US Pat. No. 10,336,618

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SYNTHESIZING VERTICALLY ALIGNED CARBON NANOTUBES

The Florida International...

1. A method for synthesizing vertically aligned carbon nanotubes, the method comprising:providing a catalytic conductive substrate, that has not been pretreated, to a PECVD device;
heating, in an etching gas, the catalytic conductive substrate to form catalytically active nano-features on the surface of the catalytic conductive substrate; and
growing, by PECVD, vertically aligned carbon nanotubes on the surface of the catalytic conductive substrate, without an external metallic catalyst layer, by providing a carbon source gas to the catalytic conductive substrate,
the PECVD device comprising:
a tube;
a first metallic rod disposed inside the tube and having an anode disposed on an inner end thereof;
a second metallic rod disposed inside the tube and having a cathode disposed on an inner end thereof;
a substrate holder disposed on the cathode;
an external heating device surrounding the substrate holder;
a thermocouple device disposed inside the tube and configured to monitor a temperature and provide feedback to a power supply of the external heating device;
a gas inlet valve connected to a first end of the tube;
a gas outlet valve connected to the tube;
a heat reflector disposed inside the tube;
a gas distributor disposed inside the tube; and
a power supply electrically connected to the two metallic rods and configured to supply a desired bias voltage to generate plasma inside the tube,
a thickness of the external heating device in a first direction being larger than a distance, measured in the first direction, between the respective electrodes of the two metallic rods,
the anode having a first surface facing the gas inlet valve and a second surface opposite from the first surface,
the cathode having a first surface and a second surface opposite from the first surface, the first surface of the cathode facing a second end of the tube opposite from the first end of the tube, and the second surface of the cathode facing the second surface of the anode and having the substrate holder disposed thereon,
the thermocouple device being disposed between the first surface of the anode and the first end of the tube, and
the heat reflector and the gas distributor both disposed between the thermocouple device and the first end of the tube, the heat reflector and the gas distributor both being disposed closer to the first end of the tube than they are to the thermocouple device.

US Pat. No. 10,336,617

METHOD OF SYNTHESIZING SOLUBLE POLYPHOSPHIDES FROM RED PHOSPHOROUS USING SHELF-STABLE REAGENTS AND ORGANIC SOLVENTS

The Florida State Univers...

1. A method for producing polyphosphide anions soluble in organic solvents, comprising:providing red phosphorus or a composition of black phosphorus and red phosphorus;
providing an alkali metal alkoxy compound or alkali metal alkyl thiolate compound suspended in an organic solvent;
wherein the alkali metal is sodium or potassium;
allowing the red phosphorus and alkali metal or alkali metal compound to react, wherein the reaction uses reflux or an in-line packed column method;
where the in-line packed column method comprises:
providing a packing column;
loading the packing column with the red phosphorus or composition of black phosphorus and red phosphorus in an inert environment;
purging the packing column with an inert gas;
setting a pressure regulator on the packing column to at least 1 bar;
heating the packing column to a preselected temperature, where the preselected temperature is at least the boiling point of the alkali metal alkoxy compound or alkali metal alkyl thiolate and wherein the temperature of the packing column or a reaction solution does not exceed the critical temperature of the organic solvent;
suspending the alkali metal alkoxy compound or alkali metal alkyl thiolate compound in the organic solvent;
flowing the organic solvent through the packing column;
flowing the alkali metal alkoxy compound or alkali metal alkyl thiolate compound in the organic solvent through the packing column;
forming a compound containing the alkali metal and polyphosphide anions;
evaporating the organic solvent off the compound containing the alkali metal and polyphosphide anions;
redissolving the compound containing the alkali metal and polyphosphide anions in ethanol;
subjecting the compounds containing alkali metal and polyphosphide anions to a cation exchange with (Bu4N)Cl in ethanol to produce a cation-polyphosphide material;
redissolving the cation-polyphosphide material in acetonitrile to form free polyphosphide anions; and
separating the black phosphorus from the polyphosphide anions;
wherein the reflux is performed for about 15 minutes to about 2 hours.

US Pat. No. 10,336,614

HYDROGEN SULFIDE PRODUCTION PROCESS AND RELATED REACTOR VESSELS

Chevron Phillips Chemical...

1. A H2S production process comprising:(i) controlling a reaction chamber containing liquid sulfur at a start-up temperature above the melting point of sulfur with an external heating system comprising a heated reactor conduit conductively and removably attached to an exterior surface of the reaction chamber;
(ii) adding liquid sulfur to the reaction chamber to a level sufficient to immerse an internal heating system positioned within the reaction chamber;
(iii) engaging the internal heating system to reach and maintain an operating temperature of the liquid sulfur of at least about 300° C.;
(iv) adding a hydrogen-containing gas into the liquid sulfur and reacting to produce H2S; and
(v) optionally, discontinuing the operation of the external heating system.

US Pat. No. 10,336,605

MICRO ELECTRO MECHANICAL SYSTEMS SENSOR

Samsung Electro-Mechanics...

1. A MEMS sensor, comprising:a mass body;
a support part floatably supporting the mass body; and
a flexible beam having one end connected to the mass body and another end connected to the support part,
wherein one of the ends of the flexible beam extends into an intermediate portion of an opening in a connection part having an arcuate contour, and
wherein the connection part is formed at a terminal end of the flexible beam.

US Pat. No. 10,336,604

BREAKAWAY HOSE SUPPORT

OPW FUELING COMPONENTS, L...

1. A fluid dispensing system comprising:a support structure;
a hose configured to dispense fluid therethrough;
a support cable directly or indirectly coupled to said hose, wherein said hose is directly or indirectly releasably coupled to said support structure via said cable and a breakaway assembly, said breakaway assembly including a first portion coupled to the cable, a second portion coupled to the hose by a pin oriented transverse to an axis of the hose and defining a pivot axis, and a third portion configured to releasably attach said first and second portions and to allow separation of said first and second portions by deformation of said third portion and not breakage thereof when a predetermined force is applied thereto by said cable; and
an extension and retraction mechanism configured to provide an adjustable effective length to said cable.

US Pat. No. 10,336,600

LOCKING AND EMPTYING SYSTEM OF REFILL CARTRIDGE CONTAINING NUTRIENTS OR CHEMICALS

1. A locking and emptying system of a refill cartridge (1) containing nutrients or chemicals, said locking and emptying system comprising at least one receiving socket (2) for locking and emptying the refill cartridge (1), in every said receiving socket (2) a locking mechanism of the refill cartridge (1), discharge means of the refill cartridge (1) and control means of the locking and empting system and for the refill cartridge (1) a emptying container (3), characterized in thatin the vicinity of the insertion end of the refill cartridge (1) to be inserted into the receiving socket of an upper face (4) of the refill cartridge (1) comprises a locking depression (5);
the locking mechanism in the receiving socket (2) comprises a lever mechanism (6) operable by an end face (11) of the refill cartridge (1), said lever mechanism (6) comprising four mutually rigidly connected parts (7, 8, 9, 10) having mainly parallel longitudinal axes, said longitudinal axes are crosswise to the insertion direction of the refill cartridge (1);
where in the receiving socket (2) first part (7) of the lever mechanism (6) is placed rotatably around the longitudinal axis of second part (8) together with third part (9) and fourth part (10) and
where said first part (7), third part (9) and fourth part (10) are biased to rotate around the longitudinal axis of said second part (8) so that said first part (7) is pressed against end face (11) of the refill cartridge (1);
where in the position where said refill cartridge (1) is inserted into the receiving socket (2) with its end thee (11), said end face (11) is pressed against the first part (7) of the lever mechanism (6), as a result said first part (7) is rotatable around the second part (8) of the lever mechanism (6) together with said third (9) and fourth part (10) of the lever mechanism (6); and
where in the position where said refill cartridge (1) is pressed completely into the receiving socket (2), said first part (7) pressed against the end face (11) of the refill cartridge (1) is rotated around the second part (8) of the lever mechanism (6) together with third part (9) and fourth part (10) of the lever mechanism (6) so that said fourth part (10) is engaged with the locking depression (5) on the upper face (4) of the refill cartridge (1) to the locked position of the refill cartridge (1) in the receiving socket (2), where said lever mechanism (6) is locked into a holding position by the third part (9).

US Pat. No. 10,336,597

CAPSULE-BASED ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND COMPONENTS THEREOF

Altria Client Services LL...

1. An alcoholic beverage forming apparatus operable to dispense an alcoholic beverage, the alcoholic beverage forming apparatus comprising:a capsule holder configured to receive a beverage capsule having a flavor medium in an interior thereof;
a water supply reservoir operable to supply water to a mixing manifold of the alcoholic beverage forming apparatus at a predetermined temperature;
an alcohol supply reservoir operable to supply alcohol to the mixing manifold of the alcoholic beverage forming apparatus at a predetermined temperature;
a dispenser operable to dispense the alcoholic beverage therefrom;
wherein predetermined amounts of the water and alcohol supplied to the mixing manifold are combined therein so as to form an alcoholic beverage mixture having a desired proof, temperature, and volume, and the alcoholic beverage forming apparatus is operable to supply the alcoholic beverage mixture through an outlet of the mixing manifold to an interior of the beverage capsule held in the capsule holder during use of the alcoholic beverage forming apparatus such that the alcoholic beverage mixture mixes with the flavor medium contained in the interior of the beverage capsule to form the alcoholic beverage that is dispensed from the dispenser of the alcoholic beverage forming apparatus;
a carbonated water reservoir operable to supply carbonated water to the mixing manifold of the alcoholic beverage forming apparatus to carbonate the alcoholic beverage; a consumer interface configured to receive consumer input information and a controller operable to control processes performed by the beverage forming apparatus, a data matrix scanner operable to read data of a matrix positioned on the beverage capsule containing the flavor medium wherein the data of the matrix includes recipe information for the alcoholic beverage; a lighting or sound effects component operable to provide lighting or sound effects during use of the alcoholic beverage forming apparatus; a portable power supply; a fill level sensor operable to determine a level of an alcoholic beverage that has been dispensed into a drinking vessel during operation of the alcoholic beverage forming apparatus wherein the fill level sensor is operable to stop the alcoholic beverage forming apparatus from further dispensing an alcoholic beverage if a dispensed alcoholic beverage reaches an upper opening of the drinking vessel or has filled the drinking vessel to a predetermined level; a drain below the dispenser; a mixer reservoir operable to supply a flavored mixer to the mixing manifold of the alcoholic beverage forming apparatus such that the alcoholic beverage mixture is combined with the flavored mixer in the mixing manifold to flavor the alcoholic beverage mixture before the alcoholic beverage mixture is delivered to an interior of a beverage capsule through the outlet of the mixing manifold; a credit card reader; an ID reader; and a recognition system operable to recognize the type of alcohol in the alcohol reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,336,587

HOIST AND CRANE

Professor Cargo, LLC, Li...

1. A truck hoist and crane assembly comprising:a first rail and a second rail each vertically supported, and each longitudinally extending within said hoist and crane assembly, said second rail oriented substantially parallel to said first rail;
a third rail slidably engaged to said first rail and a fourth rail slidably engaged to said second rail, thereby facilitating concurrent longitudinal movement of said third and fourth rails to extend from a rear of the hoist and crane assembly, said third rail and said fourth rail juxtaposed to and parallel to said first and second rails, respectively;
a fifth rail angularly fixed to said third rail and said fourth rail, and, a sixth rail angularly fixed to said third rail and said fourth rail, said fifth rail substantially parallel to said sixth rail; and
a hoist operably fixed to said fifth and sixth rails, said hoist movable from said third rail to said fourth rail, and said hoist extendable and retractable from said first and second rails,
wherein said hoist is operable in both a lateral and longitudinal motion, and, wherein said third rail and said fourth rail are adapted to extend from said first and second rails, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,336,583

LIFTER AND METHOD FOR MOVING TRAFFIC BARRIERS

Vacuworx Global, LLC, Tu...

1. A method for lifting a traffic barrier, the method comprising:operating a rotator of a barrier lifter connected to a boom, the barrier lifter including
at least one pinned connector configured for connecting the barrier lifter to the boom;
the rotator located below and connected to the at least one pinned connector, the rotator capable of rotating said lifter relative to the boom;
a pair of opposing axes located below the rotator and running parallel to one another;
a pair of opposing arms, each arm connected at an upper end to a respective axis of the pair of opposing axes, the arms rotatable relative to one another between an open position and a closed position; and
a cross-member pivotally connected to a respective lower end of each arm of the pair of opposing arms, the cross-member including a gripping surface;
operating the pair of opposing arms into the open position;
operating the rotator to align the arms with a traffic barrier;
lowering the boom and lifter onto the traffic barrier;
operating the pair of opposing arms into the closed position wherein the gripping surface of each arm is in contact with and applying pressure to a respective opposing surface of the traffic barrier;
lifting the boom, lifter and traffic barrier;
placing the traffic barrier over a desired location;
lowering the boom, lifter and traffic barrier wherein the traffic barrier is placed on the desired location; and
operating the pair of arms to return into the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,336,571

MULTIPLE HIGH PRESSURE FLEXIBLE LANCE HOSE TAKE UP DRUM

STONEAGE, INC., Durango,...

1. A take-up drum apparatus for a plurality of flexible high pressure fluid cleaning lance hoses comprising:a base;
a hollow take-up drum assembly rotatably supported from the base via a rotary swivel, wherein the drum assembly includes a hollow cylindrical shell having a bottom plate, a cylindrical side wall, a high pressure fluid supply connection and a manifold positioned on the bottom plate of the shell for connection of one end of each of a plurality of flexible lance hoses to the high pressure fluid supply connection;
a support arm extending from the base outside of and across the side wall of the shell; and
one or more guide tubes supported by the support arm for guiding flexible lance hoses into and out of the take-up drum assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,336,566

FEED TAPE DISPENSER

Shurtech Brands, LLC, Av...

15. A tape dispenser comprising a frame having a top wall and opposed side walls, said top wall connecting the opposed side walls; a tape mount disposed on an interior surface of each of the side walls and being adapted to secure a roll of tape therebetween; a cutter blade disposed on a forward region of the frame and adapted to cut tape from the roll; a bar disposed on the interior surface of one side wall, said bar comprising a hollow semi-cylinder extending between greater than 40% and less than 90% of a distance between said opposed side walls to provide a space between an end of the bar and one side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,336,561

ARTICLE LOADING FACILITY

DAIFUKU CO., LTD., Osaka...

1. An article loading facility comprising:a loading unit that loads a plurality of target articles onto one first supporting member;
a first control unit that controls the loading unit; and
a setting unit that performs an arrangement setting process to set arrangement information for each of the plurality of target articles that are to be loaded onto the first supporting member, the arrangement information indicating the orientation and the position of the corresponding target article relative to the first supporting member,
wherein:
the first control unit controls the loading unit based on the arrangement information so that the plurality of target articles are loaded onto the first supporting member according to the respective orientations and positions of the plurality of target articles indicated by the arrangement information,
the article loading facility further includes: storage units that store therein second supporting members that support the target articles on a type-by-type basis; a transport unit that transports the second supporting members from the storage units to a transfer position, and transports the second supporting members from the transfer position to the storage units; and a second control unit that controls the transport unit,
the loading unit takes out target articles that are supported by a second supporting member that is located at the transfer position, and loads the target articles onto the first supporting member,
in the arrangement setting process, the setting unit performs an arrangement order setting process to set the arrangement information that indicates an arrangement that, after all target articles of a first type have been loaded onto the first supporting member, allows all target articles of a second type, which is different from the first type, onto the first supporting member, and to set a type arrangement order that, when target articles of a plurality of types are to be loaded according to the arrangement information, indicates the order in which the plurality of types are to be arranged,
the second control unit controls the transport unit to transport the second supporting members to the transfer position according to the type arrangement order, and
the first control unit controls the loading unit to load the target articles onto the first supporting member according to the arrangement information that has been set in the arrangement setting process.

US Pat. No. 10,336,560

TRANSFER APPARATUS

Azbil Corporation, Tokyo...

1. A transfer apparatus comprising:a first rod-shaped member comprising a magnetic material;
a first terminal member configured to allow insertion of a first end portion of the first rod-shaped member;
a second terminal member configured to allow insertion of a second end portion of the first rod-shaped member;
a second rod-shaped member comprising a magnetic material;
a third terminal member configured to allow insertion of a first end portion of the second rod-shaped member;
a fourth terminal member configured to allow insertion of a second end portion of the second rod-shaped member;
a coupling member configured to couple the second terminal member and the third terminal member; and
an opposite member facing a part of side surfaces of the first and second rod-shaped members and comprising a magnetic material,
wherein the first rod-shaped member and the first terminal member are not fixed, the first rod-shaped member and the second terminal member are fixed to each other, and when the first and second rod-shaped members rotate, the opposite member moves along central axes of the first and second rod-shaped members.

US Pat. No. 10,336,548

METHOD FOR FILLING THE POCKETS OF A TRANSPORT DEVICE IN THE FORM OF A SUSPENSION CONVEYOR AND DEVICE FOR CARRYING OUT SAID METHOD

FERAG AG, Hinwil (CH)

1. A transport device in the form of a suspension conveyor with a filling device for filling pockets, the transport device comprising:a first device for opening the pockets;
a second device for filling the opened pockets; and
a third device for closing the filled pocket, wherein the first device, the second device, and the third device are arranged one behind the other and separated from one another in a transport direction for the pockets, wherein advancing the pockets is carried out via a first running rail, and that moving away the filled and closed pockets is carried out via a second running rail which is arranged offset with respect to the first running rail.

US Pat. No. 10,336,534

SELF-CLEANING TANK

Spokane Industries, Spok...

1. A container comprising:a tank for holding a product, the tank comprising:
a top surface;
a bottom surface opposite the top surface, the bottom surface having a perimeter and defining a first plane, and the bottom surface having a non-zero slope relative to a horizontal plane;
a vertical wall fixed to the perimeter of the bottom surface and between the bottom surface and the top surface, the bottom surface extending substantially around a perimeter of the vertical wall;
an aperture arranged in the vertical wall of the tank, a portion of the aperture arranged at the perimeter of the bottom surface of the tank and adjoining with the bottom surface; and
a scraper blade assembly rotatably coupled to the bottom surface of the tank, the scraper blade assembly comprising a blade having a rotational path in a second plane parallel to the first plane, the blade comprising:
a first leading surface opposite a first trailing support structure, the first leading surface having a curvilinear shape spanning a first portion of the blade;
a first scraping member attached to a first end of the first portion of the blade;
a second leading surface opposite a second trailing support structure, the second leading surface having the curvilinear shape spanning a second portion of the blade;
a second scraping member attached to a second end of the second portion of the blade; and
one or more bottom scraping members arranged on the first leading surface and arranged on the second leading surface respectively to contact the bottom surface of the tank;
wherein when the blade is rotatably displaced in the second plane,
the one or more bottom scraping members maintain contact with the bottom surface of the tank,
the curvilinear shape of the first leading surface and the curvilinear shape of the second leading surface of the blade displaces solids deposited on the bottom surface of the tank in a direction towards the vertical wall of the tank, and
at least a portion of the first scraping member and at least a portion of the second scraping member extend through the aperture when the first scraping member and the second scraping member pass by the aperture to displace the solids deposited on the bottom surface of the tank through the aperture to clean the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,336,532

PACK FOR PREPARING FOOD OR BEVERAGE PRODUCTS

Nestec S. A., Vevey (CH)...

1. A pack for preparing a food or beverage product from one or more ingredients, the pack comprising:an insert comprising at least one primary fluid inlet and a dispensing outlet, the at least one primary fluid inlet comprising at least an aqueous fluid injection inlet and at least a gaseous fluid injection inlet; and
a container where the ingredient or ingredients are stored, wherein the aqueous fluid injection inlet and the gaseous fluid injection inlet communicate with the inner volume of the container; and
wherein an aqueous fluid and a gaseous fluid can respectively be introduced inside the container through the aqueous fluid injection inlet and the gaseous fluid injection inlet in order to prepare the food or beverage product, and wherein the dispensing outlet of the insert is configured to deliver the prepared food or beverage product as a free flow by gravity fall.

US Pat. No. 10,336,531

CAPSULE WITH STEEPING CHAMBER

2266170 Ontario Inc., Mi...

1. A capsule, for use in a machine for preparing consumable products from capsules, said machine having an injection system that includes at least one injection nozzle for injecting heated fluid into said capsule at a predetermined flow rate, said capsule comprising:a body defining an interior space with an opening;
a cover disposed over said opening, said cover being formed of a material that is heat shrinkable and resistant to tearing so as to shrink sufficiently around said at least one injection nozzle when said at least one injection nozzle pierces said cover and injects heated fluid into said capsule, to create a seal that allows pressure to build within said interior space beneath said cover up to a maximum pressure;
a filter disposed in said interior space to define a steeping chamber between said filter and said cover, said filter being formed of one or more materials that are sufficiently phobic to said heated fluid to cause said steeping chamber to fill with fluid without exceeding said maximum pressure; and
ingredients disposed in said steeping chamber for preparing a desired product,
wherein said filter is constructed and arranged to restrict a flow of the fluid through said filter to optimize extraction or infusion of said ingredients disposed within said steeping chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,336,523

TAPE AND REEL PACKING MATERIAL

WINBOND ELECTRONICS CORP....

1. A tape and reel packing material for packaging a plurality of chips, comprising:a carrier tape, comprising a plurality of recesses, wherein the recesses are configured to receive the respective chips; and
a cover tape, attached to the carrier tape, wherein the cover tape comprises a plurality of restriction structures, and the restriction structures respectively are inserted into the recesses to restrict freedom of the chips, wherein each restriction structure comprises a peripheral restriction portion corresponds to a lateral surface of the chip,
wherein the restriction structure comprises a central restriction portion, the central restriction portion corresponds to a top surface of the chip to restrict the freedom of the chip in a first direction, the peripheral restriction portion restricts the freedom of the chip in a second direction and a third direction, and the first direction is perpendicular to the second direction and the third direction,
wherein the cover tape comprises a first attachment area, a second attachment area, and a restriction area, the first attachment area is parallel to the second attachment area, the restriction area is located between the first attachment area and the second attachment area, the restriction structures are formed on the restriction area, and the cover tape is attached to the carrier tape via the first attachment area and the second attachment area,
wherein the cover tape comprises a substrate, a tie-layer and an adhesive layer in the first attachment area and the second attachment area, the tie-layer is sandwiched between the substrate and the adhesive layer, the adhesive layer is adapted to attach the carrier tape, and only the substrate layer is in the restriction area.

US Pat. No. 10,336,522

PACKAGING

Consolidated Graphics, In...

1. A packaging, comprising:a first panel including a first end, a first central portion, and a second end, opposing perimeter side edges defining the first panel and extending between the first end and the second end, a first area having an inside surface and defined by the first end, the second end, and the perimeter side edges;
a second panel including a third end, a second central portion, and a fourth end, a second area defined by the third end and the fourth end, wherein the second end is coupled to the third end at a first fold line, and the first panel is substantially identical to the second panel; and
a first flap extending from a first side of the second central portion at a second fold line and a second flap extending from a second side of the second central portion at a third fold line, wherein when the first panel is folded toward the second panel about the first fold line and the first and second flaps are folded about the second and third fold lines, respectively, the first and second flaps engage the inside surface of the first area and couple the first panel and the second panel;
wherein when the first panel is folded toward the second panel about the first fold line the inside surface of the first end of the first panel is secured to the fourth end of the second panel; and
the first area and the second area are free of fold lines and flaps.

US Pat. No. 10,336,521

FILM FOR PACKAGING AND PACKAGING BAG

TOYOBO CO., LTD., Osaka ...

