US Pat. No. 10,337,392

MULTICYLINDER ENGINE COOLING APPARATUS

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A multicylinder engine cooling apparatus configured to cool an engine by flowing cooling water through the engine, the engine comprising a cylinder head to which a plurality of pairs of intake pipes and exhaust pipes are coupled based on a layout of a plurality of cylinders, the multicylinder engine cooling apparatus comprising:an exhaust side cooling passage individually formed to extend in an exhaust side of the cylinder head in which the plurality of exhaust pipes are disposed;
an intake side cooling passage individually formed to extend in an intake side of the cylinder head in which the plurality of intake pipes are disposed;
a first downstream cooling water passage through which the cooling water having passed through the exhaust side cooling passage flows without passing through the intake side cooling passage;
a second downstream cooling water passage that allows the cooling water having passed through the exhaust side cooling passage and then the intake side cooling passage to flow to the first downstream cooling water passage at a point between ends of the first downstream cooling water passage; and
a switching valve configured to switch a flow passage of the cooling water discharged from the exhaust side cooling passage between the intake side cooling passage and the first downstream cooling water passage.

US Pat. No. 10,337,386

METHOD OF TESTING A PROPER FUNCTIONING OF A SELECTIVE CATALYTIC REDUCTION SYSTEM

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method of testing the functioning of a selective catalytic reduction system of an internal combustion engine having a catalyst disposed in an exhaust pipe of the engine, an injector disposed in the exhaust pipe upstream of the catalyst for injecting a reducing agent, a pump for providing the reducing agent from a tank to the injector via a supply conduit, a pressure sensor for measuring a pressure within the supply conduit, and an electronic control unit having processor stored executable instructions to perform the method which comprises:operating the engine at idle speed;
executing a functionality check of the pressure sensor while operating the engine at idle speed;
operating the engine to increase an exhaust gas temperature in the exhaust pipe upstream of the catalyst;
executing a functionality check of the pump;
executing a functionality check of the injector, after the functionality check of the pump and once the exhaust gas temperature has reached a predetermined target value thereof;
executing a functionality check of the supply conduit after the functionality check of the injector; and
executing a cleaning phase of the catalyst from the reducing agent stored in the catalyst of the selective catalytic reduction system closing the injector when the functionality checks of the pressure sensor, the pump, the injector and the supply conduit yield a positive result.

US Pat. No. 10,337,365

CONTROL SHAFT FOR INLET VALVE SHUT-OFF

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A control shaft of a camshaft adjusting unit for an internal combustion engine, comprising:adjusting cams which are spaced apart axially and are configured in a first axial section of the control shaft for continuous cylinder operation and in a second axial section for a cylinder shut-off, wherein
the adjusting cams have a radial extent which is greater than a zero lift extent over their entire circumference of the cam circle for permanent cylinder operation,
the adjusting cams have a shut-off section of the cam circle with a radial extent which is smaller than or equal to the zero lift extent in the circumferential direction for the cylinder shut-off, and
the control shaft has a stop which limits rotation in both circumferential directions and serves as a calibration point for an engine electronics system.

US Pat. No. 10,337,354

DUAL ANTI SURGE AND ANTI ROTATION FEATURE ON FIRST VANE SUPPORT

United Technologies Corpo...

14. A gas turbine engine comprising:an engine static structure including a vane support having a tab;
a vane including a fork having a notch receiving the tab to circumferentially affix the vane to the engine static structure; and
a retainer secured to the tab and mounting a combustor housing to the vane in an axial direction, wherein the retainer and tab include holes, and a fastener extends through the holes to secure the retainer to the vane support.

US Pat. No. 10,337,334

GAS TURBINE ENGINE COMPONENT WITH A BAFFLE INSERT

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A component of a gas turbine engine, the component comprising:an internal cooling cavity extending through an interior of the component;
a baffle insert configured to be inserted into the internal cooling cavity;
a plurality of trip strips extending upwardly from an exterior surface of the baffle insert spaced from an interior surface of the internal cooling cavity;
wherein the plurality of trip strips extend upwardly from the exterior surface of the baffle insert in a spiral configuration, configured to create a plurality of vortices at the exterior of the baffle insert; and
at least one rib extending upwardly from the exterior surface of the baffle insert and configured to terminate the plurality of vortices, wherein the at least one rib is spaced from the interior surface of the internal cooling cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,337,330

METHOD OF ASSEMBLING A ROTOR STACK

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A method of assembling a rotor stack comprising a plurality of component parts, the method comprising:(A) measuring swash of abutting surfaces of the plurality of parts;
(B) calculating a runout estimate for a plurality of relative orientations of the parts, including selecting a clamping load and estimating deformation of the abutting surfaces of the parts as a function of the clamping load;
(C) applying an optimization algorithm to identify an optimal orientation from the plurality of relative orientations based on the runout estimates;
(D) comparing the runout estimate corresponding to the optimal orientation with a threshold and repeating steps (A)-(D) with a different combination of parts if the runout estimate falls outside of the threshold; and
assembling the parts in the optimal orientation when the runout estimate corresponding to the optimal orientation falls within the threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,337,320

METHOD AND SYSTEMS FOR CAPTURING DATA FOR PHYSICAL STATES ASSOCIATED WITH PERFORATING STRING

Halliburton Energy Servic...

13. A method for capturing data regarding physical states of a perforating string disposed in a wellbore through a fluid-producing formation, the method comprising:communicatively coupling an external control device to the sensing tool to configure the sensing tool prior to being disposed in the wellbore;
downloading data related to a previous downhole job from the external control device to the sensing tool to configure the sensing tool for a parameter including at least one of a channel number, a threshold strain value, a threshold acceleration value, a threshold pressure value, a threshold velocity value or an arming threshold value;
sampling data for storage in a memory device by a first processor at a first sampling rate from at least one sensor, wherein the at least one sensor measures at least one parameter indicative of at least one of a tension state, a compression state, a bending state, or a torsion state experienced during deployment of the perforating string, wherein the first sampling rate is associated with the deployment of the perforating string;
detecting a trigger condition associated with a perforation operation performed by the perforating string;
switching to a second sampling rate for sampling data from the at least one sensor in response to detecting the trigger condition, wherein the second sampling rate is greater than the first sampling rate and is associated with the perforation operation of the perforating string; and
sampling data for storage in the memory device by the first processor and a second processor at the second sampling rate for a period of time in which the perforation operation is at least partially performed.

US Pat. No. 10,337,317

WAX TRACERS

Institutt for Energitekni...

1. A method for monitoring precipitation of at least one wax component from a hydrocarbon-containing fluid stream flowing through a fluid transport system having at least one in-flow point and at least one out-flow point, the method comprising:a) taking a sample of the hydrocarbon-containing fluid stream;
b) analyzing the sample of the hydrocarbon-containing fluid;
c) identifying at least one of a group consisting of a structure and molecular weight of at least one wax component in the sample of the hydrocarbon-containing fluid;
d) selecting or generating at least one labelled wax based upon the structure or molecular weight of the at least one wax component identified in step c), wherein the selected or generated at least one labeled wax is labeled with either an isotope label or with a covalently attached label;
i) introducing the at least one labelled wax selected or generated in step d) into the hydrocarbon-containing fluid stream at the at least one in-flow point; and
ii) measuring a relative or absolute concentration of the at least one labelled wax in at least one sample taken at the at least one out-flow point.

US Pat. No. 10,337,312

ELECTRICAL SUBMERSIBLE PUMPING SYSTEM WITH SEPARATOR

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A system for producing fluid from a well comprising:a housing selectively disposed in the well;
a separation chamber disposed in the housing;
an impeller disposed in the housing and that is selectively rotatable about an axis;
a fluid passage extending radially through the impeller, having a discharge end in fluid communication with the separation chamber, and that extends along a path that is generally normal to a line that is tangential to an outer radius of the impeller; and
a bulkhead between the impeller and the separation chamber having a helical flow path formed within and through which the discharge end of the fluid passage is in fluid communication with the separation chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,337,220

TOOL CHEST LOCKING MECHANISM

Ridge Tool Company, Elyr...

1. A lockable enclosure comprising:an enclosure defining an opening providing access to an interior of the enclosure, the enclosure including a panel movably affixed to the enclosure and selectively positionable over the opening to govern access to the interior, and a chamber sized and shaped to fittingly receive a padlock;
a locking system including a rotatable actuator and a sliding bolt engaged with the actuator such that upon one of (i) at least partial rotation of the actuator, and (ii) longitudinal displacement of the sliding bolt, the other of (i) and (ii) occurs;
the locking system being positionable between a locked position and an unlocked position, wherein at the locked position the sliding bolt engages the enclosure and the panel and prevents selective positioning of the panel to preclude access to the interior of the enclosure, and at the unlocked position the sliding bolt is free from engagement with at least one of the enclosure and the panel to allow access to the interior of the enclosure;
wherein (i) upon placement of an unlocked padlock in the chamber, (ii) positioning the locking system to the locked position, and (iii) locking the padlock, the locking system is precluded from being positioned to an unlocked position due to contact between the rotatable actuator and the padlock.

US Pat. No. 10,337,200

DISPENSER SYSTEMS

KING TECHNOLOGY INC, Hop...

1. A dispenser kit for full season use in a body of water comprising:a main dispensing cartridge having a base, said main dispensing cartridge containing a float and a dispersant chamber containing a first water dispersant for water release therefrom with said base having an attachment member thereon comprising a fixed post and a set of lateral extensions;
a first dispensing cartridge having a base and an opening for engaging the fixed post and the set of lateral extension and rotatably securing the main dispensing cartridge to the first dispensing cartridge, said first dispensing cartridge containing a second water dispersant for water release therefrom to enable the main dispensing cartridge and the first dispensing cartridge to simultaneously supply water dispersant to the outdoor pool or spa; and
a second dispensing cartridge having a base and an opening for engaging the fixed post and the set of lateral extension and rotatably securing the main dispensing cartridge to the second dispensing cartridge, with said second dispensing cartridge containing a third water dispersant for water release with said second dispensing cartridge interchangeable with said first dispensing cartridge to thereby enable the main dispensing cartridge and the second dispensing cartridge to supply water dispersant to the outdoor pool or spa when the second dispensing cartridge is interchanged with the first dispensing cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,337,189

WALL CLADDING SYSTEM

Metal Design Systems, Inc...

1. A system for decorating a facade of a building with a plurality of interlocking sections of wall cladding, comprising:a first section of wall cladding comprising of a panel and a front hem at a top of the panel;
a second section of wall cladding comprising a panel attached to the front hem of the first section of wall cladding to form a slot defined by the panel of the second section of wall cladding on one side of the slot and the panel of the first section of wall cladding on the other side of the slot; and
a third section of wall cladding comprising a panel and a rear hem at a bottom of the panel with an upward extending portion for hooking into the slot between the panel of the second section of wall cladding and the panel of the first section of wall cladding to interlock the first section of wall cladding, the second section of wall cladding, and the third section of wall cladding.

US Pat. No. 10,337,180

LOW FLUSH TOILET SYSTEM

OT LLC, Sunfish Lake, MN...

1. A toilet comprising:a flushing rim;
a gravity tank to discharge gravity water by force of gravity to preload the flushing rim during a passive release stage; and
a pressure tank, including:
an internal air bladder oriented within the pressure tank to compress when exposed to a water supply and expand to discharge pressurized water of the pressure tank at a higher flow rate than a water flow rate of the preloaded gravity water into the flushing rim and push the preloaded gravity water from the flushing rim into a toilet bowl during a pressure release stage.

US Pat. No. 10,337,163

BLOCKS, BLOCK SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF MAKING BLOCKS

KEYSTONE RETAINING WALL S...

1. A wall block comprising:a block body having opposed front and rear faces, opposed top and bottom surfaces, and opposed compound first and second side walls, the first and second compound side walls converging from the front face toward the rear face, the first side wall having at least a first projection, the first projection formed by first and second angular planar surfaces that extend from the front face toward the rear face along the first side wall, the first angular planar surface extending outward from the block body at a slope from a first inner surface on the first side wall and the second angular planar surface extending outward from the block body at a slope from a second inner surface on the first side wall, the second side wall having at least a first groove, the first groove formed by first and second angular planar surfaces that extend from the front face toward the rear face along the second side wall, the first angular planar surface extending inward towards the block body at a slope from a first outer surface of the second side wall and the second angular planar surface extending inward toward the block body at a slope from a second outer surface of the second side wall,
wherein the first and second angular planar surfaces of the at least first projection of the first side wall form a first side irregularly contoured edge portion with the front face and the first and second angular planar surfaces of the at least one groove of the second side wall form a second side irregularly contoured edge portion with the front face and wherein the first projection of the first side wall is shaped and sized to be received in the first groove of the second side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,337,152

DUAL-UNIT PAVING SYSTEM

Oldcastle Building Produc...

1. A dual-unit paving system for covering a surface formed by a rotational tessellation of a plurality of pairs of first and second units; the dual-unit pavement system comprising:(a) at least a first row of first and second units;
(b) a least a second row of first and second units;
(c) each of the first units having a lower face for facing the ground, an exposed upper face, and sidewalls extending from the lower face, the sidewalls of the first unit including a top side, a bottom side, a left side and a right side;
(d) each of the second units having a lower face for facing the ground, an exposed upper face, and sidewalls extending from the lower face, the sidewalls of the second unit including a top side, a bottom side, a left side and a right side, the second unit having a shape different from a shape of the first unit;
(e) the bottom side of the first unit having a non-linear, irregular outline matingly engageable with an outline of the top side of the second unit for forming a hexagonal assembly having six non-linear sides, the hexagonal assembly allowing to form rotational tessellations; and
(f) the first and second units being shaped to form either a stack bond configuration or a running bond configuration;
(i) the stack bond configuration including the first units of the first row engaging against the respective first units of the second row; and
(ii) the running bond configuration including the first units of the first row engaging against the second respective second units of the second row.

US Pat. No. 10,337,136

APPARATUS FOR DRYING CLOTHES

1. An apparatus for drying clothes, the apparatus comprising:a container including four side walls of the same height, said container having a perimeter;
said four side walls mounted to each other to define four corners and a base having one drain centrally located thereon;
four vertical telescopic poles entirely within said perimeter and extending vertically from said base;
said four vertical telescopic poles each having a topmost distal end and each of said four vertical telescopic poles mounted adjacent to one of said four corners;
said four vertical telescopic poles include a first set of two vertical telescopic poles being diagonally opposite to each other and a second set of the remaining two vertical telescopic poles being diagonally opposite to each other;
a first cross member extending entirely above said first set, said first cross member has two distal ends that are each mounted above the topmost distal ends of the two vertical telescopic poles defining said first set;
a second cross member extending entirely above said second set, said second cross member has two distal ends that are each mounted above the topmost distal ends of the two vertical telescopic poles defining said second set;
said first and second cross member intersecting each other and each of first and second cross member has a length and each of first and second cross member has two opposite distal ends;
a plurality of fasteners mounted entirely along the length of said first and second cross member except at the distal ends of said first and second cross member to make space for each of said four vertical telescopic poles to mount to said first and second cross member, said plurality of fasteners located entirely within said perimeter thereby permitting water dripping from wet clothes to land entirely within said container and on said base;
a wheel assembly including four wheels, one of said four wheels located below each of said four corners; and
a storage case having four case perimeter side walls and including a lower half and an upper half connected to each other and divided by a zipper extending horizontally along at least two of said four case perimeter side walls.

US Pat. No. 10,337,135

WALL-MOUNTED DRUM TYPE WASHING MACHINE HAVING WALL COUPLING MEMBERS

Dongbu Daewoo Electronics...

1. A wall-mounted washing machine comprising:a tub configured to contain washing water, wherein the tub comprises a tub sidewall and a tub rear panel integrally formed with the tub sidewall, wherein the tub rear panel is operable to serve as a mounting member for mounting on an external wall;
a tub front panel coupled to the tub sidewall;
a buffer member operable to be disposed between the tub rear panel and the external wall, wherein the buffer member is operable to suppress vibration of the wall-mounted washing machine from being transmitted to the external wall; and
coupling members operable to affix the tub rear panel to a surface of the external wall,
wherein each of the coupling members comprises:
a bolt having one end operable to be inserted through a through-hole in the tub rear panel and affixed to the surface of the external wall; and
a nut operable to be attached to another end of the bolt on a front surface of the tub rear panel.

US Pat. No. 10,337,131

RECONFIGURABLE FABRIC FRAME FOR A MANEUVERABLE SEWING MACHINE

HANDI QUILTER, INC., Nor...

1. A reconfigurable fabric frame for a maneuverable sewing machine, the reconfigurable fabric frame comprising:a take-up pole;
an idler pole;
a backing pole;
a quilt-top pole; and
side rails including take-up pole attachment locations, idler pole attachment locations, backing pole attachment locations, and quilt-top pole attachment locations formed thereon, the side rails further including stationary portions and reconfigurable portions, the reconfigurable portions of the side rails being configured to be repositioned between:
a first configuration in which the backing pole attachment locations are higher than the quilt-top pole attachment locations; and
a second configuration in which the backing pole attachment locations are lower than the quilt-top pole attachment locations.

