US Pat. No. 10,111,738

POLYHYDROXYALKANOATE MEDICAL TEXTILES AND FIBERS

Tepha, Inc., Lexington, ...

1. A knitted mesh comprising oriented polymeric monofilament fibers, wherein the polymer consists of P4HB homopolymer and wherein the fibers are produced by a method comprising drying the polymer, extruding the polymer at a temperature between 100° C. and 220° C., allowing the polymer time to crystallize, and then drawing the polymer to stretch ratios from 6 to 11× at a temperature above the polymer's glass transition temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,111,737

INTRAVAGINAL INSERT FOR INCONTINENCE MANAGEMENT

1. An intravaginal insert for treating urinary incontinence, comprising:an insert body having an outer surface being constructed of a substantially non-absorbent material, said outer surface extending continuously between a proximal end of the insert body to a distal end of the insert body and having an outer surface shape that remains substantially unchanged to insert and remain secure within a vagina and support a urethra anteriorly through the vagina;
a core substantially immovably secured within the insert body that is stiffer than the insert body, said insert body forming a solid volume extending from said outer surface to said core from said proximal end to said distal end; and
a tether operatively connected to the insert body to extend out of the vagina to remove the insert body from the vagina after use.

US Pat. No. 10,111,736

HERMETIC TOOTH CLEANING DEVICE

Bluereo Inc., Seoul (KR)...

1. A hermetic tooth cleaning device comprising:a main body which includes an outer case;
a cleaning body which is coupled to the main body, has an internal fluid conduit formed therein such that at least one nozzle is formed to be opened at one end of the internal fluid conduit, and an accommodating portion is formed at the other end of the internal fluid conduit;
a connecting unit which couples the main body and the cleaning body, has a connecting flow path formed therein, one side fixedly coupled to the main body, and the other side inserted into the accommodating portion; and
a first sealing unit which is provided between the cleaning body and the connecting unit, and has a hollow space formed therein, and prevents a spatial separation from occurring between the internal fluid conduit of the cleaning body and the connecting flow path of the connecting unit,
wherein the first sealing unit is made of an elastic body,
a flange is separably coupled to an outer portion of the connecting unit,
the flange is inserted and fixed into the accommodating portion,
a loss of positive pressure or negative pressure in a flow path is prevented, and
the flange is coupled to the outer portion of the connecting unit, which protrudes from the main body, such that the flange is disposed in the cleaning body,
wherein a second sealing unit is provided between the outer case and the connecting unit, and the connecting unit is penetratively coupled to the second sealing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,111,735

DOUBLE-CUSHIONED DENTAL IMPLANT

JTI BIOMED CORP., Tainan...

1. A dental implant comprising:a solid base member;
an abutment;
an implant-abutment junction (IAJ) portion at one end of said base member to retain said abutment to said base member, so that said abutment is able to move within a predetermined distance in an axial direction of said base member, wherein said one end of said base member is a flat closed end;
a first cushion adapted to be sandwiched between said abutment and said flat closed end of said base member only in said axial direction; and
a second cushion adapted to be sandwiched between said IAJ portion and said abutment,
wherein the first cushion and the second cushion are two separate members.

US Pat. No. 10,111,734

DENTAL KIT-OF-PARTS AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING THE SAME

NOBEL BIOCARE SERVICES AG...

1. Method of manufacturing a dental kit-of-parts, comprising the following steps:manufacturing a dental restoration by rapid manufacturing such that a recess and a through hole of the dental restoration are formed within the dental restoration; and
manufacturing a screw simultaneously with the previous step, such that a screw head is formed in the recess and a screw shaft is formed in the through hole of the dental restoration and the screw is a captive screw enclosed by the dental restoration,
wherein the dental restoration has an inner surface and an outer surface, and a channel through which a tool is insertable, the dental restoration being configured to be connected with its inner surface to an inner surface of an implant abutment, the implant abutment being configured to be connected to a dental implant and having a through hole configured to accommodate at least a part of the screw shaft therein,
wherein the diameter of the screw head is larger than the diameter of the screw shaft,
wherein the kit-of-parts is so configured that the screw can connect a pre-assembly of the implant abutment and the dental restoration to the dental implant,
wherein the pre-assembly is so configured as to comprise therein the recess that encloses the screw head, whereby the screw is a captive screw,
wherein the channel of the dental restoration connects the outer surface of the dental restoration to the recess and has a diameter smaller than a diameter of the screw head of the screw, and
wherein the recess is formed within the dental restoration such that the recess is enclosed by the dental restoration and has no open sides to a peripheral surface of the dental restoration.

US Pat. No. 10,111,732

SELF-LIGATING BRACKET

American Orthodontics Cor...

1. A self-ligating bracket comprising:a bracket body having a mesial side opposed from a distal side and a labial side opposed from a lingual side, the bracket body comprising an arch wire slot that extends across the bracket body from the mesial side to the distal side and extends lingually into the bracket body from the labial side; and
a spring clip comprising a distal arm comprising a distal arm body and a distal finger and a mesial arm comprising a mesial arm body and a mesial finger, wherein the distal finger and the mesial finger are located lingual of the distal arm body and the mesial arm body in a different plane from the distal arm body and the mesial arm body, the spring clip is slidably secured to the bracket body and movable between a closed position and an open position;
wherein in the closed position, the distal finger and the mesial finger are positioned at least partially within the arch wire slot to occlude the arch wire slot; and
wherein in the open position, the distal arm and the mesial arm are deformed to move the distal finger and the mesial finger labially and out of the arch wire slot.

US Pat. No. 10,111,730

ORTHODONTIC ALIGNER WITH ISOLATED SEGMENTS

Align Technology, Inc., ...

1. A method comprising:forming a first segment of a plastic orthodontic aligner for moving a first set of teeth of a patient;
forming a second segment of the plastic orthodontic aligner; and
joining the first segment of the plastic orthodontic aligner to the second segment of the plastic orthodontic aligner using a connector configured to minimize force transmission between the first segment and the second segment;
wherein the connector is configured to be disposed along one or more additional teeth of the patient without exerting a clinically significant force on the one or more additional teeth, wherein the connector spans a gap between the first segment and the second segment, the gap corresponding to the one or more additional teeth that are not to receive the clinically significant force, wherein the connector comprises a flexible material that will perform at least one of flex, move or change shape responsive to applied forces, wherein the connector is configured to isolate first forces applied to the first set of teeth covered by the first segment from separate and distinct second forces applied to a second set of teeth covered by the second segment, and wherein isolation of the first forces from the second forces enables a) the first forces to be applied to the first set of teeth without substantial interference from the second forces applied to the second set of teeth and b) the second forces to be applied to the second set of teeth without substantial interference from the first forces applied to the first set of teeth.

US Pat. No. 10,111,729

NIGHT TIME ORTHODONTICS

OrthoAccel Technologies, ...

1. A method of orthodontic remodeling, said method comprising treating a patient with malocclusions with aligner trays that apply orthodontic forces to said patient to correct said malocclusions, wherein said patient wears said aligner trays only at night throughout the treatment plan and combines said wearing with 1-20? per night of micropulse vibration, said micropulse vibration shown to speed orthodontic remodeling by 50% as compared with a similar patient not using said micropulse vibration.

US Pat. No. 10,111,728

PARTIAL SURGICAL GUIDE

Trophy, Marne la Vallee ...

1. A method for forming a surgical guide for drilling of a dental patient, comprising:mounting a block of machinable material having a prescribed shape to a holder;
rotating the block of machinable material by the holder about a rotation axis to a first angular position;
drilling a drill guiding hole through the block of machinable material using a drilling tool having a drilling tool axis that is orthogonal to the rotation axis, wherein the drill guiding hole is centered about a guide axis that is substantially orthogonal to the rotation axis;
repositioning the block of machinable material by the holder and forming a first planar surface of the surgical guide from the block of machinable material using the drilling tool, wherein the first planar surface is oblique to the guide axis;
repositioning the block of machinable material to orient the first planar surface orthogonal to the drilling tool axis;
forming a hole pattern having two or more positioning holes in the first planar surface using the drilling tool, wherein the hole pattern corresponds to a pin pattern in a tray that is positionally registered to a dental arch of the patient; and
repositioning the block of machinable material by the holder and forming a second planar surface of the surgical guide from the block of machinable material using the drilling tool to complete the surgical guide, wherein the second planar surface is parallel to the first planar surface,
where the holder is configured to move the block of machinable material with respect to the drilling tool when forming the surgical guide only along each of orthogonal axes X, Y, and Z, and where the rotation axis is the X-axis, and where the rotation of the holder with respect to the drilling tool is only around the X axis.

US Pat. No. 10,111,727

SURGICAL SPECIMEN MARKING MECHANISM

DB PATENT HOLDING COMPANY...

1. An apparatus comprising:an endoscopic clip placement tool;
a first marking clip adapted to be attached with the clip placement tool to a first area associated with a specimen mass, the specimen mass having an outer margin that defines the shape of the specimen mass;
a second marking clip adapted to be attached to a second area associated with tissue surrounding the specimen mass and outside the margin; and
wherein the first area and the second area are located on direct opposite sides of the margin, such that the first marking clip and the second marking clip identify the orientation of the specimen mass relative to the tissue surrounding the specimen mass.

US Pat. No. 10,111,725

MASSAGE TOOL CASE

15. An instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) system comprising:a first substantially flat massage tool;
a case comprising a structure with a top surface, the top surface having a first recess shaped to receive and situate the first substantially flat tool in a horizontal position relative to the top surface, and the structure including a first slot having a top opening width that is larger than a bottom width of the first slot to receive and situate the substantially flat tool in an angled position extending away from the top surface;
a box separated into a first cavity and a second cavity, the first cavity configured to accept the structure, the structure inserted therein;
an accessory;
an additional structure configured to fit in the second cavity and inserted therein, the additional structure having a top surface with a third recess shaped to receive and situate the accessory, the accessory inserted into the third recess;
a lid divided into a first section, a second section, and a third section,
a rear top edge of the box hingedly attached to an inner edge of the first section of the lid, an outer edge of the first section of the lid hingedly attached to an inner edge of the second section of the lid, and an outer edge of the second section of the lid hingedly attached to an inner edge of the third section of the lid,
the first section of the lid and the third section of the lid each having a length about equal to a height of the box, and the second section of the lid having a length about equal to a difference between the length of the box and the height of the box,
the lid configured to have an open position with the first section of the lid folded against a back wall of the box, and the second section of the lid and the third section of the lid folded against a bottom surface of the box, and
the lid further configured to have a closed position with the first section of the lid and the second section of the lid laying over a top of the box, and the third section of the lid folded against a front wall of the box and held in place by a magnetic attraction between magnetic material in the third section of the lid and magnetic material in the front wall of the box.

US Pat. No. 10,111,724

SURGICAL DRAPE FOR USE IN CESAREAN SECTIONS

1. A surgical drape for allowing access to a patient's vagina area during cesarean sections, the drape comprising:a base sheet, the base sheet configured to enable covering of a peritoneal region and a vaginal region;
an incision panel, the incision panel defined by a polymer film panel, a collection pouch, and a wire, the incision panel configured to overlay the peritoneal region, the polymer film panel configured to be transparent for enabling viewing of the peritoneal region, the wire configured to help fasten the collection pouch to the polymer film panel;
a vagina panel, the vagina panel defined by a viewing pane, the viewing pane having a hole, the viewing pane configured to be transparent for enabling viewing of the vaginal region, the viewing pane disposed adjacent to the vagina panel; and
a sleeve, the sleeve defined by a closed end and an open end, the sleeve disposed to join with the vagina panel, the closed end of the sleeve configured to pass through the hole in the viewing pane for manipulation of the vaginal region, wherein the sleeve is folded into folds for stowage in the hole of the viewing pane; wherein the sleeve is secured within the hole with an adhesive tape; wherein the adhesive tape is attached to the sleeve prior to being removed from the sleeve, and the adhesive tape is attached to an upper portion of the viewing pane, wherein the sleeve is operatively arranged to be extended toward a vaginal region by unfolding the sleeve to enable manipulation of the vaginal region without breaking a sterile field.

US Pat. No. 10,111,723

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTION AND AVOIDANCE OF COLLISION OF ROBOTICALLY-CONTROLLED MEDICAL DEVICES

St. Jude Medical, Atrial ...

1. A method of operating a robotic control system that is configured to manipulate a medical device including one or more nodes and which includes an electronic control unit and a computer-readable memory coupled to the electronic control unit, said method comprising the steps of:providing, for each of the one or more nodes of the medical device, a respective position sensor configured to produce a respective signal from which respective node locations in a reference coordinate system can be determined;
generating a first virtual representation associated with the medical device using the one or more determined node locations;
generating a second virtual representation associated with an object;
determining, using said control unit, a collision metric indicative of a collision between said medical device and said object based on said virtual representations in accordance with a predetermined detection strategy.

US Pat. No. 10,111,721

HYBRID ROBOTIC SURGERY WITH MIRRORED AND MIMICKED MOTION

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical system, comprising:an electromechanical tool;
an electronic control system in electronic communication with the electromechanical tool, the control system being configured to control operation of the electromechanical tool;
a controller actuable to communicate a control signal to the electromechanical tool via the electronic control system to operate the electromechanical tool; and
a switch;
wherein the electromechanical tool has a first mode of operation in which the electromechanical tool mimics movement of the controller, and a second mode of operation in which the electromechanical tool mirrors movement of the controller; and
wherein the switch is configured to switch the electromechanical tool between the first and second modes, and the switch is configured to disable one or more sensors upon activation.

US Pat. No. 10,111,720

MOTORIZED DEVICES

1. A mobile device comprising: a motor, wherein:a. the motor comprises a lead car, an intermediate car, and a trail car;
b. each of the lead car, the intermediate car, and the trail car comprises an electromagnet, wherein each of the electromagnets is independently operable;
c. the intermediate car weighs less than the lead car;
d. the intermediate car weighs less than the trail car;
e. the lead car weighs less than a combined weight of the intermediate car and the trail car; and
f. the trail car weighs less than a combined weight of the intermediate car and the lead car.

US Pat. No. 10,111,719

CONTROL OF THE RATE OF ACTUATION OF TOOL MECHANISM BASED ON INHERENT PARAMETERS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A robotic surgical system comprising:a robotic arm having a proximal end configured to be coupled to a support and having a driver at a distal end of the robotic arm, the driver including one or more motors;
a tool assembly comprising
a housing configured to releasably couple to the driver, the housing including a first actuator and a second actuator that are each actuated by at least one of the one or more motors;
a shaft extending distally from the housing and operatively coupled to the first actuator such that actuation of the first actuator causes the shaft to rotate; and
an end effector pivotally coupled to a distal end of the shaft, the end effector being configured to pivot upon actuation of the second actuator to form an angle between a first longitudinal axis of the end effector and a second longitudinal axis of the shaft; and
a control system configured to control, based on the angle formed from a current position of the end effector, a velocity of movement of the robotic arm, the velocity of movement being related to the angle.

US Pat. No. 10,111,718

MICROWAVE ABLATION SYSTEM WITH USER-CONTROLLED ABLATION SIZE AND METHOD OF USE

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A system for planning an ablation procedure, the system comprising:a plurality of ablation probes; and
a generator configured to couple to at least one of the plurality of ablation probes, the generator including:
a generator module configured to generate energy suitable for ablating tissue;
a display configured to display a user interface, the user interface configured to receive a user-selectable ablation shape and at least one probe parameter; and
a processor configured to select at least one of the plurality of ablation probes suitable for forming an ablation volume corresponding to the user-selectable ablation shape based on the at least one probe parameter, the processor being further configured to signal the display to preview the at least one selected ablation probe.

US Pat. No. 10,111,715

ADJUSTABLE LENGTH MEDICAL INSTRUMENT ASSEMBLY WITH LOCALIZATION ELEMENTS FOR TRACKING MEDICAL INSTRUMENT EXTENSION

Veran Medical Technologie...