1. A film for packaging comprising a polyester-based resin film, whereinthe resin film comprises ethylene terephthalate in an amount of more than 50% by mol, based on 100% by mol of the total constituent units of the polyester,
the resin film comprises a polyester-based resin containing a monomer selected from neopentyl glycol, 1,4-cyclohexanedimethanol, and a combination thereof, which monomer is an amorphous component,
the total units derived from a polyhydric alcohol other than ethylene glycol and units derived from a polycarboxylic acid other than terephthalic acid is 13% by mol or more, based on 100% by mol of the total constituent units of the polyester,
the resin film has a density of 1.29 g/cm3 or more and 1.33 g/cm3 or less, and
the resin film has a twist holding angle of 400 degrees or more.

US Pat. No. 10,336,509

SLIDE AND LOCK PACKAGE WITH FILM SEALABLE TRAY

Sonoco Development, Inc.,...

1. A reclosable container comprising:a tray having two lateral sides and comprising a bottom wall, two laterally opposing side walls, a front wall and a rear wall;
the bottom wall having a periphery, the side walls, the front wall and the rear wall each extending upward from the periphery and terminating in a rim;
the bottom wall, the side walls, the front wall and the rear wall defines one or more compartment within the tray for holding a product or products;
the tray further comprising a flat, continuous top wall extending outwardly from the rim and adapted to accept a flexible film in sealing engagement therewith;
the tray further comprising a skirt extending downward from the top wall and a flange extending outwardly from the skirt;
the skirt defining a groove on either lateral side of the tray that extends inwardly from the skirt; and
a lid comprising a cover portion that covers the one or more compartments, two lid side walls extending downward from the cover portion and a lid side flange extending laterally outward from each of the lid side walls;
each lid side wall forming an inwardly extending rib, each rib adapted to slide axially within a corresponding groove in the tray; wherein
the lid is moveable in a sliding fashion relative to the tray between a fully closed position in which the cover portion completely covers the one or more compartments and an open position in which the cover portion does not completely cover the one or more compartments.

US Pat. No. 10,336,495

CONTAINER COMPRISING A SINGLE-PIECE HEAD SECTION

KOCHER-PLASTIK MASCHINENB...

1. A container, comprising:a container body capable of receiving a fluid;
a neck section being connected to said container body and having a dispensing opening at a free end of said neck section capable of dispensing the fluid from said container body;
a head section being removably connected to said neck section by a separating region and releasably sealing said dispensing opening closed; and
a movable sleeve section being coupled to said neck section and being actuatable to remove said head section from said neck section by releasing said separating region to open said dispensing opening, said movable sleeve section being movable from an unactuated state in which said dispensing opening is closed to an actuated state in which said separating region is released and being guided by being at least partially in contact with a guide path that is part of said head section, said guide path being formed on an outside of a ring collar surrounding said head section and extending between said separating region and an annular groove on said head section, said ring collar having an axial extension with a length of said annular groove measured on a smallest diameter size thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,336,493

DEVICE AND PROCESS FOR APPLYING GRIPPING HANDLES ON PACKAGING FILMS, AND SHRINKWRAP PACKER PROVIDED WITH SUCH A DEVICE

OCME S.R.L., Parma (IT)

1. Device for applying gripping handles on heat-shrinkable packaging films, being supplied on shrinkwrap packers for making bundles of bottles and/or cans, the applying device comprising:at least one applying head provided with at least one roller for applying a plurality of gripping handles supplied in the form of a continuous tape and subsequently cut into sections;
at least one abutment mechanism for operatively supporting a plurality of packaging films in the form of a continuous tape and subsequently cut into sections, optionally heat-shrinkable, being supplied on a respective shrinkwrap packer on which the applying device is mounted, the roller for applying of the applying head and the abutment mechanism being movable with respect to one another between a non-operating condition, in which the roller for applying of the applying head is spaced apart from the abutment mechanism, and an operating condition, wherein the roller for applying of the applying head is arranged, at the abutment mechanism, against at least one of the packaging films being supplied for applying a respective gripping handle on such packaging film,
wherein the abutment mechanism comprising at least one supporting tape, higher than the width of the packaging films being supplied, having an advancement surface facing, at least partially, the applying head for advancing the packaging films being supplied on the shrinkwrap packer, the advancement surface of the supporting tape providing, in the operating condition, an abutment for the roller for applying of the applying head, the roller for applying of the applying head applying a gripping handle on each packaging film being supplied, against the advancement surface of the supporting tape; and
wherein the supporting tape extends according to a ring-shaped development, substantially triangular, the supporting tape being movably actuated according to the same advancement direction of the packaging films being supplied on the shrinkwrap packer for carrying these packaging films in advancing along the applying head.

US Pat. No. 10,336,492

SEALING JAWS FOR BAGGING APPARATUS

DYCO, INC., Bloomsburg, ...

1. A sealing jaw for use with a bagging apparatus comprising:a removable jaw having a guide/retention member selectively releasable in a first direction from a jaw holder;
the jaw holder comprising:
a retainer assembly having a release member movable between a first position for securing the guide/retention member therewith, and a second position for releasing the guide/retention member therefrom; and
wherein in response to a force being applied to the release member in a direction away from the jaw holder opposite the first direction urging the release member toward the first position, a dog is urged into engagement with the guide/retention member;
wherein in response to a force being applied to the release member in a direction toward the jaw holder in the first direction urging the release member toward the second position, the release member urging the dog into disengagement with the guide/retention member.

US Pat. No. 10,336,491

PACKAGING METHOD AND APPARATUS

MSK-VERPACKUNGS-SYSTEME G...

1. An apparatus for wrapping a stack of objects having, relative to a horizontal and longitudinal travel direction, first and second transversely spaced and vertical side faces extending parallel to the direction, a vertical front face transversely bridging front ends of the side faces, a vertical rear face transversely bridging rear ends of the side faces, and a horizontal top face extending between upper ends of the front, rear and side faces, the apparatus comprising:at least one conveyor for advancing the stack in the horizontal and longitudinal travel direction;
means for wrapping a film wrapper around the stack such that respective first side, second side, front, and rear film sections of the film wrapper extend upward from the respective faces past the top face;
a first welder for welding ends of the film wrapper at one of the faces of the stack;
a fold-over device having first and second pairs of transversely spaced, parallel, and upright film-guide plates all extending parallel to the travel direction, the plates of each pair being transversely fixed to each other and jointly transversely movable from an outer position above the respective side face and with the first pair of guide plates confronting the second pair of guide plates perpendicular to the direction into an inner position with the two pairs of plates closely juxtaposed centrally above the stack, the two pairs of plates being so oriented that in the outer position the first and second side film sections project up from the respective first and second side faces of the stack past the top face and are received between the guide plates of the respective first and second pairs, the first and second pairs of plates being movable transversely of the direction toward one another from the outer position for pulling the respective first and second side film sections from between the respective plates and laying the first and second side film sections onto the top face of the stack;
respective first and second fold-over members on the first and second pairs of film-guide plates and movable in the travel direction from downstream of the rear face to fold the rear film section over onto the top face of the stack; and
a second welder for welding the folded-over film sections onto the top face of the stack.

US Pat. No. 10,336,487

PROCESS FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF A FLOW OF MATERIAL ALONG A RESPECTIVE PLANT

PULSAR S.R.L., Castel Ma...

1. A process for managing a flow of material along a direction of feed of a plant for making and packing articles obtained from semi-finished products in the form of elongate pieces or elements made of paper-based material, comprising:packing the articles to form respective packs containing one or more of the articles housed in a respective container or wrapper, the plant used by the process including a plurality of plant sections including at least each of a rewinding machine that supplies the semi-finished products, an apparatus for making and packing the articles from the semi-finished products, an accumulation section, and a control unit,
the apparatus for making and packing the articles located downstream from the rewinding machine along the direction of feed and having working sections along one or more working lines for making and for packing the articles, respectively,
the accumulation section configured for accumulating or storing the semi-finished products, from which the apparatus for making and packing the articles receives the semi-finished products and which in turn receives the semi-finished products from the rewinding machine that supplies the semi-finished products, and
the control unit, which includes an electronic processing system controlled through corresponding program instructions, being configured to
detect filling values representative of a filling level of the semi-finished products in the accumulation section,
provide a continuous comparing of the filling values with a predetermined filling level, and
generate operating instructions for varying a speed of the apparatus for making and packing the articles, which is located upstream of the accumulation section, in such a way as to vary continuously a number of articles processed per unit of time by the apparatus for making and packing the articles, so that the semi-finished products in the accumulation section are kept at the predetermined filling level.

US Pat. No. 10,336,466

SYSTEM FOR EMULATING NAVIGATION SIGNALS

Garmin International, Inc...

1. A navigation system for emulating navigation signals for an aircraft, said navigation system comprising:a global-positioning system receiver configured to determine a geographic position of the aircraft;
a memory configured to store position data for at least one waypoint;
an emulation system configured to compare the geographic position of the aircraft with the position data of the waypoint and a navigation course to generate a composite navigation signal indicative of a cross track deviation between the aircraft and the navigation course; and
a wireless transmitter coupled with the emulation system, the wireless transmitter configured to wirelessly transmit the composite navigation signal to a course direction indicator having an integral converter unit for decoding the composite navigation signal into a control signal that drives an indicator needle of the course direction indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,336,465

ICE CRYSTALS AND VOLCANIC ASH DETECTION SYSTEM

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A system for detecting ice crystals and/or volcanic ash in an airspace of interest along a flight path of an airborne vehicle, the system comprising:a probe configured to collect an air sample in the airspace of interest;
a radon detection system having a radon activity sensor measuring radon activity in the air sample and outputting a radon activity signal;
a processing unit configured to determine if the radon activity is above a predetermined critical radon value for the airspace of interest, the predetermined critical radon value being greater than a non-convective background level for the airspace of interest, the processing unit configured to compare the radon activity signal to the predetermined critical value and output a radon determination signal indicative of recent convective updraft from lower troposphere;
a spectral detection system configured to determine if ice crystals and/or volcanic ash are present in the airspace of interest when the radon activity is above the predetermined critical radon value and output an ice/ash detection signal, the spectral detection system having an optical sensor configured to measure radiance, emittance, and/or reflectance at spectral bands of interest on opposing sides of at least one crossover point in the airspace of interest; and
the processing unit configured to determine a ratio of the measured radiance, emittance, and/or reflectance at the spectral bands and if the ratio is above a predetermined critical ratio value output an ice/ash determination signal indicative of the presence of ice crystals and/or volcanic ash in the airspace of interest.

US Pat. No. 10,336,441

DRONE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A drone, comprising:a plurality of propellers configured for creating a lift;
a power driving unit configured for providing a rotation power to each of the plurality of propellers;
a ground sensing unit configured for measuring a distance to a first region of the ground and a shape of the first region;
a controller configured for controlling the power driving unit to differentiate rotation ratios of the plurality of propellers based on the measured distance and shape in response to an input for landing at the first region; and
a variable leg provided to a bottom end of the drone, the variable leg configured to come into a contact with the ground on making the landing and maintain level according to a distance to the ground by withdrawing or inserting the variable leg,
wherein the variable leg comprises:
a first shaft;
a second shaft coupled with a bottom end of the first shaft to be withdrawn or inserted; and
a spring provided between the first shaft and the second shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,336,413

KITE CONTROL BAR WITH INTEGRATED LINE ADJUSTMENT MEANS

OCEAN RODEO SPORTS INC., ...

1. A kite control bar comprising:a control bar body having a line guide along an exterior surface of the control bar with a fixed pawl towards one end;
a reel pivotally mounted towards the one end of the control bar body, the reel having a shaft with a knob on the shaft to enable manual rotation of the reel, the reel having a ratchet gear, the reel being pivotally movable from an engaged position in which the ratchet gear of the reel is engaged with the pawl on the control bar body thereby preventing rotation of the reel and a disengaged position in which the ratchet gear of the reel is disengaged from the pawl on the control bar body thereby allowing rotation of the reel;
and at least one control line passing along the line guide of the control bar body and engaged with the reel, the reel being biased into the engaged position, the reel being moved from the engaged position to the disengaged position by pushing the knob away from a center of the control bar body.

US Pat. No. 10,336,399

STEERING ASSEMBLY FOR A MOTORCYCLE HAVING A CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

Radial Engine Innovations...

1. A motorcycle comprising:a motorcycle frame;
at least two ground-engaging wheels operatively connected to the motorcycle frame; wherein the at least two ground-engaging wheels are a hubless configuration;
a steering assembly comprising:
handlebars;
an upper steering stem;
a lower steering stem; and
a lever assembly intermediate the upper steering stem and the lower steering stem;
wherein the steering assembly is operably connected to a front ground-engaging wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,336,388

FOLDABLE FENDER FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A fender for a motor vehicle, comprising:a first fender section and a second fender section; and
two pin-shaped connection elements,
wherein
the second fender section is rotatably connected to the first fender section so as to be able to rotate at least between an operational position and an open position,
the rotatable connection between the second fender section and the first fender section is provided by the two pin-shaped connection elements, and
the second fender section overlaps a support portion of the first fender section extending away from a rotation axis between the two pin-shaped connection elements toward the second fender section.

US Pat. No. 10,336,383

COMPONENT FOR A VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A vehicle component, comprising:a vehicle body component, wherein
the vehicle body component has at least one test portion arranged in a predetermined region of the vehicle body component,
the at least one test portion is connected integrally to the vehicle body component via at least one connecting element extending in a first direction between the at least one test portion and the vehicle body component, and
the at least one connecting element is configured as a predetermined breaking point having substantially equal dimensions in directions orthogonal to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,336,382

TRACK VEHICLE WITH FLUIDLY DAMPED IDLER RECOIL SYSTEM

CNH Industrial America LL...

11. An idler system for a track vehicle, comprising:an idler wheel;
a tensioner coupled to said idler wheel;
a recoiler coupled to said tensioner; and
a fluid damper mechanically coupled to said tensioner and said recoiler, said fluid damper comprising:
a fluid chamber having a first port and a second port;
a piston coupled to at least one of said tensioner and said recoiler within said fluid chamber, said piston splitting said fluid chamber into a first sub-chamber fluidly coupled to said first port and a second sub-chamber fluidly coupled to said second port; and
a restriction circuit fluidly connected to said first port and said second port and configured to form a closed fluid circuit, said restriction circuit configured to permit a substantially unrestricted fluid flow through said closed fluid circuit from the first port toward the second port when said piston moves in a first direction and a restricted fluid flow through said closed fluid circuit when said piston moves in a second direction opposite to said first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,336,373

LATERAL ENERGY ABSORPTION SYSTEM

Thunder Power New Energy ...

1. A lateral energy absorption system, comprising:a first carbon structure, comprising:
a first plurality of carbon tubes, wherein
the first plurality of carbon tubes comprise a first end with a first width and a second end with a second width, the first width being greater than the second with,
the first plurality of carbon tubes defines a first taper between the second end and the first end such that between the first and second ends the carbon first structure tapers at an acute angle, wherein the first taper of the carbon tubes facilitates crumpling of the first plurality of carbon tubes during an impact, and
the first plurality of carbon tubes include a first carbon tube having hexagonal shape, a second carbon tube having a circular shape, and a third carbon tube having a rectangular shape;
a first plurality of carbon flanges configured to connect the carbon tubes together, wherein the first plurality of flanges have varying lengths; and
a second plurality of cross supporting members coupling to and extending between the first plurality of carbon tubes in a direction perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to the first plurality of flanges.

US Pat. No. 10,336,369

VEHICLE FRONT BODY STRUCTURE

ArcelorMittal, Luxembour...

1. A front body structure of a vehicle, the front body structure comprising:an upper longitudinal beam, the upper longitudinal beam comprising an attachment portion, including an attachment area;
a lower beam;
a reinforcement for reinforcing a wheel casing of the vehicle, the reinforcement extending in a longitudinal direction parallel to the upper longitudinal beam, on a lateral outer side of the upper longitudinal beam and above the upper longitudinal beam;
a link joining the reinforcement to the upper longitudinal beam,
wherein the link protrudes from a front end of the reinforcement and extends forwards and downwards from the reinforcement to the upper longitudinal beam,
the link is attached to the attachment portion of the upper longitudinal beam; and
a connector attached to the attachment area of the upper longitudinal beam, the connector joining the upper longitudinal beam to the lower beam, the connector extending between an upper end attached to the first attachment area of the upper longitudinal beam and a lower end attached to the lower beam.

US Pat. No. 10,336,363

DISABLING CONTROLLED VELOCITY RETURN BASED ON TORQUE GRADIENT AND DESIRED VELOCITY ERROR

STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOL...

1. A power steering system comprising:a gain module that generates an estimated driver torque; and
a blending module for determining a blend value, the blend value is based at least in part on a derivative of the estimated driver torque, the blend value determined based on a multiplication of a torque scale factor, a torque gradient scale factor calculated from the derivative of the estimated driver torque, and a velocity error scale factor, and the blend value is applied to a return torque of a handwheel.

US Pat. No. 10,336,361

VEHICLE ACCESSORY CONTROL CIRCUIT

Joyson Safety Systems Acq...

1. A vehicle accessory control circuit, comprising:a processor electrically connected to a power source and a memory, the processor executing computer readable instructions stored on the memory to configure the accessory control circuit and an accessory control output;
at least one capacitive touch assembly coupled to a steering mechanism of the vehicle, the capacitive touch assembly comprising:
a polymer layer;
an electrically conductive conduit at least partially encased within the polymer layer and connected at opposite ends to the power source and the processor such that said conduit transmits a capacitance input data signal to the processor to adjust the accessory control output.

US Pat. No. 10,336,344

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle control apparatus applied to a vehicle comprising;abnormality determination means for determining whether or not a driver of said vehicle is in an abnormal state where said driver loses an ability to drive said vehicle;
driving operation invalidation means for invalidating a driving state change request which is based on an operation of a driving operation element operated by said driver for a purpose of changing a driving state of said vehicle after an abnormality determination point in time at which said driver has been determined to be in said abnormal state; and
specific operation determination means for determining whether or not a specific driving operation has occurred after said abnormality determination point in time, said specific driving operation being an operation that a state of said driving operation element changes, within a predetermined threshold time, from an operating state in which said driving operation element is regarded as being operated to a non-operating state in which said driving operation element is regarded as not being operated and thereafter again changes to said operating state,
wherein said driving operation invalidation means is configured to cancel invalidating said driving state change request and thereby to allow said driver to change said driving state of said vehicle when said specific driving operation is determined to have occurred.

US Pat. No. 10,336,336

VEHICULAR CONTROL APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicular control apparatus comprising:at least one electronic control unit including a processor, programmed to:
recognize a first preceding vehicle running in front of a vehicle in a driving lane in which the vehicle is running,
calculate a first target acceleration of the vehicle based on a recognition result of the recognized first preceding vehicle,
recognize a second preceding vehicle running in front of the vehicle in a lane located adjacent to the driving lane,
calculate a second target acceleration of the vehicle based on a recognition result of the recognized second preceding vehicle,
acquire lane change information indicating a direction in which the vehicle carries out a lane change,
select the smaller of the first target acceleration and the second target acceleration as a target acceleration of the vehicle in a lane change period at a time when the second preceding vehicle exists in an adjacent lane, the adjacent lane being located adjacent to the driving lane in the direction indicated by the lane change information as viewed from the driving lane, wherein the lane change period is a period from departure of the vehicle from a running position in the driving lane to arrival of the vehicle in a running position in the adjacent lane, and
control a speed of the vehicle in the lane change period by using the selected target acceleration; and
at least one actuator configured to control the speed of the vehicle by receiving a signal from the at least one electronic control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,336,332

CONTROLLER FOR VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A controller for a vehicle,the vehicle including
an engine,
a transmission configured to shift gears through a shift operation by a driver, and
a clutch configured to connect and disconnect a power transmission route between the engine and the transmission by switching between a connected state and a disconnected state,
the controller comprising
an electronic control unit configured to:
execute coasting control for blocking the power transmission route between the engine and the transmission by placing the clutch in the disconnected state when a specified condition is established during traveling of the vehicle; and
control the transmission so as to prohibit a shift operation to a particular gear when the coasting of the vehicle is continued with the clutch remaining in the disconnected state after permitting the transmission to be switched to neutral by the driver during the coasting control.

US Pat. No. 10,336,329

SADDLED VEHICLE

Kabushiki Kaisha F.C.C., ...

1. A saddled vehicle configured to be driven by a driver sitting on a saddle seat of the vehicle while steering the vehicle with a handlebar comprising:a handlebar comprising first and second ends, a grasping grip provided on the first end and configured to be grasped by a driver, and a throttle grip provided in the second end and configured for an accelerator operation;
first and second brake operation means for performing braking operations of a front wheel and a rear wheel, each having a different braking operation target;
a cruise controller configured to perform automatic travel control of the vehicle by controlling the travel of the vehicle to a control degree; and
a cruise control adjustment means for controlling the control degree wherein the cruise control adjustment means changes the control degree in accordance with operation conditions of the first brake operation means and the second brake operation means.

US Pat. No. 10,336,312

VEHICLE PROPULSION SYSTEM COMPRISING AN ELECTRICAL POWER COLLECTOR

1. A vehicle propulsion system comprising a combustion engine, an exhaust aftertreatment system connected to the combustion engine, an electrical traction machine adapted for propulsion of a hybrid electric vehicle, and an electrical power collector adapted to intermittently collect electrical power from an external power supply track during driving of the vehicle, wherein the vehicle propulsion system comprisesa heating system that is arranged to heat at least one component of at least one of the exhaust aftertreatment system or the combustion engine,
a vehicle relative position determining means that is arranged to determine vehicle position in relation to power supply track, and
a control unit being arranged to control operation of the heating system based on the determined vehicle relative position,
wherein the electrical power collector is arranged for supplying the heating system with electrical power when collecting electrical power from the external power supply track, and operation of the combustion engine is configured for being stopped during at least part of the time when collecting electrical power from the external power supply track during driving of the vehicle,
the control unit is arranged to, upon having stopped operation of the combustion engine and while collecting electrical power from the external supply track during driving of the vehicle,
estimate a time period until reaching the end of the power supply track, compare this estimated time period with an estimated time period necessary to heat the at least one component of the at least one of the exhaust aftertreatment system or the combustion engine to a predetermined target temperature, wherein a present temperature of the at least one component of the at least one of the exhaust after treatment system or the combustion engine is taken into account to estimate the time period necessary to heat the at least one component of the at least one of the exhaust aftertreatment system or the combustion engine,
determine a starting point of a heating of the at least one component of the at least one of the exhaust aftertreatment system or the combustion engine and a power level of the heating system necessary to reach the predetermined target temperature when reaching the end of the power supply track; and
operate the heating system so as to reach the predetermined target temperature when reaching the end of the power supply track.

US Pat. No. 10,336,311

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SPEED OF A WORK VEHICLE DURING DOWNHILL OPERATION

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A method for controlling the speed of a work vehicle during downhill operation, the method comprising:controlling, with a computing device, an operation of at least one of an engine or a transmission of a work vehicle so as to maintain the work vehicle operating at a requested speed;
identifying, with the computing device, an operating condition of the work vehicle that provides an indication that the work vehicle is traveling downhill;
determining, with the computing device, whether at least one pre-condition for downshifting the transmission from a current gear ratio to a downshift gear ratio is satisfied when the operating condition indicates that the work vehicle is currently traveling downhill, the at least one pre-condition including a first pre-condition requiring that the requested speed be less than or equal to an estimated speed for the work vehicle following the downshift;
when it is determined that the at least one pre-condition is satisfied, controlling, with the computing device, the operation of the transmission such that the transmission is downshifted from the current gear ratio to the downshift gear ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,336,310

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR STARTING ENGINE OF MILD HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A method for starting an engine of a mild hybrid electric vehicle, comprising:operating a mild hybrid starter & generator (MHSG) to perform an engine cranking operation when a starting condition of the engine is satisfied;
calculating an aging factor of the engine when a speed of the engine reaches a target RPM;
calculating a moving average value of the aging factor;
determining whether the moving average value of the aging factor is between a first reference value and a second reference value; and
increasing cranking torque of the MHSG when the moving average value of the aging factor is between the first reference value and the second reference value.