US Pat. No. 10,337,128

METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR COOLING YARNS AND FABRICS, AND ARTICLES COMPRISING SAME

1. A composite yarn comprising a core component and a sheath layer, wherein:(a) the core component comprises a polyester polymer and a first cooling composition; and
(b) the sheath layer comprises a polyamide polymer and a second cooling composition;
wherein the first cooling composition comprises a first cooling material, a first cooling compound, and a first cooling salt;
wherein the first cooling composition comprises about 0.2 wt % to about 2 wt % of the first cooling material; about 0.02 wt % to about 0.07 wt % of the first cooling compound; and about 0.001 wt % to about 0.02 wt % of the first cooling salt; and
wherein the wt % is based on the total weight of the polyester polymer and the cooling composition;
wherein the second cooling composition comprises a second cooling material, a second cooling compound, and a second cooling salt; and
wherein the second cooling composition comprises about 1 w t% to about 10wt % of the second cooling material; about 1 wt % to about 15 wt % of the second cooling compound; and about 0.1 wt % to about 5 wt % of the second cooling salt; and wherein the wt % is based on the total weight of the polyamide polymer and the cooling composition.

US Pat. No. 10,337,101

SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR CHEMICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A method comprising:flowing a carrier liquid through a reactor;
introducing a fluid comprising one or more reactants into the carrier liquid, the fluid being at a first temperature and first pressure and being sufficiently immiscible in the carrier liquid so as to form a plurality of microreactors suspended in the carrier liquid, each of the microreactors comprising a discrete volume of the fluid surrounded by the carrier liquid and having a surface boundary defined by an interface of the fluid with the carrier liquid;
heating and optionally pressurizing the fluid to a second temperature and second pressure at which a chemical vapor deposition reaction occurs within the microreactors to form a plurality of chemical vapor deposition products, the surface boundary acting as a substrate for the chemical vapor deposition reaction; and
separating the plurality of chemical vapor deposition products from the carrier liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,337,099

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR COATING INNER WALL OF METAL TUBE

Korea Institute of Scienc...

1. A method of coating an inner wall of a metal tube, comprising:(a) mounting both end openings of a metal tube on mounting posts so that pressure in the metal tube is adjustable by vacuum-evacuation and inflow of process gases;
(b) coaxially installing a sputtering target metal tube inside the metal tube;
(c) installing a pulse electromagnet to surround an outside perimeter of the metal tube coaxially with the metal tube;
(d) vacuum-evacuating the inside of the metal tube;
(e) allowing a process gas to flow in the inside of the metal tube to set a process gas pressure;
(f) applying pulse power to the pulse electromagnet to form a pulse magnetic field around the sputtering target metal tube; and
(g) generating a negative high-voltage pulse synchronized with the pulse power applied to the pulse electromagnet and applying the synchronized negative high-voltage pulse to the sputtering target metal tube, thereby generating plasma, wherein the negative high-voltage pulse applied to the sputtering target metal tube is applied at a predetermined delayed time after the pulse power is applied to the pulse electromagnet.

US Pat. No. 10,337,098

METHOD FOR GROWING CARBON NANOTUBES

Tsinghua University, Bei...

1. A method of growing carbon nanotubes, the method comprising:constructing a reactor, wherein the reactor comprises a reactor chamber and a carbon nanotube catalyst composite layer suspended in the reactor chamber, and the carbon nanotube catalyst composite layer comprises a carbon nanotube layer and a plurality of catalyst particles dispersed in the carbon nanotube layer;
introducing a mixture of carbon source gas and carrier gas into the reactor chamber to penetrate the carbon nanotube catalyst composite layer, wherein a flow direction of the mixture of carbon source gas and the carrier gas is perpendicular to a surface of the carbon nanotube catalyst composite layer; and
heating the carbon nanotube catalyst composite layer.

US Pat. No. 10,337,059

ENTHALPY MEASUREMENTS FOR SEQUENCING OF A NUCLEIC ACID SAMPLE

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A method for sequencing a nucleic acid sample, comprising:(a) providing a plurality of nucleic acid molecules and a polymerase in one or more thermally isolated chambers among a plurality of thermally isolated chambers that each has a volume of less than 0.1 ?L, wherein each of said plurality of nucleic acid molecules comprises (i) a nucleic acid sequence of a single-stranded nucleic acid template derived from said nucleic acid sample, and (ii) a primer hybridized thereto, which primer comprises a hairpin formed by self-hybridization of said single-stranded nucleic acid template or a single-stranded oligonucleotide that has sequence complementarity with said single-stranded nucleic acid template;
(b) providing a plurality of nucleotides of a single species in said one or more thermally isolated chambers comprising said plurality of nucleic acid molecules;
(c) detecting an enthalpy change in said one or more thermally isolated chambers comprising said plurality of nucleic acid molecules, wherein said enthalpy change is associated with incorporation of one or more nucleotides of said plurality of nucleotides of said single species by said polymerase into a nucleic acid strand growing from said primer, wherein said nucleic acid strand has sequence complementarity with said single-stranded nucleic acid template; and
(d) repeating (b) and (c) to obtain a sequence of said single-stranded nucleic acid template.

US Pat. No. 10,337,035

METHOD FOR PREPARING ORGANIC ACID BY FED-BATCH-FEEDING CARBON SOURCE SUBSTRATE AND BASE

SK INNOVATION CO., LTD., ...

1. A method for producing an organic acid by fed-batch culture, comprising:(i) preparing a culture medium containing a carbon source substrate, an organic acid-producing strain of bacteria, and a growth ingredient for said strain of bacteria;
(ii) fermenting said culture medium to produce said organic acid;
(iii) measuring a pH change in said culture medium;
(iv) correlating said pH change to consumption of said carbon source substrate;
(v) fed-batch feeding additional substrate-base mixture of carbon source substrate and an alkali metal containing weak base to said culture medium in an amount to maintain concentration of said carbon source substrate, and said alkali metal containing weak base in an amount to matain optimal pH for growth of said strain of bacteria, and
(vi) removing any organic acid produced in said culture medium;
wherein ratio of carbon source substrate to alkali metal containing weak base is 200˜300 g/L to 80˜120 g/L,
wherein CO2 and H2 gases are generated during said fermenting, and when CO2 and H2 gases reach a generation rate of 1.5-2.5 L/L of fermenter/hr, terminating the feeding the substrate-base mixture so that said fermenting proceeds until said carbon source substrate is completely consumed.

US Pat. No. 10,336,997

CONTINUOUS DIRECTED EVOLUTION

President and Fellows of ...

1. An apparatus for continuous evolution of a gene of interest, the apparatus comprising(a) a lagoon comprising
a cell culture vessel comprising a population of M13 phages comprising a gene of interest to be evolved and lacking a functional pIII gene required for the generation of infectious phage particles, and a population of bacterial host cells, wherein
(1) the M13 phages allow for expression of the gene of interest in the host cells,
(2) the host cells are suitable host cells for M13 phage infection, replication, and packaging, wherein the M13 phage comprises all phage genes required for the generation of phage particles, except a functional pIII gene;
(3) the host cells comprise an expression construct encoding the pIII protein, wherein expression of the pIII gene is dependent on a function of a gene product of the gene of interest;
(4) the host cells comprise an expression construct encoding a dominant-negative pIII protein (pIII-neg), wherein the pIII-neg protein is driven by a promoter the activity of which depends on an undesired function of a gene product encoded by the gene of interest;
an inflow connected to a turbidostat;
an outflow;
a controller controlling inflow and outflow rates; and,
(b) a turbidostat comprising
a cell culture vessel comprising a population of fresh host cells;
an outflow connected to the inflow of the lagoon;
an inflow connected to a vessel comprising liquid media
a turbidity meter measuring the turbidity of the culture of fresh host cells in the turbidostat; and,
a controller controlling the inflow of sterile liquid media and the outflow into the waste vessel based on the turbidity of the culture liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,336,952

MIXING DEVICE FOR A DOWN-FLOW HYDROPROCESSING REACTOR

Chevron U.S.A. Inc., San...

1. A mixing device for a multi-bed down-flow catalytic reactor, the mixing device comprising:a. a top plate having an inner surface and a periphery;
b. a base plate extending parallel to the top plate, the base plate having an inner surface, a periphery, and a base plate aperture, wherein the top and base plates are separated by a distance to define an interior region of the mixing device;
c. a plurality of inwardly-directed vanes contained within the interior region of the mixing device extending perpendicular to and interposed between the inner surfaces of the top and base plates, wherein the vanes are inwardly-directed from the periphery of the top and base plates toward the base plate aperture and are spaced around the area extending from the base plate aperture to the periphery of the top and base plates; and
d. a mixing region;
wherein, the mixing device does not include a weir ring extending from the inner surface of the base plate or a bubble cap extending from the inner surface of the top plate.

US Pat. No. 10,336,937

MONOLITHIC RARE EARTH OXIDE AEROGELS

Lawrence Livermore Nation...

1. A method for making a monolithic rare earth oxide (REO) aerogel, comprising:preparing a reaction mixture consisting essentially of at least one rare earth metal nitrate, at least one epoxide, at least one base catalyst, and at least one organic solvent, wherein the reaction mixture is substantially free of chloride;
curing the mixture to produce a wet gel;
drying the wet gel to produce a dry gel; and
thermally annealing the dry gel to produce the monolithic REO aerogel.

US Pat. No. 10,336,921

ADHESIVE COMPOSITIONS FOR NONWOVEN APPLICATIONS

ExxonMobil Chemical Paten...

1. An adhesive composition comprising:(a) a polymer blend comprising
a first propylene-based polymer, wherein the first propylene-based polymer is a homopolymer of propylene or a copolymer of propylene and ethylene or a C4 to C10 alpha-olefin; and
a second propylene-based polymer, wherein the second propylene-based polymer is a homopolymer of propylene or a copolymer of propylene and ethylene or a C4 to C10 alpha-olefin, wherein the second propylene-based polymer is different than the first propylene-based polymer,
wherein the polymer blend has a melt viscosity, measured at 190° C. of about 3,000 cP to about 12,000 cP; and
(b) one or more tackifiers;
wherein the one or more tackifiers has a softening point as determined by ASTM E-28 of about 80° C. to about 145° C., an aromaticity of about 3 mol % to about 11 mol % aromatic protons, and a Cloud Point of about ?10 ° C. to about 15 ° C.,
wherein the polymer blend is present in the amount of about 50 wt % to about 90 wt % of the adhesive composition.

US Pat. No. 10,336,908

THREE-DIMENSION FORMING SUPPORT MATERIAL, THREE-DIMENSION FORMING SUPPORT MATERIAL CARTRIDGE, AND THREE-DIMENSION FORMING COMPOSITION SET

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

1. A three-dimension forming support material for ink jet, comprising:a warm water-soluble radiation curable compound that exhibits solubility in warm water of at least 40° C. to 90° C. after the compound is cured; and
at least one polyglycerin compound selected from the group consisting of fatty acid esters of polyglycerin, ethylene oxide adducts of polyglycerin, and propylene oxide adducts of polyglycerin,
wherein a content of the polyglycerin compound is from 10 to 35 wt % with respect to a total amount of the three-dimension forming support material.

US Pat. No. 10,336,873

FUNCTIONAL POLYMER MEMBRANE, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR, ION EXCHANGE MEMBRANE AND PROTON CONDUCTIVE MEMBRANE EQUIPPED WITH FUNCTIONAL POLYMER MEMBRANE, AND ION EXCHANGE DEVICE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A functional polymer membrane comprising a polymer containing at least a structure represented by the following Formula (I):
wherein in Formula (I), R1 and R2 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group; R3, R4, R5 and R6 each independently represent a substituent, and k1, k2, k3 and k4 each independently represent an integer from 0 to 4; in the case where R3, R4, R5 and R6 are plural, R3, R4, R5 and R6 may be respectively identical to or different from each other, or may be bonded to each other and form a ring; A1, A2, A3 and A4 each independently represent a single bond or a divalent linking group; M1 represents a hydrogen ion, an organic base ion, or a metal ion; in the case where M1 is plural, M1 may be identical to or different from each other; n1 and n2 each independently represent an integer from 1 to 4, and m1 and m2 each independently represent 0 or 1; J1 represents a single bond, —O—, —S—, —CO—, —CR8R9—, or an alkenylene group, and R8 and R9 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, or a halogen atom;
and p represents an integer of 1 or larger, and q represents an integer from 1 to 4.

US Pat. No. 10,336,838

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING OLEFIN POLYMER AND OLEFIN POLYMER

MITSUI CHEMICALS, INC., ...

1. A 4-methyl-1-pentene polymer fulfilling the following requirements (a) to (c):(a) the amount of constituent units derived from 4-methyl-1-pentene is 100 to 80 mol %, and the amount of constituent units derived from at least one selected from olefins having 2 to 30 carbon atoms (except 4-methyl-1-pentene) is 0 to 20 mol %;
(b) the meso diad fraction (m) as measured by 13C-NMR is 98.5% to 100%; and
(c) the heat of fusion ?Hm (unit: J/g) and the melting point Tm (unit: ° C.) as measured by Differential Scanning calorimetry (DSC) fulfill the following relation (1):
?Hm?0.5×Tm?76.  Relation (1):

US Pat. No. 10,336,766

ANTICANCER DRUG CANDIDATES

The Scripps Research Inst...

1. An enediyne compound comprising a structure represented by formula (I):
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein:
R1, R2, R3, R4, are each independently: H, OH, F, Cl, Br, R?, OR?, CH3, NH2, NHR?, NR?2, SH, SR?, C(O)R, RCO2R?, halogen, or alkyl;
R5 and R6 are each independently OH, F, Cl, Br, OR?, NH2, NHR?, NR?2, SH, SR?, C(O)R, RCO2R?;
R7 is H or alkyl;
R? and R are independently: H, C1-C10 alkyl, or aryl;
X is N.

US Pat. No. 10,336,756

(S)-2-(1-AMINOPROPYL)-5-FLUORO-3-PHENYLQUINAZOLIN-4(3H)-ONE PRECURSOR OF A QUINAZOLINONE AS INHIBITOR OF HUMAN PHOSPHATIDYLINOSITOL 3-KINASE DELTA

ICOS CORPORATION, Foster...

2. A composition, comprising a compound having a structure

US Pat. No. 10,336,741

SUBSTITUTED PYRROLIDINES AS FACTOR XIA INHIBITORS FOR THE TREATMENT THROMBOEMBOLIC DISEASES

ONO PHARMACEUTICAL CO., L...

