US Pat. No. 10,456,684

ATTENTION CONTROL FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM

NINTENDO CO., LTD., Kyot...

1. An information processing apparatus for generating an image obtained by imaging a player object and an attention object in a virtual space by using a virtual camera, the information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor configured to:
control at least a position of the player object with any degree of freedom based on an input by a player;
set an object in the virtual space as the attention object; and
perform attention control for controlling position and direction of the virtual camera in such a manner that both of the player object and the attention object are included in an imaging range of the virtual camera based on the position of the player object and a position of the attention object, wherein when performing attention control, the degree of freedom of controlling the position is not limited,
wherein the attention control is executed during a period of time in which a first user interface receives a first preset operation, or during a period of time starting from when a second user interface receives a second preset operation to activate the attention control and ending when the second user interface receives another preset operation.

US Pat. No. 10,456,681

GAME SYSTEM, DISPLAY CONTROLLING METHOD, DISPLAY CONTROLLING PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. A method for causing a game system to display a related picture, the method comprising:executing a game application for a first user using a processor of the game system,
wherein the first user controls a player character in the game application using a game controller;
displaying, on a display of the game system,
a full screen execution screen of the game application;
acquiring over a network, a related picture related to a current state of progress of the first user in the game application;
wherein the related picture is created by a second user different from the first user; and
displaying, on the display, the related picture;
wherein the related picture includes a plurality of play moving pictures uploaded to the network by the second user, the plurality of play moving pictures being that of a same game application as the game application executed for the first user on the game system,
wherein a first play moving picture of the plurality of play moving pictures depicts play information corresponding to a position of the player character that the player character has moved past;
wherein a second play moving picture of the plurality of play moving pictures depicts play information corresponding to a position close to a current position of the player character,
wherein a third play moving picture of the plurality of play moving pictures depicts play information corresponding to a position ahead of the current position of the player character,
wherein the first play moving picture, the second play moving picture, and the third play moving picture are displayed if each has a transmission date within a predetermined time period of a current date, and
wherein the first play moving picture, the second play moving picture, and the third play moving picture are all displayed concurrently and non-overlapping on the display superimposed on the full screen execution screen.

US Pat. No. 10,456,679

DISPLAY OF SYSTEM-LEVEL ACHIEVEMENTS WITH REAL-TIME UPDATING

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A method comprising:storing, at a cloud service, achievement data describing performance of a user in a gaming application for execution on a computing device;
receiving, at the cloud service, a request from the computing device for at least a portion of the achievement data;
responsive to the received request, filtering, by a processor, the achievement data based on contextual criteria on the cloud service;
providing, by the processor, the filtered achievement data to the computing device for display to a user during gameplay; and
updating, by the cloud service, the achievement data by:
intermittently receiving data corresponding to gaming progress based at least in part on the execution of the gaming application on the computing device;
generating, by the cloud service, additional achievement data based at least in part on the data corresponding to the gaming progress; and
providing, by the cloud service, the additional achievement data to the computing device for display to the user during the gameplay.

US Pat. No. 10,456,675

INTELLIGENT BOARD GAME SYSTEM WITH VISUAL MARKER BASED GAME OBJECT TRACKING AND IDENTIFICATION

Tweedletech, LLC, Ann Ar...

1. A game object for playing a board game, the game object comprising:a. a single body having a top surface;
b. a first unique visual object marker positioned on the top surface, wherein the first unique visual object marker comprises a first series of concentric rings that represent first data that uniquely identifies the game object; and
c. a second unique visual object marker positioned on the body, wherein the second unique visual object marker comprises a second series of concentric rings that represent second data.

US Pat. No. 10,456,674

TRACK BASED PLAY SYSTEMS

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A set comprising:a computer game;
a plurality of passive physical play pieces, wherein the passive physical play pieces in the set are not configured to send or receive data with other physical play pieces or the computer game; and
a plurality of active physical play pieces, wherein at least one of the plurality of active physical play pieces in the set comprises one or more sensors configured to detect an arrangement of a proximate passive physical play piece and is configured to actively communicate with the computer game, wherein the computer game is configured to:
receive data from the at least one of the plurality of active physical play pieces;
based at least in part on the data received, assist the computer game to infer a shape of a path formed from the plurality of active physical play pieces;
generate a virtual model of a path based on the inferred shape of the path formed from the plurality of active physical play pieces; and
display the virtual model of the path on a display device separate from the plurality of active physical play pieces.

US Pat. No. 10,456,667

TOUCHSCREEN-BASED CONTROL METHOD AND TERMINAL

TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZ...

1. A touchscreen-based control method for improving user experience of online gaming, the method performed at a terminal having one or more processors, memory for storing programs, and a touchscreen display, the method comprising:detecting, by the terminal, a first user touch acting on a first icon displayed on the touchscreen display, the first icon corresponding to a first operation of an online game;
in response to detecting the first user touch:
displaying, by the terminal, an auxiliary control region and a candidate effect range region on the touchscreen display, wherein (1) the auxiliary control region is a first predetermined area of the touchscreen display, (2) the candidate effect range region is a second predetermined area of the touchscreen display, (3) the candidate effect range region occupies a larger area of the touchscreen display than the auxiliary control region and (4) the distance between the candidate effect range and the first icon is greater than the distance between the auxiliary control region and the first icon; and
establishing, by the terminal, a mapping relationship between a location of the candidate effect range region and a location of the auxiliary control region;
detecting, by the terminal on the touchscreen display, a user action dragging the first icon to a first position in the auxiliary control region;
responsive to the user action and in accordance with the mapping relationship, obtaining, by the terminal, a first effect range in the candidate effect range region according to the first position in the auxiliary control region; and
performing, by the terminal, the first operation corresponding to the first icon on a virtual target in the obtained first effect range.

US Pat. No. 10,456,666

BLOCK BASED CAMERA UPDATES AND ASYNCHRONOUS DISPLAYS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A system for asynchronous display of a frame, comprising:a computing device to determine changes between a current frame and a previous frame; and
an asynchronous display coupled to the computing device to display an image;
wherein the computing device is to send frame updates asynchronously rather than at a fixed frame rate to the asynchronous display to only update areas of a currently displayed image that have changed.

US Pat. No. 10,456,651

GOLF SIMULATOR, AND GOLF SIMULATION METHOD

RD-TEK CO., LTD, Daejeon...

1. A golf simulator comprising:an optical sensor unit configured to detect a movement path of a golf ball using a plurality of optical sensors;
an image inputting unit configured to input a movement image of the golf ball using a spin camera sensor;
a movement information calculating unit configured to calculate a direction and velocity of the golf ball from information obtained from the optical sensor unit;
a spin information calculating unit configured to calculate a spin rate of the golf ball from the input movement image of the golf ball;
a flying trajectory calculating unit configured to calculate a flying trajectory of the golf ball using the calculated direction and velocity of the golf ball and the calculated spin rate of the golf ball; and
a spin rate comparison unit configured to compare the calculated spin rate and a spin rate calculated using data obtained by the optical sensors for excluding an error occurred in the spin rate calculated by the spin information calculating unit.

US Pat. No. 10,456,641

WEIGHT MEMBER FOR A GOLF CLUB HEAD

SRI SPROTS LIMITED, Kobe...

1. A method comprising:forming a first weight having a first finished mass and a second weight having a second finished mass that is different than the first finished mass, thereby defining a variation in finished mass, by:
(a) forming a first intermediate weight body having a first head, including a first head end, and a first shaft, including a first shaft end opposite the first head end, and a first shaft outer diameter the first shaft comprising a first shaft length;
(b) forming a second intermediate weight body having a second head, including a second head end, and a second shaft, including a second shaft end opposite the second head end, and a second shaft outer diameter that is substantially equal to the first shaft outer diameter;
(c) removing an amount of mass from the first intermediate body to form an internal bore extending inwardly through the first intermediate body from the first head end, resulting in a non-zero variation in mass between the first intermediate body and the second intermediate body at least partially contributing to the variation in finished mass, the internal bore comprising a bore depth that is greater than the first shaft length; and
(d) configuring the first and second intermediate weight bodies for interchangeable association within a weight port of a golf club head.

US Pat. No. 10,456,638

GOLF CLUB HEAD

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A putter-type golf club head that, when oriented in a reference position, comprising:a main body having a front surface, a rear surface, a top surface, and a bottom surface, the front surface being inclined forwardly in an upward direction at an angle ? relative to vertical as measured in a front-to-rear direction; and
a face component comprising:
a first element secured to the front surface of the main body, the first element formed of a resilient material and having a thickness that gradually increases toward a sole portion, the first element comprising a first element front surface, a first element rear surface opposite the first element front surface, and a first element side surface extending intermediate the first element front surface and the first element rear surface, the first element front surface being inclined rearwardly in the upward direction at an angle ? relative to vertical as measured in the front-to-rear direction, the angle ? being between 2° and 6°; and
a second element forward of the first element and comprising a rigid material, the second element secured directly to the first element.

US Pat. No. 10,456,628

GOLF BALL

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A golf ball comprising a golf ball body and a paint film formed on a surface of the golf ball body, whereina base resin constituting the paint film is a polyurethane obtained through a reaction between a polyol compound and a polyisocyanate compound,
the polyol compound contains a urethane polyol,
the urethane polyol contains a polyether diol having a number average molecular weight of 550 or more and 3000 or less as a polyol component, and
the paint film is such that a linear approximation curve obtained by a least square method has a slope in an absolute value ranging from 0.0004 to 0.0015 when a loss tangent tan ? of the paint film in a state of being formed on the surface of the golf ball body measured by the following measuring condition 1 is plotted as a vertical axis against a measuring frequency (Hz) as a horizontal axis, and that an elastic modulus of the paint film in the state of being formed on the surface of the golf ball body measured by the following measuring condition 2 ranges from 0.040 GPa to 0.600 GPa:

Measuring apparatus: “TI950 Tribo Indenter” available from Hysitron, Inc.
Indenter specification: Berkovich type
Test load (maximum indenting load): 100 ?N
Frequency: 1 Hz, 10 Hz, 105 Hz
Measuring environment: 23° C., RH 50%, in the atmosphere;

Measuring apparatus: “TI950 Tribo Indenter” available from Hysitron, Inc.
Indenter specification: Berkovich type
Maximum indenting depth: 300 nm
Measuring environment: 23° C., RH 50%, in the atmosphere.

US Pat. No. 10,456,625

SPORTING APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF

Delta Electronics, Inc., ...

1. A sporting apparatus, which is capable of continuously outputting electricity, comprising:a structure body;
an endless belt disposed on the structure body and rotated by kinetic energy by a user;
an electricity generating unit disposed in the structure body and configured to transform kinetic energy transmitted from the endless belt into electric power;
a position sensing unit disposed in the structure body and configured to sense a position of the user on the endless belt so as to generate a sensing signal; and
a modulation unit electrically connected with the electricity generating unit and the position sensing unit for receiving the sensing signal;
wherein, the modulation unit comprises a DC/AC inverter, a current sensing element, an inductor and a semiconductor switch with a controller, the current sensing element is configured to sense an armature current outputted from the electricity generating unit and output a signal to the controller, and the controller is configured to control the duty ratio of the semiconductor switch to control the armature current, so that a counter torque of the electricity generating unit is adjusted when the armature current is adjusted according to the sensing signal for controlling the rotation speed of the endless belt.

US Pat. No. 10,456,622

DETECTION OF BIKING, WALKING, AND RUNNING

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A wearable device to be worn by a user during an activity, the wearable device comprising:a motion sensor to collect motion data of the user during the activity; and
processing logic stored in a memory element of the wearable device and comprising instructions executable by a processor to:
receive motion data collected by the motion sensor;
determine a magnitude of the motion data by taking the magnitude of an acceleration signal, applying a high-pass filter to the acceleration signal, and integrating the standard deviation of the high-passed acceleration signal over a period of time;
determine a frequency of the motion data; and
identify the activity in which the user is engaged based on the magnitude and the frequency of the motion data.

US Pat. No. 10,456,620

SQUAT AND SPINAL FITNESS AND REHABILITATION DEVICE

1. An exercise device that includes:a base that includes a unitary peripheral frame with a front side, a backside, and two lateral sides;
a platform disposed within the base for supporting a foot of a user;
a vertical stabilization bar coupled to each one of the lateral sides;
a horizontal lower leg stabilization bar disposed between each of the vertical stabilization bars;
a lower leg support brace mounted to the horizontal lower leg stabilization bar and configured for retaining a lower leg of the user when the foot of the user is disposed upon the platform; and
a vertical stabilization bar range of motion boot configured for guiding the vertical stabilization bar, the vertical stabilization range of motion boot configured to stabilize the vertical stabilization bars and permit a range of motion of the vertical stabilization bars between an upright position at a 90 degree angle from the platform and a forward position at an angle essentially parallel to the platform;
wherein the exercise device is configured to provide stability to the body of the user when performing squat exercises.

US Pat. No. 10,456,616

DEVICE FOR MODIFYING GRIPS FOR WEIGHTS

1. A weight grip comprising:a sloping upper surface the slope formed from a first high end to a second low end, the first high end being higher than the second low end;
a left side wall descending from the sloping upper surface;
a right side wall descending from the sloping upper surface;
a curved receiving portion substantially opposite the sloping upper surface, the curved receiving portion disposed between the left side wall in the right side wall; and
wherein the left side wall and the right side wall join the sloping upper surface and the curved receiving portion, the left side wall and the right side wall each having an upper portion that is substantially vertical and a lower portion that curves inward such that they are thinner at a bottom edge than at the sloping upper surface.

US Pat. No. 10,456,614

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DELIVERY OF AN ASSISTIVE FORCE FOR REHABILITATION/THERAPY AND WEIGHT TRAINING EXERCISE MACHINES AND STANDS

Omegamax Holding Company,...

1. An assist apparatus for delivering an assist force to a human subject at a rehabilitation/therapy exercise station comprising:a motorized assist assembly including a motor driven reel, the assembly configured to generate a non-zero assist force through the reel;
a flexible assist member having first and second opposing ends, the first end being secured to the reel so as to permit the member to be wound onto and from the reel by operation of the motorized assist assembly;
a harness configured to support the human subject, the harness being operably connected to the second end of the flexible assist member to apply the assist force generated by the motorized assist assembly to a human subject in the harness;
a human-machine interface configured to receive human input of variable parameters for assistance control including entry of at least a user selected non-zero assist force; and
a main digital controller operably connected with at least the motorized assist assembly and the human-machine interface, the main digital controller being programmed to automatically convert the user selected non-zero assist force into control signals suitable to operate the motorized assist assembly exclusive of further user input to provide the user selected non-zero assist force through the flexible assist member and harness to at least partially support the weight of the human subject during exercise,
wherein the human input of variable parameters comprises at least one of a number of repetitions of the exercise, or differing concentric and eccentric assist forces to be provided during the concentric portion and the eccentric portion of the exercise.

US Pat. No. 10,456,613

ADJUSTABLE STRETCHING APPARATUS

1. A stretching apparatus, comprising:a vertical post comprising a bottom end supported by a base;
said vertical post comprising a plurality of holes disposed therethrough, said plurality of holes being disposed along said vertical post in a vertically spaced relation to one another;
at least one horizontal support bar selectively positionable at least partially through one of said plurality of holes at a time, said at least one horizontal support bar comprising a proximal end and a distal end;
a stopper disposed at said proximal end of said at least one horizontal support bar, said stopper configured to restrict movement of said at least one horizontal support bar from being disposed completely through said each of said plurality of holes;
a plurality of fixed support bars respectively extending outward from said vertical post, each of said plurality of fixed support bars being fixedly attached to said vertical post at a position below at least two of the plurality of holes so as to allow a user to lean on one of said plurality of fixed support bars with an arm of the user extended downward while an ankle of the user rests on said at least one horizontal support bar; and
wherein said distal end of said at least one horizontal support bar is selectively disposable through one of said plurality of holes disposed along said vertical post, and said at least one horizontal support bar is positionable through said one of said plurality of holes until said stopper restricts further movement of said at least one horizontal support bar therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,456,611

OXYGEN REDUCTION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONFIGURING AN OXYGEN REDUCTION SYSTEM

AMRONA AG, Zug (CH)

10. A method for configuring an oxygen reduction system for an enclosed area, wherein the method comprises steps of:dividing a predefined time cycle into a plurality of consecutive time periods;
establishing an average total air exchange rate of the enclosed area for each of the time periods;
weighting the established average total air exchange rate in terms of respective durations of the corresponding time periods; and
adapting and/or selecting a gas separation system of the oxygen reduction system in consideration of weighted average total air exchange rates of the enclosed area such that an oxygen concentration in a spatial atmosphere of the enclosed area always remains within a range between a predefined operating concentration and a predefinable lower limit concentration when the gas separation system is continuously operated in a first operating mode in which a volume of an oxygen-reduced gas mixture or an oxygen-displacing gas within a predefined range or a definable range is continuously provided at an outlet of the gas separation system per unit of time.

US Pat. No. 10,456,610

STABILITY SYSTEM FOR A FIRE APPARATUS

Oshkosh Corporation, Osh...

1. A fire apparatus comprising:a chassis;
a body assembly coupled to the chassis;
a front cabin coupled to a front end of the chassis forward of the body assembly;
a front axle coupled to the chassis, proximate the front end of the chassis;
at least one rear axle coupled to the chassis, proximate a rear end of the chassis;
a ladder assembly having a proximal end that is coupled to the chassis between the front axle and the at least one rear axle; and
a stability system including:
a pair of front downriggers coupled to the front end of the chassis, the pair of front downriggers selectively extendable to engage a ground surface;
a pair of rear downriggers coupled to the rear end of the chassis rearward of the at least one rear axle, the pair of rear downriggers selectively extendable to engage the ground surface; and
an outrigger assembly coupled to the chassis between the front axle and the at least one rear axle, the outrigger assembly including a pair of outriggers that are selectively extendable from the body assembly, wherein the pair of outriggers extend laterally from the body assembly at an angle relative to a horizontal.

US Pat. No. 10,456,609

BUFFERING BACKPACK DEVICE FOR FALLING PROTECTION

AKILA TECH CO., LTD., Ta...

1. A buffering backpack device, comprising:a backpack body, having an accommodation chamber defined therein, wherein said accommodation chamber has an opening on top thereof for an inside of said accommodation chamber to communicate outside of said accommodation chamber;
an energy absorption band arranged in said accommodation chamber and formed by a first layer and a second layer coincidingly bound with each other, wherein a top end of said first layer has a first connecting portion extended therefrom, wherein a top end of said second layer has a second connecting portion extended therefrom, wherein said first connecting portion and said second connecting portion divergently protrude from said backpack body via said opening, wherein said first connecting portion is for coupling with a safety harness, wherein said second connecting portion is for coupling with an anti-falling device; and
a restricting structure, controlling and positioning said first layer and said second layer of said energy absorption band in said accommodation chamber, wherein when a user of said buffering backpack device falls, said restricting structure releases said first layer and said second layer, such that said first layer and said second layer leaves said accommodation chamber via said opening for anti-falling suspension, wherein said backpack body further comprises a back board and a zipper arranged in a U-shape manner on a front of said back board for coupling with a front cover, so as to define said accommodation chamber between said back board and said front cover, wherein a left edge and a right edge of a top end of said front cover are sewn on said back board to form said opening at a center portion thereof to connect and communicate with said accommodation chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,456,604

GARMENT SYSTEM INCLUDING AT LEAST ONE THERAPEUTIC STIMULATION DELIVERY DEVICE AND RELATED METHODS

ELWHA LLC, Bellevue, WA ...

1. A system for delivering therapeutic stimulation to a subject, the system comprising:at least one flexible compression garment configured to be worn on at least one body part of the subject, the at least one flexible compression garment defining an interior space configured to receive the at least one body part;
one or more sensors positioned and configured to sense at least one characteristic of the at least one body part that is related to at least one of movement or a physiological state of the at least one body part, the one or more sensors further configured to output one or more sensing signals indicative of the at least one characteristic;
an array of therapeutic stimulation delivery devices (“TSDDs”) positioned and configured to dynamically apply therapeutic radiation to the at least one body part;
a controller operably coupled to the one or more sensors to receive the one or more sensing signals therefrom and to the array of TSDDs, the controller including control electrical circuitry configured to direct the array of TSDDs to dynamically apply the therapeutic radiation to a region of the at least one body part responsive to one or more sensing signals.

US Pat. No. 10,456,601

METHOD OF CALIBRATION OF A STEREOSCOPIC CAMERA SYSTEM FOR USE WITH A RADIO THERAPY TREATMENT APPARATUS

VISION RT LIMITED, Londo...

1. A method of calibrating a 3D camera. system for use with a radio therapy treatment apparatus, the method comprising:i) storing a reference 3D computer model of a reference surface of a reference calibration phantom, the reference calibration phantom being configured with a known surface, a known position, and a known orientation to a co-ordinate system of the camera system;
ii) positioning a physical calibration phantom in the radio therapy treatment apparatus, the physical calibration phantom having an iso-center which defines an original of the radio therapy treatment apparatus co-ordinate system;
iii) utilizing a 3D camera system to obtain images of the physical calibration phantom;
iv) irradiating the positioned physical calibration phantom using the radio therapy treatment apparatus to obtain irradiation images of the positioned physical calibration phantom;
v) determining a first transformation required to transform the position and orientation of the positioned physical calibration phantom into the co-ordinate system of the radio therapy treatment apparatus, by analyzing the images obtained in step iv);
vi) processing the images obtained by the 3D camera system in step iii) to generate a 3D computer model of a surface of the positioned physical calibration phantom;
vii) determining a second transformation required to transform the generated 3D computer model of the surface of the positioned physical calibration phantom into alignment with the reference surface of the reference calibration phantom; and
viii) applying the first and second transformations to transform generated 3D models obtained by the 3D camera system into corresponding positions and orientations in the co-ordinate system of the therapy treatment apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,456,600

GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION OF RADIATION THERAPY

RefleXion Medical, Inc., ...

1. A system for radiation therapy comprising:a rotatable gantry;
a gantry position sensor coupled to the rotatable gantry;
a therapeutic radiation source mounted on the rotatable gantry and movable to a plurality of gantry firing positions by rotating the gantry;
a radiation detector disposed in a radiation beam path of the therapeutic radiation source;
a beam-shaping component disposed in the radiation beam path of the therapeutic radiation source, the beam-shaping component configured to have a radiation-transmitting aperture with a size and shape;
a beam-shaping component sensor configured to detect the size and shape of the radiation-transmitting aperture; and
a display in communication with a controller, wherein
the controller comprises a machine-readable memory medium storing a value of a planned radiation delivery metric over time, and a processor configured to
calculate a real-time value of the radiation delivery metric at multiple time points during a radiation delivery session based on data acquired from the gantry position sensor and/or radiation detector and/or beam-shaping component sensor during the radiation delivery session,
generate a graphical representation depicting the planned radiation delivery metric value and the real-time radiation delivery metric value over the multiple time points, and output the graphical representation to the display.

US Pat. No. 10,456,599

ONLINE ANGLE SELECTION IN ROTATIONAL IMAGING AND TRACKING SYSTEMS

ACCURAY INCORPORATED, Su...

1. A radiation therapy apparatus comprising:a treatment couch;
a radiation treatment source, the radiation treatment source to deliver a radiation treatment beam to a target;
a first imaging device having a first fixed angle;
a second imaging device having a second fixed angle;
a third imaging device mounted to a rotatable ring; and
a processing device to control operation of the radiation therapy apparatus, wherein the processing device is to:
determine a set of angles that have a tracking quality metric value that satisfies a tracking quality metric criterion;
cause the first imaging device to generate a first tracking image;
cause the second imaging device to generate a second tracking image;
select a third angle from the set of angles;
cause the third imaging device to generate a third tracking image of the target from the third angle; and
perform target tracking to track a target based on at least one of the first tracking image, the second tracking image or the third tracking image.