US Pat. No. 10,336,307

ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLED PNEUMATIC (ECP) OVERLAY CONTROL VALVE

NEW YORK AIR BRAKE, LLC, ...

1. An electronically controlled pneumatic overlay for a pneumatic control valve having a brake cylinder pressure outlet, comprising:a relay valve having a first port coupled to a source of reservoir pressure, a second port for providing a brake cylinder pressure output, and an exhaust, wherein the relay valve is movable between a first position where the second port is connected to the exhaust, a second position where the first port, the second port, and the exhaust are isolated from each other, and a third position where the first port is connected to the second port so that the source of reservoir pressure provides the brake cylinder pressure output;
a pilot valve coupled to the relay valve for receiving the brake cylinder pressure output from the second port of the relay valve, wherein the pilot valve is moveable to selectively couple the brake cylinder pressure output to the brake cylinder pressure outlet of the pneumatic control valve;
a solenoid valve that is moveable in response to an electrical signal to selectively connect a source of brake pipe pressure to the pilot valve; and
an apply/release circuit comprising a pair of solenoid valves coupled to a relay pilot of the relay valve to selectively move the relay valve between the first, second, and third positions.

US Pat. No. 10,336,306

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATIC PARKING BRAKE OF RAIL VEHICLE

New York Air Brake, LLC, ...

1. A system for controlling an automatic parking brake, comprising:a control valve having an inlet for coupling to a source of brake pipe pressure, an outlet for coupling to a control inlet of the automatic parking brake, and a pilot directly coupled to the source of brake pipe pressure, wherein the control valve is moveable between a first position where the inlet is in communication with the outlet and a second position where the inlet and the outlet are isolated from each other in response to a predetermined amount of brake pipe pressure at the pilot; and
a check valve having a cracking pressure and coupled to the source of brake pipe pressure and the automatic parking brake control inlet, wherein the check valve is in parallel with the control valve.

US Pat. No. 10,336,305

ASPIRATORS FOR PRODUCING VACUUM USING THE VENTURI EFFECT

Dayco IP Holdings, LLC, ...

1. A Venturi device for producing vacuum from fluids in an engine system comprising:a body defining a Venturi gap separating apart an outlet end of a converging motive section and an inlet end of a diverging discharge section by a lineal distance, wherein the converging motive section defines an inner passageway that tapers as a hyperbolic function from a circular-shaped motive inlet to an elliptical- or polygonal-shaped motive outlet and the diverging discharge section gradually, continuously tapers toward the Venturi gap; and
a suction port in fluid communication with the Venturi gap;
wherein the diverging discharge section defines an elliptical- or polygonal-shaped discharge inlet;
wherein the hyperbolic function provides flow lines at the motive outlet end being parallel to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,336,288

IGNITION DEVICE AND GAS GENERATOR USING SAME

DAICEL CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An ignition device, comprising:an igniter fixed to an igniter collar;
a first cup member filled with a gas generating component therein, the first cup member having a first circumferential wall and a first bottom surface closing one end of the first circumferential wall; and
a second cup member having a second circumferential wall opposing the first circumferential wall and a second bottom surface closing one end of the second circumferential wall and opposing the first bottom surface,
the first cup member covering the igniter collar and enclosing an ignition portion of the igniter,
the second cup member covering the igniter collar and enclosing the first cup member,
a continuous gap, as a heat insulating layer, defined by an outer surface of the first circumferential wall and the first bottom surface of the first cup member and an inner surface of the second circumferential wall and the second bottom surface of the second cup member, the continuous gap being an air layer that contains no gas generating component therein,
the first cup member having a first opening, and the second cup member having a second opening, and
at least one of the first opening and the second opening being closed before actuation and being opened only when gas is generated from the gas generating component.

US Pat. No. 10,336,287

GAS GENERATOR

DAICEL CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A gas generator, comprising;a combustion chamber, which is located on a side of a first end portion of a cylindrical housing and accommodates an igniter and a gas generating agent;
a pressurized gas chamber, which is located on a side of a second end portion opposite to the first end portion and filled with a gas selected from a rare gas or a nitrogen gas;
a diffuser chamber, which is located between the combustion chamber and the pressurized gas chamber and provided with a gas discharge port;
a first closing member abutting against an inner circumferential wall surface of the cylindrical housing and closing between the combustion chamber and the diffuser chamber;
a second closing member being fixed to the inner circumferential wall surface of the cylindrical housing and closing between the pressurized gas chamber and the diffuser chamber,
the combustion chamber having at least one of a space in which the first closing member deforms or moves, and a member which forms the space for enabling the first closing member to deform or move,
when the gas generator is placed in a high-temperature atmosphere caused by fire, due to expansion of the gas in the pressurized gas chamber, the second closing member being ruptured from the pressurized gas chamber toward the diffuser chamber to allow the gas to flow into the diffuser chamber, and
then, due to a pressure increase or an impact caused by the gas inflow into the diffuser chamber, the first closing member being deformed or the first closing member being moved toward the combustion chamber, thereby making the combustion chamber and the diffuser chamber communicate with each other and making an inside of the combustion chamber and an outside of the gas generator communicate with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,336,285

AIRBAG MODULE WITH ACTIVE VENT ROTATION COUNTERMEASURE

JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS ACQ...

1. An airbag module comprisinga gas bag including a vent opening through which gas can escape from the gas bag,
an inflator for providing gas for inflating the gas bag,
a movable vent cover that restricts gas from escaping from the gas bag through the vent opening,
an inflatable gas duct, wherein a first end of the inflatable gas duct is located near the inflator and a second end of the inflatable gas duct is connected to the vent cover, wherein the inflatable gas duct includes a tab that is proximate to the first end of the inflatable gas duct, wherein the tab is anchored near the inflator to restrict rotational movement of the inflatable gas duct relative to the inflator, and wherein the inflatable gas duct is configured so that upon inflation of the gas duct the vent cover moves out of a position blocking the vent opening to thereby allow gas to escape from the gas bag through the vent opening.

US Pat. No. 10,336,282

SELF-CONFORMING REARSEAT AIR BAG

TRW VEHICLE SAFETY SYSTEM...

3. An apparatus for helping to protect a rear seat occupant of a vehicle, the apparatus comprising an airbag having a stored condition in a housing mounted to or within a seatback of a vehicle seat positioned in front of the rear seat occupant, the airbag comprising one or more panels of material interconnected to define an inflatable volume and having a substantially U-shaped configuration when viewed from the side, wherein the airbag includes a first portion that forms one leg of the U-shaped airbag, a second portion that forms another leg of the U-shaped airbag, and a third portion that interconnects the first and second portions, the airbag being configured so that when inflated its U-shaped configuration is inverted such that the third portion forms a top portion of the airbag.

US Pat. No. 10,336,273

SENSOR SYSTEM FOR DETECTING THE ADJUSTMENT POSITION OF A VEHICLE SEAT

POLYRESEARCH AG, Chur (C...

1. A sensor system for detecting the adjustment position of a vehicle seat, by which a relative adjustment of an at least partially ferritic upper rail, moveable lengthwise along a longitudinal extension of an at least partially ferritic stationary lower rail, at least in two adjustment positions, namely a forward adjustment position and a rearward adjustment position, will be detected, the sensor system comprising:a Hall sensor, and a first preloaded magnet, free of flux concentrators and shielding sheets, whereby the Hall sensor and the first preloaded magnet are arranged along a longitudinal extension of the upper rail that is moveable lengthwise in such a way that during an adjustment of the upper rail relative to the stationary lower rail, passage of a free longitudinal end of the lower rail will be monitored and will result in a change of an output signal of the Hall sensor corresponding to a change from the forward adjustment position to the rearward adjustment position of the vehicle seat and vice versa, the sensor system being configured in such a way that in the unmounted state, and output signal corresponding to a reatward adjustment position of the vehicle seat will be generated at the Hall sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,336,256

REDUCTION OF LED HEADLIGHT FLICKERING IN ELECTRONIC MIRROR APPLICATIONS

Ambarella, Inc., Santa C...

1. An apparatus comprising:a sensor configured to generate a first video signal; and
a processor configured to (A) search for a flickering effect in a frame of said first video signal, (B) determine a location and a region of pixels to modify within said frame in response to said flickering effect, (C) determine a modification based on said flickering effect in said frame, (D) perform said modification of said region of pixels in said first video signal by determining average values of pixels based on said location of said region of pixels over consecutive frames of said first video signal and (E) generate a second video signal in response to (i) said modification of said region of pixels and (ii) said first video signal, wherein said second video signal masks said flickering effect by modifying pixels of said region of said second video signal when viewing said second video signal on a display.

US Pat. No. 10,336,255

VEHICULAR VISION SYSTEM WITH REAR BACKUP VIDEO DISPLAY

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

1. A vision system for a vehicle, said vision system comprising:a rear backup camera disposed at a rear portion of a vehicle equipped with said vision system;
said rear backup camera having a field of view exterior and at least rearward of the equipped vehicle;
wherein the field of view of said rear backup camera is at least 130 degrees;
a display device comprising a video display screen disposed in an interior cabin of the equipped vehicle and viewable by a driver of the equipped vehicle, said video display screen having a diagonal dimension of at least 5 inches;
wherein, within two seconds of shifting by the driver of the equipped vehicle of a vehicle transmission of the equipped vehicle into reverse gear to commence a backup event, said display device displays on said video display screen rear backup video images derived from image data captured by said rear backup camera;
wherein rear backup video images derived from image data captured by said rear backup camera can be displayed on said video display screen after the vehicle transmission of the equipped vehicle is shifted out of reverse gear until a threshold condition is met;
a user input actuatable by the driver of the equipped vehicle to change display on said video display screen of rear backup video images derived from image data captured by said rear backup camera to display on said video display screen of other video images;
wherein the other video images are, at least in part, derived from image data captured by said rear backup camera;
wherein display on said video display screen of the other video images responsive to actuation of said user input by the driver of the equipped vehicle occurs after a delay period has elapsed since the vehicle transmission of the equipped vehicle was shifted into reverse gear to commence the backup event; and
wherein, during the delay period and commencing when the vehicle transmission of the equipped vehicle was shifted into reverse gear to commence the backup event, only rear backup video images derived from image data captured by said rear backup camera are displayed on said video display screen.

US Pat. No. 10,336,251

HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising:an engine;
a fuel tank that stores fuel to be supplied to the engine;
a motor;
a battery configured to supply electric power to the motor;
a charger configured to carry out external charging that charges the battery by use of electric power from an external power source; and
a notification mechanism configured to notify information on a use index to an outside of the vehicle during a trip while the vehicle is moving, the use index being an index for indicating a total time that the charger is connected to the external power source in a predetermined time period.

US Pat. No. 10,336,246

INTEGRALLY LIGHTED TOW BAR

Roadmaster, Inc., Vancou...

1. A tow bar assembly, comprising:an outer tow arm having a proximal end and a distal end,
wherein the proximal end of the outer tow arm is configured to attach to a linkage,
wherein the linkage is configured to attach to a towing vehicle;
an inner tow arm having a proximal end of the inner tow arm and a distal end of the inner tow arm,
wherein the proximal end of the inner tow arm is telescopically disposed within the outer tow arm at the distal end of the outer tow arm,
wherein the distal end of the inner tow arm is configured to attach to a load;
an exterior channel spanning a length of the outer tow arm on at least one side; and
a light strip disposed within the exterior channel comprising lighting elements,
wherein the lighting elements illuminate indicative of a mode of operation of the towing vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,243

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING VEHICLE LIGHTING IN RESPONSE TO CAMERA SYSTEM

Bendix Commercial Vehicle...

1. A controller for selectively controlling illumination around a vehicle comprising:an image capture portion having a viewable area;
an output for transmitting lighting control messages; and
a control logic, the control logic
determining an image weight factor using a plurality of lighting sources, a first lighting source of the plurality of lighting sources being one of an emergency light, a clearance light, a fog light, a work light, a marker light, a turn signal and a backup light;
determining that a change in illumination is necessary in the viewable area to balance the illumination for the image capture portion;
determining the first lighting source of the plurality of lighting sources affects the change in illumination based on the image weight factor;
transmitting a first lighting control message at the output in response to the determination that the change in illumination is necessary; wherein the first lighting control message directs the first lighting source associated with the vehicle to be adjusted;
determining that the change in illumination affected by the first lighting source is not sufficient to balance the illumination;
determining a second lighting source of the plurality of lighting sources affects the change in illumination based on the image weight factor; and
transmitting a second lighting control message at the output to the second lighting source wherein the second lighting control message directs the second lighting source to be adjusted to balance the illumination.

US Pat. No. 10,336,241

SCREW-DRIVING BIDIRECTIONAL ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM FOR ADJUSTING RELATIVE POSITION OF HIGH AND LOW BEAM SHAPES OF AUTOMOBILE LAMP

SHANGHAI KOITO AUTOMOTIVE...

1. A screw-driving bidirectional adjustment mechanism for adjusting the relative position of the high and low beam shapes of an automobile lamp, said bidirectional adjustment mechanism comprising:an open box-shaped sliding groove (8) fixedly connected with a low beam assembly unit (9) and a high beam assembly unit (10) which is rotationally fitted with the low beam assembly unit (9), has one end capable of being moved through a shift lever (7), and is connected to a sliding block assembly,
characterized in that,
the open box-shaped sliding groove (8) is internally provided with a sliding block assembly which is capable of respectively sliding in the open box-shaped sliding groove (8) in the directions vertical to each other;
the sliding block assembly comprises:
a sliding block (1) formed with a cavity therein,
and a gear (2) disposed in the cavity;
an upper edge in the inner cavity of the sliding block (1) is formed with a rack structure (1a) meshed with the gear (2);
a through-hole for bearing a shift lever head (7a) of a high beam assembly (10) is formed at the middle portion of the gear (2); the gear (2) is capable of rolling in a length direction of the rack structure (1a), in the cavity of the sliding block (1) along the rack structure (1a);
on the other side, meshed with the rack structure (1a) of the gear (2), the gear (2) is meshed with an adjusting screw (3) which is disposed along the length direction of the rack structure (1a);
the adjusting screw (3) is capable of rotating along the axial direction thereof;
in this way, by such meshing relationship, by rotating the adjusting screw (3) forward or backward, the gear (2) is capable of being driven to roll along the rack structure (1a); meanwhile, when the shift lever head (7a) of a shift lever (7) which is embedded into the through-hole in the middle portion of the gear (2) and connects the high beam assembly (10) is shifted to move along the length direction of the rack structure (1a), the high beam assembly (10) is driven to swing around a pivot point (9a) along the horizontal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,336,238

TRUCK BED REAR CARGO TIE DOWN ENGAGEMENT STRUCTURE

1. A load securement apparatus for a vehicle incorporating a cargo bed and a tailgate movable between a raised configuration and a lowered configuration to close and open the cargo bed, the load securement apparatus comprising at least one tie-down engagement structure connected to the vehicle and positioned so as to be engageable with a tie-down member by inserting a portion of the tie-down member into a gap formed between an end of the cargo bed and the tailgate after the tailgate has been lowered to the lowered configuration, the load securement apparatus further comprising a rail structure attached to the vehicle, and wherein the at least one tie-down engagement structure is movably connected to the rail structure so as to be movable to, and securable in, a position of a plurality of positions along the rail structure prior to the tie down member being engaged with the at least one tie-down engagement structure.

US Pat. No. 10,336,228

FOUR-COMPONENT ARMREST ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. An armrest subassembly, comprising:a support substrate including a receiver defined within an upstanding upper lip;
a fabric layer stretching across said receiver; and
a matrix interface connecting said fabric layer to said support substrate, wherein said matrix interface includes a portion of said fabric layer impregnated with resin of said support substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,336,220

VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:a seat cushion that serves as a seating portion which receives a load of an occupant;
an ottoman that is connected to a front portion of the seat cushion;
a base that supports the seat cushion on a vehicle floor in a seating position at which the seat cushion receives the occupant and in a tip-up position at which the seat cushion is tipped up rearward from the seating position; and
a folding mechanism that moves the ottoman between an initial position at which the ottoman is positioned at the front portion of the seat cushion and a folding position at which the ottoman is retracted beneath the seat cushion in accordance with a movement of the seat cushion from the seating position and the tip-up position,
wherein the folding mechanism includes:
a hinge portion that rotatably connects the ottoman to the front portion of the seat cushion;
a lock portion that locks rotation of the ottoman about the hinge portion at the initial position;
an operation link that connects the ottoman and the base and retracts the ottoman from the initial position to the folding position as the seat cushion is tipped up, and
wherein the lock portion includes a cable that connects a portion of the lock portion to the base, such that the lock portion is configured to lock the rotation of the ottoman at the initial position in a state where the seat cushion is at the seating position and to unlock the rotation of the ottoman in a state where the seat cushion is tipped up to a first intermediate position which is set between the initial position and the tip-up position,
wherein the operation link includes an adjustment portion that adjusts a separation movement amount of the ottoman with respect to the base during the movement of the seat cushion between the seating position and a second intermediate position which is set between the first intermediate position and the tip-up position, and
wherein the operation link retracts the ottoman from the initial position to the folding position during the movement of the seat cushion between the second intermediate position and the tip-up position.

US Pat. No. 10,336,217

SEAT LIFTER AND GEAR MECHANISM

Delta Kogyo Co., Ltd., H...

5. A gear mechanism comprising a first gear and a second gear that mesh with each other in a state in which axial directions thereof are parallel to each other, whereineach tooth of one gear of the first and second gears has such a shape that a tooth thickness and a tooth depth dimension of each of the teeth gradually decreases from one end toward the other end in the axial direction, the tooth depth dimension being a dimension from a tooth root to a tooth tip of the respective tooth in a radial direction of the one gear,
each tooth of the other gear of the first and second gears has a constant thickness over an entirety of the other gear in the axial direction, and
the teeth of the first gear and the teeth of the second gear mesh with each other by approaching each other in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,336,210

SELECTION OF RANGE FOR AN ELECTRIC DEVICE HAVING A RECHARGEABLE ENERGY STORAGE UNIT

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A system of selecting range for an electric device having a rechargeable energy storage unit, the system comprising:a controller operatively connected to the rechargeable energy storage unit and including a processor and tangible, non-transitory memory on which is recorded instructions for executing a method;
an operator interface in communication with the controller and accessible to an operator;
a charging unit selectively connectable to and configured to charge the rechargeable energy storage unit at one or more charging strengths, including a predefined first charging strength;
wherein execution of the instructions by the processor causes the controller to:
request an operator to enter a selected range for the electric device on the operator interface;
determine if the selected range is less than a predetermined maximum range;
if the selected range is less than the predetermined maximum range, then convert the selected range to a selected energy consumption based on a driving model of the operator;
determine a target voltage based at least partially on the selected energy consumption and predetermined parameters of the charging unit; and
charge the rechargeable energy storage unit to the target voltage at the predefined first charging strength, via the charging unit.

US Pat. No. 10,336,206

IDENTIFYING A USER OF A CHARGING STATION

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

1. A system, comprising:a communication logic which aggregates transaction data associated with a chargeable vehicle, and sends the aggregated transaction data to an authorizing entity, wherein the authorizing entity identifies a user associated with the chargeable vehicle by comparing the aggregated transaction data with previously stored authorizing data;
an extrapolation logic which receives a list of possible charging stations based on proximity to the chargeable vehicle and identifies a charging station that supplied or is supplying the chargeable vehicle with a charge based, at least in part, on the aggregated transaction data and by a comparison of a received amount of charge by the chargeable vehicle to a dispensed amount of charge from each of the possible charging stations on the list, without receiving specific identification information from the identified charging station interacting with the chargeable vehicle; and
an authorization logic which receives an authorization request from the authorizing entity to authorize a transaction between the chargeable vehicle and the identified charging station based on the aggregated transaction data and the previously stored authorizing data, and receives a confirmation via the user that the user has authority to affirm the transaction between the chargeable vehicle and the identified charging station; and in response to the confirmation by the user, sending a response to the authorization request,
wherein the communication logic further confirms the charge from the identified charging station based, at least in part, on the response to the authorization request.

US Pat. No. 10,336,201

CONTACTLESS POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM

DAIHEN Corporation, Osak...

1. A contactless power transmission system comprising:a power reception apparatus; and
a power transmission apparatus that transmits power contactlessly to the power reception apparatus,
wherein the power transmission apparatus includes: a high-frequency power source device that outputs a constant amplitude high-frequency current; and a plurality of power transmission units that are connected to each other in series and each include a power transmission coil and a resonance capacitor connected in series to the power transmission coil,
the power reception apparatus includes a plurality of power reception units respectively associated with the plurality of power transmission units, wherein outputs of the plurality of power reception units are connected in parallel and are output to a single load, and the plurality of power reception units each include: a power reception coil magnetically coupled to the power transmission coil of a corresponding power transmission unit; and a resonance capacitor connected to the power reception coil, and
the resonance capacitors of the power transmission units are connected to each other in series, and one of the resonance capacitors of the power transmission units is electrically disposed between two of the transmission coils of the power transmission units,
wherein the power transmission apparatus includes:
switches that are respectively connected in parallel with the power transmission units between input terminals; and
a control unit configured to switch the switches between an open state and a conduction state.

US Pat. No. 10,336,198

CHARGE CABLE LOCK DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A charge cable lock device for use with an inlet that includes an inlet housing, wherein a charge cable including a rocking arm with a hooking portion is connected in a removable manner to the inlet, the charge cable lock device comprising:a lock member movable to a lock position and an unlock position, wherein the lock member is configured to contact the rocking arm to restrict disengagement of the hooking portion of the rocking arm from the inlet when the lock member is located at the lock position;
a lock housing that supports the lock member; and
a fixing pin configured to be inserted into the lock housing and the inlet housing and fix the lock housing to the inlet traversing the lock housing and the inlet housing,
wherein the fixing pin includes a metal one-piece component including
distal linear portions that are parallel to each other, and
a bridge that connects the distal linear portions.

US Pat. No. 10,336,197

POWER TRANSMITTER, POWER RECEIVER, AND WIRELESS CHARGING SYSTEM

DAIHEN Corporation, Osak...

1. A power transmitter comprising:a high-frequency power source device generating high-frequency power;
a power transmitting unit including a power-transmitting coil, the power transmitting unit wirelessly transmitting the high-frequency power received from the high-frequency power source device to a power receiver mounted on an electric vehicle; and
a transmitter-side controller that calculates a transmitter usage rate, the transmitter-side controller causing the power transmitting unit to stop power transmission in response to the transmitter usage rate exceeding a predetermined threshold, the transmitter usage rate indicating a rate of time during which the power transmitting unit transmits power to the power receiver per unit time.

US Pat. No. 10,336,185

FINAL DRIVE FOR A ROAD VEHICLE

BorgWarner Sweden AB, La...

