a control formulation, wherein the control formulation does not contain caffeine but is otherwise identical on a dry weight basis to the liquid pharmaceutical formulation.
US Pat. No. 10,478,501

METHOD OF TREATING DISORDERS USING A PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITION OF OLIGOPEPTIDES

Merck Patent GmbH, Darms...

1. A method for the treatment of cancer wherein said cancer expresses ?v?3 and/or ?v?5 integrins, comprising a step of subcutaneously and/or intramuscularly administering to a patient who has been identified as having a cancer which expresses ?v?3 and/or ?v?5 integrins an effective amount of a composition which is a suspension comprising:a) 12 to 90% of the oligopeptide cyclo-(Arg-Gly-Asp-DPhe-NMeVal) having a solubility in water at 20° C. between 3 mg/ml and 10 mg/ml,
b) 0.01 to 60% of one or more lipophilic and/or amphiphilic compounds having a molar weight in the range of 200 g/mol to 2000 g/mol, and optionally
c) 0 to 87.99% of water, with the proviso that the sum of a), b) and c) sums up to 80 or more percent of the total composition with the proviso that said suspension composition contains 100 mg/ml or more of said oligopeptide, and with the further proviso that said suspension composition comprises 40% or more of said oligopeptide as solid particles.
US Pat. No. 10,478,503

BRANCHED OLIGONUCLEOTIDES

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSET...

1. A branched oligonucleotide compound, capable of mediating RNA silencing in a neuronal cell, comprising two or more nucleic acid sequences, wherein the nucleic acid sequences (N) are connected to one another by one or more moieties selected from a linker (L), a spacer (S) and optionally a branching point (B),wherein each nucleic acid sequence is double-stranded and comprises a sense strand and an antisense strand, wherein the sense strand and the antisense strand each have a 5? end and a 3? end, and wherein the sense strand and the antisense strand each comprises >80% chemically-modified nucleotides,
wherein the nucleotides at positions 1 and 2 from the 5? end of the sense and antisense strands are connected to adjacent nucleotides via phosphorothioate linkages,
wherein each antisense strand comprises at least 15 contiguous nucleotides, wherein each sense strand comprises at least 15 contiguous nucleotides and has complementarity to the antisense strand, and wherein the antisense strand has complementarity to a target mRNA in the neuronal cell, and
wherein the antisense strand is complementary to a target mRNA in a neuronal cell.
US Pat. No. 10,478,259

MEDICAL DEVICE PACKAGING WITH POWER SOURCE

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED,...

1. A system for charging an onboard battery of a medical device prior to use of the medical device, the system comprising:a package defining a first cavity and a second cavity spaced apart from the first cavity;
a medical device disposed within the first cavity of the package, the medical device including an onboard rechargeable battery disposed within the medical device; and
a power source disposed within the second cavity of the package and capable of charging the onboard battery of the medical device prior to use of the medical device;
a controller disposed within the package and configured to use power stored within the power source to charge the onboard rechargeable battery disposed within the medical device prior to use of the medical device, the controller further configured to periodically check a power level within the onboard rechargeable battery and to recharge the onboard rechargeable battery when the power level of the onboard rechargeable battery drops below a threshold in order to maintain the medical device in a ready to use condition;
the system capable of being subjected to a sterilization process with the power source disposed within the second cavity.
US Pat. No. 10,479,799

SOLID CATALYST FOR DEHYDRATION OF MANNITOL, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING 2, 5-SORBITAN AND/OR ISOMANNIDE USING THIS CATALYST

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPO...

1. A solid, dehydration catalyst for producing 2,5-sorbitan and/or isomannide from mannitol comprising an H-type ? zeolite and/or a Y-type zeolite.
US Pat. No. 10,478,531

METHODS AND MATERIALS FOR TREATING BLOOD VESSELS

1. An angioplasty balloon catheter comprising a stent-less angioplasty balloon coated with an amnion tissue preparation.
US Pat. No. 10,479,814

ADENOSINE RECEPTOR ACTIVATION REAGENT AND THE USES OF THEREOF

Zhejiang Subtropical Crop...

