US Pat. No. 10,478,286

ARTIFICIAL VESTIBULAR ORGAN SYSTEM

INHA UNIVERSITY RESEARCH ...

1. An artificial vestibular organ system comprising: an artificial semicircular canal;an artificial hair in the artificial semicircular canal configured to generate an electrical or magnetic signal according to changes in position; and
a body stimulation pulse generation unit configured to generate a body stimulation pulse using the electrical or magnetic signal generated from the artificial hair to transmit the body stimulation pulse to an ampulla,
wherein the artificial hair is disposed on one surface of an interior of the artificial semicircular canal and is configured to sense a movement of a liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,478,280

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR DELIVERING AND SECURING ADJUNCT MATERIALS TO A TREATMENT SITE

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A method for stapling tissue, comprising:activating an applicator to deliver a flowable adjunct precursor to a tissue within a body cavity with the applicator; and
after the flowable adjunct precursor solidifies to form an adjunct, engaging the tissue and the adjunct with opposed jaws on an end effector of a surgical stapling device, and actuating the surgical stapling device to deliver at least one staple through the adjunct and the tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,478,279

IMPLANTABLE PROSTHETIC DEVICE

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

1. An implantable prosthesis for repairing a soft tissue defect, the implantable prosthesis comprising:a body configured to cover or plug the soft tissue defect, the body having an inner portion and an outer margin extending outwardly beyond the inner portion, the outer margin having an inner portion side and an outer peripheral edge, wherein the outer margin includes a tissue infiltratable portion having a thickness that decreases in an outwardly direction from the inner portion side towards the outer peripheral edge, wherein an exposed portion of the outer margin having the thickness that decreases in the outwardly direction is tissue infiltratable.

US Pat. No. 10,478,275

MEDICAL DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS HAVING HEIGHT-ADJUSTABLE TABLE FOR ANIMALS

1. A medical diagnostic apparatus having a height-adjustable table for animals, the apparatus comprising:a table where an animal is placed;
a support stand supporting the table such that the table vertically moves and adjusting height of the table to move the table close to a floor;
an X-ray detector disposed under the table and coupled to the support stand to move with the table;
an imaging stand spaced from the table, connected to the support stand, and having an X-ray tube for radiating X-rays to the X-ray detector; and
an imaging stand support coupled to the support stand and supporting the imaging stand such that the imaging stand moves left and right,
wherein the imaging stand support comprises:
a support frame coupled to the support stand and having a first lateral guide rail disposed in a width direction of the table;
a lateral moving block supporting the imaging stand, having a plurality of rollers disposed on the first lateral guide rail, and disposed on the support frame to move left and right in a width direction of the support frame;
a second lateral guide rail spaced from the first lateral guide rail and disposed on an inner side of the support frame; and
a guide block coupled to the lateral moving block and having second rollers moving on the second lateral guide block, and
wherein a distance between a side X-ray detector and the X-ray tube is adjusted by moving the imaging stand left and right in order to take X-ray images of a side of an animal.

US Pat. No. 10,478,272

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR FORMING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL VOLUMETRIC MODEL OF A SUBJECT'S TEETH

Align Technology, Inc., ...

1. An intraoral scanning system, comprising:a hand-held wand configured to operate with one or more sensors to detect infrared and visible light, wherein the one or more sensors comprises an image sensor;
a sleeve configured to be placed over a distal end of the hand-held wand having a window at a distal end region; and
one or more processors operably connected to the hand-held wand, the one or more processors configured to:
receive visible light information and infrared information from the one or more sensors;
determine, in real time, surface information from the visible light information and generate a three-dimensional (3D) surface model of a subject's teeth using the surface information;
display the 3D surface model on a display screen in real time as the hand-held wand is moved;
capture, in real time using the image sensor, one or more two-dimensional (2D) images of an internal region of the subject's teeth from the infrared information; and
display, on the display screen, the one or more 2D images of the internal region of the subject's teeth.

US Pat. No. 10,478,263

DISPLACEMENT CONTROL WIRE DEVICE AND METHOD

Northeast Scientific, Inc...

1. A surgical control wire comprising:a control wire configured to provide curvature to displace a section of the esophagus of a human away from the heart during surgery, said control wire being formed of a shape memory material, said control wire having a spring temper and a suitable diameter to provide deflection of said esophagus, said control wire including a first end portion that is constructed and arranged to contact a first inner side wall of said esophagus, said first end portion including a distal end, said distal end including a stabilizer member, said stabilizer member being rounded having a surface area greater than said control wire, said stabilizer member constructed and arranged to prevent said control wire from puncturing said first inner side wall, said control wire having a first straight section adjacent said stabilizer member, an operative portion including a first bend and a second straight section in said control wire, said first bend and said second straight section configured to be large enough to force displacement of an opposite side wall of said esophagus in an opposite direction with respect to said stabilizer member, an offset bend for directing said control wire back toward a longitudinal axis of said first straight section, a second bend sized so that a shaft portion of said control wire is substantially axially aligned with said first end portion of said control wire, and a second end portion having a handle member for manipulation of said control wire, whereby rotation of said control wire mechanically displaces said section of said esophagus in the area of said esophagus containing said bends in said control wire.

US Pat. No. 10,478,257

ROBOTIC SURGICAL TOOL, SYSTEM, AND METHOD

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A robotic surgical tool, comprising:a housing configured to couple to a surgical robot;
an elongate shaft extending distally from the housing and having an end effector coupled to a distal end thereof, at least a portion of the elongate shaft being rotatable; and
a belt coupled to the elongate shaft, the belt being configured to indicate a rotational position of the elongate shaft with respect to an initial rotational position of the elongate shaft, the belt including a stop protrusion surrounding an outer perimeter of the belt and configured to prevent rotation of the elongate shaft beyond a preselected maximum rotation position.

US Pat. No. 10,478,248

ELECTROPORATION ABLATION APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. An ablation apparatus attachable to an elongate shaft, the ablation apparatus comprising:a first probe configured to extend through a first lumen defined in the elongate shaft, the first probe comprising:
a distal end configured to protrude beyond a distal end of the elongate shaft; and
a proximal end, wherein a first bore is longitudinally defined by the first probe between the distal end and the proximal end of the first probe, and wherein the proximal end of the first probe is coupleable to a source of suction to extract tissue through the first bore;
a first electrode attached to the distal end of the first probe external to the elongate shaft;
a first conductor electrically coupled to the first electrode;
a second probe configured to extend through a second lumen defined in the elongate shaft, the second probe comprising:
a distal end configured to protrude beyond the distal end of the elongate shaft; and
a proximal end, wherein a second bore is longitudinally defined by the second probe between the distal end and the proximal end of the second probe, and wherein the proximal end of the second probe is coupleable to the source of suction to extract tissue through the second bore;
a second electrode attached to the distal end of the second probe external to the elongate shaft; and
a second conductor electrically coupled to the second electrode;
wherein the first probe and the second probe are rotatable and translatable relative to the first lumen and the second lumen respectively, and wherein the first electrode and the second electrode are rotatably and translatably positionable with respect to one another, via the first probe and the second probe, to define a region between the first electrode and the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,478,247

EXPANDABLE CATHETER AND RELATED METHODS OF MANUFACTURE AND USE

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. A medical device, comprising:an expandable energy delivery array reciprocally movable between a first configuration and a second configuration, the expandable energy delivery array comprising:
a first assembly having a unitary first proximal end piece, a unitary first distal end piece, and a plurality of first energy transfer elements each directly coupled to and extending between the unitary first proximal and unitary first distal end pieces; and
a second assembly having a unitary second proximal end piece, a unitary second distal end piece, and a plurality of second energy transfer elements each directly coupled to and extending between the unitary second proximal and unitary second distal end pieces, wherein the unitary second proximal end piece is proximal to the unitary first proximal end piece, and a proximalmost portion of the unitary second distal end piece is distal to a distalmost portion of the unitary first distal end piece, wherein the first and second energy transfer elements circumferentially alternate with one another relative to a longitudinal axis of the medical device such that each first energy transfer element is circumferentially between two second energy transfer elements, and each second energy transfer element is circumferentially between two first energy transfer elements;
wherein:
the first and second assemblies are electrically insulated from one another;
the first and second proximal end pieces are separated by a first insulating element contained longitudinally between the first and second proximal end pieces; and
the first and second distal end pieces are longitudinally separated by a second insulating element contained longitudinally between the first and second distal end pieces.

US Pat. No. 10,478,246

ABLATION OF TISSUE WITHIN VERTEBRAL BODY INVOLVING INTERNAL COOLING

Relievant Medsystems, Inc...

1. A method of accessing and ablating tissue within a vertebral body involving internal cooling, the method comprising:inserting a stylet within a cannula;
percutaneously inserting the stylet and the cannula through skin of a patient;
advancing the stylet and the cannula within the vertebral body using a transpedicular approach through a first pedicle using real time image guidance;
removing the stylet from the cannula;
inserting a channeling tool through the cannula to create a working channel beyond a path formed by the stylet within the vertebral body using real time image guidance;
removing the channeling tool from the cannula;
identifying a treatment zone within the vertebral body to include an anterior-posterior distance;
inserting a first radiofrequency probe through the cannula to the treatment zone within the vertebral body using real time image guidance,
wherein the first radiofrequency probe comprises a bipolar probe having a first two electrodes, wherein a return electrode of the first two electrodes is spaced proximally from an active electrode of the first two electrodes,
inserting a second radiofrequency probe within the vertebral body through a second pedicle and to the treatment zone using real time image guidance,
wherein the second radiofrequency probe comprises a bipolar probe having a second two electrodes, wherein a return electrode of the second two electrodes is spaced proximally from an active electrode of the second two electrodes;
wherein the first and second radiofrequency probes are coupled to a single generator,
causing energy within a frequency range between 400 kHz and 600 kHz to be delivered to the treatment zone within the vertebral body using the first and second radiofrequency probes for a duration of time sufficient to ablate tissue at the treatment zone,
wherein the tissue comprises at least one of a basivertebral nerve and a tumor,
wherein the first radiofrequency probe comprises one or more diagnostic devices configured to provide diagnostic information in connection with treatment of the tissue; and
causing cooling fluid to circulate through one or more lumens of at least one of the first and second radiofrequency probes to provide cooling to the treatment zone.

US Pat. No. 10,478,244

ELECTROSURGICAL PENCIL

CIMPAX APS, Slangerup (D...

1. Extendable electrosurgical pencil (400) adapted to receive an electrode (1) controllable by an electrical signal for performing surgical operations, comprising:a housing that comprises a first housing part (35) and a second housing part (6), and a main housing part (4) between the first housing part (35) and the second housing part (6),
a flexible printed circuit (2),
switching means (71) on the main housing part (4) of the housing and being adapted to be activated from outside the housing for closing the flexible circuit (2), and
the first housing part (35) comprises receiving means (41) for receiving the electrode, wherein the first housing part (35) is adapted to slide inside the main housing part (4) to provide a telescopic extension of the pencil (400), the electrode (1) and the flexible printed circuit (2) following the sliding movement.

US Pat. No. 10,478,241

ARTICULATING OSTEOTOME WITH CEMENT DELIVERY CHANNEL

Merit Medical Systems, In...

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

US Pat. No. 10,478,230

POLYAXIAL BONE SCREW WITH INCREASED ANGULATION

K2M, Inc., Leesburg, VA ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,478,228

SCREW ASSEMBLY FOR SPINAL IMPLANT

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

US Pat. No. 10,478,226

POLYAXIAL BONE ANCHORING DEVICE

1. A polyaxial bone anchoring device comprising:a bone anchoring element having a shank to be anchored to a bone and a head;
a receiving part configured to pivotably receive the head, the receiving part having a first end, a second end, a central axis, and a channel at the first end for receiving a rod;
a pressure member positionable in the receiving part to exert pressure onto the head to clamp the head in the receiving part, the pressure member comprising a deformable portion; and
a locking member insertable into the channel to contact the pressure member;
wherein when the head, the pressure member, and the locking member are in the receiving part, the locking member is movable in the channel of the receiving part along the central axis from a first position wherein at least part of the bone anchoring element is configured to directly contact the receiving part while the locking member contacts and is restricted by the deformable portion of the pressure member from moving further axially towards the second end of the receiving part, to a second position that is closer to the second end of the receiving part than the first position wherein the head is clamped in the receiving part while the locking member contacts and deforms the deformable portion of the pressure member radially outwardly compared to the first position to permit further axial movement of the locking member towards the second end of the receiving part for the locking member to come into contact with the rod and clamp the rod.

US Pat. No. 10,478,220

MEDICAL INSTRUMENT FOR IMPLANTING PINS

1. A medical instrument for putting at least one rectilinear pin (2) of a determined length and a determined diameter (2) into place in a long bone (3), the medical instrument comprising:an insertion trocar (5) comprising a guide sheath (6) presenting a pointed distal end (6a) and a proximal grip end, a removable obturator (7) being slidably mounted inside the guide sheath from a proximal end thereof;
a guide (10) for the at least one rectilinear pin (2), the guide comprising a flexible tube (11) presenting an outside diameter less than an inside diameter of the guide sheath of the insertion trocar to enable the flexible tube to be inserted in the guide sheath from the proximal end thereof, after the removable obturator has been removed, the flexible tube (11) presenting between a distal end and a proximal end thereof a length that is greater than the determined length of the at least one rectilinear pin and an inside diameter that is greater than the determined diameter of the pin so as to leave operating clearance enabling the at least one rectilinear pin to move in translation inside the flexible tube; and
a positioner (13) for positioning the at least one rectilinear pin (2), the positioner comprising a positioner obturator (14) possessing an outside diameter less than the inside diameter of the flexible tube (11) in order to enable the positioner obturator to be inserted in and to slide inside the flexible tube, the positioner obturator (14) presenting a distal end (14a) forming a thrust surface for the at least one rectilinear pin (2) in order to position the distal end of the at least one rectilinear pin at the distal end of the flexible tube, the positioner obturator (14) externally defining a surface (14g) for the flexible tube (11) over a length not less than the length of the flexible tube.

US Pat. No. 10,478,217

ATHERECTOMY DEVICES AND METHODS

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

1. A rotational atherectomy device for removing stenotic lesion material from a blood vessel of a patient the device comprising:an elongate flexible drive shaft comprising helically wound metallic filars that form a coil having an outer diameter, the drive shaft defining a longitudinal axis;
an array of at least two spherical eccentric abrasive elements being fixed to the drive shaft such that a center of mass of each abrasive element is offset from the longitudinal axis; and
a metallic stability element having a cylindrical shape and a center of mass aligned with the longitudinal axis; and
wherein the drive shaft, the abrasive elements, and the metallic stability element rotate together about the longitudinal axis,
wherein the metallic stability element being distally spaced apart from a distal-most abrasive element of the spherical eccentric abrasive elements by a distal separation distance,
wherein each abrasive element is spaced apart from an adjacent abrasive element by an element spacing distance, and wherein the center of mass for each eccentric spherical abrasive element in said array is offset from the longitudinal axis while contemporaneously the center of mass of the metallic stability element is aligned with the longitudinal axis, and
wherein the distal separation distance being greater than the element spacing distance.

US Pat. No. 10,478,213

TISSUE-REMOVING CATHETER WITH ADJUSTABLE CROSS-SECTIONAL DIMENSION

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A medical device comprising:a tissue-removing catheter comprising:
a drive shaft having opposite proximal and distal ends and configured for rotation about a longitudinal axis;
a tissue-removing head at the distal end of the drive shaft, wherein the tissue-removing head is configured to rotate about the longitudinal axis, and wherein the tissue-removing head is selectively adjustable from an initial cross-sectional dimension to an expanded cross-sectional dimension larger than the initial cross-sectional dimension; and
an expansion mechanism configured to selectively adjust the tissue-removing head from the initial cross-sectional dimension to the expanded cross-sectional dimension, wherein the expansion mechanism includes an elastically deformable member disposed inside the tissue-removing head, wherein the elastically deformable member is selectively elastically compressible in a longitudinal direction to increase a cross-sectional dimension of the elastically deformable member from an initial cross-sectional dimension to an expanded cross-sectional dimension greater than the initial cross-sectional dimension when the elastically deformable member is longitudinally compressed to selectively adjust the tissue-removing head from the initial cross-sectional dimension to the expanded cross-sectional dimension;
wherein the expansion mechanism includes an actuator and the tissue-removing catheter houses the actuator, the actuator being selectively movable axially within the tissue-removing head to elastically compress the elastically deformable member.

US Pat. No. 10,478,210

ENDOSCOPIC SURGICAL BLADE AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

A.M. SURGICAL, INC., Smi...

1. A low-profile surgical blade, comprising;a proximal end;
a distal end;
a top edge;
a lower edge;
an upper cutting surface and a lower cutting surface at the distal end;
a non-cutting radiused surface at a top end of the upper cutting surface; and
a horizontal mounting surface at the lower edge;
wherein the upper cutting surface and the lower cutting surface meet at a crotch therebetween, wherein the blade is sized to fit at a tip of an endoscope,
wherein the blade comprises a notch on the lower edge that is in contact with a surgical tube, and
wherein the notch is concave, substantially crescent-shaped, and is recessed from the horizontal mounting surface and into a body of the blade.

US Pat. No. 10,478,208

ENDOSCOPIC SUBMUCOSAL DISSECTION HOOD

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED,...

7. An endoscopic system comprising:an endoscope comprising an elongate body having a proximal end, a distal end and a working channel disposed within the elongate body;
an endoscopic hood coupled to the distal end of the endoscope, the endoscopic hood comprising:
a first portion comprising a proximal end, a distal end and first and second lumens extending therebetween, wherein the first lumen is in communication with the working channel of the endoscope,
a second portion extending from the distal end of the first portion, said second portion comprising a curved wall with an open distal end and defining a working area adjacent a concave surface of the curved wall and the first lumen, and
a support member extending into the first lumen adjacent to the curved wall;
a first shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein a portion of the first shaft is disposed within the working channel and the first lumen; and
a second shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein a portion of the second shaft is slidably and rotationally disposed along an outer surface of the elongate body and extends through the second lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,478,205

LITHOTRIPSY APPARATUS USING A FLEXIBLE ENDOSCOPE

Gyrus ACMI, Inc., Southb...

1. A method, comprising:manipulating a deflection section at a distal tip of an endoscope toward a stone within the body;
inserting a lithotripsy shaft and a stone retrieval device into a proximal end of a working channel of the endoscope, the lithotripsy shaft and the stone retrieval device configured to extend through the working channel and the deflection section;
extending the stone retrieval device from a distal tip of the deflection section through the lithotripsy shaft;
capturing a stone with the stone retrieval device and bringing the stone substantially in line with a longitudinal axis of a substantially straight or slightly curved portion of the deflection section;
withdrawing the stone retrieval device within the substantially straight or slightly curved shaft of the lithotripsy shaft through a plurality of guide protrusions at a distal tip of the lithotripsy shaft, wherein the plurality of guide protrusions facilitate passage of wires or filaments of the stone retrieval device there through;
extending the lithotripsy shaft toward the stone; and
driving the lithotripsy shaft under power with a lithotripsy shaft driver toward the stone to break it up with force.

US Pat. No. 10,478,197

MINIMALLY INVASIVE BONE SPARING ACETABULAR REAMER

1. An orthopedic bone cutter, comprising:a) a cutting shell having a base and a shell sidewall with a curvature that comprises at least a portion of a hemisphere, the cutting shell extending from said base towards an imaginary apex, an opening having an opening perimeter extends through the shell sidewall at the imaginary apex to a cutting shell interior, a rotational axis extends through the imaginary apex, the cutting shell being rotatable about the rotational axis;
b) a flange having an annular flange sidewall defining a flange opening, the flange extending from the shell opening perimeter at a flange distal end to a flange proximal end positioned within the shell interior;
c) a plurality of outwardly extending and spaced apart shell cutting teeth;
d) an insert extending from an insert proximal end to an insert distal end, the insert comprising an annular insert sidewall that meets an insert end wall at the insert distal end, the insert positioned within the flange opening along the rotational axis, wherein the insert distal end faces the imaginary apex;
e) a plurality of outwardly extending and spaced apart insert cutting teeth; and
f) wherein the insert is capable of rotational and axial movement about the rotational axis.