1. A final drive for a road vehicle, comprising a pinion gear on a pinion axle journaled in a housing, the pinion gear being in gear engagement with a crown gear journaled for rotation transversely to the pinion axle, the final drive comprisingan all wheel drive (AWD) coupling, comprising a disc package axially controlled by a hydraulic piston for optionally transmitting torque from an ingoing axle to the pinion axle and a means for rotatably connecting the disc package to the pinion axle,
the ingoing axle of the AWD coupling being radially journaled only by the pinion axle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,170

VARIABLE BELT MOLDING STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE DOOR

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A variable belt molding structure for a vehicle door, the variable belt molding structure comprising:a skin disposed in a fixed quarter window and a rear door window formed in a rear door of a vehicle to have a width that is varied in a longitudinal direction thereof;
a carrier portion internally coupled to the skin to maintain air-tightness by being in contact with a window glass of the rear door window;
a clip mounted to be internally coupled to the carrier portion and mounted in a door panel of the rear door; and
a first mounting clip coupled to a fixed quarter window bracket attached to the fixed quarter window,
wherein the skin includes:
a first skin extension configured to extend downward in a height direction of the vehicle; and
a second skin extension integrally formed with the first skin extension to extend in a horizontal direction thereof or a horizontal and upward direction thereof, and
wherein a first flange is formed in the second skin extension of the skin to protrude downward in the height direction of the vehicle, and the first mounting clip is disposed in the first flange.

US Pat. No. 10,336,168

APPARATUS FOR COVERING A CONTAINER LOAD

TY-CROP MANUFACTURING LTD...

1. An apparatus for covering an open top of a transportation trailer container, the apparatus comprising:an arm pivotable between a closed position and an open position, the arm holding a rotatable roller for dispensing and receiving a flexible cover, the flexible cover being wrapped around the roller when the arm is in the open position, the flexible cover being unrolled from the roller to cover the open top due to motion of the arm from the open position to the closed position, the arm pivotably mounted to an arm pivot;
a recessed region comprising the arm pivot; and
a secondary cover movable between a cover closed position and a cover open position, the secondary cover covering a top of the recessed region when in the cover closed position, the secondary cover biased toward the cover closed position, the secondary cover being overtop of the arm when the arm is in the closed position and the secondary cover is in the cover closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,336,167

APPARATUS FOR PREVENTING INFLOW OF DUST IN REAR RAIL OF SUNROOF

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An apparatus for preventing an inflow of dust in a rear rail of a sunroof, the apparatus comprising:the rear rail of the sunroof which is disposed in a longitudinal direction thereof;
a tilt lever which has a first end portion coupled to a moving glass and a second end portion disposed on the rear rail, and slides along a trajectory of the rear rail;
a tilt lever shoe which is disposed at the second end portion of the tilt lever, and configured to be fastened by being fitted with the rear rail; and
at least one guide rail which is disposed to protrude from the rear rail in a width direction of a vehicle,
wherein an internal surface of the tilt lever shoe is disposed to contact with at least one of upper and lower surfaces of the at least one guide rail,
wherein at least two layers of the at least one guide rail are surrounded by the tilt lever shoe so as to prevent a dust from flowing into the rear rail, and
wherein the at least two layers include:
an upper layer, wherein at least a surface of the upper layer is spaced with a gap from an inner upper of the tilt lever shoe; and
a lower layer, wherein upper, lower and left and right surfaces of the lower layer are in contact with the internal surface of the tilt lever shoe.

US Pat. No. 10,336,166

DOOR IMPACT BEAM AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method of manufacturing a door impact beam that is disposed on a door frame of a vehicle, the method comprising:preparing a raw pipe having a circular cross-section with first and second end portions open;
forming a secondary pipe having a larger diameter at first and second end portions than at a center portion by expanding the first and second end portions of the raw pipe by inserting a punch into the first and second end portions of the raw pipe; and
pressing the secondary pipe to make the first and second end portions of the secondary pipe flat and make the center portion of the secondary pipe concaved in a predetermine direction.

US Pat. No. 10,336,144

TIRE ELECTRONICS SECURING STRUCTURES

Bridgestone Americas Tire...

1. An electronics package securing structure comprising:an annular hoop configured to abut an inner surface of a tire, wherein the annular hoop consists essentially of open-cell reticulated foam having a modulus between about 20-50 kPa, wherein the annular hoop includes an inflation chamber, wherein the annular hoop is flexible and extensible, wherein the annular hoop has a cross sectional area between about 0.4 and 47.0 cm2, wherein the annular hoop has a top surface defined by an outer diameter and a bottom surface defined by an inner diameter, wherein the top surface of the annular hoop includes a divot configured to receive an electronics package, and wherein the top surface of the annular hoop is configured to abut the inner surface of the tire across 30-90% of a tread width.

US Pat. No. 10,336,141

TIRE HAVING STATIC CHARGE DISSIPATION ELEMENT

BRIDGESTONE AMERICAS TIRE...

1. A tire tread, comprising:a road-contacting surface;
an inner component-contacting surface;
a splice surface comprising a radially outer edge and a radially inner edge;
at least one conductive element;
wherein the at least one conductive element extends from the splice surface to or past the radially outer edge;
wherein the at least one conductive element extends from the splice surface to or past the radially inner edge;
wherein each of the at least one conductive element is oriented in contact with the splice surface;
wherein each of the at least one conductive element is oriented substantially parallel to the splice surface;
wherein the at least one conductive element comprises a circumferential thickness of between about 0.015 mm and about 6.000 mm;
wherein the at least one conductive element extends along at least a portion of at least one of the road-contacting surface and the inner component-contacting surface; and
wherein the at least one conductive element covers an entire surface of the splice surface.

US Pat. No. 10,336,137

ELECTRORHEOLOGICAL FLUIDS INCORPORATED INTO POLYMERIC ARTICLES AND TIRES

The University of Akron, ...

1. A method of altering the elastic modulus of a polymeric article comprising:electrospinning a hollow non-woven fabric containing electrorheological fluid therein,
incorporating the electrospun, electrorheological-fluid-containing non-woven fabric into a polymer matrix to thereby form a polymeric article, and
subjecting the electrorheological fluid to an electric field thereby changing the elastic modulus of the electrorheological fluid and the overall elastic modulus of the polymeric article.

US Pat. No. 10,336,132

WHEEL OF A MOTOR VEHICLE WITH A SPOKE AREA COVER

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A wheel of a motor vehicle, comprising:a hub portion;
spokes extending radially outward from the hub portion;
a rim supported on the spokes;
an interior-side spoke area cover facing an interior side of the spokes;
an exterior-side spoke area cover delimited by the rim facing an exterior side of the spokes; and
at least one over pressure-controlled and/or under pressure-controlled ventilation opening, the at least one ventilation opening being arranged to automatically ventilate a spoke area between the interior and exterior-side covers that is closed from the environment.

US Pat. No. 10,336,130

DRY-ERASE BOARD WITH INSERTS

Chameleon Corporation, In...

1. A dry-erase board comprising:a rigid base member, the rigid base member having a periphery;
a frame attached to at least a portion of the rigid base member, at least a portion of the frame being rotatable relative to the rigid base member; and
a cover disposed between the rigid base member and the frame, the cover movable relative to the rigid base member and having an erasable surface suitable for use with a writing instrument, and wherein the frame covers at least a portion of the periphery of rigid base member and at least a portion of a periphery of the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,336,124

SECURITY ELEMENT COMPRISING AN INTERFERENCE PIGMENT AND A NANOMETRIC FILLER

OBERTHUR FIDUCIAIRE SAS, ...

1. A security element for a secured document, comprising:a security structure comprising an opaque layer and at least one opening in this opaque layer; and
a masking structure superposed at least partially on the security structure, for decreasing visibility of the security element in reflected light, the security element being present within the secured document or on a surface of the secured document, the masking structure comprising a nanoscale filler and a multilayer interferential pigment, the security element being visible under transmitted light through the masking structure.

US Pat. No. 10,336,094

INKJET PRINTER

ROLAND DG CORPORATION, S...

1. An inkjet printer, comprising:a first ink head including a plurality of nozzles through which a first ink is ejected towards a recording medium to form ink dots of the first ink on the recording medium;
a second ink head including a plurality of nozzles through which a second ink is ejected towards the recording medium to form ink dots of the second ink on the recording medium;
a moving mechanism to move the first ink head and the second ink head, and the recording medium, with respect to each other; and
a controller connected with the first ink head, the second ink head and the moving mechanism, to control the first ink head, the second ink head and the moving mechanism;whereinthe controller includes:
a converter to convert image data of the first ink into the ink dots of the first ink, and to convert image data of the second ink into the ink dots of the second ink;
a generator to generate, upon receipt of data on the ink dots of the second ink converted by the converter, a plurality of dot groups, including at least a first dot group and a second dot group, of the ink dots of the second ink, the first dot group including at least a portion of the ink dots of the second ink, and the second dot group including at least a portion of the ink dots of the second ink;
a first printing controller to form, on the recording medium, a first printing layer of the ink dots of the first ink and the ink dots of the first dot group; and
a second printing controller to form a second printing layer of the ink dots of the second dot group, above or below the first printing layer; and
the generator generates the plurality of dot groups such that the plurality of dot groups include all the ink dots of the second ink;
the first ink is a special color ink; and
the second ink is a process color ink.

US Pat. No. 10,336,047

METHOD OF PREVENTING CORROSION OF MATING SURFACES OF COMPONENTS

MAHINDRA AND MAHINDRA LIM...

1. A method of preventing corrosion of the mating surfaces of components, said method comprising:(i) impregnating a polyester based carrier with at least one anaerobic acrylic adhesive to form an impregnated carrier;
(ii) spraying at least one pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive on one surface of said impregnated carrier to form an impregnated carrier having a pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive layer;
(iii) protecting said pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive layer using a protective silicon release liner to configure a pasting surface on said impregnated carrier;
(iv) pasting said pasting surface after detaching said silicon release liner therefrom on a first component, wherein said pasting surface is in contact with said first component;
(v) abutting a second component to said first component such that said impregnated carrier is sandwiched therebetween; and
(vi) applying force on said abutted first and second components such that said anaerobic acrylic adhesive oozes out from said impregnated carrier and coats mating surfaces of said abutted first and second components in the absence of oxygen to commence and complete curing of said anaerobic acrylic adhesive on mating surfaces of said first and said second components.

US Pat. No. 10,336,025

COMPOUND LENS FOR USE WITH ILLUMINATION SOURCES IN OPTICAL SYSTEMS

Lumenflow Corp., Wyoming...

1. A compound lens comprising:a first lens element;
a second lens element in alignment with the first lens element along a common optical axis, wherein the first and second lens elements are integrally joined to each other, wherein the first and second lens elements are co-molded from a silicone resin, and wherein the first and second lens elements are optically coupled to each other to reduce the optical path difference of center ray bundles and sagittal ray bundles propagating through the compound lens;
a third lens element integrally joined to the second lens element, the third lens element being a bi-concave frusto-conical lens, the bi-concave frusto-conical lens separating the center ray bundle from the sagittal ray bundle; and
a fourth lens element integrally joined to the third lens element, the fourth lens element being a bi-convex aspheric lens, wherein the third and fourth lens elements are in alignment with the first and second lens elements along the common optical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,336,008

METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC CALIBRATION OF A DEVICE FOR GENERATIVE PRODUCTION OF A THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT

EOS GMBH ELECTRO OPTICAL ...

1. A method for automatically calibrating an apparatus for generatively producing a three-dimensional object, comprising:providing a construction zone, in which the object is to be constructed layer by layer by selective consolidation of a pulverulent material;
providing a control unit for controlling the apparatus,
providing an irradiation device for emitting electromagnetic radiation onto selective regions of an applied layer of the material, wherein the irradiation device comprises at least one first and at least one second scanner;
operating the irradiation device with the first scanner, irradiating a first scan zone in the construction zone, and the second scanner irradiating a second scan zone in the construction zone; and
irradiating the applied layer of the material or a target by means of the first scanner in order to produce a first test pattern in the material or the target;
irradiating the applied layer of the material or the target by means of the second scanner in order to produce a second test pattern in the material or the target;
detecting the first and second test patterns by means of a camera and assigning the first and second test patterns to the first and second scanners, respectively;
comparing the first and second test patterns with one another;
determining a relative deviation between the first test pattern and the second test pattern comprising at least a deviation of a lattice constant of the test patterns, a deviation of a position of the test patterns in a coordinate system, a deviation of an orientation of the test patterns in the coordinate system or a deviation of size of the test patterns; and
calibrating the first and/or the second scanner in such a way that the relative deviation between the first test pattern and the second test pattern falls below a predetermined setpoint value.

US Pat. No. 10,335,994

METHODS FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL MODEL PRINTING

STRATASYS LTD, Rehovot (...

1. A method of printing a three-dimensional object, the method comprising:selectively dispensing, layer by layer, one or more materials to form the three-dimensional object;
selectively dispensing, layer by layer, one or more materials to form a support construction for the three-dimensional object;
selectively dispensing, layer by layer, one or more materials to form a rigid exterior construction around at least part of the support construction, the rigid exterior having substantially similar strength and elasticity to the three-dimensional object; and
forming a release construction around the rigid exterior construction, the release construction being between the rigid exterior construction and the three-dimensional object.

US Pat. No. 10,335,894

JOINING METHOD

NIPPON LIGHT METAL COMPAN...

1. A joining method comprising:a butting process configured to butt a first metal member and a second metal member each having a front surface with various heights against each other to form therebetween a butt portion with varying heights, wherein the butt portion includes at least two flat sections, at least one upward inclined section and at least one downward inclined section; and
a welding process configured to apply a friction stirring to the butt portion by a stirring pin of a rotation tool, the stirring pin being maintained at a constant insertion depth with respect to at least one of the first and the second metal member across the flat sections and said upward and downward inclined sections of the butt portion,
wherein only the stirring pin contacts both the first metal member and the second metal member at the insertion depth generating only frictional heat and the stirring pin has a tapered shape so as to have a smaller diameter in a hanging down direction and includes only one outer circumferential surface having only one continuous spiral groove engraved only in the outer circumferential surface engaging the first metal member and the second metal member, and
wherein the spiral groove extends counterclockwise from a proximal end side to a distal end side of the outer circumferential surface of the stirring pin, while the rotation tool rotates clockwise, and the spiral groove extends clockwise from a proximal end side to a distal end side of the outer circumferential surface of the stirring pin, while the rotation tool rotates counterclockwise.

US Pat. No. 10,335,880

RACKS FOR HIGH-TEMPERATURE METAL PROCESSING

H.C. STARCK INC., Newton...

1. An apparatus for receiving and supporting one or more components during processing thereof at a process temperature greater than approximately 1000° C., the apparatus comprising:a first shelf (i) comprising a first refractory metal having a melting point greater than the process temperature and (ii) defining therethrough a plurality of apertures, each aperture being threaded through at least a portion of its thickness;
a plurality of first support posts, each first support post (i) comprising a second refractory metal having a melting point greater than the process temperature, (ii) having a threaded lower end for engagement with a threaded aperture of the first shelf, and (iii) defining a support collar proximate an upper end opposite the threaded lower end, a lateral dimension of the first support post above the support collar being smaller than a lateral dimension of the first support post below the support collar;
a second shelf (i) comprising a third refractory metal having a melting point greater than the process temperature and (ii) defining therethrough a plurality of apertures, each aperture of the second shelf being configured to receive the upper end of one of the first support posts such that a portion of the second shelf proximate each aperture thereof rests upon the support collar of the first support post received in the aperture,
a third shelf (i) comprising a fourth refractory metal having a melting point greater than the process temperature and (ii) defining therethrough a plurality of apertures; and
a plurality of second support posts, each second support post (i) comprising a fifth refractory metal having a melting point greater than the process temperature, (ii) having a threaded lower end for engagement with a threaded aperture, (iii) defining a support collar proximate an upper end opposite the threaded lower end, a lateral dimension of each second support post above the support collar being smaller than a lateral dimension of each second support post below the support collar, and (iv) defining a dowel pin mount through the upper end thereof above the support collar,
wherein (A) the upper end of each second support post is receivable within an aperture of the third shelf such that (i) a portion of the third shelf proximate each aperture thereof rests upon the support collar of the second support post received in the aperture, and (ii) the dowel pin mount of each second support post is disposed above a top surface of the third shelf, (B) each of the apertures of the second shelf is threaded through at least a portion of its thickness, and (C) the threaded lower end of each second support post is receivable within one of the threaded apertures in the second shelf.

US Pat. No. 10,335,836

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TREATING SUBSTRATE

SEMES CO., LTD., Chungch...

1. A method for treating a substrate with a treatment liquid, wherein the substrate is treated while a supply location at which the treatment liquid is supplied onto the substrate that is rotated is moved in an outward direction from a central area of the substrate towards a peripheral area of the substrate or in an inward direction from a peripheral area of the substrate towards a central area of the substrate a plurality of times to form a plurality of outward and inward movements of the supply location, and wherein movement distances of the plurality of outward and inward movements of the supply location become shorter as a number of the outward and inward movements of the supply location increases.

US Pat. No. 10,335,779

HIGHLY STABLE NI-M F6-NH2O/ONPYRAZINE2(SOLVENT)X METAL ORGANIC FRAMEWORKS AND METHODS OF USE

KING ABDULLAH UNIVERSITY ...

1. A method of capturing chemical species from a fluid composition, the method comprisingcontacting a metal organic framework characterized by the formula [MaMbF5(O/H2O)w(Ligand)x]z with a fluid composition, where Ma is Ni2+; Mb is Al3+, Fe3+, V3+, V5+, or Nb5+; w is 1; Ligand is pyrazine; x is 2; and z is at least equal to 1; and
capturing one or more captured chemical species from the fluid composition.

US Pat. No. 10,335,776

MANGANESE-CONTAINING DIESEL OXIDATION CATALYST

BASF Corporation, Florha...

1. An oxidation catalyst composite for abatement of exhaust gas emissions from a lean burn engine comprising:a carrier substrate having a length, an inlet end, and an outlet end, an oxidation catalyst catalytic material on the carrier, the oxidation catalyst catalytic material including a first washcoat layer comprising a first refractory metal oxide support, a platinum (Pt) component and a palladium (Pd) component in a ratio of Pt to Pd in the range of about 10:1 to 1:10; and
a second washcoat layer comprising a second refractory metal oxide support containing Mn, a zeolite, a Pt component, and optionally a Pd component,
wherein the Mn content of the second refractory metal oxide support is in the range of 0.1% to 30% by weight, and wherein the Mn is doped with Fe, Ni, Co, Cu, Ce, Sn, Ir, In, or a combination thereof, and
wherein the oxidation catalyst composite is effective to abate hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide, and to oxidize NO to NO2 in a lean burn engine exhaust.

US Pat. No. 10,335,747

ADHESIVE-AIR INFUSER DEVICE AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

Simchem Inc., Chapel Hil...

1. A method of infusing air into an adhesive, the method comprising steps for:directing a flow of air through an air nozzle and into an interior of a hollow body at an upstream end of the hollow body;
directing a flow of adhesive into the interior of the hollow body and around at least a portion of the air nozzle at the upstream end of the hollow body;
causing the adhesive and the air to flow from the upstream end of the hollow body toward a downstream end of the hollow body such that the adhesive and the air mix to form an adhesive-air solution while flowing through the hollow body; and
directing the adhesive-air solution out of the interior of the hollow body at the downstream end of the hollow body,
wherein the air nozzle comprises an air diffuser defining a plurality of entry openings through which the air flows into the interior of the hollow body such that the air flows into the interior of the hollow body to form air bubbles within the adhesive flowing around the air diffuser.

US Pat. No. 10,335,745

BASE STABLE SEMIPERMEABLE MEMBRANE AND METHODS THEREOF

AMS TECHNOLOGIES INT. (20...

1. A base stable semipermeable nanofiltration (NF) membrane, wherein said NF membrane is prepared by a process comprising steps of:a. providing an ultrafiltration (UF) base support membrane selected from the group consisting of polyethersulfone (PES) and polysulfone (PS); said UF base membrane is a non-crosslinked base polymer;
b. providing a modification solution comprising water soluble partially crosslinked polyethylenimine (PEI) or non-crosslinked PEI;
c. activating the surface of said UF membrane by subjecting said UF membrane to heating in an aqueous solution containing 0.1% (w/w) of the condensate of cyanuric chloride with sulfanilic acid for 1 hour at a temperature of 70° C.;
d. forming a first crosslinked layer upon at least a portion of a surface of said UF base support membrane of step (c); said forming comprises steps of:
i. providing said modification solution to comprise 1% (w/w) water soluble partially crosslinked PEI or 1% (w/w) oligomer-polymer mixture of water soluble non-crosslinked PEI (PEI MW 800 and PEI MW 750K at a ratio of 1:1);
ii. preparing said modification solution to comprise partially crosslinked PEI by admixing an aqueous solution of said condensate of cyanuric chloride with sulfanilic acid within an aqueous solution of said PEI oligomer-polymer mixture at a ratio of said condensate to said PEI being 0.3:1.0, with subsequent heating of said modification solution at 50° C. for 3 hours;
iii. immersing said UF base support membrane in said prepared 1% (w/w) modification solution to comprise a partially crosslinked PEI, for 18 hours at a room temperature, then subsequent heat-treating said membrane in either modification solution for 1 hour at 50° C. or in prepared 1% (w/w) solution comprising oligomer-polymer mixture of non-crosslinked PEI (PEI MW 800 and PEI MW 750K at a ratio of 1:1) for 1 hour at 90° C.;
iv. after cooling and washing, contacting said UF base support membrane of step (iii) with aqueous solution comprising 0.1% w/w of the condensate of cyanuric chloride with sulfanilic acid for 1 hour at room temperature; and
v. curing said UF base support membrane of step (iv) in an alkaline solution, pH=11, for 2 hours at 70° C. to complete the formation of the first cross-linked layer upon of said activated UF base support membrane;
e. forming a second crosslinked layer upon said first layer of said UF base support membrane of step (d) comprising steps of:
i. providing a modification solution comprising water soluble partially crosslinked PEI prepared according to step (d, ii) and diluted to either concentration of 0.125% (w/w) or 0.125% (w/w) of non-crosslinked PEI, prepared from PEI, MW 750K;
ii. contacting said UF base support membrane of step (d, v) with an aqueous solution comprising 0.1% w/w of the condensate of cyanuric chloride with sulfanilic acid for 1 hour at room temperature;
iii. immersing said UF base support membrane of step (ii) in 0.125% (w/w) modification solution for 1 hour at room temperature for partially crosslinked PEI or alternatively at 90° C. for non-crosslinked PEI;
iv. heat-treatment of said UF base support membrane in alkaline solution, pH=11, for 2-3 hours at 60-90° C.;
v. cooling and rinsing said UF base support membrane with reverse osmosis (RO) water;
vi. immersing said UF membrane of step (v) in an aqueous solution comprising 0.1% w/w of the condensate of cyanuric chloride with sulfanilic acid for 1 hour at room temperature; and,
vii. heat-treating in an alkaline solution, pH=11, for 2 hours at 60° C., followed by 2 hours at 90° C. to complete the formation of the second crosslinked layer upon said UF membrane with said first crosslinked layer, said second crosslinked layer is a NF layer;
f. repeating said step (e) n times for providing NF membrane with n+1 multiple cross-linked layers upon said first layer of said UF base support membrane; n is an integer number equals to or greater than 1; and,
g. immersing said base stable semipermeable NF membrane in 20% solution of phosphoric acid in water at a temperature ranging from 70° C. to 90° C. for a period of time ranging from 18 to 24 hours.

US Pat. No. 10,335,742

ASYMMETRIC COMPOSITE MEMBRANES AND MODIFIED SUBSTRATES USED IN THEIR PREPARATION

HYDROXSYS HOLDINGS LIMITE...