1. A compound represented by formula (I):
wherein Cyc A represents cyclohexyl, phenyl, piperidinyl, piperazinyl, or indole;
Cyc B represents phenyl;
Cyc C represents pyrrolidinyl, piperidinyl, piperazinyl, or morpholinyl;
each R1 may be the same or different and represents (1) —C(?NH)NH2, (2) 5- to 10-membered heteroaryl, (3) C6-C10 aryl or 5- to 10-membered heteroaryl substituted with 1 to 5 groups selected from halogen, C1-4 alkyl, C1-4 alkoxy, —C1-4 alkylene-C1-4 alkoxy, CN, —COOH, —COO—C1-4 alkyl, —CO—NH2, —OCONH2, —OCONH-C1-4 alkyl, —CONH-C1-4 alkyl, —NHCOO—C1-4 alkyl and —NHCO—C1-4 alkyl, (4) C6-C10 aryl, (5) —NH—C(?NH)NH2, (6) C1-4 alkyl, (7) C2-4 alkenyl, (8) C2-4 alkynyl, (9) —C1-4 alkylene-NH2, (10) C1-4 alkoxy, (11) CN, (12) —CO—C1-4 alkyl, (13) halogen or (14) —R10—C(?NR11)NR12R13;
wherein R10 represents (1) a bond or (2) NH;
R11, R12 and R13 each independently represents (1) hydrogen, (2) OH, (3) C1-4 alkyl, (4) C2-4 alkenyl, (5) C2-4 alkynyl, (6) C1-4 alkoxy, (7) —C1-4 alkylene-C1-4 alkoxy, (8) —CO—C1-4 alkyl, (9) —COO—C1-4 alkyl, (10) —OCO—C1-4 alkyl, (11) —CO—R14, (12) —COO—R15 or (13) —OCO—R16, with the proviso that R11, R12 and R13 do not all simultaneously represent hydrogen;
wherein R14, R15 and R16 each independently represents C1-4 alkyl, C2-4 alkenyl or C2-4 alkynyl, which are substituted with 1 to 5 groups selected from C1-4 alkyl, C2-4 alkenyl, C2-4 alkynyl, halogen, trifluoromethyl, OH, —COO—C1-4 alkyl, COOH, oxo, C1-4 alkoxy, C6-C10 aryl, 5- to 10-membered heteroaryl and NR17R18;
wherein R17 and R18 each independently represents (1) hydrogen, (2) C1-4 alkyl, (3) C2-4 alkenyl or (4) C2-4 alkynyl;
t represents an integer of 0 to 6;
each R2 may be the same or different and represents (1) —COOH, (2) —COO—C1-4 alkyl, (3) —COO—C1-4 alkylene-C1-4 alkoxy, (4) —NH2, (5) —NH—C1-4 alkyl, (6) —NH—C1-4 alkylene-C1-4 alkoxy, (7) —NHCO—C1-4 alkyl, (8) —NHCO—C1-4 alkylene-C1-4 alkoxy, (9) —NHCOO—C1-4 alkyl, (10) —NHCOO—C1-4 alkylene-C1-4 alkoxy, (11) —CONH2, (12) —CONH—C1-4 alkyl, (13) —CONH—C2-4 alkylene-C1-4 alkoxy, (14) halogen, (15) —SO2—C1-4 alkyl, (16) oxo, (17) C1-4 alkoxy, (18) —CO—C1-4 alkyl, (19) —CO—C1-4 alkylene-C1-4 alkoxy or (20) —COO— C1-4 alkyl substituted with 1 to 5 groups selected from C1-4 alkyl, C2-4 alkenyl, C2-4 alkynyl, halogen, trifluoromethyl, OH, —COO—C1-4 alkyl, COOH, oxo, C1-4 alkoxy, C6-C10 aryl, 5- to 10-membered heteroaryl and NR19R20;
wherein R19 and R20 each independently represents (1) hydrogen, (2) C1-4 alkyl, (3) C2-4 alkenyl or (4) C2-4 alkynyl;
m represents an integer of 0 to 6;
each R3 may be the same or different and represents (1) —SO2—R6-R7, (2) oxo, (3) —CO—C1-4 alkyl, (4) —CO—NH2, (5) —SO2—NH2 or (6) —COO—C1-4 alkyl;
n represents an integer of 0 to 6;
R6 represents (1) a bond or (2) NH;
R7 represents (1) C1-4 alkyl, (2) Cyc D or (3) C1-4 alkyl or Cyc D substituted with 1 to 5 R8;
wherein Cyc D represents C3-C8 cycloalkyl, 5- to 10-membered heterocycloalkyl, C6-C10 aryl or 5- to 10-membered heteroaryl;
each R8 may be the same or different and represents (1) —COOH, (2) —COO—C1-4 alkyl, (3) —COO—C1-4 alkylene-C1-4 alkoxy, (4) —NH2, (5) —NH—C1-4 alkyl, (6) —NHCO—C1-4 alkyl, (8) —CONH2, (12) —CONH—C1-4 alkyl (13) OH or (14) halogen;
R4 represents (1) a bond, (2) C1-4 alkylene, (3) C2-4 alkenylene or (4) C2-4 alkynylene;
R5 represents (1) —CONH—, (2) Cyc E or (3) Cyc E substituted with 1 to 5 R9;
wherein Cyc E represents C3-C8 cycloalkyl, 5- to 10-membered heterocycloalkyl, C6-C10 aryl or 5- to 10-membered heteroaryl; and
each R9 may be the same or different and represents C1-4 alkyl or halogen;
a salt thereof, an N-oxide thereof, a solvate thereof, or a prodrug thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,336,732

1-HETEROCYCLYL ISOCHROMANYL COMPOUNDS AND ANALOGS FOR TREATING CNS DISORDERS

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals ...

1. A method for treating a neurological or psychiatric disorder in a patient, wherein the disorder is major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mania, or psychosis, comprising administering to said patient an effective amount of a compound of formula:
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein:
m is 0, 1, or 2;
R is —H or C1-C3 alkyl;
Ra is —H or C1-C3 alkyl;
R1, R2, R3, and R4 are independently —H, halo, —OH, —NH2, C1-C3 alkyl, —OR7, —NHR7, —N(R7)R7, —CN, phenyl, or 5- or 6-membered heteroaryl, wherein:
each instance of R7 independently is unsubstituted C1-C2 alkyl or C1-C2 alkyl substituted with 1-3 halo,
each instance of C1-C3 alkyl independently is unsubstituted or substituted with 1-3 halo, and
the phenyl or heteroaryl is unsubstituted or substituted with 1 or 2 groups independently selected from halo, —OH, —OCH3, —OCF3, —NH2, —NH(CH3), —N(CH3)2, —CH3, ethyl, —CF3, and —CN,
optionally wherein
two adjacent instances of R1, R2, R3, and R4 together form —O—CH2—O—, —O—CH(CH3)—O—, —O—C(CH3)2—O—, —O—CH2—CH2—O—, or —O—C(CH3)2—C(CH3)2—O—;
each instance of R5 independently is halo, —CH3, or ethyl;
each instance of R6 independently is halo, —CH3, ethyl or —OH;
w is 0, 1, or 2; and
provided that the compound is not:

US Pat. No. 10,336,724

D-AMINO ACID OXIDASE INHIBITORS AND THERAPEUTIC USES THEREOF

SyneuRx International (Ta...

1. A compound of Formula (I):
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein:
the moiety

the moiety

 is bonded to E;
X is aryl;
Y is a five-membered heteroaryl with 1-2 ring heteroatoms selected from the group consisting of nitrogen and oxygen;
Z is aryl;
L1 is CH2 or C2-10 alkyl;
L2 is CH2, C2-10 alkyl, —CH2S—, or absent;
provided that when L2 is present, L2 is bonded to B or C, and when L2 is absent, Z is aryl fused with BC.

US Pat. No. 10,336,704

METHOD FOR PREPARING INDENOISOQUINOLINE DERIVATIVES

NATIONAL TAIWAN NORMAL UN...

1. A method for preparing indenoisoquinoline derivatives represented by one of the following formulas (1) to (31), (34) to (39) and (41) to (46), comprising the following steps:
(A) providing a first reactant represented by the following formula (II) and a second reactant represented by the following formula (III):

wherein A is —OH or —NHR2;
X is —CO;
Y ring is a phenyl ring;
Z is F, Cl, Br or I;
n is an integral of 1 to 4;
each R1 independently is H, nitro, Br, Cl or methoxy; or when n is 2, two adjacent R1 and carbon atoms attached thereto together form a dioxolane; and
R2 is H, methyl, ethyl, propyl, pentyl, allyl, phenyl, benzyl, morpholinoethyl, morpholinopropyl, imidazolpropyl, methoxyethyl, methoxypropyl, phenylbutyl, 4-fluorophenyl, 4-chlorophenyl,
wherein * is a bonding position,
wherein m is an integral of 1 to 4; and
each R3 independently is H, Br, nitro or methoxy; or when m is 2, two adjacent R3 and carbon atoms attached thereto together form a dioxolane; and
(B) reacting the first reactant represented by the formula (II) and the second reactant represented by the formula (III) in a solvent with a catalyst and adding R2NH2 therein in the case where A is —OH, to obtain the indenoisoquinoline derivatives represented by one of the formulas (1) to (31), (34) to (39) and (41) to (46), wherein the catalyst comprises Cu+ or Cu2+.

US Pat. No. 10,336,637

CLOSED-LOOP BIOREGENERATIVE WATER PURIFICATION SYSTEM FOR THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION (ISS) AND FOR SUSTAINABLE MARS EXPLORATION

The United States of Amer...

1. A water purification system, comprising:a bioreaction subsystem comprising:
an input receiving contaminated input effluent;
a gas-lift anaerobic membrane bioreactor that removes at least one of urea and organic matter from the input effluent to create a first effluent; and
a bioreaction output through which passes the first effluent;
a light-treatment subsystem comprising:
an input fluidically connected to the bioreaction output and receiving the first effluent;
an ultraviolet (UV) light exposing the first effluent to UV light to create a second effluent substantially free from microorganisms; and
a UV output through which passes the second effluent;
a reactor subsystem comprising:
an ammonia-reducing reactor comprising:
an input fluidically connected to the UV output and receiving the UV-treated second effluent; and
a reactor output; and
a struvite regenerator fluidically connected to the reactor output, separating ammonia from the second effluent in the ammonia-reducing reactor, and outputting the ammonia; and
a separation subsystem comprising:
an input fluidically connected to the reactor output and receiving the second effluent substantially free from ammonia;
a continuous electro-deionization device separating brine/salts from the second effluent to produce potable water; and
having a potable water output.

US Pat. No. 10,336,631

WASTEWATER TREATMENT METHOD AND WASTEWATER TREATMENT APPARATUS

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A wastewater treatment method of treating wastewater including -2-valent selenium, 0-valent selenium, 4-valent selenium, and 6-valent selenium, the method including the steps:a removing step of removing -2-valent selenium included in the wastewater by using silver chloride as a remover which is generated by reacting hydrochloric acid with a silver nitrate while the wastewater is supplied with outside air to remove volatile substances from the wastewater, in an aeration tank;
a reducing step of reducing the 6-valent selenium included in the wastewater into at least one of 0-valent selenium and 4-valent selenium by using ferrous chloride as a reductant after the removing step, in a reaction tank; and
a coprecipitation treatment step of separating the 0-valent selenium and the 4-valent selenium which remain or are reduced in the wastewater from the wastewater by coprecipitation with iron hydroxide by using ferric chloride as a coprecipitation agent after the reducing step, in a deposition tank.

US Pat. No. 10,336,628

CATALYTIC FAST PYROLYSIS PROCESS WITH IMPURITY REMOVAL

ANELLOTECH, INC., Pearl ...

1. An improved catalytic fast pyrolysis process comprising steps of:a) treating biomass containing alkali and alkaline earth metal components to reduce alkali and alkaline earth metal content to result in treated biomass,
b) feeding the treated biomass of step a), catalyst composition, and transport fluid to a catalytic fast pyrolysis process fluidized bed reactor maintained at reaction conditions to manufacture a raw fluid product stream,
c) feeding the raw fluid product stream of step b) to a solids separation and stripping system to produce separated solids and a fluid product stream,
d) feeding the fluid product stream of step c) to a vapor/liquid separation system to produce a liquid phase stream comprising water and components selected from the group consisting of char, coke, ash, catalyst fines, water soluble organics and heavy organics, and combinations thereof, and a vapor phase stream comprising benzene, toluene xylenes, olefins having carbon numbers of 2 to 4, methane, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide, and
e) feeding the vapor phase stream of step d) to a product recovery system to recover benzene, toluene, xylenes and, optionally, olefins.

US Pat. No. 10,336,622

CRYSTALLINE METALLOPHOSPHATES, THEIR METHOD OF PREPARATION, AND USE

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...


US Pat. No. 10,336,583

LIFTER AND METHOD FOR MOVING TRAFFIC BARRIERS

Vacuworx Global, LLC, Tu...

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

US Pat. No. 10,336,557

TRANSPORT SECTION, METHOD FOR ADJUSTING AND/OR READJUSTING AT LEAST ONE TRANSPORT TRACK WITHIN A TRANSPORT SECTION, AND PACKAGING FACILITY

Krones Aktiengesellschaft...

1. A transport section (17) for feeding article arrangements (5) in a transport direction (TR) to a packaging module (18) for the article arrangements (5), the transport section (17) comprising:a transfer plate (15), on which the articles (2) of the article arrangements (5) are movable in transport direction (TR) in a sliding manner, wherein at least one area of the transfer plate (15) has openings that are formed to be orthogonal to the transport direction (TR) of the articles (2);
one or more pushing devices (16) disposed above the transfer plate (15), for moving the articles (2) on the transfer plate (15), wherein the one or more pushing devices (16) are movable in transport direction (TR);
one or more outer guide elements (20) disposed on the transfer plate (15), with the one or more outer guide elements (20) laterally delimiting the transport section (17); and
one or more inner guide elements (21) disposed on the transfer plate (15), wherein the inner guide elements (21) are readjustable by at least one readjustment mechanism that is disposed at least partly below the transfer plate (15), and wherein at least a portion of the readjustment mechanism is movable within the openings of the transfer plate (15).

US Pat. No. 10,336,548

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

FERAG AG, Hinwil (CH)

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

US Pat. No. 10,336,492

SEALING JAWS FOR BAGGING APPARATUS

DYCO, INC., Bloomsburg, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,336,422

PEDAL-DRIVEN BOAT AND FISHING PLATFORM

1. A boat, comprising:a deck supported by one or more deck floats, and
a paddle wheel cockpit comprising a seat proximal to a pedal-driven paddle wheel adapted to engage water and propel the boat;
wherein the deck and the paddle wheel cockpit are joined by at least one cockpit hinge that allows the paddle wheel cockpit to fold over the deck;
the boat further comprising at least one ballast tank, the ballast tank comprising:
an enclosed volume for holding water, the enclosed volume having an upper portion and a lower portion;
an input port for adding water at the upper portion;
an outlet port for draining water from the lower portion; and
at least one brace for attaching the ballast tank to the boat.

US Pat. No. 10,336,418

SHOCK ABSORBER FOR PROPELLER UNIT, PROPELLER UNIT, AND VESSEL PROPULSION APPARATUS

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A propeller unit for connection to a propeller shaft of a vessel propulsion apparatus, the propeller unit comprising:an inner hub that includes a rib provided on an inner peripheral surface of the inner hub;
an outer hub that is disposed and connected to the inner hub coaxially with the inner hub and that includes a plurality of blades provided on an outer peripheral surface of the outer hub;
a bushing for connection to the propeller shaft and that includes a rib provided on an outer peripheral surface of the bushing; and
a shock absorber to be driven by the propeller shaft and that includes a damper made of an elastic material, the damper being disposed between the outer peripheral surface of the bushing of the propeller unit and the inner peripheral surface of the inner hub of the propeller unit, the damper including:
a first portion facing the rib of the bushing in a circumferential direction of the bushing;
a second portion facing the rib of the inner hub in the circumferential direction; and
a connector by which the first portion and the second portion are connected to each other; wherein
neither the rib of the inner hub nor the rib of the bushing is located between the first portion of the damper and the second portion of the damper;
a deformation-absorbing space is defined between the first portion and the second portion in a state in which the damper has not been elastically deformed by relative rotation between the bushing and the inner hub;
the deformation-absorbing space is deformable such that the first portion and the second portion approach each other in a state in which the damper has been elastically deformed by relative rotation between the bushing and the inner hub;
the inner hub includes a flange that is disposed at a rear end of the inner hub, extends inwardly in the radial direction, and restricts a movement of the bushing in an axial direction of the inner hub by contact between the flange and the bushing; and
the first portion is cylindrical and the second portion is cylindrical.

US Pat. No. 10,336,399

STEERING ASSEMBLY FOR A MOTORCYCLE HAVING A CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

Radial Engine Innovations...

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

US Pat. No. 10,336,388

FOLDABLE FENDER FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,336,385

PROXIMITY-BASED BICYCLE ALARM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An alarm system comprising:a touch sensor electrically connected to a vehicle frame coated with an electrically conductive material, wherein the touch sensor is configured to output an alarm signal based on a proximity of a person to the vehicle frame;
a communication module configured to receive signals from a remote device; and
a controller programmed to selectively enable and disable the touch sensor in response to signals received from the remote device.

US Pat. No. 10,336,383

COMPONENT FOR A VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,336,378

ADJUSTABLE TAILGATE SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a bed having first and second side panels;
a tailgate rotatably secured to the bed along a horizontal axis and having a plurality of extruded sections that are arranged in a longitudinally extending chain, each section extending laterally between the first and second side panels and adjacent sections of the plurality of extruded sections being secured to each other via hinges that rotate about axes that are substantially parallel to the horizontal axis, wherein the adjacent sections are configured to rotate about the hinges between longitudinally aligned positions to substantially perpendicular positions relative to each other; and
a first set of latching mechanisms configured to secure adjacent sections in the longitudinally aligned positions.

US Pat. No. 10,336,363

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

STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOL...

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

US Pat. No. 10,336,349

RAILROAD CAR TRUCK WITH WARP RESTRAINTS

Standard Car Truck Compan...

1. A railroad car truck comprising:a first side frame;
a second side frame;
a bolster;
a plurality of first warp restraints positioned at a first end portion of the bolster and the first side frame wherein each of the first warp restraints includes: (a) a first bearing race fixedly connected to the bolster, (b) a second bearing race fixedly connected to the first side frame, and (c) a roller positioned in a channel formed between the first bearing race and the second bearing race, wherein the roller has an axis movable with respect to both the first bearing race and the second bearing race; and
a plurality of second warp restraints positioned at a second end portion of the bolster and the second side frame, wherein each of the second warp restraints includes: (a) a first bearing race fixedly connected to the bolster, (b) a second bearing race fixedly connected to the second side frame, and (c) a roller positioned in a channel formed between the first bearing race and the second bearing race, wherein the roller has an axis movable with respect to both the first bearing race and the second bearing race.