1. A system for tracking the movement of a medical instrument comprising:(i) a catheter comprising an elongate flexible shaft having a proximal end portion comprising a port, an opposite distal end portion terminating in a tip, and a working channel extending from the port to an exit proximate the tip;
(ii) a medical instrument assembly at least a portion of which is adapted to be inserted into the working channel of the catheter, the medical instrument assembly comprising:
a handle assembly having a first end and a second end, the handle assembly comprising a first handle portion proximate the first end and a second handle portion proximate the second end, wherein the second handle portion is slidably engaged with the first handle portion;
a first localization element providing an output attached to the first handle portion;
a second localization element providing an output attached to the second handle portion; and
a medical instrument having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the proximal end is mechanically coupled to the second handle portion and wherein a translation of the second handle portion with respect to the first handle portion causes a movement of the medical instrument, the movement corresponding to an extension of the distal end of the medical instrument from the tip; and
(iii) a navigation system adapted to receive the output of the first localization element and second localization element and from that output determine a first position of the first localization element and a second position of the second localization element, and wherein the navigation system is adapted to determine the extension of the distal end of the medical instrument relative to the tip by calculating the distance between the first localization element and the second localization element based on the first position of the first localization element and the second position of the second localization element.

US Pat. No. 10,111,714

ADHESIVE OBJECTS FOR IMPROVING IMAGE REGISTRATION OF INTRAORAL IMAGES

Align Technology, Inc., ...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a processing device, data from an intraoral scan of a patient responsive to performance of the intraoral scan being performed by an intraoral scanner, the data comprising a plurality of intraoral images of a dental site;
receiving, by the processing device, an indication that at least two intraoral images of the plurality of intraoral images comprise a representation of less than an entirety of a non-rigid adhesive object that was affixed to the dental site at a target area, wherein the non-rigid adhesive object has known properties comprising a known two-dimensional (2D) surface pattern and at least one of a known thickness, a known size, a known shape or a known color, wherein the non-rigid adhesive object provides a reference point for image registration, wherein the at least two intraoral images comprise a first intraoral image comprising a representation of a first portion of the known 2D surface pattern that is not shown in a second intraoral image and the second intraoral image comprising a representation of a second portion of the known 2D surface pattern that is not shown in the first intraoral image, the first intraoral image being non-contiguous with the second intraoral image, and wherein the non-rigid adhesive object partially deforms based on a shape of the target area, wherein partial deformation of the non-rigid adhesive object deforms at least one of the known shape or the known 2D surface pattern;
performing, by the processing device, pattern recognition to identify the non-rigid adhesive object having the known 2D surface pattern in the at least two intraoral images;
extrapolating a shape and orientation of the non-rigid adhesive object in the first intraoral image based on the representation of the first portion;
performing, by the processing device, image registration between the at least two intraoral images using the non-rigid adhesive object identified in the at least two intraoral images, wherein the image registration between the first intraoral image and the second intraoral image is performed using the extrapolated shape and orientation of the non-rigid adhesive object in the first intraoral image;
generating a three-dimensional model of the dental site based on the image registration;
determining a surface of a base of the non-rigid adhesive object that has been partially deformed based on the known properties of the non-rigid adhesive object and the partial deformation of the non-rigid adhesive object;
subtracting the representation of the non-rigid adhesive object from the three-dimensional model based on the known properties of the non-rigid adhesive object; and
interpolating a surface of a portion of the dental site where the non-rigid adhesive object was located based on a) data for other portions of the dental site and b) the surface of the base of the non-rigid adhesive object.

US Pat. No. 10,111,713

SURGERY ASSISTANCE APPARATUS, SURGERY ASSISTANCE METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING STORED THEREIN SURGERY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

FUJIFILM CORPORATION, To...

1. A surgery assistance apparatus that is connected to a display device, the apparatus comprising:a memory; and
a processor connected to the memory and configured to:
obtain a three-dimensional medical image of a subject to be examined;
extract a region of target tissue from the obtained three-dimensional medical image;
extract an abnormal region from the extracted region of target tissue;
obtain, based on each of at least two excision region determination conditions, at least two excision methods, each of which is classified by excision regions satisfying the each of at least two excision region determination conditions for the abnormal region; and
display images on the display device, of the at least two obtained excision methods,
wherein each of the images is generated according to each of the at least two excision methods, and is displayed on the display device so that an excision region which is determined by each of the at least two excision methods, is distinguishable from another region,
wherein the processor obtains evaluation values corresponding to the respective excision region determination conditions,
wherein the display device displays the obtained evaluation values, and
wherein the display device displays a list in which the excision methods corresponding to the respective excision region determination conditions and the evaluation values are correlated with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,111,712

PROXIMAL-END SECUREMENT OF A MINIMALLY INVASIVE WORKING CHANNEL

MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SARL,...

1. An apparatus comprising:a) an arm having a proximal end portion connected to a stationary object and a distal end portion,
b) a medial-lateral bar connected to the distal end portion of the arm and having a first arcuate rail;
c) a cranial-caudal bar cantilevered from the medial-lateral bar and having:
i) a first arcuate rail in slidable engagement with the first arcuate rail of the medial-lateral bar in a first direction, wherein the first arcuate rail of the cranial-caudal bar and the first arcuate rail of the medial-lateral bar have matching arcuate shapes,
ii) a second arcuate rail extending substantially perpendicularly from the first arcuate rail of the cranial-caudal bar;
iii) a third arcuate rail extending from the first arcuate rail of the cranial-caudal bar in a direction substantially parallel to the second arcuate rail of the cranial-caudal bar; and
iv) a fourth rail that connects the second arcuate rail and the third arcuate rail of the cranial-caudal bar to form a window;
d) a working channel construct comprising:
i) a tube having an outer surface and a proximal end portion and a distal end, wherein the tube extends through the window disposed between the second arcuate rail and the third arcuate rail of the cranial-caudal bar; and
ii) a slider attached to the outer surface of the tube and having a first arcuate rail and a second arcuate rail substantially parallel to the first arcuate rail, wherein the first arcuate rail of the slider is in slidable engagement with the second arcuate rail of the cranial-caudal bar and the second arcuate rail of the slider is in slidable engagement with the third arcuate rail of the cranial-caudal bar, wherein the first arcuate rail of the slider and the second arcuate rail of the cranial-caudal bar have matching arcuate shapes;
wherein the first arcuate rail of the cranial-caudal bar is configured to slide to a position along the first arcuate rail of the medial-lateral bar to configure a medial-lateral tilt angle of the proximal end portion of the tube in a first plane while maintaining a location of the distal end of the tube; and
wherein the first arcuate rail of the slider is configured to slide to a position along the second arcuate rail of the cranial-caudal bar in a second direction to configure a cranial-caudal tilt angle of the proximal end portion of the tube in a second plane while maintaining the location of the distal end of the tube.

US Pat. No. 10,111,711

ROBOTIC SURGICAL DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND RELATED METHODS

Board of Regents of the U...

1. A robotic device sized to be positioned completely within a patient, the device comprising:a. a body component;
b. a first rotating shoulder component;
c. a second rotating shoulder component;
d. a first movable segmented robotic arm operationally connected to the body component by way of the first shoulder component, the first movable segmented robotic arm comprising:
i. an upper first arm link;
ii. a lower first arm link;
iii. a first operational component; and
iv. at least one first arm motor;
e. a second movable segmented robotic arm operationally connected to the body component by way of the second shoulder component, the second movable segmented robotic arm comprising:
i. an upper second arm link;
ii. a lower second arm link;
iii. a second operational component; and
iv. at least one second arm motor; and
f. an elongate support beam operably coupled to the body component at a distal end of the support beam, wherein the elongate support beam is configured to be positionable through a port into a body cavity of the patient such that a distal portion of the elongate support beam is positioned within the body cavity and a proximal portion of the elongate support beam is positioned outside the body cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,111,710

AUTOCLAVE-TOLERANT SURGICAL INSTRUMENT CONTAINERS AND CONTAINER SYSTEMS

OP-MARKS MEDICAL, LLC, E...

1. An autoclave-tolerant container configured to receive one or more surgical instruments in a neutral position during a surgical procedure, comprising:an elongate body having a longitudinal axis, a top surface, and a bottom surface;
at least one pair of spaced guard elements extending upwardly relative to the top surface of the elongate body, each guard element of each pair of guard elements extending lengthwise from a first end portion to a second end portion along a longitudinal axis extending substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the elongate body, each pair of spaced guard elements cooperating to define a channel configured to receive at least a first portion of a surgical instrument, wherein the at least one pair of spaced guard elements comprises two pairs of spaced guard elements;
at least one row of spaced projections extending upwardly relative to the top surface of the elongate body, the spaced projections of each row cooperating to define at least one channel configured to receive a second portion of the surgical instrument, the spaced projections extending substantially perpendicularly relative to the longitudinal axis of the elongate body, wherein each channel defined by each row of spaced projections is substantially axially aligned with the channel defined by a pair of spaced guard elements, wherein each row of the at least one row of spaced projections comprises three projections, the three projections comprising two outer projections and a central projection, the two outer projections being evenly positioned on opposing sides of the longitudinal axis of the elongate body, the central projection being bisected by the longitudinal axis of the elongate body; and
at least one supporting element extending upwardly relative to the top surface of the elongate body, each supporting element having a longitudinal axis extending substantially perpendicularly relative to the longitudinal axis of the elongate body, each supporting element being spaced from the first end portions of a pair of guard elements relative to the longitudinal axis of the elongate body such that the pair of guard elements and the supporting element cooperate to define a receiving space configured to receive at least a portion of a needle of a syringe, wherein the at least one supporting element comprises two supporting elements, and wherein the two pairs of spaced guard elements and the two supporting elements are evenly positioned on opposing sides of the longitudinal axis of the elongate body, wherein the container is configured to withstand autoclave sterilization such that the container is reusable following autoclave sterilization.

US Pat. No. 10,111,709

RAPID EXCHANGE BIAS LASER CATHETER DESIGN

The Spectranetics Corpora...

1. A method comprising:positioning a catheter within a vessel, wherein the catheter comprises:
a catheter body having a proximal end, a distal end, and a lumen disposed between the proximal end and the distal end, the lumen having an aperture at the distal end;
a light guide having a proximal end and a distal end, the light guide being at least partially disposed within the lumen and movable therein, wherein the light guide is coupled to a laser;
a distal tip distally extending from the distal end of the catheter body;
a retaining wire coupled with the distal tip and slidably positioned with the light guide; and
a balloon carried by the distal tip distally of the aperture;
inflating the balloon, wherein the balloon cooperates with the retaining wire to adjust the distal end of the light guide into a position substantially parallel with the distal tip; and
activating the laser to ablate material within the vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,111,707

RENAL NEUROMODULATION FOR TREATMENT OF HUMAN PATIENTS

Medtronic Ardian Luxembou...

1. A method, comprising:intravascularly positioning a catheter in a reduced profile delivery configuration at a treatment site within a renal artery of a human patient and adjacent to renal nerves;
at the treatment site, transforming an expandable member at a distal portion of the catheter between the reduced profile delivery configuration and a treatment configuration,
wherein, in the treatment configuration, the expandable member is sized and shaped to place a plurality of electrodes arranged thereabout into apposition with an inner wall of the renal artery of the patient;
selectively energizing a first electrode group of the expandable member to deliver a bipolar energy field to the renal nerves; and
selectively energizing a second electrode group at the distal portion of the catheter to deliver a unipolar energy field to the renal nerves,
wherein delivering the bipolar energy field and the unipolar energy field modulates neural signaling along the renal nerves, and
wherein modulating neural signaling along the renal therapeutically beneficial reduction in blood pressure of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,111,706

RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION CATHETER WITH OPTICAL TISSUE EVALUATION

MEDLUMICS S.L., Madrid (...

1. A catheter comprising:a proximal section;
a distal section, the distal section comprising:
one or more electrodes configured to apply RF energy to a portion of a sample in contact with the one or more electrodes, such that the portion of the sample is ablated;
a plurality of interconnected optical ports configured to transmit one or more beams of exposure radiation away from the distal section of the catheter and receive one or more beams of scattered radiation that have been reflected or scattered from the sample, wherein the plurality of interconnected optical ports are formed on a substrate having rigid sections and flexible sections; and
a holder configured to maintain the plurality of interconnected optical ports in a fixed spatial relationship; and
a multiplexer configured to direct the one or more beams of exposure radiation from a source beam of radiation and combine the one or more beams of scattered radiation.

US Pat. No. 10,111,705

INTEGRAL ELECTRODE PLACEMENT AND CONNECTION SYSTEMS

INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERAT...

1. A tissue treatment assembly, comprising:an elongate catheter extending along a longitudinal axis and terminating at a distal opening;
a fluid barrier projecting distally of the distal opening of the catheter and configurable between a low profile and a deployed profile, wherein in the deployed profile, the fluid barrier defines an open area in fluid communication with the distal opening of the catheter and with an environment external to the fluid barrier; and
a circuit portion including at least one exposed electrode disposed on the fluid barrier, wherein the at least one exposed electrode is disposed on a distal membrane of the fluid barrier, the distal membrane including a surface extending generally perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the catheter.

US Pat. No. 10,111,704

INTRAOSSEOUS NERVE TREATMENT

Relievant Medsystems, Inc...

1. A method of treating back pain from a location within a bone of a spine, comprising:inserting a distal end portion of a radiofrequency energy delivery device having two electrodes through an outer cortical bone region of the bone and within an inner cancellous bone region of the bone,
positioning a first electrode of the two electrodes on a first side of a nerve within the bone and positioning a second electrode of the two electrodes on a second side of the nerve within the bone; and
applying radiofrequency energy to the inner cancellous bone region of the bone, thereby generating heat sufficient to ablate at least a portion of the nerve within the inner cancellous bone region of the bone.

US Pat. No. 10,111,702

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An articulation assembly, comprising:a proximal pivoting member defining a first pivot axis;
an articulation member coupled to the proximal pivoting member, wherein movement of the articulation member rotates the proximal pivoting member about the first pivot axis;
a distal pivoting member defining a second pivot axis; and
at least one link operably coupling the proximal pivoting member and the distal pivoting member, a distal end of the proximal pivoting member and a proximal end of the distal pivoting member defining complementary surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,111,700

SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS INCLUDING 3D INJECTION MOLDED ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS AND CONNECTIONS

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An end effector assembly comprising:a first jaw member including a first electrically conductive plate; and
a second jaw member including a second electrically conductive plate, the first and second jaw members being operably moveable relative to one another between an open position and a clamped position wherein the first and second electrically conductive plates oppose each other, the first and second electrically conductive plates being configured to conduct energy through tissue clamped therebetween, the first jaw member further including:
a first insulative spacer having a rib and a conductive strip, the rib extending from a surface of the first insulative spacer towards the first electrically conductive plate, the conductive strip integrally formed on a surface of the rib contacting the first electrically conductive plate, the conductive strip configured to transmit a first electrical potential to the first electrically conductive plate.

US Pat. No. 10,111,699

RF TISSUE SEALER, SHEAR GRIP, TRIGGER LOCK MECHANISM AND ENERGY ACTIVATION

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. An electrosurgical instrument for operating on tissue, comprising:a first arm comprising a first handle and a first jaw;
a second arm pivotally connected to the first arm, the second arm comprising:
a second handle;
a second jaw comprising an electrode operable to deliver radio frequency (RF) energy to tissue;
an energy button operable to activate the RF energy;
a knife configured to translate within slots defined in the first and second jaws; and
a push plate operably connected to the knife such that a proximal motion of the push plate extends the knife and a distal motion of the push plate retracts the knife; and
a knife lockout mechanism comprising a first end of a movement arm pivotally connected at a first end of the first arm, wherein the movement arm is operable to prevent operation of the knife.

US Pat. No. 10,111,698

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH ROTATABLE SHAFT HAVING PLURALITY OF LOCKING POSITIONS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. An apparatus comprising:(a) a body assembly;
(b) a shaft comprising a proximal end, and a distal end, wherein the shaft extends distally from the body assembly, wherein the shaft defines a longitudinal axis;
(c) an end effector positioned at the distal end of the shaft;
(d) a rotation input feature comprising a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the rotation input feature is configured to rotate relative to the body about the longitudinal axis, wherein the rotation input feature is configured to rotate one or both of the shaft assembly or the end effector about the longitudinal axis; and
(e) a locking feature configured to transition between a locked state and an unlocked state, where the locking feature is biased toward the locked state,
wherein the locking feature is configured to prevent rotation of the one or both of the shaft or the end effector when the locking feature is in the locked state,
wherein the locking feature is configured to permit rotation of the one or both of the shaft or the end effector when the locking feature is in the unlocked state, wherein the rotational input feature is configured to rotate relative to the body about the longitudinal axis to drive the locking feature between the locked state and the unlocked state.