1. A method of preparing an asymmetric composite membrane comprising the steps:irradiating a dispersion comprising sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) and at least one cross-linking agent in an organic solvent to provide a dispersion of partially cross-linked sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone);
contacting one side of a sheet of microporous polyolefin wetted with a solution of a hydrophilicitizing agent in an aqueous solvent with the dispersion of partially cross-linked sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone);
irradiating the one side of the coated sheet at a wave length and an intensity for a time sufficient to adhere the cross-linked sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) to the sheet of microporous polyolefin to provide a composite; and then
drying the composite at a temperature and time sufficient to provide the asymmetric composite membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,335,739

SPIRAL WOUND MEMBRANE ELEMENT AND METHOD FOR CLEANING SPIRAL WOUND MEMBRANE SHEET

BL TECHNOLOGIES, INC., M...

1. A spiral wound membrane element, comprising:a perforated central tube with a flow restriction at one end;
one for more membrane sleeves, each of the one or more membrane sleeves comprising two membrane sheets enclosed at two edges around a feed spacer sheet and wrapped around the central tube;
one or more permeate carrier sheets attached to the perforated central tube at a first edge opposite a second edge, wherein the one or more permeate carrier sheets and the one or more membrane sleeves are in a 1:1 ratio, respectively;
a seal on a third edge and a fourth edge of each of the one or more permeate carrier sheets, extending from the first edge to the second edge wherein the one or more membrane sleeves and each of the one or more permeate carrier sheets are wrapped in a spiral and the second edge of each of the one or more permeate carrier sheets is open and extends beyond each of the one or more membrane sleeves lying over each of the one or more permeate carrier sheets in a peripheral region of the spiral wound membrane element such that each of the one or more permeate carrier sheets is in fluid communication with the perforated central tube and the peripheral region of the spiral wound membrane element; and
an anti-telescoping device secured to each of end of the perforated central tube, the anti-telescoping device comprising a passage that communicates between the peripheral region of the spiral wound membrane element and inside of the perforated central tube.

US Pat. No. 10,335,732

CARBON SAFE VAPOR RECOVERY SYSTEM

JORDAN TECHNOLOGIES, LLC,...

11. A method for recovering volatile liquid vapor from an air-volatile liquid vapor mixture in a vapor mixture source, comprising:feeding an untreated air-volatile liquid vapor mixture from the vapor mixture source to a vapor absorption unit;
condensing and collecting volatile liquid vapor in said vapor absorption unit;
feeding an air-absorbent liquid vapor mixture from said absorption unit to an adsorption unit;
adsorbing the absorbent liquid vapor on a first bed of adsorbent in said adsorption unit;
regenerating a second bed of adsorbent in said adsorption unit with a vacuum regeneration unit; and
recycling regenerated vapors from said vacuum regeneration unit to said vapor absorption unit.

US Pat. No. 10,335,720

OPTIMIZATION OF VACUUM SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR DRYING DRILL CUTTINGS

FP Marangoni Inc., Calga...

1. A method of retro-fitting a shaker to include an air vacuum system, the air vacuum system for improving the separation of drilling fluid and drill cuttings on the shaker, the method comprising the steps of:a. installing a vacuum frame and manifold over screen support rails of a shaker;
b. installing a screen on the vacuum frame and manifold such that the vacuum frame and manifold mates with the underside of the screen; and
c. securing each of the support rails, vacuum screen and manifold and screen together for enabling a vacuum pressure to be applied to the underside of the screen;
wherein the shaker has at least two pairs of support rails and the vacuum frame and manifold is installed on a downstream pair of support rails, leaving at least one upstream pair of support rails without a vacuum frame and manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,335,715

WATER SKIMMING DEVICE AND METHOD

SW Feesaver, LLC, Greenv...

1. A skimmer for removing water from a sediment basin to a water removal system, said sediment basin having a depth, said skimmer comprising:a float portion;
a first pipe having a longitudinal axis, said first pipe being attached to and held by said float portion with said longitudinal axis in a horizontal position and at a distance below the surface of water in a sediment basin, said pipe having an orifice formed therein to admit said water from below said surface, said first pipe having a first end and an opposing second end;
a guard attached to said float portion and said first pipe, said guard fixedly positioning said float portion with respect to said first pipe and said orifice so that said orifice of said first pipe is located below said surface of said water, said guard having a continuous, vertically-extending side wall having a bottom edge defining a water flow path opening located below said orifice, said guard and said float portion surrounding said orifice upwardly from said bottom edge to thereby define a flow path into said orifice from the sediment basin to be only through said flow path opening, upwardly to said orifice, then downwardly though said orifice into said first pipe;
a second pipe having a first end and a second end;
an upper flexible coupling on said first end of said second pipe, said flexible coupling connected to said second end of said first pipe; and
a lower flexible coupling on said second end of said second pipe, said second flexible coupling being attachable to a water removal system; wherein said first pipe is attached to said float portion so that said orifice of said first pipe remains below said surface and the longitudinal axis remains below said surface by said distance, and said water flows through said orifice into said first pipe and then through said second pipe to said water removal system regardless of the elevation of said surface of water in said sediment basin.

US Pat. No. 10,335,714

LIQUID RECOVERY FILTER

SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE ...

1. A liquid recovery filter comprising:a filter shell having an upper end, a lower end opposite the upper end, and a cylindrical outer wall extending between the upper end and the lower end, the shell defining an internal volume;
a filter element disposed within the filter shell, whereby a gap formed between the shell and the filter element defines an upstream section of the internal volume, the filter element having an inlet side and an outlet core, the inlet side of the filter element communicating fluidly with the upstream section;
an inlet passage extending substantially radially from a first point on the filter shell cylindrical outer wall, the inlet passage communicating fluidly with the upstream section;
an outlet passage extending substantially radially from a second point on the filter shell cylindrical outer wall, wherein the second point is located on a side of the cylindrical outer wall opposite the location of the first point,
the outlet passage communicating fluidly with the outlet core of the filter element;
a downstream vent passage port/purge port disposed through the filter shell, the downstream vent passage port/purge port communicating fluidly with the outlet core of the filter element; and,
an inline gas filter disposed in the downstream vent passage port/purge port, wherein the inline gas filter permits the sterile introduction of a gas into the downstream section through the vent passage port/purge port to purge processed liquids retained in the downstream section after filtering of the processed liquids by the filter element.

US Pat. No. 10,335,708

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO GENERATE STEAM BY MIXING A FEED WATER STREAM WITH A HEATING MEDIUM

Cameron Solutions, Inc., ...

1. A method to generate steam from a feed water stream, the method comprising:routing the feed water stream into a liquid pool zone of a vessel, the liquid pool zone including a heating medium, the heating medium being less volatile than the feed water stream and maintained at an operating temperature determined by vaporization requirements;
pre-mixing the feed water stream and the heating medium outside of the liquid pool zone of the vessel;
vaporizing at least a portion of the feed water stream due to contact with the heating medium in the liquid pool zone;
removing a vaporized portion of the feed water stream from a vapor separation zone of the vessel as steam; and
removing solids from the liquid pool zone of the vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,335,706

COMBINED LIFTING BARN FENCING EQUIPMENT

Zhejiang Dafeng Industry ...

1. A combined lifting barn fencing equipment, comprising:a barn (1) movably mounted in a first annular groove in the periphery of a stage,
a lifting mechanism (4) that drives the barn (1) to lift up and down,
a fence (2) movably mounted in a second annular groove (11) of the barn (1), and
a hoisting mechanism that drives the fence (2) to lift up and down,
wherein the lifting mechanism is mounted at the bottom of the first annular groove, the hoisting mechanism (3) is mounted at the top of a gate above the stage, the barn (1) is mounted to a bedplate (6); the barn (1) descends to the first annular groove or rises to above of the stage driven by the lifting mechanism (4), when the barn (1) descends to the first annular groove, the upper surface of the bedplate (6) is flush with a stage surface; when not connected with the hoisting mechanism (3) for lifting, the fence (2) is retained inside the second annular groove (11), when connected with the hoisting mechanism (3) for lifting, the fence (2) is hoisted to the above of the stage.

US Pat. No. 10,335,694

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FASTENING OF INFLATABLE RIDE SURFACES

Whitewater West Industrie...

1. A system for connecting surfaces, comprising:a first surface portion having an extrusion with a first mating surface disposed beneath a plane extending along a top surface of the first surface portion;
a second surface portion having a receptacle with a second mating surface disposed beneath the plane extending along the top surface of the first surface portion, the receptacle configured to receive at least a portion of the extrusion, the first mating surface and the second mating surface configured to mate together, defining a gap therebetween, when the extrusion is at least partially received by the receptacle for connecting the first surface portion with the second surface portion; and
a flap configured to extend over the gap above the plane, and over at least a part of the first surface portion or the second surface portion, when the first mating surface is mated with the second mating surface, such that the flap is urged to lay against the first and second portions during operation when presented with a flow of water.

US Pat. No. 10,335,693

UNIVERSAL CONTROLLER HOLSTER

Integr8ted Minds Inc., M...

1. A universal controller holster comprising:a first element comprising:
two collars;
an arm connecting the two collars;
a spine extending from the center of arm; and
an angled tooth disposed at the end of the spine distal from the arm; and
a second element comprising:
a mount, the mount comprising a plurality of detents substantially to one end of the mount, each detent having an opening on the side of the mount proximal to the spine that is smaller in size than the angled tooth;
an angled support arm extending from the end of the mount distal from the detents;
a lip extending at an angle from the angled support arm;
a pass-through conduit disposed on the top of the angled support arm; and
a clip extending from the mount,wherein the angled tooth of the first element releasably mates with one of the detents of the mount to attach the spine to the mount,wherein the lip extends downward from the angled support arm toward the first element.

US Pat. No. 10,335,687

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING VIRTUAL OBJECTS IN A COMPUTING ENVIRONMENT

9LOGIC TECHNOLOGIES, Red...

1. A gaming system comprising:an input device;
a display device;
a processor; and
a memory device storing instructions, which when executed by the processor, cause the processor, in conjunction with the input device and the display device, to:
initiate and execute a game that includes at least a first portion of the game and an uber hunt of the game;
generate user navigating locations associated with real-time locations;
dynamically generate virtual objects;
hide the virtual objects at the user navigating locations associated with the real-time locations;
generate virtual game objects;
enable a user to collect, using the virtual game objects, the hidden virtual objects;
offer a plurality of virtual rewards to the user based on the collection of the virtual game objects;
initiate and execute the uber hunt in response to the selection of a displayed icon;
generate and display a plurality of interactive queries using the plurality of virtual rewards for participating in the uber hunt;
generate and display clues for solving the plurality of interactive queries based on the virtual rewards;
enable the user to solve the plurality of interactive queries;
generate an uber virtual object searching game object;
generate an uber virtual object located within the user navigating locations associated with the real-time locations;
enable the user to use the uber virtual object searching game object to search for and collect the uber virtual object located within the user navigating locations associated with the real-time locations;
in response to the user collecting the uber virtual object, provide a higher level reward;
generate and display a leader board that provides distances covered by the user, coins collected by the user, and prizes collected by the user;
multiply the virtual objects on the user navigating virtual locations;
lock the virtual objects on the user navigating virtual locations;
print user initials on the virtual objects, wherein other users are enabled to view the user initials;
prevent the user on the user navigating virtual locations from seeing objections;
apply a crystal balls applying object on the user navigating virtual locations to enable the user to see any virtual objects with a radius of the user navigating virtual locations of a current position of the user;
apply a parrot object configured to fetch at least one of the virtual objects which is distant from the user, and bring the fetched at least one virtual object to a location of the user;
generate virtual hoardings;
publish advertisements on the virtual hoardings at the user navigating virtual locations; and
increase values of the virtual objects and the uber virtual object based on the published advertisements.

US Pat. No. 10,335,678

GAME PROGRAM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE

DENA CO., LTD., Tokyo (J...

1. A non-transitory computer readable medium having machine-executable instructions with which a computer having a storage and a hardware processor, for providing a service, said machine-executable instructions comprising:a screen generation process that generates a game screen having disposed thereon multiple selectable objects that a player is allowed to select;
an acceptance process that accepts selection operation input on said selectable objects at the moment when a pointing location initially arrives at the location of a selectable object disposed on the game screen while the movement of said pointing location on the game screen is maintained by the player's operations, and said acceptance process accepts the selection operation input in a sequential manner, starting with the selectable object at which the pointing location arrives the earliest;
a special effect generation process that generates special effects in the course of a game driven by the player's operations based on at least one of the moment when the pointing location initially arrives at the location of the selectable object, or the order in which the selection operation input on the selectable objects is accepted;
a counting process that starts counting standby time associated with each of the selectable objects in the order of acceptance of the selection operation input, and
an action control process that establishes control over the actions of controlled objects associated with each of the selectable objects upon the elapse of the respective standby time, and
the special effect generation process
determines whether nor not a time difference between an earlier action of a controlled object associated with a certain selectable object and a later action of a controlled object associated with another selectable object is within a predetermined period of time and
generates special effects in the course of a game driven by the player's operations if it is determined to be within the predetermined period of time;
wherein the screen generation process generates a game screen including a control area where the multiple selectable objects are disposed, and
the acceptance process accepts the selection operation input on said selectable objects at the moment when the pointing location initially arrives at the location of a selectable object disposed in the control area, regardless of whether or not the pointing location has been located outside the control area, while the movement of the pointing location on the game screen is maintained by the player's operations.

US Pat. No. 10,335,670

CARD SHOE APPARATUS AND TABLE GAME SYSTEM

ANGEL PLAYING CARDS CO., ...

1. A table game system for detecting special arrangements of shuffled playing cards having:a shuffle card set made up of a predetermined number of decks which have been shuffled;
a computer; and
a card shoe apparatus, which is communicably connected to the computer, for storing the shuffled playing cards and manually dealing the cards housed in the card shoe apparatus one by one onto a game table, the card shoe apparatus that stores rules of a card game, the card shoe apparatus having:
a card housing unit for housing the shuffled playing cards;
an opening for drawing out the cards from the card housing unit one by one;
a card reading unit that reads information from the card being drawn from the card housing unit;
a restriction unit for preventing any cards from moving in a slot; and
a motion sensor for detecting movement of any cards travelling through the slot,
wherein the computer restricts any cards from fraudulently moving in the slot by activating the restriction unit based on a detection result by the motion sensor,
the computer detects whether or not there is any special arrangement of the shuffled playing cards based on the information of the cards read by the card reading unit,
the special arrangement comprises at least one of the following cases:
(1) rank of a card read by the card reading unit is larger or smaller by one than a preceding card read by the card reading unit for the predetermined number of cards;
(2) the same rank continues for the predetermined number of cards read by the card reading unit;
(3) the same suit continues for the predetermined number of cards read by the card reading unit; and
(4) the same sequence is repeated for the predetermined number of cards read by the card reading unit.

US Pat. No. 10,335,669

SELF-BALANCING BOARD WITH PRIMARY WHEEL AND DISTAL AUXILIARY WHEEL

Koofy Innovation Limited,...

1. A self-balancing board, comprising:a primary wheel assembly, comprising:
a primary wheel; and
a motor driving the primary wheel;
a platform secured to the primary wheel assembly and having a foot deck;
at least one sensor sensing the orientation of the platform;
a controller receiving data from the at least one sensor and controlling the motor in response to the received data; and
a first auxiliary wheel assembly coupled to the platform distal the primary wheel assembly, the first auxiliary wheel assembly including a first auxiliary wheel that is elevated from contacting a flat surface upon which the primary wheel rests when the foot deck is parallel to the flat surface, and being engaged with the flat surface upon which the primary wheel rests when the foot deck is tilted by a selected angle, so as to cooperate with the primary wheel to support the self-balancing board on the flat surface without triggering braking by the controller on the primary wheel,
wherein the first auxiliary wheel overlaps at least a portion of the primary wheel in a lateral direction and extends laterally across a longitudinal centerline of the primary wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,335,649

GOLF CLUB

TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY,...

1. A golf club comprising:a shaft having a proximal end and a distal end;
a grip attached to the shaft proximal end; and
a golf club head attached to the shaft distal end producing a club length of at least 41 inches and no more than 45 inches, the golf club head having:
(i) a face positioned at a front portion of the golf club head where the golf club head impacts a golf ball, wherein the face has a loft of at least 12 degrees and no more than 27 degrees, and wherein the face includes an engineered impact point and a top edge height, and the face has a center face progression of less than 0.525 inches;
(ii) a sole positioned at a bottom portion of the golf club head;
(iii) a crown positioned at a top portion of the golf club head;
(iv) wherein an outer shell defines a head volume of less than 250 cubic centimeters, and wherein the golf club head has a rear portion opposite the face and a front-to-back dimension from a furthest forward point on the face to the furthest rearward point at the rear portion of the golf club head;
(v) a bore having a center that defines a shaft axis which intersects with a horizontal ground plane to define an origin point, wherein the bore is located at a heel side of the golf club head and receives the shaft distal end for attachment to the golf club head, and wherein a toe side of the golf club head is located opposite of the heel side;
(vi) a blade length measured horizontally from the origin point toward the toe side of the golf club head a distance that is generally parallel to the face and the ground plane to the most distant point on the golf club head in this direction, wherein the blade length includes a heel blade length section measured in the same direction as the blade length from the origin point to the engineered impact point;
(vii) a club head mass of less than 230 grams;
(viii) a center of gravity located:
(a) vertically toward the top portion of the golf club head from the origin point a distance Ycg, wherein the Ycg distance is less than 0.65?;
(b) horizontally from the origin point toward the toe side of the golf club head a distance Xcg that is generally parallel to the face and the ground plane; and
(c) a distance Zcg from the origin toward the rear portion in a direction generally orthogonal to the vertical direction used to measure Ycg and generally orthogonal to the horizontal direction used to measure Xcg;
(ix) a first moment of inertia (MOIy) about a vertical axis through the CG of at least 2000 g*cm2;
(x) a second moment of inertia (MOIfc) about a vertical axis through the origin of at least 4250 g*cm2;
(xi) a ratio of the first moment of inertia (MOIy) to the club head mass is at least 14; and
(xii) a ratio of the second moment of inertia (MOIfc) to the club length is at least 95.

US Pat. No. 10,335,632

TREADMILL INCLUDING A DECK LOCKING MECHANISM

Nautilus, Inc., Vancouve...

1. A treadmill comprising:a frame;
a deck assembly including a front end portion pivotally connected to the frame, the deck assembly positionable in an operating position and a storage position;
a first tube connected to one of the frame or the deck assembly, the first tube defining an aperture and a slot spaced apart from each other along a length of the first tube, wherein the slot extends lengthwise along the length of the first tube;
a second tube connected to the other of the frame or the deck assembly and slidably connected to the first tube; and
a lock mechanism operative to lock the deck assembly in the operating position and the storage position, the lock mechanism comprising:
a pin operatively connected to the second tube and engageable with the aperture and the slot of the first tube; wherein:
engagement of the pin with the aperture locks the deck assembly in the storage position; and
engagement of the pin with the slot locks the deck assembly in the operating position while allowing incline adjustment of the front end portion of the deck assembly relative to the frame during operation of the treadmill, wherein the slot is dimensioned to receive at least a portion of the pin and allow the pin to slide within the slot.

US Pat. No. 10,335,619

FIREFIGHTER MULTIFUNCTION LADDER AND ESCAPE BELT

Fire Innovations LLC, Pe...

1. A multifunction escape and ladder belt, comprising:a front buckle having a first buckle member and a second buckle member, coupling apparatus to connect said first member to said second member, each of said first and second members having a slot through which a fabric side strap may be passed;
left and right adjustment buckles, each configured with rigid bars defining front, middle, and rear adjustment slots through which strap fabric portions may be passed;
left and right side straps, said left side strap connected at a first end to said first buckle member and having a second end threaded through said middle adjustment slot of said left adjustment buckle, then through said front adjustment slot of said left adjustment buckle, and said right side strap connected at a first end to said second buckle member and having a second end threaded through said middle adjustment slot of said right adjustment buckle, then through said front adjustment slot of said right adjustment buckle; and
a rear strap having an outward facing continuous back portion, a first end threaded through said rear slot of said left adjustment buckle and extending to a medial portion of said rear strap, a second end threaded through said rear slot of said right adjustment buckle and extending to said medial portion of said rear strap so as to put said first end and said second end in an overlapping configuration, and first and second energy-release double-loop portions, one of each formed in said rear strap proximate each of said left and right adjustment buckles forming a double-looped overlapping portion secured by stitching;
wherein said stitching forms a stitched strap connection having a predetermined minimum breaking strength.

US Pat. No. 10,335,613

SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND DEVICES FOR COMMISSIONING AND QUALITY ASSURANCE DATA VALIDATION OF RADIATION THERAPY SYSTEMS

VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS IN...

1. A method for determining commissioning data of a first radiation therapy device, comprising:obtaining, at a commissioning device, a first data set from the first radiation therapy device undergoing a commissioning process, the first data set including irradiation beam data from the first radiation therapy device and corresponding system parameters;
receiving, at the commissioning device, data from a plurality of already commissioned radiation therapy devices, said data being data obtained during respective commissioning of the plurality of radiation therapy devices, and including irradiation beam data from the plurality of radiation therapy devices and corresponding system parameters;
compiling the data received from the plurality of radiation therapy devices so as to allow for a direct comparison between the compiled data and the first data set;
performing an analysis of the first data set obtained from the first radiation therapy device with respect to predetermined limits and the compiled data;
generating a notification signal based on a result of the analysis;
determining an entity appropriate to receive the notification signal; and
communicating the notification signal to the appropriate entity for further processing,
wherein when the result of the analysis is that the first data set does not violate the predetermined limits and that a deviation from the compiled data is less than a predetermined threshold, the first data set is saved as the commissioning data for the first radiation therapy device and/or the first data set is sent to a dose calculation device for further processing.

US Pat. No. 10,335,611

GANTRY IMAGE GUIDED RADIOTHERAPY SYSTEM AND RELATED TREATMENT DELIVERY METHODS

ACCURAY INCORPORATED, Su...

1. A method, comprising:receiving a pre-acquired image data set of a target acquired in a reference frame generally independent of a reference frame of an image guided radiation treatment (IGRT) apparatus;
during a patient setup interval, positioning the target into an initial treatment position relative to the IGRT apparatus, the initial treatment position being along an axis of rotation of a rotatable gantry structure of the IGRT apparatus;
rotating the rotatable gantry structure through a range of gantry angles;
subsequent to the patient setup interval, operating a first x-ray cone beam imaging source and a first imaging detector to acquire a first population of x-ray cone beam projection images of the target for a respective first population of gantry angles and acquisition times;
processing the first population of x-ray cone beam projection images to compute therefrom a time sequence of sliding-window tomographic image volumes characterized in that each subsequent member of the time sequence is computed using at least one same x-ray cone beam projection image as used in computing at least one previous member of the time sequence, wherein the sliding-window tomographic image volume comprises a tomosynthesis reconstructed image volume; and
operating the IGRT apparatus to deliver treatment radiation to the target based at least in part on a comparison between at least one of the time sequence of sliding-window tomographic image volumes and the pre-acquired image data set.

US Pat. No. 10,335,597

SPINAL CORD STIMULATOR SYSTEM

Cirtec Medical Corp., Br...

1. A method of providing electrical pulse therapy to patient via an implantable spinal cord stimulation device, comprising the steps of:providing an implantable pulse generator with a microcontroller and an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC), wherein the ASIC comprises a digital circuit and an analog circuit;
receiving one or more commands sent by an external remote at a transceiver within the implantable pulse generator and transmitting the one or more commands to the microcontroller;
receiving, by the ASIC data representing the one more commands;
performing, by the digital circuit of the ASIC, signal processing in accordance with the one or more commands to generate one or more corresponding signals for the electrical pulse therapy, wherein the corresponding signals include timing information for the electrical pulse therapy; and
delivering the one or more signals for the electrical pulse therapy to an epidural space of a patient as directed by the analog circuit of the ASIC.