US Pat. No. 10,456,595

PORTAL IMAGING FOR BRACHYTHERAPY

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A system for interventional brachytherapy for generating data to be used directly for therapy and/or for therapy planning, said system comprising:a radiation source configured to be inserted into a patient to irradiate tissue of the patient;
one or more radiation detectors configured to be disposed outside the patient to detect radiation from the radiation source after the radiation has been transmitted through the patient and generate radiation dosage data in real time indicative thereof, the one or more radiation detectors being displaced from the patient and freely movable relative to the radiation source and the patient;
a plurality of position sensors including a first position sensor configured to determine a position of the radiation source in real-time and a second position sensor configured to determine a position of the one or more radiation detectors in real-time;
a localization unit, in communication with the plurality of position sensors, which generates position data indicative of the position of the radiation source;
an image database which stores one or more anatomical images of the patient; and
a dose calculation unit which co-registers the one or more anatomical images with the positional and radiation dosage data and generates dose monitoring data based on the co-registration.

US Pat. No. 10,456,586

USER INTERFACE FOR NEUROSTIMULATION WAVEFORM COMPOSITION

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A system for use by a user to program a neurostimulator configured to deliver neurostimulation to a patient, comprising:a first storage device configured to store waveform building blocks; and
a first user interface including a first display screen, a first user input device, and a first interface control circuit coupled to the first display screen and the first user input device, the first interface control circuit including a waveform composer configured to allow for composition of one of more building blocks of the waveform building blocks and composition of a pattern of neurostimulation pulses using one of more building blocks selected from the waveform building blocks, the waveform composer including:
a library controller configured to display a library management area on the first display screen, the displayed library management area allowing the user to manage the waveform building blocks stored in the storage device; and
a plurality of waveform building block editors each configured to allow the user to compose a type of the waveform building blocks of a plurality of types of the waveform building blocks, the plurality of waveform building block editors including:
a pulse editor configured to display a pulse composition area on the first display screen in response to a user selection for access to the pulse editor, the pulse composition area allowing the user to compose a pulse of the waveform building blocks; and
a burst editor configured to display a burst composition area on the first display screen in response to a user selection for access to the burst editor, the burst composition area allowing the user to compose a burst of the waveform building blocks, the burst including a group of pulses of the waveform building blocks.

US Pat. No. 10,456,584

USER INTERFACE FOR NEUROMODULATION LEAD

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A system for use with a neuromodulation system that includes a physical lead having one or more electrodes at least partially surrounding a circumference of the physical lead for electrically modulating a target tissue of a patient, the system comprising:a user interface including a display screen configured to display:
simplified graphical representations of the physical lead with at least one user-modifiable virtual electrode (VE) on the graphical representation of the physical lead, wherein the user-modifiable VE represents, as a single VE conforming to the lead representation, a combination of at least two physical electrodes on the physical lead, the simplified graphical representations including one or more of:
at least a first view of the lead representation to provide a longitudinal representation of the VE representing a longitudinal position of the VE along a length of the lead representation; or
at least a second view of the lead representation to provide a circumferential representation of the VE representing a circumferential position of the VE around at least a portion of a circumference of the lead representation;
control elements to enable a user to adjust the simplified graphical representations of the lead, the control elements including:
longitudinal control elements to enable the user to adjust the longitudinal representation of the VE including the longitudinal position of the VE along the length of the lead representation; and
circumferential control elements to enable the user to adjust the circumferential representation of the VE including the circumferential position of the VE; and
a programmer coupled to the user interface, configured to use the longitudinal representation of the VE and the circumferential representation of the VE to generate a neuromodulation parameter set.

US Pat. No. 10,456,567

TOPICAL COOLED DERMAL DEVICE

7. A method for conditioning a user's skin, the method implemented by a dermal device for skincare therapy including a fluid circuit including a fluid pump and a reservoir, and a dermal interface configured to contact the user's skin, the dermal interface including at least one electrode and being configured to contact the user's skin and further including part of the fluid circuit having at least one perforation, the at least one electrode being supported by a portion of the fluid circuit that directly contacts the user's skin and that is adjacent to the at least one perforation, wherein the at least one electrode is configured to deliver at least one energy pulse to the contacted skin, wherein the reservoir is configured to hold at least one topical, wherein the fluid pump is configured to pump the at least one topical through the fluid circuit and extrude the at least one topical through the dermal interface, wherein the fluid circuit has a curved shape at a distal portion of the dermal device that supports the at least one perforation and the at least one electrode, and the at least one perforation and the at least one electrode are configured to be disposed adjacent to each other along a portion of the curved shape that is configured to face the user's skin, the method comprising:chilling the at least one topical; and
applying the chilled at least one topical and the at least one energy pulse to the skin.

US Pat. No. 10,456,561

NON-COMPLIANT HIGH STRENGTH MEDICAL BALLOON

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A method of making a reinforced medical balloon, the balloon formed from a balloon structure and including a balloon body member having a circumferential dimension, a longitudinal dimension, and an annular shape in the circumferential dimension; including the steps of:fitting a reinforcement member to the balloon structure, the reinforcement member being formed of an array of reinforcement elements interleaved with one another so as to include a plurality of circumferential elements and a plurality of longitudinal elements, the plurality of longitudinal elements being disposed substantially parallel to the longitudinal dimension and alternatively extending over and then under adjacent ones of the plurality of circumferential elements so as to form the reinforcement member with woven or braided elements, the reinforcement member being fitted such that the plurality of circumferential elements extend in the circumferential dimension of the balloon and are disposed substantially transversally to the longitudinal dimension;
wherein the fitting step includes a step of solely tensing the plurality of circumferential elements following formation of the reinforcement member so as to cause both the plurality of circumferential elements to adopt a circular annular shape in the circumferential dimension and the plurality of longitudinal elements to adopt an undulating shape, and wherein the step of tensing the plurality of circumferential elements is performed without inflating the balloon body member.

US Pat. No. 10,456,558

APPARATUS AND METHODS FACILITATING THE REPOSITIONING OF IMPLANTED MEDICAL DEVICES

Medtonic, Inc., Minneapo...

1. A method for dislodging an anchor sleeve from around a body of an implanted elongate medical device, the method comprising:engaging a collar of a support portion of a tool with the implanted elongate medical device by positioning the collar of the support portion of the tool around the body of the implanted elongate medical device and adjacent to a distal end of the anchor sleeve;
positioning a sleeve dislodging element of the tool adjacent to a proximal end of the anchor sleeve opposite the distal end;
moving the positioned dislodging element toward the engaged collar to dislodge the anchor sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,456,556

STEERING TOOL WITH ENHANCED FLEXIBILITY AND TRACKABILITY

Bendit Technologies Ltd.,...

1. A steering tool comprising:an internal tube disposed inside an external tube, said internal and external tubes being arranged for longitudinal axial movement relative to one another, wherein a distal portion of said internal tube is fixedly joined to a distal portion of said external tube at a joining zone, and
said internal tube or said external tube is formed with patterns of cuts made along adjacent longitudinal stations along a length thereof, and wherein a cutting pattern at a first longitudinal station is shifted with respect to a cutting pattern at a second longitudinal station and a cutting pattern at the second longitudinal station is shifted with respect to a cutting pattern at a third longitudinal station but at a different shift defined between said first and second longitudinal stations, so that a shift from one longitudinal station of cuts to the next adjacent longitudinal station of cuts is not repeated, and wherein at each of said longitudinal stations said cuts are separated from each other by a separation and centers of the separations of said first, second and third longitudinal stations, when said internal tube or said external tube is in an unfolded position as a flat type sheet, do not lie on a common straight axis, wherein said common straight axis touches and is centered on each of the separations.

US Pat. No. 10,456,552

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR INTRACRANIAL VESSEL ACCESS

1. A system for intracranial access through a patient's vasculature to access an intracranial occlusion, the system comprising:a variable diameter guide and support system for steering and advancing through the patient's vasculature, the variable diameter guide and support system having a distal tip region, a proximal support section, and an expanded section;
an axis of the variable diameter guide and support system passing centrally through the proximal support section, the expanded section, and at least partially through the distal tip region;
wherein the expanded section has a distal tapering surface that connects to and substantially symmetrically decreases in diameter to the distal tip region;
wherein the expanded section has a proximal tapering surface that connects to and substantially symmetrically decreases in diameter to the proximal support section;
wherein the expanded section proximal to the distal tapering surface and distal to the proximal tapering surface has a cylindrical surface having an outer diameter greater than both a diameter of the distal tip region and a diameter of the proximal support section; wherein the proximal support section has an outer diameter less than the cylindrical surface and is configured to advance the variable diameter guide and support system through a vasculature;
wherein the expanded section, the proximal support section, and the distal tip region have a passage therethrough configured for passage and relative movement of a wire; and,
a distal access catheter operatively connected to the variable diameter guide and support system and wherein the distal access catheter has a distal inner diameter substantially corresponding to the outer diameter of the cylindrical surface and wherein the cylindrical surface of the variable diameter guide and support system is maintained at least partially distal of a distal end of the catheter during advancement through the patient's vasculature wherein the inner diameter of the distal access catheter and the outer diameter of the cylindrical surface are sized to prevent coaxial separation between the variable diameter guide and support system and a distal edge of the distal access catheter while being advance through curved vasculature and the cylindrical surface has a length to allow torsional and coaxial movements of the variable diameter guide and support system relative to said distal access catheter while being advanced through curved vasculature without causing coaxial separation of the expanded section from the distal inner diameter of the distal access catheter.

US Pat. No. 10,456,548

INFLATION CONTROL VALVES FOR RESUSCITATOR DEVICES AND RESUSCITATOR DEVICES

Emory University, Atlant...

1. An inlet valve for a resuscitator device having a flexible chamber that extends from a first end to a second end, the second end being configured to attach to an airway adjunct, comprising:a valve housing configured to be disposed at the first end of the flexible chamber and to receive air for inflating the flexible chamber, the valve housing being partially disposed within the flexible chamber,
the valve housing extending between a first end and a second end that is parallel to and opposes the first end,
the first end of the valve housing including an opening,
the second end of the valve housing being closed and being configured to be disposed within the flexible chamber,
the valve housing including a first portion, a second portion, and a third portion that are disposed between the first end and the second end of the valve housing,
the third portion being disposed between the first portion and the second portion,
the first portion including the first end of the valve housing and including a one-way valve disposed at the opening of the first end of the valve housing, the one-way valve being configured to intake the air for inflating the flexible chamber,
the second portion including the second end of the valve housing and an outlet section that includes an opening,
the outlet section being configured to deliver the air into the flexible chamber and extending perpendicular to the first end and the second end of the valve housing; and
an inflation control member configured to control a rate of inflation of the flexible chamber, the inflation control member being disposed within the valve housing and movable with respect to the valve housing between the first end and the second end of the valve housing.

US Pat. No. 10,456,542

INSERTABLE DEVICE TO PREVENT ASPIRATION OF STOMACH CONTENTS DURING VENTILATION AND INTUBATION

6. A nasogastric tube medical device for blocking the esophagus of a person to prevent gastric contents from being aspirated during a medical procedure, comprisingan elongated flexible inner tube having a first end and a second end and a first length, the inner tube having at least one suction hole disposed near or at the second end of the inner tube, said flexible inner tube having a first passageway extending from the first end to the second end;
a flange member disposed at the first end of the flexible inner tube;
a movable outer tube having a first end and a second end and a second length and slidably secured to an outside portion of the inner tube between the first end of the inner tube and the at least one suction hole, the second length having a size that is smaller in size to a size of the first length, the outer tube movable from a first position with respect to the inner tube to a second position with respect to the inner tube and to an intermediate position anywhere between the first position and the second position;
a first balloon member secured to the outer tube;
a first collapsible/extendable member secured at the first end of the outer tube and to a first outside area of the inner tube and a second collapsible/extendable member secured at the second end of the outer tube and to a second outside area of the inner tube, the first collapsible/extendable member and the second collapsible/extendable member restricting an amount that the outer tube is permitted to move with respect to the inner tube in either direction; wherein when the outer tube is at the first position the first collapsible/extendable member is in a collapsed configuration and the second collapsible/extendable member is in an extended configuration and when the outer tube is at the second position the first collapsible/extendable member is in an extended configuration and the second collapsible/extendable member is in a collapsed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,456,539

INHALER

KIND CONSUMER LIMITED, L...

1. An inhaler comprising:a reservoir for holding a plurality of doses of a composition to be inhaled;
a housing containing the reservoir and having an outlet end where each dose of the composition exits the inhaler and an opposite end;
a composition flow path extending from the reservoir to the outlet end of the housing along which the composition flows from the reservoir along the flow path and out of a composition orifice towards the outlet end of the housing;
a flexible diaphragm which does not form part of the composition flow path defining a suction chamber on one side of the diaphragm, the suction chamber extending from an air outlet proximate to the outlet end of the housing, and terminating part way along the housing such that the diaphragm separates the suction chamber on one side of the diaphragm from the remainder of the housing on the opposite side of the diaphragm;
a valve element movable with the diaphragm and biased by a biasing force into a first position in which it closes the composition flow path at a position between the reservoir and the composition orifice;
wherein suction on the outlet end reduces the pressure in the suction chamber thereby moving the valve element against the biasing force to a second position to open the composition flow path so that a single dose out of the plurality of doses of the composition held in the reservoir can flow uninterrupted from the reservoir through the composition orifice and out of the outlet end; and
wherein the said biasing force is arranged to return the valve element to the first position to close the composition flow path to stop the flow of the composition from the reservoir through the composition orifice once the single dose is complete and the suction ceases.

US Pat. No. 10,456,535

DRY POWDER INHALER

Presspart Manufacturing L...

1. An inhaler device comprisingan inhaler housing comprising at least one air inlet duct;
an elongated capsule chamber adapted for receiving a capsule which contains a dose of medicament in dry powder form, and wherein the capsule chamber has a longitudinal axis and is defined by a wall arrangement including a first and a second supporting wall portion opposing each other in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal axis and first and second sidewall portions opposing each other in the direction of the longitudinal axis;
a mouthpiece portion through which the medicament in dry powder form is dispensable; and
at least first and second airflow paths which each extend between the at least one air inlet duct, the capsule chamber and the mouthpiece portion to enable an inhalation airflow formed upon inhalation to flow through the at least one air inlet duct via the capsule chamber and the mouthpiece portion such that the dose of medicament is entrained in air and dispensed through the mouthpiece portion;
wherein the first airflow path comprises at least a first intermediate duct extending from the at least one air inlet duct to a first capsule chamber inlet adjacent to the first sidewall portion, and at least a first outlet duct extending from a first capsule chamber outlet adjacent to the first sidewall portion in direction to the mouthpiece portion; and the second airflow path comprises at least a second intermediate duct extending from the at least one air inlet duct to a second capsule chamber inlet adjacent to the second sidewall portion, and at least a second outlet duct extending from a second capsule chamber outlet adjacent to the second sidewall portion in direction to the mouthpiece portion,
wherein
the at least first and second outlet ducts extend, upon exit from the capsule chamber, towards a swirl chamber and are connected to it,
wherein said swirl chamber comprises a base from which an inner wall surrounding that base vertically extends towards a swirl chamber outlet and,
wherein the swirl chamber outlet is connected to the mouthpiece portion and encloses a flow cross-section area which is smaller than an area of the base surrounded by the inner wall.

US Pat. No. 10,456,526

MULTI-COMPARTMENT PRE-FILLED MIXING SYRINGES WITH BYPASS

Ethicon, Inc., Somervill...

5. A multi-compartment medical device for segregated storage and on demand mixing of at least two components and expression of a resulting mixture from the device, comprising:a) a tubular barrel extending along an axis and having a front end and a rear end spaced axially behind the front end wherein the front end has an opening to express the mixture and a removable cap on said opening;
b) a gasket sealing the rear end of the tubular barrel and having an aperture;
c) a plunger located between the gasket and front end that is axially slidable within the tubular barrel that subdivides the tubular barrel into a front compartment between the plunger and the opening and a rear compartment between the plunger and the gasket;
d) a stem attached to the plunger and projecting axially rearward out of the rear end through the gasket, said stem sealing the aperture and axially slidable through the gasket aperture while maintaining the seal, with the dimensions of the aperture closely corresponding to dimensions of the stem; and
e) at least one bypass in the barrel that is positioned between the front end and the rear end of the tubular barrel so as to enable fluid movement of the components between the front compartment and rear compartment;
wherein the plunger and the rear compartment are located axially behind the front compartment,
wherein said front compartment is partially filled with a first component and said rear compartment is at least partially filled with a second component, and
wherein at least one of the components is a fluid;
wherein said device is configured for repeatedly moving the plunger using the stem within the barrel towards the front end and then towards the back end or vice versa,
said device further comprising:
f) a separator slidably positioned on the stem between the plunger and the gasket and subdividing the rear compartment into a rear subcompartment between the gasket and the separator and an intermediate compartment between the separator and the plunger;
g) a rear bypass positioned between the gasket and the separator, wherein the length of the rear bypass is substantially equivalent to the length of the rear subcompartment; and
h) an intermediate bypass positioned between the plunger and the separator, wherein the length of the intermediate bypass is substantially equivalent to the length of the intermediate compartment,
wherein an intermediate bypass gap between the intermediate bypass and the bypass is from about one half to about double the thickness of the separator;
wherein a bypass gap between the intermediate bypass and the rear bypass is from about one half to about triple the thickness of the plunger, said front compartment is partially filled with a first component, said rear subcompartment is partially filled with a second component, and said intermediate compartment is at least partially filled with an intermediate component, and at least one of the components is a fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,456,518

ARTERIAL CANNULA WHICH ALLOWS PERFUSION ALONG OPPOSING DIRECTIONS WITHIN A CANNULATED VESSEL

1. A cannula structure configured for cannulating an anatomical vessel of a body of a patient through a vessel entry point and delivering oxygenated blood into the vessel during a veno-arterial extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (VA ECMO) procedure or a cardiopulmonary bypass procedure, the vessel having a superficial wall and a central axis definable within the vessel, the cannula structure formed as an elongate tubular structure having a length, and comprising:a proximal opening, which is disposed outside of the patient's body and by which oxygenated blood is introduced into the cannula structure for delivery into the vessel during the VA ECMO procedure or cardiopulmonary bypass procedure;
a plurality of fluid outputs, each of the plurality of fluid outputs fluidically coupled along the length of the cannula structure to the proximal opening of the cannula structure, the plurality of fluid outputs comprising:
a distal opening configured for outputting into the vessel a first portion of said oxygenated blood during the VA ECMO procedure or cardiopulmonary bypass procedure in a first direction toward the patient's heart; and
a set of fenestrations that is distinct and spaced proximally away from the distal opening, the set of fenestrations configured for outputting into the vessel a second portion of said oxygenated blood during the VA ECMO procedure or cardiopulmonary bypass procedure in a second direction counter to the first direction away from the patient's heart, simultaneous with the distal opening outputting the first portion of said oxygenated blood in the first direction during the VA ECMO procedure or cardiopulmonary bypass procedure;
and
a first tube disposed distal to the cannula structure's proximal opening, the first tube having an elongate length along which a plurality of fluidically coupled lumens extend therethrough, the first tube comprising:
a first segment configured to entirely reside within the vessel when the vessel is cannulated, the first segment comprising:
a first lumen having a proximal fluid input fluidically coupled to the proximal opening of the cannula structure and which is configured for receiving said oxygenated blood during the VA ECMO procedure or cardiopulmonary bypass procedure;
an elongate projecting portion through which the first lumen extends; and
the cannula structure's plurality of fluid outputs,
wherein the distal opening resides near or at a distal end of the first tube,
wherein the elongate projecting portion extends between the distal opening and the set of fenestrations,
wherein the set of fenestrations resides on a section of the first segment that is (a) proximal to the elongate projecting portion, (b) configured to remain angulated within the vessel during the VA ECMO procedure or cardiopulmonary bypass procedure, and (c) disposed substantially beneath the vessel entry point such that the set of fenestrations outputs the second portion of said oxygenated blood substantially beneath the vessel entry point during the VA ECMO procedure or cardiopulmonary bypass procedure, and
wherein during the VA ECMO procedure or cardiopulmonary bypass procedure, a vector flow component along the central axis of the vessel corresponding to the second portion of said oxygenated blood output by the set of fenestrations is antiparallel to a vector flow component along the central axis of the vessel corresponding to the first portion of said oxygenated blood output by the distal opening;
a second segment proximal to the first segment and configured to essentially entirely reside external to the vessel when the vessel is cannulated, which comprises a second lumen aligned with the first lumen of the first segment, and which between the cannula structure's proximal opening and distal opening is fluidically coupled to each of the cannula structure's proximal opening, the proximal fluid input of the first segment, the first lumen of the first segment, and the cannula structure's plurality of fluid outputs, and which is configured for receiving said oxygenated blood from the cannula structure's proximal opening and delivering said oxygenated blood into the proximal fluid input of the first segment during the VA ECMO procedure or cardiopulmonary bypass procedure; and
an expandable or inflatable cuff which prior to and after expansion or inflation is disposed distal to the second segment and around the first segment at a first segment location proximal to the set of fenestrations, wherein the expandable or inflatable cuff when expanded or inflated has a cross sectional area that is larger than each of a cross sectional area of the vessel entry point and the first segment at the location around the first segment at which the expandable or inflatable cuff is disposed, and wherein the expandable or inflatable cuff comprises:
a sleeve;
a plurality of flange members disposed about the sleeve and configured for expansion away from or contraction toward the first lumen; and
an activation member coupled to the sleeve and configured for selectively expanding or contracting the plurality of flange members,
wherein the expandable or inflatable cuff is configured for allowing blood flow around unflanged portions thereof,
wherein the expandable or inflatable cuff when expanded or inflated is configured to reside entirely within the vessel in a position substantially beneath and immediate to the vessel entry point adjacent to the superficial wall of the vessel, proximal to the set of fenestrations relative to the length of the first tube when the vessel is cannulated and the first tube is in a correct position within the vessel during the VA ECMO procedure or cardiopulmonary bypass procedure.

US Pat. No. 10,456,504

ACICULAR BODY

TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD....

1. An acicular body, comprising:a support plate having a color such that the color has a brightness L* of 5.0 or less as measured in conformity with JIS K5600-4-5 of 1999; and
at least one needle formed on the support plate and including a needle tip portion formed to pierce a skin,
wherein the at least one needle has a total light transmittance of 20% or more such that the at least one needle is transparent or translucent for visible observation of the color of the support plate via the at least one needle, and the support plate is formed such that the needle tip portion of the at least one needle is visually observed against the support plate.

US Pat. No. 10,456,497

PROTECTIVE DRESSING FOR SKIN-PLACED MEDICAL DEVICE

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

17. A dressing for covering a medical device on a skin surface of a patient, comprising:a release layer;
a dressing portion removably attached to the release layer, the dressing portion configured to rest against the skin surface of the patient, the dressing portion defining a hole having an outer perimeter;
a polymeric cover film attached to the dressing portion, the polymeric cover film including a pliable domed portion having a shape corresponding to the outer perimeter of the hole of the dressing portion, the pliable domed portion defining a cavity configured to receive therein the medical device when the dressing is placed on the skin surface of the patient;
a support frame removably attached to the polymeric cover film configured to provide rigidity to the dressing; and
a securement component removably attached to the support frame, the securement component configured to secure a portion of the medical device, wherein the support frame includes a gap configured to enable the securement component to be removed from the support frame and attached to the polymeric cover film without removing the support frame from the polymeric cover film.