1. A method for treating a condition comprising administering N(6)-(2-hydroxyethyl)-adenosine (HEA) to a subject, wherein the condition is convulsion, pain, apoplexia, Parkinson's disease, or opioid drug addiction receptor; said HEA is administered in the amount of 10-15 mg/kg of subject body weight and treats the condition via the adenosine A1 receptor.
US Pat. No. 10,479,817

TEMPLATES FOR CONTROLLING SYNTHESIS OF NANOPARTICLES INTO DISCRETE ASSEMBLIES

1. A nanostructure comprising: (a) a conjugate molecule comprising a biomineralization peptide attached chemically at its N-terminus to a self-associating moiety, wherein the self-associating moiety is selected from a linear aliphatic carbon chain and an aromatic organic group; and (b) a nanoparticle comprising a metal or semiconductor element; wherein the biomineralization peptide binds to the metal or semiconductor element of the nanoparticle.
US Pat. No. 10,479,825

ANTIBODY-MEDIATED NEUTRALIZATION OF MARBURG VIRUS

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY, N...

1. An engineered cell producing an antibody or antibody fragment characterized by heavy chain CDR sequences of SEQ ID NOS: 104, 105 and 106 and light chain CDR sequences of SEQ ID NO: 150, DNN and SEQ ID NO: 151.
US Pat. No. 10,478,801

PROCESS FOR OBTAINING ADSORBENT MATERIAL BASED ON POROUS SILICATES FOR REDUCTION OF SULFUR AND NITROGEN IN OIL FRACTIONS

INSTITUTO MEXICANO DEL PE...

1. A process for reducing a sulfur and nitrogen content of a petroleum fraction or product derived therefrom, comprising the steps of:contacting the petroleum fraction or product derived therefrom with a porous silicate adsorbent containing at least one metal selected from the group consisting of Cu, Ni, Sn, Fe, Ag, Co, Ti, V, Cr, and Mn; and
adsorbing and removing sulfur and/or nitrogen compounds from said petroleum fraction or product derived therefrom.
US Pat. No. 10,479,059

MULTIPLE LAYER FILM AND COMPOSITE MATERIAL PRODUCED THEREFROM

Evonik Degussa GmbH, Ess...

1. A film, comprising:a polyamide layer comprising at least 40% by weight of at least one polyamide selected from the group consisting of PA6, PA66, PA6/66 and a copolyamide, wherein the copolyamide is obtained from PA6, PA66 and PA6/66 and comprises at most 50% of total monomer units replaced by aromatic monomer units;
a second layer formed directly on the polyamide layer, wherein the second layer is obtained from a molding composition consisting of a polyamide composition (a) in an amount of from 50 to 99 parts by weight, a copolymer (b) in an amount of from 1 to 50 parts by weight with respect to a total amount of the polyamide composition (a) and the copolymer (b), and optionally at least one additive selected from the group consisting of a flame retardant, a stabilizer, an antistatic agent, a filler, a dye, and a pigment; and
a first layer formed directly on the second layer, wherein the first layer comprises a molding composition which comprises at least 60% by weight of a polyetheresteramide, the monomer units of the polyamide of the polyetheresteramide comprise an average of at least 8 carbon atoms,
wherein:
the polyamide composition (a) consists of a polyamide (?) in an amount of from 40 to 100% by weight, and a polyamide (?) in an amount of 0 to 60% with respect to a total amount of the polyamide (?) and the polyamide (?);
the polyamide (?) is PA612;
the polyamide (?) is at least one selected from the group consisting of PA6, PA66, PA6/66, and a copolyamide, wherein the copolyamide is obtained from PA6, PA66 and PA6/66 and comprises at most 50% of total monomer units replaced by aromatic monomer units;
the copolymer (b) comprises a first monomer unit in an amount of from 70 to 99.9% by weight and a second monomer unit in an amount of 0.1 to 30% by weight;
the first monomer unit is a monomer unit of at least one vinyl compound selected from the group consisting of an acrylic acid derivative, a methacrylic acid derivative, an ?-olefin and a vinylaromatic compound; and
the second monomer unit comprises a functional group selected from the group consisting of a carboxylic anhydride group, an epoxy group, and an oxazoline group.
US Pat. No. 10,479,830

ANTI EOTAXIN-2 ANTIBODIES THAT RECOGNIZE ADDITIONAL CCR3-BINDING CHEMOKINES

CHEMOMAB LTD., Tel Aviv ...