US Pat. No. 10,111,697

DEVICE FOR DELIVERING VISCOUS MATERIAL

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A system for delivering a viscous material into a site in a patient, comprising:an actuator including an actuator vessel and an electric motor;
a delivery tube, having a first end, a second end and an inner bore, wherein the first end is coupled to the actuator;
a plunger housed within the delivery tube, and
a container having a connection port for connecting to the second end of the delivery tube and an exit port, and containing a viscous material, wherein the viscous material is a PMMA-based bone cement, and
wherein the actuator is adapted to advance the plunger.

US Pat. No. 10,111,696

IMPLANT

DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, I...

1. An assembly for implantation in a patient comprising:an implant comprising:
a rear end for manipulating the implant;
a front end comprising an uncured layer of a polymerizable and/or cross-linkable material, the uncured layer being configured to contact a surface of a bone and adhere the implant to the surface of the bone, wherein the front end is substantially flat and does not include an opening;
a cylindrical core extending from the rear end of the implant to the front end of the implant;
a section of said cylindrical core made of a rigid transparent polymer adjacent to the front end configured to transmit visible and/or UV light from the rear end of the implant to the front end of the implant; and
a bone plate comprising a plurality of plate holes, each plate hole having an internal thread,
wherein said implant is a fixation element for attaching the bone plate to the bone without the implant penetrating further than a cortical layer of the bone, the fixation element including a rear side at said rear end, one or more lateral sides, a front side at said front end for insertion into one of said plate holes, and an external thread on the cylindrical core extending from said rear side to said front side for engaging with the internal thread of said one of said plate holes, said front side being provided with said uncured layer of the polymerizable and/or cross-linkable material,
wherein the assembly is configured to be attached to the bone without the bone being penetrated further than the cortical layer of the bone.

US Pat. No. 10,111,695

DISTAL BONE ANCHORS FOR BONE FIXATION WITH SECONDARY COMPRESSION

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A fusion device, comprising:an elongate body having a proximal end and a distal end;
a cancellous bone anchor on the distal end, the cancellous bone anchor comprising a helical member wrapped about a respective central axis, an outer edge of the helical member defining an outer boundary;
a break point on the proximal end;
a proximal anchor axially movably carried on the body; anda first surface structure on an external surface of the body that cooperates with a complementary second surface structure on the proximal anchor, wherein the first and second surface structures permit advancing the proximal anchor along a span of the body in the distal direction but that resist axial proximal movement of the proximal anchor at all positions along the span of the body; wherein the proximal anchor comprises an outwardly extending flange and a tubular member extending longitudinally away from the flange towards the cancellous bone anchor, wherein an internal surface of the tubular member comprises the second surface structure.

US Pat. No. 10,111,694

PEDICLE SCREW ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLY

SKELETAL DESIGN PARTNERSH...

1. A pedicle screw assembly, comprising:a bone fastener having a head at a proximal end and a threaded portion extending between the proximal end and a distal end;
a compression member having a cylindrical outer surface and a conical inner surface;
a locking member having an outer surface adapted to mate with the conical inner surface of the compression member, wherein the outer surface of the locking member has a proximal portion and a distal portion with at least one of a circumferential flange and a circumferential groove, the proximal portion of the locking member further comprising a plurality of vertical slots, the slots extending from the outer surface to the inner surface and from a top of the proximal portion down to at least one of the circumferential flange and the circumferential groove in the distal portion, the slots being disposed around an outer circumference of the proximal portion, and wherein the locking member further comprises a relief extending from the outer surface to the inner surface and from a top of the proximal portion to a bottom of the distal portion; and
a receiving housing having a central bore extending from a proximal end to a distal end, wherein the distal end comprises a first opening sized to receive the head of the bone fastener and the proximal end comprises a second opening sized to receive the locking member and the compression member, wherein the receiving housing further comprises an intermediate portion extending between the proximal end and the distal end, and wherein the intermediate portion further comprises a retention mechanism extending from the intermediate portion of the receiving housing inwardly towards the central bore;
wherein the compression member is positioned below the retention mechanism and an uppermost surface of the compression member engages a bottommost surface of the retention mechanism of the receiving housing.

US Pat. No. 10,111,693

ORTHOPEDIC EXTERNAL COMPRESSION PLATE

1. An orthopedic locking plate unit for connecting and compressing fractured bone without direct contact and friction between the locking plate unit and the fractured bone, wherein the locking plating plate unit comprises:a locking plate, an external apparatus and a holder, the locking plate including a plurality of circular locking holes and at least one elongated hole, the at least one elongated hole provided on at least one side of the locking plate, and the holder being placed at the at least one elongated hole;
wherein said holder is configured to hold the locking plate above the fractured bone for enabling movement of the locking plate in a horizontal direction;
wherein said holder is in a dumbbell shape and comprises a hole throughout a length of the holder at a centre thereof for receiving a drill bit or tap and a longitudinal slit throughout a radius at an outer surface thereof for facilitating press fit and release; and
wherein the external apparatus includes a compression unit, a fixing unit and a box.

US Pat. No. 10,111,691

EXPANDABLE INTRAMEDULLARY SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME

Globus Medical, Inc., Au...

1. A system for stabilizing a long bone, the system comprising:an expandable intramedullary nail configured to extend through an intramedullary canal of a long bone, the intramedullary nail having a proximal portion and a distal portion, the proximal portion having an opening extending therethrough, and the distal portion having one or more expandable fixation members disposed in the intramedullary nail in a contracted position, wherein, upon mechanical actuation of the one or more fixation members, the one or more fixation members linearly extend from the intramedullary nail to an expanded position to securely anchor the distal portion of intramedullary nail in the intramedullary canal; and
a proximal anchor positioned through the opening and configured to secure the proximal portion of the intramedullary nail,
wherein the one or more expandable fixation members have an outer surface that is substantially planar with a curve that conforms to a cross-sectional shape of the intramedullary nail, and
wherein each outer surface of the one or more expandable fixation members is substantially parallel to the intramedullary nail when extended to the expanded position.

US Pat. No. 10,111,688

SYSTEM FOR TREATING BONE FRACTURES

McGinley Engineered Solut...

1. A method for restoring a subchondral bone fragment of a fractured bone, comprising:providing a beam proximate to the subchondral bone fragment; and
rotating the beam about an axis of rotation so as to reposition the subchondral bone fragment, wherein rotating the beam comprises inserting a positioning device through the bone to engage the beam such that the beam rotates about the axis of rotation and repositions the subchondral bone fragment.

US Pat. No. 10,111,686

DEVICE FOR THE TRANSCUTANEOUS IMPLANTATION OF EPICARDIAL PACEMAKER ELECTRODES

DEUTSCHES HERZZENTRUM BER...

1. A device for transcutaneous implantation of an epicardial pacemaker electrode, which is arranged in a tubular, flexible implantation catheter insertable into a pericardial space, wherein a distal end area of the electrode is connected to a shape-variable element for aligning the electrode, in particular for adjusting an implantation angle thereof, and for stabilizing, in particular laterally stabilizing, the electrode; and wherein the shape-variable element includes an aligning and stabilizing element, which receives the electrode and which has open or closed end-side rings and struts connecting the end-side rings, which struts, during advance of the implantation catheter from a puncture site to an implantation site, are disposed within an outer catheter and, after release of the aligning and stabilizing element, deploy to an implantation position.

US Pat. No. 10,111,685

METHOD AND STRUCTURE FOR SELECTIVELY LOCKING PORTIONS OF A SEAL ASSEMBLY

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A seal assembly for a surgical access device, the seal assembly comprising:a lower housing configured to couple to a sleeve of the surgical access device;
an upper housing supported on the lower housing and movable relative to the lower housing between first and second rotational orientations to selectively secure the upper and lower housings together; and
a first lock component secured to the lower housing and a second lock component secured to the upper housing, the first lock component configured to move between a locked position to engage the second lock component and retain the upper and lower housings in the second rotational orientation to prevent removal of the upper housing from the lower housing, and an unlocked position to enable the upper housing to move to the first rotational orientation and enable the upper housing to be removed from the lower housing, the first lock component normally biased toward the locked position.

US Pat. No. 10,111,684

ADAPTER ASSEMBLY INCLUDING A REMOVABLE TROCAR ASSEMBLY

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An adapter assembly for connecting a loading unit to a handle assembly, the adapter assembly comprising:a sleeve;
a trocar assembly releasably securable with the sleeve, the trocar assembly including a housing defining first and second locking slots, wherein the trocar assembly moves longitudinally with respect to the sleeve and is configured to attach to an anvil assembly; and
a locking mechanism configured to releasably secure the trocar assembly within the sleeve, the locking mechanism including first and second locking members configured for selective reception within the first and second locking slots, respectively of the trocar housing.

US Pat. No. 10,111,683

POSITIONING AND TISSUE SENSING DEVICES AND METHODS

OMEQ MEDICAL LTD., M.P. ...

1. An apparatus for safely positioning an introducer or a stylet inside a mammalian tissue, the apparatus comprising:a hollow introducer having a longitudinal axis and a distal end;
a stylet movable through the hollow introducer and arranged to be controllably pushed out of the distal end of the introducer and against the mammalian tissue;
an actuator arranged to controllably push the stylet out of the distal end of the introducer or pull it back towards the distal end;
a sensor arranged to measure a force or a pressure required to push the stylet against the mammalian tissue; and
a processor arranged to record and analyze the measurements and determine therefrom a type of the mammalian tissue and transitions between different mammalian tissues and cavities.

US Pat. No. 10,111,682

CONNECTION OF A MANIPULATION MEMBER, INCLUDING A BEND WITHOUT SUBSTANTIAL SURFACE CRACKS, TO AN ENDOVASCULAR INTERVENTION DEVICE

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A device for intravascular intervention, the device comprising:an intervention element;
an elongate manipulation member comprising a metallic material forming a hooked portion extending about a proximal portion of the intervention element, the hooked portion comprising a bend, the hooked portion having (i) no substantial surface crack in the metallic material at an interior region of the bend and (ii) a maximum lateral dimension that is less than 0.027 inch; and
a joining element substantially permanently attaching the hooked portion to the intervention element.

US Pat. No. 10,111,681

HAND HELD DERMAPLANING DEVICE AND DERMAPLANING PROCESS

DD Karma LLC, Highland P...

1. A blade assembly for use with a hand-held skin treatment device, the skin treatment device including first and second rails for detachably coupling the blade assembly thereto, the blade assembly comprising:an elongated blade holder configured to be slidably attached to the skin treatment device in a longitudinal direction, the blade holder including first and second ends and first and second sides extending in the longitudinal direction between the first and second ends;
first and second slots extending in the longitudinal direction between the first and second ends of the blade holder, the first slot extending along the first side and the second slot extending along the second side, the first and second slots configured to slidably receive the first and second rails of the skin treatment device;
an elongated blade supported by the blade holder, the blade extending in the longitudinal direction and including a cutting edge; and
at least one first notch located on the first side of the blade holder and at least one second notch located on the second side of the blade holder, the at least one first and second notches located between the first and second slots and the blade edge, each of the at least one first and second notches configured to cooperate with a blade retainer to hold the blade holder in position on the blade retainer for slidably attaching the blade assembly to the skin treatment device when the blade assembly is held by the blade retainer, wherein the at least one first notch extends directly from the first slot and the at least one second notch extends directly from the second slot, each notch extending in a lateral direction toward the cutting edge.

US Pat. No. 10,111,680

THERAPEUTIC ULTRASOUND SYSTEM

Flowcardia, Inc., Tempe,...

1. An ultrasound catheter comprising:an elongated catheter body having a proximal end, a distal end and at least one lumen extending longitudinally therethrough;
a proximal housing that is coupled to the proximal end of the elongated catheter body, the proximal housing having a distal bore;
an ultrasound transmission member extending longitudinally through the lumen of the catheter body;
a sonic connector positioned on the proximal end of the ultrasound transmission member for connecting the ultrasound transmission member to a separate ultrasound generating device at a connection location, the sonic connector comprising a proximal section for connection to the separate ultrasound generating device, and a front portion which connects to the proximal end of the ultrasound transmission member;
and
an absorber retained inside the distal bore of the proximal housing and which substantially surrounds the ultrasound transmission member.

US Pat. No. 10,111,679

CIRCUITRY AND SENSORS FOR POWERED MEDICAL DEVICE

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. An electronic system for a surgical instrument, the electronic system comprising:a main power supply circuit configured to supply electrical power to a primary circuit;
a supplementary power supply circuit configured to supply electrical power to a secondary circuit; and
a short circuit protection circuit coupled between the main power supply circuit and the supplementary power supply circuit;
wherein the short circuit protection circuit is configured to lockout the firing of the surgical instrument after a short circuit event;
wherein the supplementary power supply circuit is configured to isolate itself from the main power supply circuit after the supplementary power supply circuit detects a short circuit condition at the secondary circuit; and
wherein the supplementary power supply circuit is configured to rejoin the main power supply circuit and supply power to the secondary circuit, after the short circuit condition ends.

US Pat. No. 10,111,677

RETRIEVAL DEVICES AND RELATED METHODS OF USE

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. A retrieval device having a contracted state and an expanded state, comprising:a sheath defining a longitudinal axis;
a first arm, a second arm, and a third arm; and
a first member extending between a distal end of the first arm and a distal end of the third arm, and a second member extending between a distal end of the second arm and the distal end of the third arm;
wherein in the expanded state, from a distal-end view, the first and second members and the distal ends of the first arm, second arm, and third arm form a V-shape with an open mouth, and wherein a distal end of the third arm is parallel to the longitudinal axis in the expanded state.

US Pat. No. 10,111,676

LOOPED CLOT RETRIEVER WIRE

COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A clot retrieval system comprising:an elongated sheath having a lumen disposed therein, the lumen having an inner diameter;
a wire assembly disposed within the elongated sheath, the wire assembly comprising a straight section and a curved section, a distal end of the straight section connected to a proximal end of the curved section, the curved section being comprised of a first wire segment extending distally from the proximal end of the curved section and biased to curve in a first circumferential direction, a second wire segment extending distally from the proximal end of the curved section and biased to curve in a second circumferential direction opposite the first circumferential direction, the first wire segment and second wire segment forming a first loop having a first loop proximal end and a first loop distal end, the first wire segment being connected to the second wire segment at the first loop proximal end and the first loop distal end to prevent the first wire segment from moving relative to the second wire segment, a third wire segment extending distally from the first loop distal end and biased to curve in the first circumferential direction, a fourth wire segment extending distally from the first loop distal end and biased to curve in the second circumferential direction, the third wire segment and fourth wire segment forming a second loop having a second loop proximal end and a second loop distal end, the third wire segment being connected to the fourth wire segment at the second loop proximal end and the second loop distal end to prevent the third wire segment from moving relative to the fourth wire segment, wherein the second loop proximal end is connected to and extends from the first loop distal end, and a side view of the first loop and the second loop is arc-shaped;
an elastic membrane secured to the third wire segment and the fourth wire segment and not secured to the first wire segment or second wire segment, the membrane bridging the second loop and configured to collect clot material; and
a mesh comprised of a plurality of woven filaments secured to the first wire segment and the second wire segment and not secured to the third wire segment or the fourth wire segment, the mesh bridging the first loop and configured to break up a clot into smaller pieces;
wherein the curved section of the wire assembly is disposed on only one side of an axis defined by the straight section of the wire assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,111,675

DEVICE FOR FORMING AN OPENING ADAPTED TO RECEIVE A CRANIAL PLUG

N.G. MED SINGLE MEMBER PR...