US Pat. No. 10,456,495

PACKAGING DEVICE FOR MEDICAL PRODUCTS TO BE STERILIZED OR HAVING BEEN STERILIZED COMPRISING INTERNAL FIXATION

B. Braun Melsungen AG, (...

1. A packaging device comprising:a receiving compartment for medical products to be sterilized or having been sterilized, the receiving compartment sealable in a sterile manner; and
a carrier configured to at least one of hang, guide, or handle the packaging device, the carrier extending into an interior of the receiving compartment and comprising at least one fitting mount for a section of a medical product to be sterilized or having been sterilized,
the carrier comprising an outer guiding section configured to at least one of hang, guide, or handle the packaging device,
the receiving compartment being formed by a film package,
a bonded connection being formed between the carrier and the film package at an interface where the carrier extends into the receiving compartment, and
the outer guiding section projecting through the bonded connection and outside of the film package.

US Pat. No. 10,456,493

INFECTION CONTROL APPARATUS

Allied Bioscience, Inc., ...

1. An infection control apparatus comprising:an asset tagging unit;
a spraying unit;
a power supply unit;
a DNA/RNA sequencing unit; and
a computing unit comprising a non-transitory computer-readable medium encoded with program instructions for controlling the asset tagging unit, the spraying unit and the DNA/RNA sequencing unit, to perform a method of infection control in a facility.

US Pat. No. 10,456,485

SINGLE-EMITTER LIGHTING DEVICE THAT OUTPUTS A MINIMUM AMOUNT OF POWER TO PRODUCE INTEGRATED RADIANCE VALUES SUFFICIENT FOR DEACTIVATING PATHOGENS

KENALL MANUFACTURING COMP...

1. A lighting device configured to deactivate MRSA bacteria in an environment, the lighting device comprising:at least one lighting element with a single light source configured to provide light, at least a first component of the light having a wavelength of about 405 nm, and at least a second component of the light having a wavelength of greater than 420 nm,
wherein the first component of light has a minimum integrated irradiance of 0.01 mW/cm2 measured from any unshielded point in the environment that is 1.5 m from any point on any external-most luminous surface of the lighting device.

US Pat. No. 10,456,481

DUALLY DERIVATIZED CHITOSAN NANOPARTICLES AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING THE SAME FOR GENE TRANSFER IN VIVO

1. A method of treating diabetes in a patient in need thereof, the method comprising administering a therapeutically effective amount of a therapeutic nucleic acid encoding insulin, a glucagon antagonist, GLP-1 or leptin to a target tissue in the patient, wherein said administering comprises contacting said target tissue with a dually derivatized (DD) chitosan nucleic acid polyplex, said DD chitosan nucleic acid polyplex comprising a chitosan-derivative nanoparticle and said therapeutic nucleic acid, wherein said chitosan-derivative nanoparticle comprises chitosan functionalized with arginine (Arg) and a hydrophilic polyol (HP) of Formula VII:
wherein:
R2 is selected from: H and hydroxyl;
R3 is selected from: H and hydroxyl; and
X is selected from: C2-C6 alkylene optionally substituted with one or more hydroxyl substituents;provided said hydrophilic polyol is not gluconic acid.

US Pat. No. 10,456,479

HYDROPHILIC LINKERS AND LIGAND-DRUG CONJUGATES THEREOF

HANGZHOU DAC BIOTECH CO.,...

14. A ligand-drug conjugate of formula (2):
wherein:
D represents a cytotoxic drug;
L represents a cell-binding ligand;
V represents a polar or charged group selected from the group consisting of
(phosphonates),(phosphoric acids),(phosphoramidic acids),(phosphorodiamidic acids), and(phosphoric triamides), wherein R is H or C1˜C8 alkyl; Q is CH or N L is NH, NH—(CH2)m, or N(CH3)(CH2)m, wherein m is an integer from 1 to 5, and “” is a site of attachment;U? represents a covalent linkage selected from the group consisting of a disulfide linkage, a thioether linkage, a thioester linkage, an amide linkage, an ester linkage, a carbon-nitrogen linkage, a carbon-carbon linkage, a hydrazine linkage, a hydrazide linkage, a hydrazone linkage, an ether linkage, a carbamate linkage, and a carbonate linkage;
W? represents a covalent linkage selected from the group consisting of an amide linkage, a carbamate linkage, a urea linkage, a disulfide linkage, a thioether linkage, a thiocarbamate linkage, a dithiocarbamate linkage, and a thioester linkage;
X represents a component composed of one, two, or three methylene units optionally substituted with an alkyl, halo, hydroxyl, alkoxy group;
Y represents a component composed of one, two, or three methylene units optionally substituted with an alkyl, halo, hydroxyl, or alkoxy group;
n is an integer from 1 to 100, provided that when n>1, values of each V, X, and Y in the repeating brackets of Formula (2) are independent and do not have to be identical.

US Pat. No. 10,456,469

GLUTAMINE-HIGH Z ELEMENT COMPOUNDS FOR TREATING CANCER

SERBIG PHARMACEUTICALS CO...

1. A method for treating tumorigenic cells by targeting the cells mitochondria comprising:treating the tumorigenic cells with a radiosensitizing containing glutamine-ligand-high Z element compound and also treating the tumorigenic cells with a high energy radiation,
wherein the glutamine-ligand-high Z element compound is selected from the group consisting of the compounds provided below:

US Pat. No. 10,456,467

NANOPARTICLE DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR TARGETED ANTI-OBESITY TREATMENT

UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING, L...

1. A method for making a magnetically responsive pharmaceutical, comprising:co-precipitating ferromagnetic metal salts and a TRPV1 protein agonist in the presence of ammonium hydroxide to form magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs); and
coating the MNPs and the TRPV1 protein agonist with a biodegradable polymer.

US Pat. No. 10,456,459

LIPOSOMAL ADJUVANT COMPOSITIONS

Zoetis Services LLC, Par...

1. An essentially saponin-free liposome, wherein said saponin is absent or present at or below the limit of detection, comprising an external lipid bilayer membrane and an internal compartment, the external membrane comprising:a) a quaternary ammonium compound composed of four alkyl chains, two of which are C10-C20 alkyls and the remaining two are C1-C4 alkyls;
b) a sterol selected from the group consisting of ?-sitosterol, stigmasterol, ergosterol, ergocalciferol, and cholesterol;
c) a phospholipid; and
d) a glycolipid of formula I:

wherein, R1 and R2 are independently hydrogen, or a saturated alkyl radical having up to 20 carbon atoms; X is —CH2—, —O— or —NH—; R2 is hydrogen, or a saturated alkyl radical having up to 20 carbon atoms; R3, R4, and R5 are independently hydrogen, —SO42?, —PO42?, —COC1-10 alkyl; R6 is L-alanyl, L-alpha-aminobutyl, L-arginyl, L-asparginyl, L-aspartyl, L-cysteinyl, L-glutamyl, L-glycyl, L-histidyl, L-hydroxyprolyl, L-isoleucyl, L-leucyl, L-lysyl, L-methionyl, L-ornithinyl, L-phenyalany, L-prolyl, L-seryl, L-threonyl, L-tyrosyl, L-tryptophanyl, and L-valyl or their D-isomers.

US Pat. No. 10,456,422

SURGICAL WOUND HEALING COMPOSITION AND METHOD OF APPLYING THE SAME

1. A method for improving the survival rate of a hair follicular graft during a hair transplantation surgery from a donor site to a recipient site, the method comprising injecting, proximal to the recipient site, a therapeutically effective amount of a suspension comprising:an autologous platelet solution above basal concentration;
granulated extracellular matrix; and
triamcinolone acetonide;
wherein administration of the therapeutically effective amount of the suspension is operative to decrease the scarring rate at the recipient site by more than 50%, increase the pigmentation retention rate of the hair follicular graft, and increase the survival rate of the hair follicular graft.

US Pat. No. 10,456,397

COVALENT INHIBITORS OF CDK-7

Newave Pharmaceutical Inc...

1. A method of treating a neoplastic disease, comprising administering to a subject in need thereof an effective amount of a compound of Formula (I), or an N-oxide thereof, a pharmaceutically acceptable salt, polymorph, tautomer, stereoisomer, or an isotopic form thereof:whereinA is cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl, cycloalkenyl, heterocycloalkenyl, aryl, heteroaryl, fused hetero-bicyclic, or spiro-heterocyclic;
each of B, and C, independently, is cycloalkyl, cycloalkenyl, heterocycloalkyl, heterocycloalkenyl, aryl, or heteroaryl;
each of Z1, Z2, Z3, and Z4 independently, is a bond, (CRaRb)p, (CRaRb)pN(Ra)(CRaRb)q, N(Ra)(CRaRb)qN(Ra), (CRaRb)pO(CRaRb)q, (CRaRb)pC?C(CRaRb)q, (CRaRb)pC?C(CRaRb)q, C(Ra)?N, O, S, C(O), N(Ra), S(O2), OC(O), C(O)O, OSO2, S(O2)O, C(O)S, SC(O), C(O)C(O), C(O)N(Ra), N(Ra)C(O), S(O2)N(Ra), N(Ra)S(O2), OC(O)O, OC(O)S, OC(O)N(Ra), OC(O)N(Ra)(CRaRb)p+1N(Ra)(CRaRb)q, N(Ra)C(O)O, N(Ra)C(O)S, N(Ra)C(O)N(Rb), (CRaRb)pN(Ra)C(O)(CRaRb)q, or (CRaRb)pC(O)N(Ra)(CRaRb)q;
each of m, n, p, and q independently, is 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4;
Warhead is

L1 is N(R7) if the atom which L1 connects to ring A is a carbon atom; or L1 is a direct bond if ring A is a heterocycloalkyl, heterocycloalkenyl, or heteroaryl and the atom which L1 connects to ring A is a nitrogen atom;
L2 is (CRaRb)SCH?HC(CRaRb)r in which each of r, and s independently, is 1, 2, 3, or 4;
each of W1, and W2 independently, is C(R4) or N;
each of R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, and R7, independently, is H, alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, cycloalkyl, cycloalkenyl, heterocycloalkyl, heterocycloalkenyl, aryl, heteroaryl, halo, nitro, oxo, cyano, —ORa, —SRa, —NRbRc, —C(O)Ra, —S(O)Ra, —SO2Ra, —P(O)RbRc, —C(O)N(Rb)Ra, —N(Rb)C(O)Rc, —C(O)ORa, —OC(O)Ra, —SO2N(Rb)Rc, —N(Rb)SO2Rc, -alkyl-Ra, -alkyl-C(O)Ra, -alkyl-NRbRc, -alkyl-C(O)N(Rb)Rc, -alkyl-N(Rb)C(O), or -alkyl-N(Rb)SO2Rc; and
each of Ra, Rb, Ra, Rb, and Rc, independently, is H, alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, cycloalkyl, cycloalkenyl, heterocycloalkyl, heterocycloalkenyl, aryl, heteroaryl, halo, cyano, amine, nitro, hydroxy, —C(O)NHOH, alkoxy, alkoxyalkyl, haloalkyl, hydroxyalkyl, aminoalkyl, alkylcarbonyl, alkoxycarbonyl, alkylcarbonylamino, dialkylamino, or alkylamino.

US Pat. No. 10,456,334

CREAM-TYPE HAIR COLORING AGENT

1. Agent for oxidative hair dyeing comprising, relative to the weight of the agent,from about 60 to about 83 wt. % water,
at least one oxidation dye precursor,
at least one alkalizing agent,
at least one cross-linked copolymer, constructed from acrylic acid and non-ethoxylated esters of acrylic acid with linear C10-C30 mono-alcohols as monomers, wherein the cross-linked copolymer is included in a total quantity of from about 0.08 to about 0.8 wt. %, relative to the weight of the agent,
at least one linear, saturated 1-alkanol with a hydroxy group and from about 8 to about 22 carbon atoms in a total amount of from about 8 to about 15 wt. %,
at least one saturated or unsaturated alkane carboxylic acid with from about 14 to about 22 carbon atoms or a salt thereof in a total amount of from about 0.1 to about 2 wt. %,
in a total quantity of from about 1 to about 5% wt. %, at least one glycerol fatty acid from Formula (I)
whereR1, R2 and R3 each independently of one another denote a hydrogen atom or a grouping in Formula (II),
whereR4 denotes an unbranched or branched, saturated or unsaturated C11-C27 alkyl group, providing that at least one and a maximum of two of the radicals, selected from R1, R2, and R3, denotes a grouping of Formula (II);
in addition to the aforementioned substances, at least one other surfactant, selected from anionic, zwitterionic, amphoteric and non-ionic surfactants and mixtures thereof, in a total quantity of from about 1 to about 6 wt. %, and which do not contain any oxidants, and
at least one of branched alkanol with a hydroxy group and from about 10 to about 50 carbon atoms,
wherein the agent has a viscosity of from about 22,000 to about 27,000 mPas when measured at 20° C. using a rotational viscometer at a rotational frequency of 7.2 s?1 with measurement geometry SV II.

US Pat. No. 10,456,320

HAND AND FOOT WRAPS

CoolSystems, Inc., Conco...

1. A therapy wrap for treating a hand of a patient, the therapy wrap comprising:a sleeve comprising a palm facing portion, a forearm wrap portion and a hand covering portion;
a hand support disposed within the palm facing portion of the sleeve, the hand support having a convex, curved palm facing surface configured to conform to a shape of the patient's hand in a relaxed state;
a therapy component comprising a heat exchanger disposed in both the palm facing portion, the forearm wrap portion and the hand covering portion of the sleeve, the heat exchanger comprising a compliant fluid bladder; and
a base plate having a slot wherein when the therapy wrap is in use treating the hand of a patient the therapy component is in the slot with the heat exchanger disposed in the hand covering portion on one side of the base plate and the heat exchanger disposed in the palm facing portion on another side of the base plate.

US Pat. No. 10,456,314

RANGE OF MOTION DEVICE

Bonutti Research, Inc., ...

1. An orthosis configured to stretch tissue around a foot and a toe of a wearer, said orthosis comprising:a first member affixable to the foot;
a second member operatively connected to the first member and affixable to the toe;
a gear fixedly connected to the second member and having a plurality of gear teeth, wherein the gear is configured to rotate relative to the first member to impart movement of the second member relative to the first member; and
a drive assembly operatively coupled to the gear and configured to drive rotation of the gear relative to the first member thereby driving movement of the second member relative to the first member such that the toe moves relative to the foot corresponding with said movement of the second member relative to the first member when the first member is affixed to the foot and the second member is affixed to the toe.

US Pat. No. 10,456,310

BED STEP STOOL AND METHOD OF USE

1. A bed step stool for assisting a user into and out of bed including opposite sides, a head, and a foot, comprising:a first support to be disposed closer to the head of the bed;
a second support to be disposed closer to the foot of the bed;
a step assembly supported between the first support and the second support, the step assembly to enable the user to step thereon for assisting the user into and out of the bed;
a bed attachment that couples the bed step stool to the bed to stabilize the bed step stool,
wherein the first support and the second support define an unobstructed pathway for entry and exit with respect to the bed and the bed step stool that is perpendicular with respect to the sides of the bed whereby the user goes between the first support and the second support to step onto the step assembly and off the step assembly without any obstruction.

US Pat. No. 10,456,298

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR THE TREATMENT OF EYE CONDITIONS

Tear Film Innovations, In...

1. A device for treating a mammalian eye having an eyelid, comprising:a shield formed of a plate positionable proximate an inner surface of an eyelid, the shield including an energy-reflecting material that reflects light energy;
an energy transducer having a device that emits light energy, the energy transducer positionable outside of the eyelid when the shield is positioned proximate the inner surface of the eyelid, wherein the energy transducer provides light energy toward the energy-reflecting material at one or more wavelengths, including a first wavelength selected to at least partially pass through the eyelid to the shield and at least partially reflect back toward a target tissue region from the shield; and
an energy transmission surface positioned in a spaced relationship with the shield;
a housing, wherein the shield, the energy transducer, and the energy transmission surface are mechanically coupled to the housing;
an actuator coupled to the housing, wherein actuation of the actuator causes relative movement between the energy transmission surface and the shield so as to modify the spaced relationship;
wherein when the eyelid is positioned between the energy transducer and the shield, the light energy from the energy transducer passes through the eyelid and reflects off the shield.

US Pat. No. 10,456,295

MEDICAL DEVICE, ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR CREATING A CHANNEL IN SOFT TISSUE

TEL HASHOMER MEDICAL RESE...

1. A device for creating a channel having predetermined dimensions in an eye wall, the device comprising an elongated member extending along a longitudinal axis X between a first end and a second end;said first end comprising an engagement element configured for engagement with a grip unit comprising a rotor to cause rotation of said elongated member about said longitudinal axis X upon actuation of the rotor to create said channel;
said second end comprising a tissue piercing tip configured for piercing the eye wall during insertion of the device along said longitudinal axis X into the eye wall;
said elongated member comprising a segment proximal to the second end extending along said longitudinal axis X and configured for creating said channel by said rotation, said segment having an external surface having a circumference C and comprising:
at least one depression axially extending along at least a portion of said segment; and
one or more blades with a cutting edge, extending peripherally beyond said circumference C of said external surface, by a distance defining a cutting thickness, the one or more blades extending along at least part of said segment;
said device comprising a protective member configured and operable to:
be fixedly attached to the grip unit at a proximal end of the protective member,
have a lumen surrounding the elongated member and in which the elongated member is entered from its first end to be engaged by the engagement element with the grip unit,
have a predetermined length defining a length of the elongated member that penetrates the eye,
have a shape configured to penetrate through conjunctiva tissue of the eye wall and to form a stopper to prevent excessive penetration of the elongated member into sclera tissue of the eye wall and to block the device from penetrating the eye to an extent that causes damage to inside of the eye, and
be static during rotation of the elongated member thereby protecting the surrounding conjunctiva tissue during the channel creation in the eye wall.

US Pat. No. 10,456,293

OPHTHALMIC SYSTEM FOR SUSTAINED RELEASE OF DRUG TO EYE

ForSight Vision5, Inc., ...

1. A method of manufacturing an ocular device configured to be positioned on a surface of the eye at least partially underneath at least one of the upper and lower eyelids and outside a cornea of the eye for delivering at least one therapeutic agent to an eye for an extended period of time, the method comprising:forming a support structure from a length of a first material having a first end region and a second end region into a first shape, wherein the first shape of the support structure provides an overall shape to the ocular device prior to positioning the ocular device on the surface of the eye;
dispersing at least one therapeutic agent into a second material creating a drug matrix, wherein the second material is different from the first material;
molding the drug matrix into a tubular structure having a lumen; and
threading the tubular structure over the length of the support structure such that the support structure extends through the lumen of the tubular structure,
wherein the first shape conforms to a second, different shape after positioning the ocular device onto the surface of the eye, and wherein upon being removed from the eye, the ocular device retains the second shape or changes to a third shape, wherein the third shape is different from both the first shape and the second shape.

US Pat. No. 10,456,286

TORQUE-COMPENSATING ASSISTIVE WRIST BRACES

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A torque-compensating assistive wrist brace comprising:a hand member adapted to attach to a user's hand, the hand member comprising a continuous band having a relative wide finger passage through which the user's fingers can pass and a smaller thumb passage through which the user's thumb can pass;
a forearm member adapted to attach to the user's forearm, the forearm member including a body and mounting elements provided on the body that form pivot points of the wrist brace; and
an assistive linkage that connects the hand and forearm members together, the assistive linkage comprising one or more spring-assisted six-bar linkages and a transverse shaft, each spring-assisted six-bar linkage provided on a lateral side of the wrist brace, each spring-assisted six-bar linkage including four binary links, two ternary links, and a biasing element that together apply a balancing torque to a wrist of the user that counteracts intrinsic stiffness within the wrist and assists the user in rotating the wrist in both the flexion and extension directions;
wherein the mounting elements comprise a first pair of laterally spaced mounting arms that extend from a distal end of the body of the forearm member on opposed lateral sides of the body;
wherein the mounting elements further comprise a top mounting element that includes a central longitudinal flange that extends upward from the body and a second pair of laterally spaced mounting arms that extend laterally from the longitudinal flange and then forward toward the distal end of the body;
wherein the mounting arms each include an opening that defines a location of a pivot point for links of the one or more spring-assisted six-bar linkages, and wherein the central longitudinal flange includes an opening adapted to receive the transverse shaft upon which links of the one or more spring-assisted six-bar linkages are mounted;
wherein a first binary link of each spring-assisted six-bar linkage is fixedly attached to a lateral side of the hand member, pivotally connected to one of the mounting elements of the forearm member, and pivotally connected to a first ternary link of the corresponding spring-assisted six-bar linkage.

US Pat. No. 10,456,285

SPLIT SHEATH DEPLOYMENT SYSTEM

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A method of deploying a radially expandable prosthesis using a delivery and deployment device, the delivery and deployment device comprising a proximal release mechanism for releasably retaining a proximal portion of the prosthesis and having a first resistance, a distal release mechanism for releasably retaining a distal portion of the prosthesis and having a second resistance, and a biasing compensator for regulating the relationship between the first resistance and the second resistance, the method comprising the steps of:positioning the delivery and deployment device so that the prosthesis is adjacent an area to be treated; and
actuating the proximal and distal release mechanisms in a single coordinated movement so that the proximal release mechanism releases the proximal portion of the prosthesis and the distal release mechanism releases the distal portion of the prosthesis in a predetermined manner.

US Pat. No. 10,456,280

SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF USING A BRAIDED IMPLANT

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A system for treating an aneurysm, comprising:a plurality of braided implants, wherein each braided implant comprises a porosity of 65%-70% that is consistent over a different 1 mm diameter range in a diameter of a vessel, each braided implant configured to provide the consistent porosity over different 1 mm diameter ranges.

US Pat. No. 10,456,276

MEDICAL DEVICE SUITABLE FOR LOCATION IN A BODY LUMEN

Veryan Medical Limited, ...

1. A stent suitable for deployment in a blood vessel, wherein the stent is expandable from a delivery configuration to an expanded deployed configuration, wherein upon application of a load to the stent when the stent is in the expanded deployed configuration the stent is movable from an unloaded expanded deployed configuration to a loaded expanded deployed configuration, wherein in the unloaded expanded deployed configuration the longitudinal axis of the stent is straight; and wherein in the loaded expanded deployed configuration the longitudinal axis of the stent is curved in three-dimensional space, such that the stent can cause at least a part of a longitudinal axis of a blood vessel in which it is deployed to curve in three-dimensional space, the stent comprising a plurality of spaced annular elements connected to each other by primary connecting elements and secondary connecting elements wherein the primary and secondary connecting elements are different from each other in at least one of a radial dimension, a circumferential dimension, a length, a width, a thickness, a geometry, a stiffness and a material used to form the primary and secondary connecting elements such difference biasing the stent to achieve the three-dimensional curvature during loading while the stent moves from the unloaded deployed expanded configuration to the loaded deployed expanded configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,456,275

ANCHORING SYSTEM FOR PROSTHETIC AND ORTHOTIC DEVICES

SHRINERS HOSPITAL FOR CHI...