1. An isolated antibody that binds a conformational epitope in the N-loop region of a CCR3-binding chemokine, wherein said conformational epitope is characterized by a relatively high concentration of positive amino acid residues located between amino acid positions 14 and 24 in the amino acid sequence of said CCR3-binding chemokine as denoted by SEQ ID NO: 11, SEQ ID NO: 12, SEQ ID NO: 13 or SEQ ID NO: 14 and wherein said antibody is a fully humanized antibody comprising a heavy chain variable region comprising:a) the complementary determining region VH CDR1 comprising the amino acid sequence denoted by SEQ ID NO. 5;
b) the complementary determining region VH CDR2 comprising the amino acid sequence denoted by SEQ ID NO. 6; and
c) the complementary determining region VH CDR3 comprising the amino acid sequence denoted by SEQ ID NO. 7; and
a light chain variable region comprising
d) the complementary determining region VK CDR1 comprising the amino acid sequence denoted by SEQ ID NO. 8;
e) the complementary determining region VK CDR2 comprising the amino acid sequence denoted by SEQ ID NO. 9; and
f) the complementary determining region VK CDR3 comprising the amino acid sequence denoted by SEQ ID NO. 10.
US Pat. No. 10,477,792

TOMATO HYBRID SV0599TM

Seminis Vegetable Seeds, ...

1. A tomato plant of tomato hybrid SV0599TM, a sample of seed of said hybrid SV0599TM having been deposited under ATCC Accession Number PTA-121395.
US Pat. No. 10,477,793

TOMATO LINE FIRKL13-4132

Seminis Vegetable Seeds, ...

1. A tomato plant comprising at least a first set of the chromosomes of tomato line FIRKL13-4132, a sample of seed of said line having been deposited under ATCC Accession Number PTA-122113.
US Pat. No. 10,477,795

COTTON VARIETY PX499096W3FE

Phytogen Seed Company, LL...

1. A seed of cotton variety designated PX499096W3FE, or a regenerable part thereof, representative seed of the variety having been deposited under ATCC Accession No. PTA-123655 on Nov. 15, 2016.

US Pat. No. 10,484,986

METHODS OF TWO-STAGE SCHEDULING IN DOWNLINK CONTROL CHANNEL

MEDIATEK INC., Hsin-Chu ...

1. A method comprising:monitoring a basic downlink control information (DCI) over a physical layer signaling from a base station by a user equipment (UE) in a mobile communication network;
decoding the basic DCI having a predefined basic DCI size using blind detection, wherein the basic DCI carries basic scheduling information;
monitoring an extended DCI over the physical layer signaling; and
decoding the extended DCI, wherein the extended DCI carries extended scheduling information.

US Pat. No. 10,484,964

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING PAGING

Futurewei Technologies, I...

1. A method for paging a first device by a second device, the method comprising:sending, by the second device to the first device, a page message over a first path between the second device and the first device, wherein the first device is in an inactive or idle state with the second device; and
receiving, by the second device from the first device in response to the page message, a page response over a second path between the first device and the second device, wherein the second path is different from the first path in at least one of:
a number of hops in each respective path,
a radio access technology associated with each respective path,
a cell associated with each respective path, or
a width of beam pairs forming each respective path.

US Pat. No. 10,484,941

WAKE-UP RADIO ASSISTED WLAN POWER SAVING TECHNOLOGIES

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A wireless communication device, comprising:a high-power communication module configured to communicate according to a first communication protocol;
a low-power communication module configured to communicate according to a second, different communication protocol; and
at least one processor communicatively coupled to the high-power communication module and the low-power communication module, wherein the at least one processor is configured to execute software instructions to cause the wireless communication device to:
receive from an access point a first beacon according to the first communication protocol, wherein the first beacon indicates that the access point is capable of including in a low-power update (LPU) message, according to the second communication protocol, an indication that the access point has data available to send to the wireless communication device according to the first communication protocol;
after receiving the first beacon, transition the high-power communication module to an inactive state;
receive the LPU message via the low-power communication module, according to the second communication protocol, while the high-power communication module is in an inactive state;
determine that the LPU message comprises a traffic indication map (TIM) indicating that the access point has data available to send to the wireless communication device according to the first communication protocol;
in response to the determining, transition the high-power communication module from the inactive state to an active state; and
receive a data message including the data via the high-power communication module while the high-power communication module is in the active state.