1. A device adapted to perform appropriate forming of openings (3) made in a skull (2) to facilitate cutting out a skull flap during brain surgery with a scope of subsequently filling such openings with standardised cranial plugs, said device characterised in that it comprises:a cylindrical body member (6) with a rear end extending into a shaft (8) having an appropriate configuration for being coupled in a rotary power supply source and a frontal end provided with a cutting head (8a) comprising a perimetrical arrangement of cutting teeth of triangular section, said frontal end of the cylindrical body member (6) comprising a circumferential ring (7) rearward of the cutting head (8a), said circumferential ring (7) having a diameter larger than an external diameter of the cutting head (8a) and forming a circumferential flat basement (7a), and
a guide head (10) comprising a first cylindrical portion (10a) that has a diameter, smaller than the external diameter of the cutting head (8a) and larger than an internal diameter thereof, equivalent to the corresponding diameter of an opening (3) made in the skull (2) so as to firmly fit onto side walls of said opening (3) when inserted therein, said first cylindrical portion (10a) extending forwardly of said cutting head (8a), a second cylindrical portion (13) extending rearwardly said first cylindrical portion (10a), said second cylindrical portion (13) having a diameter smaller than the diameter of the first cylindrical portion (10a) and equivalent to the internal diameter of the cutting head (8a) so as to terminate onto a basement flange (17a) provided at the frontal end of said cylindrical body member (6), said second cylindrical portion (13) extending into a shaft (14) having a yet smaller diameter than said first cylindrical portion (10a) and said second cylindrical portion (13), said shaft (14) entering through an opening (17) in an interior of the cylindrical body member (6) of the device, said guide head (10) being fixedly mounted onto said cylindrical body member (6) with said first cylindrical portion (10a) thereof extending forwardly said cutting head (8a), whereby a previously cut opening (3) of the skull (2) is appropriately formed for the reception of a cranial plug through introduction of said first cylindrical portion (10a) of the guide head (10) at an inlet of said previously cut opening (3) and firm fitting thereof within the side walls of said previously cut opening (3) and subsequent initiating rotation of said cutting head (8a) drilling into the previously cut opening (3) and cutting a portion of the side walls thereof thereby creating an enlarged opening (4) appropriately formed for the reception of said cranial plug, said enlarged opening (4) having a diameter larger than a diameter of the previously cut opening (3) and extending at a depth corresponding to the length of the cutting head (8a) protruding forwardly said circumferential ring (7), wherein operation of said cutting head (8a) is terminated when said flat basement (7a) of said circumferential ring (7) comes in contact with an exterior surface of the skull (2).

US Pat. No. 10,111,674

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR VERTEBROSTENTING

Globus Medical, Inc., Au...

1. A method for treating a vertebral body comprising:inserting a distal end of a flexible shaft assembly through a cannula and into the vertebral body; and
moving a lever and cam subassembly of the flexible shaft assembly from a first position to a second position, thereby applying a curving force to the distal end of the flexible shaft assembly,
wherein the flexible shaft assembly further comprises a handle and a compression spring within the handle,
wherein the lever rotates away from the handle in the first position causing the cam subassembly to compress the compression spring and straighten the distal end of the flexible shaft assembly, and
wherein the lever is positioned against the handle in the second position causing the compression spring to expand and curve the distal end of the flexible shaft assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,111,672

SURGICAL CLOSURE DEVICES INCLUDING A STAPLING MEMBER

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED,...

1. A medical device for delivery of a surgical closure member, comprising:an elongate tubular member having a proximal end, a distal end and a lumen extending therein, wherein the elongate tubular member is adapted to be delivered through the working channel of an endoscope, and wherein the lumen is adapted to receive a surgical closure member;
a tissue support extending from the distal end of the elongate tubular member, wherein the tissue support includes a support surface, and wherein the support surface is adapted to support tissue as a surgical closure member engages the tissue thereon; and
an orienting member coupled to the distal end of the elongate tubular member, the orienting member being rotatable to rotate the surgical closure member to a desired direction.

US Pat. No. 10,111,671

IMPLANT DELIVERY SYSTEM

COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A delivery system for a detachable medical device, the system comprising the detachable medical device having a first release portion, a deployment member having a second release portion, and a releasing element comprising a wire coil having a proximal end and a pull release wire attached to the proximal end, wherein the first and second release portions each having a helical element having windings defining a respective helical wound path therebetween, the wire coil of the releasing element and the windings of the first and second release portions having substantially the same diameter and pitch, such that the wire coil of the releasing element engages both of the helical wound paths between the windings of the first and second release portions to hold the first and second release portions together, the releasing element being detachable from the first and second release portions by a pull on the release wire, the pull allowing the proximal end of the wire coil to move slightly radially inwardly and then axially in the proximal direction, whereby to detach the first and second release portions from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,111,670

EXPANDABLE VASCULAR OCCLUSION DEVICE WITH LEAD FRAMING COIL

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. An occlusion device comprising:an inner embolic element comprising a proximal section and a distal section, wherein the distal section has a first stiffness and the proximal section has a second stiffness that differs from the first stiffness; and
an expandable mesh capable of being transformed between a collapsed position and an expanded position,
wherein the expandable mesh is disposed over a portion of the proximal section of the inner embolic element, and
wherein the occlusion device is permanently deployed into an aneurysm.

US Pat. No. 10,111,665

ELECTROMECHANICAL SURGICAL SYSTEMS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An electromechanical surgical system, comprising:a hand held electromechanical surgical device including at least one rotatable drive connector supported in a handle housing;
an adapter assembly selectively connectable to the surgical device, the adapter assembly including at least one rotatable drive sleeve configured to receive the at least one rotatable drive connector, a single rotatable drive shaft rotatably connected to the at least one rotatable drive sleeve and longitudinally extending to the distal end of the adapter assembly, and a gear disposed around a distal end of the rotatable drive shaft and configured to rotate with the rotatable drive shaft; and
a surgical loading unit comprising an anvil jaw and a cartridge jaw that are operatively joined to one another such that the anvil jaw and the cartridge jaw are movable between open and closed positions relative to one another, the cartridge jaw including:
a mounting portion defining a receiving channel;
a power screw disposed within the receiving channel of the mounting portion;
a gear member mounted on a proximal portion of the power screw and operably engagable with the gear of the adapter assembly; and
a locking mechanism disposed within the mounting portion for locking the surgical loading unit to the adapter assembly, the locking mechanism being movable between an unlocked position when the cartridge jaw is free of a cartridge and a locked position when a cartridge is loaded into the cartridge jaw.

US Pat. No. 10,111,664

CLOSURE SYSTEM AND METHODS OF USE

INTEGRATED VASCULAR SYSTE...

1. A closure component configured to cooperate with tissue and be delivered from an elongate member, the closure component comprising:at least two distally extending legs;
a narrow region proximal the at least two distally extending legs; and
a fastener disposed relative to the at least two distally extending legs with a portion of the fastener extending distally beyond the narrow region in a pre-deployed configuration, the fastener configured to direct opposing legs of the at least two distally extending legs inwardly towards one another;
wherein the closure component has a deployed configuration where the opposing legs of the at least two distally extending legs are directed inwardly towards one another to engage and cooperate with the tissue and a portion of the closure component at the narrow region has fractured under strain to separate the closure component from the elongate member.

US Pat. No. 10,111,663

IMPLANT RETRIEVAL DEVICE

Ancora Heart, Inc., Sant...

1. A retrievable implant assembly comprising:an anchor delivery catheter comprising a proximal end, a distal end, and a longitudinal lumen therebetween;
an implantable tissue anchor disposed within the longitudinal lumen of the anchor delivery catheter, wherein the implantable tissue anchor comprises an eyelet;
a tether coupled to the tissue anchor eyelet and extending through the longitudinal lumen of the anchor delivery catheter from the proximal end;
an implant retrieval device comprising:
an outer elongate body having a first longitudinal lumen extending therethrough;
an inner elongate body configured to be slidably disposed within the first longitudinal lumen, wherein the inner elongate body comprises a second longitudinal lumen and a stop located within the second longitudinal lumen at a distal portion thereof;
an actuator slidably coupled to the inner elongate body;
a retrieval cable slidably disposed within the second longitudinal lumen of the inner elongate body and connected to the actuator such that the retrieval cable at least partially surrounds the stop to define a loop configured to capture the tether therein; and
a retainer comprising a clamp disposed over the inner elongate body that locks the position of the actuator with respect to the inner elongate body such that the tether is restrained within the loop against the stop.

US Pat. No. 10,111,662

SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A staple cartridge for a surgical stapling apparatus, the stapling apparatus including a first jaw member and a second jaw member, the first jaw member having a first arm extending transversely from a proximal portion thereof, and the second jaw member having a second arm extending transversely from a proximal portion thereof, the first and second arms coupled together to enable movement between the first and the second jaw members, the staple cartridge comprising:opposed outer side surfaces; and
a tissue contacting surface defining a longitudinal axis that extends between proximal and distal end portions of the tissue contacting surface, the tissue contacting surface defining a tissue contacting plane and positioned to extend distally along the longitudinal axis from the arms of the surgical stapling apparatus when the staple cartridge is coupled to one of the jaw members, the tissue contacting surface including a first segment and at least a second segment, each segment being movable relative to the other segment prior to a firing of the surgical stapling apparatus, each segment defining at least two staple receiving slots, each segment extending between an inner end portion and an outer end portion, the outer end portion of at least one of the segments extending to at least one of the opposed outer side surfaces of the staple cartridge, the first segment floating on a spring and positioned to move from a first position aligned with the tissue contacting plane towards a second position, the first segment positioned to move towards the spring and away from the tissue contacting plane as the first segment moves from the first position to the second position,
wherein the tissue contacting surface defines a knife slot that extends along the longitudinal axis between the proximal and distal end portions thereof, the knife slot separating the tissue contacting surface into a first side and a second side, the first segment being disposed on the first side of the knife slot, the second segment being disposed on the second side of the knife slot.

US Pat. No. 10,111,660

SURGICAL STAPLER FLEXIBLE DISTAL TIP

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A tool assembly for a surgical device, comprising:a first jaw member defining a first tissue contact surface;
a second jaw member defining a second tissue contact surface, the first jaw member and the second jaw member being movable in relation to each other between open and closed positions, wherein, in the closed position, the first and second tissue contact surfaces are spaced apart from each other and define a tissue gap; and
a compressible material secured to a distal end of the first jaw member,
the compressible material engaging the second jaw member when the first and second jaw members are in the closed position and including a textured surface having raised protrusions that are configured to contact tissue of a subject.

US Pat. No. 10,111,658

DISPLAY SCREENS FOR MEDICAL DEVICES

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An electromechanical handheld surgical device, comprising:a housing enclosing and including:
a processor;
a memory coupled to the processor and storing instructions; and
an orientation detector configured to detect orientation of the electromechanical handheld surgical device with respect to a reference direction; and
a non-planar display screen fixedly attached around a portion of the housing and configured to display information, wherein the display screen has more than one display portion, wherein the non-planar display screen covers an upper surface of the housing by at least 15 degrees to the left side and to the right side of the housing, from a top of the upper surface of the housing,
wherein the instructions, when executed by the processor, cause the non-planar display screen to display the information on a portion of the non-planar display screen,
wherein the instructions, when executed by the processor, move the information from a first display portion of the non-planar display screen to a second display portion, which is determined only based on a change in the detected orientation, and
wherein a starting location for displaying the information is determined based on a display direction setting entered by a user of the electromechanical handheld surgical device, wherein the starting location is at least one of a right side of the housing or a left side of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,111,657

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING PARAMETERS OF LINEAR MOTION IN A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical instrument, comprising:a housing;
an elongated shaft extending distally from the housing and defining a first longitudinal axis;
a firing rod disposed at least partially within the elongated shaft;
a drive mechanism disposed at least partially within the elongated shaft, the drive mechanism being in mechanical cooperation with the firing rod;
a sensor that senses changes in an electric field between the firing rod and the elongated shaft;
a signal generator that generates a pulse signal including a plurality of pulses, wherein widths of the plurality of pulses vary with the changes in the electric field between the firing rod and the elongated shaft;
a measurement unit that measures the widths of the plurality of pulses; and
a data processor that determines a parameter of motion of the firing rod based on the measured widths of the plurality of pulses.

US Pat. No. 10,111,656

TISSUE FASTENING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A fastening system comprising:a first fastening member having a backspan and a set of lobes extending from the backspan configured to atraumatically pass through tissue;
a second fastening member having a backspan and a set of lobes extending from the backspan; and
a penetrating member including a first body, a set of teeth, and a first trailing wall, the first body being substantially planar and the first trailing wall extending orthogonal to a plane defined by the first body along a trailing edge of the first body, the set of teeth extending from a leading edge of the first body opposite the trailing edge of the first body and in the plane defined by the first body, the set of teeth configured to pierce and spread tissue over the set of lobes of the first fastening member, the first trailing wall configured to support the backspan of the first fastening member.

US Pat. No. 10,111,654

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MINIMALLY INVASIVE SUTURING

EndoEvolution, LLC, Rayn...

1. A surgical suturing device having a proximal end and a distal end comprising:a) an arced suturing needle having a pointed leading end and a trailing end;
b) a suturing head disposed proximate the distal end of the device, the suturing head being configured to support the arced suturing needle therein, the arced suturing needle having a curved body, the curved body covering an arc greater than about 180°, wherein the arced suturing needle is disposed in and adapted and configured to be advanced along an arcuate path about an axis of rotation substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis defined by the suturing device;
c) a reciprocating needle drive configured to advance the arced suturing needle along a first direction led by the leading end of the needle, wherein the needle drive includes a reciprocating drive wheel pivotally coupled at an outer radial region of the drive wheel to a proximal end of a first elongate arm, the first elongate arm having a distal end with a drive pawl attached thereto for engaging the arced suturing needle, the drive wheel and first elongate arm cooperating to drive the arced suturing needle about the axis of rotation in response to actuation of the reciprocating needle drive, wherein the distal end of the first elongate arm is movable along a path that is transverse to the longitudinal axis to direct the arced suturing needle about the axis of rotation, the reciprocating needle drive also including a second elongate arm configured and arrange to limit the range of rotational motion of the reciprocating drive wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,111,653

SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND DEVICES FOR CLOSING HOLES IN BODY LUMENS

ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYS...

1. A device for closing an opening in a body lumen, comprising:an elongate member having a plurality of needle lumens;
a plurality of needles disposed within and advanceable from the plurality of needle lumens, a proximal end of the plurality of needles being mounted to a housing having a first portion and a second portion, the first portion and the second portion being separable to separate a first plurality of needles of the plurality of needles from a second plurality of needles of the plurality of needles;
a foot portion disposed distal a distal end of the plurality of needle lumens, the foot portion having a central axis; and
a plurality of feet slidably mounted on the foot portion and slidable both proximally along a length of the foot portion and radially away from the central axis of the foot portion, each foot of the plurality of feet having a cuff removably mounted therein.

US Pat. No. 10,111,652

TWO-PIECE KNOTLESS SUTURE ANCHOR

1. A suture anchor assembly, comprising:a suture anchor, comprising:
an elongated anchor body having a lumen extending there-through between a proximal end and a distal end along a longitudinal axis; and
an anchor tip having a proximal end and a distal end, the anchor tip and including an eyelet extending transversely there-through and a cavity formed in the proximal end of the anchor tip, wherein the proximal end of the anchor tip does not extend into the anchor body lumen, wherein the cavity does not intersect the eyelet, and wherein the tip is separate from of the anchor body; and
an anchor inserter, comprising:
a tubular outer shaft extending between a proximal end and a distal end; and
an inner shaft slidably receivable within the outer shaft and the anchor body lumen
wherein the distal end of the inner shaft is mechanically engageable with the cavity of the anchor tip so as to position the anchor tip distally of the anchor body;
wherein the inner shaft is proximally retractable while mechanically engaged with the anchor tip so as to urge the proximal end of the anchor tip against the distal end of the anchor body; and
wherein the proximal end of the anchor tip is deformable to accommodate receipt of at least a portion of the distal end of the anchor body within the cavity upon being urged proximally against the distal end of the anchor body.

US Pat. No. 10,111,651

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF ANCHORING SUPPORT MATERIAL TO TISSUE

1. A method of anchoring a support material to tissue, the method comprising:forming an incision in a urogenital triangle of a patient for access to a pelvis of the patient;
inserting a body portion of an anchor into a lumen in a cannula and having a spine portion of the anchor extending radially out of a wall of the cannula, where the anchor has a suture connected to the anchor with a body portion of the suture trailing away from the anchor;
inserting a leading end of the cannula and the anchor into the incision;
pushing the leading end of the cannula into periosteum tissue of the pelvis and engaging the spine portion of the anchor with the periosteum tissue;
withdrawing the leading end of the cannula from the incision and leaving the anchor engaged in the periosteum tissue with the body portion of the suture extending from the anchor, through the incision, to a location exterior of the patient;
securing the support material to the suture that is attached to the anchor; and
delivering the support material over and along the suture from the location exterior of the patient, through the incision, and to the pelvis of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,111,650

PEDICLE MOUNTABLE RETRACTOR SYSTEM

Minimal Invasive Technolo...