US Pat. No. 10,336,346

CABLE TROLLEY HAVING EVACUATION AID

1. A cable trolley adapted to transport a user and allow evacuation of the user at an elevation from a ground level, said cable trolley comprising:(a) a connecting member having a first end and a second end;
(b) a carrier configured for accommodating the user, said carrier comprising an opening configured for access by said user and said connecting member is configured to connect said carrier at said first end of said connecting member to a transport structure at said second end of said connecting member;
(c) an elongated member having a first end and a second end, wherein said elongated member is configured to be attached to said connecting member at said first end of said elongated member; and
(d) a cable having a first end and a second end, wherein said first end of said cable is configured to be attached to said second end of said elongated member and said second end of said cable is configured to substantially reach the ground level.

US Pat. No. 10,336,338

WORK VEHICLE

KCM Corporation, Hyogo (...

1. A work vehicle that includes:a working device having a work tool and a lift arm;
wheels;
an engine as a driving source;
a torque converter for transmitting power of the engine to the wheels through working fluid;
a lock-up clutch capable of switching an input member and an output member of the torque converter between an engagement state and a non-engagement state;
a power supply unit for supplying electric power to a control device; and
an indicating device for directing activation of the power supply unit and starting of the engine,
comprising: a hydraulic source;
a control valve that controls a flow of hydraulic oil discharged from the hydraulic source, and switches the lock-up clutch to either state of the engagement state or the non-engagement state; and
an engine starting device for starting the engine when the starting of the engine is directed by the indicating device,
wherein the control device has:
a low-temperature state determination unit that when the activation of the power supply unit is directed by the indicating device and the power supply unit is activated, determines whether a temperature state of the working fluid of the torque converter is a low-temperature state; and
a clutch control unit that when it is determined by the low-temperature state determination unit that the temperature state of the working fluid is not the low-temperature state, controls the control valve in order to switch the lock-up clutch to the non-engagement state, and that when it is determined by the low-temperature state determination unit that the temperature state of the working fluid is the low-temperature state, controls the control valve in order to switch the lock-up clutch to the engagement state.

US Pat. No. 10,336,329

SADDLED VEHICLE

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,336,310

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR STARTING ENGINE OF MILD HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,336,273

SENSOR SYSTEM FOR DETECTING THE ADJUSTMENT POSITION OF A VEHICLE SEAT

POLYRESEARCH AG, Chur (C...

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

US Pat. No. 10,336,268

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a vehicle, the method comprising:guiding the vehicle in a fully automated and driverless manner;
selecting, if an error is detected during the fully automated guidance, a safe state from a plurality of safe states as a function of one parameter; and
guiding the vehicle in a fully automated and driverless manner into the selected safe state, wherein the parameter describes a failure of a rear sensor system of the vehicle, and wherein, in response to the failure of the rear sensor system of the vehicle, the guidance of the vehicle is adapted to a guidance of a vehicle driving in front of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,243

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

Bendix Commercial Vehicle...

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

US Pat. No. 10,336,238

TRUCK BED REAR CARGO TIE DOWN ENGAGEMENT STRUCTURE

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

US Pat. No. 10,336,234

BOAT SUPPORT FRAME LOADING AND UNLOADING APPARATUS

Balex Marine Development ...

1. A boat support frame loading and unloading apparatus configured to draw a boat on to and off a boat support frame, the apparatus comprising:a boat support frame having a loading end and a terminal end opposite to the loading end; and
at least two roller assemblies mounted opposite one another symmetrically about a midline of the boat support frame adjacent to the loading end of the boat support frame, each roller assembly incorporating:
at least one roller element,
at least one drive mechanism configured to rotate one or more of the at least one roller elements to draw a boat onto and off the boat support frame through the loading end of the boat support frame,
a hull contact surface formed by a flexible belt formed in a loop with a circumference greater than a circumference of the at least one roller element, the flexible belt configured to move over the at least one roller element as the at least one roller element is rotated by the at least one drive mechanism to rotate the flexible belt, and
a tension rotor located distal from the at least one roller element rotated by the at least one drive mechanism and at least one guide roller, the at least one tension rotor and the at least one guide roller configured to tension or shape the flexible belt to define a substantially flat drive plane on a side of the loop to be placed in contact with a hull of the boat, wherein
the at least one roller element rotated by the at least one drive mechanism is vertically offset from the tension rotor and the at least one guide roller such that the at least one drive mechanism and the at least one roller element driven by the at least one drive mechanism are positioned below the substantially flat drive plane.

US Pat. No. 10,336,228

FOUR-COMPONENT ARMREST ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

Ford Global Technologies ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,336,217

SEAT LIFTER AND GEAR MECHANISM

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,336,210

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

GM Global Technology Oper...

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

US Pat. No. 10,336,190

ROAD SIGN INFORMATION DISPLAY SYSTEM AND METHOD IN VEHICLE

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

1. A road sign information display system in a vehicle comprising:a front surround view camera installed in a host vehicle and configured to obtain an image of surroundings in front of the host vehicle;
a sign recognition device that recognizes a road sign from the image to provide first sign information representing the recognized road sign, the road sign being a stop sign or a do-not-enter sign;
a sign information display device that displays the first sign information to a driver in the host vehicle;
a display control device that controls the sign information display device; and
a front vehicle recognition device that recognizes a front vehicle running ahead of the host vehicle in a driving lane in which the host vehicle is running or in an adjacent driving lane so as to provide information relating to movement of the front vehicle,
wherein the display control device is configured to determine whether or not the sign information display device is allowed to display the first sign information, on the basis of the information relating to the movement of the front vehicle,
wherein the information relating to the movement of the front vehicle comprises at least a velocity of the front vehicle,
wherein the display control device is further configured to
detect the velocity of the front vehicle and a velocity of the host vehicle,
obtain a predetermined threshold velocity by multiplying the velocity of the host vehicle by 0.6 to 0.9, and
compare the velocity of the front vehicle and the predetermined threshold velocity, and
wherein the display control device does not allow the sign information display device to display the first sign information when the velocity of the front vehicle is higher than the predetermined threshold velocity.

US Pat. No. 10,336,185

FINAL DRIVE FOR A ROAD VEHICLE

BorgWarner Sweden AB, La...

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

US Pat. No. 10,336,163

WINDSHIELD

NIPPON SHEET GLASS COMPAN...

1. A windshield to which an information acquisition device can be attached that emits and/or receives light to acquire image information from outside of a vehicle that includes the windshield, the windshield comprising:a glass sheet;
a mask layer that is formed on the glass sheet and blocks a visual field and visible light from the outside of the vehicle, at least one opening being formed in the mask layer,
wherein the glass sheet and the mask layer have different heat shrinkage percentages and are molded together by being heated, and
the information acquisition device is configured such that the image information can be used such that an influence of distortion is reduced, the distortion occurring in a predetermined range from an inner peripheral edge of the opening toward a center of the opening due to the molding.

US Pat. No. 10,336,124

SECURITY ELEMENT COMPRISING AN INTERFERENCE PIGMENT AND A NANOMETRIC FILLER

OBERTHUR FIDUCIAIRE SAS, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,336,071

MULTI-NOZZLE PRINT HEAD

ETH ZURICH, Zurich (CH)

1. A print head for depositing a liquid on a substrate, the print head comprising a layer structure including, in this sequence along a direction of ejection, the following layers:a stop layer made of a dielectric material;
a device layer deposited on the stop layer;
a first insulator layer being made of a dielectric material and being deposited on the device layer;
wherein at least one first nozzle is formed in the layer structure, the first nozzle having a nozzle opening for ejecting the liquid, said nozzle opening extending through the layer structure,
wherein a ring trench is formed in the device layer, said ring trench radially surrounding the first nozzle,
wherein the nozzle opening and the ring trench are radially separated by an annular nozzle wall, said annular nozzle wall having a distal end surface,
wherein an ejection channel is formed in the first insulator layer, said ejection channel being centered around the first nozzle and extending from the first insulator layer all the way to the distal end surface of the nozzle, and
wherein a first extraction electrode is arranged on the first insulator layer and surrounds the first nozzle, the first extraction electrode being arranged after the first insulator layer with respect to the direction of ejection.

US Pat. No. 10,336,044

LAMINATED FILM AND PACKAGING BAG

TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD....

1. A laminated film, comprising:a resin substrate;
a coating layer on the resin substrate; and,
a deposited thin film layer in between the resin substrate and the coating layer, the deposited thin film layer contains a silicon oxide and has a thickness of 5 to 100 nm,
wherein the coating layer contains a water-soluble polymer, at least one of a silane coupling agent and a hydrolysate thereof, at least one of a metal alkoxide and a hydrolysate thereof, and an inorganic layered compound, and
wherein the content of the inorganic layered compound in the coating layer is 2 to 10 mass %.

US Pat. No. 10,336,026

USE OF VACUUM TO INCREASE EFFECTIVE SKID DEPTH OF PRE-CURED TREAD

Compagnie Generale des Et...

1. A method for increasing effective skid depth, comprising:providing a tire carcass having one or more worn original grooves on a surface thereof;
providing a pre-cured tread, comprising:
opposing top and bottom tread faces delineating a tread thickness coextensive therewith;
opposing lateral sides defining a tread width along which adjacent tread elements assume a tread sculpture;
one or more grooves provided on the top tread face with each groove terminating at a predetermined offset distance from the tread bottom face;
a network of channels incorporated along at least a portion of the tread bottom face; and
a thin undertread having a predetermined undertread thickness;
forming one or more groove hollows directly over corresponding original grooves of the carcass, with the groove hollows formed to match locations of the one or more grooves provided on the top tread face;
applying at least one layer of a bonding material between the bottom tread face and the carcass; and
curing the at least one layer of the bonding material without an envelope and evacuating gas along the channel network to force the tread onto the carcass and pull the undertread into the one or more groove hollows that are in fluid communication with the channel network such that a resultant skid depth is at least equal to a molded tread thickness of the pre-cured tread;
wherein forming the groove hollows deepens the original grooves by a predetermined net depth.

US Pat. No. 10,335,994

METHODS FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL MODEL PRINTING

STRATASYS LTD, Rehovot (...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,964

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING ROBOT

DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED, ...

1. A robot control system comprising:a distance measuring unit configured to measure a distance from an operating region of a robot main body to a person who is approaching the region;
an information acquisition unit configured to acquire, by a wirelessly transmitted signal, information necessary to acquire a safety skill level of the person, which is stored in a recording medium possessed by the person; and
a control device configured to control operation of the robot main body and acquiring the distance and the information from the distance measuring unit and the information acquisition unit, wherein
the control device is configured to classify the distance into a short distance, which is a distance within the operating region, a long distance, which is a distance that exceeds a movable region of the robot main body, and an intermediate distance, which is a distance between the short distance and the long distance,
in a case in which the distance belongs to the long distance, the control device operates the robot main body without deceleration,
in a case in which the distance belongs to the short distance, the control device stops the operation of the robot main body,
in a case in which the distance belongs to the intermediate distance and the safety skill level indicates an expert, the control device operates the robot main body without deceleration,
in a case in which the distance belongs to the intermediate distance and the safety skill level indicates a beginner, the control device operates the robot main body in a decelerated state such that the person takes action to ensure their own safety, and
in a case in which the distance belongs to the intermediate distance and the safety skill level is not acquired, the control device stops the operation of the robot main body.

US Pat. No. 10,335,961

SUPPORT ARM SYSTEM WITH AT LEAST ONE LOCKABLE ARTICULATED CONNECTION AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SUCH A SUPPORT ARM SYSTEM

1. A support arm system comprising at least one lockable articulated connection with a pivot axis, the articulated connection comprising a locking device associated with the articulated connection, the locking device comprising:at least one brake shoe lever applying a braking force at the articulated connection, the braking force being applied perpendicular to the pivot axis;
a passive drive, passively applying a passive drive force on the at least one brake shoe lever; and
an actuating device associated with the locking device, the actuating device comprising an active drive applying an active drive force relative to the passive drive force, upon being actuated, wherein the active drive force acts in a same plane as the passive drive force and the braking force is applied in said same plane or in a plane which is parallel to said same plane and closely adjacent to said same plane.

US Pat. No. 10,335,956

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ACQUIRING AND MOVING OBJECTS

Berkshire Grey, Inc., Le...

1. A method of engaging and moving an object using a programmable motion system, said method comprising the steps of:engaging the object with a primary end effector of a primary acquisition system;
moving the object toward a secondary retention system;
retaining the object with the secondary retention system, said step of retaining the object with the secondary retention system being independent of the prior steps of engaging the object and moving the object such that movement of the secondary retention system is not dependent on movement of the primary acquisition system, wherein the secondary retention system includes a retention area that is defined by at least one wall and a floor;
disengaging the object from the primary acquisition system;
transporting the object to an output destination; and
releasing the object from the secondary retention system by dropping the object through the floor of the retention area.

US Pat. No. 10,335,954

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MANAGING DIALOGS OF A ROBOT

SOFTBANK ROBOTICS EUROPE,...

1. A computer-implemented method of handling an audio dialog between a robot and a human user, the method comprising:during said audio dialog, receiving audio data and converting said audio data into text data;
in response to said text data, determining a dialog topic, said dialog topic comprising a dialog content and a dialog voice skin, wherein the dialog content comprises a plurality of sentences, and the dialog voice skin includes audio rendering modifications and voice skin parameters including frequency, velocity and tone;
determining a sentence to be rendered in audio by the robot;
receiving a modification request of said determined dialog sentence, wherein the modification request is a vote of a plurality of parties;
applying one or more moderation rules to the modified determined dialog sentence according to said modification request, wherein the one or more moderation rules comprise one or more filters, said one or more filters comprising blacklists of one or more words or whitelists of one or more words; and
producing a dialog expression based on the modified determined dialog sentence and the one or more moderation rules.

US Pat. No. 10,335,953

PHARMACY AUTOMATION USING AUTONOMOUS ROBOT

1. A pharmacy automation system comprising a robot, the robot being configured to:automatically create a schedule for delivery of a prescribed medication at regular intervals to a patient with a chronic illness, the schedule being based on the refill rate of the prescribed medication prescribed for the patient;
communicate the schedule electronically to the patient in advance of the time at which the delivery is to be made;
receive approval of the schedule from the patient and patient's doctor;
determine the mode of pick-up from the scheduled; and
deliver the prescribed medication;
wherein the mode of pick-up is self-pick or proxy pick-up, wherein the robot is further configured to:
interact with an inventory of goods to determine if the prescribed medication is available in the pharmacy;
if the prescribed medication is available in the pharmacy:
use an internal mapping of at least a portion of the pharmacy to interact with a medication dispenser to fill a container with the prescribed medication, and store the container;
when the patient or the proxy arrives to pick up the prescribed medication, to check and approve an identification of the patient or the proxy; and
retrieve the container with the prescribed medication and hand the container with the prescribed medication over to the patient or proxy.

US Pat. No. 10,335,937

FASTENER-DRIVING TOOL INCLUDING A FASTENING RESULT DETECTOR

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A fastener-driving tool comprising:a housing;
a cylinder within the housing;
a piston slidably disposed within the cylinder;
a driver blade extending from the piston;
a signal generator movable with the piston relative to the cylinder;
a plurality of sensors associated with the cylinder, each sensor configured to generate a signal based on movement of the signal generator relative to the sensor; and
a controller configured to communicate with the sensors and, responsive to receiving at least one of the signals, determine whether a positive fastening result or a negative fastening result has occurred based on at least one of the signals.

US Pat. No. 10,335,928

QUIET WRENCH

HANGZHOU GREAT STAR TOOLS...

1. A one-way clutch comprising:a first surface;
a second surface;
said first surface and said second surface being cylindrically curved surfaces, said second surface being located inside said first surface;
one or more wedge member(s), arranged between said first surface and said second surface; and
a distance between said first surface and said second surface varying along the radial direction of the first surface, so that said wedge member(s) can prevent the rotation of said first surface relative to said second surface in a predetermined direction;
wherein said wedge member is cylindrical structure or spherical structure;
wherein said wedge member is at said first stop position by a pre-tightening force applied to said second surface and said predetermined direction is clockwise direction; said wedge member is at said second stop position by a pre-tightening force and said predetermined direction is counter-clockwise direction;
said one-way clutch further comprises a reversing apparatus for moving said wedge member between a first stop position and a second stop position, and a holding frame, said wedge member is mounted on the holding frame; wherein
said reversing apparatus comprises a knob and a reversing shaft, said knob being mounted on one end of the reversing shaft, said knob being fixedly connected to said holding frame, said reversing shaft and said torque output member being coaxial;
said reversing apparatus also comprises two beads in the opposite recesses on the side facing the torque output member of the knob.

US Pat. No. 10,335,925

SKATE BLADE HOLDER TOOL

VELASA SPORTS, INC., Act...