1. An anchoring system comprising:(i) a fastener including a substantially planar base, and a first clasp-engaging member protruding perpendicularly from the portion of the base to define an axis of rotation and having an outwardly-extending flange, the fastener further including an adhesive suitable to secure the base directly to the skin of a wearer, and
(ii) a clasp having a first end configured to engage and rotate about the axis of rotation defined by the first clasp-engaging member and a second end configured to engage a cable of a prosthetic or orthotic device, wherein the fastener and clasp are configured to facilitate manual operation of the cable of the prosthetic or orthotic device when the clasp is engaged with the fastener, the adhesive having a sufficient strength to remain adhered to the skin during manual operation of the prosthetic or orthotic device.

US Pat. No. 10,456,267

LATERAL CAGE STABILIZATION

Medos International Sarl,...

1. A kit for stabilizing an intervertebral disc space, comprising:a) an intervertebral fusion cage having an anterior face, an upper surface and a lower surface,
b) an expulsion barrier comprising:
i) a plurality of suture anchors, each suture anchor having a hollow shaft having an inside surface forming a bore, a proximal end, a distal end, and an outside surface having a bone-engaging surface feature thereon, and
ii) a suture having a first end portion and a second end portion,
wherein the suture is threaded through the bore of each suture anchor, and
wherein the end portions of the suture contact each other to form only a single a slip-knot,
wherein each suture anchor has a longitudinal axis extending in the direction defined by the proximal end of the suture anchor and the distal end of the suture anchor, and
wherein the bore extends substantially in parallel with the longitudinal axis of the suture anchor, from the proximal end of the suture anchor to the distal end of the suture anchor,
wherein the plurality of suture anchors define a plurality of suture segments in the suture, and
wherein the expulsion barrier is disposed with respect to the cage such that each suture segment traverses the anterior face of the cage so that each suture segment passes above the upper surface of the cage and below the lower surface of the cage.

US Pat. No. 10,456,265

FIXATION MECHANISM FOR AN IMPLANT

WRIGHT MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY...

1. An ankle prosthesis, comprising:a tibial component configured for attachment to a tibia of a person; and
a talar component having a first surface configured for facing the tibial component and a second surface configured for facing a talus of the person, the second surface having first and second arms attached thereto, for pivoting or flexing outwardly in medial and lateral directions, respectively, to engage side surfaces of a previously formed slot in the talus; and
a separator comprising at least one of a cone and a wedge, the separator being positioned between the first and second arms and attached to a threaded member for moving the separator in an anterior-posterior direction, the separator configured to be advanced towards an end of each of the first and second arms attached to the second surface, for causing the first and second arms to pivot or flex outwardly.

US Pat. No. 10,456,261

DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING ORTHOPEDIC IMPLANTS

ConforMIS, Inc., Billeri...

1. A fixture for use in manufacturing a surgical implant for treating a portion of a bone of a patient, the fixture comprising:an outer surface, the outer surface including:
an engagement portion configured to engage a patient-specific portion of the implant in a known orientation during at least a portion of the manufacturing of the implant; and
a connecting portion, the connecting portion configured for releasably connecting to one or more processing apparatuses in a predetermined orientation,
wherein the engagement portion includes first and second holes, the first and second holes sized and positioned to accommodate first and second pegs, respectively, extending from the implant when the implant is engaged with the engagement portion in the known orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,456,255

DISK-BASED VALVE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR THE TREATMENT OF VALVE DYSFUNCTION

Cephea Valve Technologies...

1. A method of deploying a prosthetic cardiac valve in a patient, the method comprising:inserting the prosthetic cardiac valve in a collapsed configuration within a dysfunctional mitral valve in the patient's heart, the prosthetic cardiac valve including a distal portion, a proximal portion, and a central portion therebetween;
permitting the distal portion to self-expand such that the distal portion flares radially outward relative to the collapsed configuration and relative to the central portion, the flared distal portion forming a distal disk having a convex annular shape such that the distal disk points distally;
pulling the distal disk proximally into a plane of the dysfunctional mitral valve;
engaging mitral valve tissue with a plurality of hooks disposed on the distal disk proximal to a distal end of the prosthetic cardiac valve;
permitting the proximal portion to self-expand on an opposite side of the dysfunctional mitral valve such that the proximal portion flares radially outward relative to the collapsed configuration and relative to the central portion, the flared proximal portion forming a proximal disk, wherein pulling the distal disk proximally occurs prior in time to permitting the proximal portion to self-expand; and
permitting the central portion of the valve anchor to self-expand within the dysfunctional mitral valve to move the distal and proximal disks toward each other to compress the dysfunctional mitral valve.

US Pat. No. 10,456,253

LOW PROFILE DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR TRANSCATHETER HEART VALVE

Edwards Lifesciences Corp...

1. An apparatus for delivering a prosthetic valve through the vasculature of a patient comprising:a steerable guide catheter having a handle portion and an elongated guide tube extending from the handle portion, the elongated guide tube having a distal end portion comprising a steerable section, the guide catheter further comprising a first adjustment mechanism on the handle portion and a pull wire operatively connecting the first adjustment mechanism to the steerable section for changing the curvature of the steerable section via manual adjustment of the first adjustment mechanism, the guide catheter further comprising a second adjustment mechanism coupled to the handle portion; and
a balloon catheter sized to slidably extend through the guide catheter, the balloon catheter comprising an elongated shaft extending coaxially through the guide tube and the handle portion, the shaft comprising a proximal end portion and a distal end portion, the balloon catheter further comprising an inflatable balloon mounted on the distal end portion of the shaft;
wherein the second adjustment mechanism comprises a rotatable component, wherein rotation of the rotatable component causes the shaft of the balloon catheter and the inflatable balloon to move longitudinally relative to the guide tube and the handle portion while the guide tube remains stationary upon rotation of the rotatable component;
wherein the second adjustment mechanism comprises a securement mechanism configured to selectively retain the shaft of the balloon catheter to prevent longitudinal sliding movement of the shaft relative to the second adjustment mechanism and release the shaft to permit longitudinal sliding movement of the shaft relative to the second adjustment mechanism and the guide tube without rotation of the rotatable component of the second adjustment mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,456,224

METHOD FOR GUIDING DENTAL IMPLANT PLAN, APPARATUS FOR SAME, AND RECORDING MEDIUM THEREFOR

OSSTEMIMPLANT CO., LTD., ...

1. A method of implant planning guide, comprising:detecting a region where a tooth has been lost based on a tooth image;
calculating an implant area where an implant is to be placed in the region; and
displaying the implant area on the teeth image by using a pre-determined mark indicating boundaries of the implant area,
wherein the implant area is displayed separately for each of the implant objects which are parts of the implant, or the implant area is displayed integrally for all the implant objects,
wherein in case that the implant area is displayed integrally for all the implant objects, the implant area of the implant object selected by a user is separately displayed from that of the others.

US Pat. No. 10,456,222

METHOD OF DAMPING LATERAL, AXIAL AND LONGITUDINAL FORCES ON DENTAL PROSTHESES USING SYNTHETIC PERIODONTAL LIGAMENT FIBERS

1. A method of damping forces on dental prostheses, the steps of the method comprising:aligning an arcuate full bar with two or more implants recessed into bone in a patient's mouth, the full bar defining a plurality of axial bores, the full bar comprising a plurality of downwardly-protruding transmucosal shanks for inserting in corresponding cavities defined by two or more implants sunk into a patient's mandible;
overlaying a generally convex, arcuate damping compression membrane of flexible material on a top surface of the full bar, the arcuate damping membrane having an upper convex membrane surface, a lower concave membrane surface, the damping membrane positioning above the full bar and below a half-bar and detachably affixed thereto; and
affixing to one of the implants and the full bar an arcuate half-bar having a convex upper half-bar surface and a concave lower half-bar surface defining a plurality of protuberances, the half-bar positioning on the upper membrane surface of the damping membrane, wherein the arcuate half-bar is detachably affixed to the full bar;
wherein the damping membrane is adapted to damp lateral, longitudinal, and axial compressive and tensile forces applied to prostheses and the half-bar by enabling rotation of the prostheses around the convex upper surface of the full bar.

US Pat. No. 10,456,220

BENDABLE PROSTHESIS POST AND ANGULAR ADJUSTMENT METHOD

DENTSCARE LTDA, Joinvill...

1. An angular adjustment method for a definitive bendable prosthetic abutment provided with a single body, the method comprising:providing a definitive bendable prosthetic abutment with a single body, the prosthetic abutment formed to have a guiding and anchoring segment (1) of the single body to guide and anchor the prosthetic abutment, a connection zone (2) of the single body connected to an end portion of the guiding and anchoring segment and extending upwardly therefrom to connect to an implant when arranged on the gingival tissue, a sacrificial and anchoring zone (3) connected to an end portion of the connection zone and having a diameter greater than a diameter of the connection zone so as to define a protuberant ring-shaped shoulder, the guiding and anchoring segment, the connection zone, and the sacrificial and anchoring zone collectively defining a lower portion of the single body, the diameter of the sacrificial and anchoring zone (3) being greater than the diameter of the largest portion of the connection zone, a bendable intermediate restriction (4) connected to the sacrificial and anchoring zone and extending upwardly therefrom and positioned to define an intermediate portion of the single body, and a mounting and fastening portion (5) having a greater cross-sectional diameter than the intermediate restriction, connected to an end portion of the intermediate restriction, and extending upwardly therefrom to receive a prosthesis to be mounted and fastened when positioned thereon, the mounting and fastening portion defining the upper portion of the single body of the definitive bendable prosthetic abutment;
positioning the guiding and anchoring segment (1) of the prosthetic abutment into a cavity (29) of a base (28) of a separate bendable device (D) so that peripheral portions of the shoulder of the sacrificial and anchoring zone (3) of the prosthetic abutment contact peripheral portions of the cavity (29) of the separate bendable device (D); and
bending an upper portion of the single body about the intermediate portion for angular orientation with respect to the lower portion when positioned in the cavity (29) of the bending device (D).

US Pat. No. 10,456,216

DENTAL HAND INSTRUMENT AND HEAD HOUSING THEREFOR

1. A dental hand instrument, comprising:a grip sleeve having a front end;
a head housing arranged at the front end of the grip sleeve, the head housing including a substantially cylindrical hollow space and an inner wall region enclosing the substantially hollow space, the head housing configured to receive or hold a treatment instrument;
a spray insert arranged in the substantially cylindrical hollow space having two circumferential annular incisions;
a connecting bore located in the head housing having a first end facing the grip sleeve,
wherein the substantially cylindrical hollow space is connected by way of the connecting bore to a connection region pointing to the grip sleeve, and
wherein the first end of the connecting bore is coupled to a media line extending through the grip sleeve; and
a sickle-shaped recess located within the inner wall region of the head housing and into which the connecting bore opens.

US Pat. No. 10,456,214

LIGHT POINT IDENTIFICATION METHOD

Brainlab AG, Munich (DE)...

1. A method, comprising:acquiring, from a camera system, a series of camera images of a camera viewing field;
detecting whether the series of camera images include a light mark within the camera viewing field, wherein the light mark detected represents a possible light pulse reflection;
comparing a time pattern of the light mark detected in the series of camera images to a pre-define emission pattern of light pulses; and
determining that the light mark detected is a reflected light pulse when the time pattern of the light mark detected in the series of camera images matches the pre-defined emission pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,456,213

TOMOSYNTHESIS-GUIDED BIOPSY APPARATUS AND METHOD

HOLOGIC, INC., Marlborou...

1. An apparatus comprising:a base;
a table connected to the base, wherein the table is configured to support a patient in a prone position;
an equipment support platform linearly positionable relative to the base and the table;
a tomosynthesis imaging system rotatably secured to the equipment support platform and disposed below the table for imaging a breast of the patient, wherein the tomosynthesis imaging system is rotatable about an axis substantially orthogonal to the table;
a stage arm assembly rotatably secured to the equipment support platform independent of the tomosynthesis imaging system, wherein the stage arm assembly comprises a biopsy needle configured to obtain a tissue sample from the breast of the patient imaged by the tomosynthesis imaging system; and
a breast support assembly linearly positionable along the equipment support platform, wherein the breast support assembly is configured to compress the breast of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,456,209

REMOTE LASER TREATMENT SYSTEM WITH DYNAMIC IMAGING

1. A remote laser treatment system with dynamic imaging, comprising:a local control system disposed at a first location and a central control system disposed at a remote site at a second location, said local control system being operatively coupled to said central control system by means of a computer network;
said local control system including a laser generation device, a first computing device with a first processor, a local control module, and a dynamic imaging system;
said laser generation device including a treatment laser configured to generate and transmit a treatment laser beam to a treatment location on or in said patient;
said central control system including a second computing device with a second processor and a remote control module;
said remote control module being configured to perform a laser treatment procedure on said treatment location in an actual control mode in which said treatment laser is configured to transmit said treatment laser beam to said treatment location to surgically alter the body of said patient at said treatment location; and
said dynamic imaging system including an imaging device operatively coupled to said first computing device, said imaging device configured to capture images of a body portion of said patient over a predetermined duration of time, said imaging device comprising an image recognition sensor configured to capture both visible light and infrared light, said captured images including an initial captured image containing first image data that is produced without requesting said patient to perform any task, and said captured images further including a subsequent captured image containing second image data that is produced as a result of said patient being instructed to perform a task that induces one or more detectable physical and physiological changes in said body portion of said patient as compared to the initial captured image, said one or more detectable physical and physiological changes includes capillaries in said body portion folding and/or collapsing, said first computing device programmed to determine said displacement of said body portion of said patient over said predetermined duration of time using said captured images, and further programmed to compare said displacement of said body portion of said patient over said predetermined duration of time to a reference displacement of said body portion of said patient acquired at a first time prior to said displacement so that a plurality of induced physical and physiological dynamic changes in said body portion of said patient are assessed for the purpose of identifying said patient or evaluating physiological changes in said body portion, and said first computing device further programmed to compare a plurality of reference induced physical and physiological dynamic changes to said body portion of said patient captured by said imaging device at said first time to said plurality of induced physical and physiological dynamic changes to said body portion of said patient captured by said imaging device over said predetermined duration of time, and further programmed to determine if said plurality of reference induced physical and physiological dynamic changes captured by said imaging device at said first time substantially matches said plurality of induced physical and physiological dynamic changes to said body portion of said patient captured by said imaging device over said predetermined duration of time to verify an identity of said patient, said plurality of induced physical and physiological dynamic changes to said body portion of said patient including the following: (i) a change in a blood flow pattern in said body portion of said patient resulting from said folding and/or collapsing of capillaries in said body portion, and (ii) a change in a surface structure of said body portion of said patient resulting from said patient performing said task that induces one or more detectable physical changes.

US Pat. No. 10,456,206

INSTRUMENT ARTICULATION

CMR SURGICAL LIMITED, Ca...

1. A robotic instrument comprising an arm extending between a robot arm connection and an attachment for an end effector, the arm comprising:a first arm part;
a second arm part distal of the first arm part; and
an articulation whereby the first and second arm parts are coupled together, the articulation comprising:
an intermediate coupling having a housing and an articulation mechanism borne by the housing, the housing being attached to the first arm part by a joint permitting the housing and the first arm part to rotate relative to each other about at least two mutually offset axes, and the articulation mechanism comprising:
a first coupler having rotational freedom relative to the housing, a second coupler having rotational freedom relative to the housing and a connector extending between the first and second couplers so that rotation of the first coupler relative to the housing can cause rotation of the second coupler relative to the housing; and
a control rod connected to the first coupler and extending proximally of the first coupler along the first arm part;the second arm part being connected to the second coupler.

US Pat. No. 10,456,205

PATIENT-SPECIFIC FEMOROACETABULAR IMPINGEMENT INSTRUMENTS AND METHODS

Biomet Manufacturing, LLC...

1. A method of resecting a selected portion of an anatomy to improve range of motion of a femur relative to a pelvis in a specific patient, comprising:accessing from a first non-transitory storage medium image data of the patient including at least a portion of the pelvis and a portion of the femur at least including a femoral head of the femur and an acetabulum of the pelvis;
generating and displaying on a computer display a three dimensional (3D) model of at least a portion of the femur and the acetabulum based on the accessed image data;
determining using an interactive surgical planning software program in communication with the first non-transitory storage medium and computer display an appropriate resection of a defect portion of a femoral neck positioned to impinge on the acetabulum to obtain a selected range of motion of the femur relative to the pelvis after a resection;
designing a patient specific guide instrument configured to guide the resection relative to the femoral neck, the patient specific guide instrument including a portion having an inner surface configured to specifically engage the femur of the patient based on the generated 3D model of at least the femur;
transferring to a second non-transitory storage medium a surgical plan including the appropriate resection and the patient specific guide instrument;
manufacturing the designed patient specific guide instrument based on the surgical plan; and
sending the manufactured patient specific guide instrument to a user to perform the resection.

US Pat. No. 10,456,203

PREOPERATIVELY PLANNING AN ARTHROPLASTY PROCEDURE AND GENERATING A CORRESPONDING PATIENT SPECIFIC ARTHROPLASTY RESECTION GUIDE

Howmedica Osteonics Corpo...

1. A method of preoperatively planning an arthroplasty on a knee, the method comprising:a) identify in a computerized coordinate system anatomical landmarks in first medical images of a first resolution, the first medical images being of a knee region including the knee, the anatomical landmarks being in the knee region;
b) identify in the computerized coordinate system the anatomical landmarks in second medical images of a second resolution that is different than the first resolution, the second medical images including at least one of the knee region, an ankle or a hip;
c) merge the first and second medical images by positionally matching in the computerized coordinate system the anatomical landmarks in the first medical images and the anatomical landmarks in the second medical images; and
d) determining in the computerized coordinate system an arthroplasty resection relative to anatomical information resulting from the merged first and second medical images, wherein step d) comprises applying a computerized representation of an implant to the anatomical information resulting from the first medical images of the merged first and second medical images.

US Pat. No. 10,456,202

DEVICE AND METHODS OF IMPROVING LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY

TransEnterix Europe S.a.r...

1. A device useful for a surgeon and an automated assistant interface, and/or said surgeon and an operating medical assistant interface, during laparoscopic surgery; wherein said device comprises:a. an endoscope, mechanically interconnectable to an automated assistant;
b. at least one instrument;
c. at least one wireless transmitter with at least one operating key; said wireless transmitter and said at least one operating key are in communication with at least one of said at least one instrument; said wireless transmitter is configured to transmit a signal once said at least one operating key is pressed;
d. at least one wireless receiver; configured to receive said signal sent by said transmitter; and
e. at least one conventional laparoscopy computerized system in communication with said wireless receiver and said automated assistant;
wherein said signal sent is associated with said at least one instrument such that once said at least one operating key is pressed said at least one instrument is selected;
wherein said device is configured to control and to direct said endoscope via said conventional laparoscopy computerized system and said automated assistant on said at least one selected instrument;
wherein said at least one selected instrument is selectable following a pressure on said at least one operating key;
further wherein, upon said selection, electronic on-screen identification of a selected at least one laparoscopic instrument is providable, said electronic on-screen identification being real-time overlaid of a real-time image of said selected at least one laparoscopic instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,456,199

DEVICE FOR FRACTIONAL LASER-BASED-TREATMENT

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A treatment device for fractional laser-based skin treatment, the treatment device comprising:an emission window comprising an elongated area;
a treatment generator comprising a treatment laser, the treatment generator being configured to emit laser light towards skin tissue from a plurality of predefined locations in the emission window for generating, in use, laser-based lesions inside the skin tissue, wherein said plurality of predefined locations are disposed on a treatment axis of the emission window in said elongated area of the emission window;
a motion sensor configured to sense motion of the treatment device relative to the skin surface and to generate a motion signal representative of the sensed motion; and
a controller configured to receive the motion signal for determining a non-zero sequence of at least one of the plurality of predefined locations in the emission window from which the laser light is consecutively emitted in dependence on the motion signal, and for activating the treatment generator to generate said non-zero sequence based on a control signal representative of said non-zero sequence,
wherein the controller is configured to activate the treatment generator to generate said non-zero sequence when the sensed motion of the treatment device relative to the skin surface only has a component in a direction parallel to the treatment axis.

US Pat. No. 10,456,196

MONITORING AND TRACKING BIPOLAR ABLATION

Biosense Webster (Israel)...

1. A medical apparatus, comprising:a probe defining a longitudinal axis and having a bipolar ablation element disposed on a distal portion of the probe, the bipolar ablation element consisting of first and second ablation electrodes concentrically disposed on the distal portion of the probe relative to the longitudinal axis and a dedicated sensing electrode concentrically disposed on the distal portion of the probe relative to the longitudinal axis and between the first and second ablation electrodes, the first and second ablation electrodes being configured to operate as a bipolar pair in a bipolar mode to deliver RF energy to ablate tissue and form a lesion that extends between the first and second ablation electrodes, the dedicated sensing electrode being separate and distinct from the first and second ablation electrode and configured to sense local electrical activity in the heart when the ablation electrodes are delivering RF energy;
an ablation energy generator connected to the first and second ablation electrodes; and
a monitor connected to the sensing electrode and operative to detect cardiac electrical activity via the sensing electrode when the probe is brought into contact with a target tissue in a heart of a subject, the monitor comprising monitoring circuitry configured to track the progress of lesion formation by detecting a drop in the electrical amplitude of the electrical activity and a graphical display operative for displaying a map of a portion of the heart that includes the target tissue and a progression of energy application along an ablation path.

US Pat. No. 10,456,193

MEDICAL DEVICE WITH A BILATERAL JAW CONFIGURATION FOR NERVE STIMULATION

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument, comprising:a first jaw handle and a second jaw handle pivotally coupled about a joint;
the first jaw handle comprising a first jaw at a distal end of the first jaw handle;
the second jaw handle comprising a second jaw at a distal end of the second jaw handle;
the first and second jaws configured to grasp tissue therebetween when the first and second jaw handles are pivotally rotated about the joint into a closed position;
an electrical stimulation probe physically coupled to a proximal portion of either the first jaw handle or the second jaw handle and positioned physically separate from the first and second jaws such that a distal end of the electrical stimulation probe does not touch the first and the second jaws;
at least one of the first and second jaws configured to deliver therapeutic energy at a higher energy level for sealing or cutting tissue at a surgical site; and
at least one of the first and second jaws configured to deliver nontherapeutic energy at a lower energy level for providing electrical stimulation to nerve tissue at the surgical site.

US Pat. No. 10,456,192

BIPOLAR ELECTROSURGERY ACTUATOR

BIPAD, LLC, Point Lookou...

1. An actuator assembly adapted for use with a bipolar electrosurgical tool comprising a forceps having a tool plug at a proximal region and two blades mounted to the tool plug with facing interior surfaces, each blade extending from the tool plug to an electrode at a distal region of the blade and having an exterior surface with a handle portion at an intermediate region of the blade for articulation of the forceps by a hand of a user, wherein the tool plug is electrically connected to the electrodes for applying to tissue electrical current introduced to the tool plug as the user articulates the forceps with the handle portions, the actuator assembly comprising:a connector for mounting the actuator assembly on the tool plug and a switch on the connector movable between an open position and a closed position, wherein the connector is configured for connection to an electrical generating apparatus to introduce the electrical current to the tool plug in response to movement of the switch from the open position to the closed position; and
an actuator arm having a proximal region configured for mounting to the connector for movement of the actuator arm by the hand of the user toward the switch to place the switch in the closed position by contacting the switch with the actuator arm, wherein the actuator arm and the connector are configured so that the actuator arm extends from the proximal region thereof in the direction of the distal region of one of the two blades and is spaced from the exterior surface of said blade to permit movement of the actuator arm toward said exterior surface and into contact with the switch when the actuator assembly is mounted on the tool plug.