US Pat. No. 10,478,190

SURGICAL STAPLING SYSTEM COMPRISING A SPENT CARTRIDGE LOCKOUT

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

17. A staple cartridge for use with a surgical stapling instrument having an anvil, said staple cartridge comprising:a frame;
a circular cartridge body;
staple cavities arranged in a circular array in said circular cartridge body;
staples removable stored in said staple cavities;
a staple driver configured to eject said staples from said staple cavities;
a firing member operably engaged with said staple driver, wherein said firing member is movable in a first direction and a second direction, wherein said firing member is configured to move said staple driver toward the anvil when said firing member is moved in said first direction, wherein said firing member is configured to retract said staple driver away from the anvil when said firing member is moved in said second direction; and
a firing member lockout, wherein said lockout is configured to couple said firing member and said frame when said staple driver is retracted by said firing member, and wherein said lockout is configured to prevent said firing member from moving in said first direction once said lockout has coupled said firing member and said frame.

US Pat. No. 10,478,189

METHOD OF APPLYING AN ANNULAR ARRAY OF STAPLES TO TISSUE

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A method of operating a surgical instrument, wherein the surgical instrument comprises:(a) a body;
(b) a shaft assembly extending distally from the body;
(c) a stapling head assembly located at the distal end of the shaft assembly, wherein the stapling head assembly comprises a distal surface, wherein the stapling head assembly is operable to drive an annular array of staples through the distal surface;
(d) an anvil, wherein the anvil is configured to couple with the stapling head assembly;
(e) an anvil adjustment assembly, wherein the anvil adjustment assembly comprises a translating member, wherein the translating member is operable to translate relative to the body along a longitudinal axis defined by the body to thereby adjust the longitudinal position of the anvil relative to the distal surface of the stapling head assembly;
(f) a first trigger, wherein the first trigger is operable to actuate the stapling head assembly to thereby drive the annular array of staples through the distal surface toward the anvil; and
(g) a lockout assembly, wherein the lockout assembly comprises an electrically powered braking feature, wherein the electrically powered braking feature further comprises an actuator that defines an enclosure and a lock member that extends from inside the enclosure from a retracted position to an extended position, wherein the lockout assembly is configured to transition between a first state and a second state, wherein:
(i) in the first state, the lockout assembly is configured to permit translation of the translating member, and
(ii) in the second state, the lockout assembly is configured to prevent translation of the translating member;
wherein the method comprises:
(a) providing the lockout assembly in the first state to permit translation of the translating member, wherein in the first state the electrically powered braking feature is separated at a distance from the translating member;
(b) translating the translating member; and
(c) transitioning the lockout assembly to the second state to prevent further translation of the translating member by linearly translating the lock member of the electrically powered braking feature away from the enclosure defined by the actuator to be in contact with the translating member.

US Pat. No. 10,478,188

IMPLANTABLE LAYER COMPRISING A CONSTRICTED CONFIGURATION

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A staple cartridge assembly, comprising:a cartridge body comprising a deck;
a plurality of staples; and
an implantable layer positioned over said deck, wherein said implantable layer comprises:
a first plurality of fibers comprised of a first material having a first thermal transition temperature, wherein said first fibers are interconnected at a plurality of nodes, wherein said plurality of nodes define a plane, and wherein said plurality of nodes is configured to reinforce a three-dimensional structure of said implantable layer; and
a second plurality of fibers comprised of a second material having a second thermal transition temperature, wherein said second thermal transition temperature is lower than said first thermal transition temperature, wherein said second material is intermixed with said first material, wherein said second fibers are contracted within said implantable layer during a process which exposes said implantable layer to a process temperature which exceeds said second thermal transition temperature, and wherein a first portion of said second fibers are constricted at said plurality at nodes and a second portion of said second fibers are laterally expanded away from said plane.

US Pat. No. 10,478,187

BIOLOGICALLY DERIVED EXTRACELLULAR MATRIX WITH INFUSED VISCOUS ABSORBABLE COPOLYMER FOR RELEASABLY ATTACHING A STAPLE BUTTRESS TO A SURGICAL STAPLER

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

20. A surgical stapler end effector, the end effector comprising:(a) a staple cartridge, wherein the staple cartridge comprises:
(i) a plurality of staples, and
(ii) a deck, wherein the staple cartridge is operable to drive the staples through the deck;
(b) an anvil, wherein the anvil is movable from an open position toward the staple cartridge to reach a closed position, wherein the anvil includes an underside having staple forming surface configured to receive staples driven through the deck;
(c) a buttress assembly, wherein the buttress assembly comprises:
(i) a buttress body, wherein the buttress body defines a plurality of cells, and
(ii) an adhesive material, wherein the adhesive material is configured to removably secure the buttress body to the deck of the staple cartridge or the underside of the anvil, wherein at least some of the adhesive material is located in at least some of the cells; and
(d) a retainer, wherein the retainer is configured to removably hold the buttress assembly, wherein the retainer includes a plurality of projections on a surface of the retainer, wherein the projections are configured to provide focused pressure in a direction away from the surface of the retainer to discrete regions of the buttress assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,478,182

SURGICAL DEVICE IDENTIFICATION

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical device, comprising:a handle portion;
an elongate portion including an adapter assembly having a distal end and a proximal end, the proximal end configured to removably connect to the handle portion;
a loading unit removably connected to the distal end of the adapter assembly of the elongate portion, the loading unit having a cartridge assembly, an anvil assembly, and a stapling drive member with a flange that engages at least one of the cartridge assembly or the anvil assembly, the loading unit having a body portion;
a motor assembly coupled to and configured to move the stapling drive member;
a ramped surface on the at least one of the cartridge assembly or the anvil assembly, the ramped surface being arranged to be traversed by the flange and to effectuate an approximation of the cartridge assembly and the anvil assembly;
a mechanical feature provided on the ramped surface and being configured for engagement by the flange as the flange traverses the ramped surface, the mechanical feature being indicative of an aspect of the loading unit; and
a controller coupled to the motor assembly, the controller configured to determine the aspect of the loading unit based on a change in at least one property of the motor assembly due to contact between the flange and the mechanical feature upon advancement of the flange to engage the at least one of the cartridge assembly or the anvil assembly to approximate the anvil assembly with the cartridge assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,478,181

CARTRIDGE LOCKOUT ARRANGEMENTS FOR ROTARY POWERED SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENTS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical cutting and stapling end effector, comprising:a channel configured to operably support a removable staple cartridge that includes surgical staples stored therein that are ejected from the removable staple cartridge as a sled that is movably supported therein is moved from a starting position to an ending position in the removable staple cartridge;
a rotary end effector drive shaft supported within said channel and being selectively rotatable by a source of rotary motion applied thereto; and
a firing assembly movable from a first position wherein said firing assembly is longitudinally movable through said channel and a second locked position wherein said firing assembly is prevented from moving distally through said channel, said firing assembly being biased into said first position prior to rotation of said rotary end effector drive shaft and moving to said second locked position upon rotation of said rotary end effector drive shaft unless said sled of said removable staple cartridge that has been seated in said channel is in the starting position and retainingly engages said firing assembly to thereby retain said firing assembly in said first position during further rotation of said rotary end effector drive shaft, said firing assembly comprising:
a firing body movably supported on said rotary end effector drive shaft;
a rotary advancement member in driving engagement with said rotary end effector drive shaft and in driving engagement with said firing body, said rotary advancement member being movable between said first position and said second locked position relative to said firing body; and
a biasing member between said firing body and said rotary advancement member to bias said rotary advancement member into said first position.

US Pat. No. 10,478,175

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MENISCAL REPAIR

Linvatec Corporation, La...

1. An anchor, comprising:an elongated cylindrical body having a distal end and a proximal end, a longitudinal axis extending between the distal end and the proximal end, and a cylindrical outer surface radially offset from the longitudinal axis, the distal end having a distal slot opening on the cylindrical outer surface of the body and extending from the distal end of the body proximally along the longitudinal axis of the body, and the proximal end having a proximal slot opening on the cylindrical outer surface of the body and extending from the proximal end of the body distally along the longitudinal axis of the body, and wherein the elongated body is non-tubular;
the distal slot comprising a wide section and a narrow section, wherein the wide section has a width configured to slidably accommodate a suture in the wide section and the narrow section has a width configured to bind the suture in the narrow section, and further wherein the wide section is disposed distally of the narrow section.

US Pat. No. 10,478,171

FLUSH ANCHOR METHOD AND APPARATUS

LITTLE ENGINE, LLC, Belm...

1. An apparatus for anchoring a tensile member to bone, comprising:an anchor, comprising:
a housing extending along a central axis between open first and second ends, and having a hollow interior;
a collet disposed in the hollow interior of the housing, the collet having a peripheral wall defining a central bore for accepting a tensile member therethrough and an exterior surface, wherein the collet is configured to be swaged around and against the tensile member;
a sleeve having a peripheral wall defining opposed interior and exterior surfaces, the sleeve disposed in the hollow interior of the housing and positioned generally axially adjacent to the collet, so as to be movable parallel to the central axis between first and second positions; and
wherein at least one of the exterior surface of the collet and the interior surface of the sleeve is tapered and the sleeve and the collet are arranged such that movement of the sleeve from the first position to the second position will cause the interior surface of the sleeve to bear against the exterior surface of the collet, causing the collet to swage radially inwards around and against the tensile member without moving axially relative to the housing or tensile member; and
an insertion instrument including:
a stem having an anchor connection mechanism;
a hollow pushrod extending through the stem and slidably movable between retracted and extended positions; and
a driving mechanism operable to move the pushrod between the retracted and extended positions.

US Pat. No. 10,478,169

TISSUE RETRACTOR AND METHOD OF USE

Globus Medical, Inc., Au...

1. A multi-blade retractor system comprising:a retractor frame comprising a first arm and a second arm;
a first blade coupled to a distal end of the first arm, the first blade having a first channel; and
a second blade coupled to a distal end of the second arm;
wherein the first blade includes an anchor member receiving portion at a distal end of the first blade, the anchor member receiving portion slidably received in the first channel of the first blade,
wherein the anchor member receiving portion is configured to receive an anchor member capable of fixation into a bone member, and
an extension portion slidably received in the first channel of the first blade such that the extension portion directly rests atop the anchor member receiving portion
wherein the first blade has a second channel, the anchor member receiving portion is slidably received in the second channel of the first blade, but the extension portion is not received in the second channel of the first blade.

US Pat. No. 10,478,167

MEDICAL ADHESIVE APPLICATOR

Rousseau Research, Inc., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,478,165

MULTI-UTILITY SURGICAL INSTRUMENT

KATALYST SURGICAL, LLC, ...

1. An instrument comprising:a handle having a handle distal end and a handle proximal end;
a nosecone having a nosecone distal end and a nosecone proximal end wherein the nosecone is connected to the handle;
a hypodermic tube having a hypodermic tube distal end and a hypodermic tube proximal end wherein the hypodermic tube proximal end is disposed in the nosecone;
an end plug having an end plug distal end and an end plug proximal end wherein the end plug is at least partially disposed in the handle; and
an interface taper of the end plug configured to interface with a syringe wherein the syringe is configured to flush a fluid through the instrument and expel the fluid from the hypodermic tube distal end.

US Pat. No. 10,478,162

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DISPLAY OF PATHOLOGICAL DATA IN AN IMAGE GUIDED PROCEDURE

INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERAT...

1. A method comprising:displaying, in a first region of a display screen, an image of a patient anatomy for guiding a medical instrument to a deployment location during a medical procedure;
recording a plurality of sample identifiers, wherein each sample identifier of the plurality of sample identifiers is associated with a corresponding tissue sample of a plurality of tissue samples;
recording a plurality of location stamps, wherein each location stamp of the plurality of location stamps indicates a location in the patient anatomy of a corresponding tissue sample of the plurality of tissue samples;
receiving tissue sample pathology information for each tissue sample in the plurality of tissue samples; and
displaying, in a table in a second region of the display screen, the plurality of sample identifiers, the plurality of location stamps, and the tissue sample pathology information for each tissue sample during the medical procedure.

US Pat. No. 10,478,158

PEROPERATIVE SENSING HEAD ADAPTED TO BE COUPLED TO AN ABLATION TOOL

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA REC...

1. A system for performing neurosurgery comprising:a handheld device comprising an excision tool and a probe, the handheld device configured to be manipulated by a neurosurgeon to detect and excise tumorous tissue of a patient's central nervous system, the probe configured to generate a first output corresponding to detection of beta particles and gamma radiation emitted by radioactive tracers absorbed by the tumorous tissue and a second output corresponding to detection of gamma radiation alone;
a processing system having a monitor, the processing system configured to be coupled to the handheld device to receive and process the output of the probe and compare the first output to the second output to determine a concentration of beta particles emitted by the radioactive tracers, the processing system generating and displaying on the monitor, in real time, an image corresponding to the concentration of beta particles emitted by the radioactive tracers in the tumorous tissue that identifies a margin of the tumorous tissue, the image enabling the neurosurgeon to manipulate the handheld device to excise, and observe treatment of, tumorous tissue in real time.

US Pat. No. 10,478,153

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING DEVICE ENGAGEMENT

ACIST MEDICAL SYSTEMS, IN...

1. An intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) system, comprising:an IVUS catheter comprising:
a sheath,
a drive cable extending through the sheath being coupled to an IVUS transducer at a distal end,
a connector at a proximal end of the IVUS catheter, the connector being coupled to a proximal end of the drive cable, and
an anchor assembly positioned near a proximal end of the sheath, the anchor assembly being separate from the connector of the IVUS catheter; and
a translation mechanism comprising:
a catheter interface configured to electrically and mechanically interface with the connector of the IVUS catheter,
an anchor port separate from the catheter interface and configured to receive the anchor assembly of the IVUS catheter in order to anchor the anchor assembly of the IVUS catheter to the translation mechanism, and
a sensor positioned proximate the anchor port, the sensor outputting a signal representative of whether or not the anchor assembly of the IVUS catheter is anchored to the anchor port of the translation mechanism to enable a controller to place the translation mechanism in a connected mode if the anchor assembly is anchored to the anchor port or in a disconnected mode if the anchor assembly is not anchored to the anchor port, wherein
the translation mechanism is configured to translate the catheter interface relative to the anchor port.

US Pat. No. 10,478,149

METHOD OF AUTOMATICALLY POSITIONING AN X-RAY SOURCE OF AN X-RAY SYSTEM AND AN X-RAY SYSTEM

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for determining the position of a mobile X-ray detector in an X-ray system, wherein the X-ray system is provided with a 3D camera, the method comprising:acquiring a digital 3D image of the mobile X-ray detector using the 3D camera, wherein the mobile X-ray detector has a X-ray receiving portion on a planar surface and a plurality of passive markers provided on the planar surface having the X-ray receiving portion;
detecting the plurality of passive markers and the markers' pattern in the digital 3D image, wherein the pattern of the markers' defines the plane of the mobile X-ray detector having the X-ray receiving portion;
estimating the plane of the mobile X-ray detector's X-ray receiving portion;
estimating 6 DOF pose of the mobile X-ray detector, wherein the 6 DOF pose defines the position and orientation of the mobile X-ray detector in the 3D camera's coordinate system; and
transforming the 6DOF pose of the mobile X-ray detector in the 3D camera's coordinate system into the corresponding position and orientation in the X-ray base coordinate system,
wherein the mobile X-ray detector has four corners and the plurality of passive markers,
are provided in a specific corner pattern at each of the four corners designating the particular corner,
wherein detecting the plurality of passive markers and the marker's pattern in the digital 3D image comprises determining the specific corner patterns, and determining the mobile X-ray detector's orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,478,146

RADIATION IRRADIATION DEVICE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A radiation irradiation device comprising:a radiation generating part that generates radiation;
an arm part having the radiation generating part attached to one end thereof,
a main body part having the other end of the arm part connected thereto,
an electric power supply part provided at the main body part, and
a cable part for electrically connecting the power supply part and the radiation generating part, wherein the electric power supply part has a battery part having lithium ion batteries connected in parallel, and a first booster circuit part that boosts a voltage output from the battery part, and
wherein the radiation generating part has a second booster circuit part that further boosts a voltage that is boosted by the first booster circuit part and is input to the radiation generating part via the cable which is extended along the arm part.

US Pat. No. 10,478,133

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CALIBRATING A NUCLEAR MEDICINE IMAGING SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

1. A method, comprising:detecting, with a plurality of detectors, photons emitted by a calibration source comprising a radioactive line source and a fluorescence source, while pivoting one or more detectors of the plurality of detectors;
applying a geometrical correction to energy measurements of the detected photons, wherein applying the geometrical correction includes increasing photon counts of at least one pixel of the one or more detectors according to the pivoting of the one or more detectors; and
calibrating, with a processor communicatively coupled to the plurality of detectors, each detector of the plurality of detectors based on the geometrically-corrected energy measurements of the detected photons.

US Pat. No. 10,478,131

DETERMINING BASELINE CONTEXTS AND STRESS COPING CAPACITY

Samsung Electronics Compa...

1. A method for monitoring a health characteristic of a user based on one or more biological measurements, comprising:determining a current context of a user;
accessing a plurality of contexts for the user, wherein:
each of the plurality of contexts identifies a context-specific baseline health value; and
each of the plurality of contexts is defined at least in part by a plurality of recorded events each comprising one or more of repeated biological states, repeated user activity, or space-time coordinates of the user;
identifying from the plurality of contexts a predefined user context corresponding to the current context of the user;
monitoring the health characteristic of the user based on one or more bio-sensing measurements in comparison to the context-specific baseline health value corresponding to the identified predefined user context;
detecting, based on monitoring the health characteristic, a plurality of event pairs, each event pair comprising:
a first event corresponding to the health characteristic of the user being within a first pre-defined variability zone; and
a second event corresponding to the health characteristic of the user being within a second pre-defined variability zone;
determining, for each event pair, an amount of time between the first and second event; and
determining a context-specific health-resiliency measurement specific to the user, the identified predefined user context, and the health characteristic by averaging over the plurality of event pairs the determined amount of time between the first and second events.

US Pat. No. 10,478,126

SMART CARPET SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF USING SAME FOR MONITORING PHYSICAL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL ACTIVITIES

Arizona Board of Regents ...

1. A method of using a smart carpet to monitor a health status of an individual, the smart carpet comprising a plurality of pressure sensors arranged as a two-dimensional array, each pressure sensor including a block of foam situated between at least two perpendicularly oriented yarns, the foam having resistance that decreases with increasing pressure, the method comprising:operably coupling, to the smart carpet, a monitoring computer having a processor and memory with computer implemented instructions stored thereon;
simultaneously scanning a first part of the smart carpet at a first frequency and a second part of the smart carpet at a second frequency greater than the first frequency;
receiving carpet data from the smart carpet over a communication pathway;
processing the carpet data using the computer implemented instructions to determine each of a physiological activity and a physical activity; and
generating an alarm upon determining an emergency condition from the carpet data, the alarm specifying the emergency condition, wherein the alarm is communicated to remote monitoring personnel in real time, and wherein the emergency condition is determined by a detected balance problem, wherein the balance problem is determined when the carpet data indicates at least one of an asymmetrical standing balance, an abnormal walking speed, and an irregular walking pattern;
processing the carpet data to categorize the physical activity as one of a static activity and a dynamic activity, wherein the categorized dynamic activity includes at least one of walking, running, and falling, and wherein the categorized dynamic activity is falling, and the alarm is generated upon a determination that the individual has fallen and is unable to rise from the smart carpet for a time period;
processing the carpet data to measure the timing and distance of two consecutive steps to determine temporal and spatial parameters of gait;
processing the carpet data to detect an urgent event selected from the group including (a) a slow or stopped heart rate during an identified sitting event or an identified fall event, (b) a slow or stopped respiration rate during the identified sitting event or the identified fall event, and (c) an inability of the person to rise from the carpet after the identified fall event; and
sending an alert in response to the detected urgent event.

US Pat. No. 10,478,125

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FLUSHING AN ASSESSMENT CATHETER

Pulmonx Corporation, Red...