US Pat. No. 10,335,571

BREATHABLE GAS INLET CONTROL DEVICE FOR RESPIRATORY TREATMENT APPARATUS

ResMed Paris SAS, (FR)

1. A respiratory treatment apparatus configured to provide a flow of breathable gas to a patient in successive respiratory cycles, each cycle including an inspiration phase and an expiration phase, comprising:a gas inlet having a variable aperture that is adjustable between a range of positions from a closed position and to fully open;
a gas outlet; and
a flow generator adapted to provide a supply of pressurized breathable gas from the gas inlet and to the gas outlet, the gas inlet conducting the supply of pressurized breathable gas to the flow generator; and
a controller to control the pressure generated by the flow generator,
wherein the variable aperture is configured to, during the inspiration phase of each respiratory cycle, vary proportionally in opening size as a function of an induced level of flow of breathable gas provided adjacent to the gas outlet, said induced level of flow generated by the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,335,563

ACTUATOR FOR AN INHALER

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An inhaler for delivery of a medicament, the inhaler comprising an actuator and a canister, said canister comprising propellant and medicament, the actuator comprisinga body, a stem post and fixing means for fixing the stem post in the body, wherein
the body comprises a delivery passage for delivery of a medicament and a canister opening for insertion of a canister having a metering valve with a valve stem,
the stem post comprises a stem socket for receiving the valve stem of a canister and comprises an orifice for discharging a medicament to the delivery passage, and wherein
the stem post is adapted and the body is adapted so that the stem post and body cooperate to define a transition chamber when the stem post is fixed in the body, wherein the transition chamber is situated between the stem socket and the orifice.

US Pat. No. 10,335,558

METHODS OF TREATMENT

PARION SCIENCES, INC., D...

1. An apparatus comprising:an entrainment chamber including a gas inlet and a first aerosol outlet, the gas inlet configured to fluidically couple a gas source to the entrainment chamber to produce an entrained aerosol flow at the first aerosol outlet;
a nozzle in fluidic communication with the first aerosol outlet of the entrainment chamber, the nozzle configured to alter the velocity of the entrained aerosol flow; and
a particle selection chamber defining a fluid pathway, the particle selection chamber including a second aerosol outlet and configured to produce an outlet aerosol flow at the second aerosol outlet, the particle selection chamber further configured to receive the entrained aerosol flow from the nozzle and into the fluid pathway, at least a portion of the fluid pathway including a tortuous path configured to remove aerosol particles in the entrained aerosol flow below a predetermined diameter such that a volumetric median diameter (VMD) of the outlet aerosol flow is less than a VMD of the entrained aerosol flow.

US Pat. No. 10,335,554

NEEDLE COVER

Sta-Med, LLC, Irvine, CA...

1. A single-use protective cover, comprising:a housing generally surrounding a needle and configured to connect to a syringe, the needle comprising a central longitudinal axis;
a sleeve configured to move in a first stage with respect to the housing between an extended position and a retracted position substantially without impediment, the sleeve comprising a needle aperture and a needle channel extending axially along the sleeve and configured to receive the needle such that a distal tip of the needle is covered by the sleeve in the extended position and is exposed in the retracted position;
a biasing member configured to bias the sleeve toward the extended position; and
a locking member comprising a central longitudinal axis that is radially offset from the central longitudinal axis of the needle when the sleeve is in the retracted and extended positions;
wherein a distal end of the sleeve is substantially flush with a distal end of the housing when the sleeve is in the retracted position; and
wherein the locking member engages, with an engagement, the sleeve in a second stage as the sleeve moves from the retracted position to the extended position, wherein the engagement between the locking member and the sleeve occurs distal to a proximal-most end of the sleeve and comprises resiliently deflecting the locking member with the sleeve, and wherein the engagement obstructs the sleeve from moving to the retracted position to thereby inhibit reuse of the protective cover.

US Pat. No. 10,335,546

APPARATUS FOR OPTIMIZING A PATIENT'S INSULIN DOSAGE REGIMEN

Hygieia, Inc., Ann Arbor...

1. An apparatus for improving a patient's insulin dosage regimen, comprising:at least one computer-readable memory for storing: programming instructions, data inputs corresponding at least to one or more components in the patient's insulin dosage regimen, and a patient's blood-glucose-level measurements determined at a plurality of times within a predefined period of time;
a timer for monitoring the predefined period of time, the timer being incremented based on at least one of: passage of a separate predetermined increment of time or receipt of at least one of the patient's of blood-glucose-level measurements;
a display operative to display information corresponding to at least the patient's insulin dosage regimen; and
a processor configured to communicate with the at least one computer-readable memory and to execute the programming instructions stored in the at least one computer-readable memory to cause the apparatus to perform a method comprising:
(i) determining a number that represents excessive hypoglycemic events within the predefined period of time;
(ii) determining, after obtaining at least one blood-glucose-level measurement but before obtaining a subsequent blood-glucose-level measurement, whether the obtained blood-glucose-level measurement reflects a hypoglycemic event or a severe hypoglycemic event;
(iii) reducing at least one of the one or more components in the patient's insulin dosage regimen in response to a determination that the obtained blood-glucose-level measurement represents a severe hypoglycemic event;
(iv) reducing at least one of the one or more components in the patient's insulin dosage regimen in response to a determination that the obtained blood-glucose-level measurements results in an excessive number of hypoglycemic events during the predefined period of time; wherein the timer is reinitiated after the determination that there have been an excessive number of hypoglycemic events over the predefined period of time; and
(v) determining, at the end of the predefined period of time, from a plurality of the data corresponding to the patient's blood-glucose-level measurements whether and by how much to vary at least one of the one or more components in the patient's insulin dosage regimen in order to maintain the patient's blood-glucose-level measurements within a predefined range; and
(vi) communicating the revised at least one of the one or more components in the patients insulin dosage regimen to the display to enable the patient's insulin dosage regimen to be updated on the display;
wherein the timer is reinitiated after the determination of whether and by how much to vary at least one of the one or more components in the patient's insulin dosage regimen.

US Pat. No. 10,335,542

FLUID-CONNECTION MECHANISM AND METHODS FOR PATCH-PUMPS

SteadyMed Ltd., Rehovot ...

1. A method of delivering a drug, the method comprising:removing a pin from a patch-pump assembly to automatically cause a penetrator to penetrate a seal of a prefilled drug-reservoir, the patch-pump assembly comprising the penetrator, the prefilled drug-reservoir, a fluid-passageway, a cannula-containing assembly, and a spring-based mechanism;
flowing the drug from the prefilled drug-reservoir to the fluid-passageway;
establishing fluid communication between the fluid-passageway and the cannula-containing assembly using the spring-based mechanism;
flowing the drug from the fluid-passageway to the cannula-containing assembly; and
delivering the drug subcutaneously to a subject using the cannula-containing assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,335,541

PUMP CASSETTES WITH FLOW STOP AND INFUSION PUMP SYSTEMS

CareFusion 2200, Inc., S...

1. A pump cassette comprising: a rigid body comprising two opposing edge sections, an inlet port, an outlet port, and a controllable fluid pathway extending from the inlet port to the outlet port; a slider coupled to the two opposing edge sections and longitudinally articulable along the two opposing edge sections with respect to the rigid body; and a flow stop valve operably coupled to the controllable fluid pathway, wherein the flow stop valve is disposed on the rigid body such that longitudinal articulation of the slider along the two opposing edge sections causes a portion of the slider to actuate the flow stop valve, wherein the flow stop valve is configured to occlude fluid flow through the controllable fluid pathway when the slider is in a first position, and to allow fluid flow through the controllable fluid pathway when the slider is in a second position, wherein the flow stop valve comprises a striker portion coupled to a membrane portion, wherein the portion of the slider is configured to depress the striker portion to urge the membrane portion to occlude fluid flow through the controllable fluid pathway, wherein the striker portion comprises a piece attached to the membrane portion, wherein the portion of the slider is configured to contact the piece to depress the piece when the slider is in the first position, and wherein the piece is configured to align under a recess of the slider such that the slider does not contact the piece when the slider is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,335,540

PHARMACEUTICAL BLEND INFUSION THEREOF AND PARKINSON'S DISEASE MONITORING SYSTEM

MICREL MEDICAL DEVICES S....

1. A system for administering a drug to a Parkinson's disease patient comprising (a) a drug, (b) a storing bag for the drug, (c) a pump for administering the drug, and (d) a pump controller for controlling the pump activity,the pump controller having access to a correlation of a first parameter tx and a second parameter At, to a current first parameter tx, and to a mobility calendar indicating start and finish times for particular values of the first parameter tx,
wherein the first parameter tx is correlated with an activity level of the patient and the second parameter At is correlated with a dosage of the drug and the pump controller controls a flow rate of the drug based on changes of the first parameter tx scheduled in the mobility calendar of the first parameter tx and the correlation of the first parameter tx and the second parameter At; and
wherein the controller further has access to a parameter “b”, wherein the controller controls the pump activity in case of a change of the first parameter by a multiplication of parameter b with the difference between an adjusted second parameter At+z that is correlated with an adjusted first parameter t+z after the change and the second parameter At that is correlated with the first parameter tx before the change to amend the dosage z minutes prior to the change by adding the result of the multiplication b*(At+z?At) to the dosage according to the second parameter At, wherein z is the time delay of the drug action being constant for each different drug and infusion path.

US Pat. No. 10,335,537

INTEGRATED STRONTIUM-RUBIDIUM RADIOISOTOPE INFUSION SYSTEMS

Bracco Diagnostics Inc., ...

1. An infusion system on-board a cart comprising:a first shielding compartment having a first opening through which a strontium-rubidium radioisotope generator can be inserted into and removed from the first shielding compartment;
a first door configured to provide access to the first shielding compartment and to close over the first opening;
a second shielding compartment having a second opening through which a waste bottle can be inserted into and removed from the second shielding compartment;
a radioactivity detector positioned to measure radioactivity of a rubidium radioactive eluate flowing through an eluate tubing line in fluid communication with an outlet tubing port of the strontium-rubidium radioisotope generator;
a computer configured to receive an input from a user for controlling operation of the infusion system, wherein the computer is in electronic communication with a screen display;
a shielded detector compartment configured to receive the radioactivity detector; and
wherein the computer of the infusion system is configured to:
pump saline from a saline reservoir into the strontium-rubidium radioisotope generator through an inlet tubing port of the strontium-rubidium radioisotope generator thereby generating the rubidium radioactive eluate that is discharged through the outlet tubing port,
fill an eluate reservoir in a shielded well with a test sample to a predetermined volume,
receive a strontium breakthrough test result of the test sample filled into the eluate reservoir in the shielded well, wherein the strontium breakthrough test result of the test sample filled into the eluate reservoir in the shielded well is determined with a second radioactivity detector;
not allow a patient infusion if the strontium breakthrough test result is greater than or equal to an allowed limit;
measure a radioactivity of the test sample with the radioactivity detector while the test sample is flowing through the eluate tubing line to the eluate reservoir in the shielded well;
measure a calibration radioactivity of the test sample with the second radioactivity detector while the test sample remains in the eluate reservoir;
compare the radioactivity of the test sample measured by the radioactivity detector with the calibration radioactivity of the test sample measured by the second radioactivity detector;
track a volume of saline in the saline reservoir;
not allow the patient infusion if the volume of saline in the saline reservoir is below a predetermined saline threshold;
track a volume of waste in the waste bottle;
not allow the patient infusion if the volume of waste in the waste bottle is above a predetermined waste threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,335,528

TRANSCATHETER METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR THE DELIVERY OF INTRACORPOREAL DEVICES

NUHEART AS, Bergen (NO)

1. A method for the transcatheter delivery of an intracorporeal device comprising:a step of establishing a device delivery pathway in a patient, wherein said device delivery pathway extends at least from an entry point into the patient to an exit point from the patient, and
a step of coupling the intracorporeal device to a delivery system, said delivery system being arranged and configured to extend, in use, at least to the entry point and to the exit point of the device delivery pathway,
wherein the delivery system comprises at least two delivery devices, each delivery device being coupled to an end of the intracorporeal device.

US Pat. No. 10,335,526

DETACHABLE PERCUTANEOUS CONNECTOR

HeartWare, Inc., Miami L...

1. A cover for a percutaneous connector extending through the skin of a patient comprising:an enclosure having an inner side and an outer side and defining a depression;
a first separable connector mounted to the enclosure and disposed entirely within the enclosure, the first separable connector being configured to detachably engage and electrically connect with the percutaneous connector, the enclosure being configured to isolate a distal end of the percutaneous connector from an exterior of the enclosure;
a second separable connector mounted to the enclosure and disposed within the depression, the second separable connector being electrically connected to the first separable connector, the second separable connector being exposed at the outer side of the enclosure and being configured to detachably engage and electrically connect with an external device, the second separable connector being spaced apart from the first connector by a cable; and
the inner side of the enclosure defining a skin-engaging surface at least partially surrounding the first separable connector and the percutaneous connector, when the first separable connector is engaged with the percutaneous connector.

US Pat. No. 10,335,510

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR FEMALE URINARY INCONTINENCE

ParaPatch, Inc., Campbel...

1. A patch for treating female urinary incontinence, the patch sized and configured to fit directly on and cover a clitoris without covering a urethra, the patch configured when applied to stimulate the clitoris to inhibit discharge from a bladder.

US Pat. No. 10,335,506

MOBILE ULTRAVIOLET LAMP APPARATUSES HAVING A REFLECTOR SYSTEM THAT REDIRECTS LIGHT TO A HIGH TOUCH AREA OF A ROOM

Xenex Disinfection Servic...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a germicidal lamp configured to emit ultraviolet light, wherein the germicidal lamp is arranged lengthwise substantially parallel to a horizontal plane of the apparatus;
a mobile carriage supporting the germicidal lamp, wherein the mobile carriage comprises:
one or more compartments underneath said arranged germicidal lamp, wherein the one or more compartments hold operational components for the apparatus;
a casing enclosing the one or more compartments, wherein the apparatus is configured such that the germicidal lamp is not moveable beyond vertical planes aligned with the casing when the germicidal lamp is supported by the mobile carriage; and
wheels along a bottom of the mobile carriage to affect portability of the apparatus; and
a reflector system arranged in the apparatus such that ultraviolet light emitted from the germicidal lamp is projected to a region exterior to the apparatus between approximately 2 feet and approximately 4 feet from a floor of a room in which the apparatus is arranged, wherein the apparatus is configured such that a reflector of the reflector system is moveable relative to the mobile carriage.

US Pat. No. 10,335,497

PYRROLOBENZODIAZEPINES AND CONJUGATES THEREOF

MEDIMMUNE LIMITED, Cambr...

1. A method of synthesising compound B:
from:

via the intermediate:
which comprises the steps of:(i) removing the Alloc
protecting groups; and(ii) reacting the product of (i) with Mal-(PEG)8-acid.

US Pat. No. 10,335,490

FLUORINATED POLYMERIZABLE HYDROGELS FOR WOUND DRESSINGS AND METHODS OF MAKING SAME

The University of Akron, ...

1. A hydrogel comprising:crosslinked polymers, the polymers having polysaccharide backbone chains, wherein the polysaccharide backbone chains have a pendant fluorine group attached thereto; and
wherein the polysaccharide backbone chains include one or more saccharide units that include an alkene group selected from the group consisting of:

US Pat. No. 10,335,432

MICROPOROUS ZIRCONIUM SILICATE FOR THE TREATMENT OF HYPERKALEMIA

ZS PHARMA, INC., Coppell...

1. A method of treating hyperkalemia in a subject in need thereof comprising administering between 3 and 9 g per day of particles with a uniform microporous structure, a pore diameter of about 3 angstroms, and a median particle size greater than 3 microns, the particles being capable of binding potassium with a potassium exchange capacity (KEC) of at least 1.7 mEq/g, wherein less than 7% of the administered particles are under 3 microns.

US Pat. No. 10,335,426

N-ACETYL MANNOSAMMINE AS A THERAPEUTIC AGENT

THE UNITED STATES OF AMER...

1. A method of treating a condition or disease in a mammal in need thereof comprising selecting a subject with the condition or disease, and administering to the subject an effective amount of N-acetyl mannosamine or a derivative thereof, to the mammal, wherein the derivative consists of Formula I.wherein R1, R3, R4, or R5 is hydrogen, lower alkanoyl, carboxylate or lower alkyl; R2 is lower alkyl, lower alkanoylalkyl, lower alkyl alkanoyloxy; and the condition or disease is diabetic nephropathy.

US Pat. No. 10,335,423

INHIBITION OF HIV INFECTION THROUGH CHEMOPROPHYLAXIS

THE UNITED STATES OF AMER...

1. A process of protecting a primate host from a self-replicating infection by an immunodeficiency retrovirus comprising:(a) selecting a primate host not infected with the immunodeficiency retrovirus, and
(b) administering directly to the primate host a combination comprising:
i. a pharmaceutically effective amount of emtricitabine; and
ii. a pharmaceutically effective amount of tenofovir or a tenofovir prodrug,
wherein the combination is administered orally prior to the exposure of the primate host to the immunodeficiency retrovirus,
thereby protecting the primate host from infection with the immunodeficiency retrovirus.

US Pat. No. 10,335,420

NANOPARTICLE-BASED TUMOR-TARGETED DRUG DELIVERY

The Scripps Research Inst...

1. An aqueous tumor-targeting liposome nanoparticle composition comprising an aqueous dispersion of liposome nanoparticles; the liposome nanoparticles comprising a legumain-targeting lipid component and a polyethylene glycol-conjugated lipid component; the legumain-targeting lipid component comprising a hydrophobic lipid portion covalently attached to a legumain-binding moiety, wherein the legumain-targeting lipid component comprises a compound of the Formula:

US Pat. No. 10,335,417

THIAZIDEAMIDE DERIVATIVE AND USE THEREOF

Institute of Pharmacology...

1. A compound, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt or solvate thereof, wherein the compound is selected from:

US Pat. No. 10,335,415

(ALPHA-SUBSTITUTED ARALKYLAMINO AND HETEROARYLALKYLAMINO) PYRIMIDINYL AND 1,3,5-TRIAZINYL BENZIMIDAZOLES, PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITIONS THEREOF, AND THEIR USE IN TREATING PROLIFERATIVE DISEASES

MEI PHARMA, INC., San Di...

1. A compound of Formula II:
or an enantiomer, a mixture of enantiomers, a mixture of two or more diastereomers, or an isotopic variant thereof; or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt, solvate or hydrate thereof; wherein:X, Y, and Z are each independently N;R1 and R2 are each independently (a) hydrogen, cyano, halo, or nitro;(b) C1-6 alkyl, C2-6 alkenyl, C2-6 alkynyl, C3-10 cycloalkyl, C6-14 aryl, C7-15 aralkyl, heteroaryl, or heterocyclyl; or (c) —C(O)R1a, —C(O)OR1a, —C(O)NR1bR1c, —C(NR1a)NR1bR1c, —OR1a, —OC(O)R1a, —OC(O)OR1a, —OC(O)NR1bR1c, —OC(?NR1a)NR1bR1c, —OS(O)R1a, —OS(O)2R1a, —OS(O)NR1bR1c, —OS(O)2NR1bR1c, —NR1bR1c, —NR1aC(O)R1d, —NR1aC(O)OR1d, —NR1aC(O)NR1bR1c, —NR1aC(?NR1d)NR1bR1c, —NR1aS(O)R1d, —NR1aS(O)2R1d, —NR1aS(O)NR1bR1c, —NR1aS(O)2R1bR1c, —SR1a, —S(O)R1a, —S(O)2R1a, —S(O)NR1bR1c, or —S(O)2NR1bR1c; wherein each R1a, R1b, R1c, and R1d is independently (i) hydrogen;
(ii) C1-6 alkyl, C2-6 alkenyl, C2-6 alkynyl, C3-10 cycloalkyl, C6-14 aryl, C7-15 aralkyl, heteroaryl, or heterocyclyl; or (iii) R1b and R1c together with the N atom to which they are attached form heterocyclyl;R3 and R4 are each independently hydrogen or C1-6 alkyl; or R3 and R4 are linked together to form a bond, C1-6 alkylene, C1-6 heteroalkylene, C2-6 alkenylene, orC2-6 heteroalkenylene;R5a is hydrogen or C1-6 alkyl;R5b is C1-6 alkyl or —C(O)OR1a;R5c is —(CR5fR5g)n—(C6-14 aryl);R5f and R5g are each independently (a) hydrogen or halo; (b) C1-6 alkyl,C2-6 alkenyl, C2-6 alkynyl, C3-10 cycloalkyl, C6-14 aryl, C7-15 aralkyl, heteroaryl, or heterocyclyl; or (c) —C(O)R1a, —C(O)OR1a, —C(O)NR1bR1c, —C(NR1a)NR1bR1c, —OR1a, —OC(O)R1a, —OC(O)OR1a, —OC(O)NR1bR1c, —OC(?NR1a)NR1bR1c, —OS(O)R1a, —OS(O)2R1a, —OS(O)NR1bR1c, —OS(O)2NR1bR1c, —NR1bR1c, —NR1aC(O)R1d, —NR1aC(O)OR1d, —NR1aC(O)NR1bR1c, —NR1aC(?NR1d)NR1bR1c, —NR1aS(O)R1d, —NR1aS(O)2R1d, —NR1aS(O)NR1bR1c, —NR1aS(O)2NR1bR1c, —SR1a, —S(O)R1a, —S(O)2R1a, —S(O)NR1bR1c; or —S(O)2NR1bR1c; or (d) when one occurrence of R5f and one occurrence of R5g are attached to the same carbon atom, the R5f and R5g together with the carbon atom to which they are attached form a C3-10 cycloalkyl or heterocyclyl;R6 is C1-6 alkyl; andn is 0 or 1;wherein each alkyl, alkylene, heteroalkylene, alkenyl, alkenylene, heteroalkenylene, alkynyl, cycloalkyl, aryl, aralkyl, heteroaryl, and heterocyclyl in R1, R2, R3, R4, R6, R1a, R1b, R1c, R1d, R5a, R5b, R5c, R5f, and R5g is optionally substituted with one, two, three, four, or five substituents Q, wherein each substituent Q is independently selected from (a) oxo, cyano, halo, and nitro; (b) C1-6 alkyl, C2-6 alkenyl, C2-6 alkynyl, C3-10 cycloalkyl, C6-14 aryl, C7-15 aralkyl, heteroaryl, and heterocyclyl, each of which is further optionally substituted with one, two, three, or four substituents Qa; and (c) —C(O)Ra, —C(O)ORa,—C(O)NRbRc, —C(NRa)NRbRc, —ORa, —OC(O)Ra, —OC(O)ORa, —OC(O)NRbRc, —OC(?NRbRc, —OS(O)Ra, —OS(O)2Ra, —OS(O)NRbRc, —OS(O)2NRbRc, —NRbRc, —NRaC(O)Rd, —NRaC(O)ORd, —NRaC(O)NRbRc, —NRaC(?NRd)NRbRc, —NRaS(O)Rd, —NRaS(O)2Rd, —NRaS(O)NRbRc, —NRaS(O)2NRbRc, —SRa, —S(O)Ra, —S(O)2Ra, —S(O)NRbRc, and —S(O)2NRbRc, wherein each Ra, Rb, Rc, and Rd is independently (i) hydrogen;
(ii) C1-6 alkyl, C2-6 alkenyl, C2-6 alkynyl, C3-10 cycloalkyl, C6-14 aryl, C7-15 aralkyl, heteroaryl, or heterocyclyl, each of which is further optionally substituted with one, two, three, or four substituents Qa; or (iii) Rb and Rc together with the N atom to which they are attached form heterocyclyl, which is further optionally substituted with one, two, three, or four substituents Qa; andwherein each Qa is independently selected from the group consisting of (a) oxo, cyano, halo, and nitro; (b) C1-6 alkyl, C2-6 alkenyl, C2-6 alkynyl, C3-10 cycloalkyl, C6-14 aryl, C7-15 aralkyl, heteroaryl, and heterocyclyl; and (c) —C(O)Re, —C(O)ORe, —C(O)NRfRg, —C(NRe)NRfRg, —ORe, —OC(O)Re, —OC(O)ORe, —OC(O)NRfRg, —OC(?NRe)NRfRg, —OS(O)Re, —OS(O)2Re, —OS(O)NRfRg, —OS(O)2NRfRg, —NRfRg, —NReC(O)Rh, —NReC(O)ORh, —NReC(O)NRfRg, —NReC(?NRh)NRfRg, —NReS(O)Rh, —NReS(O)2Rh, —NReS(O)NRfRg, —NReS(O)2NRfRg, —SRe, —S(O)Re, —S(O)2Re, —S(O)NRfRg, and —S(O)2NRfRg; wherein each Re, Rf, Rg, and Rh is independently (i) hydrogen; (ii) C1-6 alkyl, C2-6 alkenyl, C2-6 alkynyl, C3-10 cycloalkyl, C6-14 aryl, C7-15 aralkyl, heteroaryl, or heterocyclyl; or (iii) Rf and Rg together with the N atom to which they are attached form heterocyclyl.