1. A blade holder to hold single skate blades for sharpening, the blade holder comprising:a first sidewall and a second sidewall, the first sidewall positioned opposite the second sidewall, a blade engagement channel formed between the first sidewall and the second sidewall;
a first blade-engaging member and a second blade-engaging member coupled to the blade holder and positioned within the blade engagement channel, wherein bottom surfaces of the first sidewall and the second sidewall define a bottom of the channel, wherein at least the first blade engaging member is configured to move toward the opposite sidewall of the first sidewall or the second sidewall; and
a user-controlled component coupled to the blade holder, wherein manipulation of the user-controlled component between a first position and a second position is configured to control movement of at least the first blade-engaging member within the blade engagement channel;
wherein, in the first position, a gap between the first blade-engaging member and the second blade-engaging member allows the skate blade to be positioned between the first blade-engaging member and the second blade-engaging member; and
wherein manipulation of the user-controlled component from the first position to the second position moves at least the first blade-engaging member to reduce the gap and laterally engage a respective side of the skate blade such that the first blade-engaging member and the second blade-engaging member hold the skate blade at a bottom portion of the blade engagement channel and a skating edge of the skate blade extends beyond the bottom surfaces of the first sidewall and the second sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,335,924

METHOD AND BLASTING MEANS FOR PRODUCING A SATINIZED FINISH ON AN ALUMINIUM SUBSTRATE

VULKAN INOX GMBH, (DE)

1. A method for producing a satinized surface on an aluminium substrate, comprising the method steps:providing an aluminium substrate; and
treating by a blasting process with a blasting material the surface regions of the aluminium substrate provided that are to be satinized;wherein there is used as the blasting material a mixture of angular and spherical particles having a grain diameter D90 of ?0.3 mm, further wherein the mixture has the following distribution:particles with a diameter >0.315 mm being <0.1% of the total mixture;
particles with a diameter ?0.315 mm and ?0.200 mm being ?5% of the total mixture;
particles with a diameter <0.200 mm and ?0.050 mm being ?95% of the total mixture; and
particles with a diameter <0.050 mm being <0.1% of the total mixture.

US Pat. No. 10,335,917

PAD FOR SUPPORTING ABRASIVE DISC

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A pad for supporting an abrasive disc by being fixed with the abrasive disc to a shaft of a grinder, the pad comprising:a supporting surface configured to contact and engage the abrasive disc at a vertex portion, wherein a cross-section of the supporting surface along the radial direction has a V-shaped profile such that, when the grinder is not being operated, the abrasive disc contacts the supporting surface only at the vertex portion and portions of the abrasive disc located radially outward from the vertex portion are separated from the pad,
in a radial direction, an outer edge of the supporting surface being located inward of an outer edge of the abrasive disc,
the supporting surface including a taper portion extending from the vertex portion to the outer edge of the supporting surface, wherein the taper portion is inclined away from the abrasive disc as the taper portion approaches the outer edge of the supporting surface, and
the abrasive disc being not fixed to the taper portion so as to be moveable relative thereto between a first position where the abrasive disc is separated from the taper portion and a second position where the abrasive disc contacts the taper portion.

US Pat. No. 10,335,894

JOINING METHOD

NIPPON LIGHT METAL COMPAN...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,890

SEAM WELDING METHOD AND VEHICLE BODY

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

1. A vehicle body which is formed by joining plural laminated metal sheets together through welding, the vehicle body comprising:a side panel in which a front side door opening for an associated front side door is defined,
a portion of the side panel surrounding the front side door opening includes a front portion, a front pillar, a center pillar, and a side sill,
the front portion, the front pillar, the center pillar, and the side sill include flange portions which form a circumferential edge portion of the side panel that defines the front side door opening, the circumferential edge portion constitutes a welded portion, and
the circumferential edge portion is quadrangular shaped with linear portions and corner portions where a sharp curve is formed,
the side panel of the vehicle body including:
spot welded areas formed in the welded portion, the spot welded areas including spot welded joint portions formed through spot welding, the spot welded areas formed at the corner portions and include a boundary portion where number of laminated metal sheets differ; and
seam welded joint portions formed in the welded portion, the seam welded joint portions formed through seam welding, the seam welded joint portions being formed along the linear portions between the spot welded areas formed at the corner portions,
wherein in the spot welded areas the spot welded joint portions are located on either side of the boundary portion and in positions which face end portions of the seam welded joint portions.

US Pat. No. 10,335,886

VIBRATING WELDING SYSTEM

1. A vibration welding system, comprising:a tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding torch body;
a welding head attached to said torch body;
a tungsten electrode held by said welding head; and,
a vibration unit attached to said torch body and which imparts vibrating motion to said tungsten electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,335,867

HOLE CUTTER WITH MULTIPLE FULCRUMS

1. A hole cutter comprising:a substantially cylindrical blade body defining a cutting edge and a longitudinal axis; and
at least one axially-elongated aperture formed through the blade body and spaced from the cutting edge such that a portion of the blade body extends between the cutting edge and the axially-elongated aperture, the at least one axially-elongated aperture bounded by a bottom edge axially spaced adjacent to the cutting edge, a top edge spaced further away from the cutting edge than the bottom edge, and a side edge connecting the bottom edge to the top edge and oriented at an acute angle to the longitudinal axis of the blade body;
wherein the axially-elongated aperture is configured to receive therethrough a lever for removing a work piece slug from an interior of the blade body, and the blade body defines within the axially-elongated aperture a plurality of fulcrums configured for engaging the lever and for levering the slug out of the interior of the blade body by applying a sufficient levering force against the fulcrums to lever the slug towards the cutting edge, the plurality of fulcrums including a first fulcrum axially spaced adjacent to the cutting edge and a second fulcrum axially spaced further away from the cutting edge than the first fulcrum.

US Pat. No. 10,335,785

METHODS FOR THE ISOLATION, ACCUMULATION, CHARACTERIZATION AND/OR IDENTIFICATION OF MICROORGANISMS USING A FILTRATION AND SAMPLE TRANSFER DEVICE

bioMerieux, Inc., Durham...

1. An integrated filtration and sample transfer device comprising:a hollow elongated body having a first end that is capped with a filtration material, wherein said filtration material is a zeta charged membrane and is located adjacent to and extending from said first end in a convex shape, and a second end operable for providing fluid flow through the hollow elongated body; and
a cotton adsorbent filling the hollow elongated body at the first end and supporting the filtration material.

US Pat. No. 10,335,755

PRESSURIZED TAYLOR VORTEX REACTOR

U.S. Department of Energy...

1. A reaction apparatus for mixing at least two reactants comprising:a reactor having a chamber, a stirring shaft, and an outlet port, the chamber having a hollow space, an axis x, and a predetermined pressure wherein the predetermined pressure is at least approximately 1 bar, the chamber receiving the at least two reactants;
the stirring shaft rotatably mounted in the hollow space such that the stirring shaft rotates around the axis x, creating a Taylor vortex flow, thereby forming a reaction product;
a depressurizer, the depressurizer fluidly connected to the outlet port, the depressurizer configured to depressurize the reaction product, a storage tank connected to the depressurizer.

US Pat. No. 10,335,753

FLUID MIXER ASSEMBLY

WATERS TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A chromatographic system comprising:a) a first solvent tank containing a first solvent;
b) a second solvent tank containing a second solvent;
c) a first pump for drawing the first solvent from the first solvent tank and conditioning the first solvent to have a desired flow velocity;
d) a second pump for drawing the second solvent from the second solvent tank and conditioning the second solvent to have a desired flow velocity; and
e) a mixer assembly including:
i. a housing having opposed upstream and downstream end portions, the upstream end portion including a fluid receiving section, the downstream end portion including a fluid discharge section having a fluid outlet formed therein, the mixer housing defining a central bore which extends axially between the fluid receiving section and fluid discharge section;
ii. an inlet fitting engaged with the upstream end portion of the housing and having first and second fluid inlet ports formed therein that extend from the fitting exterior to the fluid receiving section of the housing; and
iii. a mixer cartridge assembly disposed within the central bore of the housing and positioned between the inlet fitting and the downstream end portion of the housing, the mixer cartridge assembly including:
a body portion that defines a central mixing chamber and a discharge port, the central mixing chamber communicating with the fluid receiving section of the housing and the discharge port extending from the mixing chamber to the fluid outlet formed in the housing;
a plurality of spheres disposed within the mixing chamber for facilitating the mixing of fluids received therein; and
a mechanism for retaining the spheres within the mixing chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,335,747

ADHESIVE-AIR INFUSER DEVICE AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

Simchem Inc., Chapel Hil...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,745

BASE STABLE SEMIPERMEABLE MEMBRANE AND METHODS THEREOF

AMS TECHNOLOGIES INT. (20...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,743

COMPOSITE MEMBRANE, SEMI-PERMEABLE MEMBRANE INCLUDING THE COMPOSITE MEMBRANE, AND WATER TREATMENT DEVICE INCLUDING THE SEMI-PERMEABLE MEMBRANE

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A composite membrane, comprising:an organic polymer matrix; and
a plurality of porous inorganic particles having a plurality of pores forming a channel in a first direction,
wherein, an average length of the porous inorganic particles in the first direction parallel to the channel is less than three times but more than one times an average maximum length of the porous inorganic particles in a second direction perpendicular to the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,335,742

ASYMMETRIC COMPOSITE MEMBRANES AND MODIFIED SUBSTRATES USED IN THEIR PREPARATION

HYDROXSYS HOLDINGS LIMITE...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,719

THREE-PART END CAP AND FILTER ELEMENT INCLUDING SAME

Baldwin Filters, Inc., K...

23. A filter arrangement comprising:an end cap comprising:
a first annular component;
a second annular component secured to the first component, the first and second annular components defining a radially directed flow path therebetween;
an outer seal defining a radially outward directed sealing surface and a secondary sealing surface;
an outer seal carrier defined in part by the first annular component and in part by the second annular component, the outer seal carrier axially securing the outer seal therein and configured to expose the radially outward directed sealing surface of the outer seal, the outer seal carrier defining a first sealing surface, the secondary sealing surface of the outer seal sealingly contacting the first sealing surface of the outer seal carrier;
filter media secured to an inner side of the second annular component;
a housing having an annular sidewall defining an open end and a central cavity, the sidewall defining a third sealing surface that is radially inwardly directed, the radially outward directed sealing surface sealingly contacting the third sealing surface, the filter media being positioned within the central cavity of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,335,715

WATER SKIMMING DEVICE AND METHOD

SW Feesaver, LLC, Greenv...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,692

GAME HISTORY RECORDING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RECORDING AND INTERACTING WITH GAME HISTORY

Aten International Co., L...

1. A game history interaction method, comprising:(a) providing a game history recording device coupled to a game console and a game host;
(b) the game history recording device receiving, from a storage device or a network, game operation information, which includes a plurality of pieces of input information forming a time sequence;
(c) the game history recording device receiving a start up command from the game console and informs the game host to start a game;
(d) the game history recording device reading the game operation information from the storage device or the network, and sending the plurality of pieces of input information to the game host, without sending any further information from the game console to the game host;
(e) the game host outputting a video signal corresponding to the game operation information to a display device; and
(f) the display device displaying the video signal outputted by the game host.

US Pat. No. 10,335,684

GAME SYSTEM, GAME PROCESSING METHOD, COMPUTER-READABLE NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING STORED THEREIN GAME PROGRAM, AND GAME APPARATUS

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. A game system comprising:a touch screen;
a processing system having at least a processor and a memory that is configured to store computer readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the game system to:
automatically move an operation target object that is an operation target of a player in a predetermined direction within a virtual space;
display, on the touch screen, a game screen that scrolls so as to follow movement of the operation target object;
perform predetermined movement control on the operation target object on the basis of a touch input from the player on the touch screen;
when the operation target object is located within a first determination region set for a non-operation target object, which is an object different from the operation target object, so as to be located at a position overlapping the non-operation target object, perform first collision determination processing that includes determining that the operation target object has collided with the non-operation target object, changing a display form of the non-operation target object to a first display form, and performing first movement control on the operation target object;
when a touch input is performed in a state where the operation target object is located within a second determination region set for the non-operation target object so as to be wider in the predetermined direction and a direction orthogonal to the predetermined direction than the first determination region, perform second collision determination processing that includes determining that the operation target object has collided with the non-operation target object, changing the display form of the non-operation target object to the first display form, and performing second movement control, which is different from the first movement control, on the operation target object; and
when the operation target object is located within a third determination region set for the non-operation target object so as to be located at a side in a direction opposite to the predetermined direction with respect to a position of the first determination region and at a position adjacent to the first determination region, perform third collision determination processing that includes performing third movement control, which is different from the first movement control and the second movement control, on the operation target object such that the operation target object avoids a collision with the non-operation target object, wherein
when a touch input is performed while the third movement control is performed, the third collision determination processing further includes changing the display form of the non-operation target object to the first display form without performing the process by the first collision determination processing and the process by the second collision determination processing.

US Pat. No. 10,335,676

GAME SYSTEM, METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM WITH EXECUTABLE GAME PROGRAM STORED THEREON, WHICH CAN PROVIDE VIBRATION TO USER

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. A game system comprising:a first vibration portion arranged for one hand of a user and a second vibration portion arranged for the other hand of the user;
an operation portion which accepts input from the user; and
one or more processors operative to:
provide a first screen representation in which an object moving in a virtual space turns left in accordance with a first operation input from the user via the operation portion, and provide a second screen representation in which the object moving in the virtual space turns right in accordance with a second operation input from the user via the operation portion, and
vibrate the first vibration portion more strongly than the second vibration portion when providing the first screen representation in which the object turns left, and vibrate the second vibration portion more strongly than the first vibration portion when providing the second screen representation in which the object turns right.

US Pat. No. 10,335,670

CARD SHOE APPARATUS AND TABLE GAME SYSTEM

ANGEL PLAYING CARDS CO., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,649

GOLF CLUB

TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,645

GOLF CLUB HEADS AND METHODS TO MANUFACTURE GOLF CLUB HEADS

PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC,...

1. A golf club head comprising:a body portion having a toe portion, a heel portion, a top portion, a bottom portion, a rear portion, and a front portion;
a face portion having a thickness of less than or equal to 0.075 inch (1.905 millimeters);
a first interior cavity portion;
a second interior cavity portion separate from the first interior cavity portion; and
a port on the body portion connected to the first interior cavity portion, the port configured to receive a polymer material,
wherein the first interior cavity portion extends to the face portion and the second interior cavity portion extends to the rear portion,
wherein the first interior cavity portion is at least partially filled with the polymer material, and
wherein the polymer material is coupled to the face portion.

US Pat. No. 10,335,621

FLEXIBLE DRY SPRINKLERS

The Reliable Automatic Sp...

1. A flexible dry sprinkler comprising:(A) a flexible tube having an inlet end and an outlet end;
(B) an inlet attached to the inlet end of the flexible tube, the inlet having an inlet orifice;
(C) an inlet seal assembly configured to seal the inlet orifice;
(D) an inlet release unit provided in the inlet and configured to release the inlet seal assembly, the inlet release unit including a frangible member configured to support the inlet seal assembly in the inlet orifice;
(E) an outlet attached to the outlet end of the flexible tube, the outlet having an outlet orifice;
(F) an outlet seal assembly having:
(a) a thermally responsive element configured to fail when ambient temperature reaches a predetermined temperature; and
(b) an outlet seal that is supported by the thermally responsive element in the outlet orifice, and that seals the outlet orifice until the thermally responsive element fails; and
(G) a flexible linkage (a) having an inlet end and an outlet end, (b) extending between the inlet and the outlet through the flexible tube such that bending of the flexible tube causes bending of the flexible linkage, (c) translating, when the outlet seal is released, a predetermined distance from (i) a first position, in which the flexible linkage is supported by the outlet seal assembly, to (ii) a second position along an outlet direction from the inlet towards the outlet, and (d) operating, upon translating the predetermined distance, the inlet release unit by breaking the frangible member to release the inlet seal assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,335,613

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

VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS IN...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,597

SPINAL CORD STIMULATOR SYSTEM

Cirtec Medical Corp., Br...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,593

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR MONITORING NON-INVASIVE VAGUS NERVE STIMULATION

Electrocore, Inc., Baski...

1. A method for treating a medical condition of a patient, the method comprising:contacting an outer skin surface of the patient with a contact surface of a housing;
generating an electrical impulse within the housing;
transmitting, as the contact surface contacts the outer skin surface, the electrical impulse from the housing, non-invasively, through the outer skin surface, to a nerve at a target region within the patient such that the electrical impulse modulates the nerve;
measuring a physiological response of the patient, wherein the physiological response is directly associated with modulation of the nerve based on the transmitting; and
detecting, based on the physiological response, whether the electrical impulse was transmitted to the nerve.

US Pat. No. 10,335,555

SINGLE-USE PNEUMATIC SAFETY SYRINGE PROVIDING GAS-DRIVEN NEEDLE RETRACTION

L.O.M. Laboratories Inc.,...