1. A pulmonary diagnostic system, comprising:a pulmonary catheter configured to be introduced transtracheally into a lung passageway of a lung segment in a patient, wherein the pulmonary catheter comprises a distal end and a proximal end with a lumen disposed in-between; and
a flushing unit comprising:
an intake port connectable to a gas source;
a pressure regulator distal to the intake port configured to regulate the pressure and flow of a clearing gas from the gas source into the flushing unit;
a first gas restrictive element;
a fixed volume gas chamber between the intake port and the first gas restrictive element, wherein the gas chamber is configured to store a volume of the clearing gas and act as a flush capacitor, and wherein the first gas restrictive element is configured to regulate delivery of the clearing gas from the gas chamber; and
a control unit configured to control a state of the first gas restrictive element;
wherein the flushing unit is configured to deliver the clearing gas to the lumen of the pulmonary catheter and out the distal end into the lung passageway with sufficient force to remove debris from the lumen while the distal end is within the lung passageway of the lung segment in the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,478,117

EARLY DETECTION OF REDUCED BONE FORMATION WITH AN NMR SCANNER

Ramot at Tel-Aviv Univers...

1. A method for monitoring treatment of bone deficiency in a patient, comprising:collecting NMR signals of a bone marrow volume in a bone of the patient, at a first time point, using a stray field non-homogeneous NMR scanner;
repeating the collecting of NMR signals at least at a second time point, at least six weeks after the first time point;
the patient receiving a treatment for bone deficiency, between the first time point and the second time point;
analyzing the NMR signals collected at the first time point and the second time point, comprising estimating one or both of adipose tissue content and changes in adipose tissue content of the bone marrow, providing feedback on the treatment.

US Pat. No. 10,478,109

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR SELECTIVELY OCCLUDING THE LUMEN OF A NEEDLE

Magnolia Medical Technolo...

1. A device for parenterally transferring fluid between a patient and a fluid container, the device comprising:a housing defining a fluid flow path configured to transfer a flow of fluid;
a needle having a distal end portion and a proximal end portion, and defining a lumen therebetween, the distal end portion having a closed distal end surface and being configured for insertion into the patient, the distal end portion defining an opening proximal to the closed distal end surface and in fluid communication with the lumen, the proximal end portion configured to be fluidically coupleable to the housing to place the lumen of the needle in fluid communication with the fluid flow path; and
an occlusion member configured to selectively obstruct the opening of the needle to control fluid flow to or from the fluid flow path, the occlusion member having a first state in which a distal end surface of the occlusion member is substantially coplanar with the closed distal end surface of the needle to obstruct the opening of the needle during insertion into the patient, and a second state in which the distal end surface of the occlusion member is nonparallel to the distal end surface of the needle such that the opening of the needle is unobstructed after the needle has been inserted into the patient allowing fluid transfer between the patient and the fluid flow path.

US Pat. No. 10,478,098

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

20. An information processing system comprising:a sheet that is usable in a use mode which is any one of an underlay mode and a cover mode;
a determination unit that determines that the sheet is in one of a state in which the sheet is used in the underlay mode, a state in which the sheet is used in the cover mode, and a state in which the sheet is not used, based on data detected by one or more sensors provided in the sheet; and
a unit that calculates a time during which a user is seated based on a length of time in which the sheet is determined to be used in the underlay mode or the cover mode by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,478,093

EXHALED-AIR PRESSURE MEASURING DEVICE

YUBA CORPORATION, Hirosh...

1. An exhaled-air pressure measuring device, comprising:a blowout connection portion;
a mouthpiece portion configured to be held by a user in the mouth such that air is exhaled by the user, wherein the mouthpiece portion is in fluid communication with the blowout connection portion;
an indication section; and
a measuring device body which measures the pressure of the exhaled air into the mouthpiece portion by the user, and on the basis of a result of the measurement, decides on an exhaled-air pressure level which corresponds to the pressure of the exhaled air, wherein the measuring device body comprises:
a storage section for storing threshold data representing predetermined thresholds of a plurality of the exhaled-air pressure levels, the predetermined thresholds corresponding to a plurality of types of blowouts suitable for different usage purposes;
a deciding section for deciding on the exhaled-air pressure level from the result of the measurement on the basis of the predetermined thresholds; and
a terminal connected to an external storage device so that the external storage device accesses the storage section,
wherein the external storage device is configured to replace the threshold data with other threshold data upon connection via the terminal, wherein the indication section is configured to provide a level indicator for indicating whether a blowout connected to the blowout connection portion is suitable for a usage purpose based on the exhaled air pressure level of the user exceeding one of the predetermined thresholds.

US Pat. No. 10,478,088

DISPOSABLE CONTAMINATION PREVENTION LINERS FOR MRI MACHINES

1. A liner pack for mounting on a medical device having a bore with a curved bore wall surface and an open front end, the liner pack comprising:a backing layer having a top side and a bottom side;
a stack of disposable multi-layered liner sheets secured to the bottom side of the backing layer; and
mounting means for supporting the liner pack within the bore in a generally curved configuration to substantially cover the bore wall surface,
wherein the stack of disposable multi-layered liner sheets comprises a series of end-to-end connected sheets which are configured to conform to and cover the curved bore wall surface substantially in its entirety, and
wherein each sheet of the series of end-to-end connected liner sheets is removably attached at a leading end to a leading end of respective succeeding and preceding liner sheets in the stack by a straight line of perforations and at a trailing end to a trailing end of respective succeeding and preceding liner sheets in the stack by an adhesive.

US Pat. No. 10,478,086

MEASUREMENT OF CORTICAL EXCITABILITY

HEALTH RESEARCH, INC., M...

1. A responsive neural stimulator comprising:one or more recording electrodes connected to a filter;
a processor connected to the filter wherein the processor comprises a recording medium for recording brain waves detected by the one or more recording electrodes and an extractor for extracting instantaneous voltage amplitudes of biased oscillatory activity, and wherein the biased oscillatory activity comprises asymmetrically distributed peak/trough amplitudes; and
a neural stimulator connected to the processor, wherein the processor, the neural stimulator, or both are configured to apply neural stimulation via the neural stimulator when a predetermined state of neuronal excitability is detected, wherein a state of relatively higher neuronal excitability comprises a relatively lower instantaneous voltage amplitude extracted by the extractor.

US Pat. No. 10,478,082

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,478,069

METHOD FOR ESTIMATING TIME OF OCCURRENCE OF INFARCT ON BASIS OF BRAIN IMAGE

THE ASAN FOUNDATION, Seo...

1. A method for estimating an onset time of an infarct region based on brain images, the method comprising:obtaining brain images;
extracting from the infarct region included in the brain images a set of quantitative values that vary according to the onset time of the infarct region; and
having the set of quantitative values correspond to the onset time of the infarct region by applying a corresponding relation prepared therefor,
wherein the corresponding relation is prepared using a classifier that classifies the set of quantitative values by the onset time of the infarct region.

US Pat. No. 10,478,061

RETINOSCOPY PADDLE WITH INTEGRATED AXIS COMPASS OR ADAPTER, AND ASSOCIATED METHOD

GOODLITE CO., Elgin, IL ...

1. A retinoscopy paddle comprising:an elongated paddle member having
a front surface opposite a rear surface;
plural openings extending through the paddle member from the front surface to the rear surface;
plural lenses received in the paddle member in respective, corresponding openings; and
an axis compass disposed adjacent a first end of the paddle member and including indicia on at least one of the front and rear surfaces of the paddle member.

US Pat. No. 10,478,058

SPECKLE REDUCTION IN OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY IMAGES

AGENCY FOR SCIENCE, TECHN...

1. A computer-implemented method of enhancing an optical coherence tomography (OCT) image composed of a plurality of A-scans, each A-scan being indicative of a structure imaged in a predefined direction, the A-scans being grouped as one or more B-scans, the method comprising, for each A-scan:(a) defining a respective neighborhood comprising a set of A-scans surrounding said each A-scan, the set of A-scans forming a two-dimensional as viewed in the predefined direction;
(b) aligning the set of A-scans in the respective neighborhood to said each A-scan of the respective neighborhood;
(c) using the aligned A-scans to form a first matrix X, respective columns of the first matrix X being the aligned A-scans; and
(d) seeking a second matrix which minimizes a cost function indicative of the difference between the first matrix X and the second matrix, the second matrix being constrained to obey a complexity constraint.

US Pat. No. 10,478,051

ENDOSCOPIC INSTRUMENT

RICHARD WOLF GMBH, Knitt...

1. An endoscopic instrument with a flexible shank, the flexible shank comprising:two diametrically opposed joints; and
at least two segments connected to one another via the two diametrically opposed joints, wherein between axial face edges of the least two segments, which axial face edges are facing one another, a gap is present, wherein the gap runs in an angled manner at least once, wherein a width of the gap is constant along an entire extension of the gap in a non-angled position of the at least two segments, wherein the axial face edges of the segments which face one another, at least in a part region between the joints, run in a curved manner parallel to the axis at least once and/or comprise at least one angular bending, one of the axial face edges extending continuously from an area adjacent to one of the joints to an area adjacent to another one of the joints, another one of the axial face edges extending continuously from another area adjacent to the one of the joints to another area adjacent to the another one of the joints, wherein the one of the axial face edges is located at a constant distance from the another one of the axial face edges.

US Pat. No. 10,478,047

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USING A CAPSULE DEVICE

Ankon Medical Technologie...

1. A method to navigate a magnetic capsule through a target area, comprisingintroducing a magnetic capsule into the target area, said magnetic capsule has a longitudinal axis and the magnetic dipole placed inside the magnetic capsule has a magnetization direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the magnetic capsule;
providing an external magnetic control system comprising more than one magnetic generation means, wherein the more than one magnetic generation means are two external magnetic balls;
moving the external magnetic control system to a first position with a first orientation, configured to move the magnetic capsule in a first movement direction, wherein the first movement direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the magnetic capsule;
generating a combined external magnetic field configured to deliver a force to move the magnetic capsule in the first movement direction,
moving the magnetic capsule horizontally, forwardly or backwardly along the longitudinal axis of the magnetic capsule, by moving the two external magnetic balls horizontally, wherein the magnetization direction of magnetic capsule, a combined magnetic field direction (B) and a direction of the force F received by the magnetic capsule are all parallel to one another;
wherein extending the longitudinal axis of the magnetic capsule, which at this point is parallel to the movement direction of the magnetic capsule, creates a center dividing line, a distance between a capsule magnetic center to a projection line connecting two centers of the external magnetic balls is x, and a distance between a center of one of the magnetic balls to the center dividing line is h.

US Pat. No. 10,478,042

BASKETS FOR USE IN A DISHWASHER APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A dishwasher appliance comprising:a tub defining a lateral direction, a transverse direction, and a vertical direction, the tub further defining a wash chamber;
a rack assembly disposed within the wash chamber, the rack assembly defining a wash compartment; and
a silverware basket disposed within the wash compartment, the silverware basket comprising:
a bottom wall;
a front wall extending from the bottom wall along the vertical direction;
a rear wall spaced apart from the front wall along the lateral direction, the rear wall extending from the bottom wall along the vertical direction;
a first sidewall extending from the bottom wall along the vertical direction, the first sidewall further extending between the front wall and the rear wall along the lateral direction;
a second sidewall extending from the bottom wall along the vertical direction and spaced apart from the first sidewall along the transverse direction, the second sidewall extending between the front wall and the rear wall along the lateral direction; and
a magnet disposed on the rear wall of the silverware basket such that the magnet is positioned between the bottom wall of the silverware basket and a bottom of the rack assembly,
wherein the silverware basket is removably mounted to the rack assembly via the magnet.

US Pat. No. 10,478,040

HANDLE ASSEMBLY FOR AN APPLIANCE DOOR

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A handle assembly for an appliance door, the appliance door comprising an outer door and an inner door spaced apart by a door gap, the outer door defining a handle aperture, the handle assembly comprising:a handle frame mounted to the outer door over the handle aperture, the handle frame defining a pocket recess positioned within the door gap;
a pocket handle mounted to the handle frame within the pocket recess, the pocket handle comprising:
a horizontal arm extending from a rear of the pocket recess toward a front of the appliance door substantially along a horizontal direction; and
a grip extending from the horizontal arm substantially along a vertical direction, wherein a front surface of the grip sits flush with a front of the outer door.

US Pat. No. 10,478,039

UNDERCOUNTER APPLIANCE DRAIN PAN

ARMORY PRODUCTS, INC., R...

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

US Pat. No. 10,478,033

CLEANER

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A cleaner comprising:a suction unit configured to guide air into the cleaner;
a suction motor that is configured to generate a suction force that suctions air into the cleaner through the suction unit;
a dust separation unit comprising:
a first cyclone unit configured to separate dust from air that is suctioned into the cleaner through the suction unit; and
a second cyclone unit comprising a plurality of cyclone bodies that are configured to secondarily separate dust from air that is discharged from the first cyclone unit;
a cleaner body that is configured to accommodate the suction motor, and that has a first opening that provides access to an interior of the cleaner body;
an exhaust filter that is configured to be detachably coupled to the cleaner body at the first opening of the cleaner body, the exhaust filter configured to receive and filter air that has passed through the suction motor;
a filter cover that is configured to cover the first opening of the cleaner body at which the exhaust filter is configured to be coupled;
a pre-filter that circumferentially surrounds at least part of the suction motor, and that is configured to filter air that was discharged from the second cyclone unit of the dust separation unit and before the air enters the suction motor; and
a dust container that is configured to store dust that is separated by the dust separation unit and that comprises a dust cover configured to cover a second opening of the dust container that provides access to an interior of the dust container,
wherein the second opening of the dust container and the first opening of the cleaner body are located on opposite sides of the dust separation unit, with an axis of a first cyclonic flow of the first cyclone unit configured to pass through the first opening and through the second opening, and
wherein, in a state in which the first opening is uncovered, the pre-filter is configured to be inserted through the first opening to surround at least part of the suction motor.

US Pat. No. 10,478,029

EXHAUST-SUPPLIED VACUUM SYSTEM AND APPARATUS

Lockheed Martin Corporati...

1. A system, comprising:a tool comprising an exhaust port; and
a vacuum comprising:
an exhaust intake port configured to couple to the exhaust port of the tool, wherein the exhaust intake port is configured to receive exhaust from the exhaust port;
a vacuum intake port comprising a nozzle, the nozzle comprising a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the nozzle comprising a cross-sectional area that decreases in a direction from the first end towards the second end;
a plurality of threads at least partially surrounding the nozzle;
a vacuum exhaust port opposite the vacuum intake port; and
a mixing chamber between the vacuum intake port and the vacuum exhaust port; and
a suction piece configured to couple to the vacuum intake port via a flexible hose, the suction piece comprising a nose piece configured to encircle a portion of the tool;
wherein:
the vacuum intake port, the vacuum exhaust port, and the mixing chamber are all on a same centerline;
the second end of the nozzle is coupled to an end of the mixing chamber that is opposite the vacuum exhaust port; and
the plurality of threads that at least partially surround the nozzle are configured to couple the flexible hose to the vacuum intake port.

US Pat. No. 10,478,024

COMBINATION TOILET TRAINING SEAT AND STEP STOOL

GINSEY INDUSTRIES, INC., ...

1. A base comprising two handles, an underside, a backside, and an open side;a removable seat comprising a backed ring and a hinged ring connected by a hinge point, each having an inner opening; and
an internal bowl having an internal bowl lip;
wherein the removable seat is configured to be removably mounted atop the open side of the base; and
wherein the internal bowl is configured to be removably attachable to the removable seat at the inner opening by the internal bowl lip being secured between the backed ring and the hinged ring,
wherein the internal bowl further comprises a finger ring and a finger ring curve located on a front of the internal bowl;
the hinged ring further comprising a flange located on an underside of the hinged ring;
wherein the flange is configured to fit within the finger ring curve when the internal bowl is secured between the backed ring and the hinged ring.

US Pat. No. 10,478,016

GAS-FIRED SMOKER WITH DIGITAL TEMPERATURE CONTROL

Masterbuilt Manufacturing...

1. A gas-fired smoker for cooking a food product using a smoking process comprising:a. a cabinet with a top, a bottom, sides, a back, an access door, and at least one rack vertically located within the cabinet for holding the food product to be cooked;
b. a gas burner located adjacent the bottom and connected to a source of flammable gas by means of a gas valve;
c. a pilot light for igniting the flammable gas at the gas burner; and
d. a control circuit including:
i. a controller;
ii. a DC power source for powering the control circuit including the controller;
iii. a temperature set module connected to the controller for setting a cabinet temperature value for the cabinet temperature inside the cabinet;
iv. a temperature sensor connected to the controller for sensing the cabinet temperature inside the cabinet, wherein the temperature sensor is located in the cabinet at a position representative of the average temperature within the cabinet based on averaging a plurality of different temperatures measured in the cabinet;
v. a display connected to the controller;
vi. wherein the controller:
(a) in response to sensing the cabinet temperature and based on the cabinet temperature value set by the temperature set module, controls the gas valve to start the gas burner and to extinguish the gas burner in order to maintain a range of cabinet temperatures related to the cabinet temperature value set by the temperature set module; and
(b) controls the display to display parameters selected from the cabinet temperature inside the cabinet, status of the gas burner, status of the pilot light, status of the source of flammable gas, or status of the DC power source.

US Pat. No. 10,478,014

SEMI AUTOMATIC COLLAPSIBLE CHAFER WITH HEATER SUPPORTS

1. A collapsible chafing dish system comprising:at least one rectangular frame having a first horizontally extending arm, a second horizontally extending arm, a third horizontally extending arm and a fourth horizontally extending arm, whereby the first and third arms are longer than the second and fourth arms,
the first arm comprises a first arm segment and a second arm segment, the second arm comprises a third and fourth arm segment, the third arm comprises a fifth and sixth arm segment, and the fourth arm comprises a seventh and eight arm segment, whereby each of the arm segments comprises a first end and a second end,
the second end of the first arm segment being joined to the first end of the second arm segment by a first truss connector, the second end of the third arm segment being joined to the first end of the fourth arm segment by a second truss connector, the second end of the fifth arm segment being joined to the first end of the sixth arm segment by a third truss connector, the second end of the seventh arm segment being joined to the first end of the eighth arm segment by a fourth truss connector,
the first end of the first arm segment being joined to the first end of the eight arm segment by a first hinge, the second end of the second arm segment being joined to the first end of the third arm segment by a second hinge, the second end of the fifth arm segment being joined to the second end of the fourth arm segment by a third hinge, and the first end of the sixth arm segment being joined to the second end of the seventh arm segment by a fourth hinge,
a hole is located within the second hinge which is adapted to support a thermometer,
a first, second third, and fourth leg member, each of the leg members being comprised of an inner and outer leg element, whereby each outer leg element comprises a first end and a second end, and each of the inner leg elements comprises a first end and a second end, whereby the first end of each inner leg element is inserted within the second end of the respective outer leg segment, such that the leg segments can be used to adjust a height of the system relative to a supporting surface,
the first end of the outer leg segment of the first leg member being joined to the first hinge, the first end of the outer leg segment of the second leg member being joined to the second hinge, the first end of the outer leg segment of the third leg member being joined to the third hinge, and the first end of the outer leg segment of the fourth leg member being joined to the fourth hinge,
the second end of each inner member comprising a foot press with a bottom end adapted to rest on the supporting surface,
a chafing dish holding area defined within the rectangular frame and the leg members, whereby a chafing dish can be placed between the horizontally extending arms,
a first diagonal brace member is connected between the first arm segment and the outer leg segment of the first leg member, a second diagonal brace member is connected between the second arm segment and the outer leg segment of the second leg member, a third diagonal brace member is connected between the fifth arm segment and the outer leg segment of the third leg member, and a fourth diagonal brace member is connected between the sixth arm segment and the outer leg segment of the fourth leg member,
at least one burner support adapted to hold a heating source which supplies heat to the chafing dish, whereby the at least one burner support is connected to the first and fourth leg members or the second and third leg members,
wherein the chafing dish system can be moved between a collapsed position and an expanded position,
such that when in the expanded position a chafing dish can be placed with the chafing dish holding area, and a horizontal plane is defined along and between the arms, and
when in the collapsed position, the arm segments are pivoted about the truss connectors and hinges, to move the second leg member adjacent the first leg member and the third leg member adjacent the fourth leg member, and whereby the truss connectors are located below the horizontal plane.