US Pat. No. 10,456,186

METHODS AND DEVICES TO TREAT NASAL AIRWAYS

AERIN MEDICAL, INC., Sun...

1. A method for deactivating tissue in a nasal airway in a patient without forming a surgical incision or using an implant, the method comprising:inserting a cryotherapy balloon of a nasal airway treatment device through a nostril of the patient in an uninflated configuration;
inflating the cryotherapy balloon to contact the cryotherapy balloon with nasal mucosa lining the nasal airway;
removing energy from submucosal tissue underlying the nasal mucosa by maintaining the cryotherapy balloon in an inflated configuration to cool and thus deactivate the submucosal tissue underlying the nasal mucosa;
deflating the cryotherapy balloon; and
removing the cryotherapy balloon from the nasal airway.

US Pat. No. 10,456,183

DEVICE IN THE FORM OF A KIT FOR MIXING AND INJECTING A BONE CEMENT

TEKNIMED, Vic en Bigorre...

1. A kit-type device for mixing and injecting a bone cement, comprising a main module, on the one hand, and accessories comprising a removable closing cap and a plurality of functional modules, on the other hand, said accessories being adapted to be each connected or not to the main module of respective phases of use of the device, wherein:the main module is a hollow cylindrical body having an internal wall, an open proximal end and an open distal end, adapted to be each connected to one or a plurality of the accessories of the device, of the phases of use, the distal end (1b) comprising an opening with a diameter equal to the diameter of the cylinder formed by the internal wall of the hollow cylindrical body;
one of the functional modules is a mixer, adapted to be connected, in a mixing phase, to the proximal end of the main module while the distal end of said main module is closed by the closing cap, and to enable a user to mix at least two compounds of the bone cement in the body of the main module;
a further functional module is an injector, adapted to be connected, in a transfer phase following the mixing phase as well as in an injection phase following said transfer phase, to the distal end of the main module instead of the closing cap, and to enable the user to inject the bone cement;
a further still functional module, distinct from the mixer and with no common element with the mixer, is a transferor, adapted to be connected, in the transfer phase, to the proximal end of the main module instead of the mixer and to enable the user to transfer bone cement from the body of the main module to the injector.

US Pat. No. 10,456,179

INTRAMEDULLARY ANKLE TECHNIQUE AND SYSTEM

WRIGHT MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY...

1. A system for providing intramedullary guidance to implant an ankle prosthesis, comprising:a first tool sized and configured to form a passage between a tibia and a talus,
a second tool sized and configured to create an intramedullary canal in a distal end of said tibia,
a plurality of modular tibial rod components sized and configured to be disposed in said intramedullary canal and connected to each other in situ to form a single tibial rod component,
a base modular component on a distal end of said single tibial rod component,
an alignment guide configured to attach to said base modular component, and
a cutting guide including at least one aperture configured to guide an instrument in making a tibial cut;
wherein said alignment guide is configured to translate coronal, transverse, and sagittal adjustments from the alignment guide to the cutting guide; and
further comprising at least one broach comprising a circumferential groove configured to engage a holding tool, the circumferential groove extending into an exterior surface of the at least one broach, wherein the at least one broach comprises a first broach component configured to be hingedly coupled to a second broach component to allow alignment of the first broach component and the second broach component such that the first broach component and the second broach component can be inserted into the intramedullary canal to enlarge the diameter of the intramedullary canal.

US Pat. No. 10,456,177

INTRAMEDULLARY DEVICE WITH COMPOUND FASTENER TRAJECTORIES

Biomet C.V., Warsaw, IN ...

1. A method, comprising:providing an intramedullary device including a first longitudinal axis extending between a proximal end and a distal end thereof, the intramedullary device comprising:
a proximal region, a distal region, and a mid region positioned between the proximal region and the distal region;
a first bore extending through the intramedullary device between a first opening and a second opening;
a second bore extending through the intramedullary device between the first opening and a third opening; and
a third bore defined by the mid region of the intramedullary device;
inserting the intramedullary device into a femur in a proximal direction from a knee joint; and
inserting a first fastener through the third bore, wherein the first bore is configured to receive a second fastener and the third bore is configured to receive a third fastener, such that the second and third fasteners can extend through the intramedullary device concurrently.

US Pat. No. 10,456,176

APPARATUS AND DEVICES FOR PERCUTANEOUSLY EXTENDING AN EXISTING SPINAL CONSTRUCT

SPINE WAVE, INC., Shelto...

1. A rod connector for attachment to a spinal rod in an existing spinal construct implanted in a patient, comprising:a first portion having an opening therethrough defining an axis, said first portion having a rod receiving opening to receive said existing spinal rod, said existing spinal rod having a longitudinal axis, said rod receiving opening having a first configuration capable of receiving said existing spinal rod in a direction transverse to said longitudinal axis and a second different configuration capable of locking the existing spinal rod to said first portion, said first portion including a rotatable rod engagement member configured to be spaced from said existing spinal rod in a first orientation and in engagement with an undersurface of said existing spinal rod upon rotation to a second orientation;
a second portion having an opening, said axis of the opening of the first portion extending through said opening of said second portion, said rod engagement member being rotatable relative to said second portion; and
a locking element supported by said second portion, said locking element having a first end accessible through said opening of said second portion and an opposite engagement end that upon movement of said locking element along said axis of the opening of the first portion extends into said rod receiving opening to thereby change said rod receiving opening from said first unlocked configuration to said second locked configuration, wherein said existing spinal rod is engaged between said engagement end of said locking element and said rod engagement member to thereby fixedly secure said first portion to said spinal existing rod.

US Pat. No. 10,456,163

RETRACTION MECHANISM FOR MEDICAL DEVICE

Gyrus ACMI, Inc., Southb...

1. A device, comprising:a retractable shaft;
a shaft biasing spring; and
an actuator button;
wherein the retractable shaft is biased away from the actuator button by the shaft biasing spring;
wherein a magnetic attracting force is created between the retractable shaft and the actuator button upon actuation of the actuator button;
wherein before actuation, a distance between the actuator button and the retractable shaft is great enough that the magnetic attracting force is less than a biasing force of the shaft biasing spring such that the retractable shaft is biased away from the actuator button;
wherein upon actuation, the actuator button is depressed to make the distance between the actuator button and the retractable shaft sufficiently small such that the magnetic attracting force is greater than the biasing force of the shaft biasing spring to allow the retractable shaft to be biased towards the actuator button; and
wherein the actuator button comprises a button return spring that biases the actuator button away from the retractable shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,456,158

CORDLESS HAND-HELD ULTRASONIC SURGICAL DEVICE

COVIDIEN AG, (CH)

1. An ultrasonic surgical device, comprising:a handle body;
an ultrasonic waveguide engaged with the handle body and extending distally therefrom, the ultrasonic waveguide including a proximal end portion disposed at the handle body;
an ultrasonic generator releasably engagable with the handle body, the ultrasonic generator including a first set of contacts; and
an ultrasonic transducer releasably engagable with the handle body independently of the ultrasonic generator, the ultrasonic transducer including a distal end portion configured to engage the proximal end portion of the ultrasonic waveguide and a second set of contacts configured to electrically couple to the first set of contacts.

US Pat. No. 10,456,155

TISSUE SHAVER AND METHODS OF USE

NeuroEnterprises, LLC, C...

1. A tissue shaver comprising:an outer housing including a proximal end and a distal end and a longitudinal axis disposed therebetween;
a cutting burr including a longitudinal shaft with a proximal end and a distal end, and the cutting burr on the distal end of the longitudinal shaft, the longitudinal shaft operably coupled with a plunger including a distal end and a proximal end, and the longitudinal shaft and plunger coaxially disposed within the outer housing, and the cutting burr rotates relative to the outer housing to provide a cutting action;
a first geared wheel operably coupled with the proximal end of the longitudinal shaft;
a second geared wheel rotatably coupled with the distal end of the plunger; and the second geared wheel rotatably coupled with the first geared wheel;
a spring fixedly coupled with the distal end of the plunger as to proximally bias the plunger when the plunger is translated distally; and
a handle operably coupled with the proximal end of the plunger, wherein the plunger is translated distally to along the longitudinal axis of the outer housing as to rotate the second geared wheel and rotate the cutting burr about the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,456,154

ELECTROSURGICAL FORCEPS WITH RESILIENT JAWS

GYRUS ACMI, INC., Southb...

1. An instrument comprising:a forceps comprising:
i. a hand piece;
ii. a tubular member connected to the hand piece; and
iii. a jaw assembly connected to the hand piece, the jaw assembly comprising:
a. a first jaw element comprising a gripping section and a flexing section, the flexing section includes an arcuate section;
b. a second jaw element opposing the first jaw element, the second jaw element comprises a gripping section;
wherein the tubular member is moveable onto the arcuate section of the first jaw element so that the flexing section of the first jaw element is flexed and the jaw assembly is moved into a closed position,
wherein the first jaw element, the second jaw element, or both includes a stiffening spine so that the jaw assembly is substantially rigid in the closed position,
wherein the first jaw element is electrically conductive, and the second jaw element is electrically conductive, and the first jaw element, the second jaw element, or both includes an electrically insulating jaw shroud, and
wherein the stiffening spine secures the jaw shroud to the first jaw element, the second jaw element, or both.

US Pat. No. 10,456,150

DISCHARGE DEVICE

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A discharge device comprising:an elongated flexible main body having a lumen which extends in an axial direction and configured to receive a fluid discharge substance to be discharged inside a biological organ, and a communication hole which communicates with the lumen;
a storage unit that includes a storage space which communicates with the lumen through the communication hole and configured to store the discharge substance, and a discharge section on a proximal surface of the storage unit, the discharge section configured to discharge the discharge substance stored in the storage space toward a proximal side of the main body in the axial direction, and wherein the storage unit is configured to expand and contract in response to introduction and discharge of the discharge substance, the storage unit having a substantially cylindrical shape having a predetermined length in an axial direction when being expanded; and
a hub that is provided in a proximal portion of the main body, and wherein the hub is configured to be connected to and separated from a supply device for supplying the discharge substance.

US Pat. No. 10,456,148

BONE BROACH AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A BONE BROACH

DEPUY INTERNATIONAL LIMIT...

1. A method of manufacturing a bone broach, the method comprising:(a) preparing a plurality of substantially planar members of which at least some define at least one cutting profile at their perimeters,
(b) arranging the plurality of substantially planar members into:
a first group of substantially planar members defining planes which are substantially parallel to each other, and
at least one additional substantially planar member, which is a separate component from the first group of substantially planar members, and
(c) joining the plurality of substantially planar members together, that the at least one additional substantially planar member defines a plane which, when the at least one substantially planar member is assembled with the first group of substantially planar members, is angled relative to the planes defined by the first group of substantially planar members;
wherein, when the first group of substantially planar members is assembled with the additional substantially planar member, the assembled bone broach defines a three-dimensional structure with an external profile corresponding to the shape to be created in a bone by the broach.

US Pat. No. 10,456,141

POLYMER OVERMOLDED BARIATRIC CLAMP AND METHOD OF INSTALLING

ADVANCED BARIATRIC TECHNO...

1. A bariatric clamp comprising:a first elongated portion having a distal end, a proximal end, a first substrate member, and a first polymer portion,
wherein the first elongated portion is rigid,
wherein the first elongated portion extends along a first longitudinal axis from the distal end to the proximal end when viewed from a first direction,
wherein the first elongated portion lies in a first x-y plane of an x-y-z coordinate system, the proximal end being an outermost first end in a positive-x direction and the distal end being an outermost first end in a negative-x direction;
wherein the first elongated portion has a first thickness measured perpendicularly to the first longitudinal axis along a first lateral direction in a y-z plane, the first lateral direction being normal to the first elongated portion and orthogonal to the first longitudinal axis;
a second elongated portion having a distal end, a proximal end, a second substrate member, and a second polymer portion,
wherein the second elongated portion is rigid,
wherein the second elongated portion extends along a second longitudinal axis from the distal end to the proximal end when viewed from the first direction,
wherein the second elongated portion lies in a second x-y plane of the x-y-z coordinate system, the proximal end being an outermost second end in the positive-x direction and the distal end being an outermost second end in the negative-x direction, the second x-y plane being parallel to the first x-y plane but spaced apart in a positive-z direction;
wherein the second elongated portion has a second thickness measured perpendicularly to the second longitudinal axis along a second lateral direction in the y-z plane, the second lateral direction being normal to the second elongated portion and orthogonal to the second longitudinal axis and parallel to the first lateral direction;
a bight portion comprising:
a first bend section at the distal end of the first elongated portion and comprising a first rigid member bent outwardly away from the first elongated portion at least partially in a direction composed of negative-z and negative-x vector components;
a second bend section at the distal end of the second elongated portion and comprising a second rigid member bent outwardly away from the second elongated portion at least partially in a direction made composed of positive-z and negative-x vector components
a third linear rigid portion extending from the first bend section in a negative-x direction and lying in a third x-y plane spaced outwardly from the first x-y plane in a negative-z direction;
a fourth linear rigid portion extending from the second bend section in a negative-x direction and lying in a fourth x-y plane spaced outwardly from the second x-y plane in a positive-z direction;
a flexible hinge formed at least partially from a third polymer portion and comprising a stretchable material joining the third and fourth linear rigid portions;
wherein the first and second elongated portions of the bariatric clamp form a partition-forming section located toward a proximal end of the bariatric clamp when the bariatric clamp is in a closed position,
wherein the partition-forming section is configured to apply pressure to a stomach,
wherein the first bend section, the second bend section, the third linear rigid portion, and the fourth linear rigid portion of the bariatric clamp form at least a portion of a passage-forming section located towards a distal end of the bariatric clamp when the bariatric clamp is in the closed position,
wherein the passage-forming section is configured to permit gastric juices to flow from an excluded section of the stomach into a pouch of the stomach,
wherein the passage-forming section comprises an aperture at least partially defined by the bight portion,
wherein the aperture is larger in the x-axis direction than in the z-axis direction;
a fastener portion disposed towards the proximal end of the second elongated portion; and
an engagement portion disposed adjacent the first elongated portion, the engagement portion operable to engage the fastener portion to retain the bariatric clamp in a closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,456,137

STAPLE FORMATION DETECTION MECHANISMS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A medical instrument, comprising:an elongated channel configured to support a staple cartridge, the staple cartridge comprising a plurality of staples;
an anvil mechanically coupled to the elongated channel, wherein the anvil defines first and second staple-forming pockets;
a first electrically conductive circuit element positioned within the first staple-forming pocket, wherein the first electrically conductive circuit element comprises:
a first electrically insulative material positioned on a surface of the first staple-forming pocket;
an electrically conductive material positioned on the first electrically insulative material; and
a second electrically insulative material positioned on the electrically conductive material;
a second electrically conductive circuit element positioned within the second staple-forming pocket; and
a control circuit electrically coupled to the first and second electrically conductive circuit elements, wherein the control circuit is configured to:
determine a state of the first electrically conductive element, wherein the state of the first electrically conductive element corresponds to severance of the first electrically conductive element;
determine a state of the second electrically conductive element, wherein the state of the second electrically conductive element corresponds to severance of the second electrically conductive element; and
determine a formation characteristic of one of the plurality of staples based on the state of the first electrically conductive element and the state of the second electrically conductive elements.

US Pat. No. 10,456,135

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A method of operating a surgical instrument, comprising:providing a surgical instrument including a tool assembly and an articulation mechanism,
the articulation mechanism including:
a lower clutch having a plurality of recesses; and
an upper clutch having a plurality of protrusions for engaging at least one of the recesses of the plurality of recesses of the lower clutch; andengaging a first protrusion of the plurality of protrusions of the upper clutch with a first recess of the plurality of recesses of the lower clutch, wherein engagement between the first protrusion of the plurality of protrusions and the first recess of the plurality of recesses retains the tool assembly in a first position, the first recess of the plurality of recesses being larger than other recesses of the plurality of recesses.

US Pat. No. 10,456,133

MOTORIZED SURGICAL INSTRUMENT

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument, comprising:an end effector comprising a firing element;
a motor mechanically coupled to the firing element;
a power source; and
a control system electrically coupled to the motor and the power source, wherein the control system comprises:
a sensing device configured to sense a position of the firing element;
a control circuit electrically coupled to the sensing device;
a switching device controlled by the control circuit; and
a resistive element electrically connected in parallel with the switching device,
and wherein the control system is configured to modulate power applied to the motor based on the following:
the sensed position of the firing element; and
a direction of travel of the firing element.

US Pat. No. 10,456,122

SURGICAL SYSTEM INCLUDING POWERED ROTARY-TYPE HANDPIECE

Medtronic Xomed, Inc., J...

1. A surgical handpiece comprising:a housing forming a grip;
a drive shaft rotatably maintained by the housing;
a trigger assembly adapted to generate a signal indicative of a speed desired by user, the trigger assembly including a trigger maintained by the grip; and
a mode selection assembly adapted to generate a signal indicative of a direction of rotation desired by a user from a plurality of directions of rotation, the mode selection assembly including a collar-rotatably coupled to the housing adjacent the grip, a ring carrying a magnet mounted to the collar, and one or more Hall sensors, wherein the signal indicative of the direction of rotation is selectable by a rotational position of the collar from a first location indicative of a first direction of rotation to a second location indicative of a second direction of rotation opposite the first direction of rotation and wherein the one or more Hall sensors are configured to detect a change in location of the magnet with rotation of the collar;
wherein the handpiece is configured such that when the grip is grasped in a palm of a user's hand, an index finger of the user's palm can selectively interact with the trigger and the collar.

US Pat. No. 10,456,109

ULTRASONIC ENDOSCOPE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An ultrasonic endoscope comprising:an insertion part that includes a tip, a base end, and a longitudinal axis;
an ultrasonic transducer that is provided at the tip of the insertion part;
a balloon mounting portion which is disposed closer to the base end of the insertion part than the ultrasonic transducer is and on which a balloon wrapping the ultrasonic transducer is detachably mounted;
a supply/discharge pipe line for a balloon that extends in the insertion part;
a groove portion which is formed along the longitudinal axis and includes a base end surface that is provided closer to the tip than the balloon mounting portion in a direction of the longitudinal axis, the base end surface being provided on a surface intersecting the longitudinal axis, and a side surface that is extended from the base end surface toward a distal direction along the longitudinal axis, wherein at least a part of a range in the direction of the longitudinal axis overlaps a range of the ultrasonic transducer in the direction of the longitudinal axis; and
a tip-side opening surface of the supply/discharge pipe line for a balloon, the tip-side opening surface being provided on the base end surface of the groove portion and having components normal to a direction of the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,456,108

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATIC TIME GAIN COMPENSATION IN A HANDHELD ULTRASOUND IMAGING SYSTEM

Clarius Mobile Health Cor...

1. An ultrasound imaging method comprising:acquiring ultrasound data by transmitting ultrasound signals and receiving ultrasound echo signals using a probe, and amplifying the ultrasound echo signals according to gains that vary with echo delay times according to a current time-gain curve;
processing the ultrasound data to yield an ultrasound image;
determining a time-gain compensation curve by:
determining a representative pixel value for each of a plurality of regions of the ultrasound image, wherein each region comprises a plurality of pixels values, and wherein the regions are arranged in a plurality of rows with each row comprising a plurality of the regions, and wherein each row corresponds to an echo delay time on the current time-gain curve;
for each row of regions, combining those of the representative pixel values which satisfy an inclusion condition into a combined representative pixel value associated with the row;
for the combined representative pixel values of each row, determining a gain offset amount by which to correct the gain of the current time-gain curve at that row, the gain offset amount being the difference between the combined representative pixel value for the row and a target gain;
based on the gain offset amounts, adjusting the time-gain curve to generate a corrected time-gain curve;
repeating the acquiring ultrasound data, the processing the ultrasound data to yield an ultrasound image, and the determining a time-gain compensation curve for a plurality of temporally spaced-apart frames, wherein the determining the time-gain compensation curve further comprises:
processing the corrected time-gain curve through a temporal filter; and
monitoring motions of the probe, and controlling the temporal filter to have a higher time constant when the probe is moving less and controlling the temporal filter to have a lower time constant when the probe is moving more.

US Pat. No. 10,456,104

UNIVERSAL C-ARM CALIBRATION SEAT

1. A universal C-ARM calibration seat comprising:a base, wherein the base is annular and has a central axis, and wherein the base includes a correction plate mounting area;
at least three action units mounted on a side of the base opposite to the correction plate mounting area, wherein each of the at least three action units includes a sliding member; and
a driving and positioning device coaxially mounted to and rotatable relative to the base about the central axis, wherein the driving and positioning device includes a rotating unit configured to actuate each sliding member, wherein when the driving and positioning device rotates relative to the base, the rotating unit actuates each sliding member to simultaneously move toward the central axis.

US Pat. No. 10,456,101

BREAST TOMOSYNTHESIS WITH FLEXIBLE COMPRESSION PADDLE

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A mammography imaging system, comprising:an X-ray source;
an X-ray detector spaced apart from the X-ray source; and
an image data acquisition system for acquiring mammography image data; and
compression assembly positioned between the X-ray source and the X-ray detector, the compression assembly including a movable flexible compression paddle and a support plate spaced apart from each other and configured to hold an object to be imaged therebetween, and wherein the movable flexible compression paddle is formed of a flexible film material or flexible mesh material held by a frame, and wherein the flexible film or flexible mesh material conforms to the shape and size of the object to be imaged.

US Pat. No. 10,456,097

X-RAY GENERATION APPARATUS FOR INTRA-ORAL X-RAY IMAGING, GUIDE HOLDER, AND INTRA-ORAL X-RAY IMAGING SYSTEM COMPRISING SAME

VATECH Co., Ltd., Gyeong...

1. An X-ray generation apparatus for intra-oral X-ray imaging irradiating X-rays to a field of view, the X-ray generation apparatus comprising:a body; and
a plurality of X-ray sources disposed in different positions of the body, and configured to irradiate X-rays to the field of view,
wherein the body moves along a predetermined trajectory for the field of view, and
wherein each of the X-ray sources includes an X-ray source module, and the X-ray source module is detachably coupled to the body.

US Pat. No. 10,456,095

X-RAY DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON MEDICAL SYSTEMS COR...

1. An X-ray diagnosis apparatus comprising:processing circuitry configured:
to sequentially generate X-ray images based on X-rays radiated from an X-ray tube and passed through a subject;
to detect, each time one of the X-ray images is generated, a position of a feature point of a device retained in the subject on each of the X-ray images;
to generate, each time the position of the feature point is detected, a correction image by performing at least one of image shift and image transformation of a second X-ray image, based on a position of a feature point detected on a first X-ray image and a position of a feature point detected on the second X-ray image, the first X-ray image being generated before the second X-ray image;
to generate, each time the correction image is generated, an addition correction image obtained by adding together the correction image and at least one correction image generated before the correction image; and
to perform control of displaying, each time the addition correction image is generated, the generated addition correction image sequentially.

US Pat. No. 10,456,090

METHOD TO DETERMINE INDIVIDUALIZED INSULIN SENSITIVITY AND OPTIMAL INSULIN DOSE BY LINEAR REGRESSION, AND RELATED SYSTEMS

Bigfoot Biomedical, Inc.,...