1. A method of using a retractable-needle syringe having a plunger slidably engaged within a barrel of the syringe and a needle initially fixed at a distal end of the syringe, the method comprising the steps of:inserting a downstream tip of the needle into a source of medicament to be injected into a patient;
applying an upstream force to the plunger to withdraw medicament through the needle from the source of medicament into the medicament chamber to load the medicament into the medicament chamber;
inserting the tip of the needle into the patient;
injecting the medicament into the patient through the needle by applying a downstream injection force to the plunger;
after the medicament has been substantially injected into the patient, applying a downstream post-injection force to the plunger to:
couple a needle port seal provided within a retraction lumen of the plunger with a needle header that holds the needle in its in initial fixed position; and
force a gas cell into contact with a perforator to rupture the gas cell, thereby releasing compressed gas that forces the needle port seal, the needle header and the needle upstream into the retraction lumen; and
allowing air in the lumen to be released through a vent hole as the needle port seal, the needle header and the needle are forced upstream into the retraction lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,335,540

PHARMACEUTICAL BLEND INFUSION THEREOF AND PARKINSON'S DISEASE MONITORING SYSTEM

MICREL MEDICAL DEVICES S....

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,503

COMPOUND THAT SPECIFICALLY BINDS TO AMPA RECEPTOR

Public University Corpora...

1. A compound of Formula (I), or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof or solvate thereof:
wherein:
each of A and Z independently is CO, SO, or SO2;
each of X and Y independently is S or O;
each of R1, R3, and R4 independently is hydrogen, alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, or halo;
R2 is alkyl, alkenyl, or alkynyl;
each R5 independently is alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, or halo; and
n is an integer of 0 to 4.

US Pat. No. 10,335,497

PYRROLOBENZODIAZEPINES AND CONJUGATES THEREOF

MEDIMMUNE LIMITED, Cambr...

1. A method of synthesising compound B:
from:

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,490

FLUORINATED POLYMERIZABLE HYDROGELS FOR WOUND DRESSINGS AND METHODS OF MAKING SAME

The University of Akron, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,423

INHIBITION OF HIV INFECTION THROUGH CHEMOPROPHYLAXIS

THE UNITED STATES OF AMER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,410

HETEROARYL COMPOUNDS USEFUL AS INHIBITORS OF SUMO ACTIVATING ENZYME

Millennium Pharmaceutical...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,382

USE OF HYDROGEN SULFIDE SYNTHESIS INHIBITORS FOR CANCER THERAPY

THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF T...

1. A cystathionine-?-synthase (CBS) inhibitor having a chemical structure of Formula I,
wherein R1 is a 3-pentyl group, wherein the compound inhibits CBS.

US Pat. No. 10,335,351

PERSONAL CARE ARTICLES AND METHODS

1. A compliant personal cleansing article, comprising:a) cleansing composition, comprising a rheology modifier and from about 10% to about 70%, by weight of the composition, of a synthetic surfactant; and
b) a water penetrable first substrate surrounding the composition; wherein the article has a compliance of about 1.50 kg/mm or less.

US Pat. No. 10,335,350

PACIFIER WHICH HELPS WEAN TODDLERS OFF PACIFIERS

1. A pacifier, intended for use with infants of suitable age to wean a child from continued pacifier use without anger, anxiety or stress, comprising:a) a teat structure for allowing the child to suck upon it;
b) a mouth shield arranged generally perpendicularly to the teat and joined therewith so as to be generally inseparable therefrom, said mouth shield defining an outermost edge of the pacifier, said mouth shield comprising apertures extending through said mouth shield, said apertures being disposed radially outward from the teat structure; and
c) a flexible sheet having bristle structures projecting therefrom, said bristle structures covering an entire surface of said mouth shield from an outermost edge of the mouth shield to a position adjacent the teat, wherein said flexible sheet comprises apertures extending through said flexible sheet, wherein the apertures of the mouth shield are axially aligned with said apertures of the flexible sheet, wherein said bristle structures project in the same direction as the teat to slightly irritate the face and mouth of the child during use thereby discouraging continued use of the pacifier.

US Pat. No. 10,335,339

PORTABLE EXAMINATION CHAIR

1. A pivoting examination chair mechanism for an examination chair related to a substantially immovable examination tool, comprising:a rotation mechanism portion rotating about a first vertical axis;
a rotation arm integral with, and extending from, said rotation mechanism portion; and,
a chair support portion attached proximate a distal end of said rotation arm offset from a rotating base portion including a chair gimbal located on a set of legs extending upwards from said rotation arm, wherein said chair gimbal rotates around a second vertical axis and wherein said first vertical axis and said second vertical axis are substantially parallel to one another for moving said rotation arm through 180°, so that said pivoting examination chair is movable about said first vertical axis for providing a clear access area to said substantially immovable examination tool.

US Pat. No. 10,335,337

INCUBATOR WITH THERMOREGULATING ARRANGEMENT FOR NEWBORNS SUFFERING FROM PATHOLOGIES

1. An incubator with a thermoregulating arrangement for newborns suffering from pathologies, comprising a closed compartment which externally has a plurality of openings and an access door, while internally it is comprised of a horizontal partition defining an upper part adapted to receive a newborn in a resting position and a lower part provided with thermoregulating means that produce air flows, adapted to maintain the newborn at required temperatures, said upper part comprises an outer hood separated from an inner hood with an upper external circulation channel being defined therebetween, whereinthe upper external circulation channel being in fluid communication with said lower part through a low pressure lower external circulation channel and a high pressure lower external circulation channel,
the thermoregulating means comprise a heating resistor, a baffle and a cold/heat generator,
said partition is provided with a first head and a second head and at least one mattress tray between both heads,
the first head includes a low pressure internal air channel and the second head includes a high pressure internal air channel, with the low pressure internal air channel and the high pressure internal air channel being arranged at opposite sides of the at least one mattress tray and the thermoregulating means and in fluid communication with opposite ends of the upper part defining an internal air flow flowing from said high pressure internal air channel towards the low pressure internal air channel and extending underneath and concentrically to the inner hood and spaced apart from the at least one mattress tray, thus forming a bubble around the at least one mattress tray.

US Pat. No. 10,335,331

POWERED WHEELCHAIR, WHEELCHAIR POWERING DEVICE AND METHOD

INVENTIT PRODUCTS, INC., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,329

POWERED COTS

Ferno-Washington, Inc., ...

1. A cot comprising:a support frame comprising a front end, a back end and a pair of parallel lateral side members extending between the front end and the back end, the pair of parallel lateral side members defining tracks therein;
a pair of front legs each of which is slidingly engaged with and pivotally coupled to the support frame through a respective front carriage member that is disposed within one of the tracks, wherein each front leg comprises at least one front wheel;
a pair of back legs each of which is slidingly engaged with and pivotally coupled to the support frame through a respective back carriage member that is disposed within one of the tracks, wherein each back leg comprises at least one back wheel;
a front actuator sensor that detects whether the pair of front legs are in contact with a surface beneath the support frame or the pair of front legs are out of contact with the surface beneath the support frame;
a back actuator sensor that detects whether the pair of back legs are in contact with the surface beneath the support frame or the pair of back legs are out of contact with the surface beneath the support frame; and
a cot actuation system responsive to a received signal from at least one of the front and back actuator sensors during at least one of loading the cot onto or unloading the cot from a loading surface, the cot actuation system comprising a front actuator that is cooperative with each front carriage member to move the at least one wheel of each of the front legs relative to the at least one wheel of each of the back legs during at least one of loading the cot onto or unloading the cot from a loading surface and a back actuator that is cooperative with each back carriage member to move the at least one wheel of each of the back legs relative to the at least one wheel of each of the front legs during at least one of loading the cot onto or unloading the cot from a loading surface.

US Pat. No. 10,335,327

SPINE BOARD

1. A spine board, comprising: a backboard, wherein at least a portion of the backboard is transparent; and a mirror that is coupled to the backboard via one or more coupling devices, the mirror being substantially the same size as the backboard, the coupling devices facilitating the mirror being at least partially removable from the backboard, and the mirror having a reflective surface facing the backboard when the mirror is coupled to an underside of the backboard, wherein at least partially removing the mirror from the backboard facilitates visual assessment of a posterior surface of a patient occupying the spine board using a reflection, via the mirror, of the posterior surface of the patient through the portion of the backboard that is transparent.

US Pat. No. 10,335,318

LIGHT BLOCKING EYE COVER ATTACHABLE TO A PILLOW

1. An eye covering, comprising in combination:an elongate flexible sleeve having a hollow interior;
said sleeve flexible enough to be configured to wrap around a majority of a head of a wearer and against the head of the wearer;
said sleeve having an elongate form between a proximal end and a distal end;
said distal end and said proximal end free from coupling to other structures; and
said interior at least partially filled with a plurality of individual beads of media.

US Pat. No. 10,335,317

EYEWEAR HAVING MULTIPLE VENTILATION STATES

Oakley, Inc., Foothill R...

1. An assembly for attachment to an eyewear having a lens, the assembly being configured to transition between at least a first configuration and a second configuration, the assembly comprising:a subframe having a nose portion, wherein the subframe is configured to be positioned further apart from the lens in the second configuration than in the first configuration; and
an arm connected to the subframe, the arm configured to move between a first arm position in the first configuration and a second arm position in the second configuration, wherein moving the arm from the first arm position to the second arm position causes the assembly to transition from the first configuration to the second configuration;
wherein the assembly is configured to provide a low ventilation state in the first configuration with the subframe and the lens positioned closer together;
wherein the assembly is configured to provide a high ventilation state in the second configuration with the subframe and the lens positioned further apart from each other;
wherein the high ventilation state is configured to allow more ventilation between an eyewear and the face of the wearer than the low ventilation state.

US Pat. No. 10,335,316

CAPSULAR MEMBRANE TREATMENTS TO INCREASE ACCOMMODATIVE AMPLITUDE

1. An apparatus to treat an eye, the eye having a lens comprising a capsule, the apparatus comprising:a delivery device configured to be coupled to an intermediate portion of the capsule to deliver one or more of an energy or a substance to the intermediate portion of the capsule to stiffen the intermediate portion of the capsule; and
circuitry coupled to the delivery device to deliver the one or more of the energy or the substance to the eye to stiffen the intermediate portion of the capsule.

US Pat. No. 10,335,315

BI-RADIAL PATIENT INTERFACE

ALCON LENSX, INC.

1. A patient interface for an ophthalmic system, comprising:an attachment portion, configured to attach the patient interface to a distal end of the ophthalmic system;
a contact portion, configured for docking the patient interface to an eye; and
a contact element, coupled to the contact portion, comprising a pre-formed shape that includes, prior to contact with a surface of a cornea of the eye as part of the docking of the patient interface to the eye:
a transparent central portion with a central radius of curvature Rc,
a transparent peripheral portion with a peripheral radius of curvature Rp, wherein Rc is smaller than Rp, and
an edge structure where the transparent central portion and the transparent peripheral portion are joined, the edge structure configured to laterally stretch a central-cornea of the eye during the docking, the edge structure having a central diameter Dc in the range of 6-12 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,335,313

METHOD FOR REMOVING COLORED SPOTS TO WHITEN THE EYE

1. A method for whitening an eye by removing pigmented lesions, nevi, and colored spots from the conjunctiva of the eye, comprising the steps of:topically applying an anesthetic to the eye;
preparing the ocular surface with a disinfectant;
inserting an eyelid speculum;
selecting an area of the conjunctiva to be removed, including a colored portion;
selecting and activating a motorized conjunctiva remover, which includes a body and an eye attachment with a tip, and which has a long axis along the length of the conjunctiva remover;
applying the tip of the eye attachment to the selected area of the conjunctiva to continuously wear away the conjunctiva until it is cleared of the colored portion;
deactivating the conjunctiva remover;
removing the eyelid speculum; and,
topically administering an antibiotic substance and an anti-inflammatory substance.

US Pat. No. 10,335,312

VAGINAL RING REMOVAL DEVICE AND METHODS

1. A device for removing an intravaginal drug delivery ring, the device comprising:an integral one-piece finger cot and a substantially rigid hook configured to remove said ring without injuring a vaginal cavity;
wherein said finger cot includes a finger opening, a closed end, a compression band, and an expandable sleeve;
wherein said hook extends away from said finger cot in a first direction and towards said finger cot in a second direction; and
wherein a distal end of said hook is aligned substantially parallel to a central axis of said finger opening and at an angle offset from said central axis.

US Pat. No. 10,335,310

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR DISRUPTING AND PREVENTING SNORE

1. An apparatus for disrupting or preventing snoring, the apparatus comprising:a bladder assembly comprising a sleeve assembly and an inflatable bladder configured to be received within the sleeve assembly, wherein the sleeve assembly comprises a plurality of rigid segments, each rigid segment being pivotally hinged to an adjacent rigid segment;
the inflatable bladder configured to:
inflate to expand the plurality of rigid segments outwardly along a longitudinal axis of the bladder assembly to raise an entire top surface of the bladder assembly substantially in parallel; and
deflate to lower the entire top surface of the bladder assembly substantially in parallel;
wherein a total time of inflation and deflation comprises one inflation cycle;
a conduit connecting the inflatable bladder to an air inflator, the air inflator for inflating the inflatable bladder;
a controller in communication with the air inflator, the controller configured to actuate the air inflator;
suspension components to suspend the air inflator inside a soundproof housing; and
an audio processor in communication with the controller, the audio processor being configured to detect sound waves including a snoring sound, and transmit control commands to the controller to actuate the air inflator to initiate the one inflation cycle once a trigger event is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,335,297

STENT AND STENT DELIVERY DEVICE

Terumo Corporation, Toky...

1. An implant device comprising:a first tubular layer having a first porosity and being woven from at least one wire composed of a shape memory metal; and,
a second tubular layer having a second porosity and being woven from at least one wire composed of a shape memory metal; said second tubular layer being located in said first tubular layer; and,
a connecting member woven through both said first tubular layer and said second tubular layer;
wherein said first tubular layer and said second tubular layer have substantially the same pitch and substantially no clearance between the layers.

US Pat. No. 10,335,295

LINER FOR A PROSTHESIS CONFIGURED TO EVACUATE A VOLUME BETWEEN THE LINER AND A SOCKET USING A VALVE AND PUMP CHAMBER EACH POSITIONED WITHIN THE LINER

1. A liner for a prosthesis, comprising:an inner face;
an outer face;
at least one flow channel having at least one inlet opening and at least one outlet opening, the at least one flow channel extending between the inner face and the outer face;
a one-way valve arranged in the at least one flow channel in such a manner that a medium can flow through the one-way valve only from the at least one inlet opening to the at least one outlet opening, the one-way valve being configured to evacuate a volume between a distal end of the liner and a prosthesis socket of the prosthesis.

US Pat. No. 10,335,290

EXPANDABLE INTERBODY FUSION DEVICE

SPINE WAVE, INC., Shelto...

1. An expansion member for use in an expandable interbody fusion device for implantation into the intradiscal space between opposing vertebral bodies in a spine, comprising:a unitary elongate body including a leading distal end, a trailing proximal end, and opposed lateral edges therebetween defining a maximum width, said body being sized and configured to move within an expandable interbody fusion device and to cause expansion of said device upon such movement, said body having a first beveled surface inclining in a first direction and extending across said maximum width from one lateral edge to the other, said first beveled surface defining a lifting surface, said body including a second beveled surface inclining in said first direction spaced proximally axially from said first beveled surface, said body including a locking surface and a bone filler facilitator selected from the group of facilitators consisting of tunnels, grooves and holes for receipt therein of a bone filler.

US Pat. No. 10,335,288

SURGICAL IMPLANT SECURED BY PEGS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

SpineSmith Partners, L.P....

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,287

SPINAL FUSION IMPLANT AND RELATED METHODS

NuVasive, Inc., San Dieg...

1. An implant comprising:a body having a top surface and a bottom surface, a first sidewall and a second sidewall opposing one another, the first sidewall having a first length and the second side wall having a second length, and a first end and a second end, the first sidewall joining the upper surface at a first corner extending along a length of the body a first corner length and joining the bottom surface at a second corner extending along a length of the body a second corner length, the second sidewall joining the upper surface at a third corner extending along a length of the body a third corner length and joining the bottom surface at a fourth corner extending along a length of the body a fourth corner length, each of the first, second, third, and fourth corners being rounded, the second corner having a second corner radius that is constant along the second corner length and the third corner having a third corner radius that is constant along the third corner length, the first corner having a first corner radius that is variable along the first corner length and the fourth corner having a fourth corner radius that is variable along the fourth corner length, wherein the first corner length and the second corner length are equal to the first length of the first sidewall and the third corner length and the fourth corner length are equal to the second length of the second sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,335,286

EXPANDABLE INTERSPINOUS PROCESS SPACER IMPLANT

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A method of implanting an expandable spacer implant into a vertebral space defined between a superior vertebral body and an inferior vertebral body that are spaced from one another along a first direction, the method comprising:inserting the implant into the vertebral space in a collapsed configuration such that (i) an outer surface of a first housing of the implant engages one of the superior and inferior vertebral bodies, (ii) an outer surface of a second housing of the implant engages another of the superior and inferior vertebral bodies, (iii) inner surfaces of the first and second housings face one another and are spaced from the outer surfaces of the first and second housings along the first direction, (iv) the first and second housings extend from a proximal-most end of the implant to a distal-most end of the implant along a second direction, perpendicular to the first direction; and (v) a first pair of internal surfaces of the second housing are spaced from one another along the second direction and a second pair of internal surfaces of the second housing are spaced from one another along a third direction, perpendicular to the first and second directions, so as to at least partially define a void that extends into the inner surface of the second housing; and
expanding the implant by rotating a distracting member about an axis of rotation that extends along the second direction so as to move the distracting member within the void from a first position, wherein a first pair of opposed surfaces of the distracting member that define a first distance therebetween engage the first and second housings, to a second position, wherein a second pair of opposed surfaces of the distracting member that are angularly offset with respect to the first pair of opposed surfaces of the distracting member and define a second distance therebetween, greater than the first distance, engage the first and second housings so as to cause the first and second housings to move away from one another along the first direction, wherein the expanding step comprises causing a stabilizer to protrude beyond the outer surface of at least one of the first and second housings when the first and second housings are moved away from one another.