US Pat. No. 10,478,002

SYSTEM FOR THE RITUAL AND GESTURAL LIGHTING OF ELECTRICAL OR ELECTRONIC LIGHT SOURCES

Patrizio Pisani, Rome (R...

1. A system comprising:at least two optical units (100) for ritual-gestural control of sending and receiving of commands between devices, said commands including at least device turning on and device turning off, said devices each being provided with one of said at least two optical units (100),
each said optical unit (100) comprising:
at least one upper part (100.b), the at least one upper part (100.b) comprising at least one cover (104) provided with an opening, a coating (102) that limits optical radiation, and an optical guide (101), the optical guide (101) being made of vitreous material or plastic material; and
at least one lower part (100.a) containing electric, electronic and electromechanical components and circuitry, said electric, electronic and electromechanical components and circuitry comprising:
i) at least one photo-emitter device (105),
ii) at least one photo-detector device (107) optimized for detection of an emission spectrum of the at least one photo-emitter device (105), and
iii) at least one processing and control unit (110) provided with:
a) a management and control circuitry (110.2),
b) at least one connection and control section (110.4) for a power supply source, and
c) at least one acquisition, processing and control unit (110.1) configured for managing input and output, storing digital data in volatile and non-volatile form, managing timing, driving the at least one photo-emitter device (105), acquiring a state of the at least one photo-detector device (107), and controlling the management and control circuitry (110.2),
wherein at least one of the optical units (100) comprises at least one optical filter (104.a) in the opening of the at least one cover (104), the at least one optical filter (104.a) adapted to limit an optical spectrum outside the emission spectrum of the at least one photo-emitter device (105), and
wherein at least one of the optical units (100) comprises, at a base of the optical guide (101), at least one area (101.a) of maximum optical coupling and minimum dispersion.

US Pat. No. 10,478,001

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPOSABLE GLOVE DISPENSING

Simple Innovations LLC, ...

1. A glove dispensing apparatus for retaining and donning gloves, the apparatus comprising:a glove attachment area configured on a platform, said platform having a left side and a right side,
wherein the glove attachment area comprises lips and indents for attaching and holding the cuff of one or more gloves thereto, respectively; and
wherein the one or more gloves have their cuffs folded to expose an inside portion of the cuff; and
wherein the one or more gloves have a bead, said bead of the one or more gloves rests proximate to indents on the glove attachment area; and
wherein the cuff of the glove is releasably attached over the lips of the glove attachment area.

US Pat. No. 10,477,993

LIGHT ENGINE FOR A MIRROR

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A method for assembling a mirror including a lighting assembly, the method comprising:securing a light guide to a housing with a compressive foam having an adhesive applied thereto such that a first end of the light guide is proximate to a light source;
providing a mirror including a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion of the mirror has a first reflectivity and the second portion of the mirror has a second reflectivity, the first reflectivity being higher than the second reflectivity; and
attaching the housing to the mirror, wherein attaching the housing to the mirror includes pressing a peripheral portion of the light guide to a boundary region of the first portion of the mirror, thereby placing the compressive foam into a compressed state such that a relative positioning of the light guide and the light source changes.

US Pat. No. 10,477,992

DISPLAY APPARATUS

Homemakers Plaza, Inc., ...

1. A display apparatus, comprising:a support frame having end members and cross bars that extend between the end members;
wherein the cross bars include upper and lower cross bars;
a plurality of arm support tubes connected to the support frame;
wherein the plurality of arm support tubes are connected to one of the lower cross bars at a first end and extend vertically and between the upper cross bars at a second end;
a plurality of support arms each having a vertical section and a horizontal section;
wherein the vertical section of each of the plurality of support arms receives one of the plurality of arm support tubes at one end, and the horizontal section extends from an opposite end of the vertical section and terminates in an end.

US Pat. No. 10,477,988

TAPE FOR MODULAR SHELF SYSTEM

WALMART APOLLO, LLC, Ben...

1. A modular shelf organization system for a gondola rack, the modular shelf organization system comprising:a first marking member adapted to adhere to a vertical plane of a gondola rack, wherein the vertical plane comprises a first plurality of notches arranged in a vertical line along the vertical plane and includes a first sensor trigger element;
the first marking member comprising one or more identifiers located on a longitudinal surface of the first marking member such that when the first marking member is adhered to the vertical plane, each identifier is located adjacent to one of the first plurality of notches;
a second plurality of notches arranged in a vertical line along the vertical plane; and a second marking member adapted to adhere to the vertical plane, the second marking member comprising a second sensor trigger element and one or more identifiers located on a longitudinal surface of the marking member such that when the marking member is adhered to the vertical plane, each identifier is located adjacent to one of the second plurality of notches; and
a shelf connected to the one of the first plurality of notches and one of the second plurality of notches to complete a connection between the first sensor trigger element and the second sensor trigger element to indicate that the shelf is correctly placed.

US Pat. No. 10,477,983

PORTABLE LOUNGE

1. A method, comprising the steps of:providing a folding lounge, comprising:
a base;
a sidewall connected to the base such that the sidewall encompasses the base to define an interior of the lounge; the sidewall has a top end, an inner surface, and an outer surface defining an outer perimeter; and
a fastener connected to the outer surface of the sidewall; the fastener comprising a first part releasably connectable to a second part; the first part being connected to the second part when locked; the first part being disconnected from the second part when unlocked; wherein the lounge includes an open configuration in which the fastener is unlocked and a closed configuration in which the fastener is locked; the base defining a plane when in the open configuration; the entire sidewall being perpendicular to the plane in the open configuration and in the closed configuration;
folding the sidewall in a location between the first part and the second part toward the interior of the lounge to bring the first part and the second part of the fastener together to create a U-shaped lounge; and
connecting the first part of the fastener to the second part of the fastener to lock the fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,477,980

COVERED FURNISHING ELEMENTS AND METHODS OF MAKING SAME

ARPER S.p.A., Monastier ...

1. A furnishing element comprising:a frame having at least a first wall and a second wall incident to each other so as to define an edge,
at least one covering associated with and superposed on said frame so as to cover at least partially said first wall and said second wall and said edge,
wherein the frame, at said edge, comprises an attachment element which delimits an attachment seat open in the vicinity of said first wall and said second wall,
wherein the covering comprises at least two flaps folded and inserted inside the attachment seat,
wherein said attachment seat blocks the flaps inside said attachment seat against inner walls of said attachment seat; and
wherein the attachment element is an applied element and is joined to the first and second walls of the frame at the edge identified thereby.

US Pat. No. 10,477,977

ELECTRIC MOTOR DRIVEN ADJUSTABLE MATTRESS

1. An electric motor driven adjustable mattress, comprising:a) having a shared casing in which at least one flat cushion element of a cushion structure and an electric motor driven adjustable support apparatus for supporting the cushion element are accommodated;
b) the support apparatus has at least two support parts that are adjustable relative to one another, and that on their sides facing the cushion element are provided with spring elements for elastically resiliently supporting the cushion element;
c) wherein for adjusting the support parts relative to one another, at least one electric motor driven drive apparatus is accommodated in the shared casing,
d) wherein in each case two support parts of the support apparatus that are adjustable relative to one another are connected to one another via a pivot axis; and
e) wherein the support apparatus has at least two bending and folding axes that are spaced apart from one another along the longitudinal direction of the support apparatus and that are situated in such a way that for folding the mattress, the support parts together with the cushion element or cushion elements situated thereon may be folded together, and in the folded state the extension of the mattress in its longitudinal direction is smaller than in the unfolded state.

US Pat. No. 10,477,952

ORAL CARE IMPLEMENT

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. An oral care implement comprising:an elongated body extending along a longitudinal axis and comprising a head portion and a handle portion;
a first bristle carrier section movably disposed on the head portion, the first bristle carrier section comprising a plurality of first tooth cleaning elements extending outward from a front surface thereof;
a second bristle carrier section movably disposed on the head portion adjacent the first bristle carrier section, the second bristle carrier section comprising a plurality of second tooth cleaning elements extending outward from a front surface thereof;
the first and second bristle carrier sections hingedly coupled together about a common pivot axis;
the first and second bristle carrier sections are structured and made of a rigid plastic material; and
an actuator operably coupled to the first and second bristle carrier sections, the actuator alterable between: (1) a first state in which the actuator causes the first and second bristle carrier sections to assume an extended position; and (2) a second state in which the actuator causes the first and second bristle carrier sections to assume a transversely folded position in which the first and second tooth cleaning elements converge.

US Pat. No. 10,477,951

ENVIRONMENTAL-FRIENDLY PAINTBRUSH WITHOUT BRISTLE-IMPLANTING HOLES AND ITS PROCESSING METHOD

HUBEI C.P. NC MACHINERY L...

1. An environmental-friendly paintbrush without bristle-implanting holes, comprising a handle; a bristle-implanting brush head; and a metal plate, the bristle-implanting brush head having one end provided with a bristle material-laying trough and another end being connected with the handle; a plastic block placed inside the bristle material-laying trough; and bristle material filled in an interstitial space between the plastic block and the bristle-implanting brush head; wherein the plastic block is formed with a metal-laying trough and the metal plate is set inside the metal-laying trough, two ends of the bristle material-laying trough being formed with metal slots formed inside the brush-implanting brush head, and two ends of the metal plate being slotted into the metal slots;wherein the plastic block has a V-shaped cross section, and the plastic block has one end located at a bottom end of the bristle-laying trough and another end provided with the metal-laying trough, the metal-laying trough being “|” shaped in cross section.

US Pat. No. 10,477,938

MAKEUP DEVICE COMPRISING A PLURALITY OF COSMETIC DYES

1. A cosmetic assembly comprising, in the same packaging, a makeup device comprising a substrate defining a printing surface having at least three regions printed with at least one layer of coloring ink, each region differing from one another at least by the color they produce after application to the keratin materials, for application to human keratin materials, said at least one coloring inkhaving been deposited by printing on the printing surface by at least one digital printer,
not being covered with an adhesive, and
producing, after application to the keratin materials, at least one visible optical effect among color and/or brightness, andan applicator for the application of all or some of the coloring inks of the device to human keratin materials.

US Pat. No. 10,477,919

TETHERED FLUID-FILLED CHAMBER WITH MULTIPLE TETHER CONFIGURATIONS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A sole structure for an article of footwear comprising:a barrier having a heel region, a midfoot region forward of the heel region, and a forefoot region forward of the midfoot region, the barrier including:
a first portion that includes a first outer surface of the barrier;
a second portion that includes a second outer surface of the barrier;
a first interior cavity and a second interior cavity between the first portion and the second portion; wherein the first interior cavity and the second interior cavity retain fluid;
wherein the barrier includes a bond that secures an inner surface of the first portion of the barrier to the second portion of the barrier and separates the first interior cavity and the second interior cavity;
an outsole secured to the second outer surface of the barrier; wherein the outsole includes:
a first outsole portion extending under the first interior cavity; and
a second outsole portion extending under the second interior cavity and separated from the first outsole portion by a gap, with the bond aligned with and overlying the gap such that the second outer surface is exposed between the first outsole portion and the second outsole portion at the bond.

US Pat. No. 10,477,918

FOOTWEAR SOLE STRUCTURE WITH ARTICULATING PLATES

UNDER ARMOUR, INC., Balt...

1. A sole structure for an article of footwear, the sole structure comprising:a midsole having a top surface and a bottom surface; and
an outsole coupled to the bottom surface of the midsole, the outsole comprising:
a plurality of outboard plates arranged in a first row disposed on a first side of a central longitudinal axis of the sole structure and a second row disposed on a second side of the central longitudinal axis of the sole structure,
a plurality of inboard plates arranged in a third row disposed on the first side of the central longitudinal axis of the sole structure and a fourth row disposed on the second side of the central longitudinal axis of the sole structure, and
a plurality of hinges, wherein each inboard plate of the third row of inboard plates is pivotally coupled to a respective inboard plate of the fourth row of inboard plates across the central longitudinal axis via a respective hinge of the plurality of hinges, and wherein each inboard plate of the plurality of inboard plates is directly pivotally coupled to two outboard plates of the plurality of outboard plates via a pair of respective hinges of the plurality of hinges, wherein each outboard plate of the plurality of outboard plates is disposed closer to a medial side of the sole structure and a lateral side of the sole structure in relation to the plurality of inboard plates.

US Pat. No. 10,477,912

DYNAMIC LACING SYSTEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A cable lock mechanism comprising:a housing defining a cavity;
a first cable having a first portion and a second portion;
a second cable having a first portion and a second portion;
a unitary spool disposed within the cavity and including a first annular groove receiving the first cable and a second annular groove receiving the second cable, the spool rotatable in a first direction relative to the housing to unwind the first cable from the housing and wind the second cable within the second annular groove and rotatable in a second direction relative to the housing to unwind the second cable from the housing and wind the first cable within the first annular groove; and
a first lock pawl supported by the housing and operable between a locked state restricting rotation of the spool relative to the housing in the second direction and an unlocked state permitting rotation of the spool relative to the housing in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,477,901

FULL TORSO MATERNITY GARMENT

Blanqi, LLC, Atlanta, GA...

1. A garment, comprising:a front portion arranged to cover the front of a wearer, the front portion including a first region of a stretchable material configured for providing a first degree of compression and a second region of a stretchable material configured for providing a second degree of compression that is different than the first degree of compression, wherein at least a portion of the first region is above the second region, and wherein the first and the second regions of the front portion are defined within a single piece of material such that there is a seamless transition therebetween;
a back portion opposite and attached to the front portion; and
a third portion, at least a section of the third portion positioned between the front portion and the back portion, the third portion being attached to at least the front portion and having a third degree of compression that is different than both the first degree of compression of the first region and the second degree of compression of the second region of the front portion.

US Pat. No. 10,477,899

ATOMIZER AND AEROSOL GENERATING APPARATUS

JOYETECH EUROPE HOLDING G...

1. An atomizer comprising a top cover, a bottom seat, and an atomizing assembly mounted between the top cover and the bottom seat, wherein the top cover comprises a mouthpiece and a liquid injection member mounted on one end of the mouthpiece, the atomizing assembly comprises a first pressing ring and a fixing member fixed on one end of the first pressing ring, the fixing member is sleeved on the liquid injection member, and the liquid injection member is able to move along an axial direction of the atomizer, to cause the liquid injection member separating apart from the first pressing ring for adding cigarette liquid, the atomizing assembly comprises an elastic member, the elastic member is sleeved on the liquid injection member, when the liquid injection member moves downwardly along the axial direction of the atomizer to compress the elastic member, the liquid injection member is separated apart from the first pressing ring for adding cigarette liquid, when the elastic member restores, the liquid injection member comes back to its original position and is sealed with the first pressing ring.

US Pat. No. 10,477,890

SMOKING DEVICE

Tyger Manufacturing LLC, ...

1. A device for consuming a smoking material comprising:a glass housing comprising a lower open end portion, an upper open end portion, and an inner portion;
a body comprising a rear body portion rotatable relative to said lower open end portion of said glass housing; and
an auger comprising a first end portion engaged with said rear body portion of said body and a second end portion extending within said inner portion of said glass housing to form a bowl area at said upper open end portion of said glass housing; said bowl area being bound by said upper open end portion of said glass housing and a terminal end of said second end portion of said auger adjacent to said bowl area; said auger, said glass housing extending from said lower open end portion to said upper open end portion, and said bowl area share a common central longitudinal axis; rotation of said body causes rotation of said auger causing the smoking material within said glass housing to move toward said bowl area; further rotation of said body causes said auger to expel the smoking material from said upper open end portion of said glass housing.

US Pat. No. 10,477,882

VEGAN MEAT REPLACEMENT FOOD PRODUCT

1. A method for producing a vegan meat replacement food product, comprising the steps of:mixing konjac flour and water in a ratio of 1-part konjac flour to about 20-40 parts water,
adding a non-soy vegetable protein comprising pea protein powder to the konjac flour and water mixture in a ratio of one part of the konjac and water mixture to 4 or 5 parts non-soy vegetable protein;
adding fenugreek powder to form a mixture, wherein the fenugreek powder is at a level of 1-2% by weight of the mixture;
applying heat and pressure to the mixture, and
extruding and shaping the mixture to form a vegan meat replacement product, wherein the fenugreek facilitates the binding of the non-soy vegetable protein to the konjac flour.

US Pat. No. 10,477,872

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REMOVING WINGS FROM A POULTRY CARCASS

Foodmate US, Inc., Ballg...

1. A method of separating wings from a poultry carcass comprising:moving the poultry carcass along a processing path suspended by the legs with the back of the poultry carcass facing the direction of movement;
tilting the poultry carcass so that its back faces in a downward direction;
supporting the back of the poultry carcass on either side of the backbone of the poultry carcass;
positioning clavicles of the poultry carcass at predetermined locations to a side of the backbone of the poultry carcass;
pre-cutting the poultry carcass from the back to sever tissue and tendons that attach bones of the wings to the clavicles allowing the balls and sockets of the shoulder joint to begin to separate;
tensioning the wings to urge the wings away from the carcass and urge the balls and sockets of the shoulder joints apart;
cutting between the balls and sockets of the shoulder joints to separate the wings progressively from the carcass; and
collecting the separated wing.

US Pat. No. 10,477,864

MICROBIOCIDAL QUINOLINE (THIO)CARBOXAMIDE DERIVATIVES

Syngenta Participations A...

1. A compound of formula (I):
wherein
X is O or S;
R1 is hydrogen, halogen, methyl, methoxy or cyano;
R2 and R3 are each independently hydrogen, halogen or methyl;
R4 is hydrogen, cyano, C1-C4 alkyl, or C3-C4 cycloalkyl, wherein the alkyl and cycloalkyl, may be optionally substituted with 1 to 3 substituents independently selected from halogen, cyano, C1-C3 alkyl, C1-C3 alkoxy and C1-C3 alkylthio;
R5 and R6 are each independently selected from hydrogen, halogen, C1-C4 alkyl, C1-C4 alkoxy and C1-C4 alkylthio; or
R5 and R6 together with the carbon atom to which they are attached represent C?O, C?NORc, C3-C5 cycloalkyl or C2-C5 alkenyl, wherein the cycloalkyl and alkenyl may be optionally substituted with 1 to 3 substituents independently selected from halogen, cyano, C1-C3 alkyl, C1-C3 alkoxy and C1-C3 alkylthio;
R7 is hydrogen, C1-C5 alkyl, C3-C5 cycloalkyl, C2-C5 alkenyl, C3-C5 cycloalkenyl, or C2-C5 alkynyl, wherein the alkyl, cycloalkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, cycloalkenyl may be optionally substituted with 1 to 4 substituents independently selected from halogen, cyano, C1-C3 alkyl, C1-C3 alkoxy, hydroxyl and C1-C3 alkylthio;
R8 and R9 are each independently selected from hydrogen, halogen, C1-C4 alkyl and C1-C4 alkoxy; or
R8 and R9 together with the carbon atom to which they are attached represent C3-C5 cycloalkyl, wherein the cycloalkyl may be optionally substituted with 1 to 3 substituents independently selected from halogen, cyano, C1-C3 alkyl, C1-C3 alkoxy and C1-C3 alkylthio;
each R10 independently represents halogen, nitro, cyano, formyl, C1-C5 alkyl, C2-C5 alkenyl, C2-C5 alkynyl, C3-C6 cycloalkyl, C1-C5 alkoxy, C3-C5 alkenyloxy, C3-C5 alkynyloxy, C1-C5 alkylthio, —C(?NORc)C1-C5 alkyl, or C1-C5 alkylcarbonyl, wherein the alkyl, cycloalkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, alkoxy, alkenyloxy, alkynyloxy and alkylthio may be optionally substituted with 1 to 5 substituents independently selected from halogen, C1-C3 alkyl, C1-C3 alkoxy, cyano and C1-C3 alkylthio; n is 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5;
each Rc is independently selected from hydrogen, C1-C4 alkyl, C2-C4 alkenyl, C3-C4 alkynyl, C3-C4 cycloalkyl(C1-C2)alkyl and C3-C4 cycloalkyl, wherein the alkyl, cycloalkyl, alkenyl and alkynyl groups may be optionally substituted with 1 to 3 substituents independently selected from halogen and cyano;
R11 is hydrogen, halogen, methyl, methoxy or cyano;
R12 and R13 are each independently selected from hydrogen, halogen, methyl, methoxy or hydroxyl;
and salts and/or N-oxides thereof;
provided that the compound is not one of the following compounds:
, ora compound wherein R1 is hydrogen, R2 is hydrogen, R3 is methyl, R4 is hydrogen, R5 is hydrogen, R6 is hydrogen, R7 is hydrogen, R8 is hydrogen, R9 is hydrogen, n is 1, R10 is 2-methyl, R11 is fluoro, R12 is hydrogen, R13 is hydrogen, and X is O.