1. An insulin delivery system, comprising:an insulin delivery mechanism; and
an insulin delivery control system comprising a memory and a processor operatively coupled to the memory, wherein the processor is configured to:
store data associated with a user of the insulin delivery system, the data comprising glucose concentration measurements, insulin dosing information, and dietary carbohydrate information;
determine rates of change of glucose concentrations responsive to the glucose concentration measurements;
train a first learned time-dependent glucose response model responsive to the rates of change of glucose concentrations and the insulin dosing information;
train a second learned time-dependent glucose response model responsive to the rates of change of glucose concentrations and the dietary carbohydrate information;
receive a time series of dietary carbohydrate intake;
determine glucose responses over a period of time using the first learned time-dependent glucose response model, the second learned time-depend glucose response model, the time-series of dietary carbohydrate intake, and a number of time series of insulin doses;
integrate the glucose responses over the period of time to determine total glucose responses;
determine a time series of insulin doses of the number of time series of insulin doses that minimizes total glucose responses associated with hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia; and
configure the insulin delivery system to provide insulin doses from the insulin delivery mechanism responsive to the determined time series of insulin doses.

US Pat. No. 10,456,089

PATIENT MONITORING FOR SUB-ACUTE PATIENTS BASED ON ACTIVITY STATE AND POSTURE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A medical system comprising:at least one sensor configured to measure at least one of an activity state and a posture of a patient;
at least one vital sign sensor separate from the at least one sensor and configured to measure one or more vital signs of the patient according to a schedule wherein the one or more vital signs comprise one or more of pulse, oxygen saturation (SpO2), respiration, temperature, and carbon dioxide;
at least one processor programmed to:
adjust the schedule when the measured one or more vital signs is outside of a vital sign threshold;
control the at least one vital sign sensor to measure the at least one vital sign according to the adjusted schedule including delaying a scheduled measurement until the activity state indicates a resting state that is below the position threshold;
generate a patient deterioration alert when (i) the measured at least one of activity state and posture of the patient and (ii) the measured one or more vital signs are each outside of respective alarm thresholds; and
output the patient deterioration alert to an audio device.

US Pat. No. 10,456,082

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTACTING SKIN WITH SENSOR EQUIPMENT

Nokia Technologies Oy, E...

1. A sensor structure for a user wearable apparatus, the sensor structure comprising:a sensor platform configured to be sandwiched between a body of the user wearable apparatus and skin of a user, where the sensor platform is configured to be supported on the body of the user wearable apparatus proximate a connection to be movable with relation to the body of the user wearable apparatus towards and away of the skin when the sensor structure is mounted to the user wearable apparatus and the user wearable apparatus is worn by the user;
a sensor supported on the sensor platform and configured to produce sensor signals corresponding to a property of the skin or underlying matter;
an actuator located on the sensor platform, where the actuator is configured to be located proximate the connection of the sensor platform to the user wearable apparatus, and where the actuator is configured to adjust position of the sensor platform towards and away of the skin;
a processor configured to receive the sensor signals and to determine suitable compensating movement of the sensor platform from the sensor signals and to cause the actuator to adjust the position of the sensor platform to prevent the sensor from moving away from the skin; and
a lateral float configured to enable lateral movement of the sensor platform with relation to the body, where the lateral float is configured to inhibit lateral movement of the sensor with relation to the skin.

US Pat. No. 10,456,079

DETECTING AND AVOIDING BLOOD VESSELS

ViOptix, Inc., Newark, C...

1. A method comprising:providing a penetration sensor device comprising a tip and a sensor probe, wherein the sensor probe comprises a sensor unit comprising an emitter sensor opening and a detector sensor opening;
from a signal emitter component, transmitting a first light signal through the emitter sensor opening in a direction ahead of the tip into a tissue;
from a signal detector component, receiving a second light signal reflected from the tissue ahead of the tip through the detector sensor opening of the penetration sensor device;
based on information from the first light signal and the second light signal, determining an indication of presence of a blood vessel ahead of the tip of the penetration sensor device; and
identifying the tissue as a blood vessel if the indication for presence of a blood vessel is greater than a threshold, thereby differentiating a blood vessel from a nonvascular tissue inside a patient's body cavity during a surgical procedure.

US Pat. No. 10,456,071

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING COGNITIVE TRAITS

Tata Consultancy Services...

1. A method for estimating or improvising perceptual-cognitive traits of a subject, the method being implemented by at least one processor and comprising:retrieving and pre-processing data and associated metadata indicative of brainwave activity of the subject to obtain effect of a plurality of elementary cognitive tasks, wherein the data comprises electroencephalogram (EEG) signals, and wherein processed EEG signals are analyzed by:
partitioning the processed EEG signals into plurality of baseline and trial epochs;
analyzing the baseline and trial epochs in a time frequency domain using an S-transform, and
computing mean frequencies of the baseline and trial epochs to derive peak and average power shifts and corresponding frequency shifts thereof, and
concatenating the peak powers and peak frequency shifts or average powers and average frequency shifts or a combination thereof to determine characterizing feature vectors between the baseline and trial epochs obtained from different frequency bands;
identifying cognitive categories within a cognitive domain of a cognitive learning model;
mapping a plurality of elementary cognitive tasks to be performed by the subject with identified cognitive categories;
performing cluster analysis on each of the mapped elementary cognitive tasks and determining separation index values using the cluster analysis in relation to the identified cognitive categories; and
generating metrics from the separation index values for estimation or improvisation of perceptual-cognitive traits of the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,456,069

LANCING DEVICE WITH SIDE ACTIVATED CHARGE AND EJECT MECHANISMS

FACET TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, ...

1. A lancing device comprising:a housing comprising a longitudinal axis extending between a proximal end and a distal end;
a lancet carrier translationally mounted for axial movement within the housing;
a drive mechanism secured to the lancet carrier to drive the lancet carrier through a lancing stroke; and
a charging mechanism comprising:
an actuator pivotally mounted to the housing; and
an elongated arm within the housing comprising a free end and a pivot end pivotally mounted to the housing,
wherein the charging mechanism can be engaged with respect to the drive mechanism to charge the drive mechanism during pivotal movement;
wherein the actuator is configured to engage the elongated arm upon actuation;
wherein the elongated arm pivots about the pivot end in response to actuation of the actuator to retract the lancet carrier and charge the drive mechanism; and
a linkage pivotally connected to and driven by the elongated arm toward the housing distal end, the linkage being configured to engage a lancet carried within the lancet carrier and eject the lancet from the lancet carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,456,067

BLOOD COLLECTION ASSEMBLY

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A blood collection assembly, comprising:a holder housing defining a receiving chamber and including a rearward end adapted to receive a sample collection tube within the chamber, a forward end including a receiving port having an interior surface, and a receiving structure formed within the interior surface of the receiving port, the receiving structure comprising a radial receiving portion comprising an annular groove extending perimetrically within the interior surface of the receiving port and dividing the interior surface into a first portion and a second portion and a longitudinal receiving portion; and
a hub comprising a hub outer surface extending between a distal end and a proximal end, the hub further comprising an internal opening extending therethrough and a puncturing element at the proximal end thereof;
wherein the hub outer surface comprises a radial locking component and an anti-rotation member, the radial locking component comprising an annular protrusion extending perimetrically about the hub outer surface and dividing the outer surface of the hub into a first portion and a second portion and the anti-rotation member protruding from and extending longitudinally along the hub outer surface perpendicular to the radial locking component,
wherein a first portion of the anti-rotation member extends from the first portion of the outer surface of the hub on one side of the annular protrusion in a longitudinal direction towards the distal end of the hub and a second portion of the anti-rotation member extends from the second portion of the outer surface of the hub on an opposite side of the annular protrusion in a longitudinal direction towards the proximal end of the hub, the annular protrusion intersecting the anti-rotation member,
wherein upon receipt of the anti-rotation member within the receiving port, the anti-rotation member and the longitudinal receiving portion are adapted to align the hub and the holder housing in a predetermined position with respect to one another and are adapted to prevent rotational movement of the hub within the receiving port;
wherein, with the hub received within the receiving port of the holder housing, the radial locking component lockably engages the radial receiving portion and the anti-rotation member engages the longitudinal receiving portion thereby providing a snap-fit engagement for axially locking the hub to the holder housing with the puncturing element of the hub extending through the receiving port and into the chamber of the holder housing, and
wherein the first portion of the interior surface of the receiving port contacts the first portion of the outer surface of the hub and the second portion of the interior surface of the receiving port contacts the second portion of the outer surface of the hub.

US Pat. No. 10,456,064

SUBCUTANEOUS SENSOR INSERTER AND METHOD

1. A continuous analyte monitoring inserter apparatus for subcutaneous placement of a sensor into skin of a patient that minimizes pain to a patient, the apparatus comprising:a single action inserter assembly having a housing body with a first body end and a second body end, a deployment button partially disposed and slidable within the housing body through the first body end, the deployment button being movable between a first position and a second position, and a sensor housing partially disposed within and removably retained in the second body end;
a needle having a cross-sectional shape that minimizes a peak force of insertion into the skin of the patient, the needle having an insertion angle that further minimizes the peak force of insertion into the skin of the patient, wherein the needle is movably disposed within the single action inserter assembly, the implantable sensor having sidewalls which frictionally engage an inside surface portion of the needle;
a deployment mechanism that contains a sensor deployment assembly and the needle wherein the deployment mechanism is contained within the deployment button; and
an implantable sensor partially disposed within the needle and the sensor deployment assembly, wherein the implantable sensor comprises a loop configured to secure the implantable sensor in the sensor deployment assembly;
wherein the inserter assembly is adapted to substantially simultaneously implant the sensor subcutaneously into the patient, retract the needle, fix the sensor and the sensor deployment assembly within the sensor housing and release the inserter assembly from the sensor housing with a single activation of the deployment button caused by moving the deployment button from the first position to the second position while minimizing pain to the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,456,063

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING PLEURAL FLUID

Board of Regents of the U...

1. A system for monitoring pleural fluid, comprising:at least one detection unit configured to receive fluid from a pleural cavity of a patient, detect carbon dioxide present in the fluid, and detect a second substance present in the fluid;
at least one processing unit in communication with the at least one detection unit, the at least one processing unit configured to provide a first electrical signal when the at least one detection unit detects carbon dioxide, and provide a second electrical signal when the at least one detection unit detects the second substance; and
an adaptor fluidically coupled to a chest tube, the adaptor comprising a first path configured to direct a gaseous portion of fluid received from the chest tube along a detection path to the at least one detection unit, and a second path configured to direct at least a liquid portion of the fluid received from the chest tube along a drainage path to a fluidically coupled drainage canister.

US Pat. No. 10,456,055

DEVICE FOR APPLYING ELECTRODE ASSEMBLIES

1. An apparatus with a plurality of electrode assemblies (10) which can be applied to the surface of the skin (4) of an animal or a human being, by which electrode assemblies voltages and currents can be picked up from the skin surface (4), which apparatus further has a flexible, extendable, retaining element (6) which is formed with a flat or film-like molded piece, whereineach electrode assembly of the plurality of electrode assemblies (10) has a main body (1) and a plurality of pin electrodes (2) which project in the same direction from the main body (1) and are arranged on a common ring (14),
the plurality of electrode assemblies (10) are attached to the retaining element (6), and
the main body (1) of each electrode assembly (10) is connected to the retaining element (6), and the plurality of pin electrodes (2) of all of the plurality of electrode assemblies (10) project in the same direction, wherein a through-going recess (3) is provided in the main body (1) of of each electrode assembly, through which recess a gel (5) can be applied to the skin surface (4) when the plurality of pin electrodes (2) are applied against the skin surface (4), which gel reduces the contact resistance between the skin surface (4) and the plurality of pin electrodes (2).

US Pat. No. 10,456,047

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING HEMODYNAMICS

Cheetah Medical, Inc., W...

1. A system for monitoring hemodynamics of a subject, comprising:medical leads connectable to an organ at a first part of the body of the subject, and to an organ at a second part of the body of the subject;
a signal generating system configured for providing at least a first output electric signal and a second output electric signal, and transmitting, via said medical leads, said first output signal to said organ at said first part of the body of the subject and said second output signal to said organ at said second part of the body of the subject;
a demodulation system configured for receiving via said medical leads a first input electrical signal sensed from said first part of the body and a second input electrical signal sensed from said second part of the body, and for demodulating each input electrical signal to provide an in-phase component and a quadrature component of each input signal;
a signal processing system having a circuit for combining in-phase components of said first and said second input signals to provide a first hybrid signal, for combining quadrature components of said first and said second input signals to provide a second hybrid signal, and for generating on a display device a graphical output co-displaying said hybrid signals.

US Pat. No. 10,456,041

MEDICAL IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A medical imaging apparatus, comprising:at least one processor configured to register a pre-imaged medical image with respect to an object based on a first reference point included in the pre-imaged medical image and a second reference point of the object;
a location detector configured to detect movement of a user based on the second reference point; and
a user interface configured to display an image of the pre-imaged medical image that corresponds to the detected movement of the user,
wherein the at least one processor is further configured to recognize the second reference point by detecting a marker on a diagnostic device when the pre-imaged medical image is displayed.

US Pat. No. 10,456,035

OPHTHALMIC SURGICAL MICROSCOPE

NIDEK CO., LTD., Gamagor...

1. An ophthalmic surgical microscope comprising:an observation optical system configured to guide a first observation luminous flux for a right eye and a second observation luminous flux for a left eye from an observation object to an imaging device;
an actuator configured to move a position of the observation optical system in at least a direction intersecting with the first observation luminous flux for the right eye and the second observation luminous flux for the left eye;
a stereoscopic image display;
a processor; and
a memory storing computer-readable instructions, wherein the computer readable instructions, when executed by the processor, cause the ophthalmic surgical microscope to:
(i) cause the stereoscopic image display to display a first observation image to be observed with a right eye of a user and a second observation image to be observed with a left eye of the user, on the basis of an image signal from the imaging device;
(ii) detect a position of the observation object with respect to the observation optical system;
(iii) determine whether a command to correct the deviation for correcting the deviation in the relative position is input; and
(iv) only in response to determining that the command is input, correct a deviation in a relative position of the observation optical system with respect to the observation object, by causing the actuator to operate on the basis of the detected position of the observation object, wherein:
after the deviation is corrected, steps (ii) to (iv) are repeated.

US Pat. No. 10,456,033

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEASURING BLOOD FLOW OF VESSELS

SHENZHEN CERTAINN TECHNOL...

1. An apparatus for measuring blood flow of vessels, comprising:a light source, a light splitting module, a reference arm module, a sample arm module, a probing module, and a control system;
light emitted by the light source being split by the light splitting module to form a reference light and a probe light, the reference light being incident to the reference arm module, and the probe light being incident to the sample arm module; the sample arm module comprising a scanning unit and a rotatable optical-path shifting device, the rotatable optical-path shifting device being rotatable about a rotation axis, and the probe light having a main light on a rotating, a central line of the main light extending through a rotation axis of the scanning unit;
when the optical-path shifting device is rotated to be in a first position, the probe light being configured to be reflected by the scanning unit to enter the optical-path shifting device, to scan a vessel in a first direction and carry information of the vessel scanned after passing through the optical-path shifting device, to be returned by the sample arm module, and to interfere with the reference light returned from the reference arm module at the light splitting module to generate a first interference light; the first interference light being configured to be probed by the probing module and processed by the control system to obtain a first phase shift signal of the vessel; and
when the optical-path shifting device is rotated to be in a second position, the probe light being configured to be reflected by the scanning unit to enter the optical-path shifting device to scan the vessel in a second direction and carry information of the vessel scanned after passing through the optical-path shifting device, to be returned by the sample arm module, and to interfere with the reference light returned from the reference arm module at the light splitting module to generate a second interference light; the second interference light being configured to be probed by the probing module and processed by the control system to obtain a second phase shift signal of the vessel;
wherein a line extending through a point where the main light of the probe light irradiates on the scanning unit and a point where the main light of the probe light irradiates on the optical-path shifting device is collinear with the rotation axis of the optical-path shifting device.

US Pat. No. 10,456,031

SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND DEVICES FOR OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY MULTIPLE ENFACE ANGIOGRAPHY AVERAGING

Doheny Eye Institute, Lo...

1. A system for obtaining and processing images of a biological material, the system comprising:one or more computer readable storage devices configured to store a plurality of computer executable instructions; and
one or more hardware computer processors in communication with the one or more computer readable storage devices and configured to execute the plurality of computer executable instructions in order to cause the system to:
access or obtain a plurality of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) images generated from an OCT scanner;
generate, from the plurality of OCT images, a plurality of enface images of one or more superficial layers of the biological material and a plurality of enface images of one or more deep layers;
divide each of the plurality of enface images of the one or more superficial layers and each of the plurality of enface images of the one or more deep layers into a plurality of sectors;
apply one or more image registration techniques to each of the plurality of sectors of each of the plurality of enface images of the one or more superficial layers to generate one or more image alignment settings;
generate an averaged enface image of each of the one or more deep layers by applying one or more image registration techniques, based at least in part on the one or more generated image alignment settings, to each of the plurality of sectors of each of the plurality of enface images of the one or more deep layers; and
transmit the one or more averaged enface images for causing display of the one or more averaged enface images by an output device.

US Pat. No. 10,456,029

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING SURFACE TOPOGRAPHY

ADOM, ADVANCED OPTICAL TE...

1. A method, for use with an optical system that includes a camera, the method comprising:detecting surface topography of a portion of a curved surface of an object by:
directing a beam of light toward the surface from a broad angle of incidence with respect to an optical axis of the camera;
receiving light reflected from the surface with the camera, the reflected light passing via a narrow-angle aperture, before being received by the camera;
detecting one or more darkened regions in the received light; and
detecting the surface topography at least partially based upon the detected darkened regions.

US Pat. No. 10,456,012

DISPOSABLE ENDOSCOPE AND SYSTEM

Tao Dong, Shenzhen, Guan...

1. A disposable endoscope comprising:a tubular part including a plurality of joints;
linear transmission parts inserted into the tubular part, wherein one end of each linear transmission part is fixed with respect to one of the joints, the other end of each linear transmission part is provided with a respective one of first connectors, a movement of the linear transmission part along its length direction is able to cause the tubular part to bend, and each first connector is used to detachably engage with a corresponding connector of an external control seat;
a camera unit mounted on a front end of the tubular part and connected with an external power supply and a data processing device to provide the camera unit with power and transmit image data collected;
a cladding layer cladding the tubular part and the linear transmission parts;
a connection head arranged at one end of the linear transmission parts away from the tubular part, wherein the connection head is provided with through holes through which the first connectors pass; and
a disposable fastener which is used to fix the first connectors with respect to the connection head, wherein after the disposable fastener is removed, each first connector is able to be moved in a respective through hole of the connection head along their length direction.

US Pat. No. 10,456,009

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:a hardware processor configured to:
detect, from an image acquired by imaging inside a lumen of a living body, a candidate region for a specific region that is a region where a specific part in the lumen has been captured;
acquire information related to the candidate region;
determine a difficulty of identification of whether or not the candidate region is the specific region;
select a type of identification for use in an identification of whether or not the candidate region is the specific region, wherein the selection is based on the information related to the candidate region and based on the difficulty of identification, and an identification accuracy of the selected type of identification is based on a type of the difficulty of identification; and
identify whether or not the candidate region is the specific region by using the selected type of identification.

US Pat. No. 10,456,007

CONVEYOR DISHWASHER AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A CONVEYOR DISHWASHER

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A conveyor dishwasher having a conveying apparatus for conveying washware through individual treatment zones of the conveyor dishwasher, wherein the conveyor dishwasher has at least one wash zone in which wash liquid from a wash tank which is associated with the at least one wash zone is sprayed onto the washware, wherein the conveyor dishwasher further has at least one final rinse zone which is arranged downstream of the at least one wash zone as seen in a conveying direction of the washware and in which final rinse liquid is sprayed onto the washware, and wherein the conveyor dishwasher further has a waste air system for discharging waste air from the conveyor dishwasher,characterized
in that a waste water heat recovery system is provided for transferring at least a portion of the thermal energy in the waste water from the conveyor dishwasher as heat to the final rinse liquid which is to be sprayed in the at least one final rinse zone, and
in that a waste air heat recovery system is further provided for transferring at least a portion of the thermal energy in the waste air which is discharged or is to be discharged from the conveyor dishwasher as heat to at least the final rinse liquid which is to be sprayed in the at least one final rinse zone.

US Pat. No. 10,456,006

RACK MOUNTING FEATURES FOR A DISHWASHER APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A dishwasher appliance defining a vertical, a lateral, and a transverse direction, the dishwasher appliance comprising:a tub comprising a top wall and a side wall joined by a radiused corner, the top wall and the side wall partially defining a wash chamber for receipt of articles for washing, the tub further defining an alignment feature defined in the radiused corner of the tub and a screw hole that only penetrates through a portion of the tub so that no holes are defined through the tub;
an upper rack assembly slidably positioned within the wash chamber and configured for movement along the transverse direction; and
a rack mounting assembly for supporting the upper rack assembly, the rack mounting assembly comprising:
a mounting body defining a mounting hole;
a complementary feature configured for engaging the alignment feature of the tub, the mounting hole being substantially aligned with the screw hole when the complementary feature engages the alignment feature of the tub; and
a screw passing through the mounting hole and into the screw hole to secure the mounting body to the tub.

US Pat. No. 10,455,998

VACUUM CLEANER

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A vacuum cleaner comprising:a main body;
a dust collector arranged in the main body to collect dust from air that flows into the main body along an intake passage; and
a suction device arranged at a downstream that is lower than a location of the dust collector on the intake passage to provide a suction force,
wherein the suction device includes:
a suction force generator,
a first housing configured to accommodate the suction force generator, and including a first discharge hole provided in a bottom surface of the first housing and discharging the air sucked from the suction force generator to an outside,
a second housing configured to accommodate the first housing, and including a second discharge hole provided in a side surface of the second housing and discharging the air that flows in from the first discharge hole to the outside,
a third housing provided separately from the main body and configured to accommodate the second housing, and including a third discharge hole provided in a side surface of the third housing and discharging the air that flows in from the second discharge hole to the outside,
a first sound absorbing member arranged in the bottom surface of the first housing, and
a second sound absorbing member arranged between the side surface of the first housing and the side surface of the second housing, wherein the second sound absorbing member is in contact with an outer surface of the first housing and an inner surface of the second housing.

US Pat. No. 10,455,995

TOILET LID AND SEAT SYSTEM AND METHODS OF USE

James Donald Heiss, Rale...

1. A method for closing a toilet, comprising:a position detector detecting a seat position, wherein the seat and a lid are pivotable between a vertical position and a horizontal position;
a use detector determining the toilet is not in use;
when the seat is detected in the vertical position and the toilet is determined not in use, an actuator positioned within the lid translating an engaging portion of an arm from a position distal the lid to a position proximal the lid and into engagement with the seat for pivoting, and subsequently disengaging from, the seat towards the horizontal position.

US Pat. No. 10,455,993

TOILET

DAIKI CO., LTD., Tokyo (...

1. A toilet comprising:a main body part that receives excreted urine, the main body part including a first bottom surface part and a first side surface part and having a box shape; and
a first shielding member, provided projecting from an inner surface of the first side surface part toward the inside of the main body part, that blocks odor from the urine from rising.

US Pat. No. 10,455,988

MAGNETIZED ACCESSORY SYSTEM FOR BATH OR SHOWER WALLS

AS AMERICA, INC., Piscat...

1. A system for bath or shower storage, comprising:a wall located on one or more sides of the bath or shower, wherein the wall includes an exterior surface that faces the bath or shower and an interior surface that faces away from the bath or shower, the interior surface having a pocket;
a panel comprising magnet- attracting material, wherein the panel is located within the pocket of the interior surface of the wall so that it creates a magnet-attracting zone in the wall;
one or more magnetic accessories comprising an attachment member and a storage member, wherein the attachment member comprises one or more magnets.