1. A retractor system comprising:a first tower comprising
a first tube having a screw gripping formation in the form of elastic spring biased parts, for removably mounting the first tower on a first surgical screw;
a centre shaft comprising a transverse formation at a distal end thereof; and
an inner tube having an external thread towards a distal end thereof, and having an external diameter which is less than an inner diameter of the first tube, the inner tube being coaxially receivable in the first tube,
wherein the centre shaft is coaxially receivable in a bore of the first tube with the transverse formation locating in diametrically opposed notches of a head of the screw and wherein the inner tube is coaxially receivable between the centre shaft and the first tube and the external thread cooperates with a complementary internal thread in the first tube to bear onto and lock the transverse formation of the centre shaft in the diametrically opposed notches,
a second tower which is mountable on a second surgical screw;
a link extending between the first and second towers; and
at least a first elongate retractor element for at least one of muscle, tissue and nerve structures and which at least first elongate retractor element is movably mountable on the link.

US Pat. No. 10,111,648

PROCEDURAL SHEATH ADAPTER FOR VASCULAR CLOSURE DEVICE

TERUMO PUERTO RICO, LLC, ...

1. A sheath adapter configured for use between a tissue puncture closure device and a procedural sheath, the procedural sheath adapted for insertion into a tissue puncture, and the tissue puncture closure device adapted for partial insertion into the procedural sheath and sealing of the tissue puncture, the sheath adapter comprising:a sheath connection portion positioned at a distal end of the sheath adapter, the sheath connection portion including at least one latch member configured to releasably mount the sheath adapter to the procedural sheath by extending into a recess of the procedural sheath;
a closure device connection portion of the body positioned at a proximal end of the sheath adapter, the distal end and the proximal end being opposite ends of the sheath adapter with respect to a central axis of the adapter, said central axis extending between the distal end and the proximal end, the proximal end defining a proximal end wall which faces a direction along the central axis away from the distal end, said proximal end wall, as viewed in a cross-section taken along the central axis, extending perpendicular to the central axis;
the closure device connection portion having at least one connection aperture opening on the proximal end wall and sized to releasably mount the sheath adapter to the tissue closure device by receiving a sheath connection member of the tissue closure device, the at least one connection aperture having a closed perimeter within the closure device connection portion and being disposed radially inward, with respect to the central axis, of the at least one latch member;
an open aperture opening on the proximal end wall and configured to receive passage of a carrier tube of the tissue puncture closure device through the sheath adapter.

US Pat. No. 10,111,647

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING ULTRASONIC IMAGE

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An apparatus for generating an ultrasonic image, comprising:an ultrasonic transducer which has an ultra-wideband frequency transfer characteristic;
a pulse generator which generates a plurality of ultrasonic pulses, wherein each pulse of the plurality of ultrasonic pulses has a different respective center frequency within a frequency band of the ultrasonic transducer, wherein the pulse generator comprises a plurality of bandpass filters;
a controller which controls the pulse generator to:
generate a first ultrasonic pulse using a first bandpass filter of the plurality of bandpass filters, wherein the first ultrasonic pulse corresponds to a first focal point at a first depth,
generate a second ultrasonic pulse using a second bandpass filter of the plurality of bandpass filters, wherein the second ultrasonic pulse corresponds to a second focal point at a second depth different than the first depth, and the second ultrasonic pulse is orthogonal to the first ultrasonic pulse;
an ultrasonic transducer configured to simultaneously transmit the first ultrasonic pulse and the second ultrasonic pulse; and
a processor configured to generate, based on reflected signals corresponding to the first ultrasonic pulse and the second ultrasonic pulse, the ultrasonic image.

US Pat. No. 10,111,646

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT TO ASSESS TISSUE CHARACTERISTICS

Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., ...

1. A method of removing a bone lesion from a bone, the method comprising:placing a hand-held ultrasonic device at least proximate a surface of the bone lesion, the hand-held ultrasonic device defining a longitudinal axis and including multiple emitting transducers and a dedicated receiving transducer, each of the multiple emitting transducers being configured to emit at least one acoustic signal;
emitting, with each emitting transducer of the multiple emitting transducers, the at least one acoustic signal into the bone lesion, each of the at least one acoustic signals being reflected by a boundary of the bone lesion, each of the reflected acoustic signals defining an echo;
separately detecting, with the dedicated receiving transducer, each of the echoes correlating to each of the at least one acoustic signals;
determining a time delay for each of the detected echoes, each of the time delays being calculated from the time of the emitting of each of the at least one acoustic signals and the detecting of each of the echoes;
assuming a speed for each of the at least one acoustic signals in the bone lesion;
calculating boundaries of the bone lesion by calculating depths thereof based on at least the determining of the time delays and the assumed speeds;
calculating an approximate volume of the bone lesion based on the calculating of the boundaries of the bone lesion and comparing the boundaries to one or more known geometric shapes of known volume; and
based on the calculated approximate volume, debriding the bone lesion to produce a cavity in the bone substantially free of the bone lesion.

US Pat. No. 10,111,645

PERCUTANEOUS, ULTRASOUND-GUIDED INTRODUCTION OF MEDICAL DEVICES

Muffin Incorporated, Wes...

1. A system for delivering a vascular filter to a target site in a patient, the system comprising:a sheath introducible through a percutaneous access site of the patient, the sheath having an inner lumen and a distal tip, the sheath having an echogenic marker located proximate the distal tip and a first series of visible indicia occurring along a first longitudinal region of the sheath, the first longitudinal region positioned to include a location aligned with a reference point external of the percutaneous access site when the distal tip of the sheath is at the target site;
an intravascular ultrasound device configured for slidable receipt through the inner lumen of the sheath and having an intravascular ultrasound probe in a distal region thereof for generating an ultrasound image signal for identifying the target site;
a filter introducer configured for slidable receipt through the inner lumen of the sheath, the filter introducer including a filter delivery instrument and a vascular filter carried by the filter delivery instrument;
wherein the vascular filter includes a first echogenic marker, and a second echogenic marker longitudinally spaced a distance from the first echogenic marker; and
wherein the filter includes a hub and plurality of struts emanating from the hub, and wherein the first echogenic marker is provided on the hub.

US Pat. No. 10,111,644

METHOD OF COHERENT FLOW IMAGING USING SYNTHETIC TRANSMIT FOCUSING AND ACOUSTIC RECIPROCITY

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A method for acoustic imaging, the method comprising:providing an acoustic imaging system including an acoustic transducer array and a processor;
emitting collimated acoustic radiation from the acoustic transducer array at a target at three or more distinct incidence angles;
receiving scattered acoustic radiation from the target with the acoustic transducer array;
determining acoustic images of the target from the scattered acoustic radiation corresponding to each of the three or more incidence angles;
computing an angular coherence image with the processor by
i) averaging the acoustic images vs. angle to estimate an angular coherence function at each spatial point of the acoustic images;
ii) integrating the angular coherence function over a predetermined angular range to provide the angular coherence image;
providing the angular coherence image as an output.

US Pat. No. 10,111,643

CARDIAC MONITOR SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HOME AND TELEMEDICINE APPLICATION

Medtronic Vascular, Inc.,...

1. A system for detecting aortic stenosis comprising:a monitoring device configured to be coupled to a patient, the monitoring device including a heart sound sensor configured to detect heart sounds of the patient, and a signal processor; and
a processor configured to
receive a signal representative of the detected heart sounds from the signal processor and process the signal representative of detected heart sounds to determine tested values of at least one of,
peak frequencies of a first heart sound, a second heart sound, and a third heart sound of the patient, wherein the first heart sound is detected at closure of a mitral valve of the patient, the second heart sound is detected at the closure of an aortic valve and a pulmonary valve of the patient, and the third heart sound is detected at passive diastolic filling of ventricles of the patient,
a ratio of a first time period from the second heart sound in a first cardiac cycle to the first heart sound in a second cardiac cycle and a second time period from the first heart sound in the second cardiac cycle to the second heart sound in the second cardiac cycle, and
a heart beat cycle period including a systole period and a diastole period, and
compare at least one of the tested values to corresponding baseline values of the peak frequencies, the ratio, and the heart beat cycle periods stored in memory.

US Pat. No. 10,111,642

POSITIONING OF A MOBILE X-RAY DETECTOR

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A positioning device for a mobile x-ray detector, comprising:at least one device selected from the group consisting of at least one marker and at least one sensor for determining a position of the positioning device;
a number of connection elements for establishing a mechanical connection between the positioning device and the mobile x-ray detector; and
an arm which is movable from a first position to a second position and back again, said arm having a free end at which at least one of said marker or said sensor is disposed, wherein at least one of said marker or said sensor has a greater distance from the mobile x-ray detector in the second position of said arm than in the first position of the arm.

US Pat. No. 10,111,640

RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging system comprising:an imaging unit configured to transfer a radiation image generated based on radiation to a console;
a setting unit configured to set a first interrupt determination time for determining an interrupt of transfer of reduced image data of the radiation image and a second interrupt determination time for determining an interrupt of transfer of whole image data of the radiation image data; and
a control unit configured to interrupt the transfer of the reduced image data in a case where an elapsed time taken to transfer the radiation image exceeds the first interrupt determination time and to interrupt the transfer of the whole image data in a case where an elapsed time taken to transfer the radiation image exceeds the second interrupt determination time.

US Pat. No. 10,111,638

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REGISTRATION AND REPROJECTION-BASED MATERIAL DECOMPOSITION FOR SPECTRALLY RESOLVED COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY

Toshiba Medical Systems C...

1. An apparatus, comprising:processing circuitry configured to
obtain first projection data representing an intensity of first radiation incident at a plurality of detector elements, the first radiation having a first photon energy;
obtain second projection data representing an intensity of second radiation incident at the plurality of detector elements, the second radiation having a second photon energy;
register a reconstructed image of the second projection data to a reconstructed image of the first projection data;
update the second projection data using the registered reconstructed image of the second projection data; and
perform material decomposition using the updated second projection data and an updated first projection data or the first projection data.

US Pat. No. 10,111,637

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR EMULATING DEXA SCORES BASED ON CT IMAGES

Zebra Medical Vision Ltd....

1. A computerized method for estimating a DEXA score from three dimensional (3D) computed tomography (CT) imaging data, comprising:receiving 3D imaging data of a CT scan of a body of a patient containing at least a 3D bone portion;
segmenting the 3D bone portion from the 3D imaging data of the CT scan;
computing at least one grade for the 3D bone portion based on pixel associated values from the 3D bone portion;
correlating the at least one grade of the 3D bone portion with at least one score representing a relation to bone density values in a population obtained based on a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan,
wherein the at least one grade for the 3D bone portion is computed from a calculation of sub-grades performed for each one or a set of pixels having at least one of a common medial-lateral axial coordinate and a common cranial-caudal axial coordinate along a dorsal-ventral axis of a volume representation of the 3D imaging data of the CT scan; and
presenting the at least one score correlated to the least one grade on a presentation unit for diagnosis of at least one of bone mineral density (BMD), osteoporosis, and osteopenia.

US Pat. No. 10,111,636

SYNTHETIC DATA-DRIVEN HEMODYNAMIC DETERMINATION IN MEDICAL IMAGING

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for hemodynamic determination in medical imaging, the method comprising:acquiring medical scan data representing an anatomical structure of a patient;
extracting a set of features from the medical scan data;
inputting, by a processor, the features to a machine-trained classifier, the machine trained classifier trained from synthetic data not specific to any patients; and
outputting, by the processor with application of the machine-trained classifier to the features, a hemodynamic metric.

US Pat. No. 10,111,634

NUCLEAR MEDICINE DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS, DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Toshiba Medical Systems C...

10. An image processing method, comprising:counting radiation emitted from radioisotopes in an imaging region of an object;
setting a region of interest (ROI) in the imaging region; and
providing a table associating count values of the counted radiation and pixel values used for display pixels for the ROI;
changing an average and the range of the pixel values in the table in accordance with an average and a variance of the count values of the display pixels corresponding to the ROI, respectively, and determining an association between the count values and the pixel values of the display pixels corresponding to the ROI by using the changed table; and
generating an image of the ROI, wherein generating the image comprises calculating the pixel values of the respective display pixels corresponding to the ROI based on the determined association between the count values and the pixel values.

US Pat. No. 10,111,632

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BREAST CANCER DETECTION IN X-RAY IMAGES

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for breast cancer detection with an x-ray scanner, scanner, the method comprising:scanning a patient with the x-ray scanner, the scanning providing a frame of data representing breast tissue in the patient;
classifying patches of the frame of data as of interest or not based on intensity;
determining a probability of breast cancer for the patches that are of interest using a deep learnt regression at least partially trained on non-x-ray data, the probability not determined for the patches not of interest, the determining comprising inputting the patches that are of interest into the deep learnt regression, the deep regression outputting feature values;
classifying the patches with the probability over a threshold using a machine-learnt classifier and not classifying the patches with the probability below the threshold; and
displaying an indication of breast cancer for the patient based on an output of the classifying using the machine-learnt classifier.

US Pat. No. 10,111,630

X-RAY DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS

Toshiba Medical Systems C...

1. An X-ray diagnosis apparatus, comprising:a holding device configured to be movable by a moving operation and hold an X-ray tube;
a route specify unit configured to specify a movement route;
a drive unit configured to drive the holding device along the specified movement route;
an operation direction detector configured to detect an operation direction, the operation direction being a direction of the moving operation that the holding device has received; and
a drive controller configured to control the drive unit to stop a driving force when the operation direction differs from a movement direction, the movement direction being a direction of the movement route,
wherein the holding device is further configured to receive the moving operation when the drive controller controls the drive unit to stop driving.

US Pat. No. 10,111,627

MEDICAL IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

TOSHIBA MEDICAL SYSTEMS C...

1. A radiation diagnostic apparatus comprising:an X-ray tube;
a plurality of radiation detecting elements configured to detect X-rays radiated from the X-ray tube;
a plurality of signal processing substrates configured to perform processing including at least A/D conversion processing on outputted signals of the plurality of radiation detecting elements and to output processed signals as the outputted signals after being subjected to the processing including at least A/D conversion; and
processing circuitry configured to
identify a non-observing element or a non-observing substrate based on information on an imaging region included in imaging conditions of an object, the non-observing element being a radiation detecting element of the plurality of radiation detecting elements which corresponds to a region other than the imaging region, and the non-observing substrate being a signal processing substrate of the plurality of signal processing substrates which corresponds to the non-observing element, and
control an operation of the non-observing element or an operation of the non-observing substrate in imaging under the imaging conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,111,626

X-RAY CT APPARATUS

Toshiba Medical Systems C...

1. An X-ray computed tomography (CT) apparatus comprising:collection circuitry configured to collect a signal derived from X-rays emitted from an X-ray tube and transmitted through a subject;
control circuitry configured to calculate a value of tube current to be supplied to the X-ray tube in a main scan, based on a first image acquired through a first reconstruction process, the first reconstruction process using the signal and a first image-processing filter, the signal being collected by the collection circuitry in a localizer scan; and
image generation circuitry configured to generate a second image as a localizer image through a second reconstruction process, the second reconstruction process using the signal and a second image-processing filter, the signal being collected by the collection circuitry in the localizer scan.

US Pat. No. 10,111,625

BIOPSY APPARATUS AND OPERATION METHOD THEREOF

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A biopsy apparatus comprising:a radiation source for irradiating radiation toward a subject to be examined from a tube;
a radiation detector for detecting radiation which has been irradiated from the radiation source and passed through the subject so as to generate a radiographic image;
a stereotactic image generator for generating a stereotactic image, which consists of two radiographic images generated by the radiation detector and is represented by a stereotactic coordinate system, by irradiating radiation from the tube disposed at two stereotactic tube positions each having a different angle relative to the subject;
a tomosynthesis image generator for generating a tomosynthesis image, which is represented by a tomosynthesis coordinate system, by irradiating radiation from the tube disposed at a plurality of tomosynthesis tube positions each having a different angle relative to the subject and performing reconstruction of a plurality of tomographic images from a plurality of radiographic images generated by the radiation detector;
a biopsy needle driver for driving a biopsy needle based on a biopsy coordinate system calibrated with respect to the stereotactic coordinate system so as to insert the biopsy needle into the subject; and
a processor configured to:
identify a position of a target designated based on the tomosynthesis image as a first designated position; and
obtain two projection positions by virtually projecting the first designated position to the image detector from two calibrated-stereotactic tube positions which have been calibrated into the tomosynthesis coordinate system, and converting the first designated position into a second designated position in the stereotactic coordinate system based on the stereotactic tube positions and the projection positions.