US Pat. No. 10,477,861

EMANATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USE

1. A method of operating an emanation system, comprising the steps of:attaching a substrate to a surface, the substrate including a first substrate and a secondary substrate attached to the first substrate;
selecting an air treatment material including a fragrance having a first efficacy time period and an active ingredient having a second efficacy time period;
aligning a nozzle of a dispensing device containing the air treatment material with the substrate; and
actuating the dispensing device to spray an amount of the air treatment material onto at least a portion of the substrate,
wherein the second efficacy time period is longer than the first efficacy time period, and
wherein the secondary substrate is positioned to catch run-off from the amount of air treatment material sprayed onto the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,477,860

HIGH OSMOLARITY ANTIMICROBIAL COMPOSITION CONTAINING ONE OR MORE ORGANIC SOLVENTS

Next Science IP Holdings ...

1. An antimicrobial composition adapted for dermal application, said composition comprising (a) a carrier base and (b) a liquid composition exhibiting an effective solute concentration of at least about 0.75 Osm/L and a pH of at least 3, wherein said liquid composition consists of(1) a solvent component that exhibits a ?p value of no more than 14.4 MPa1/2 and consists of water, one or more C1-C16 acyclic alcohols and, optionally, glycerol; and
(2) a solute component that comprises cationic surfactant and dissociation products of at least two organic acids.

US Pat. No. 10,477,856

MECHANISM CHASSIS FOR MECHANICAL WILD BIRD AND ANIMAL REPELLENT DEVICE

1. A mechanism chassis for mechanical wild bird and animal repellent devices, comprising:a body, wherein the body comprises a bush formed to a top side of the body, a bush bearing connected to the bush, a trigger pin formed to a front side of the body, an automatic bearing penetrating the front side and a rear side of the body, a gas cutting pin formed on the front side of the body, a plurality of hammer lever bearings formed on an inner surface of the top side of the body, a blower bowl bearing formed on a bottom side of the body, a door drawer bearing formed on the blower bowl bearing, a body connection part formed on the rear side of the body, a plurality of magneto and plug fastening holes formed on the top side and a left side of the body, a plurality of cap tightening bolt holes formed on the front side of the body, a plurality of hose holes formed on a right side of the body for gas entrance/exit, a plug tightening strip bearing formed on the left side of the body and a raincoat bearing formed on the rear side of the body,
a cap connected to the body,
a chassis connection part wherein the chassis connection part is mounted on the body connection part, and
a raincoat, wherein the raincoat is attached to the raincoat bearing,
wherein the body, the cap, the chassis connection part and the raincoat are made from a composite plastic material; and wherein the body is produced in one-piece.

US Pat. No. 10,477,844

FISHING LURE

1. A fishing lure comprisinga body;
a fishing line coupler for connecting the body to a fishing line;
a fishing hook;
a fishing hook coupler coupling the fishing hook to the body;
a fishing hook receiver mounted to the body;
the fishing hook and the fishing hook receiver are biased toward each other by way of a magnetic field so as to retain the hook in a position adjacent the body; and
the fishing hook receiver includes a receiver slot for locating and receiving an open end of the fishing hook when in said retained position such that the open end of the fishing hook lies flush against the body of the fishing lure;
wherein the fishing line coupler and the fishing hook coupler are located on different positions on the body; and
wherein the fishing hook receiver is disc-shaped, and the receiver slot is diametrically positioned on the fishing hook receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,477,838

PET CHEW TOY FOR DENTAL SELF-CLEANING BY DOMESTIC PETS

1. A chew toy for pet dental hygiene, comprising:a) a central chewing member,
comprising:
i) at least two U-shaped grooves that comprise, on at least a portion of all internal surfaces of said at least two U-shaped grooves, a plurality of protruding scrubbing elements;
a) wherein said at least two U-shaped grooves generally define said central chewing member with a first and second end;
b) further wherein said at least two U-shaped grooves are arranged parallel to each other and perpendicular, at said second end, to an at least one bottom stabilizing portion;
c) further wherein said at least two U-shaped grooves are each substantially the length of said central chewing member;
d) further wherein said at least two U-shaped grooves are positioned on opposing sides of said central chewing member;
e) further wherein each said at least two U-shaped grooves is generally U-shaped in cross section across said central chewing member;
ii) a plurality of nub shaped elements positioned on an outside surface of said central chewing member,
iii) at least one central aperture in said first end of said central chewing member and an at least one longitudinal cavity that begins at said aperture and runs at least a portion of the length of said central chewing member;
iv) at least one dispensing hole communicating between said at least one longitudinal cavity and said at least two U-shaped grooves, wherein said at least one dispensing hole is perpendicular to said at least one longitudinal cavity;
b) said at least one bottom stabilizing portion, comprising:
i) at least one substantially flat projection that stabilizes said chew toy when in use;
ii) wherein said at least one projection is perpendicular to said central chewing member;
iii) wherein said at least one bottom stabilizing portion is configured to stabilize said chew toy in an upright position; and
wherein said chew toy is a unitary structure made of non-toxic material.

US Pat. No. 10,477,837

CAT ACTIVITY TOY

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

US Pat. No. 10,477,832

AUTONOMOUS SELF-PROPELLED MANURE REMOVAL VEHICLE

LELY PATENT N.V., Maassl...

1. An autonomous self-propelled manure removal vehicle, comprising:at least two wheels each having an axis of rotation, at least one motor device and a control device, for displacing the vehicle by driving at least one of the wheels;
a floor-scraping device including at least a flexible lower scraper rim to adapt its shape to a floor surface, the floor-scraping device being configured to clean, in a working state of the vehicle, the floor surface while being in contact with the floor surface;
at least one skid element including at least a flexible lower skid rim with a slide surface to slide over the floor surface to support the vehicle in the working state of the vehicle, the at least one skid element being elongate and extending substantially perpendicular to the axes of the wheels; and
wherein the lower scraper rim of the floor scraping device in a non-loaded and non-working resting state of the vehicle extends further downwardly than the slide surface of the at least one skid element,
wherein the vehicle further comprises slide blocks which are fixedly secured at front side corners of the vehicle to allow the vehicle to slide along a side wall,
wherein each slide block comprises a side surface to contact a side wall, wherein the side surface comprises:
a slide section substantially perpendicular to the axes of the wheels, and
a redirect section adjacent to and in front of the slide section,
wherein the slide section is configured to guide the vehicle along the side wall in a direction substantially parallel to the side wall, and
wherein the redirect section has a curved shape configured to redirect the vehicle into a direction substantially parallel to the side wall when the vehicle is driven with the redirection section against the side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,477,830

FLEXIBLE NECKRAIL COUPLING

Michael Earls, Athenry (...

1. A coupling component for an animal cubicle, comprising:an engagement member;
a first closed pipe collar transverse to the engagement member for holding a neckrail in contact thereto;
a flexible member extending in opposite directions from the engagement member and connecting the engagement member to the pipe collar such that the flexible member encircles a space adjacent the pipe collar;
wherein deformation of the flexible member allows relative movement between the engagement member and the first closed pipe collar such that the first closed pipe collar holds the neckrail in contact thereto during the relative movement.

US Pat. No. 10,477,829

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PRESSING OUT WHEY FROM CURD

1. A method for pressing out whey from curd, said method comprising;receiving a closed casing holding a mould filled with curd,
pumping out air from said closed casing such that a pressure force onto said curd can be formed,
establishing a connection between a system controller and a casing controller provided in said casing,
uploading instructions from said system controller to said casing controller on how to change said pressure force during a pressing cycle by opening a valve on said casing,
de-establishing said connection between said system controller and said casing controller,
storing said closed casing and executing said instructions uploaded to said closed casing such that whey is pressed out from said curd and a cheese is formed from said curd,
wherein said pressure force onto said curd is formed by having a first space between a lid placed on top of said curd and a movable element and a second space between said movable element and said casing, the movable element comprising two resiliently spaced apart plates, and
wherein a pressure difference between said first space and said second space provides for said movable element to be pressed onto said lid such that in turn said pressure force is formed onto said curd.

US Pat. No. 10,477,827

VISION SYSTEM FOR TEAT DETECTION

Technologies Holdings Cor...

1. A vision system comprising:a robotic arm configured to attach a teat cup to a dairy livestock in a stall;
a laser configured to generate a plurality of profile signals, each profile signal comprising information associated with a relative distance between the laser and at least a portion of the dairy livestock;
one or more memory devices operable to store historical teat location information for a plurality of teats of the dairy livestock; and
a processor communicatively coupled to the laser and the one or more memory devices, the processor configured to:
determine that the teat cup is to be attached to a front teat of the dairy livestock;
determine, from the historical teat location information, an amount of separation between the front teat and a rear teat of the dairy livestock, the front teat having a front teat position;
determine that the amount of separation between the front teat and the rear teat is greater than or equal to a predetermined distance;
in response to determining that the amount of separation between the front teat and the rear teat is greater than or equal to the predetermined distance, calculate an updated front teat position based on the amount of separation between the front teat and the rear teat;
command the robotic arm to move to a first location that corresponds to the updated front teat position;
command the robotic arm to move up a predetermined amount after the robotic arm moves to the first location;
command the laser to perform a scan of the dairy livestock after the robotic arm moves up the predetermined amount;
access a first profile signal generated by the laser from the first scan;
determine that the front teat is found in the first profile signal; and
in response to determining that the front teat is found in the first profile signal, command the robotic arm to attach the teat cup to the front teat.

US Pat. No. 10,477,785

ULTRASONIC-BASED SYSTEM FOR DETECTION OF METALLIC SECURITY THREATS CONTAINERS ON CARGO

Northeastern University, ...

1. A method for imaging an object on a surface, the method comprising:exciting a surface with ultrasonic excitation from an ultrasonic transmitter having an ultrasonic transducer in contact with the surface;
moving (i) the surface relative to the ultrasonic transmitter and an ultrasonic receiver or (ii) the ultrasonic transmitter and the ultrasonic receiver relative to the surface; and
imaging, at a processor, a two-dimensional representation of the object acoustically coupled to the surface based on ultrasonic reflections received at the ultrasonic receiver in contact with the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,477,781

PLANT TRAY

Blackmore Company, Inc., ...

1. A horticulture tray having a plurality of growing cells each configured to accommodate a stabilized growth plug therein, each stabilized growth plug including a plant, soil, and a soil wrapper, each growing cell comprising:a first end defining an aperture configured to receive the stabilized growth plug;
a second end opposite to the first end, at the second end are a plurality of drain holes for allowing excess liquid to drain therethrough;
a sidewall extending from the first end to the second end, the sidewall tapers inward from the first end to the second end, the sidewall defines a plurality of arcuate chambers disposed radially about a central axis of the growing cell, the plurality of arcuate chambers are joined together to define the growing cell and each have an interior shape that is concave relative to the central axis; and
a support peak arranged along a longitudinal axis of the growing cell such that the support peak is at a center of the plurality of arcuate chambers, the support peak is proximate to, but spaced apart from, the second end, the support peak supports the stabilized growth plug spaced apart from the second end;
wherein:
at the second end, outer portions of the plurality of drain holes are defined by the plurality of arcuate chambers, and inner portions of the plurality of drain holes are defined by inner arcuate surfaces that extend upward and away from the second end to form the support peak;
the support peak is configured to protrude into a center of the stabilized growth plug and force soil of the stabilized growth plug outward and away from the support peak;
the sidewall is angled to force soil of the stabilized growth plug inward and away from the sidewall; and
the support peak and the sidewall force soil of the stabilized growth plug together between the support peak and the sidewall to compact the soil to form a soil bridge that extends between the support peak and the sidewall, and prevents soil from passing to the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,477,775

BALER MASS FLOW SENSING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY RES...

1. A crop sensing system for a baler comprising:a compression system for forming a bale;
a feed system for picking up crop from a surface and conveying the crop to the compression system;
a sensor arrangement including at least one sensor being coupled to at least one of the compression system or the feed system, the at least one sensor configured to generate signals over a duration of time which correspond to a series of instantaneous crop loads on the at least one of the compression system or the feed system; and
a control unit configured to receive the signals from the sensor arrangement over the duration of time and calculate crop mass flow rate based on at least the signals and the duration of time recorded in conjunction with the signals,
wherein the baler includes a loading fork having a range of motion for passing crop from a pre-compression chamber into the compression system, wherein the at least one sensor is a first sensor coupled to the loading fork, wherein the signals are first signals from the first sensor, wherein the sensor arrangement includes a second sensor coupled to the pre-compression chamber and configured to generate a second signal, and wherein the control unit is configured to calculate the crop mass flow rate based on at least 1) the first signals from the first sensor corresponding to crop loads on the loading fork and the duration of time recorded in conjunction with the first signals and 2) the second signal from the second sensor corresponding to the crop load on the pre-compression chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,477,772

GARDENING TOOL

Chervon (HK) Limited, Wa...

1. A gardening tool, comprising:a main body;
a plurality of wheels supporting the main body;
a cutting blade disposed in the main body;
a motor supported by the main body for driving the cutting blade;
an operation assembly for being operated by a user to activate the motor;
a handle rotatably connected to the main body and including two telescopic members slidably connected to each other; and
a control device for sending a control signal to allow the motor to be activated by the operation assembly when one of the telescopic members is caused to be moved to a predetermined position relative to another one of the telescopic members and to prevent the motor from being activated by the operation assembly when the one of the telescopic members is caused to be moved away from the predetermined position relative to the another one of the telescopic members.

US Pat. No. 10,477,767

DRAPER PLATFORM WITH REMOVABLE CENTRAL ROLLER BAFFLE

1. A draper platform for mounting on a feeder house of an agricultural combine, the draper platform comprising:a frame;
a center belt conveyor to carry cut crop material rearwardly towards a center opening in the frame through which crop may be fed into a feeder house;
a left side belt conveyor to carry cut crop material to the center belt conveyor;
a right side belt conveyor to carry cut crop material to the center belt conveyor;
at least one elongate reciprocating knife assembly extending along a front edge of each of the center belt conveyor, the left side belt conveyor and the right side belt conveyor;
a left side top cross auger above the left side belt conveyor, the left side top cross auger having a right inner end;
a right side top cross auger above the right side belt conveyor, the right side top cross auger having a left inner end opposite to and spaced from the right inner end; and
a conveyor drum above the center belt conveyor and underlying a space sandwiched between the right inner end and the left inner end.

US Pat. No. 10,477,766

VARIABLE BASECUTTER ASSEMBLY

1. A basecutter assembly for a sugarcane harvester, the basecutter assembly comprising:a first cutter and a second cutter, the first and second cutters adapted to sever sugarcane stalk;
a first feeder and a second feeder, the first and second feeders adapted to feed the severed sugarcane stalk, the first cutter and the first feeder arranged to rotate relative to one another about a first rotation axis, the second cutter and the second feeder arranged to rotate relative to one another about a second rotation axis;
a cutter drive coupled to the first cutter and the second cutter to rotate the first cutter and the second cutter respectively about the first rotation axis and the second rotation axis;
a feed drive coupled to the first feeder and the second feeder to rotate the first feeder and the second feeder respectively about the first rotation axis and the second rotation axis, the feed drive arranged to receive a first drive input; and
a variator coupled to the feed drive to provide a variable second drive input to the feed drive.

US Pat. No. 10,477,761

ADJUSTABLE WEEDEATER HANDLE

1. An adjustable weedeater handle comprising:a distal handle section, a proximal handle section, and a mount;
wherein the adjustable weedeater handle is a grasping point for a weedeater;
wherein the distal handle section and the proximal handle section are hingedly adjustable relative to each other to provide a plurality of comfort adjustments;
wherein the distal handle section comprises a first distal side bar, a second distal side bar, a distal outer grip bar, a distal inner grip bar, a first distal hinge arm, a second distal hinge arm, and a plurality of distal corners;
wherein the distal handle section is a rectangular frame handle for grasping and holding the weedeater.
US Pat. No. 10,477,801

PLANTS AND SEEDS OF CORN VARIETY CV375294

Monsanto Technology LLC, ...

1. A plant of corn variety CV375294, wherein representative seeds of corn variety CV375294 have been deposited under ATCC Accession No. PTA-125215.
US Pat. No. 10,477,802

PLANTS AND SEEDS OF CORN VARIETY CV663768

Monsanto Technology LLC, ...

1. A plant of corn variety CV663768, wherein representative seeds of corn variety CV663768 have been deposited under ATCC Accession No. PTA-125227.
US Pat. No. 10,477,810

PLANTS AND SEEDS OF HYBRID CORN VARIETY CH906071

Monsanto Technology LLC, ...

1. A seed of hybrid corn variety CH906071, produced by crossing a first plant of variety CV749310 with a second plant of variety CV581707, wherein representative seeds of said varieties CV749310 and CV581707 are deposited under ATCC Accession Nos. PTA-124502 and PTA-125247, respectively.
US Pat. No. 10,479,863

METHOD FOR CYCLICALLY PREPARING POLYETHER POLYOL BY USING DMC CATALYST

1. A method of cyclically preparing a polyether polyol as a target polymer, the method comprising:polymerizing a low molecular-weight alcohol with an alkylene oxide to obtain a low molecular-weight polymer;
obtaining an intermediate-target polymer by a first process in a reactor, the first process facilitating a first reaction of the low molecular-weight polymer with the alkylene oxide while a first amount of the low molecular-weight alcohol is introduced into the reactor; and
obtaining the target polymer by a second process in the reactor using a first portion of the intermediate-target polymer,
wherein:
a second portion of the intermediate-target polymer is recycled for reproduction of the intermediate-target polymer,
a double metal cyanide (DMC) catalyst is used as a catalyst of the first reaction,
an acid is used as a promoter of the first reaction,
the intermediate-target polymer and the low molecular-weight polymer have a same average molecular weight,
the DMC catalyst is a double metal cyanide complex catalyst for ring opening in polymerization of epoxy,
the acid is one of a nitric acid, a phosphoric acid, and a sulfuric acid, or a mixture of any two or three thereof,
the alkylene oxide is one of a propylene oxide, a butylene oxide, a mixture of ethylene oxide and the propylene oxide, a mixture of an ethylene oxide and a butylene oxide, a mixture of the propylene oxide and the butylene oxide, and a mixture of the ethylene oxide, the propylene oxide and the butylene oxide,
the low molecular-weight alcohol is a monohydric alcohol or a polyhydric alcohol, the monohydric alcohol being one of an allyl alcohol or a butanol, the polyhydric alcohol being one of an ethylene glycol, a propylene glycol, a butylene glycol, and a glycerol, and
the first process comprises the following steps:
1a) introducing the low molecular-weight polymer into the reactor, the low molecular-weight polymer having been pre-added with the DMC catalyst and the acid;
1b) dewatering by a bubbling nitrogen for at least 10 minutes at a first temperature range of 100-175° C. under vacuum at a first pressure not higher than ?0.085 MPa;
1c) turning off the bubbling nitrogen and further vacuuming for at least 10 minutes;
2) introducing into the reactor the alkylene oxide in an amount that is no more than 20% by weight (wt %) of the low molecular-weight polymer;
3a) simultaneously and continuously introducing the alkylene oxide and the first amount of the low molecular-weight alcohol into the reactor, the reactor maintained at a second temperature range of 120-180° C. and at a second pressure not higher than 0.2 MPa;
3b) introducing at least 10 wt % of the alkylene oxide into the reactor after the introducing of the first amount of the low molecular-weight alcohol is completed;
3c) waiting until no substantial pressure drop is observed in the reactor; and
3d) discharging the reactor to obtain the intermediate-target polymer.
US Pat. No. 10,480,121

SHEET-LIKE ARTICLE

Toray Industries, Inc, T...