US Pat. No. 10,335,413

SUBSTITUTED XANTHINE DERIVATIVES

Concert Pharmaceuticals, ...

1. A method of treating a disease or condition in a patient in need thereof, comprising administering to the patient an effective amount of a compound represented by the following structural formula:
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein R1 is selected from —CH3 and —CD3;
R2 is selected from —CH3 and —CD3; Y1 is deuterium or hydrogen, wherein the isotopic enrichment factor for each designated deuterium atom is at least 5000, wherein the disease is selected from insulin dependent diabetes, non-insulin dependent diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, pathological glucose tolerance, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, hyperuricemia, gout, and hypercoagulability.

US Pat. No. 10,335,410

HETEROARYL COMPOUNDS USEFUL AS INHIBITORS OF SUMO ACTIVATING ENZYME

Millennium Pharmaceutical...

1. A method of treating lung cancer, ovarian cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, or lymphoma in a subject, comprising administering to a subject having lung cancer, ovarian cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, or lymphoma a therapeutically effective amount of a chemical entity which is a compound or pharmaceutically acceptable salt of formula (I):
wherein:
stereochemical configurations depicted at asterisked positions indicate absolute stereochemistry;
Y is —O—, —CH2—, or —N(H)—;
Ra is hydrogen, fluoro, —NH2, or hydroxyl;
Ra? is hydrogen or fluoro, provided that when Ra is —NH2 or hydroxyl, Ra? is hydrogen;
Rb is hydrogen or, together with the oxygen to which it is attached, forms a prodrug;
Rc is hydrogen or C1-4 alkyl;
Rd is hydrogen, halogen, —CF3, or C1-4 alkyl;
X1 is N;
X2 is S or O;
X3 is C(Rx3) or N;
Rx3 is hydrogen, methyl, or halogen;
Z1 is hydrogen, halogen, cyano, Rz3, —S—Rz3, —S(O)—Rz3, or —S(O)2—Rz3;
Rz3 is an optionally substituted phenyl, an optionally substituted 5- to 7-membered cycloaliphatic, an optionally substituted 5- to 7-membered heterocyclyl, or an optionally substituted C1-4 aliphatic;
wherein Z1 is not hydrogen, halogen, methyl, or cyano if Z2 is hydrogen or methyl; and
(a) Z2 is a ring system having an optionally substituted 5- to 7-membered heterocyclyl with 1-2 heteroatoms or an optionally substituted 5- to 7-membered cycloaliphatic fused to
(i) an optionally substituted 5-membered heteroaryl or an optionally substituted 6-membered aryl or heteroaryl to form a bicyclic group; or
(ii) an optionally substituted 9-membered heteroaryl or an optionally substituted 10-membered aryl or heteroaryl to form a tricyclic group;
or
(b) Z2 is L-Re wherein L is L1-, —V1-L2-, or L1-V1-L2-;
L1 is a C1-3 alkylene chain wherein 1 or 2 saturated carbon atoms are optionally substituted by (Rf)(Rf?) and in which there are optionally one or two degrees of unsaturation;
each Rf is independently hydrogen; hydroxyl; —N(Rh)(Rh?); C1-4 aliphatic optionally substituted with hydroxyl, —OCH3, or cyclopropyl; —O—C1-4 aliphatic optionally substituted with hydroxyl, —OCH3, or cyclopropyl; or, together with Rf? and the carbon atom to which they are attached, form C?CH2, or a 3- to 6-membered carbocycle or 4- to 6-membered heterocycle comprising a heteroatom chosen from N (which may be protonated or C1-4 alkylated), O, or S, the heteroatom optionally located immediately adjacent to the quaternary carbon of the heterocycle;
each Rf? is independently hydrogen; C1-4 aliphatic optionally substituted with hydroxyl, —OCH3, or cyclopropyl; —O—C1-4 aliphatic optionally substituted with hydroxyl, —OCH3, or cyclopropyl; or, together with Rf and the carbon atom to which they are attached, form C?CH2, or a 3- to 6-membered carbocycle or 4- to 6-membered heterocycle comprising a heteroatom chosen from N (which may be protonated or C1-4 alkylated), O, or S, the heteroatom optionally located immediately adjacent to the quaternary carbon of the heterocycle; wherein if Rf is hydroxyl, Rf? is not —O—C1-4 aliphatic optionally substituted with hydroxyl, —OCH3, or cyclopropyl;
Rh and Rh? are each independently hydrogen or C1-4 alkyl;
V1 is —S—, —O—, —S(O)—, —S(O)2—, —C(O)— or —N(Rg)—;
L2 is a C0-2 alkylene chain wherein one saturated carbon atom is optionally substituted by (Rf)(Rf?);
Rg is hydrogen or C1-4 alkyl; and
either (i) Re is hydrogen, hydroxyl, halogen, —CF3, or an optionally substituted C1-4 aliphatic,
with the proviso that Re is not hydrogen if Rf and Rf? are present and form a ring; or
(ii) Re is a ring chosen from optionally substituted 6-membered aryl, optionally substituted 5-to 6-membered heteroaryl, optionally substituted 3- to 7-membered cycloaliphatic, or optionally substituted 4- to 7-membered heterocyclyl, which is optionally fused to a second optionally substituted 6-membered aryl, optionally substituted 5-to 6-membered heteroaryl, optionally substituted 3- to 7-membered cycloaliphatic, or optionally substituted 4- to 7-membered heterocyclyl;
or
(c) Z2 is hydrogen.

US Pat. No. 10,335,409

INHIBITORS OF HEPATITIS C VIRUS

Gilead Pharmasset LLC, F...

1. A compound of formula:

US Pat. No. 10,335,394

PROCESSES FOR PREPARING DOLUTEGRAVIR AND CABOTEGRAVIR AND ANALOGUES THEREOF

Lek Pharmaceuticals d.d.,...

1. A process for preparing a compound of formula (I) or a salt thereof
wherein
A represents CH2 or CH2—CH2,
R represents H, C1-C4 alkyl or unsubstituted or substituted phenyl,
X represents O, S, or N—R5, wherein R5 is H or C1-C4 alkyl,
Z represents hydroxy, C1-C4 alkoxy, phenoxy, benzoxy, —NH—Ar or—NH—CH2—Ar,
wherein Ar represents unsubstituted or substituted phenyl, and
* represents a chirality center, which is of (R) or (S) configuration,
the process comprising the steps of
(a) providing a compound of formula (II) or a salt thereof,

wherein A, R, X, Z, and * have the same meaning as above and
Y represents Cl or O—Ra,
wherein Ra represents C1-C4 alkyl or benzyl,
and
(b) carrying out a chemical transformation to obtain the compound of formula (I) and/or a salt thereof,
wherein the transformation is carried out in the presence of a hydroxide and methanol and/or ethanol.

US Pat. No. 10,335,393

NUCLEAR TRANSPORT MODULATORS AND USES THEREOF

Biogen MA Inc., Cambridg...

1. A compound of formula I:
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein:
R1 is selected from hydrogen and C1-C4 alkyl;
R2 is selected from O; and
R3 is —C1-C6 alkyl, wherein R3 is optionally and independently substituted with one or more substituents selected from the group consisting of —OH, —SH, nitro, halogen, amino, cyano, C1-C12 alkyl, C2-C12 alkenyl or C2-C12 alkynyl group, C1-C12 alkoxy, C1-C12 haloalkyl, C1-C12 haloalkoxy and C1-C12 alkyl sulfanyl.

US Pat. No. 10,335,379

ORAL DOSAGE FORMS OF KETAMINE

Develco Pharma Schweiz AG...

1. An oral dosage form comprising ketamine or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt or solvate thereof,wherein the dosage form provides an in vitro release of ketamine, when measured according to the USP Basket Method I in 0.1M HCl at 37° C. at 100 rpm, of 0 to 40% after 2 hours, of 10 to 70% after 4 hours, of 30 to 85% after 6 hours and of 45 to 100% after 8 hours,
wherein the dosage form provides an in vitro release of ketamine, when measured according to the USP 1 Basket Method in 0.1M HCl at 100 rpm, after one hour at 37° C., in an aqueous solution containing 20% by volume of ethanol, in a ratio of less than 2:1 relative to the amount of ketamine released, so measured, after one hour at 37° C. in an ethanol-free aqueous solution,
wherein the dosage form is a multi-particulate controlled release tablet,
wherein the tablet comprises pellets each containing
i) a core comprising
1 to 30 wt. % inert beads,
5 to 400 mg and 1 to 40 wt. % ketamine hydrochloride,
0.01 to 10 wt. % binder, and
0 to 10 wt. % glidant, and
ii) a release control layer comprising
1 to 40 wt. % of a release control substance coated upon the core, wherein the release control substance is a water insoluble polymer,
0.01 to 10 wt % pore builder,
0.01 to 10 wt. % plasticizer, and
0 to 15 wt. % glidant, and
wherein the pellets are contained in an external phase comprising
carboxymethyl cellulose, optionally in the form of a salt, as a pharmaceutically acceptable excipient,
20 to 85 wt. % filler,
0 to 3 wt. % lubricant, and
0 to 5 wt. % glidant,
wherein the tablet optionally comprises an external film coating, and
wherein all wt. % are based on the total weight of the tablet, without the film coating.

US Pat. No. 10,335,343

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TREATING FEMALE PELVIC NERVE DYSFUNCTION

ParaPatch, Inc., Campbel...

1. A device adapted for providing an inhibitory effect on a bladder of a female person, comprising a patch having a substantially planar skin-contacting surface and sized and configured to be secured directly over and covering a clitoris without covering a urethra of said person, the patch formed of a backing sheet of flexible material with an adhesive layer comprising an adhesive on one side of the backing sheet, the adhesive layer removably connected to a release layer, the patch configured when applied to stimulate the clitoris to inhibit bladder discharge.

US Pat. No. 10,335,342

METHOD, SYSTEM, AND APPARATUS FOR TREATMENT OF BINOCULAR DYSFUNCTIONS

New Jersey Institute of T...

1. A method for remediating visual symptoms in a user with binocular dysfunction, the method comprising:rendering a visual therapy video game on one or more displays;
controlling accommodative and proximal vergence stimulation of a user's eyes via the visual therapy video game; and
asymmetrical stimulating to a left eye or a right eye of the user via the visual therapy video game based on peak velocity differences between the left and right eyes.

US Pat. No. 10,335,341

WALKING ASSISTANCE METHOD AND APPARATUS

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A control device configured to control a vibrator including at least a first vibrating element and a second vibrating element associated with different portions of a sole of a user, the control device comprising:a gait data receiver configured to,
receive pressure data indicating information on a pressure applied to the sole of the user, and
receive hip joint angle data indicating a hip joint angle of the user;
a gait motion estimator configured to estimate a gait motion of the user based on the pressure data; and
a feedback provider configured to,
estimate a center of pressure (COP) of the sole based on the pressure data and the hip joint angle data,
adjust an intensity of a first vibration and a second vibration based on a shift in the COP of the sole with respect to the gait motion such that, during a first step of a stride, the intensity of the first vibration continuously increases and the intensity of the second vibration continuously decreases, and
control the vibrator to vibrate the sole of the user such that the first vibration is applied to the first vibrating element and the second vibration is applied to the second vibrating element.

US Pat. No. 10,335,336

INCUBATOR

Atom Medical Corporation,...

1. An incubator comprising:an incubator base that is provided on a main strut;
a bed base that is provided on the incubator base and on which a mattress is placed; and
a cassette tray accommodation space which is formed between the incubator base and the bed base, wherein the cassette tray accommodation space comprises at least three tray loading/unloading ports selected from: a front tray loading/unloading port, a rear tray loading/unloading port, a left tray loading/unloading port, and a right tray loading/unloading port.

US Pat. No. 10,335,335

AIR MATTRESS FOR GATCH BED

Paramount Bed Co., Ltd., ...

1. An air mattress placed on a plurality of bottoms including a back bottom, comprising:a plurality of air cells extending to a bed width direction and being arranged in parallel in a bed longitudinal direction;
an air supplying unit for performing supply and discharge of air for each of the air cells; and,
a control unit that inflates and deflates the air cells by increasing and decreasing a pressure of air to be supplied to each of the air cells, wherein
the control unit is configured to:
detect a back tilt angle of the back bottom;
inflate an air cell, of the plurality of air cells, that is in a deflated state when the back tilt angle has reached a first angle; and
perform, after the air cell has been inflated, an inflating and deflating operation of a proper subset of the air cells until a rising operation of the back bottom ends.

US Pat. No. 10,335,331

POWERED WHEELCHAIR, WHEELCHAIR POWERING DEVICE AND METHOD

INVENTIT PRODUCTS, INC., ...

1. A wheelchair powering device configured for integration with a foldable wheelchair, the device comprising:an attachment mechanism configured to attach the powering device to the wheelchair;
a motor;
a roller member operatively coupled to the motor such that operation of the motor drives rotation of the roller member; and
an adjustment mechanism operatively coupled to the roller member, the adjustment mechanism being configured to control movement of the roller member into and out of contact with a wheel of the wheelchair,
wherein the adjustment mechanism includes a lever, wherein the roller member passes through a roller member bracket, and wherein the lever is operatively coupled to the roller member bracket such that adjustment of the lever causes rotation of the roller member bracket to displace the roller member,
wherein the wheelchair powering device is configured to provide for the wheelchair to be folded with the wheelchair powering device integrated with the foldable wheelchair, and
wherein, upon integration of the wheelchair powering device with the wheelchair, the wheelchair is configured to be powered interchangeably by both operation by the powering device and manual operation.

US Pat. No. 10,335,325

ERGONOMIC DISPOSABLE ABSORBENT GARMENT

Advanced Absorbent Techno...

1. A disposable absorbent undergarment configured to be worn by a person, said undergarment having a central longitudinal axis and comprising:an absorbent core assembly centered on said central longitudinal axis and having a pair of sides extending parallel to said central longitudinal axis, said absorbent core assembly being of a predetermined width between said sides, and being configured for absorbing fluid from the person; and
a chassis comprising a sheet of a cloth-like, non-woven, breathable material, said sheet having an inner surface, a front section, a back section, and an crotch section located between said front section and said back section, said front section including a top front edge, a pair of front side edges defining therebetween the width of said front section, and a plurality of linear elastic threads extending parallel to said top front edge and to each other completely across said width of said front section from one of said pair of front side edges to the other of said pair of front side edges, said back section including a top back edge, a pair of back side edges defining therebetween the width of said back section, and a plurality of linear elastic threads extending parallel to said top back edge and to each other completely across said width of said back section from one of said pair of back side edges to the other of said pair of back side edges, said crotch section comprising a pair of central side edges defining therebetween the width of said crotch section, the maximum width of said crotch section being less than said width of said front and back sections, said crotch section having and a plurality of linear elastic threads extending parallel to said front top edge, to said back top edge, and to each other completely across said width of said crotch section from one of said pair of central side edges to the other of said pair of central side edges, respective ones of said front side edges being secured to respective ones of said back side edges, each of said pair of central side sections comprising an ergonomically shaped recess forming a respective leg opening for the person, said recesses being spaced apart from each other by a distance which is greater than said predetermined width of said absorbent core assembly, said absorbent core assembly being secured on said inner surface of said chassis at said crotch section and centered on said central longitudinal axis between said respective leg openings with plural ones of said plurality of linear elastic threads of said crotch section at said absorbent core assembly being cut into a plurality of separated segments extending across the entirety of said absorbent core assembly from a point adjacent one of said pair of sides to a point adjacent the other of said pair of sides whereupon some of said plurality of separated segments extend through said central longitudinal axis and others of said plurality of separated segments are located immediately adjacent said central longitudinal axis, said plurality of separated segments being configured so as not to tend to collapse or buckle said absorbent core assembly when said garment is worn by the person.

US Pat. No. 10,335,319

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CLEANING ISTHMUS OF EUSTACHIAN TUBE

Acclarent, Inc., Irvine,...

1. A method for cleaning an isthmus of a Eustachian tube (ET) of a patient using an instrument, wherein the instrument comprises a proximal portion, a distal portion, and a shaft extending therebetween, wherein the instrument further comprises a treatment feature disposed at the distal portion, the method comprising:(a) directing the instrument into an oro-nasal cavity of the patient;
(b) advancing at least the distal portion of the instrument into an opening of the ET;
(c) further advancing the instrument within the ET so that the treatment feature is disposed past, or is coincident with, the isthmus; and
(d) moving the treatment feature relative to the isthmus while atraumatically frictionally engaging the isthmus to thereby clean the isthmus by removing debris without damaging the isthmus.

US Pat. No. 10,335,302

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USING TRANSCUTANEOUS ELECTRICAL STIMULATION TO ENABLE DIETARY INTERVENTIONS

Elira, Inc., St. Louis, ...

1. A system to generate real-time interventions in response to a patient's degree of appetite, comprising:an electrical dermal patch comprising:
a housing;
a controller positioned within the housing;
at least one electrode positioned in physical communication with the housing and adapted to be in electrical contact with the patient's skin; and,
a pulse generator positioned within the housing and in electrical communication with the controller and said at least one electrode, wherein the pulse generator is configured to generate a plurality of stimulation sessions comprising a plurality of electrical pulses defined by stimulation parameters and wherein said stimulation parameters comprise a first pulse width in a range of 10 ?sec to 10 msec, a first pulse amplitude in a range of 100 ?A to 100 mA, and a first pulse frequency in a range of 1 Hz and 100 Hz;
a first plurality of programmatic instructions stored in a non-transient memory in a client device separate from the electrical dermal patch, wherein, when executed, said first plurality of programmatic instructions is adapted to cause the client device to generate a prompt to the patient to input data indicative of the patient's degree of appetite via a microphone or a display of said client device;
a second plurality of programmatic instructions stored in a non-transient memory in the client device or another device separate from the electrical dermal patch, wherein, when executed, said second plurality of programmatic instructions determines an appetite pattern of the patient based upon said inputted data; and
a third plurality of programmatic instructions stored in a non-transient memory in the client device or another device separate from the electrical dermal patch, wherein, when executed, said third plurality of programmatic instructions determines an intervention and generates said intervention based on the appetite pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,335,300

SYSTEM FOR DEPLOYING A CAPACITIVE SHAPE MEMORY CATHETERIZATION DEVICE AND METHODS FOR USE THEREWITH

Memory Effect Medical, LL...

1. A system for deploying a shape memory catheterization device within a patient, the system comprising: a shape memory polymer that includes a plurality of conductive plates, wherein the shape memory polymer has a transition temperature that is higher than a normal body temperature of the patient; a catheter having a delivery rod for endovascular insertion of the shape memory polymer; a heat source for heating the shape memory polymer above the transition temperature, wherein the heat source utilizes a microwave source that is separate from the shape memory polymer, wherein heating the shape memory polymer above the transition temperature causes the shape memory polymer to undergo a shape transformation from a catheterization shape to a transformed shape, and further causes a change in a capacitance of the shape memory polymer as a result of the shape transformation; a transformation data generator, coupled to the catheter, that includes a power source for driving a detection circuit that monitors the change in the capacitance of the shape memory polymer based on monitoring at least one of: a charging time or a discharging time of the plurality of conductive plates of the shape memory polymer, and generates transformation data based on the change in the capacitance of the shape memory polymer resulting from the shape transformation of the shape memory polymer; a heating control generator that utilizes a processing device and memory to generate a control signal for controlling the microwave source based on the transformation data, wherein the heating control generator generates the control signal to discontinue the heating of the shape memory polymer by the microwave source when the transformation data indicates the shape transformation of the shape memory polymer from the catheterization shape to the transformed shape; and wherein the delivery rod includes a plurality of electrodes that are electrically coupled to a portion of the shape memory polymer to detect the change in capacitance of the shape memory polymer, wherein the delivery rod is removed from the patient in response to the transformation data indicating the shape transformation of the shape memory polymer from the catheterization shape to the transformed shape, and wherein the plurality of electrodes are decoupled from the shape memory polymer to enable removal of the delivery rod from the body of the patient while allowing the shape memory polymer to remain in the body of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,335,294

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATICALLY TUNING POWERED PROSTHESIS IMPEDANCE CONTROL PARAMETERS

North Carolina State Univ...

1. A system for tuning powered prosthesis impedance control parameters, comprising:a powered prosthesis comprising:
a joint,
a motor mechanically coupled to the joint, the motor being configured to drive the joint,
a plurality of sensors configured to measure a plurality of gait parameters associated with a subject, and
an impedance controller configured to output a control signal for adjusting a torque of the motor;
an intelligent tuner operably connected to the powered prosthesis, wherein the intelligent tuner is configured to implement an intelligent computing algorithm for adjusting at least one of a plurality of impedance control parameters using a rule base, and wherein the rule base encodes human expert decision making using a plurality of rules that link changes in the measured gait parameters to corresponding adjustments to the impedance control parameters; and
a finite state machine operably connected to the powered prosthesis, wherein the finite state machine is configured to determine a gait cycle state based on the measured gait parameters and select a set of adjusted impedance control parameters based on the gait cycle state, wherein the impedance controller is configured to adjust the torque of the motor as a function of the measured gait parameters and the set of adjusted impedance control parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,335,288

SURGICAL IMPLANT SECURED BY PEGS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

SpineSmith Partners, L.P....

1. An artificial disc comprising:an implantable device configured to be secured to two adjacent vertebrae, wherein the implantable device comprises:
an artificial disc that is insertable between a first vertebrae and a second vertebrae, and wherein said artificial disc comprises:
a first end plate comprising a concave inner surface;
a second end plate comprising a concave inner surface, the concave inner surface comprising a concave middle portion and a pair of concave outer portions disposed on opposite sides of the concave middle portion, wherein the pair of concave outer portions have a first curve that is different than a second curve of the concave middle portion; and
a bearing having an upper cylindrically-shaped convex surface and a lower convex surface, wherein the lower convex surface comprises a middle portion; and
wherein a first outer portion of the pair of concave outer portions is configured to be in contact with the bearing when the bearing translates within the concave inner surface of the second end plate in a first direction and a second outer portion of the pair of concave outer portions is configured to be in contact with the bearing when the bearing translates within the concave inner surface of the second end plate in a second direction that is opposite the first direction;
wherein the bearing is adapted to move relative to the first end plate and the second end plate and movement of the bearing relative to first end plate is independent of movement of the bearing relative to the second end plate; and
wherein an axis of the upper cylindrically-shaped convex surface and an axis of the lower convex surface are orthogonal to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,335,285

REVISEABLE STEMLESS PROSTHESES AND METHODS

Howmedica Osteonics Corp....