US Pat. No. 10,111,624

MEASURING ELECTRODE IMPEDANCE IN AN IMPEDANCE MEASUREMENT CIRCUIT

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A circuit comprising:an excitation source;
a sense circuit;
a first electrode;
a second electrode;
a first switch coupled between a terminal of the excitation source and the first electrode;
a second switch coupled between the first electrode and a terminal of the sense circuit;
a third switch coupled between the terminal of the excitation source and the second electrode; and
a fourth switch coupled between the second electrode and the terminal of the sense circuit,
wherein the sense circuit is configured to close both the first switch and the second switch during measurement of an impedance.

US Pat. No. 10,111,620

ENHANCED MOTION TRACKING USING TRANSPORTABLE INERTIAL SENSORS TO DETERMINE THAT A FRAME OF REFERENCE IS ESTABLISHED

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first inertial sensor mounted on a portable device of a user;
a second inertial sensor mounted on a tracking device of the user being carried by a moving platform; and
a computer-readable storage medium storing executable instructions configured to:
receive, from the portable device, input that indicates the portable device is affixed or secured to the moving platform,
receive, from the first inertial sensor, a signal useable to determine an established frame of reference based at least in part on the portable device being affixed or secured to the moving platform,
receive, from the second inertial sensor, a signal useable to determine movement of the tracking device within the established frame of reference;
provide a notification,
receive a response to the notification, and
based on the response indicating an acceptance, process the signal received from the second inertial sensor and the signal received from the first inertial sensor to determine the movement of the tracking device within the established frame of reference.

US Pat. No. 10,111,619

SMART SPORTS PROTECTIVE APPARATUS INCLUDING USER DATA COLLECTING CIRCUIT

1. A smart sports protective apparatus, comprising:a base body device for covering at least a part of a user's body to relieve an impact of an external force to at least the part of the user's body when the user is playing sports;
a circuit device for collecting user data, including the user's biological data, motion status data, and body gesture data, from the user in real time when the user is playing sports, at least a part of the circuit device being arranged inside the base body device; and
a power supply device for supplying an electric power to the circuit device, the power supply device being arranged inside the base body device, the circuit device and the power supply device being formed integrally and being tiled in the base body device,
the circuit device comprising:
a data collecting unit for collecting the user data, and the data collecting unit including
a biosensing module for collecting the user's biological data,
a gesture sensing module for collecting the user's body gesture data, and
a motion sensing module for collecting the user's motion status data; and
a first processing unit for controlling the collecting operations of the data collecting unit,
at least a part of the biosensing module being arranged on an inner surface of the base body device contacting with the user's body, and the biosensing module comprising at least one of:
a heart rate sensor for detecting data of a real-time heart rate of the user,
an electrocardio sensor for detecting data of a real-time electrocardo of the user,
a pulse sensor for detecting data of a real-time pulse of the user,
a blood oxygen sensor for detecting data of a real-time blood oxygen of the user,
a body temperature sensor for detecting data of a real-time body temperature of the user,
a myoeletricity sensor for detecting data of a real-time myoeletricity of the user, and
a blood pressure sensor for detecting data of a real-time blood pressure of the user,
at least one of the heart rate sensor, the electrocardio sensor, the pulse sensor, and the blood oxygen sensor comprising
an optical transceiver which, when the base body device covers at least the part of the user's body, emits and receives light in a closed space formed by the base body device and at least the part of the user's body without being influenced by external light,
the circuit device further comprising:
a first wireless communication unit for transmitting the user data to a mobile terminal wirelessly;
a second wireless communication unit for transmitting the user data to a server wirelessly via a base station apparatus, at least a part of the second wireless communication unit being arranged not to be blocked by insulators in the smart sports protective apparatus; and
a second processing unit for controlling the wireless transmission operation of the second wireless communication unit.

US Pat. No. 10,111,618

DUAL PURPOSE WEARABLE PATCH FOR MEASUREMENT AND TREATMENT

VivaLnk, Inc., Campbell,...

1. A dual purpose wearable patch, comprising:a stretchable and permeable substrate;
a sensing unit mounted in the stretchable and permeable substrate, wherein the sensing unit includes a bottom portion adapted to be in direct contact with a user's skin, wherein the sensing unit comprises a temperature sensor in thermal contact with the bottom portion to conduct a measurement of a user to produce a measurement signal;
one or more electrodes respectively attached to the stretchable and permeable substrate, wherein the one or more electrodes are configured to be in electrical contact with the user's skin and are configured to apply a voltage across the user's body;
a circuit substrate on the stretchable and permeable substrate, wherein the circuit substrate comprises a circuit electrically connected with the one or more electrodes and the sensing unit; and
a semiconductor chip mounted on the circuit substrate and in connection with the circuit, wherein the semiconductor chip is configured to receive the measurement signal from the sensing unit, wherein the semiconductor chip is configured to produce a treatment control signal to control the one or more electrodes to apply a voltage across the user's body.

US Pat. No. 10,111,617

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR EEG MONITORING

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A medical monitoring system, comprising:an electroencephalography (EEG) sensor array comprising a plurality of electrodes configured for EEG monitoring, wherein the plurality of electrodes are configured to be disposed about a patient's head, and wherein the plurality of electrodes comprise a ground electrode, a reference electrode, and a plurality of sensing electrodes; and
an EEG monitor operatively coupled to the EEG sensor array, wherein the EEG monitor comprises:
input circuitry configured to receive EEG signals from the plurality of sensing electrodes;
a processor configured to:
determine a plurality of depth of anesthesia indices based at least in part on the EEG signals, wherein the depth of anesthesia indices comprise bispectral indices; and
generate a topographic color map of the depth of anesthesia indices based on a color scale, wherein the color scale comprises a predetermined set of colors, wherein each color of the predetermined set of colors represents a predetermined depth of anesthesia index; and
a display configured to display the topographic color map;
wherein the EEG monitor is configured to receive a user selection of one or more regions of the patient's head to monitor, wherein the display is configured to display an anesthesia index for each of the one or more regions, and wherein the processor is configured to determine a correlation between depth of anesthesia indices associated with a first region of the patient's head and depth of anesthesia indices associated with a second region of the patient's head, and wherein the processor is configured to detect a clinically adverse event based at least in part upon the correlation.

US Pat. No. 10,111,616

APPARATUS, METHOD AND COMPUTER ACCESSIBLE MEDIUM FOR MONITORING SLEEP QUALITY AND APPARATUS THEREOF

NEUSOFT XIKANG ALPS (SHEN...

1. A method for monitoring sleep quality of a user, comprising:with a radio frequency (RF) sensor located in a specifically-programmed computer, collecting RF body movement signals of a user during sleep;
with the specifically-programmed computer, calculating body movement energy of a preset time-slot, based on the RF body movement signals collected during the preset time-slot, wherein the preset time-slot is one of a plurality of preset time-slots comprised in a preset estimation time-span;
with the programmed computer, calculating an estimation threshold of the preset estimation time-span, based on an average value of the body movement energy of the plurality of preset time-slots which are comprised in the preset estimation time-span;
with the programmed computer, determining a sleep state of the user in the preset time-slot based on a comparison between the body movement energy of the preset time-slot and the estimation threshold of the preset estimation time-span, wherein the determining of the sleep state includes determining the sleep state that is at least one of a stage of deep sleep, a stage of light sleep, a stage of intermediate sleep or an awake stage; and
monitoring the sleep quality of the user based on the determined sleep state of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,111,615

SLEEP SCORING BASED ON PHYSIOLOGICAL INFORMATION

Fitbit, Inc., San Franci...

1. A method of assessing sleep quality of a user at an electronic device having one or more processors and a non-transitory computer readable storage medium, the method comprising:receiving one or more signals indicating an attempt by the user to fall asleep;
receiving physiological information associated with the user including at least one sleeping heart rate, the physiological information generated by one or more physiological sensors;
determining respective values for one or more sleep quality metrics based at least in part on the physiological information and at least one wakeful resting heart rate of the user; and
determining a unified score for sleep quality of the user, based at least in part on the respective values of the one or more sleep quality metrics.

US Pat. No. 10,111,613

METHODS FOR DATA RETENTION IN AN IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE

MEDTRONIC, INC., Minneap...

1. A method for retaining physiologic data in an implantable medical device, wherein the physiologic data comprises an old data record being stored in a first data structure and having an old priority index, the method comprising:sensing a physiologic signal at the implantable medical device with a sensor and converting the physiological signal to physiologic data;
(A) receiving a new data record that includes physiologic data obtained for an event;
(B) determining a new priority index of the new data record;
(C) replacing at least a portion of the old data record with at least a portion of the new data record in the first data structure;
(D) if the old priority index exceeds a threshold criterion, storing at least a portion of the old data record in a second data structure, wherein the threshold criterion is pre-determined relative to creation of the old and new data records so as to be determined independently from determining which priority indexes to associate to the old and new data records of the first and second data structures, wherein the first data structure comprises a new data pointer configured to point to one of a plurality of data entries, and, after a data record is stored in the one of a plurality of data entries, point to another data entry where the next incoming data record is to be stored in the first data structure, and wherein the second data structure is distinct from the first data structure;
(E) determining the old priority index by determining an old severity level that is associated with the old data record;
(F) determining a new severity level that is associated with the new data record, a new priority index of the new data record based on the new severity level;
(G) evaluating the new severity level by a processing device of the medical device to control a start of therapy; and
(H) using a therapy device of the medical device to provide the therapy.

US Pat. No. 10,111,612

VIRTUAL MAGNETIC TRANSMISSION LINES FOR COMMUNICATION AND POWER TRANSFER IN CONDUCTING MEDIA

ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS ...

1. A neuronal radio-frequency (RF) telemetry system comprising:a microscopically-sized neuronal sensor tuned to a resonance at a chosen radio-frequency;
an electronic circuitry operably connected to said neuronal sensor,
a passive array of microscopically-sized neuronal transmitter elements separated from one another by a distance that defines near-field interaction between immediately neighboring neuronal transmitter elements of the passive array, wherein an outmost transmitter element of said array is separated from the neuronal sensor by the distance, and
a receiver in RF communication at least with the outmost transmitter element.

US Pat. No. 10,111,611

PERSONAL EMOTIONAL PROFILE GENERATION

Affectiva, Inc., Boston,...

1. A computer-implemented method for mental state analysis comprising:obtaining mental state data from an individual, wherein the mental state data is extracted, using one or more processors, from facial images of an individual captured as they respond to stimuli;
analyzing the mental state data extracted from facial images to produce mental state information;
correlating the mental state information of the individual with mental state information from a plurality of people, wherein the mental state information from the plurality of people is determined as a function of at least one historical environmental condition measured from ambient conditions affecting at least one of the plurality of people and stored as historical contextual information;
categorizing, using one or more processors, the individual with others from the plurality of people based on the correlating and a rate of change of a plurality of expressions of the individual, wherein the rate of change is evaluated during exposure to specific stimuli and wherein the categorizing is part of a profile;
determining at least one recent environmental condition by measuring an ambient condition affecting the individual during the exposure to specific stimuli and storing the measurement as recent contextual information; and
predicting a future reaction to a stimulus, based on the profile, the historical contextual information, and the recent contextual information.

US Pat. No. 10,111,609

METHOD FOR DETECTING A MALFUNCTION OF A SENSOR FOR MEASURING AN ANALYTE CONCENTRATION IN VIVO

ROCHE DIABETES CARE, INC....

1. A method for detecting a malfunction of a sensor for measuring an analyte concentration in vivo, comprising:producing a series of measuring signals, by means of the sensor;
determining successively a value of a noise parameter from the measuring signals, the noise parameter indicating how severely the measurement is impaired by interference signals;
determining the rate of change of the values of the noise parameter by calculating a time derivative of the noise parameter, wherein the rate of change of the noise parameter is determined on a smoothened series of values of the noise parameter; and
analyzing the rate of change of the noise parameter in order to detect a malfunction,
wherein in calculating the value of the noise parameter it is determined which portion of a measuring value is based on the interference signals such that a given measuring value is the sum of a useful signal that corresponds to the analyte concentration and the interference signal, and
wherein a recursive filter is used to separate a noise portion from the useful portion of the measurement signal.

US Pat. No. 10,111,607

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING LESION SIZE IN CATHETER-BASED ABLATION TREATMENT

1. A system for visualizing lesions on target tissue, the system comprising a data acquisition and processing unit configured to:receive signals from a force sensor of an elongated flexible catheter comprising an ablation head, said force sensor signals being in reaction to forces exerted against said ablation head by said target tissue;
produce a sequence of contact force values based on said force sensor signals acquired over a time period of energization of said ablation head;
determine in real time a force-time integral based on said sequence of contact forces;
characterize a lesion based on said force-time integral; and
generate for display a visualization representing said characterization of said lesion.

US Pat. No. 10,111,605

POSITIONING CUSHION FOR A MEDICAL IMAGING EXAMINATION, AND MEDICAL IMAGING APPARATUS WITH A POSITIONING CUSHION

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A positioning cushion for positioning a subject at a positioning site, said positioning cushion comprising:a first positioning unit comprising a foam material;
a second positioning unit comprising a fluid cushion having a port allowing selective filling, at said positioning site, of said fluid cushion with a fluid;
a third positioning unit connected to each of said first and second positioning units and being situated between said first and second positioning units, said third positioning unit comprising a stabilizer that has a macroscopic shape;
said second positioning unit comprising a deformable wall connected to said stabilizer, with said deformable wall and said stabilizer in combination forming an interior of said fluid cushion into which said fluid is received and held in order to form said fluid cushion; and
said first second and third positioning units being adapted to receive a subject thereon to position said subject at said positioning site, with said stabilizer retaining said macroscopic shape when said subject is received thereon.

US Pat. No. 10,111,604

PORTABLE APPARATUS FOR DETECTING BREAST CANCER

1. A portable breast cancer screening device comprising:a measurement sensor configured to measure a biological potential in a first breast area of a subject;
a reference sensor configured to measure a biological potential in a second breast area corresponding to a position at which the measurement sensor is attached; and
a detector electrically connected to a peripheral sensor configured to measure a biological potential around the position at which the measurement sensor is attached, and configured to measure a biological potential generated in a body,
wherein the detector comprises:
an overvoltage/overcurrent protection circuit configured to block a leakage current from being introduced to the detector;
a differential amplifier configured to amplify a voltage input from a sensor among the measurement sensor, the reference sensor, and the peripheral sensor;
an active low pass filter configured to pass only a signal frequency of a low frequency band among signals transmitted from the differential amplifier;
a driver amplifier configured to amplify a signal passed through the active low pass filter;
an analog-to-digital (AD) converter configured to convert the signal amplified by the driver amplifier into a digital signal; and
a ground operating circuit electrically connected to the differential amplifier,
wherein the ground operating circuit comprises:
an operational amplifier having two input terminals that are electrically connected to the differential amplifier and a reference voltage, respectively;
a resistor electrically connected between the operational amplifier and an output voltage;
a first capacitor electrically connected between the differential amplifier and the output voltage; and
a second capacitor electrically connected between the operational amplifier and the output voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,111,603

APPARATUS, METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PRE-ACTION THERAPY

1. An apparatus for therapy of a user's impaired body part comprising:a user interface device for interfacing with a user's non-impaired body part and for receiving a user action and for transmitting electrical signals representing the user action;
a display device for displaying at least one virtual body part image of the user's impaired body part undergoing therapy;
a body part device for physically modeling the user's impaired body part undergoing therapy wherein the body part device includes a means for receiving movement control signals, and a mechanical means for producing movement of the body part device;
a computing device operatively connected to the user interface device, the display device, and the body part device, wherein the computing device includes a memory device that stores a plurality of instructions which, when executed by the computing device, cause the computing device to:
generate, via a virtual body part manager, a virtual body part image for display on the display device, and wherein the virtual body part image represents the user's impaired body part;
receive user selections, via a selection manager configured to receive one or more selections from the user interface device, wherein the user selections correspond to one or more portions of the virtual body part image;
receive user action directions, via an action manager configured to receive one or more action directions from the user interface device, wherein the user action directions correspond to one or more actions of the virtual body part image;
generate and display virtual body part action, via the action manager configured to generate one or more display control signals that cause a displayed action of the virtual body part image, in accordance with the received user selections and the received user action directions; and
generate, via a body part device computing manager configured to interface with the body part device, one or more movement control signals based upon the one or more received user action directions from the user interface device, whereby the body part device is caused to move simultaneously with the displayed action of the virtual body part image.