1. A sheet shaped article comprising a fibrous base material formed mainly of ultrafine fibers and impregnated with, as a binder, a polyurethane resin that meets requirements (I) and (II) below:(I) the polyurethane resin contains an oxycarbonyl group and a carbonate group as ester groups in an interior portion of a polymer chain forming the polyurethane resin, and
(II) the polyurethane resin contains a urethane group and, optionally, a urea group with a total content of 7.0 to 11.0 mass %.
US Pat. No. 10,477,818

SOYBEAN VARIETY 5PTJB40

MONSANTO TECHNOLOGY LLC, ...

1. A plant of soybean variety 5PTJB40, wherein a sample of seed of said variety has been deposited under ATCC Accession No. PTA-126131.
US Pat. No. 10,477,821

SOYBEAN VARIETY 01067769

Monsanto Technology LLC, ...

1. A plant of soybean variety 01067769, wherein representative seed of said soybean variety have been deposited under ATCC Accession No. PTA-125776.
US Pat. No. 10,479,874

LATEX COMPOSITIONS AND ANTISTATIC ARTICLES MANUFACTURED THEREFROM

1. A process for making a static dissipative glove comprising:immersing a glove former in an aqueous coagulant solution to produce a coagulant coated former via a calcium salt;
immersing the coagulant coated former into a rubber dispersion to coat the coagulant coated former with a rubber;
washing the rubber coated on the coagulant coated former with water;
curing the rubber coated on the coagulant coated former in an oven;
chlorinating the rubber coated on the coagulant coated former by immersing the rubber coated on the coagulant coated former in an aqueous chlorine solution;
washing the rubber coated on the coagulant coated former with water;
drying the rubber coated on the coagulant coated former;
obtaining a glove by removing the rubber from the coagulant coated former; and
chlorinating the glove,
wherein the rubber dispersion comprises an additive, the additive comprises a precipitated calcium carbonate hydrate and an Azo based non-metallic organic pigment, the precipitated calcium carbonate hydrate is in the range of 5% to 30% of total composition by weight, the Azo based non-metallic organic pigment is in the range of 0.1% to 4% of total composition by weight, the aqueous chlorine solution comprises chlorine from 1,000 to 10,000 ppm, and the Azo based non-metallic organic pigment being orange color and having CAS number 3520-72-7.
US Pat. No. 10,479,877

FILLER COMPOSITION AND POLYOLEFIN RESIN COMPOSITION

UBE MATERIAL INDUSTRIES, ...

1. A polyolefin resin composition comprising a polyolefin resin, fibrous basic magnesium sulfate particles and spherical silicon dioxide particles having an average particle diameter in the range of 0.001 to 0.5 ?m in which the polyolefin resin and fibrous basic magnesium sulfate particles are contained in a ratio by weight in the range of 99:1 to 50:50, and the spherical silicon dioxide particles are contained in an amount of 0.001 to 50 weight parts per 100 weight parts of the fibrous basic magnesium sulfate particles and/or in an amount of 0.0002 to 10 weight parts per 100 weight parts of the resin.
US Pat. No. 10,478,092

HYBRID REGISTRATION METHOD

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A system for registering sensor location data to images of at least one body part, comprising:an endoscope including:
a sensor configured to generate data corresponding to a location of the sensor relative to at least one body part in a patient, and
an image sensor configured to generate image data; and
a computing device having a memory configured to store a plurality of previously acquired images of the at least one body part, and including thereon a software application that, when executed by the computing device,
displays a three-dimensional (3D) model derived from the plurality of previously acquired images,
detects a location of the sensor,
receives image data from the image sensor, and
registers the location of the sensor to a subgroup of images selected from the plurality of previously acquired images, wherein registration is achieved by parsing the plurality of previously acquired images based on the location data to generate the subgroup of the plurality of previously acquired images, and comparing images in the subgroup to images received from the image sensor to identify an image that substantially matches an image generated by the image sensor.
US Pat. No. 10,479,886

OPTICAL RESIN COMPOSITION AND FILM

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An optical resin composition comprising:99 to 50% by weight of an acrylic resin having a glass transition temperature of not lower than 110° C.; and
1 to 50% by weight of a particulate (meth)acrylic multilayer structure graft copolymer, wherein
the (meth)acrylic multilayer structure graft copolymer comprises:
an innermost layer made of a polymer containing not less than 90% by weight of a methacrylic acid ester as a first monomer;
a middle layer made of a polymer containing, as a second monomer, not less than 80% by weight of an acrylic acid alkyl ester having an alkyl group with 4 to 12 carbon atoms; and
an outermost layer made of a polymer containing a methacrylic acid ester as a third monomer, and
a graft ratio of the (meth)acrylic multilayer structure graft copolymer is not less than 110%,
wherein the optical resin composition has an adhesion to polyvinyl alcohol of not less than 2 N/25 mm.
US Pat. No. 10,479,887

BIODEGRADABLE POLYESTER COMPOSITION

Zhuhai Wango Chemical Co....

1. A biodegradable polyester composition, characterized in that, it comprises following components in parts by weight:i) 60 to 100 parts of biodegradable aliphatic-aromatic polyester;
ii) 0 to 40 parts of polylactic acid;
iii) 0 to 35 parts of an organic filler and/or an inorganic filler; and
iv) based on a total weight of the biodegradable polyester composition, a weight content of glycidyl methacrylate is 0.05 ppm-10 ppm, for enhancing compatibility between the aliphatic-aromatic polyester and the polylactic acid to increase surface property and decrease fisheyes in the biodegradable polyester composition when processed into a film.
US Pat. No. 10,479,888

POLYBUTYLENE TEREPHTHALATE COMPOSITION WITH IMPROVED HYDROLYTIC STABILITY

SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A thermoplastic composition with improved hydrolytic stability, comprising:10 to 30 percent by weight of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) having a carboxylic end group concentration (CEG) of 40 to 50 mmol/kg, and an intrinsic viscosity of 1.15 to 1.25 dl/g as measured in a 60:40 phenol/tetrachloroethane;
30 to 50 percent by weight of a polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) having a carboxylic end group concentration (CEG) of 50 to 120 mmol/kg and an intrinsic viscosity of 0.63 to 0.68 dl/g as measured in a 60:40 phenol/tetrachloroethane;
25 to 35 weight percent of a reinforcing filler;
0.01 to 0.1 percent by weight of a catalyst;
0.01 to 5 percent by weight of an epoxy chain extender;
0.01 to 0.1 percent by weight of a hindered phenol stabilizer; and
0.1 to 10 percent by weight of a mold release agent;wherein all weight percents are based on the total weight of the composition; andwherein the melt volume flow rate as measured by ISO 1133 at 250° C. with 5 kg load and 300 s dwell time of the thermoplastic composition when subjected to 80° C. and 70 percent room humidity after 500 hours is between 52 and 62 cm3/10 min, and the melt volume flow rate percent change compared to an initial melt volume flow rate of the thermoplastic composition is between 20 and 40 percent.
US Pat. No. 10,479,892

FUNCTIONAL GROUP ASPHALT MODIFIERS, METHODS OF MODIFYING ASPHALT, ASPHALT COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS OF MAKING

Lehigh Technologies, Inc....

1. An asphalt comprising:ground tire rubber;
a first component comprising a petroleum asphalt; and,
a second component comprising particles formed from a melted mixture of a resin and a binder;
wherein, the second component is dispersed within the first component;
wherein the resin comprises polypropylene and polymers having glycidyl functionality; and,
wherein the binder comprises polyethylene by-product waxes.
US Pat. No. 10,477,842

HUMANIZED IL-4 AND IL-4R? ANIMALS

REGENERON PHARMACEUTICALS...

1. A triply humanized mouse, comprising(i) a replacement of a genomic DNA of a mouse IL-4R? gene at an endogenous mouse IL-4R? locus with a human genomic DNA of a human IL-4R? gene to form a humanized IL-4R? gene, wherein the genomic DNA of the mouse IL-4R? gene comprises the ATG initiation codon of exon 1 through exon 5 of the mouse IL-4R? gene, and the human genomic DNA of the human IL-4R? gene comprises the ATG initiation codon of exon 1 through exon 5 of the human IL-4R? gene, wherein the humanized IL-4R? gene comprises the ATG initiation codon of exon 1 through exon 5 of the human IL-4R? gene and exons 6-9 of the mouse IL-4R? gene, wherein expression of the humanized IL-4R? gene is under control of the mouse IL-4R? promoter at the endogenous mouse IL-4R? locus,
(ii) a replacement of a genomic DNA of a mouse IL-4 gene at an endogenous mouse IL-4 locus with a genomic DNA of a human IL-4 gene to form a humanized IL-4 gene, wherein the genomic DNA of the mouse IL-4 gene comprises the ATG initiation codon of exon 1 through exon 4 of the mouse IL-4 gene, and the genomic DNA of the human IL-4 gene comprises the ATG initiation codon of exon 1 through exon 4 of the human IL-4 gene, and wherein expression of the humanized IL-4 gene is under control of the mouse IL-4 promoter at the endogenous mouse IL-4 locus, and
(iii) a replacement of a genomic DNA of a mouse IL-33 gene at an endogenous mouse IL-33 locus with a genomic DNA of a human IL-33 gene such that the locus encodes a human IL-33 but not mouse IL-33.
US Pat. No. 10,479,899

METHOD FOR PREPARING CATIONIC ELECTRODEPOSITION COATING COMPOSITION

NIPPON PAINT AUTOMOTIVE C...

1. A method for preparing a cationic electrodeposition coating composition, wherein the method comprises the steps of:preparing a resin emulsion (i) by respectively dissolving an aminated resin (A) and a blocked isocyanate curing agent (B) in organic solvents to prepare respective solutions, mixing the respective solutions to achieve a mixed solution, and then neutralizing the mixed solution with a neutralizing acid to obtain the resin emulsion (i) comprising the aminated resin (A) and the blocked isocyanate agent (B),
preparing a pigment dispersion paste comprising a bismuth mixture (C) obtained by mixing a bismuth compound (c1) and an organic acid (c2) in advance; a pigment dispersion resin (D); an amine-modified epoxy resin emulsion (ii) comprising an amine-modified epoxy resin (E); and a pigment (F), according to any one of the following methods of:
mixing the bismuth mixture (C) and the pigment dispersion resin (D), then the obtained mixture being mixed with the amine-modified epoxy resin emulsion (ii), and next, the pigment (F) being mixed in the obtained mixture;
mixing the bismuth mixture (C), the pigment dispersion resin (D) and the amine-modified epoxy resin emulsion (ii), and then the pigment (F) being mixed in the obtained mixture; or
mixing the bismuth mixture (C) and the amine-modified epoxy resin emulsion (ii), and then, the obtained mixture, the pigment dispersion resin (D) and the pigment (F) being mixed, and
mixing the resin emulsion (i) and the pigment dispersion paste to obtain the cationic electrodeposition coating composition, wherein
the pigment dispersion resin (D) has a hydroxyl value of 20 to 120 mg KOH/g, and
the amine-modified epoxy resin (E) has a primary amino group, a hydroxyl value of 150 to 650 mg KOH/g, and an amine value of 20 to 80 mg KOH/g.
US Pat. No. 10,479,914

CONDUCTIVE PARTICLE AND PREPARATION METHOD THEREOF, CONDUCTIVE ADHESIVE AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A method of preparing conductive particles, comprising the steps of:forming spherical cores comprising silica;
dispersing the spherical cores in deionized water and adding organic polymeric monomers so as to form a reaction solution, wherein the organic polymeric monomer is one or more selected from the group consisting of acrylonitrile, 2,3-dimethyl acrylonitrile, 3-phenyl-2-acrylonitrile, and 2-methoxymethyl-3-methoxy acrylonitrile, and a mass ratio of the organic polymeric monomers to the spherical cores ranges from 0.5:1 to 2:1;
radiating the reaction solution with ? rays so that the organic polymeric monomers are polymerized on surfaces of the spherical cores so as to form organic polymers;
separating the spherical cores from the reaction solution so as to obtain the spherical cores formed with the organic polymers on their surface; and
carrying out preoxidation and carbonization treatment successively on the spherical cores formed with the organic polymers on their surfaces so that the organic polymers form a conductive layer consisting of carbon particles, thereby obtaining the conductive particles each consisting of the conductive layer and the spherical core.
US Pat. No. 10,477,866

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

1. A composition for repelling geese comprising:a mixture of peanut hulls in granular form, cedar oil, thyme oil, cinnamon oil, castor oil, fish oil, garlic oil and white pepper wherein said mixture emits odor that is offensive to repels geese; wherein ingredients of the mixture are included in the following amounts:
89.29 percent by weight peanut hulls;
1.25 percent by weight cedar oil;
0.60 percent by weight thyme oil;
0.55 percent by weight cinnamon oil;
4.0 percent by weight castor oil;
1.0 by weight fish oil;
0.06 by weight garlic oil; and
2.25 by weight white pepper.
US Pat. No. 10,483,008

PROCESS FOR THE PURIFICATION OF GA-68 FROM ELUATE DERIVING FROM 68GE/68GA GENERATORS AND CHROMATOGRAPHIC COLUMNS FOR USE IN SAID PROCESS

Advanced Accelarator Appl...

1. Process for the preparation of a radiopharmaceutical containing 68Ga wherein a solution of eluates from 68Ge/68Ga generators is passed through a column for chromatography purification comprising a stationary phase of silica having a granulometry less than 100 microns and thereafter the solution collected from the column is directly poured in a container containing a labeling kit, the labeling kit comprising a substrate to be labeled with 68Ga, wherein the substrate subsequently labeled with 68Ga is the radiopharmaceutical.
US Pat. No. 10,478,398

SOL-GEL PHASE-REVERSIBLE HYDROGEL TEMPLATES AND USES THEREOF

Akina, Inc., West Lafaye...

1. A method of making drug-containing microparticles comprising:(a) filling a plurality of wells provided in a preformed, dissolvable hydrogel mold with a non-aqueous composition comprising: at least one drug, a non-water soluble, biodegradable polymer comprising poly(lactic co-glycolic acid) polymer (PLGA) and non-aqueous solvent, which dissolvable hydrogel mold is formed of a sol-gel phase reversible hydrogel comprising gelatin;
(b) solidifying the composition in the plurality of wells by evaporating the non-aqueous solvent, thereby forming microparticles; and
(c) harvesting the microparticles from the preformed dissolvable hydrogel mold by dissolving the hydrogel mold in an aqueous solution.
US Pat. No. 10,479,951

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

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

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

Cheers Health, Inc., Kin...

1. A tablet or capsule for mitigating the adverse effects of alcohol consumption in a human consisting essentially of at least 98% pure dihydromyricetin, N-acetyl cysteine, prickly pear extract, and at least 80% pure silymarin.
US Pat. No. 10,481,494

COATING COMPOSITIONS FOR USE WITH AN OVERCOATED PHOTORESIST

Rohm and Haas Electronic ...

8. An antireflective composition for use with an overcoated photoresist composition, the antireflective composition comprising a polyester resin that comprises 1) one or more parabanic acid moieties and 2) one or more polymerized tris(hydroxyl ethyl)isocyanurate groups.
US Pat. No. 10,479,701

PRODUCTION OF ULTRA-HIGH-DENSITY BRINES USING TRANSIENTLY-OPERATED DESALINATION SYSTEMS

Gradiant Corporation, Wo...

1. A method for producing a concentrated brine stream, comprising:supplying a liquid stream comprising water and a dissolved salt at an initial concentration to a fluidic circuit comprising a humidifier, wherein the humidifier removes at least a portion of the water from the liquid stream to produce a concentrated brine stream comprising water and the dissolved salt at a second concentration higher than the initial concentration of the liquid stream; and
recirculating the concentrated brine stream through the fluidic circuit to remove at least a portion of the water from the concentrated brine stream, forming a recirculated concentrated brine stream comprising water and the dissolved salt at a third concentration higher than the second concentration of the concentrated brine stream;
wherein, during the recirculating, an amount of solid salt is produced within the fluidic circuit.
US Pat. No. 10,478,420

ORAL FORMULATIONS OF PYRROLIDINE DERIVATIVES

ObsEva S.A., Plan-les-Ou...

1. A method of treating infertility in a human patient, the method comprising administering to the patient a dispersible tablet comprising a substantially pure form of (3Z,5S)-5-(hydroxymethyl)-1-[(2?-methyl-1,1?-biphenyl-4-yl)carbonyl]pyrrolidin-3-one O-methyloxime and one or more pharmaceutically acceptable excipients.
US Pat. No. 10,479,960

FIBROUS STRUCTURES COMPRISING A SURFACE SOFTENING COMPOSITION

1. A fibrous structure comprising a plurality of wood pulp fibers, wherein the fibrous structure comprises a surface comprising a non-transferable surface softening composition comprising a metathesized unsaturated polyol ester having one or more of the following properties:(i) a weight average molecular weight of from about 5,000 Daltons to about 50,000 Daltons;
(ii) an oligomer index from greater than 0 to 1; and
(iii) an iodine value of from about 30 to about 200;wherein the surface softening composition further comprises a quaternary ammonium compound;wherein the surface softening composition comprises from about 5% to about 40% by weight of the quaternary ammonium compound;wherein the fibrous structure comprises from about 0.1% to about 2% of a total basis weight of the surface softening composition; andwherein the fibrous structure exhibits an average TS7 Softness Value of less than 9.
US Pat. No. 10,479,969

UTILIZATION OF WASTEWATER FOR MICROALGAL CULTIVATION

PHYCOIL BIOTECHNOLOGY INT...

1. A method for cultivating a microalgae capable of heterotrophic growth by providing a light signal to initiate a light-activated metabolism, comprising:incubating the microalgae under a heterotrophic growth condition for a period of time sufficient to allow the microalgae to grow, wherein the heterotrophic growth condition comprises a media comprising a fruit wastewater, and wherein the heterotrophic growth condition further comprises light having a wavelength between 360 and 700 nm, required to initiate the light-activated metabolism, and the intensity of the light is less than 0.8 ?mol photons/m2s,
wherein the light-activated metabolism includes a life cycle, a circadian rhythm, cell division, a biosynthetic pathway, or a transport system,
wherein the microalgae is a Botryococcus sudeticus (UTEX 2629) strain or a Neochloris oleabundans (UTEX 1185) strain,
wherein the irradiation of the light is applied in a cyclic pattern of light and dark at a ratio between 6 hours (light): 18 hours (dark) or 23 hours (light): 1 hours (dark).
US Pat. No. 10,479,974

METHOD, DEVICE AND KIT FOR MASS CULTIVATION OF CELLS USING POLYIMIDE POROUS MEMBRANE

UBE INDUSTRIES, LTD., Ya...

1. A mass cell culturing method including:(1) applying cells to a porous polyimide film, and
(2) applying the porous polyimide film to which the cells have been applied, to a cell culture medium and performing culturing the porous polyimide film to which the cells have been applied, until the number of cells reaches 1.0×106 or more per milliliter of medium, or until the number of cells per square centimeter of the porous polyimide film reaches 1.0×105,
wherein the porous polyimide film has a multilayer structure having at least two surface layers (an A-surface and a B-surface), and a macro-void layer sandwiched between the two surface layers,
a mean pore size of the holes in the A-surface is smaller than a mean pore size of the holes in the B-surface, and
the macro-void layer has a partition bonded to the surface layers (the A-surface and the B-surface), and a plurality of macro-voids surrounded by the partition and the surface layers (the A-surface and the B-surface).
US Pat. No. 10,479,978

POSTNATAL ADHERENT CELLS AND PREPARATION METHOD THEREFOR

CHA BIOTECH CO., LTD., S...