US Pat. No. 10,335,284

TIBIAL IMPLANT HAVING AN ANATOMIC STEM

1. A tibial implant, comprising:a tray configured to abut a patient's bone; and
a stem extending distally from a surface of the tray and configured to extend longitudinally through a tibial intramedullary cavity of the patient's bone to a distal tip of the tibial implant, said stem having:
a proximal portion at a proximal level relative to the tray at which the stem has a proximal shape and a first center; and
a distal portion at a distal level relative to the tray at which the stem has a distal shape and a second center;
wherein the proximal shape and the distal shape comprise at least a first rounded corner, a second rounded corner, and a third rounded corner, the first and second rounded corners being adjoined by a first side, the second and third rounded corners being adjoined by a second side, and the third and first rounded corners separated by at least a third side;
wherein a first distance from the first center to the first rounded corner at the proximal level is greater than a second distance from the first center to the first side at the proximal level to provide anti-rotation contact between the first rounded corner at the proximal level and a bone near to which the first side at the proximal level is to be implanted; and
wherein, between at least the proximal portion and the distal portion of the stem, the second rounded corner shifts laterally relative to a longitudinal axis of the stem in a lateral direction away from the first center point.

US Pat. No. 10,335,279

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TREATING DYSFUNCTIONAL CARDIAC TISSUE

BioVentrix, Inc., San Ra...

1. A patch for reducing a volume of a ventricle of a heart chamber comprising:a main body that is positionable about dysfunctional tissue of the ventricle, the main body comprising a woven fabric material; and
a deformable slit that extends upward from the main body, the deformable slit comprising a malleable metal material, the deformable slit having a shape of an elongated ellipse and forming a continuous, closed loop configured to allow the dysfunctional tissue to be pulled through the loop, wherein:
the woven fabric material extends continuously around the loop;
opposing walls of the deformable slit are configured to be displaced inwardly after the dysfunctional tissue is pulled through the loop to secure the patch about the dysfunctional tissue and reduce the volume of the ventricle; and
the opposing walls of the deformable slit comprise a more parallel configuration after the opposing walls are displaced inwardly.

US Pat. No. 10,335,276

TAVR VENTRICULAR CATHETER

1. A method of positioning an x-ray C-arm in coplanar alignment with an aortic valve, the method comprising:advancing a guide wire into a patient's aorta, across the patients aortic valve annulus, and into the patient's left ventricle cavity;
advancing an undeployed catheter along the guide wire into the patient's aorta, across the patient's aortic valve annulus, and into the patient's left ventricle cavity;
retracting the guide wire until the undeployed catheter deploys to form a deployed catheter, the deployed catheter comprising
a distal ring, the distal ring comprising a radiopaque outer surface and a plurality of openings for dispersing contrast medium; and
a substantially straight upper shaft connecting to the distal ring via a plurality of curves, the upper shaft disposed substantially perpendicularly to the distal ring, the distal ring, the upper shaft and the plurality of curves all formed unitarily from a resilient hollow tube;
retracting the deployed catheter until the deployed catheter contacts the patient's aortic valve on the ventricular side of the aortic valve and on opposite sides of the aortic valve annulus, the upper shaft extends through the aortic valve and the distal ring is beneath the leaflets of the aortic valve;
injecting radio opaque fluid into the deployed catheter to confirm catheter position; and
positioning the C-arm using images of the distal ring.

US Pat. No. 10,335,274

ERGONOMIC MITRAL HEART VALVE HOLDERS

Edwards Lifesciences Corp...

1. A combination including a holder for handling and delivering a prosthetic mitral heart valve to an implantation site, comprising:a prosthetic mitral heart valve having an inflow end and three flexible commissure posts ending in tips projecting in an outflow direction;
a holder body contacting the inflow end of the heart valve, the holder body defining a central window aligned along an inflow-outflow axis through which leaflets of the heart valve are visible and having at least one peripherally-extending internal passage extending around the central window, wherein the holder body has relatively rotatable rings; and
three connecting sutures each fixed to the holder body and having a loop extending at least partly around the peripherally-extending internal passage, out of the holder body and along each of the commissure posts of the heart valve, the three loops of the connecting sutures mutually crossing over between the tips of the commissure posts, wherein each connecting suture has two free ends attached to different rotatable rings of the holder body, and wherein relative rotation of the rings applies tension to the connecting suture loops and causes the commissure post tips to move radially inward.

US Pat. No. 10,335,273

LEAFLET ENGAGEMENT ELEMENTS AND METHODS FOR USE THEREOF

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,270

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COMPRESSING/LOADING STENT-VALVES

SYMETIS SA, Ecublens (CH...

1. An apparatus for compressing a transcatheter cardiac stent-valve, the apparatus comprising:a hollow channel having an interior surface shaped for progressively compressing the stent-valve in response to longitudinal advancement of the stent within the hollow channel, the hollow channel comprising at least one slot through a wall thereof; and
a mover comprising a portion fitting outside the circumferential periphery of the hollow channel and a portion slidable in the slot and projecting therethrough for engaging the stent-valve within the hollow channel, for applying to the stent-valve a longitudinal driving force from outside the hollow channel;
wherein the portion of the mover slidable in the slot is shaped as a blade having a thin leading edge or surface that advances within the slot, and a long edge or surface that slides against the edge of the slot.

US Pat. No. 10,335,268

ANTERIOR-POSTERIOR-CAPSULE-ACTUATED HYDRAULIC ACCOMMODATIVE INTRAOCULAR LENSES AND LENS SYSTEMS

1. A biocompatible accommodative hydraulic intraocular lens (AHIOL) system for implantation in the capsule of an eye from which the crystalline lens has been extracted via anterior capsule capsulorhexis, the system comprising:a self-reservoired hydraulic lens and an actuator for the hydraulic lens;
the actuator comprising a coaxial pair of cylinders having an outer cylinder and an inner cylinder in sliding relationship with one another, the outer cylinder comprising an inner ledge and an end configured for contact with one of an anterior and a posterior capsule, the inner cylinder comprising a plurality of substantially axis-parallel slots at one end and an end configured for contact with the other of the anterior and posterior capsule;
the hydraulic lens comprising a fixed focus lens in slideable relationship with respect to an inner actuator and further comprising a plurality of radial tabs at the inner cylinder slots and extending therethrough, an elastically reconfigurable transparent membrane one of fixedly affixed to the ledge and fixedly sandwiched between the ledge and a membrane ring, and a tensional bellows, one end of which is fixedly affixed to the fixed focus lens and the other end to the ledge,
wherein a closed hydraulic fluid chamber is defined by the transparent membrane, the tensional bellows, the fixed focus lens and the ledge, the fluid chamber containing a refractive hydraulic fluid having an index of refraction greater than that of aqueous humor.

US Pat. No. 10,335,266

FLEXIBLE STRETCH STENT-GRAFT

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

1. A stent device having a relaxed state and an expanded state, the stent device comprising:a stent frame having a central axis, a luminal surface, and an abluminal surface, the stent frame having a plurality of gaps along the abluminal surface providing communication between the abluminal surface and the luminal surface, wherein at least one gap of the plurality of gaps defines a gap length; and
a generally tubular expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) graft member contiguous with at least one of the luminal surface and the abluminal surface of the stent frame, the ePTFE graft member comprising:
an inner ePTFE graft member;
an outer ePTFE graft member bonded to the inner ePTFE graft member through at least some of the plurality of gaps in the stent frame; and
an ePTFE expansion portion to span the at least one gap, the ePTFE expansion portion having a length greater than a length of the at least one gap.

US Pat. No. 10,335,249

SYRINGE FOR MULTI-COMPONENT MATERIALS, METHOD OF ACTIVATING A SYRINGE, MIXING AND DISPENSING APPARATUS AND MULTI-COMPONENT CARTRIDGE

SULZER MIXPAC AG, Haag (...

1. A single fill syringe for multi-component materials, comprising:a mixer housing;
a mixing element;
a multi-component cartridge; and
a mixing head separate from the mixer housing, the mixing head being arranged at least partly within the mixer housing and adjacent to the multi-component cartridge, and arranged to be moveable in an axial direction of the syringe between at least two positions, the at least two positions comprising a sealed position and a dispensing position, the movement in the axial direction of the mixing head being brought about by a rotation of at least a part of the mixer housing relative to the multi-component cartridge, and the mixing head being axially displaced in a direction opposite to a dispensing direction on displacement of the mixing head from the sealed position into the dispensing position, the syringe configured to be activated upon displacement of the mixing head from the sealed position to the dispensing position by the rotation of the at least a part of the mixer housing relative to the multi-component cartridge and with at least a part of a base of the mixing head being a seal and being configured to seal outlets of the multi-component cartridge when the mixing head is in the sealed position, rotation of the mixer housing causing axial displacement of at least a part of the mixer housing and the mixing head relative to the multi-component cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,335,243

DRAPE UNIT

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A manipulator system comprising:a manipulator having:
an elongated portion;
a proximal portion coupled to a proximal end of the elongated portion; and
an end effector coupled to a distal end of the elongated portion;
a console detachably coupled to the manipulator, the console having a motor configured to generate a driving force so as to drive the end effector;
a drape configured to separate the manipulator and the console, the drape having:
a main body configured to cover a top surface of the console, the main body having an opening so as to expose a connecting portion; and
an adapter detachably coupled to a top surface of the motor, the adapter being configured to cover the opening;
wherein the motor is detachably coupled to the proximal portion via the adapter, and the adapter is configured to transmit the driving force from the motor to the proximal portion;
the console further having a linear-motion mechanism configured to move the motor in a horizontal direction relative to the console; and
the adapter is configured to be movable relative to the main body in response to a movement of the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,335,237

VISUAL ORIENTATION AID FOR MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS

Brainlab AG, Munich (DE)...

1. A method comprising:displaying, on an image output of a medical navigation system, a virtual representation of a medical instrument in a positional relationship to a part of a patient's body, the virtual representation of the medical instrument having an axis and a tip; and
displaying, on the image output of the medical navigation system, an orientation aid situated at the tip of the virtual representation of the medical instrument, the orientation aid shaped as a cone having a symmetry axis coinciding with the axis of the visual representation of the medical instrument and a particular aperture angle based on a desired orientation of the medical instrument relative to a predefined axis of the part of the patient's body, the particular aperture angle of the cone determining an exterior enveloping straight line of the cone, the exterior enveloping straight line of the cone abutting the predefined axis of the part of the patient's body indicating that the medical instrument has the desired orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,335,236

SURGICAL SYSTEM USING A REGISTRATION DEVICE

1. A method comprising:determining, pre-operatively, a patient-specific coordinate system for a portion of a patient's anatomy to be operated on, where the patient-specific coordinate system defines at least one of
an anterior pelvic (AP) plane, or
an ipsilateral hemipelvic plane;
registering, during an operating phase, the portion of the patient's anatomy to be operated on to the pre-operatively determined patient-specific coordinate system, the registering performed using a physical instrument or a virtual instrument;
continuously tracking, by a processor, positions of a robotic controlled instrument relative to the patient-specific coordinate system as the robotic controlled instrument moves near the portion of the patient's anatomy, wherein the continuously tracking includes receiving position information from a tracking system utilizing a tracker attached to the robotic controlled instrument as the robotic controlled instrument moves;
automatically engaging and disengaging operation of the robotic controlled instrument based on the continuously tracked positions relative to the patient-specific coordinate system; and
utilizing the patient-specific coordinate system to at least one of
orient, or
locate
an implant at the portion of the patient's anatomy.

US Pat. No. 10,335,235

STEERABLE LASER PROBE

KATALYST SURGICAL, LLC, ...

1. A laser probe comprising:a handle having a handle distal end and a handle proximal end;
an actuation mechanism guide of the handle;
a handle base of the handle having a handle base distal end and a handle base proximal end;
a handle end cap of the handle having a handle end cap distal end and a handle end cap proximal end;
an actuation control guide of the handle having an actuation control guide distal end and an actuation control guide proximal end;
an actuation mechanism having an actuation mechanism distal end and an actuation mechanism proximal end wherein the actuation mechanism is disposed in the handle base, the handle end cap, and the actuation mechanism guide and wherein the actuation mechanism guide is configured to facilitate an actuation of the actuation mechanism within the actuation mechanism guide;
an actuation control of the actuation mechanism wherein the actuation control is disposed in the actuation control guide;
a housing sleeve having a housing sleeve distal end and a housing sleeve proximal end, the housing sleeve having a non-uniform outer diameter;
a first housing sleeve portion of the housing sleeve having a first stiffness;
a plurality of apertures of the first housing sleeve portion;
a second housing sleeve portion of the housing sleeve having a second stiffness wherein the second stiffness is greater than the first stiffness;
a shape memory wire housing of the actuation mechanism, the shape memory wire having a shape memory wire distal end, a shape memory wire proximal end, and a pre-formed curve wherein the shape memory wire is disposed in the shape memory wire housing, the actuation mechanism guide, and the housing sleeve; and
an optic fiber having an optic fiber distal end and an optic fiber proximal end wherein the optic fiber is disposed in the handle, the actuation mechanism guide, and the housing sleeve wherein the optic fiber distal end is adjacent to the housing sleeve distal end and wherein an actuation of the actuation control within the actuation control guide towards the actuation control guide distal end and away from the actuation control guide proximal end is configured to curve the housing sleeve and the optic fiber within an eye.

US Pat. No. 10,335,227

ELECTROSURGICAL TISSUE SEALER AND CUTTER

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,222

INDUCTION COIL VAPOR GENERATOR

NxThera, Inc., Maple Gro...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,218

MULTICHANNEL CANNULA AND METHODS FOR USING SAME

Spinal Generations, LLC, ...

1. A method for delivering a substance to bone, comprising:placing a stabilizing wire in a bone;
creating a hole in the bone around the stabilizing wire;
providing a multichannel cannula, comprising:
a first channel having an open proximal end and an open distal end, wherein the first channel is configured to receive the stabilizing wire; and
a second channel having an inlet portal and an exit portal, wherein the inlet portal and the exit portal are in fluid communication for continuous flow of the substance from the inlet portal to the exit portal;
inserting the multichannel cannula into the hole in the bone such that the first channel receives the stabilizing wire; and
delivering the substance into the bone by introducing the substance into the inlet portal of the second channel such that the substance flows continuously in the second channel between the inlet portal and the exit portal, wherein the stabilizing wire remains placed in the bone and received by the first channel during delivery of the substance to the bone.

US Pat. No. 10,335,216

SCREW IMPLANTS FOR BONE FUSION

Globus Medical, Inc., Au...

1. A fixation screw assembly for fusing a sacroiliac joint comprising:a fixation member including a head member and a bone-engaging portion coupled to the head member, the head member having a generally spherical outer surface and a groove; and
a washer member having an inner annular lip, wherein the washer member is operatively coupled to the fixation member around the head member, an inner surface of the washer member being generally spherical and corresponding to the generally spherical outer surface of the head member, and the inner annular lip extends inwardly from the inner surface of the washer member, wherein the washer member is capable of polyaxial movement relative to a longitudinal axis of the fixation member,
wherein when the washer member is sufficiently angled relative to the longitudinal axis of the fixation member, the lip of the washer member bottoms out on the groove of the head member on one side and the lip of the washer member is positioned above the head member of the fixation member on an opposite side such that the lip directly contacts the head at the groove on the one side and the lip does not directly contact the head on the opposite side.

US Pat. No. 10,335,214

MULTIPLEXED SCREWS

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A bone fixation element, comprising:a shaft extending substantially along a longitudinal axis of the fixation element; and
a head extending from and integrally formed with the shaft, the head defining a plurality of fixation element openings distributed about a perimeter thereof, each of the fixation element openings extending through the head from a proximal surface thereof to a distal surface of the head, each of the fixation element openings extending through the head along an opening axis, wherein at least two of the fixation element openings are only partially enclosed by the head, wherein a first one of the openings includes a threading along an inner surface thereof to lockingly engage a corresponding threading on a head of a bone fixation element to be inserted therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,335,210

ANATOMIC PLATES FOR MEDIAL PROXIMAL TIBIA

Biomet Manufacturing, LLC...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,206

LOW PROFILE CONNECTORS

GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC., Au...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,203

POLYAXIAL SCREW FOR SURGICAL IMPLANT

MEDACTA INTERNATIONAL SA,...