US Pat. No. 10,484,919

RADIO TERMINAL CONFIGURED TO SWITCH A STANDBY TARGET OR A CONNECTION TARGET BETWEEN A MOBILE COMMUNICATION NETWORK AND A WIRELESS LAN

KYOCERA Corporation, Kyo...

1. A radio terminal comprising:a controller configured to perform a predetermined process for switching a standby target or a connection target between a mobile communication network and a wireless LAN when at least a part of a coverage area of the wireless LAN overlaps a coverage area of the mobile communication network, wherein
the controller is further configured to execute the predetermined process when a state where first information regarding the mobile communication network satisfies a first condition and second information regarding the wireless LAN satisfies a second condition is continued over a predetermined period, and
the controller is further configured to
receive a validity period set to the second information from an entity at the mobile communication network,
start a timer corresponding to the validity period, in response to obtaining the second information from the wireless LAN, and
determine, before the timer expires, whether or not the second information satisfies the second condition.

US Pat. No. 10,484,897

WIDEBAND RADIO COMMUNICATION TEST APPARATUS

1. A test apparatus comprising:functional entities, FEs, which are assigned to a selected test case, TC, of a test case pool, TCP, by dragging a test case item, TCI, representing the selected test case, TC, to functional block items, FBIs, representing the respective functional entities, Fes, and by dropping the dragged test case item, TCI, on the functional block items, FBIs; and
a processing unit adapted to compare test capabilities required by the selected test case, TC, as indicated by its associated test case item, TCI, with test capabilities offered by the functional entities, FEs, assigned to the selected test case, TC, as indicated by the functional block items, FBIs, of the assigned functional entities, FEs;
wherein, if the test capabilities offered by the functional entities, FEs, assigned to the selected test case, TC, match the test capabilities required by the selected test case, TC, a test procedure using the assigned functional entities, FEs, for the test case, TC, is initiated in response to an input command if no further test cases, TCs, are selected from the test case pool, TCP; and
wherein, if there is no matching of test capabilities, the user is informed that the test capabilities of the test apparatus are not sufficient for the selected test case, TC, and an already running test case procedure is deactivated to get more available resources within the test apparatus for the selected test case, TC, based on a drag and drop operation of the user for test case deactivation.

US Pat. No. 10,484,886

METHOD FOR BROADCAST INFORMATION ON SUPPORTED AND NON-SUPPORTED SLICES

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method for wireless communications by a user equipment (UE), comprising:receiving signaling of a first list of network slices indicated as available in a first cell and a second list of network slices indicated as unavailable in the first cell; and
performing at least one of cell reselection or cell selection taking into account the network slices listed in the at least one of the first list or the second list, wherein taking into account the network slices listed in the first list comprises prioritizing cells that indicate availability of a network slice in which the UE is interested over cells that indicate unavailability of the network slice in which the UE is interested or cells that do not indicate availability of the network slice in which the UE is interested.

US Pat. No. 10,484,885

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR BEAM-FORMING COMMUNICATION IN MOBILE WIRELESS BACKHAUL NETWORK

ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMU...

1. An apparatus for beam-forming communication in a mobile wireless backhaul network included in a base station, the apparatus comprising:a position searching unit determining a distance between the base station and a mobile terminal, a relative speed between the base station and the mobile terminal, and a relative direction of the mobile terminal;
a beam setting unit
determining a plurality of beam search groups including searching beams of the base station according to the distance, wherein the searching beams are beams to be searched by the mobile terminal,
determining a number of antenna elements forming the searching beams, wherein the antenna elements are included in each of the plurality of beam search groups, and
setting a number of the searching beams and a search period for a beam of the mobile terminal according to the relative speed and the relative direction; and
a beam searching unit searching for the beam of the mobile terminal based on the search period using the plurality of beam search groups,
wherein the antenna elements are included in a phased-array antenna, and the number of first beam search groups among the plurality of beam search groups are selected more than the number of second beam search groups among the plurality of beam search groups,
wherein the first beam search groups are the beam search groups in the same direction as the relative direction of the mobile terminal, and the second beam search groups are the beam search groups in a direction opposite to the relative direction of the mobile terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,484,867

DEVICE MANAGEMENT BASED ON WIRELESS BEACONS

JAMF Software, LLC, Minn...