1. An orthopedic revision system comprising:a base member having a collar portion and at least one stabilization portion extending distally from the collar portion; and
a stem member having an attachment portion and a shaft portion,
wherein the stem member is configured to be received at least partially through an opening in the collar portion such that the attachment portion lies adjacent the collar portion and the shaft portion lies adjacent the at least one stabilizing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,335,282

MAGNETIC JOINT REPLACEMENT

Richard A. Rogachefsky, ...

1. A hip joint prosthesis, comprising:a femoral head comprising a plurality of magnets positioned on an anterior surface of the femoral head, the plurality of magnets comprising a first femoral magnet and a second femoral magnet, the first femoral magnet configured to provide a stronger magnetic field than the second femoral magnet;
an acetabular cup corresponding to the femoral head, the acetabular cup comprising a second plurality of magnets positioned on a posterior surface of the acetabular cup, the second plurality of magnets comprising a first acetabular cup magnet and a second acetabular cup magnet, the first acetabular cup magnet configured to provide a stronger magnetic field than the second acetabular cup magnet;
wherein the femoral head is configured to rotate within the acetabular cup through a range of motion corresponding to about 0-120 degrees of hip flexion, the first femoral magnet positioned on a medial side of the anterior surface of the femoral head and the first acetabular cup magnet positioned on a lateral side of the posterior surface of the acetabular cup such that the first femoral magnet and the first acetabular cup magnet align to form the strongest magnetic force between the first femoral magnet and the first acetabular cup magnet when the femoral head is in a position corresponding to about 90-120 degrees of hip flexion.

US Pat. No. 10,335,281

CARTILAGE MOSAIC COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS

ALLOSOURCE, Centennial, ...

1. A mosaic cartilage composition comprising:a 1 mm thick cartilage sheet comprising a plurality of interconnected cartilage tiles that are separated by channels formed in the cartilage sheet, each channel having a respective depth that is less than 1 mm, and wherein perforations are formed in the cartilage sheet beneath one or more of the channels; and
a cryopreservation medium.

US Pat. No. 10,335,277

ADJUSTABLE NOSECONE

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED ...

1. A percutaneous valve delivery system, comprising:an outer sheath;
an inner catheter disposed within the outer sheath, the inner catheter including a plurality of non-concentric lumens formed therein;
a tubular extension extending distally from a distal end of the inner catheter;
wherein the tubular extension is axially movable relative to the inner catheter;
wherein the tubular extension is fixedly attached to and within a hypotube slidably received within one of the plurality of lumens;
a nose cone attached to the tubular extension;
a handle attached to the outer sheath, wherein the handle is configured to shift the outer sheath between a first position and a second position relative to the inner catheter; and
a valve replacement implant releasably coupled to the inner catheter.

US Pat. No. 10,335,275

METHODS FOR DELIVERY OF HEART VALVE DEVICES USING INTRAVASCULAR ULTRASOUND IMAGING

MILLIPEDE, INC., Santa R...

24. A method of delivering an implant proximate a cardiac valve annulus, the method comprising:advancing a distal end of a delivery catheter proximate the cardiac valve annulus;
advancing the implant through the distal end of the delivery catheter proximate the cardiac valve annulus;
advancing a distal end of an ultrasound catheter proximate the cardiac valve annulus, the distal end of the ultrasound catheter including one or more ultrasonic transducers;
capturing an ultrasound image of the implant and the cardiac valve annulus with the one or more ultrasonic transducers; and
anchoring the implant to the cardiac valve annulus,
wherein the implant is a cardiac valve replacement and comprises:
a series of struts defining a tubular frame and an axis and forming a plurality of lower crowns;
a plurality of anchors coupled with the lower crowns of the frame and configured to translate axially relative to the frame to engage cardiac tissue proximate the cardiac valve annulus; and
a plurality of valve leaflets coupled with the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,335,273

LEAFLET ENGAGEMENT ELEMENTS AND METHODS FOR USE THEREOF

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED ...

1. An apparatus for endovascularly replacing a patient's heart valve, the apparatus comprising:an expandable anchor supporting a replacement valve disposed within a lumen of the expandable anchor; and
a delivery catheter defining a lumen, the delivery catheter being adapted to deliver the expandable anchor and replacement valve to a vicinity of the patient's heart valve within the lumen in a collapsed configuration;
wherein the expandable anchor and replacement valve are adapted for percutaneous delivery and deployment to replace the patient's heart valve;
wherein the expandable anchor comprises a plurality of closed cells forming a body portion of the expandable anchor and a proximal flange portion of the expandable anchor in a deployed configuration, the proximal flange portion extending radially outward from the body portion in the deployed configuration;
wherein closed cells forming the proximal flange portion are larger than closed cells forming the body portion, wherein the expandable anchor and the replacement valve are further adapted to permit blood flow through the replacement valve and to prevent blood backflow through the replacement valve after the replacement valve exits the delivery catheter and before the proximal flange portion exits the delivery catheter,
wherein an exterior surface of the expandable anchor is covered by a seal.

US Pat. No. 10,335,267

INTRAOCULAR LENS HAVING PARTLY OVERLAPPING ADDITIONAL OPTICAL ACTIVE SECTORS ON OPPOSITE SIDES

OCULENTIS HOLDING B.V., ...

1. An intraocular lens (1) comprising an optic (3), the optic having first and second sides (3.1, 3.2) and comprising:a first main lens surface (4.1) at the first side (3.1) and a second main lens surface (4.2) at the second side (3.2), the first main lens surface providing a first main lens surface optical power and the second main lens surface providing a second main lens surface optical power,
the first and second main lens surfaces providing a main lens (4) having a main lens optical power to provide distance vision, and a main optical axis (R) defining a radial direction perpendicular to the main optical axis, a tangential direction around the main optical axis and an axial direction along the main optical axis;
a first additional optical active part (6) at the first side (3.1),
the first additional optical active part providing a positive relative optical power with respect to the first main lens surface optical power,
the first additional optical active part (6) being positioned at a distance from the optical axis (R) and in tangential directions being delimited by boundaries extending in radial directions, and
the first additional optical active part (6) overlapping with the second main lens surface (4.2) to form a secondary lens having the positive relative optical power of the first additional optical active part (6) with respect to the main lens (4) to provide near or reading vision;
a central part (8) at the first side (3.1),
the central part being arranged such that the main optical axis (R) passes through the central part, and fitting within a circumscribing circle around the optical axis,
the central part (8) being adjacent to the first additional optical active part (6), and
the central part having a relative optical power between ?2 and 2 diopter with respect to the first main lens surface optical power; and
a second additional optical active part (15) at the second side (3.2),
the second additional optical active part being arranged such that the main optical axis (R) passes through the second additional optical active part, and fitting within a circumscribing circle around the main optical axis (R), and
the second additional optical active part providing a relative optical power and/or an optical aberration with respect to the second main lens surface,
wherein the distance between the main optical axis (R) and the first additional optical active part (6) is smaller than the radius of the circle circumscribing the second additional optical active part (15), the diameter of the circle circumscribing the central part (8) being smaller than the diameter of the circle circumscribing the second additional optical active part (15), such that the second optical active part at least partly overlaps with the first additional optical active part (6) and partly overlaps with the first main lens surface (4.1).

US Pat. No. 10,335,261

VESSEL FILTER AND METHODS FOR USE

Sanford Health, Sioux Fa...

1. An apparatus comprising:a filter; and
a frame having a first end and a second end, wherein the frame includes a first support and a second support each continuously extending from the first end to the second end, wherein the first support is coupled to a first side of the filter and the second support is coupled to an opposite side of the filter, wherein the first support is directly coupled to the second support at the first end of the frame such that the frame and the filter taper to a first pointed tip at the first end of the frame, wherein the first support is directly coupled to the second support at the second end of the frame such that the frame and the filter taper to a second pointed tip at the second end of the frame, wherein the frame and the filter together define a first lumen, wherein the frame has shape memory and is movable between a first position in which the first lumen has a first diameter and a second position in which the first lumen has a second diameter, wherein in the second position, the first support and the second support are arranged spaced apart such that there is a gap between the first support and the second support, wherein the first diameter is smaller than the second diameter, wherein the frame and filter together are configured such that an entire length of the apparatus from the first end of the frame to the second end of the frame is configured to be circumferential to a second lumen of a target vessel in the second position, wherein an entire length of the first lumen defined by the frame and the filter is configured to be substantially concentric with the second lumen of the target vessel in the second position, and wherein the frame has an intermediate position such that the frame and the filter define a cone-shape at the second end of the frame such that the first lumen has the first diameter at the second end of the frame and the first lumen has the second diameter at the first end of the frame when the frame transitions from the second position to the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,335,260

METHODS OF TREATING A THROMBUS IN A VEIN USING CYCLICAL ASPIRATION PATTERNS

Insera Therapeutics, Inc....

1. A method of treating a thrombus in a vein using a repetitive cyclical pattern for aspiration, the method comprising:inserting a distal end of a catheter into the vein, wherein the thrombus is distal to the distal end of the catheter, wherein the thrombus causes acute ischemic stroke due to cerebral venous sinus thrombosis or causes deep vein thrombosis;
choosing the cyclical pattern from a plurality of provided cyclical patterns, the cyclical pattern comprising repetition of a first suction level, a second suction level different than the first suction level, and a third suction level different than the first suction level and the second suction level; and
aspirating the thrombus using negative pressure through the catheter, the negative pressure varying according to the chosen cyclical pattern generated by power electronics of an automated negative suction device.

US Pat. No. 10,335,258

PROSTHESIS FOR REPAIRING A HERNIA DEFECT

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

1. A prosthesis for repairing a hernia defect, the prosthesis comprising:a patch body having a periphery, a first axis and a second axis perpendicular to the first axis, the first axis and the second axis intersecting at approximately a center of the patch body, a first portion of the patch body on a first side of the first axis and a second portion of the patch body on a second side of the first axis;
a self-expanding hoisting frame releasably attachable to the patch body to assist in spreading the patch body from a reduced configuration to an expanded configuration, the self-expanding hoisting frame including an outer frame component and an inner frame component configured to translate force, the outer frame component defining an open interior and the inner frame component extending through the open interior; and
a tether attached to the inner frame component, a free end of the tether extendable away from the inner frame component and through the patch body when the self-expanding hoisting frame is releasably attached to the patch body, a pulling force on the free end of the tether in an outward direction away from the patch body being directed by the inner frame component in a direction toward the outer frame component when the patch body is in the expanded configuration;
wherein the patch body and the self-expanding hoisting frame when releasably attached to the patch body are manipulable into the reduced configuration for insertion through an opening into a patient; and
wherein the inner frame component is configured to be separated into a plurality of segments to facilitate withdrawal of the self-expanding hoisting frame through the opening when the self-expanding hoisting frame is released from the patch body.

US Pat. No. 10,335,255

STRAW FOR THE PRESERVATION OF A PREDETERMINED DOSE OF LIQUID-BASED SUBSTANCE, IN PARTICULAR A BIOLOGICAL SUBSTANCE

IMV TECHNOLOGIES, Saint ...

1. A straw for preservation of a predetermined dose of liquid-based substance containing water, comprising a tube configured to be filled with the liquid-based substance, the liquid-based substance being a biological substance, the tube extending between a first end and a second end and further comprising a liquid-tight, gas-permeable stopper, the stopper being disposed in the tube close to a first end of the tube and extending between a first end turned towards the first end of the tube and a second end turned towards the second end of the tube, said stopper and said tube being configured so that after the liquid-based substance has come to meet the stopper by the second end of the stopper, the stopper blocks passage of the liquid-based substance and, by pushing on the first end of the stopper, the stopper is slidable in the tube towards the second end of the tube;wherein the stopper comprises towards the second end of the tube a barrier plug formed over the whole cross-section of the tube by hydrophobic threads, the barrier plug being configured to allow the liquid-based biological substance to pass therethrough while filling the tube but to be repelled by the barrier plug while passage of the liquid-based substance is blocked by the stopper.

US Pat. No. 10,335,231

MICROWAVE APPLICATOR AND METHOD OF FORMING A MICROWAVE APPLICATOR

EMBLATION LIMITED, Alloa...

1. A method of forming a medical microwave applicator for use in treating tissue comprising:forming a body comprising dielectric material so that there is a void in the dielectric material;
performing a deposition process to deposit conductive material in the void to partially or entirely fill the void to create a conductive feature that adheres directly to the dielectric material, the deposited directly adhered conductive feature being a probe feed that partially or entirely fills the void and that couples electromagnetic energy via the directly adhered conductive material of the probe feed into a waveguide comprising the dielectric material such that the electromagnetic energy is transmitted through the dielectric material of the waveguide to an end of the medical microwave applicator for placing adjacent to or in contact with the tissue;
further performing the deposition process so that the directly adhered conductive material of the probe feed is deposited to have a thickness and configuration to provide a directly adhered transmission structure that receives the electromagnetic energy from a coaxial feed and transmits the electromagnetic energy through the directly adhered conductive material of the probe feed and into the dielectric material; and
forming a conductive link from the conductive material deposited in the void to conductive material on an outer surface, the outer surface of the conductive material being configured for connection to the coaxial feed to receive the electromagnetic energy via the coaxial feed and the conductive link being arranged so as to launch the electromagnetic energy as a transverse electric (TE) mode.

US Pat. No. 10,335,227

ELECTROSURGICAL TISSUE SEALER AND CUTTER

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical instrument, comprising:an end effector including a pair of jaw members having opposing tissue clamping surfaces, at least one of the jaw members configured to move with respect to the other jaw member from an open configuration for receiving tissue and a closed configuration for clamping tissue between the opposing tissue clamping surfaces, at least one jaw member defining an elongated cam slot;
a reciprocating member advanceable through a plurality of sequential sealing positions through the elongated cam slot to a distal end thereof to cam the pair of jaw members to the closed configuration, wherein advancement of the reciprocating member is configured to be interrupted at each of the plurality of sequential sealing positions, wherein the reciprocating member includes a blade for transecting tissue and a cam driver configured to engage the elongated cam slot and the blade is disposed proximal of the cam driver; and
a plurality of electrically isolated and independently activatable electrodes supported by at least one of the tissue clamping surfaces of one of the pair of jaw members, each of the plurality of electrically insulated electrodes spaced along at least one respective tissue clamping surface and configured to selectively deliver electrosurgical energy to tissue, wherein the blade is disposed sufficiently proximal relative to the cam driver such that when the reciprocating member is in each of the plurality of sequential sealing positions, the blade is disposed proximal one of the electrically isolated electrodes of the plurality of electrically insulated electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,335,222

INDUCTION COIL VAPOR GENERATOR

NxThera, Inc., Maple Gro...

1. An inductive vapor generator, comprising:an outer support assembly comprising a first tube wherein the first tube is thermally insulating and electrically insulating;
a coil disposed around the outer support assembly;
an inner assembly comprising a second tube, the inner assembly being disposed within the outer support assembly wherein the second tube is thermally conductive and electrically insulating;
a plurality of microtubes disposed within the inner assembly, the plurality of microtubes being configured to receive a fluid from a fluid source;
a first cap pressure-fit on a first end of the inner assembly and a second cap pressure-fit on a second end of the inner assembly, wherein each of the first and the second pressure-fit caps includes an o-ring seal;
a sintered filter disposed within the inner assembly; and
a radiofrequency generator electrically coupled to the coil, the radiofrequency generator being configured to apply a current to the coil to inductively heat the fluid in the plurality of microtubes to convert the fluid into a heated condensable vapor.

US Pat. No. 10,335,221

METHODS AND DEVICES TO TREAT NASAL AIRWAYS

AERIN MEDICAL, INC., Sun...

1. A method of treating an airway in a patient, the method comprising:advancing a cryotherapy balloon of a treatment device through a nostril of the patient and into the airway in an uninflated configuration;
inflating the cryotherapy balloon by circulating a low-temperature liquid into an interior of the cryotherapy balloon, wherein inflating the cryotherapy balloon causes the cryotherapy balloon to contact nasal mucosa lining the airway;
removing energy from submucosal tissue underlying the nasal mucosa by maintaining the cryotherapy balloon in an inflated configuration and continuing to circulate the low-temperature liquid through the interior of the cryotherapy balloon, to change a property of the submucosal tissue;
deflating the cryotherapy balloon by removing the low-temperature liquid from the interior of cryotherapy balloon; and
removing the cryotherapy balloon from the airway.

US Pat. No. 10,335,220

BONE POSITIONING GUIDE

Treace Medical Concepts, ...

1. A method of positioning a bone comprising:engaging a surface of a bone engagement member of a bone positioning guide with a first bone;
placing a tip of the bone positioning guide in contact with a second bone, the second bone being different from the first bone; and
moving the bone engagement member with respect to the tip to change the position of the first bone with respect to the second bone, wherein moving the bone engagement member comprises correcting an alignment of the first bone in more than one plane with respect to the second bone, including about an axis in a frontal plane.

US Pat. No. 10,335,217

PEDICLE SCREW WITH LARGE-DIAMETER BONE THREAD

Aesculap AG, (DE)

1. A pedicle screw system comprising a receiving sleeve for a longitudinal support, a bone screw and a shank head element;the bone screw comprising a bone thread formed as an external thread and a connection thread formed as an inner thread;
the shank head element at a proximal end having a head on which the receiving sleeve is mounted, and the shank head element at a distal end having a connection thread formed as an external thread and screwed into the connection thread of the bone screw;
the connection threads both being formed as multi-threads, each having a distal connection thread portion and a proximal connection thread portion;
the distal connection thread portions and the proximal connection thread portions having an identical thread pitch; and
the distal connection thread portions having a diameter smaller than that of the proximal connection thread portions.

US Pat. No. 10,335,213

BONE PLATE WITH A BONE SCREW

1. An osteosynthesis device with a bone plate and with at least one bone screw, wherein the bone plate has at least one through-hole with a conical inner thread formed at least in part in the through-hole, the bone screw moreover has a screw shank and also a screw head with a conical thread, with the possibility of forming a connection at a variable and stable angle between bone screw and bone plate by receiving the screw head with conical outer thread in the respective through-hole of the bone plate,characterized in that the thread in the screw head has a first portion with a first conicity and a second portion with a second conicity, wherein a zone of discontinuity with respect to the conicity is present between the first portion and the second portion.

US Pat. No. 10,335,212

VARIABLE ANGLE SCREWS, PLATES AND SYSTEMS

Orthofix S.R.L., Verona ...

1. A variable angle orthopedic plate, the plate comprising:an upper surface;
a bone facing surface;
at least one variable angle through hole between the upper surface and the bone facing surface, the through hole defined by a wall having a generally cylindrical shape with a central hole axis with a constant total radius from the upper surface to the bone facing surface, wherein the wall comprises a single continuous thread, the apex of which defines a central hole aperture of radius (raperture), and a thread trough defining a total hole radius of (rhole),
wherein the thread has at least one indentation along its length, each indentation having a radius (rindent), wherein raperture wherein the surface of the wall defining the variable angle hole engages a threaded head of an orthopedic fastener at a first angle aligned with the central hole axis and at least one other angle measured between the central hole axis and an axis of an orthopedic fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,335,210

ANATOMIC PLATES FOR MEDIAL PROXIMAL TIBIA

Biomet Manufacturing, LLC...

1. A bone plate comprising:a proximal head extending from a first head end to a second head end;
a distal shaft connected to the proximal head and extending from a first shaft end to a second shaft end; and
a strut connecting the second end of the proximal head and a mid-section of the distal shaft;
wherein the first head end is connected to the first shaft end, and the proximal head extends perpendicularly medially from the distal shaft;
wherein the proximal head is offset from the distal shaft in an anterior direction by approximately 10 millimeters;
wherein the proximal head is shaped to conform to a proximal medial portion of a tibia;
wherein the proximal head is shaped to conform to a medial condyle of the tibia; and
wherein the proximal head is shaped to conform to an anterior medial portion of the medial condyle.

US Pat. No. 10,335,206

LOW PROFILE CONNECTORS

GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC., Au...

1. A coupling device for securing first and second vertebrae, the device comprising:a first coupling element having a first body portion with an opening extending longitudinally through the first body portion;
a first locking assembly comprising a rotatable locking member, a clamp portion and a ring portion, wherein the locking member, the clamp portion and the ring portion are sized and dimensioned to be received in the opening in the first body portion, the first locking assembly is configured and dimensioned for receiving a head of a first bone fastener, and wherein the first coupling element having an elongate rod portion extending transversely from the first body portion; and
a second coupling element having a second body portion for receiving a second bone fastener and an extension portion extending transversely from the second body portion, the extension portion defining a recess sized and configured to receive the rod portion of the first coupling element,
wherein, when unlocked, the rod portion is moveable in the recess to allow for rotational and translational movement of the first and second coupling elements, and when locked, the relative position of the first and second coupling elements is fixed,
wherein the ring portion is configured to surround the rotatable locking member and a lower portion of the ring portion is configured to engage an upper portion of the clamp portion,
wherein when the locking member is rotated to a locked position, the locking member forces the ring portion and clamp portion downward to secure the first bone fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,335,194

HANDLES FOR NEEDLE ASSEMBLIES

SurGenTec, LLC, Boca Rat...

1. An impact handle comprising:an attachment portion configured to couple to a needle assembly;
a handle portion extending from the attachment portion and configured to be gripped in use, wherein the handle portion is movable relative to the attachment portion, wherein the handle portion is coupled to the attachment portion in a foldable arrangement; and
an impact strikeplate, the impact strikeplate configured to be struck with an instrument in use and configured to transfer forces form the instrument to the needle assembly to drive at least a portion of the needle assembly into bone when the attachment portion is coupled to the needle assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,335,191

PIXEL ARRAY MEDICAL DEVICES AND METHODS

SRGI HOLDINGS, LLC, Hend...

1. A method comprising:positioning a guide plate at a donor site;
aligning a scalpet array of a device with the guide plate at the donor site, wherein the scalpet array comprises at least one scalpet;
incising skin pixels at the donor site with the scalpet array;
preparing a recipient site by positioning the guide plate at the recipient site, and generating with the scalpet array skin defects; and
applying the incised skin pixels at the recipient site.

US Pat. No. 10,335,190

PIXEL ARRAY MEDICAL SYSTEMS, DEVICES AND METHODS

SRGI HOLDINGS, LLC, Hend...

1. A method, comprising:identifying a donor site on a subject;
removing a portion of the epidermis within the donor site;
harvesting a plurality of dermal plugs within the donor site;
forming an injectable filler by mincing the dermal plugs; and
injecting the injectable filler into a recipient site on the subject, wherein the recipient site is different from the donor site.

US Pat. No. 10,335,189

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PERCUTANEOUS DIVISION OF FIBROUS STRUCTURES

PAVmed Inc., New York, N...

1. A device for dividing a fibrous structure, the device comprising:a catheter having a proximal end, a distal end, and lumen extending therebetween;
an expandable member positioned near the distal end of the catheter and in fluid communication with the lumen of the catheter so that the expandable member can be biased between an inflated state and a deflated state, the expandable member having a cross-sectional shape that expands radially in a first direction more than it expands in a second direction to provide the expandable member with an elongated cross-sectional shape when inflated; and
a cutting element situated on an outer surface of the expandable member at a location that expands in the second direction, such that, as the expandable member expands in the first direction and pushes the fibrous structure in opposing lateral directions, the fibrous structure is pulled taut against the cutting element to allow tensioning of the fibrous structure against a discrete portion of the cutting element, wherein the cutting element is a blade configured to apply a mechanical force to weaken or cut the fibrous structure.