US Pat. No. 10,111,602

APPARATUS FOR USE FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION ON AT LEAST ONE MUSCLE IN A PATIENT

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON...

1. An apparatus for providing information on at least one muscle in a patient, which apparatus comprises:(i) a signal generator configured to provide measurement-enabling signals for the at least one muscle;
(ii) first contact electrodes configured to enable the measurement-enabling signals from the signal generator to be received by the patient;
(iii) a measurement sub-system configured to measure a parameter of the at least one muscle, the parameter being affected by the measurement-enabling signals, and the parameter relating to at least one electrical property that is indicative of changes solely in muscle impedance caused by movement of the at least one muscle; and
(iv) a garment which is for being worn over the at least one muscle in the patient and which garment comprises an array of separate electrically conducting areas that conduct transversely through the garment, each of the separate electrically conducting areas being separated by non-electrically conducting areas or by lower electrically conducting areas,
(v) wherein the first contact electrodes are securely positionable on the garment at a predetermined precise position for obtaining the measured parameter and with the first contact electrodes being in contact with the separate electrically conducting areas in the garment that are over the predetermined position.

US Pat. No. 10,111,599

SHIELDED TWISTED PAIR OF CONDUCTORS USING CONDUCTIVE INK

1. A method for manufacturing an electrical infrastructure of a medical device, said method comprising:printing a base layer comprising electrically conductive material in a predefined pattern by depositing an electrically conductive ink on a surface of the medical device, wherein printing said predefined pattern of said base layer comprises forming a plurality of sinusoidal-shaped segments separated by a plurality of gaps wherein each sinusoidal-shaped segment does not contact the other sinusoidal-shaped segments;
printing a masking layer comprising electrically nonconductive material directly over a portion of said first layer of conductive material by depositing an electrically nonconductive ink, wherein printing said masking layer comprises depositing nonconductive ink in said gaps to electrically insulate a portion of said segments positioned within said gaps; and
printing a bridge layer comprising electrically conductive material directly over a portion of said base layer and a portion of said masking layer by depositing electrically conductive ink,
wherein said plurality of gaps comprises a first plurality of gaps and a second plurality of gaps different from said first plurality of gaps and wherein forming said plurality of sinusoidal-shaped segments comprises forming first sinusoidal-shaped segments separated by said first plurality of gaps and forming second sinusoidal-shaped segments different from said first sinusoidal-shaped segments where said second sinusoidal-shaped segments are separated by said second plurality of gaps and wherein said second sinusoidal-shaped segments are positioned within said first plurality of gaps, and wherein said printing said bridge layer comprises depositing said electrically conductive ink in said first and second plurality of gaps so as to electrically connect said first sinusoidal-shaped segments to form a first electrical conductor and to electrically connect said second sinusoidal-shaped segments to form an electrically separate second electrical conductor to thereby form an electrically separate and isolated pair of conductors in a twisted configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,111,597

ELECTRODEPOSITION OF PLATINUM/IRIDIUM (PT/IR) ON PT MICROELECTRODES WITH IMPROVED CHARGE INJECTION PROPERTIES

University of Southern Ca...

1. A Pt/Ir microelectrode comprising:a metal base of a selected metal composition; and
an electroplated Pt/Ir film on the metal base, wherein the Pt/Ir film has a desired composition ratio of Pt to Ir;
wherein the Pt/Ir film has an electrochemical impedance magnitude that is less than both of Pt and Ir alone as shown on an impedance magnitude Bode plot along a frequency region of about 100 hertz or less.

US Pat. No. 10,111,595

METHOD FOR CHECKING TOOTH POSITIONS

Sirona Dental Systems GMB...

1. A method for checking tooth positions, the method comprising:determining a positional relationship between a surface of a tooth stump and a position of a tooth root or implant based on three-dimensional volume data from an initial radiographic exposure,
wherein (i) the tooth stump and the tooth root are part of a same tooth, or (ii) the tooth stump is attached to the implant;
calculating an initial position and orientation of the tooth root or implant relative to a jawbone using the positional relationship between the surface of the tooth stump and the position of the tooth root or implant; and
calculating an altered position and orientation of the tooth root or implant relative to the jawbone using (i) non-radiographic data of the surface of the tooth stump acquired after the initial radiographic exposure, and (ii) the determined positional relationship between the surface of the tooth stump and the position of the tooth root or implant,
wherein the altered position and orientation of the tooth root or implant is different from the initial position and orientation of the tooth root or implant.

US Pat. No. 10,111,594

COMPACT OPTICAL IMAGING DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

The Trustees of Columbia ...

1. A compact optical imaging system, comprising:an imaging probe having a plurality of illumination sources and a plurality of detectors disposed on an interrogation face of said probe, each of the illumination sources operating at a respective substantially monochromatic wavelength; and
a processor configured to use signals from the detectors to indicate a degree of contact of the interrogation face with a tissue surface,
wherein the plurality of detectors are disposed at respective detection locations spaced from each other on the interrogation face,
the plurality of illumination sources are disposed at respective illumination locations spaced from each other and said detection locations on the interrogation face, and
the interrogation face is configured to be brought into contact with an object to be imaged such that light from the light sources is scattered and/or partially absorbed by said object prior to detection by one or more of the plurality of detectors.

US Pat. No. 10,111,592

BIOSENSOR

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A biosensor comprising:a wiring board;
a light emitting element and a light receiving element disposed on a principal surface of the wiring board;
a light-emitting-element sealer disposed on the principal surface of the wiring board and adjacent to the light emitting element to seal the light emitting element;
a light-receiving-element sealer disposed on the principal surface of the wiring board and adjacent to the light emitting element to seal the light receiving element;
a light shielding portion disposed between the light-emitting-element sealer and the light-receiving-element sealer; and
a cover with light transmitting properties disposed in parallel with the wiring board with the light emitting element, the light receiving element and the light shielding portion disposed therebetween,
wherein the cover comprises a roughened bottom surface that faces towards the light emitting element and the light receiving element and that is configured to scatter light passing through the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,111,591

REAL-TIME MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS IN A HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENT

NANTHEALTH, INC., Culver...

1. An apparatus for real-time monitoring of a patient, comprising:a memory element that stores data;
a processor that executes instructions associated with the data;
an interface that receives sensor data from a sensor;
a latency calculator that calculates a latency threshold that varies according to at least a health status of the patient and latency sensitivity factors;
a timer that continuously monitors the sensor's measurement latency;
a comparator that compares the sensor's measurement latency with the calculated latency threshold; and
a feedback module that generates an alert if the sensor's measurement latency varies from the calculated latency threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,111,590

HEALTH MONITORING DEVICE

NXP B.V., Eindhoven (NL)...

1. Health monitoring device, comprising:a single-use structure comprising:
a set of sensors configured to generate a set of health sensor data based on a body surface;
a communications circuit configured to receive the set of health sensor data based on the body surface; and
a first near-field antenna, coupled to the circuit, and configured to be conformally coupled to the body surface, wherein the set of sensors and the first near-field antenna are externally powered passive circuits; and
a re-useable structure, wherein the re-usable structure is wearable, the re-usable structure comprising:
a near-field reader configured to process the set of health sensor data based on the body surface;
a second near-field antenna configured to communicate with the first near-field antenna in the single-use structure, wherein the second near-field antenna is configured to be conformally coupled to the body surface; and
wherein the first near-field antenna and the second near-field antenna are aligned to an axis of the body surface circumference, wherein the alignment to the axis of the body surface circumference provides proper angular alignment between the first and second near-field antennas,
wherein the single-use structure is wholly powered by a near-field signal from the re-useable structure.

US Pat. No. 10,111,589

ACTIVITY MONITORING DEVICE WITH ASSESSMENT OF EXERCISE INTENSITY

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a processor;
a user interface;
an oxygenation sensor, configured to be positioned proximate an area of skin of a user, the oxygenation sensor further configured to output data indicative of a tissue oxygenation of a body tissue of the user; and
a non-transitory computer-readable medium comprising computer-executable instructions that when executed by the processor are configured to perform at least:
receive tissue oxygenation data from the oxygenation sensor associated with at least two exercise periods, at least a portion of each of the at least two exercise periods associated with a severe exercise intensity domain, and the at least two exercise periods having differing durations;
calculate a total number of tissue oxygenation points for each of the at least two exercise periods as an integration of tissue oxygenation percentages for each second of a duration of an exercise period, from the at least two exercise periods;
calculate an exercise period summary data point for each of the at least two exercise periods as a total number of tissue oxygenation points versus a duration of exercise;
calculate a regression through the exercise period summary data points for the at least two exercise periods;
output a critical tissue oxygenation percentage for the user equal to a slope of at least a portion of the regression; and
output an anaerobic work capacity equal to an intercept associated with at least a portion of the regression.

US Pat. No. 10,111,588

ANALYTE SENSOR TRANSCEIVER CONFIGURED TO PROVIDE TACTILE, VISUAL, AND/OR AURAL FEEDBACK

Senseonics, Incorporated,...

1. A transceiver for interfacing with an analyte sensor, the transceiver comprising:an interface device configured to convey a power signal to the analyte sensor and to receive data signals from the analyte sensor;
a battery;
a processor configured to calculate an analyte concentration value based on one or more of the received data signals from the analyte sensor;
a notification device including a vibration motor, wherein the notification device is configured to generate:
a vibrational signal having a first pattern if the calculated analyte concentration value has exceeded or has fallen below a threshold value, and
a vibrational signal having a second pattern different than the first pattern if a power level of the battery has fallen below a threshold; and
a communication circuit configured to transmit data to a smartphone, wherein the smartphone is configured to generate a vibrational signal.

US Pat. No. 10,111,587

EYE MOTION SENSING METHOD, FLEXIBLE CONTACT BODY, EXTERNAL SENSING COIL AND SYSTEM

Shenzhen Zhiying Technolo...

1. An eye motion sensing method, comprising:sensing an eye motion by using a servo motion signal of an induced magnetic field formed by an annular permanent magnet implanted into a flexible contact body, with a magnetic field direction generated by the induced magnetic field, wherein the servo motion signal is caused by the eye motion, and the permanent magnet is distributed around a corresponding pupil area of the flexible contact body;
applying at least four coils disposed externally on the same plane, and monitoring a servo motion of the permanent magnet according to an electromotive force in the coils, wherein center lines of the four coils are respectively located in four directions of the plane coordinate axis and extended to form a cross, the four coils are respectively located in four directions of the cross, and two coils on the same axis have opposite winding directions and are serially connected to be conducive to eliminating outside electromagnetic interference and induce the electromotive force generated by the servo action of the permanent magnet in the middle part of the two coils; and converting the electromotive force to restore an eye motion signal; and wherein
a magnetic field direction of an induced magnetic field is consistent with a cornea plane, and the plane disposed by the four coils is vertical to the magnetic field direction generated by the induced magnetic field.

US Pat. No. 10,111,586

FORWARD AND SIDE IMAGING OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY PROBE

SYNAPTIVE MEDICAL (Barbad...

1. A kit for adapting a side imaging Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) probe for both forward imaging and side imaging, the OCT probe comprising an optical fiber in optical communication with a wedge lens, the kit comprising:a cylindrical housing comprising: a longitudinal axis; an interior side; a distal end that is optically transparent; and a parabolic ring mirror located at the interior side, adjacent the distal end, and a widest radius of the parabolic ring mirror being disposed adjacent the distal end, wherein an interior surface of the parabolic ring mirror defines a volume of space within the cylindrical housing; the cylindrical housing configured to accept the OCT probe therein such that:
the optical fiber is located along the longitudinal axis of the cylindrical housing and disposed within the volume of space; and,
the wedge lens is located inside the cylindrical housing and disposed within the volume of space, adjacent the distal end; and,
at least one motor connectable to the optical fiber, the at least one motor configured to both:
rotate the optical fiber and the wedge lens about the longitudinal axis of the cylindrical housing and inside the volume of space; and,
linearly displace the optical fiber and the wedge lens along the longitudinal axis and inside the volume of space;
the parabolic ring mirror configured to, when the OCT probe is accepted in the volume of space: receive light from the wedge lens and reflect the light out of the distal end as the wedge lens moves linearly and rotationally.

US Pat. No. 10,111,584

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR FIXATION MEASUREMENT WITH REFRACTION ERROR MEASUREMENT USING IMAGE SENSING DEVICES

REBISCAN, INC., Cambridg...

1. An apparatus for fixation measurement, the apparatus comprising:a projection apparatus configured to project a target image onto one or more retinas of one or more eyes of a patient; and
one or more image sensing devices disposed conjugate to the one or more retinas wherein the one or more image sensing devices are configured to capture a reflected image reflected from the one or more retinas in response to the target image and wherein the reflected image comprises a modified version of the target image as reflected from the one or more retinas and wherein one or more differences between the target image and the reflected image indicate fixation of the one or more eyes.

US Pat. No. 10,111,583

SYSTEM, METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIA RELATED TO CORRECTION OF VISION DEFECTS USING A VISUAL DISPLAY

Raytrx, LLC, Tulsa, OK (...

1. A system, comprising:a database;
a model controller coupled to the database and being configured to establish a visual model associated with a patient and to store the visual model in the database, the visual model including data related to a quality of the patient's vision, the data including data acquired using eye tracking, the model controller being further configured to establish at least one boundary as a function of data associated with the visual model, the boundary being indicative of an area to be corrected within the patient's vision, the model controller being further configured to establish a retinal map as a function of the boundary and to store the retinal map in the database;
a display controller configured:
to receive and to store the retinal map;
to receive an image from a camera associated with the patient;
to apply corrections to the image based on the retinal map and responsively generate a corrected image, where applying corrections to the image comprises shifting image data located within the boundary outward along a plurality of rays starting at a center point to outside the boundary such that the image data from the center point to an edge of the image is compressed in the corrected image from the boundary to the edge of the image; and
to make adjustments to the corrected image based on eye tracking; and
a display unit coupled to the display controller and being configured to receive the corrected image to present the corrected image to the eye of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,111,582

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD TO IDENTIFY DISEASE IN AN OCULAR FUNDUS IMAGE

KOWA COMPANY, LTD., (JP)...

1. An image processing device comprising:enhancement processing means configured to enhance a speckle pattern in an ocular fundus tomographic image;
region-of-interest setting means configured to set a desired region in the ocular fundus tomographic image with the enhanced speckle pattern as a region-of-interest;
feature value extracting means configured to extract a feature value of the speckle pattern in the region-of-interest; and
disease determining means configured to make disease determination for an ocular fundus on a basis of the feature value; and
mapping means configured to map, in the ocular fundus tomographic image, a site of the ocular fundus that is determined to have a disease by the disease determining means.

US Pat. No. 10,111,581

THERMAL DEFOGGING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Align Technology, Inc., ...

1. An optical scanning device comprising:an optical element for transmission of optical signals;
a primary housing that houses the optical element, the primary housing comprising a head configured for insertion into a patient oral cavity, the head of the primary housing defining an aperture for transmission of the optical signals; and
a defogging element coupled to the primary housing, the defogging element comprising:
a transparent element positioned within the aperture, at least one side of the transparent element facing an external environment; and
a transparent conductive layer covering an area on a surface of the transparent element, the area of the transparent conductive layer having a size that at least partially covers an optical footprint of the transparent element for the optical signals to be transmitted through the transparent element; and
a disposable sleeve coupled to and covering the head of the primary housing, wherein the disposable sleeve protects the optical scanning device from contact with the patient oral cavity, the disposable sleeve comprising:
an additional aperture that aligns with the aperture; and
an additional transparent element in the additional aperture, the additional transparent element lacking a conductive layer;
wherein an air gap separates the additional transparent element from the transparent element, and wherein responsive to application of electrical power to the transparent conductive layer, the transparent conductive layer generates heat that is thermally communicated across the air gap to the additional transparent element to defog the additional transparent element of the disposable sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,111,580

FIBER SENSOR

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A fiber sensor comprising:at least one optical fiber having one or more sensing parts;
a light emitter configured to cause light to enter the at least one optical fiber; and
a light receiver configured to receive light emitted from the at least one optical fiber, wherein
the at least one optical fiber is laid in a detection target at least a part of which is bendable and is arranged along a longitudinal direction of the detection target in a detection target range which is the at least the part of the detection target,
the fiber sensor is configured to detect light guided through the at least one optical fiber and thereby detect a state of the detection target range of the detection target,
when anticipated inflection points are inflection points of a shape of the detection target range and are anticipated from one of a possible shape of the detection target range of the detection target and a state detectable in the detection target range, the at least one optical fiber has the sensing parts whose number is the number of the anticipated inflection points+one or more,
the number of the anticipated inflection points is decided based on one of a functional limit and a structural limit which limit a degree of freedom in a bending shape of the detection target,
a space L1 between the anticipated inflection points is
L1=r1·?1 wherein r1 is a curvature radius at a maximum bending of the detection target range of the detection target, ?1 is a central angle of an arc created by the space between the anticipated inflection points at the maximum bending, and ?1??/2.