1. An apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising:
receiving, at a device management server, a first message from a managed device via an access point, wherein the first message includes a first identifier associated with a first wireless beacon, wherein the first wireless beacon is associated with a first wireless network connection, and wherein the first message indicates that the managed device is within a range of the first wireless beacon;
in response to the first message, initiating transmission, via a second wireless connection, of a second message to the managed device granting the managed device authorization to access a particular functionality; and
in response to detecting the managed device at a location outside of the range of the first wireless beacon, initiating transmission, via the second wireless connection, of a third message to the managed device to revoke from the managed device the authorization to access the particular functionality.

US Pat. No. 10,484,846

CLOUD-BASED DEVICE TWINNING

1. A system, comprising:a processor; and
a memory that stores executable instructions that, when executed by the processor, facilitate performance of operations, comprising:
receiving configuration data that links a first smart device to a second smart device, wherein the first smart device and the second smart device are associated with a common subscriber account;
based on the configuration data, facilitating a routing of communication data to the second smart device and the first smart device, wherein the communication data has been transmitted from a source device and is determined to be directed to the first smart device; and
in response to the routing of the communication data to the second smart device and the first smart device, presenting notification data indicative of a notification via the first smart device and the second smart device.

US Pat. No. 10,484,836

TECHNIQUES AND APPARATUSES FOR LONG TERM EVOLUTION IDLE-MODE AND ENHANCED MULTIMEDIA BROADCAST AND MULTICAST SERVICE CONCURRENCY OPERATION

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method of wireless communication, comprising:determining, by a user equipment (UE), that the UE is registered for a voice-over wireless local area network (WLAN) service;
forgoing, by the UE and based at least in part on determining that the UE is registered for the voice-over WLAN service, waking up to perform long term evolution (LTE) idle-mode operations,
wherein the LTE idle-mode operations include monitoring for a page during a paging occasion and at least one other LTE idle-mode operation;
waking up from an LTE idle-mode to receive an evolved Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Service (eMBMS) transmission based on a scheduling period; and
performing the at least one other LTE idle-mode operation, that was to be performed during the forgone waking up associated with monitoring for the page during the paging occasion, during the wake up associated with receiving the eMBMS transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,484,828

TECHNIQUES FOR INDOOR NAVIGATION WITH OCCUPANCY TRACKING AND LOCATION TRACKING VIA LIGHT-BASED COMMUNICATION

OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc., Wil...

1. A system comprising:a solid-state luminaire comprising:
a communication module configured to receive first data from a first source external to the solid-state luminaire, wherein the first external source comprises a first mobile computing device;
a processor operatively coupled with the communication module and configured to analyze the first data received thereby from the first external source, wherein:
the first data comprises information about at least one of the first mobile computing device and a first user thereof, and a request for indoor navigation to a second mobile computing device carried by a second user;
the communication module is further configured to:
transmit the indoor navigation request to the second mobile computing device by relaying the indoor navigation request to a second solid-state luminaire local to the second mobile computing device,
receive second data from the second solid-state luminaire, wherein the second data originates from the second mobile computing device and comprises a location of the second mobile computing device, and
transmit the first data to a server; and
a solid-state light source configured to emit a pulsing light signal encoded with the second data to the first external source; and
the server, wherein the server is configured to:
analyze the first data received from the communication module to assess user statistics for the first user, the user statistics comprising at least one of:
an occupancy pattern within a spatial environment local to the solid-state luminaire;
an occupant's dwell time within a spatial environment local to the solid-state luminaire;
an occupant's usage of infrastructure local to the solid-state luminaire; and
an occupant's frequency of visitation of a spatial environment local to the solid-state luminaire;
generate customized information for the first user based on the user statistics; and
transmit the customized information to the solid-state luminaire to be provided to the first mobile computing device.