US Pat. No. 10,455,987

SCALABLE AUTOMATED COOKING SYSTEM HAVING SMALL FOOTPRINT AND REDUCED LABOR COST

1. An automatic cooking system, comprising:a computer system;
a plurality of transport containers, each configured to hold food ingredients; and
a system comprising a plurality of stations and a plurality of mini vehicles, wherein each mini vehicle is configured to move from station to station around the plurality of stations;
wherein each mini vehicle is configured to carry one or more transport containers of the plurality of transport containers;
wherein the plurality of stations comprises:
a plurality of cooking stations, each comprising:
a cooking container configured to cook food ingredients therein to produce a cooked food; and
an unloading apparatus comprising a motor, wherein the unloading apparatus is configured to turn a transport container of the one or more transport containers carried by a mini vehicle of the plurality of mini vehicles as to unload the food ingredients held in the transport container to the cooking container; and
one or more storage stations, each comprising a storage container configured to hold food ingredients for storage;
wherein the computer system is configured to control at least some of the movements of the mini vehicles;
wherein the computer system is configured to control the motors of the unloading apparatuses of the plurality of cooking stations.

US Pat. No. 10,455,984

CONTAINER

TRI Innovations LLC, Hal...

1. A container, comprising:an upper grinding section, a lower grinding section, a collection section, an electronics housing, a storage container section, and a container holder;
the upper and lower grinding sections are mated together and are configured to grind and pulverize a target material;
the collection section is disposed beneath the lower grinding section and collects material falling through holes in the lower grinding section;
the electronics housing includes a display, microcontroller, and a power source; and
the storage container section is disposed beneath the electronics housing and is retained by the container holder.

US Pat. No. 10,455,983

MODULAR FOOD HOLDING SYSTEM

PRINCE CASTLE LLC, Carol...

1. A modular food holding system comprising:a plurality of individual modularized food holding chambers, each of the plurality of food holding chambers being physically and communicatively removably connected to one another, each of the food holding chambers comprising a food holding cavity and at least one of a heating element and a cooling element for heating or cooling the food holding cavity;
a chamber base physically and communicatively removably connected to one of the food holding chambers in the plurality of food holding chambers;
a food pan removably inserted within the food holding cavity of a food holding chamber of the plurality of individual modularized food holding chambers; and
a smart sensor either (i) integral to or (ii) physically attached to an exterior part of the food pan and operatively coupled to an electrical component of the food holding chamber of the plurality of individual modularized food holding chambers, wherein the smart sensor is in fluid connection with an interior of the food pan and directly senses a characteristic of a food holding environment within the food holding chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,455,982

COOKING VESSEL COMPRISING A SENSOR SUPPORT

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A cooking vessel (1) comprising a body (2) equipped with a bottom (3) and a lateral wall (4), a handle (20) mounted to the body (2) by mounting means (6, 22), and a sensor (30) disposed in a receiving housing (11) near the bottom (3) and equipped with at least one electrically insulated conducting element (31, 32), said sensor (30) and said conducting element (31, 32) being mounted to a support (40) which extends from the bottom (3) along the lateral wall (4) and which is mounted to the handle (20), wherein the support (40) includes a retaining part (42) for the sensor and the conducting element and at least one programmed deformation area (50, 55a, 55b) to allow mobility between the retaining part (42) for the sensor and the conducting element and the handle (20) in at least one direction,wherein the handle comprises: (i) a flanged through hole formed longitudinally through an extension of a housing of the handle; and (ii) a receptacle disposed below the housing at an end of the handle and which receives a mounting part of the support, and
wherein the support includes a programmed deformation area that is S-shaped, the S-shape comprising: a first end connected to the retaining part for the sensor and the conducting element; a second end connected to the mounting part of the support which is connected to the handle; and a neutral axis that is elongated relative to a neutral axis of a straight shape to allow greater mobility.

US Pat. No. 10,455,980

DISPOSABLE GRILL

1. A disposable grill comprisinga base tray at least including a bottom part, one or more sidewalls protruding upwards from said bottom part and a top opening,
a grate adapted to cover at least a part of said top opening,
wherein said bottom part and said one or more sidewalls are formed by a biodegradable material,
wherein said disposable grill further comprises at least one fireproof thermal insulating insert arranged in said base tray, and
wherein said at least one thermal insulating insert is in direct contact with one or more sidewalls inside said base tray.

US Pat. No. 10,455,955

WALL MOUNTED STORAGE DEVICE WITH INTEGRATED HINGE

Steel Wave Ventures, LLC,...

1. A storage device with an integrated hinge coupleable to a structure, comprising:a mounting plate;
an external plate coupled to the mounting plate to define a receiving cavity, said external plate having a lower portion, an upper portion, and an intermediate portion, said intermediate portion extending outwardly at a non-zero angle with respect to an outer surface of the lower portion; and
a hinge plate received in the receiving cavity and coupled to the external plate, the hinge plate pivotably moveable about a pivot axis between an open position and a closed position, the hinge plate including a receiving portion at a lower end of the hinge plate and a securing portion at an upper end of the hinge plate, the receiving portion of the hinge plate being configured to receive and support an object when the object is positioned within the receiving cavity, and the securing portion being configured to move toward the mounting plate to secure the object between the securing portion and the mounting plate as the hinge plate moves from the open position to the closed position in response to the object engaging the receiving portion of the hinge plate.

US Pat. No. 10,455,953

CHANNEL GLIDE ASSEMBLIES

Monster Energy Company, ...

1. A channel glide system comprising:a channel unit comprising a channel configured to receive a first column of beverage containers, the channel bounded at least partially by a first base, a first lateral fence, and second lateral fence;
a front stop unit removably connected with a front of the channel unit, the front stop unit comprising a first pillar and a second pillar, the first pillar comprising a first catch and the second pillar comprising a second catch, the first catch and the second catch being laterally spaced apart from each other;
wherein the first catch and the second catch each comprise a cantilevered free end with a front-most inner corner that engages with a sidewall of a front-most of the beverage containers, the front-most inner corner being rounded to reduce the likelihood of damage to the sidewall; and
a plurality of rear stop units each configured to removably connect with the channel unit, the plurality of rear stop units comprising:
a first type having a first length and being configured to receive a first number of beverage containers; and
a second type having a second length and being configured to receive a second number of beverage containers, the second number being greater than the first number;
wherein the number of beverage containers that can be received by the channel is adjustable based on whether the first or second type of rear stop unit is connected to the channel unit at the rear of the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,455,951

CUSHIONING MATERIAL HAVING SENSOR, AND BED

MITSUI CHEMICALS, INC., ...

1. A cushioning material having a sensor, comprising:a resin sheet composed of photoelastic resin,
a cushioning material laminated on the resin sheet,
a photosensor including a light generating unit and a light receiving unit that receives light generated from the light generating unit through the resin sheet, and
a processor that detects a stress applied to the resin sheet based on a light signal detected by the photosensor,
wherein the photoelastic resin has a glass transition temperature less than ?25° C.

US Pat. No. 10,455,948

MULTIMEDIA CHAIR

1. A multimedia chair comprising:a base having opposing seat supports and opposing side supports;
a seat connected to said seat supports;
an arm rest attached to each side support;
a controller;
a display supported by one of said arm rests and connected to said controller;
a multimedia module connected to said controller;
an adjustable foot support pivotably attached to the seat,
a foot support locking device connected to the adjustable foot support and said controller and actuated by said controller, wherein said adjustable foot support is initially in a stowed, locked and disabled position when the multimedia chair is not in use and optionally extends outward when the foot support locking device is activated by said controller and unlocked;
a back seat comprising a support rod pivotably connected between said opposing side supports and a back seat member carried by said support rod;
a back seat locking device supported by one of said side supports and connected to said back seat and said controller and actuated by said controller, wherein said back seat is initially in a forward, locked and disabled position making the multimedia chair unusable and movable rearward into an enabled position for use of the multimedia chair when said back seat locking device is activated by said controller and unlocked, said back seat locking device further comprising a locking pin that engages said support rod to lock the back seat into the forward, locked and disabled position; and
a user authorization module connected to said controller, wherein upon receiving a credit card authorization or wireless authorization signal from a wireless device of a potential user, said controller unlocks the foot support locking device and back seat locking device and actuates the display and multimedia module for use of the multimedia chair by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,455,945

THORACIC REGION COMFORT SEATING SYSTEM

Lear Corporation, Southf...

1. A seat comprising:a seatback including a support surface, wherein the seatback extends in an upright direction from a seat bottom;
a thoracic support structure pivotally attached to the seatback adjacent a top surface of the support structure for movement between a first position and a second position, wherein a bottom surface of the support structure is positioned at a height above the seat bottom in the upright direction in order to align the bottom surface with at least a portion of a user's thoracic region; and
an actuator disposed between the support surface and the support structure, wherein actuation of the actuator pivots the support structure from the first position to the second position, wherein in the second position the bottom surface moves away from the seatback so the thoracic support structure lifts and supports at least a portion of the thoracic region of the user's spine.

US Pat. No. 10,455,943

THEMED STOOL

1. A stool comprising:a seat;
a mainframe component adapted to support the seat;
an inner shaft disposed within the mainframe component;
a lower shaft adapted to receive a distal end of the inner shaft;
a base removably attached to the lower shaft,
at least one of a three dimensional ornamental figure, a silhouette of a themed figure, and a decorative graphic removably attached to the mainframe component, and
a mounting bracket assembly removably attached to one of the three dimensional ornamental figure, a silhouette of a themed figure, and a decorative graphic to the mainframe component.

US Pat. No. 10,455,935

POST AND DECK COMBINATION FOR A SHELF ASSEMBLY

Affinity Hardware Co., Lt...

1. A post and deck combination for a shelf assembly, comprising:a vertical post, wherein the vertical post is hollow and includes an outer wall, wherein a plurality of slots is disposed at different heights of the outer wall, wherein each of the plurality of slots has a positioning portion;
a deck, wherein the deck is disposed parallel to a ground, wherein a coupling board is disposed on an edge of the deck and includes a first insertion groove having a first receiving end; and
a coupling member, wherein the coupling member is columnar and includes a first end, a second end, and a columnar portion interconnected between the first end and the second end, wherein the columnar portion includes a first section adjacent to the first end and a second section adjacent to the second end, wherein a diameter of the first section is smaller than a width of each positioning portion of the vertical post, wherein the second section is interconnected to the first section and has a diameter to be received in the first receiving end of the first insertion groove, wherein the columnar portion has decreasing diameters from the second end toward the first section, wherein the second section includes an inclined guiding face, wherein the coupling member is configured to extend through one of the plurality of slots to couple with the vertical post, wherein the positioning portion of the one of the plurality of slots is located at the first section of the coupling member, wherein the first insertion groove of the coupling board is coupled with the first end of the coupling member, wherein the first receiving end is located on the inclined guiding face of the second section, and wherein the coupling board is movable toward the first section.

US Pat. No. 10,455,910

CANE WRAP AND WALKER SADDLE BAG

1. A walker saddle bag, consisting of:a first flap and a second flap coupled together with a central portion;
an exterior surface defined by the first flap, the second flap, and the central portion;
an interior surface defined by the first flap, the second flap, and the central portion;
a single column of compartments formed on an interior of the first flap;
a single column of compartments formed on an interior of the second flap, and;
one or more hook-and-loop fasteners formed on the interior surface at the central portion and configured to removably secure the central portion around a horizontal bar of one of a walker and a crutch;
wherein each of the compartments on the interior of the first flap comprises a longest length parallel with a longest length of the central portion, and wherein each of the compartments on the interior of the second flap comprises a longest length parallel with the longest length of the central portion.

US Pat. No. 10,455,905

INTERCHANGEABLE ACCESSORY ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF USE

1. An interchangeable accessory assembly that is operably configured to be selectively removably coupled to a fashionable item, the fashionable item having an exterior side and an interior side opposite the exterior side, the interchangeable accessory assembly comprising:an anchor shell, the anchor shell having:
a first tapered portion; and
a second tapered portion opposite the first tapered portion, the first tapered portion and the second tapered portion defining a smooth outer surface having a length;
a first magnetic member disposed at least partially within the anchor shell; and
an accessory selectively removably mechanically couplable to the anchor shell, the accessory:
having a coupling side including a second magnetic member;
having a decorative side opposite the coupling side; and
being an item of jewelry;
wherein the first magnetic member mechanically couples to the second magnetic member, the first magnetic member and the second magnetic member together having a magnetic strength sufficient to couple each of the anchor shell and the accessory to the fashionable item.

US Pat. No. 10,455,904

SAFETY BUCKLE FOR A CHILD SEAT

1. A safety buckle for a child seat comprising:a housing;
said housing having a fixedly secured first belt;
said housing having a latch mechanism having a securing mechanism for at least a second belt that releasably interlocks with a seat belt tongue;
said latch mechanism including a pushbutton located on a front of said housing, said pushbutton being manually movable from a rest position to a release position to cause said latch mechanism to release said seat belt tongue from an interlocked engagement with said latch mechanism;
a safety apparatus comprising a wedge release lock located on a back of said housing such that said wedge release lock is not visible when said button is viewed;
said wedge release lock has a normal position that is retained by a spring whereby in said normal position said pushbutton is prevented from releasing said latch mechanism;
said retaining forces from said spring must be overcome to displace said wedge release lock from said normal position to allow release of said seat belt tongue;
said displacement is with linear movement of said wedge release lock, and
said linear movement is perpendicular with movement of said pushbutton.

US Pat. No. 10,455,901

INTERCHANGEABLE BUTTON SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY

1. An interchangeable button system for use with fabric, comprising:a fastener comprising a base having a first side comprising a plurality of prongs for extending through fabric and attaching the fastener to the fabric, and a second side;
a base button comprising a mating element on an outer circumference and a plurality of holes for receiving the plurality of prongs of the fastener, such that when the plurality of prongs is received by the plurality of holes, the base button is fastened to the fastener by the prongs; and
an interchangeable cap having a first side comprising a cap face and a second side comprising a recessed inner cap having a matching mating element for engaging the mating element of the base button and prong tracks for receiving ends of the plurality of prongs extending from the fastener;
wherein the interchangeable cap is removable from the base button by uncoupling the mating element of the base button from the mating element of the interchangeable cap, allowing the fastener and the base button to remain fixed to the fabric.

US Pat. No. 10,455,896

THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING OF A TRACED ELEMENT

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An upper for an article of footwear comprising a traced element, the traced element including:a first polymer layer;
a second polymer layer; and
a strand layer,
wherein the first polymer layer defines a polymer-trace path;
wherein the strand layer comprises a material strand disposed along a strand-trace path and over the first polymer layer, the strand-trace path extends at least partially along the polymer-trace path;
wherein the second polymer layer is disposed along at least a portion of the polymer-trace path and overlaps both the first polymer layer and the strand layer for at least the portion of the polymer-trace path; and
wherein the upper includes a plurality of openings surrounded by a portion of the traced element that includes the first polymer layer, the second polymer layer, and the strand layer.

US Pat. No. 10,455,895

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR INCORPORATING A SOLE STRUCTURE WITH ELEMENTS HAVING DIFFERENT COMPRESSIBILITIES

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A sole structure for an article of footwear comprising:a first midsole element formed from a first material having a first degree of compressibility; wherein the first midsole element has an upper area with a depression;
a second midsole element formed from a second material having a second degree of compressibility less than the first degree of compressibility, the second midsole element having an upper surface and an opposite lower surface, the lower surface being positioned adjacent to the upper area of the first midsole element, the second material contacting the upper area of the first midsole element, the second midsole element defining a plurality of apertures that extend from the upper surface to the lower surface and completely through the second midsole element, a lower portion of each of the apertures being located adjacent to the upper area of the first midsole element; and
wherein the sole structure has a heel region; wherein the second midsole element includes a protrusion that extends downward from the lower surface of the second midsole element and into the depression in the upper area of the first midsole element, the protrusion being located at a central portion of the heel region of the sole structure, and wherein at least one of the apertures extends through the protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,455,894

AUXETIC STRUCTURES AND FOOTWEAR WITH SOLES HAVING AUXETIC STRUCTURES

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of customizing a sole structure of an article of footwear, the method comprising:adjusting the flexibility of a sole component of the sole structure, the sole component having an inner surface and an opposite-facing outer surface;
wherein the sole component includes a plurality of inner recesses extending from the inner surface and a plurality of outer recesses extending from the outer surface, the plurality of inner recesses including a blind-hole inner recess, the plurality of outer recesses including a blind-hole outer recess, and wherein the blind-hole inner recess is generally aligned with the blind hole outer recess along a vertical direction;
wherein the plurality of inner recesses and the plurality of outer recesses are arranged to provide the sole component with an auxetic property; and
wherein adjusting the flexibility of the sole component includes selectively cutting or removing material from one or both of the blind-hole inner recess and the blind-hole outer recess.

US Pat. No. 10,455,890

INTELLIGENT MASSAGE SHOES

SHENZHEN FITTOP HEALTH TE...

1. A pair of intelligent massage shoes, each of the intelligent massage shoes comprising a vamp, a sole composed of a sole plate and a cushion plate, and massage columns arranged in the sole plate, stretching out of the cushion plate and matched with the positions of the acupuncture points of a sole, wherein a lifting power device for pushing the massage columns to move up and down is arranged in the sole,the lifting power device comprises: at least one guide pillar longitudinally arranged in the sole plate, a lifting motor arranged at one end of the guide pillar to drive the guide pillar to rotate, cams fixed on the guide pillars respectively and matched with the massage columns in positions, and circular rings rotatably sleeved over the outer circles of the cams, wherein the top of each circular ring is fixedly connected with the corresponding massage column, and the cams on the guide pillars, that are adjacent front and back, are fixed at an inclination angle of 90°;
the lifting motor drives the guide pillar to rotate, and the cams push the massage columns to sequentially move up and down through the circular rings;
wherein an adjusting power device for adjusting the front and back positions of the massage columns is also arranged in the sole, the adjusting power device comprising: a pushing and pulling motor arranged in the sole plate, a bottom plate fixedly connected with the lifting power device, a sliding rail assembly arranged between the bottom surface of the bottom plate and the internal bottom surface of the sole, and a connecting rod member arranged between an output shaft of the pushing and pulling motor and the bottom plate;
the cushion plate is provided with strip openings allowing front and back movements of the massage columns;
the pushing and pulling motor drives the connecting rod member to pull the bottom plate, and the bottom plate drives the whole lifting power device to move back and forth along the sliding rail assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,455,882

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING REAR COLLISION WARNING WITHIN A HELMET

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

1. A computer-implemented method for providing a collision warning using an image capture device mounted on a rear portion of a helmet, the method comprising:receiving a series of image frames from the image capture device, wherein the series of images capture a scene in a rearward direction;
receiving spatial position data about the helmet from an inertial measurement unit integrated with the helmet, wherein the spatial position data includes at least one of a roll angle, a yaw angle, and a pitch angle of the helmet;
adjusting an orientation of the series of image frames based on the spatial position data so that the orientation of the series of image frames is level with an orientation of the scene;
identifying a target vehicle in each image frame of the series of image frames using object recognition;
calculating a cross-area of the target vehicle in each image frame of the series of image frames;
calculating a rate of change of a position of the target vehicle based on the cross-area of the target vehicle in each image frame of the series of image frames;
calculating a speed of the target vehicle based on the rate of change of the position of the target vehicle; and
controlling an output device coupled to the helmet to generate the collision warning based on the speed of the target vehicle and the rate of change of the position of the target vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,455,881

ADJUSTABLE HEADGEAR MOUNT SYSTEM

CADEQUIP, INC., St-Jean-...

1. A headgear mount system configured for attaching a bayonet connector having a clipping lever to a headgear mount, the system comprising:a receiver element defining a female receiver cavity defined by opposing side walls and a bottom element, said cavity configured to receive a portion of the bayonet connector therein, and wherein a slot is defined in said bottom element of the female receiver cavity; and
an adjustable catch positioned in the slot of the receiver element, the catch comprising:
a catch platform configured to slidingly engage the slot defined in the receiver element; and
a tooth configured to engage the clipping lever of the bayonet connector;
wherein the catch is adjustable about and between a first catch position, in which the catch is a first distance from a front surface of the receiver element, and a second catch position in which the catch is a second distance from the front surface of the receiver element that is less than the first distance.

US Pat. No. 10,455,866

FLOCKED SHAPEWEAR GARMENTS

Spanx, Inc., Atlanta, GA...

1. A shapewear garment for control of an abdominal region, the garment comprising:a. at least one fabric panel that extends over at least the abdominal region; and
b. a fabric portion applied to the fabric panel, the fabric portion including a tummy covering portion that extends over at least a portion of the abdominal region and a pair of lateral portions extending laterally from lateral sides of the tummy covering portion;
wherein:
at least one of the lateral portions has subportions bifurcating to define therebetween a portion without the fabric portion; and
the tummy covering portion and the pair of lateral portions provide compression to the abdominal area.

US Pat. No. 10,455,864

OPEN FRONT PEDICURE SOCK

Lawanda Baker, Alabaster...

1. A sock comprising:a body comprising a top leg portion, an ankle portion, a heel portion, and a bottom toe portion;
a front opening extending an entire length of the body from the top leg portion to the bottom toe portion;
a front closure for closing the front opening to secure the sock onto a user's foot, whereby when the front opening is closed by the front closure the toe portion creates a toe opening configured to surround the user's foot while exposing toes of the user; and
a ball cushion secured to a bottom end of the bottom toe portion and configured to be positioned beneath a ball of the user's foot, the ball cushion comprising a plurality of toe separating tabs, each toe separating tab comprising a fastener at a bottom end thereof, each fastener being detachably secured to a corresponding fastener on the bottom toe portion for separating the user's toes during a pedicure.

US Pat. No. 10,455,844

METHODS FOR TREATING AN OBJECT WITH CHLORINE DIOXIDE

ICA TRINOVA, LLC, Newnan...

1. A method for treating an object with chlorine dioxide gas while minimizing chlorine-containing residue on the object, comprising contacting the object with chlorine dioxide gas while exposing the object to less than 1000 lux of light, wherein the chlorine dioxide gas is generated at less than 1000 lux of light, the object comprises a raw agricultural product, the chlorine dioxide concentration adjacent the object during said treating step is 5 mg/L or less, and the chlorine-containing residue comprises chlorate, perchlorate, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,455,840

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RETARDER-TO-OVEN DOUGH PRODUCT

Aryzta LLC, Los Angeles,...

1. A method comprising:mixing ingredients to create a dough for making artisan bread at a desired thickness, the artisan bread to include a hard-crust exterior and a soft interior with a non-uniform cell structure, the ingredients including yeast and in a range of 7-14 wt % not including a chemical leavening agent;
bulk fermenting the dough within a temperature range to allow the yeast to rise and create the non-uniform cell structure within the dough;
sheeting the dough by a sheeter after the bulk fermenting the dough, the sheeter being adjusted to sheet the dough to substantially the desired thickness and without degassing the dough to substantially maintain the non-uniform cell structure developed during the bulk fermenting;
using one or more ultrasonic knives to portion the sheeted dough into portions of dough, the ultrasonic knives portioning the sheeted dough without degassing the dough to substantially maintain the non-uniform cell structure developed during the bulk fermenting;
using a blast chiller to freeze the portions of dough to create frozen portions of dough, the blast chiller freezing the portions of dough without degassing the dough to substantially maintain the non-uniform cell structure developed during the bulk fermenting;
packaging the frozen portions of dough without degassing the dough to substantially maintain the non-uniform cell structure developed during the bulk fermenting, thereby assembling packaged frozen portions of dough that a restaurant can receive, retard the frozen portions of dough in a retarder within a temperature range to create thawed portions of dough without proofing the thawed portions of dough to avoid causing the yeast to additionally rise and in order to substantially maintain the non-uniform cell structure developed during the bulk fermenting, and immediately bake the thawed portions of dough after retarding without proofing the thawed portions of dough before baking because the thawed portions of dough substantially maintain the non-uniform cell structure developed during the bulk fermenting; and
shipping the packaged frozen portions of dough to the restaurant.