1. A method of preparing enhanced postnatal adherent cells, the method comprising:obtaining an amniotic tissue from a detached placenta;
harvesting cell populations by adding an enzyme mixed solution to the amniotic tissue, wherein the enzyme mixed solution comprises collagenase at a concentration of 0.5 mg/ml to 5 mg/ml, trypsin at a concentration of 1 mg/ml to 5 mg/ml, DNA hydrolase (DNase) at a concentration of 0.01 mg/ml to 0.05 mg/ml, and dispase at a concentration of 0.1 U/ml to 5 U/ml;
isolating the enhanced postnatal adherent cells by culturing the harvested cell populations in a container by adhesion culture and then treating the cell populations with an animal component-free (ACF) recombinant enzyme; and
subculturing the isolated enhanced postnatal adherent cells under a hypoxia condition lower than a normoxia condition of 21% in a medium containing fibroblast growth factor-4 (FGF-4) and heparin at least 6 passages, wherein the subculturing further comprises treatment of the animal component-free recombinant enzyme before transferring the cells for subculturing at every stage of subculturing, and
wherein 80% or more of the adherent cells express CD44, CD73, CD90, and CD105-positive surface markers and 10% or less thereof express a CD45-negative surface marker, and more vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) are secreted compared to the isolated enhanced postnatal adherent cells of passages 1 to 4.
US Pat. No. 10,478,447

ANTIVIRAL SUPPLEMENT FORMULATIONS

Vymedic, LLC, Parker, CO...

1. A method of treating a viral infection in a subject in need thereof comprising administering to the subject a dosage form comprising a therapeutically effective amount of a composition comprising a lysine in a single dose range of from about 1,000 mg to about 5,000 mg, an ascorbic compound, a flavonoid glycoside, wherein the flavonoid glycoside comprises hesperidin and rutin, a threonine, a taurine and a pyridoxine, and wherein the viral infection is selected from the group consisting of an influenza virus infection and a non-polio enterovirus infection.
US Pat. No. 10,479,985

CELLULASE HAVING IMPROVED ENZYMATIC ACTIVITY

HUBEI UNIVERSITY, Wuhan ...

1. A cellulase having a modified amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 2 or a modified amino acid sequence with at least 80% sequence identity of SEQ ID NO: 2, wherein the modification is a substitution of methionine at position 120 or a corresponding position with asparagine.
US Pat. No. 10,483,589

LITHIUM-ION SECONDARY BATTERY

SUMITOMO OSAKA CEMENT CO....

1. A lithium-ion secondary battery comprising:a cathode comprising an electrode material, the electrode material comprising
electrode active material particles represented by a formula:
LixAyDzPO4  in which A represents at least one selected from the group consisting of Co, Mn, Ni, Fe, Cu, and Cr, D represents at least one selected from the group consisting of Mg, Ca, S, Sr, Ba, Ti, Zn, B, Al, Ga, In, Si, Ge, Sc, Y, and rare earth elements, 0 and wherein the electrolytic solution comprises 0.1% by mass or less of additives for stabilizing a coating formed on a surface of the anode.
US Pat. No. 10,478,462

ALCOHOL METABOLISM PROMOTER

NICHIREI BIOSCIENCES INC....

1. A method for suppressing an increase in a blood acetaldehyde level, comprising:causing a subject in need thereof to ingest an extract of a Veneroida bivalve in an effective amount, wherein an amount of glycogen in the extract is 50% to 90% by mass.
US Pat. No. 10,480,006

PESTICIDAL GENES AND METHODS OF USE

AGBIOME, INC., Research ...

1. A recombinant polypeptide, comprisinga polypeptide comprising an amino acid sequence having at least 95% sequence identity to the amino acid sequence as set forth in SEQ ID NO: 36, wherein said polypeptide has pesticidal activity and further comprises a heterologous amino acid sequence chemically linked to said polypeptide.
US Pat. No. 10,478,469

WEEKLY DOSING REGIMENS FOR ANTI-CD30 VC-PAB-MMAE ANTIBODY DRUG-CONJUGATES

SEATTLE GENETICS, INC., ...

1. A method for treating a CD30-expressing hematologic cancer in a human subject, the method comprising administering to a subject in need thereof a dose of a pharmaceutical composition comprising cAC10-MC-vc-PAB-MMAE antibody-drug conjugate, wherein the administered dose of cAC10-MC-vc-PAB-MMAE antibody-drug conjugate is 1.8 mg/kg of the subject's body weight and the pharmaceutical composition is administered every three weeks as a monotherapy, wherein the pharmaceutical composition is administered for two or more 21-day treatment cycles.
US Pat. No. 10,480,009

BIOLOGICAL STATE MACHINES

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A system, comprising:(a) n serine recombinases, wherein n is greater than 2; and
(b) an engineered nucleic acid comprising n(n?1) pairs of cognate recombination recognition sites (RRS),wherein the n(n?1) pairs of RRSs of (b) are arranged in an overlapping configuration such that the two RRSs of each pair of the n(n?1) pairs of RRSs are separated from each other by at least one RRS of another pair of the n(n?1) pairs of RRSs, and wherein recombination between the two RRSs of each pair of the n(n?1) pairs of RRSs either inverts or excises at least one RRS of another pair of the n(n?1) pairs of RRSs.
US Pat. No. 10,478,472

COMBINATION OF TOLEROGENIC PEPTIDES AND TFG-B FOR USE IN THE INDUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF ORAL TOLERANCE IN YOUNG MAMMALS

Societe des Produits Nest...

1. A method for induction and maintenance of oral tolerance to ?-lactoglobulin (BLG) and maintenance of oral tolerance to other food proteins that has been acquired via consumption of maternal mill in a young mammal during and after weaning period, the method comprising administering to the young mammal a composition comprising at least eight different peptides; each having a length from five to twelve amino adds that comprises a sequence selected from SEQ ID No. 1-8, and the composition further comprising transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-?), wherein each of SEQ ID NOs: 1-8 is present in the composition.
US Pat. No. 10,479,754

SYNTHESIS OF METHACRYLIC ACID FROM METHACROLEIN-BASED ALKYL METHACRYLATE

Roehm GmbH, Darmstadt (D...

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

BACULOVIRUS EXPRESSION SYSTEMS

GENETHON, Evry (FR)

1. A method for producing a recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) vector, comprising infecting a cell with one or several recombinant baculovirus(es), each baculovirus comprising a recombinant baculovirus genome harboring a heterologous sequence;wherein the heterologous sequence from each of the one or several recombinant baculovirus(es) encodes a different part of said rAAV vector; and
wherein each of the one or several recombinant baculovirus(es) comprises a recombinant baculovirus genome comprising the p26 and p74 baculoviral genes, and wherein the baculoviral genes cathepsin, chitinase and p10 are disrupted in each of the one or several recombinant baculovirus(es).
US Pat. No. 10,480,780

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COMMISSIONING POWER PLANTS

Boyle Energy Services and...

1. A process for commissioning steam flushing of steam generation equipment and piping, of a steam power plant, to make it operational for steady state operation, the steam power plant including a boiler generating steam, turbine and condenser components, and interconnecting piping to form a power cycle steam power plant as a closed steam circuit, the process comprising,Wherein during the commissioning, bypassing the turbine component by diverting steam through a bypass pipe, wherein said steam is thereby flushed through at least portions of the steam circuit to cleanse one or more of piping portions and equipment components, wherein the diverted flushing steam is drawn from the plant boiler through a temporary pipe and routed to the condenser component and a portion of condensate liquid is drawn from the condenser component and is injected as droplets into the steam flow at multiple piping locations upstream of the condenser component for removing particulate and non-particulate contamination from the flush steam prior to the entry of said flush steam to the condenser component; testing the flush steam for the presence of both particulate and non-particulate contamination prior to the entry of said diverted flushing steam to the condenser component; and terminating the entry of said diverted flush steam to the condenser component to prevent damage to the condenser component by the entry of said steam to the condenser component, and wherein the injected liquid comprises basic chemicals added thereto prior to injection to chemically treat the flushing steam and piping surface to enhance removal of contamination from the steam circuit.
US Pat. No. 10,480,011

RECOMBINANT AAV VARIANTS AND USES THEREOF

University of Massachuset...

1. A recombinant adeno-associated viral particle comprising an adeno-associated virus capsid and at least one heterologous transgene, wherein the adeno-associated virus capsid comprises a protein comprising an amino acid sequence selected from any one of SEQ ID NOs: 54 to 61.
US Pat. No. 10,479,756

DIESTERS FOR PERSONAL CARE APPLICATIONS DERIVED FROM 1-METHYLHEPTYL ALCOHOL

Inolex Investment Corpora...

1. A diester exhibiting improved hydrolytic stability that is an esterification product of a 1-methylheptyl alcohol and a dicarboxylic acid.
US Pat. No. 10,483,606

TEMPERATURE-CONTROL DEVICE FOR A BATTERY SYSTEM

1. A temperature control device for a battery system, said temperature-control device comprising:a cuboid-shaped hollow body having a liquid space therein with at least one connection device configured to supply a separately temperature-controlled fluid to the liquid space and at least one connection device configured to discharge the separately temperature-controlled fluid,
the body having therein a plurality of regularly arranged and identically formed openings extending from a first body surface to a second body surface,
wherein each opening accommodates therein a respective cylindrical battery cell in a fluid-tight connection so that the fluid space in the hollow body is fluid-tight, and
wherein the hollow body, excluding the cell head and the cell bottom, extends over a height h of >20 to <100% of the total height H of the battery system.
US Pat. No. 10,479,759

SYNTHETIC METHODS FOR THE PREPARATION OF PROPYLENE AMMOXIDATION CATALYSTS

Clariant Corporation, Lo...

1. A process for producing a catalyst material, the catalyst material comprisinga metal oxide catalyst in an amount in the range of at least about 25 wt %, the metal oxide catalyst having the formula MoxBiyFezAaBbCcDdOv, wherein
x is in the range of 10 to 14;
y is in the range of 0.05 to 5;
z is in the range of 0.2 to 5;
A is at least one element selected from Ni and Co;
a is in the range of 1 to 10;
B is at least one element selected from the lanthanides, Mg, Cr, Mn, Zn and Ca;
b is in the range of 0.01 to 6;
C is at least one element selected from W, Sn, V, Ti, Zr, Ga, Hf, Nb, Ta, In and Al;
c is in the range of 0 to 8;
D is at least one element selected from Li, Na, K, Rb and Cs;
d is in the range of 0.02 to 2; and
v is the number of oxygen atoms required to satisfy the valence requirements of the other component elements Mo, Bi, Fe, A, B, C, and D,the process comprising:providing a suspension or slurry of an inert carrier in a metal oxide precursor fluid, the inert carrier having an average particle size less than about 10 microns, the metal oxide precursor fluid comprising a solvent in admixture with a plurality of metal oxide precursors, the plurality of metal oxide precursors comprising at least
a molybdenum oxide precursor,
a bismuth oxide precursor, and
an iron oxide precursor,
wherein less than about 5 wt % of each of the molybdenum oxide precursor, the bismuth oxide precursor, and the iron oxide precursor is not dissolved in the solvent;
spray drying the suspension or slurry of the inert carrier in the metal oxide precursor fluid to obtain a spray-dried precursor material; and
heating the spray-dried precursor material to obtain the catalyst material.
US Pat. No. 10,478,478

TREATMENT OF RAYNAUD'S PHENOMENON USING BOTULINUM TOXIN TYPE B

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPO...

1. A method of treating Raynaud's phenomenon, comprising administering a therapeutically effective amount of botulinum toxin type B to a subject in need thereof, wherein said botulinum toxin type B is injected to sites between fingers and at the external sides of metacarpophalangeal joints of the first and fifth fingers of the subject.
US Pat. No. 10,480,018

GENUS OF EPIMERASE ENZYMES FOR CONVERSION OF FRUCTOSE TO ALLULOSE AT HIGH TEMPERATURE AND LOW PH

ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND CO...

1. A method of producing allulose comprising:contacting a solution containing fructose with an enzyme having epimerase activity, the enzyme having a sequence selected from the group consisting of SEQ ID NO: 20, SEQ ID NO: 18, SEQ ID NO: 16, and SEQ ID NO: 14 for a time and under conditions suitable to convert at least a portion of the fructose to allulose;
wherein when placed in contact with fructose at a temperature of 50° C. for 2 hours at a pH of 6, the enzyme converts the fructose to the allulose.
US Pat. No. 10,479,764

2-METHYLENE-(22E)-25-HEXANOYL-24-OXO-26,27-CYCLO-22-DEHYDRO-19-NOR-VITAMIN D ANALOGS

WISCONSIN ALUMNI RESEARCH...

1. A method of treating psoriasis comprising administering to a subject with psoriasis an effective amount of 2-methylene-(22E)-25-hexanoyl-24-oxo-26,27-cyclo-22-dehydro-19-nor-1?-hydroxyvitamin D3.
US Pat. No. 10,480,024

SINGLE NUCLEOTIDE DETECTION METHOD

BASE4 INNOVATION LTD, Ca...

1. A method for determining the sequence of nucleotide bases in a polynucleotide analyte, the method comprising steps of:(1) generating a stream of single nucleotide bases from the polynucleotide analyte, wherein the stream of single nucleotide bases is obtained by progressive pyrophosphorolysis of the polynucleotide analyte;
(2) producing captured molecules by reacting each single nucleotide base with a capture system, wherein the capture system comprises different sets of capture molecules, each set being selective for a different nucleotide base;
(3) for each captured molecule, amplifying at least part of the captured molecule to produce a plurality of amplicons;
(4) for each captured molecule, labelling the amplicons with a corresponding probe selective for the amplicons and comprising a different detectable element, wherein the probes are present in a mixture of probes each selective for a different nucleotide base;
(5) for each captured molecule, detecting a property characteristic of the detectable element; and
(6) from the totality of the results of step (5), determining the sequence of nucleotide bases in the polynucleotide analyte.
US Pat. No. 10,483,619

MODIFIED NI—ZN FERRITES FOR RADIOFREQUENCY APPLICATIONS

Skyworks Solutions, Inc.,...

1. A material for radiofrequency applications, the material comprising:a single-phase modified Ni—Zn ferrite formed from a base Ni—Zn ferrite, the single-phase modified Ni—Zn ferrite including elements Ni, Zn, Co, Fe, and O with a composition Ni0.5725Co0.0275Zn0.4Fe2O4, and having a spinel crystal structure and magnetic Q of greater than 100.
US Pat. No. 10,479,773

LIGNIN-BASED SOLVENTS AND METHODS FOR THEIR PREPARATION

SHELL OIL COMPANY, Houst...

1. A process for converting biomass into furfural, the process comprising the steps of:(a) providing a pentosan-containing biomass material;
(b) subjecting the pentosan-containing biomass material to an acid catalyzed digestion process in a digestion vessel at a temperature greater than about 100° C. for a period of time sufficient to produce a digested product stream comprising C5-carbohydrates and solids comprising cellulose;
(c) separating the digested product stream into a liquid product stream and a solid product stream wherein:
(i) the liquid product stream comprises carbohydrate compounds, of which at least 50 wt % of the carbohydrate compounds are C5-carbohydrate compounds, based on the weight of carbohydrate compounds in the liquid product stream,
(ii) the solid product stream comprises solids comprising lignin and cellulose;
(d) contacting the solid product stream with an organic solvent, thereby converting at least part of the lignin to a phenolic solvent, to produce solids and a solvent product stream comprising the phenolic solvent;
(e) subjecting the C5-carbohydrate in the liquid product stream to a dehydration reaction in a reaction vessel at a temperature in the range of from about 100° C. to about 250° C. in the presence of an acid catalyst and a biphasic mixture comprising an aqueous phase and a water-immiscible organic phase, which comprises at least a portion of the phenolic solvent produced in step (d), for a period of time sufficient to produce furfural or a furan derivative;
(f) retrieving from the reaction vessel a dehydration product stream comprising water, organic solvent and furfural, and separating the dehydration product stream into an aqueous recycle stream and an organic product stream comprising furfural;
(g) recovering the furfural from the organic product stream by at least one separation process; and
(h) recycling the organic product stream from step (g) back to the reaction vessel in step (e).
US Pat. No. 10,478,496

MONOCLONAL ANTIBODIES TO HUMAN FIBROBLAST GROWTH FACTOR RECEPTOR 2 (HFGFR2) AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

DAIICHI SANKYO COMPANY, L...

1. A monoclonal antibody or an antigen binding fragment thereof,wherein the monoclonal antibody consists of
a heavy chain comprising a complimentary determining region H1 (CDRH1) consisting of the amino acid sequence represented by SEQ ID NO: 30, a CDRH2 consisting of the amino acid sequence represented by SEQ ID NO: 31, and a CDRH3 consisting of the amino acid sequence represented by SEQ ID NO: 32; and
a light chain comprising a CDRL1 consisting of the amino acid sequence represented by SEQ ID NO: 33, a CDRL2 consisting of the amino acid sequence represented by SEQ ID NO: 34, and a CDRL3 consisting of the amino acid sequence represented by SEQ ID NO: 35.
US Pat. No. 10,480,036

METHODS OF DETECTING INFLUENZA

Cepheid, Sunnyvale, CA (...

1. A kit for detecting the presence of influenza in a sample from a human subject comprising(a) first primer pair for detecting an influenza A PA gene, wherein the first primer pair comprises a first and second primer, wherein
the first primer comprises a sequence that is at least 90% identical to at least 15 contiguous nucleotides of SEQ ID NO: 20; and the second primer comprises a sequence that is at least 90% identical to at least 15 contiguous nucleotides of SEQ ID NO: 21;
(b) a second primer pair for detecting an influenza A PB2 gene, wherein the second primer pair comprises a third and fourth primer, wherein
the third primer comprises a sequence that is at least 90% identical to at least 15 contiguous nucleotides of SEQ ID NO: 17, and the fourth primer comprises a sequence that is at least 90% identical to at least 15 contiguous nucleotides of SEQ ID NO: 18;
(c) a third primer pair for detecting an influenza A MP gene, wherein the third primer pair comprises a fifth and sixth primer, wherein
the fifth primer comprises a sequence that is at least 90% identical to at least 15 contiguous nucleotides of SEQ ID NO: 23, and the sixth primer comprises a sequence that is at least 90% identical to at least 15 contiguous nucleotides of SEQ ID NO: 24;
(d) a fourth primer pair for detecting an avian influenza MP gene, wherein the fourth primer pair comprises a seventh and eighth primer, wherein
the seventh primer comprises a sequence that is at least 90% identical to at least 15 contiguous nucleotides of SEQ ID NO: 26, and the eighth primer comprises a sequence that is at least 90% identical to at least 15 contiguous nucleotides of SEQ ID NO: 27; and
(e) at least one probe selected from an influenza A PA probe comprising a sequence that is at least 90% identical to at least 15 contiguous nucleotides of SEQ ID NO: 22, an influenza A PB2 probe comprising a sequence that is at least 90% identical or complementary to at least 15 contiguous nucleotides of SEQ ID NO: 19, an influenza A MP probe comprising a sequence that is at least 90% identical to at least 15 contiguous nucleotides of SEQ ID NO: 25, and an avian influenza MP probe comprising a sequence that is at least 90% identical to at least 15 contiguous nucleotides of SEQ ID NO: 28.
US Pat. No. 10,481,071

WHITE BLOOD CELL ANALYSIS SYSTEM AND METHOD

Abbott Laboratories, Abb...

1. A hematology analyzer for conducting a white blood cell (WBC) differential analysis on a blood sample that contains a plurality of WBCs, the analyzer comprising:an excitation source positioned to excite particles within the blood sample;
a detector unit comprising a fluorescence detector positioned to measure fluorescence emitted from the excited blood sample; and
a processor;
a non-transitory computer-readable memory medium comprising instructions that cause the processor to:
excite the blood sample with the excitation source in a flow cell;
collect a plurality of fluorescence emission signals from the excited sample; and
prior to performing a WBC differential analysis, exclude nuclei-free events and retain nuclei-containing events using only a fluorescence trigger that is limited to fluorescence emission signals and is set to a fluorescence magnitude that is greater than fluorescence emission signals from RBCs, including RBC fragments, and is less than fluorescence emission signals from WBCs; and
perform the WBC differential analysis on the nuclei-containing events.
US Pat. No. 10,478,523

COMPOSITION CONTAINING GLYCOSAMINOGLYCANS AND PROTEINS

ChondroNest SA, Conthey ...