1. A polyaxial screw for surgical implant comprising:an axially hollow central body having an outer surface and a top perimetral edge;
an anchoring element having an anchoring portion and a coupling portion, said anchoring portion projecting from said central body and said coupling portion being received inside the axial cavity of said central body;
an insert axially received inside said axial cavity of the central body and an attachment element suitable to couple internally to said central body; and
two diametrically opposed grooves along the outer surface of said central body extending from the top perimetral edge and configured to receive centering prongs of a surgical instrument;
wherein said insert has an elastic portion able to apply to at least a portion of the anchoring element a distributed compression load the resultant force of which being directed along a central axis X of the central body, the elastic portion of the insert has, on at least a part thereof, at least one groove having a helical development.

US Pat. No. 10,335,200

PIVOTAL BONE ANCHOR ASSEMBLY WITH TWIST-IN-PLACE INSERT HAVING ALIGNMENT NOTCHES

1. A pivotal bone anchor assembly for securing an elongate rod to a bone via a closure top, the pivotal bone anchor assembly comprising:a receiver having a longitudinal axis, a base, and a pair of upstanding arms extending upwardly from the base with opposed inner surfaces defining an upwardly-opening rod-receiving channel configured to receive the elongate rod, the arm inner surfaces having a closure top mating feature formed thereon, the base including a cavity in communication with the channel and with a bottom surface of the base through a bottom opening to define a receiver bore centered about the longitudinal axis, the cavity having a spherical seating surface proximate the bottom opening, the receiver bore including:
a downwardly-facing surface below the closure top mating feature; and
at least one integral structure protruding inwardly toward the longitudinal axis between the closure top mating feature and the cavity;
a shank having a proximal capture portion with a spherical outer surface and an anchor portion extending distally from the capture portion for fixation to the bone, the shank capture portion being positionable within the receiver cavity with the shank anchor portion extending downwardly through the bottom opening; and
a pressure insert having an upwardly-facing curvate seating surface configured to receive at least an underside portion of the elongate rod, a central opening for a tool to pass through, at least one notch formed in an outer side surface thereof, a lower surface configured to engage the shank capture portion spherical outer surface to directly apply downward pressure to the shank capture portion, and an upwardly-facing surface positioned radially outward from the curvate seating surface, the pressure insert being installed into a first position within the receiver bore with the curvate seating surface in a non-alignment orientation with respect to the receiver rod-receiving channel,
wherein upon rotation of the pressure insert about the longitudinal axis into a second position within the receiver, with the insert curvate seating surface in a co-linear alignment with the receiver rod-receiving channel,
the at least one receiver inwardly-protruding integral structure is positioned in the at least one insert outer side surface notch so as to prevent further rotation of the pressure insert within the receiver bore, and
the insert upwardly-facing surface is rotated under the receiver downwardly-facing surface so as to inhibit upward movement of the pressure insert within the receiver bore along the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,335,198

SCREW ELEMENT FOR USE IN SPINAL, ORTHOPEDIC OR TRAUMA SURGERY AND A SYSTEM OF SUCH A SCREW ELEMENT AND A SCREW DRIVER ADAPTED THERETO

1. A screw element for use in spinal, orthopedic, or trauma surgery, the screw element comprising:a screw axis;
a shank extending along the screw axis and configured to be inserted in a bone; and
a drive portion configured to engage a screw driver, wherein the drive portion comprises:
a first wall defining a first recess, wherein a plurality of drive grooves are formed in the first wall and extend parallel to the screw axis;
a second wall defining a second recess, wherein the second wall extends axially from a free end portion of the screw element to the first wall, wherein in a first radial direction relative to the screw axis, the second wall has an inner width that is greater than an inner width of the first wall;
wherein a plurality of guide grooves are formed in the second wall at circumferential positions around the screw axis that correspond respectively to circumferential positions of the drive grooves;
wherein the guide grooves extend further radially from the screw axis than the drive grooves and are spaced apart from the drive grooves by respective inclined portions extending axially therebetween, and wherein each inclined portion is angled relative to an end of the drive groove directly connected thereto and angled relative to an end of the guide groove directly connected thereto, to guide an engagement portion of the screw driver from the free end portion of the screw element to the drive grooves, while in at least the first radial direction, the second wall is directly connected to the first wall in an axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,335,197

ORTHOPEDIC ANCHORING METHODS

JCBD, LLC, Fort Collins,...

1. A method of performing an orthopedic surgical procedure on a pelvic region of a patient, the pelvic region including a sacrum, an ilium and a sacroiliac joint therebetween, the method comprising:positioning an implant assembly adjacent the pelvic region, the implant assembly comprising:
i) an implant body comprising at least a portion of a locking element;
ii) an implant outer layer comprising a longitudinal axis, a lumen extending parallel to the longitudinal axis, an exterior surface, and a fastener opening including a fastener opening perimeter, and a fastener path, wherein the lumen is configured to receive at least a portion of the implant body within the lumen;
iii) a fastener comprising a longitudinal axis and an attachment feature configured to mechanically interlock with the locking element in an interference mechanical engagement, the attachment feature comprising a distal end and a contracted neck region,
wherein the attachment feature is configured to mechanically interlock with the locking element when the distal end of the attachment feature is received within the fastener opening of the implant outer layer, and when there is a predetermined alignment between the implant body relative to the implant outer layer and the locking element relative to the attachment feature, respectively,
delivering the implant body and the implant outer layer into the ilium, across the sacroiliac joint, and into the sacrum such that the fastener opening resides within the sacrum;
delivering the fastener through a posterior surface of the sacrum such that the distal end of the attachment feature is received within the implant outer layer; and
interlocking the locking element and the attachment feature with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,335,191

PIXEL ARRAY MEDICAL DEVICES AND METHODS

SRGI HOLDINGS, LLC, Hend...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,190

PIXEL ARRAY MEDICAL SYSTEMS, DEVICES AND METHODS

SRGI HOLDINGS, LLC, Hend...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,188

METHODS OF MANUFACTURE OF CATHETER WITH HELICAL DRIVE SHAFT

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A method of making a helical drive shaft having a double-helical auger blade with a desired pitch, depth, width, and outer diameter comprising:placing a cylindrical drive shaft into an extruded polymer tube, the polymer tube having a circular cross-section;
attaching one end of the polymer tube to the drive shaft;
applying a single heated tool to the tube overlying the drive shaft at a temperature sufficient to soften the polymer tube;
rotating the heated tool about the driveshaft; and
sculpting the softened polymer tube with the heated tool causing a portion of the tube to buckle under the heated tool, the buckled portion of the tube forming a helical auger blade with a secondary helical pitch of residual polymer left on the wall opposite with the same desired pitch, depth, and width.

US Pat. No. 10,335,183

FEEDBACK DEVICES FOR SURGICAL CONTROL SYSTEMS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A control system for a surgical robot, the control system comprising:a controller;
a sensor coupled to the controller;
a handheld surgical user interface coupled to the sensor and the controller;
a feedback device coupled to the controller; and
a first socket coupled to the controller, wherein the controller is configured to couple to a stand-alone input device through the first socket.

US Pat. No. 10,335,179

SURGICAL DEVICE WITH KNIFE LOCKOUT

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical device, comprising:a handle having an elongate shaft extending distally therefrom;
an end effector at a distal end of the elongate shaft and having first and second jaws that are movable between an open configuration and a closed configuration in which the first and second jaws are configured to engage tissue therebetween;
a closure lever coupled to the handle and movable from an open position to an actuated position to move the first and second jaws from the open configuration to the closed configuration;
a knife trigger coupled to the handle and configured to move a cutting element through the first and second jaws; and
a knife lockout disposed within the handle such that it prevents actuation of the knife trigger until the closure lever is in the actuated position, the knife lockout being positioned proximal to a proximal-most point on the knife trigger to thereby block proximal movement of the knife trigger until the closure lever is in the actuated position, the knife lockout having a distally-facing substantially planar lockout engagement face that abuts a substantially planar trigger engagement face of the knife trigger when the closure lever is in the open position to thereby block proximal movement of the knife trigger.

US Pat. No. 10,335,177

MEDICAL INSTRUMENT WITH SNAKE WRIST STRUCTURE

Intuitive Surgical Operat...

1. A method for operating a medical device having a first joint structure that includes a first strut, a second strut, a first joint disk, and a second joint disk, the first strut and the second strut being separate components connecting a first rim of the first joint disk to a second rim of the second joint disk and leaving an inner opening extending between the first strut and the second strut through the first joint structure, the method comprising:pulling in a first length of a first actuating member to rotate the second joint disk relative to the first joint disk, the first actuating member passing through the first joint disk of the medical device and attaching to the second joint disk of the medical device;
feeding out a second length of a second actuating member as the second joint disk rotates relative to the first joint disk, the second actuating member passing through the first joint disk and attaching to the second joint disk, the second length of the second actuating member being taken up in the first joint structure as the second joint disk rotates relative to the first joint disk; and
the first joint structure controlling rotation of the second joint disk relative to the first joint disk so that as the second joint disk rotates relative to the first joint disk, the first length of the first actuating element being pulled in is equal to the second length of the second actuation element being taken up.

US Pat. No. 10,335,173

RE-ENTRY STYLET FOR CATHETER

Avinger, Inc., Redwood C...

1. A stylet for re-entry into a vessel comprising:an elongate body having a proximal portion, a middle curved portion, a pointed distal end, and a longitudinal axis extending through the proximal portion, the middle curved portion, and the pointed distal end;
wherein the proximal portion and the middle curved portion have substantially circular cross-sections, and wherein the middle curved portion has a pre-shaped curve along the longitudinal axis configured to match a curve of an occlusion-crossing device;
wherein the pointed distal end has an s-shaped curve along the longitudinal axis and a flattened portion along the longitudinal axis, the flattened portion having a substantially oblong cross-section; and wherein the flattened portion tapers to a sharp tip at the pointed distal end.

US Pat. No. 10,335,168

RETRO-CUTTING INSTRUMENT WITH ADJUSTABLE LIMIT SETTING

1. A cutting instrument, comprising:an elongate body having a distal drilling tip; and
a cutting blade selectively deployable from a cavity formed in the elongate body at a location proximal to the distal drilling tip, the cutting blade being deployable to any of a plurality of diameters, the cutting blade being in a fully-deployed position at each of the plurality of diameters, with the cutting blade being configured to cut an opening of a predetermined diameter at each of the plurality of fully-deployed positions.

US Pat. No. 10,335,165

BONE PUNCH WITH SECURE PUNCHING SLIDE

1. A bone punch comprising:a base body comprising a guide shaft and a handle arranged fixed and angled on the guide shaft;
a punching slide supported adjustably along the guide shaft on an upper guiding surface of the guide shaft, the guiding surface being located opposite a handle side;
guide elements, having a T-shaped profile, associated with the punching slide;
a restoring spring;
an actuating lever pivotably mounted to the guide shaft in a connection area of the handle between two side walls formed by the guide shaft of the base body, which are spaced apart from one another, wherein the actuating lever forms an adjusting lever configured for the actuating lever operatively interacting with the punching slide for adjustment of the punching slide along the guide shaft against the spring action of the restoring spring and wherein the punching slide is guided adjustably along on the guide shaft via the guide elements, which engage one another in a positive-locking manner and are detachable by longitudinal displacement; and
a securing element connected to the punching slide at a distal end area of the punching slide, the securing element extending between the two side walls in an assembled state of the punching slide on the guide shaft and the securing element having two laterally protruding positive-locking elements and each of the side walls is provided with an inner, distally limited longitudinal groove running in a longitudinal direction of the guide shaft, each positive-locking element being inserted longitudinally displaceably in a respective one of said longitudinal grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,335,162

TIBIAL TUBERCLE OSTEOTOMY

Biomet Sports Medicine, L...

1. A patient-specific system for a tibial osteotomy, comprising: a patient-specific guide comprising a guide body defining,a bone-engaging portion with a bone-engaging surface, wherein the bone-engaging surface is configured during a pre-operative planning stage of a tibial osteotomy to conform as a negative surface to a corresponding surface of a specific patient's tibia at, around, or near the patient's tibial tubercle;
a first planar slot oriented at a first predetermined angle and at a first predetermined position relative to a proximal-distal axis of the specific patient's tibia that is selected during the pre-operative planning stage of the tibial osteotomy;
a second planar slot oriented at a second predetermined angle and at a second predetermined position relative to the proximal-distal axis of the specific patient's tibia that is selected during the pre-operative planning stage of the tibial osteotomy; and
a plurality of apertures.

US Pat. No. 10,335,138

SUTURE PASSER AND METHOD

1. A method of passing a suture through a material, the method comprising:positioning a distal portion of a foot of a suture passer behind the material, the suture passer comprising a housing defining a linear motion axis extending proximally to distally, a needle mounted for translation along the motion axis in a proximal-distal direction between a first position and a second position, and the foot, wherein the foot is mounted to the housing, the distal portion of the foot having a proximal facing surface extending along a distal portion axis crossing the motion axis and a distal facing surface, the distal portion including an opening in the proximal facing surface aligned with the motion axis and able to receive the needle in the second position, the distal portion further including a tip, a notch formed in the tip, a groove extending proximally from the notch to the opening, and a hole positioned proximal of the groove;
threading a first end of a suture through the distal portion of the foot from distal to proximal and across a portion of the opening such that a portion of the suture crosses the portion of the opening, wherein the threading comprises passing the first end of the suture through the hole such that a distal segment of the suture is seated in the notch and the groove, and wherein the portion of the suture extends distal to proximal from the groove to the hole;
extending the needle through the material and into the opening in the distal portion; and
retracting the needle to retrieve a bight of suture from the distal portion proximally through the material.

US Pat. No. 10,335,136

TENSIONABLE CONSTRUCTS WITH MULTI-LIMB LOCKING MECHANISM THROUGH SINGLE SPLICE AND METHODS OF TISSUE REPAIR

Arthrex, Inc., Naples, F...

1. A method of tissue repair, comprising the steps of:installing at least a first fixation device in bone, the first fixation device comprising a first body and a first flexible strand comprising an unsplit end and an opposite split end, the split end being split into a plurality of limbs;
installing at least a second fixation device in bone, the second fixation device comprising a second body and a second flexible strand;
passing at least one of the plurality of limbs of the first flexible strand through or around tissue;
passing the at least one of the plurality of limbs of the first flexible strand of the first fixation device through a portion of the second flexible strand of the second fixation device, thereby forming at least a first knotless closed loop having an adjustable perimeter; and
adjusting the at least first knotless closed loop to approximate the tissue to bone.

US Pat. No. 10,335,132

RETRACTOR

NATIONAL HOSPITAL ORGANIZ...

1. A retractor for holding a surgical incision open and maintaining a surgical field during an operation, the retractor comprising:a belt-shaped body made of a wire; and
a connecting part that is provided at one end portion of the belt-shaped body and capable of being connected to another end portion or an intermediate portion of the belt-shaped body so that the belt-shaped body can be formed into a loop of a desired size,
the retractor being so configured that when the belt-shaped body is formed into a loop, an outer surface of the belt-shaped body resists a force generated at the surgical incision and acting in such a direction as to close the surgical incision.

US Pat. No. 10,335,129

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR AUTO RETURN OF ARTICULATED END EFFECTORS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical device, comprising:an elongate shaft having a longitudinal axis;
an end effector at a distal end of the elongate shaft, the end effector being movable between a first position aligned along the longitudinal axis and a second position angularly oriented relative to the longitudinal axis; and
a handle coupled to a proximal end of the elongate shaft, the handle comprising
a first actuator having a first mode in which movement of the end effector between the first and second positions is controlled by rotation of the first actuator, and the first actuator having a second mode in which the first actuator is operatively disengaged from the end effector such that the end effector can move from the second position to the first position, and
a second actuator configured to be rotated so as to cause the first actuator to move from the first mode to the second mode and thereby move the end effector from the second position to the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,335,126

BONE MARROW ASPIRATION NEEDLE ASSEMBLY

ARTHREX, INC., Naples, F...

1. A needle assembly, comprising:a cannula;
a trocar separate from and insertable through said cannula, said trocar including a cap, a shaft connected to said cap, and a central lumen extending through said cap and said shaft, wherein said shaft extends longitudinally between a proximal portion of said shaft and a tip portion of said shaft;
a groove formed in an outer surface of said shaft and extending to said cap, wherein said groove extends radially into said shaft and is linear along an entire longitudinal length of said groove; and
a k-wire insertable through said central lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,335,123

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFICATION OF BIOLOGICAL TISSUES

MICROMASS UK LIMITED, Wi...

1. A method of analyzing a condensed-phase sample, the method comprising:disintegrating a portion of the condensed-phase sample to generate gaseous particles with a disintegrating device that operates by Joule heating via inducing an electric current in at least a portion of the condensed-phase sample;
transporting at least some of the gaseous particles toward an analyzer;
analyzing at least some of the gaseous particles using the analyzer; and
generating data in response to at least some of the gaseous particles.