US Pat. No. 10,455,823

TICK TRAP BELT

1. A tick trap belt for wear by an outdoorsman for stopping upward movement of ticks, comprising:a belt strap having opposed ends, each end having a fastener such that said opposed ends of said belt strap are selectively coupled together about the outdoorsman's body;
wherein said belt strap includes an upper edge and a lower edge opposite said upper edge and having opposed inner and outer surfaces extending between said upper edge and said lower edge, respectively;
wherein said outer surface of surface of said belt strap defines an imaginary middle axis extending linearly between said opposed ends and along a middle point between said upper edge and said lower edge;
an awning coupled to said outer surface of said belt strap at said imaginary middle axis and extending between said fasteners at said opposed ends of the belt strap, respectively, said awning comprising:
a first awning portion having a first primary panel extending outwardly and upwardly from said imaginary middle axis and having a first auxiliary panel coupled to said first primary panel at a predetermined angle, said first auxiliary panel having a first awning edge proximate and unattached to said upper edge of said belt strap, and
a second awning portion having a second primary panel extending outwardly and downwardly from said imaginary middle axis and having a second auxiliary panel coupled to said second primary panel at a predetermined angle, said second auxiliary panel having a second awning edge proximate and unattached to said lower edge of said belt strap;
wherein said first awning portion has a first bottom surface, that in association with said outer surface of said belt strap, define a first gap area, and said second awning portion has a second bottom surface that, in association with said outer surface of said belt strap, define a second gap area;
wherein said first awning portion and said outer surface of said belt strap together have an inverted V-shaped configuration that defines said first gap area and said second awning portion and said outer surface of said belt strap together have an inverted V-shaped configuration that defines said second gap area;
a first adhesive member is positioned in said first gap area and a second adhesive member is positioned in said second gap area for stopping movement of ticks who step on said first and second adhesive members, said first and second adhesive members being coupled to at least one of said bottom surfaces of said first and second awning portions and said outer surface of said belt strap, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,455,821

ROTOR BRAKE MECHANISM FOR SPINNING REEL

SHIMANO INC., Sakai, Osa...

1. A rotor brake mechanism for a spinning reel that brakes a rotor rotatably mounted to a reel body, in conjunction with the swinging of a bail arm between a line-winding posture and a line-releasing posture, the system comprising:a braking member disposed in the reel body;
a moving member disposed in the rotor so as to move, in conjunction with the bail arm, to a first position corresponding to the line-winding posture and to a second position corresponding to the line-releasing posture, the moving member including an extended portion that extends toward the braking member when the moving member moves to the second position;
an elastic member disposed on the extended portion of the moving member, so as to come into contact with an outer peripheral surface of the braking member when the moving member moves to the second position; and
an adjustment member disposed between the extended portion of the moving member and the elastic member, so as to adjust a position of the elastic member.

US Pat. No. 10,455,820

MATERIAL APPLICATION TO FISHING LURES POSSESSING TEMPERATURE SENSITIVE CHROMATICITY VICISSITUDE CREATING A COLOR CHANGING FISHING LURE OR RUBBER BAIT

2028631 ONTARIO INC., Br...

1. A lure comprising:a fish-shaped body;
a base layer on a portion of the body, the base layer including non-thermochromatic ink;
a first ink layer provided over at least a portion of the base layer, the first ink layer comprising a first thermochromatic ink and the first thermochromatic ink is provided in at least a gradient pattern wherein the first thermochromatic ink changes opacity as the first thermochromatic ink traverses the body, and wherein the first thermochromatic ink is provided on a portion of the body and a remainder of the body is covered a non-thermochromatic ink; and
one or more of eyes, mouth lines, gill lines and fin and scale markings provided on the body in a non-thermochromatic ink; and
wherein the first thermochromatic ink is transparent when the first thermochromatic ink is at a first temperature, and the first thermochromatic ink reveals at least one of the base layer and a second ink layer at the first temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,455,816

SENSOR BASED ACTIVITY MONITOR

International Business Ma...

1. An apparatus for detecting activity quantity of an object, comprising:a single integrated circuit device having integrated therein:
a sensor configured to sense one or more movements of the object, and to generate a first sensing signal based on the sensed one or more movements, the first sensing signal having one or more magnitudes corresponding to the sensed one or more movements;
a signal level comparator comprising:
a differential amplifier configured to receive the first sensing signal at a first input node of the differential amplifier and receive a threshold value signal at a second input node of the differential amplifier, said threshold value signal received at said second input node as a feedback signal from an output node of said differential amplifier through a resistor circuit, compare each of the one or more magnitudes of the first sensing signal with the threshold value signal, determine one or more portions of the first sensing signal whose magnitudes exceed the threshold value signal based on a comparison result between each of the one or more magnitudes and the threshold value, and output, through the output node of the differential amplifier, the determined one or more portions of the first sensing signal as a second sensing signal to a state machine implemented by a processor;
the state machine processor capturing one or more events, each captured event corresponding to one of the one or more movements of the object, based on acceleration data included in the second sensing signal;
a counter configured to receive the captured one or more events from the state machine processor, add the received captured one or more events to an accumulated number of movements, and output the accumulated number of the movements to each of a trigger signal generator and a radio transceiver;
the trigger signal generator configured to:
determine whether at least two trigger conditions are satisfied at least based on the accumulated number of the movements received from the counter, a first trigger condition related to the accumulated number of the movements and a second trigger condition related to an elapsed time, said elapsed time being provided by a timer in synchronization with the counter; and
generate a trigger signal in response to determination that the at least two trigger conditions are satisfied; and
output the trigger signal to the radio transceiver, said transceiver being normally in an unpowered off-state:
the radio transceiver configured to:
determine whether the trigger signal is received from the trigger signal generator;
be automatically powered up to an on-state from said off-state in response to determining that the trigger signal is received;
receive the accumulated number of the movements and ID information corresponding to the object;
generate an activity quantity signal based on the accumulated number of the movements and the ID information; and
transmit the activity quantity signal over a communication network;
wherein said capturing of the one or more events further comprises: combining acceleration data included in the first sensing signal and a gait cycle of a pedestrian model to recognize an event corresponding to a movement.

US Pat. No. 10,455,810

WIRELESS LOCATION ASSISTED ZONE GUIDANCE SYSTEM REGION LOOKUP

GPSIP, Inc., Oshkosh, WI...

1. A method of electronically selecting, with electrical circuitry including at least a processor therein, a wireless location assisted zone guidance system region representation that is electrically stored in electronically accessible memory and that defines an electrical control signal associated with a current geographic location, comprising the steps of:initiating said electrical circuitry;
electrically locating position fixing signal transmitters;
determining said current geographic location based upon electrical transmissions received from said position fixing signal transmitters;
ascertaining presence of at least one stored assisted guidance region and responsive thereto generating a first ascertain result indicative of no stored assisted guidance regions when no presence is ascertained and generating a second ascertain result indicative of at least one stored assisted guidance region when presence is ascertained;
generating a new region query to create a new assisted guidance region responsive to said first ascertain result;
comparing said current geographic location with a plurality of geographic locations represented by said first one of said at least one stored assisted guidance region responsive to said second ascertain result and responsive thereto generating a first compare result indicative of said current geographic location corresponding to a one of said plurality of geographic locations represented by said first one of said at least one stored assisted guidance region;
setting a current assisted guidance region to said first one of said at least one stored assisted guidance region responsive to said first compare result; and
outputting said electrical control signal associated with a said current geographic location to at least one animal stimulation apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,455,805

DISPOSABLE AND BIODEGRADABLE LITTER SYSTEM FOR ANIMALS

Litter One, LLC, Waverly...

1. A biodegradable litter kit for use by an animal comprising:a foldable box comprising a tray portion for holding litter wherein the tray has a bottom and at least one side extending away from the bottom and further comprising a retractable lid such that the lid may be selectively moved from a position in which it prevents access to the tray portion of the box into a position in which an animal may access the tray of the box to deposit waste in the litter;
a substantially flat false bottom positioned within the tray wherein the false bottom is adapted to hold a layer of fresh litter at a position located between the false bottom of the tray and the retractable lid and not in contact with the bottom of the tray and wherein the false bottom defines multiple perforations wherein the perforations in the false bottom are too small to permit passage of the fresh litter to the bottom of the tray but are sufficiently large as to permit soiled litter which is partially dissolved to pass through the perforations, the false bottom being located a distance sufficient from the bottom of the tray to allow soiled litter to freely fall into and accumulate in a space defined between the false bottom and the tray bottom; and
at least one support member running between the bottom of the tray and the false bottom;
wherein the litter box and the perforated false bottom are all biodegradable and wherein the false bottom is sufficiently rigid to support the weight of the litter while defining the space.

US Pat. No. 10,455,782

GARDEN WATERING CONTROLLERS

HOZELOCK LIMITED, Birmin...

1. A garden watering controller for operating a valve for controlling supply of water into a garden watering arrangement, the controller comprising:a light sensor for sensing ambient light levels, and
a central unit for receiving sensed light level signals from the light sensor and for outputting control signals for operating the valve in dependence on the sensed light level signals; wherein
the central unit is programmable such that the control signals output by the central unit, and hence resulting operation of the valve, are dependent on a stored program;
the garden watering controller comprises a user interface for allowing a user to program the operation of the central unit;
wherein the garden watering controller is programmable to provide watering operation at:
i) dusk;
ii) dawn;
iii) dawn and dusk;
and the user interface comprises a first user control for programming the controller to control whether watering should occur at dusk, dawn, or dawn and dusk; and
the first user control is arranged for indicating the duration for which watering should occur at a selected time.

US Pat. No. 10,455,780

IN LINE BUTTON DRIP EMITTER

1. A cylindrical drip emitter for bonding to an inner surface of a conduit having a general fluid flow direction, comprising:a cover including,
a cylindrical cavity having an open end, and
a fluid inlet providing fluid communication between an outer surface of said cover and an inner surface of said cylindrical cavity; and
a body including,
a cylindrical portion having a main axis, and a regulator chamber, and
an outlet chamber extending along said main axis, from an end of said cylindrical portion in fluid communication with said regulator chamber; said outlet chamber having an aperture facing away from said cylindrical portion and bounded by a rim;
wherein, said cylindrical portion is shaped and sized for insertion into said cylindrical cavity to form a labyrinth flow path by at least one baffle protruding inward from said inner surface of said cylindrical cavity, at least one baffle protruding outward from an outer surface of said cylindrical portion of said body, and one or more of the at least one baffle protruding outward from said outer surface of said cylindrical cavity protrudes in a direction which is in said general fluid flow direction of the conduit after said bonding;
wherein, said labyrinth flow path connects said fluid inlet of the cover to said regulator chamber when said cylindrical portion is inserted into said cylindrical cavity; and
wherein, said rim is exposed through said open end of said cylindrical cavity for bonding to said inner surface of said conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,455,779

IRRADIANCE-CONTROLLED FIXTURE FOR HORTICULTURAL APPLICATIONS

OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc., Wil...

1. A method for operating lighting fixtures in horticultural applications, the method comprising:receiving a user input of a desired irradiance for a first color channel of one or more lighting fixtures that irradiates a plant bed, wherein each of the one or more lighting fixtures comprises at least one light emitting diode (LED) array;
determining, for each of the one or more lighting fixtures, a pulse width modulation (PWM) setting of the first color channel such that each of the one or more lighting fixtures irradiate the plant bed at the desired irradiance based on calibration data stored in each of the one or more lighting fixtures, wherein the calibration data comprises:
a total light output of each of the at least one LED array measured in an integrating sphere; and
an irradiance map of irradiance values of a plurality of color channels, including the first color channel, driven at a predetermined PWM setting at a predetermined distance from the lighting fixture; and
applying, to each of the one or more lighting fixtures, the determined PWM setting of the first color channel.

US Pat. No. 10,455,778

METHOD FOR CULTIVATING CORDYCEPS MILITARIS FRUITING BODY

FOOD INDUSTRY RESEARCH AN...

1. A method for cultivating Cordyceps militaris fruiting body, comprising:a) providing a seed source, and the seed source being activated C. militaris spores or C. militaris mycelia;
b) providing a solid-state culture medium, wherein the solid-state culture medium comprises rice;
c) inoculating the rice of the solid-state culture medium of step b) with the seed source of step a), and cultivating the solid-state culture medium inoculated with the seed source until a fruiting body of C. militaris is formed;
characterized in that: the rice of the solid-state culture medium of step b) is absorbed with a tea liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,455,777

ENVIRONMENTALLY-CONTROLLED SECURITY ENCLOSURE FOR PLANT MATERIAL

1. A security device for a plant comprising:wherein the security device for a plant comprises an inner housing, an environmental system, an outer frame, and a control system;
wherein the inner housing, the environmental system, and the control system are mounted within the outer frame;
wherein the plant is contained within the inner housing;
wherein the environmental system controls the environmental conditions within the inner housing;
wherein the environmental system is an apparatus that maintains the temperature and humidity within the inner housing;
wherein the environmental system comprises a temperature module and a humidity control;
wherein the temperature module is an apparatus that controls the temperature within the inner chamber of the inner housing;
wherein the humidity control is an apparatus that controls the humidity within the inner chamber of the inner housing;
wherein the control system is an electrical device that limits access into and out of the inner housing;
wherein the control system regulates the environmental conditions maintained within the inner housing;
wherein the control system comprises a logic module, a communication module, a display, a keypad, an electronic lock, an air temperature sensor, a humidity sensor, a carbon dioxide sensor, and a pressure sensor;
wherein the logic module, the communication module, the display, the keypad, the electronic lock, the air temperature sensor, the humidity sensor, the carbon dioxide sensor, and the pressure sensor are electrically interconnected;
wherein the inner housing is a first hollow rectangular block structure;
wherein the inner housing comprises an inner structure, an inner panel, an exchange fan, a makeup fan, and a first open face;
wherein the inner housing further comprises a first lamp, a second lamp, and a third lamp;
wherein the inner panel, the exchange fan, the makeup fan, the first lamp, the second lamp, and the third lamp are mounted on the inner structure;
wherein the outer frame is a housing that contains the inner housing, the environmental system, and the control system;
wherein the outer frame comprises an outer structure, a front cover, a door frame, a glass door, an exhaust fan, tank cover, and a second open face;
wherein the front cover, the door frame, the glass door, the exhaust fan, the tank cover and the second open face are attached to the outer structure;
wherein the inner panel forms an interior chamber of the inner housing; wherein the inner panel is a separate rectangular plate that is used to enclose the first open face;
wherein the inner panel comprises a first door aperture;
wherein the first door aperture forms an aperture into the inner structure;
wherein the exchange fan is mounted through a wall of the inner structure;
wherein the exchange fan expels air from the interior chamber of the inner housing;
wherein the makeup fan is mounted through a wall of the inner structure;
wherein the makeup fan pumps air into the interior chamber of the inner housing;
wherein the first lamp is a UVC lamp;
wherein the second lamp is a UVC lamp;
wherein the third lamp is a UVC lamp;
wherein the first lamp, the second lamp, and the third lamp are identical.

US Pat. No. 10,455,768

COVER PLATE FOR A CLEAN GRAIN AUGER IN A CLEANING SYSTEM OF AN AGRICULTURAL HARVESTER

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. An agricultural harvester, comprising:a chassis;
a threshing system carried by said chassis; and
a cleaning system carried by said chassis and positioned below said threshing system;
said cleaning system comprising:
at least one sieve;
a bottom pan positioned below the at least one sieve for receiving a clean grain, the bottom pan having a forward edge;
a cleaning fan;
a clean grain auger positioned below said sieve and adjacent to the forward edge of the bottom pan, extending laterally sideways and defining a longitudinal axis, and configured for transporting the clean grain to a grain tank; and
a cover plate positioned above said clean grain auger, said cover plate having a front edge and a rear edge which each extend generally parallel to the longitudinal axis of said clean grain auger, wherein said front edge and said rear edge are open to allow said clean grain to pass therebelow around the front edge and the rear edge to said clean grain auger, the front edge of the cover plate is positioned rearwardly of the cleaning fan and in front of the longitudinal axis of the clean grain auger, the rear edge of the cover plate is positioned above the forward edge of the bottom pan and behind the longitudinal axis of the clean grain auger, wherein said cover plate is non-planar with a scooped configuration that continuously converges from back to front toward the clean grain auger so that clean grain is directed from the bottom pan toward the clean grain auger and said cover plate forces said clean grain to remain in the clean grain auger as the clean grain auger is rotated at an increased rotational speed.

US Pat. No. 10,455,763

HARVEST ANALYSIS SYSTEM INTENDED FOR USE IN A MACHINE

DINAMICA GENERALE S.P.A.,...

1. A combine (2) including a harvest analysis system, the harvest analysis system comprising at least an image acquisition device (4, 40) and at least a processing unit (1) connected to said acquisition device (4, 40) and in turn comprising:at least a memory module (10), wherein at least a first reference image is stored; and
at least a comparison module (11, 12) configured for making a comparison between the images relating to the harvested products acquired by said device (4, 40) and said reference image;
wherein the combine includes an internal conveyor and processing path for the harvested products, located between cutting and picking means of the harvest (6) and a tank (7);
wherein the combine comprises, downstream of said cutting means, devices for conveying the cut products to a separation device (9), based on whose action the grains are separated from the rest of the plant for being brought into a sieving station (91) of the combine, in which they are subject to the action of different separators that allow the grains to be isolated from the useless parts and then conveyed by means of an elevator (93) towards said tank (7), where they accumulate;
wherein said image acquisition device (4) is placed downstream of the cutting means (6) but upstream of the separation device (9);
wherein the combine includes at least a NIR device (5) connected to the processing unit (1) and able to acquire the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation reflected and/or absorbed by the harvested products, wherein the processing unit (1) comprises a composition module (13) configured for assessing the chemical composition of the harvested products on the basis of the respective spectrum detected by said NIR device (5);
wherein the NIR device (5) is arranged along the conveyor and processing path upstream of the tank (7).

US Pat. No. 10,455,762

SUGAR BEET HARVEST APPARATUS

1. A root crop harvest apparatus, comprising:a frame having a coupling adapted to mechanically couple with a tractor;
at least one field cultivator affixed to said frame and having a ground piercing tooth;
at least one disc affixed to said frame, displaced from and trailing said at least one field cultivator along a longitudinal axis of said root crop harvest apparatus; and
at least four helical screw propellers affixed to said frame, displaced from and trailing said at least one field cultivator and said at least one disc along said longitudinal axis of said root crop harvest apparatus;
a first pair of said at least four helical screw propellers arranged in a V-shaped configuration within a horizontal plane configured to be immediately adjacent to and generally parallel to a surface of the earth; and
a second pair of said at least four helical screw propellers arranged in a V-shaped configuration within a plane parallel to and above said plane defined by said first pair of said at least four helical screw propellers, and extending more distally to said at least one field cultivator than said first pair of said at least four helical screw propellers.

US Pat. No. 10,455,755

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR STRIP TILL IMPLEMENT GUIDANCE MONITORING AND ADJUSTMENT

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. An agricultural system, comprising:a frame;
one or more row units coupled to the frame;
one or more imaging devices coupled to the frame, wherein the one or more imaging devices are configured to capture images of a field beneath the agricultural system as the agricultural system traverses the field; and
a controller comprising a processor and a memory, wherein the controller is configured to process the images captured by the one or more imaging devices, wherein processing the captured images comprises:
determining, based on the captured images, a location of an implement line aligned with a first row unit of the one or more row units;
determining, based on the captured images, a location of a center line of a first strip of a plurality of strips of the field, wherein the plurality of strips are separated by a plurality of rows of untilled land;
determining, based on the captured images, a location of a tracking line; and
determining whether the implement line and the tracking line are aligned with one another.
US Pat. No. 10,457,818

CORROSION-RESISTANT METAL SUBSTRATE

King Fahd University of P...

1. A corrosion resistant metal substrate, comprising:a metal substrate;
a first coating layer consisting of sodium phosphate monobasic (NaH2PO4), wherein the first coating layer has an average thickness of 20-150 ?m; and
a second coating layer comprising nickel (Ni) nanoparticles,
wherein the first and second coating layers are of uniform thickness;
wherein the first coating layer is disposed between the metal substrate and the second coating layer; and
wherein the nickel nanoparticles are in the form of fine equiaxed grains with an average grain size of less than 100 nm existing in the form of colonies that are separated by crevices.
US Pat. No. 10,457,825

UV CURABLE INKJET INK COMPOSITIONS

ELECTRONICS FOR IMAGING, ...

1. A UV curable inkjet ink composition, comprising:a monofunctional urethane acrylate component constituting 12-35% by weight of the UV curable inkjet ink composition, said monofunctional urethane acrylate component comprising either of a monomer and an oligomer;
an additional monomer component constituting 10-80% by weight of the UV curable inkjet ink composition, the 10-80% by weight of the additional monomer component is in addition to the 12-35% by weight of the monofunctional urethane acrylate component when the monofunctional urethane acrylate component is a monomer;
a photoinitiator component constituting 1-15% by weight of the UV curable inkjet ink composition; and
an additional oligomer component constituting more than 0% but no more than 20% by weight of the UV curable inkjet ink composition, the no more than 20% by weight of the additional oligomer component is in addition to the 12-35% by weight of the monofunctional urethane acrylate component when the monofunctional urethane acrylate component is an oligomer.
US Pat. No. 10,457,826

LEAD REFILL FOR WRITING, DRAWING AND/OR PAINTING DEVICES AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF


US Pat. No. 10,457,829

PHOTOCURABLE RESIN COMPOSITION FOR TRANSFERRING SURFACE FREE ENERGY AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SUBSTRATE USING SAME

DEXERIALS CORPORATION, T...

1. A photocurable resin composition for transferring surface free energy, the photocurable resin composition comprising:a first compound exhibiting low surface free energy;
a second compound exhibiting surface free energy higher than the surface free energy of the first compound; and
a photopolymerization initiator,
wherein the second compound comprises monofunctional (meth)acrylate, bifunctional (meth)acrylate and trifunctional or higher (meth)acrylate; andwherein a difference in transmittance of the photocurable resin composition to a wavelength of 450 nm between before and after addition of the first compound is less than 79.3%.
US Pat. No. 10,457,839

OPTICAL ADHESIVE WITH DIFFUSIVE PROPERTIES

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. An optical article comprising:an optical film; and
a diffusive adhesive at least partially coated on the optical film, wherein the diffusive adhesive comprises an optically clear pressure sensitive adhesive matrix; and
a block copolymer dispersed within the adhesive matrix, wherein the adhesive comprises phase-separated microdomains that are not particles and are larger than 1.0 micrometers.
US Pat. No. 10,457,585

CHEMICALLY TEMPERABLE GLASS SHEET

AGC GLASS EUROPE, Louvai...

1. A glass sheet having a boron and lithium-free glass composition comprising, in weight percentage, expressed with respect to a total weight of glass:65?SiO2?78%
5?Na2O?20%
0?K2O?3%
3 0.12 4?MgO?12%;
wherein: 0.90?[MgO/MgO+CaO]<0.97.