24. A composition comprising a first, second and third constituents, whereinthe first constituent is a glycosaminoglycan, a hydrolyzed glycosaminoglycan, a glycosamine, chemically modified or not or a blend of different glycosaminoglycans, hydrolysed glycosaminoglycans, glycosamines, chemically modified or not;
the second constituent is a protein, a peptide or a blend of different proteins or peptides; and
the third constituent is a polyhydroxyurethane (PHU) which is obtained by the covalent coupling of bis or poly cyclic carbonates (CC) and di or polyamines (PA) molecules,
wherein the ratio of the number of non polymerized, or covalently bound carbonate cyclic functions from CC monomers, PRE-CC and chemically modified first and second constituents, and the number of non polymerized, or covalently bound primary and secondary amine functions from PA monomers, the PRE-PA and the chemically modified first and second constituents are between 50 and 0.02.
US Pat. No. 10,479,815

PROTEIN PURIFICATION USING INTEIN-HYDROPHOBIN TAG AND ALCOHOL PRECIPITATION

1. A method of purifying a target protein, the method comprising:(a) preparing a cell culture supernatant comprising a fusion protein, wherein the fusion protein comprising:
(i) a target protein domain;
(ii) a self-cleaving intein;
(iii) at least one hydrophobin protein domain, wherein the intein is located between the target protein domain and the hydrophobin domain;
(b) adding a C1-C3 alcohol to the cell culture supernatant making a first alcohol solution;
(c) stirring the first alcohol solution forming a first stirred solution;
(d) centrifuging the first stirred solution forming a first precipitate and a first supernatant, wherein the first supernatant comprising the fusion protein;
(e) separating the first supernatant comprising the fusion protein;
(f) adding a C1-C3 alcohol to the first supernatant making the second alcohol solution;
(g) stirring the second alcohol solution forming a second stirred solution;
(h) centrifuging the second stirred solution forming a second supernatant and a second precipitate, wherein the second precipitate comprising the target protein; and
(i) separating the second precipitate comprising the target protein to yield a substantial amount of the purified target protein,
wherein the intein is Ssp DnaB mini-intein from Synechocystis,
wherein the volume fraction of C1-C3 alcohol added in making the first alcohol solution in step (b) is from about 50% (v/v) to about 75% (v/v), and
wherein the volume fraction of the C1-C3 alcohol added in making the second alcohol solution in step (f) is from about 50% (v/v) to about 66.66% (v/v).
US Pat. No. 10,483,412

HIGH EFFICIENCY LOCAL BACK ELECTRODE ALUMINUM PASTE FOR CRYSTALLINE SILICON SOLAR CELLS AND ITS APPLICATION IN PERC CELLS

NANTONG T-SUN NEW ENERGY ...

1. A high efficiency back electrode local aluminum paste for crystalline silicon solar cells comprising the following components proportioned to weights:70-85 parts for aluminum powder,
1-30 parts for organic carrier,
0.1-10 parts for inorganic binder, and
0.1-1 parts for auxiliary conductive additive including graphene.
US Pat. No. 10,479,059

MULTIPLE LAYER FILM AND COMPOSITE MATERIAL PRODUCED THEREFROM

Evonik Degussa GmbH, Ess...

1. A film, comprising:a polyamide layer comprising at least 40% by weight of at least one polyamide selected from the group consisting of PA6, PA66, PA6/66 and a copolyamide, wherein the copolyamide is obtained from PA6, PA66 and PA6/66 and comprises at most 50% of total monomer units replaced by aromatic monomer units;
a second layer formed directly on the polyamide layer, wherein the second layer is obtained from a molding composition consisting of a polyamide composition (a) in an amount of from 50 to 99 parts by weight, a copolymer (b) in an amount of from 1 to 50 parts by weight with respect to a total amount of the polyamide composition (a) and the copolymer (b), and optionally at least one additive selected from the group consisting of a flame retardant, a stabilizer, an antistatic agent, a filler, a dye, and a pigment; and
a first layer formed directly on the second layer, wherein the first layer comprises a molding composition which comprises at least 60% by weight of a polyetheresteramide, the monomer units of the polyamide of the polyetheresteramide comprise an average of at least 8 carbon atoms,
wherein:
the polyamide composition (a) consists of a polyamide (?) in an amount of from 40 to 100% by weight, and a polyamide (?) in an amount of 0 to 60% with respect to a total amount of the polyamide (?) and the polyamide (?);
the polyamide (?) is PA612;
the polyamide (?) is at least one selected from the group consisting of PA6, PA66, PA6/66, and a copolyamide, wherein the copolyamide is obtained from PA6, PA66 and PA6/66 and comprises at most 50% of total monomer units replaced by aromatic monomer units;
the copolymer (b) comprises a first monomer unit in an amount of from 70 to 99.9% by weight and a second monomer unit in an amount of 0.1 to 30% by weight;
the first monomer unit is a monomer unit of at least one vinyl compound selected from the group consisting of an acrylic acid derivative, a methacrylic acid derivative, an ?-olefin and a vinylaromatic compound; and
the second monomer unit comprises a functional group selected from the group consisting of a carboxylic anhydride group, an epoxy group, and an oxazoline group.
US Pat. No. 10,477,794

CANOLA HYBRID CULTIVAR CL6665383H

Agrigenetics, Inc., Indi...

1. A seed of canola cultivar designated CL6665383H, wherein a representative sample of seed of each inbred parent of said cultivar was deposited under ATCC Accession Nos. PTA-124519 and PTA-124518, respectively.
US Pat. No. 10,477,796

COTTON VARIETY PX8188-60RF

Phytogen Seed Company, LL...

1. A seed of cotton variety designated PX8188-60RF, or a part thereof, representative seed of the variety having been deposited under ATCC Accession No. PTA-123658.
US Pat. No. 10,477,799

NEW GUINEA IMPATIENS VARIETY SAKIMP054

Sakata Seed Corporation, ...

1. A plant of New Guinea Impatiens variety SAKIMP054, wherein a representative sample of plant tissue of said variety was deposited under NCMA No. 201907011.

US Pat. No. 10,484,982

REDUCTION OF CRC FIELD IN COMPACT DCI MESSAGE ON M-PDCCH FOR LOW COST MTC DEVICES

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A terminal device for use in a wireless telecommunications system, the terminal device comprising:a receiver;
a transmitter; and
processing circuitry; wherein
the receiver is configured to:
receive a first control message from a base station, the first control message indicating a radio resource for use by at least one of the receiver and transmitter to exchange a signal with the base station and the first control message comprising a code generated on the basis of an identifier of an intended terminal device and a value of a time-dependent parameter at a transmission time of the first control message, the intended terminal device being a terminal device intended for exchanging the signal with the base station; and
receive a non-acknowledgement message from the base station as part of a second control message from the base station, the second control message indicating a radio resource for use by the transmitter in re-transmitting the signal to the base station and the second control message comprising a code generated using the identifier of the intended terminal device and a value of the time-dependent parameter at a transmission time of the second control message, the value of the time-dependent parameter at the transmission time of the second control message being different to the value of the time dependent parameter at the transmission time of the first control message so that the code of the second control message is different to the code of the first control message, and
the processing circuitry is configured to:
attempt to perform a predetermined process using the code of the first control message, an identifier of the terminal device and the value of the time-dependant parameter at the transmission time of the first control message;
if the predetermined process using the code of the first control message is not successfully completed, disregard the first control message;
if the predetermined process using the code of the first control message is successfully completed, control at least one of the receiver and transmitter to exchange a signal with the base station using the radio resource indicated by the first control message;
attempt to perform the predetermined process using the code of the second control message, the identifier of the terminal device and the value of the time-dependant parameter at the transmission time of the second control message;
if the predetermined process using the code of the second control message is not successfully completed, determine that the received non-acknowledgement message is not readable; and
if the predetermined process using the code of the second control message is successfully completed, determine that the received non-acknowledgement message is readable.

US Pat. No. 10,484,981

DECODING DOWNLINK CONTROL CHANNELS FOR 5G WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

1. A receiver device, comprising:a processor; and
a memory that stores executable instructions that, when executed by the processor, facilitate performance of operations, comprising:
receiving a downlink control transmission comprising control channel information that facilitates scheduling a subsequent data channel transmission, wherein it is unknown by the receiver device whether the subsequent data channel comprises one codeword or two codewords;
determining contextual information related to the subsequent data channel transmission, based on a previous data channel transmission, wherein the contextual information comprises a location of the receiver device relative to a network node device;
predicting a number of codewords that the subsequent data channel transmission comprises based on the contextual information, resulting in a predicted number of codewords, wherein the predicting comprises determining a probability that the number of codewords is two, the determining the probability comprising determining whether the location of the receiver device relative to the network node device is within a defined range; and
decoding the downlink control transmission based on the predicted number of codewords.

US Pat. No. 10,484,980

LINK LAYER SERVICE PLATFORM

Marvell International Ltd...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first radio to transmit and receive based on a first wireless protocol;
a second radio to transmit and receive based on a second wireless protocol, wherein the second wireless protocol is different than the first wireless protocol; and
a controller to
use the first radio to assist communications via the second radio including causing the first radio to at least one of transmit or receive one or more control frames associated with the second wireless protocol using the first wireless protocol,
use information received via the first radio using the first wireless protocol to control a beamforming training process carried out via the second radio using the second wireless protocol,
use the information to reduce a number of antenna sectors to sweep during the beamforming training process, and
cause the second radio to transmit or receive one or more data frames using the second wireless protocol in accordance with the one or more control frames.

US Pat. No. 10,484,979

FAST ENHANCED COMPONENT CARRIER ACTIVATION

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method of wireless communication, comprising:receiving signaling indicative of a carrier aggregation (CA) configuration comprising a first component carrier (CC) and a second CC, wherein the first CC comprises a primary carrier utilizing a licensed frequency bandwidth and the second CC comprises a secondary carrier utilizing an unlicensed frequency bandwidth;
receiving a control signal on the licensed frequency bandwidth of the first CC that indicates a channel availability on the unlicensed frequency bandwidth of the second CC;
receiving a physical downlink control channel (PDCCH) message on the first CC, wherein the PDCCH message schedules resources of the second CC, wherein a duration of transmission time intervals (TTIs) in the second CC is shorter than a duration of TTIs in the first CC of the first CC, and wherein the PDCCH message is transmitted in a first TTI of the first CC and assigns a TTI of the second CC that at least partially overlaps in time with a subsequent TTI of the first CC, the subsequent TTI of the first CC being subsequent to the first TTI of the first CC; and
monitoring the second CC in response to the received control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,484,973

SEMI-PERSISTENT CSI FEEDBACK OVER PUSCH

TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ER...

1. A method in a user equipment for transmitting semi-persistent Channel State Information, SP CSI, on a physical uplink shared channel, PUSCH, the method comprising:receiving a configuring message, the configuring message configuring the user equipment with at least one SP CSI report configuration on the PUSCH, and the configuring message identifying a SP CSI reporting periodicity;
receiving physical layer control signaling identifying and activating the at least one SP CSI report configuration; and
transmitting a plurality of SP CSI reports, the reports being transmitted with the SP CSI reporting periodicity and according to the physical layer control signaling and the configuring message.

US Pat. No. 10,484,968

BEAM DIRECTION ASSISTED PAGING

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method of wireless communication, comprising:receiving, from a first Radio Access Network (RAN), paging information regarding a user equipment (UE) served by the first RAN, wherein the paging information comprises beamforming information for the UE; and
sending a paging request to a second RAN for transmission of a paging message to the UE, wherein the paging request is based on the beamforming information received from the first RAN.

US Pat. No. 10,484,967

COMMUNICATION METHOD, NETWORK DEVICE, AND TERMINAL DEVICE

Huawei Technologies Co., ...

1. A communication method, comprising:receiving, by a network device of a first communications standard, a suspension notification message sent by a terminal device, the suspension notification message notifies the network device that the terminal device is to leave a network of the first communications standard and further notifies the network device to listen to a network of a second communications standard, wherein the network of the first communications standard carries data services and the network of the second communications standard carries voice services; and
suspending, by the network device according to the suspension notification message, transmission of scheduling information to the terminal device, and suspending detection of measurement information sent by the terminal device.

US Pat. No. 10,484,963

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING PAGING MESSAGE IN MOBILE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A base station for paging in a mobile communication system, the base station comprising:a transceiver; and
a controller coupled with the transceiver and configured to control to:
receive, from a core network entity, a plurality of paging messages including information on a number of paging attempts,
determine priorities of the plurality of paging messages based on the information on the number of paging attempts, and
transmit, to a terminal, a paging message among the plurality of paging messages based on the determined priorities.

US Pat. No. 10,484,957

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INDOOR POSITIONING USING WIRELESS POSITIONING NODES

LONPROX CORPORATION, San...

1. A system for determining a location of a mobile device within an indoor environment, the system comprising:a first positioning node (PON) configured to transmit a first modulated signal;
a second PON disposed in a different location than the first PON and configured to transmit a second modulated signal; and
a server configured to
receive a request from the mobile device indicating a coarse location of the mobile device,
transmit location information for the first PON and the second PON based on the request, and signal information related to the first modulated signal and the second modulated signal; and
receive a position report from the mobile device, the position report being based on a difference in time between the first modulated signal and the second modulated signal at a time of arrival at the mobile device.

US Pat. No. 10,484,955

BEAM FORMING FOR SYNCHRONIZATION SIGNALS

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Er...

1. A method for a network node configured to transmit wireless communication signals using beam forming and configured to apply any of one or more data carrying beam widths for transmission of data carrying signals dedicated to a specific wireless communication device, the method comprising:determining one or more requirement parameters for transmission of synchronization signals, wherein the one or more requirement parameters comprise a desired synchronization signal beam width and a minimum effective power, and wherein the determined desired synchronization signal beam width is larger than a minimum one of the data carrying beam widths;
calculating beam forming weights based on the one or more requirement parameters by assigning non-zero values to a number of beam forming weights that exceeds a minimum number of beam forming weights for the determined desired synchronization signal beam width, wherein a beam resulting from the calculated beam forming weights has a beam width larger than or equal to the determined desired synchronization signal beam width, and an effective power larger than or equal to the minimum effective power;
generating a synchronization signal for transmission; and
transmitting the generated synchronization signal using the calculated beam forming weights.

US Pat. No. 10,484,948

MOBILE TERMINAL STANDBY METHOD, DEVICE THEREOF, AND MEDIUM

Xiaomi Inc., Beijing (CN...

1. A method for enabling a mobile terminal to be on standby, comprising:determining whether the mobile terminal is in an operation state, wherein determining whether the mobile terminal is in the operation state includes determining at least one of: the mobile terminal being operated by a user, a call request being accessed, and a short message being generated;
determining that a movement speed of the mobile terminal is greater than a preset speed;
judging whether the mobile terminal is within a driver's area in an automobile, wherein the judging includes: generating a picture by one of a front camera or a back camera, comparing the generated picture with a pre-stored picture of a corresponding position, and judging that a location of the mobile terminal is within the driver's area, if a picture similarity between the generated picture and the pre-stored picture of the corresponding position is greater than a preset threshold; and
enabling the mobile terminal to enter into a standby state, if the mobile terminal is within the driver's area,
wherein the comparing of the generated picture with the pre-stored picture includes:
searching for a similar-shape object in the generated picture, the similar-shape object having a shape similarity with respect to a key reference object in the pre-stored picture that is greater than a first threshold;
determining a location similarity of the similar-shape object with respect to the key reference object; and
determining the picture similarity according to the shape similarity and the location similarity, and
wherein the pre-stored picture is taken and stored in advance and includes at least one of a left-front view when looking forward from a left-driver position of a left-hand drive automobile, a right-front view when looking forward from a right-driver position in a right-hand drive automobile, a left-rear view when looking backward from the left-driver position, and a right-rear view when looking backward from the right-driver position, and
the comparing of the generated picture with the pre-stored picture includes:
determining, according to a type of a current network to which the mobile terminal is connected, a region in which the mobile terminal is located to be one of a left-hand drive region or a right-hand drive region;
comparing a first camera photo taken by the front camera with the left-front view and comparing a second camera photo taken by the rear camera with the left-rear view, if the region is the left-hand drive region; and
comparing the first camera photo with the right-front view and comparing the second camera photo with the right-rear view, if the region is the right-hand drive region.

US Pat. No. 10,484,945

TECHNIQUES AND APPARATUSES FOR CONFIGURING A BATTERY RECOVERY TIME PERIOD FOR A USER EQUIPMENT

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method of wireless communication, comprising:identifying, by a user equipment (UE), a pattern, the pattern identifying a battery recovery time period during which a voltage of at least one battery of the UE recovers from a voltage droop,
the pattern including a sequence of UE modes having corresponding time periods, and
the sequence of UE modes causing different loads on the at least one battery during different time periods;
configuring, by the UE, the battery recovery time period based at least in part on the pattern; and
communicating, by the UE, with a base station based at least in part on the pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,484,943

POWER MANAGEMENT OF A PERSONAL AREA FABRIC

NANT HOLDINGS IP, LLC, C...

1. A personal area fabric, comprising:a plurality of networked nodes, wherein each networked node comprises a node power profile and a short range communication interface configured to exchange data with at least one other networked node of the plurality of networked nodes and wherein each networked node is positioned to be able receive communication via the short range communication interface from at least one other networked node of the plurality of networked nodes;
wherein at least one of the plurality of networked nodes has a state configuration engine configured to, when executed by a processor: receive a power configuration trigger;
aggregate node power profiles from a portion of the plurality of networked nodes;
derive a fabric-level power configuration as a function of the aggregated node power profiles by designating a subset of the portion of the plurality of networked nodes as boundary nodes, wherein the fabric-level power configuration only allows communication outside the personal area fabric via at least one of the boundary nodes; and
instruct the portion of the plurality of networked nodes to operate according to the fabric-level power configuration in response to the power configuration trigger.

US Pat. No. 10,484,942

WIRELESS ACCESS POINT MANAGING APPARATUS

ARRIS Enterprises LLC, S...

1. A wireless access point managing apparatus comprising:a radio;
wireless communication control circuitry that communicates information via the radio between the wireless access point managing apparatus and one or more electronic devices so as to provide a first wireless access point to a network for a client electronic device, wherein the client electronic device is included in the one or more electronic devices;
a hardware processor; and
a memory having stored therein a program that causes the hardware processor to perform access point management including:
communicating with a separate apparatus that provides a second wireless access point to the network, wherein the separate apparatus includes a plurality of radios, the plurality of radios for connecting wirelessly via different radio communication protocols;
performing a determination as to whether shutdown of the second wireless access point is appropriate;
sending a shutdown instruction to the separate apparatus if shutdown is determined to be appropriate, the shutdown instruction being an instruction to cause the separate apparatus to shut down the second wireless access point by powering down at least one radio of the plurality of radios in the separate apparatus;
performing a determination as to whether the second wireless access point in the separate apparatus is to be turned on;
sending a power up instruction to the separate apparatus to reactivate the second wireless access point by powering up the at least one radio of the second wireless access point in the separate apparatus, if the result of the determination as to whether the second wireless access point is to be turned on is positive; and
after the second wireless access point is reactivated;
in the first wireless access point, if the client electronic device is in communication with the first wireless access point, steering the client electronic device to the second wireless access point.

US Pat. No. 10,484,941

WAKE-UP RADIO ASSISTED WLAN POWER SAVING TECHNOLOGIES

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

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

US Pat. No. 10,484,940

NETWORK ASSOCIATION BASED ON NETWORK PERFORMANCE CAPABILITIES

Motorola Mobility LLC, C...

1. A device, comprising:a first subscriber identity module (SIM) to enable a first subscription for data communication between the device and data communication networks;
a second SIM to enable a second subscription for additional data communication between the device and the data communication networks;
a first application implemented for a data streaming download to the device;
a second application implemented for an interactive session of intermittent data communications;
a network manager implemented at least partially in hardware to:
determine network data parameters that indicate performance capabilities of the data communication networks;
associate the first application with a first network of the data communication networks that has a greater performance capability for the data streaming download based on the network data parameters; and
associate the second application with a second network of the data communication networks for the interactive session of intermittent data communications based on the network data parameters.