US Pat. No. 10,111,579

ENDOSCOPE HAVING AN ILLUMINATION SYSTEM SHIFTED WITH RESPECT TO AN IMAGING SYSTEM TO REDUCE GENERATION OF HEAT AT A FRONT-END PORTION OF THE ENDOSCOPE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope comprising:an imaging system; and
an illumination system,
wherein:
the illumination system includes a light guide and at least one illumination lens,
the imaging system includes an objective lens unit and an image pickup element,
when a direction along a long side of the image pickup element is set to be a first direction, and a direction along a short side of the image pickup element is set to be a second direction, the illumination system is disposed at a position shifted in the second direction with respect to the imaging system, and
the endoscope satisfies the following conditional expressions (1), (2), and (3):
1.35 1 1.5<(rV?LV)/(rH?LH)?3.17  (3),
where:
A denotes a value calculated by the following expression when an aspect ratio long side:short side of an area of the image pickup element corresponding to a display image range is set to be H:V
A=H/V,
LH denotes a dimension corresponding to the first direction of an end surface on an illumination lens side of the light guide,
LV denotes a dimension corresponding to the second direction of the end surface on the illumination lens side of the light guide,
rH denotes an outer-diameter dimension corresponding to the first direction of the illumination lens, and
rV denotes an outer-diameter dimension corresponding to the second direction of the illumination lens.

US Pat. No. 10,111,578

HYBRID APPARATUS FOR FLUID SUPPLY FOR ENDOSCOPIC IRRIGATION AND LENS CLEANING

ERBE-USA, INC., Marietta...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a cap configured to be coupled to a fluid source, the fluid source defining a chamber configured to contain a fluid;
a gas tube coupled to the cap such that a lumen defined by the gas tube is in fluid communication with the chamber of the fluid source when the cap is coupled to the fluid source, the gas tube configured to fluidically couple a gas source to the fluid source;
a filter operably coupled to the gas tube to prevent material from entering the chamber;
a first tube configured to extend through a first opening in the cap such that, when the cap is coupled to the fluid source, at least a portion of the first tube is received in the chamber of the fluid source and an end of the first tube is disposed in the fluid therein, the first tube configured to convey fluid out of the chamber of the fluid source to an endoscope; and
a second tube configured to extend through a second opening in the cap such that, when the cap is coupled to the fluid source, at least a portion of the second tube is received in the chamber of the fluid source and an end of the second tube is disposed in the fluid therein, the second tube configured to convey fluid out of the chamber of the fluid source to the endoscope;
wherein the first tube is configured to convey the fluid from the fluid source to the endoscope through the first tube during a first time period, the second tube is configured to convey the fluid from the fluid source to the endoscope through the second tube during a second time period, at least a portion of the second time period is concurrent with at least a portion of the first time period.

US Pat. No. 10,111,577

ENDOSCOPIC INSTRUMENT WITH AN LED ILLUMINATION MODULE

Richard Wolf GmbH, Knitt...

1. An endoscopic instrument comprising a shank, at least one instrument channel or free channel opening to a distal end of the shank, at least one image sensor, at least one LED illumination module having at least one LED (38) arranged at a distal end of the instrument, and an electrical connection lead (8) attached to the at least one LED, wherein the connection lead (8) comprises a coaxial cable which extends from the distal end to a proximal end of the instrument and is designed for leading away waste heat produced by the LED (38), wherein a portion of the waste heat is dissipated from a periphery of the connection lead (8) to the shank, and from the shank to outer surroundings of the shank, the coaxial cable having at least one outer electrical conductor (20) surrounding at least one inner electrical conductor (18), and wherein at least one of the inner and outer electrical conductors (18, 20) is directly connected to the LED (38) in a heat-conducting manner.

US Pat. No. 10,111,576

BOTTLE WASHER ASSEMBLY FOR DISHWASHER APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A bottle washer assembly for a dishwasher appliance, the bottle washer assembly comprising:a main conduit defining a main passage along a longitudinal axis for flowing wash fluid therethrough;
a tine base connected to the main conduit, the tine base defining a base passage in fluid communication with the main passage for flowing wash fluid from the main passage therethrough;
a check valve disposed within the base passage, the check valve movable between an open position and a closed position, wherein in the open position the check valve permits wash fluid flow therepast and in the closed position the check valve prevents wash fluid flow therepast; and
a spray tine, the spray tine comprising a conduit defining a passage for flowing wash fluid therethrough, the spray tine removably connectable to the tine base,
wherein the spray tine further comprises a plurality of contact tabs arranged in a waveform extending circumferentially about the longitudinal axis to permit wash fluid through a plurality of recesses defined between the plurality of contact tabs, the contact tabs defining a first end of the spray tine.

US Pat. No. 10,111,573

ADAPTER AND SPRAY ASSEMBLY FOR A DISHWASHER APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. An adapter for flowing wash fluid to a spray arm in a dishwasher appliance, the adapter defining an axial direction, a radial direction, and a circumferential direction, the adapter comprising:a base unit, the base unit comprising an inlet housing defining an inlet annulus, a first conduit extending from the inlet housing and comprising a passage defined between an inlet and an outlet, and a second conduit extending from the inlet housing and comprising a passage defined between an inlet and an outlet, wherein the entire passage of the first conduit and the entire passage of the second conduit each extend at a discrete, non-parallel angle to the axial direction of less than or equal to 60 degrees,
wherein the inlet of the first conduit is radially spaced apart from the inlet of the second conduit above the inlet annulus, and wherein the outlet of the second conduit surrounds the outlet of the first conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,111,571

AUTOMATIC CLEAN MACHINE CONTROL METHOD AND AUTOMATIC CLEAN MACHINE

PixArt Imaging Inc., Hsi...

1. A computer readable recording media, recording at least one program, an automatic clean machine control method is performed if the program is executed, which comprises:(a) controlling the automatic clean machine to acquire a map;
(b) directly selecting a region to be cleaned on the map by a user, wherein the map is determined by the user; and
(c) controlling the automatic clean machine to perform a first clean operation to the region to be cleaned;
wherein the automatic clean machine control method further comprises:
providing at least one guiding device;
controlling the automatic clean machine to perform a second clean operation according to a guiding signal generated by the guiding device; and
taking back the guiding device via the automatic clean machine after the second clean operation is completed.

US Pat. No. 10,111,569

CLEARING FABRIC ASSEMBLY USED FOR AN AUTOMATIC CLEANING MACHINE

1. A cleaning fabric assembly used for an automatic cleaning machine, comprising:an outer unit, wherein a plurality of openable portions, which extend from the peripheral portion of the outer unit to the center of the outer unit, are provided on top of the outer unit, and wherein a space is formed between the openable portions and the outer unit;
an assembly unit and a fixing unit, wherein the assembly unit is disposed between the water absorbent unit and the openable portions, characterized in that a positioning opening is centrally provided in the fixing unit and that at least a male engagement piece is provided on the fixing unit, characterized in that at least an opening is provided in each of the openable portions; and
a water absorbent unit, disposed inside the space.
wherein the assembly unit comprises:
a positioning seat, wherein a connective portion is centrally provided on the positioning seat and an engagement portion, which spatially corresponds to each of the openings, is circumferentially provided on the positioning seat, wherein the connective portion comprises an inner space, a plurality of connective slots, an opening, an installation opening and a plurality of engagement slots, characterized in that each of connective slots is a through slot, characterized in that each of the connective slots passes through the side wall of the connective portion and the opening is a through opening on top of the connective portion, and characterized in that the engagement slots are circumferentially disposed in the inner space near the opening;
a positioning portion, fitted inside the inner space of the connective portion, wherein the positioning portion comprises an outer ring and an engagement opening piece, characterized in that the outer ring is circumferentially provided around the positioning portion and has a plurality of engagement protrusions, which engages with the engagement slots, and characterized in that the engagement opening piece passes through the top and bottom of the positioning portion;
a connective portion, wherein the connective portion comprises a positioning piece and a retaining piece, characterized in that the positioning piece is fitted through the engagement opening piece and that the retaining piece presses against the underside of the engagement opening piece;
a bottom portion, wherein the bottom portion comprises a positioning ring piece and a plurality of engagement pieces, characterized in that the positioning ring piece is centrally provided inside the bottom portion and the engagement pieces are circumferentially provided around the bottom portion, characterized in that through the engagement pieces and connective slots, the positioning portion and connective portion are properly secured inside the inner space of the connective portion;
a supportive portion, fitted in between the connective portion and the bottom portion, characterized in that a positioning protrusion is provided on the bottom of the supportive portion;
a supportive spring, fitted in between the supportive portion and the bottom portion, characterized in that the lower end of the supportive spring is fitted to the positioning ring piece and the upper end of the supportive spring is fitted to a peripheral portion of the positioning protrusion; and
a positioning spring, characterized in that the lower end of the positioning spring is fitted to the positioning ring piece and its upper end presses against the lower side of the outer ring.

US Pat. No. 10,111,568

ELECTRIC VACUUM CLEANING APPARATUS

1. An electric vacuum cleaning apparatus, comprising:an autonomous robotic vacuum cleaner adapted to autonomously move on a surface to be cleaned and collect dust from the surface; and
a station fluidly connectable to the autonomous robotic vacuum cleaner;
wherein the autonomous robotic vacuum cleaner includes a container that accumulates the dust collected by the autonomous robotic vacuum cleaner and has a bottom wall that has a disposal port for disposing of the dust, and a disposal lid for opening and closing the disposal port,
the station includes a dust transfer pipe coupled to the disposal port, a secondary dust container adapted to accumulate dust disposed of from the container body through a dust transfer pipe, and a secondary electric blower adapted to generate suction negative pressure in the dust transfer pipe via the secondary dust container, and
at least one ventilation groove that causes air to flow below the dust accumulated in the container body under negative pressure generated by the secondary electric blower is provided on an inner surface of the bottom wall of the container body.

US Pat. No. 10,111,567

VACUUM CLEANER AND METHOD OF DISPLAYING STATE THEREOF

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A vacuum cleaner comprising:a suction part that is configured to receive dust; and
a cleaner body that is coupled to the suction part, that is configured to collect dust from the suction part based on suction force, and that includes:
a main body,
a suction motor that is configured to generate suction force,
a wheel that is coupled to a first surface of the main body and that is configured to rotate about an axis to move the main body,
a driving unit that is configured to generate driving force to move the wheel,
a display unit that is coupled to the wheel and that is configured to display operation state information of the vacuum cleaner, and
a controller that is configured to control the driving unit and the display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,111,566

ROBOT CLEANER, TERMINAL APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A robot cleaner comprising:a driver configured to move the robot cleaner;
a suction unit configured to suck foreign substances from a surface below the robot cleaner;
a detector configured to capture images of regions disposed in front of the robot cleaner and detect liquid under the robot cleaner; and
a controller configured to control the detector to capture a first image of a region before cleaning, control the detector to capture a second image of the region after cleaning, and generate cleaning result information using the first and second images,
wherein the controller is configured to stop driving the robot cleaner in response to the liquid under the robot cleaner being detected by the detector.

US Pat. No. 10,111,565

BACKPACK BLOWER VAC COLLECTION BAG

1. A collection bag for a blowervac comprising:a collection bag adapted to be attached to a blowervac through a hose;
at least one shoulder strap secured to the collection bag to allow the collection bag to be carried on a user's back;
wherein the collection bag has a user side adjacent the user's back, a front side opposite the user's side and side portions connecting the user's side to the front side, the collection bag being made of non-air permeable material except for a grill portion on a lower portion of the front side being made of an air permeable material.

US Pat. No. 10,111,563

MECHANISM FOR CLEANING SOLAR COLLECTOR SURFACES

SUNPOWER CORPORATION, Sa...

1. A robotic cleaning device configured to clean a row of inclined solar collectors, the robotic cleaning device configured to traverse across the row of inclined solar collectors, each of the inclined solar collectors having a collector surface, and to cross gaps between adjacent solar collectors in the row, the robotic cleaning device comprising:a first cleaning module configured to be swept along a portion of a collector surface of a solar collector, the first cleaning module comprising:
a first liquid dispenser mounted on a leading edge of the first cleaning module and configured to deliver a first spray of cleaning liquid to the portion of the collector surface, and
a brush element having a longitudinal side oriented along a first direction that is perpendicular to a direction in which the first cleaning module is swept, the brush element being disposed adjacent to the first liquid dispenser; and
a second cleaning module configured to be swept at a constant interval behind the first cleaning module, the second cleaning module comprising:
a first squeegee element oriented along the first direction and mounted at a leading edge of the second cleaning module, a first cleaning area being defined as an area between the first liquid dispenser of the first cleaning module and the first squeegee element of the second cleaning module;
a second squeegee element oriented along the first direction and mounted on a trailing edge of the second cleaning module to form a second cleaning area between the first and second squeegee elements; and
a second liquid dispenser mounted between the first and second squeegee elements and configured to deliver a second spray of liquid to the portion of the collector surface within the second cleaning area;
a frame having a front end and a back end, the back end being configured to be disposed at a top of the row of inclined solar collectors and including a guide mechanism to prevent the robotic cleaning device from sliding from the row of inclined solar collectors;
a front continuous track mechanism disposed at the front end of the frame, the front continuous track mechanism comprising a first rolling support, the front continuous track mechanism extending along a length of the frame in the first direction; and
a rear continuous track mechanism disposed at the back end of the frame, the rear continuous track mechanism comprising a second rolling support, the rear continuous mechanism extending along the length of the frame in the first direction;
wherein, via the first and second rolling supports, the front and rear continuous track mechanisms are configured to:
convey the first and second cleaning modules in a sweep direction along top surfaces of the row of inclined solar collectors, and
convey the first and second cleaning modules across gaps between adjacent solar collectors in the row of inclined solar collectors,
wherein the first liquid dispenser is configured to deliver the first spray within the first cleaning area and the second liquid dispenser is configured to deliver the second spray within the second cleaning area as the first and second cleaning modules are swept across collector surfaces of solar collectors in the row of inclined solar collectors, and
wherein the robotic cleaning device further includes:
a front sensor disposed at the front end of the frame, the front sensor being configured to produce a front sensor response signal in response to detecting the gap between adjacent solar collectors of a row of solar collectors as the first and second cleaning modules are swept across collector surfaces of the row of solar collectors;
a rear sensor disposed at the back end of the frame, the rear sensor being configured to produce a rear sensor response signal in response to detecting the gap between the adjacent solar collectors of the row of solar collectors as the first and second cleaning modules are swept across the collector surfaces of the row of solar collectors in use; and
a phase-locked loop control circuit configured to:
compare relative timings of the first sensor response signal and the rear sensor response signal, and
adjust the relative speed of the first and rear continuous track mechanisms based on the comparison of the relative timings of the front sensor response signal and the rear sensor response signal.

US Pat. No. 10,111,561

HAND VACUUM CLEANER

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A hand vacuum cleaner having a front end, a rear end, an upper side and a lower side, the hand vacuum cleaner comprising:(a) an air flow passage extending from a dirty air inlet provided at the front end to a clear air outlet provided at the rear end;
(b) a vacuum cleaner body comprising a suction motor positioned in the air flow passage, a front end, a rear end and a handle, the suction motor having a suction motor inlet end that faces towards the front end and a motor axis;
(c) a cyclone unit positioned in the air flow passage upstream from the suction motor, the cyclone unit having a front end and a rear end, the cyclone unit comprising an openable front door provided at the front end of the hand vacuum cleaner, a cyclone axis and an axially extending cyclone unit wall which extends to the front end of the cyclonic unit; and,
(d) a latch securing the openable door to the cyclone unit wall,
wherein the openable front door has a door first end which is rotatably mounted to a front end of the cyclone unit wall and an opposed securable end having the latch,
wherein the latch and the handle are provided on one side of the hand vacuum cleaner and, when the hand vacuum cleaner is oriented such that the motor axis is horizontal and the upper side is above the lower side, the door first end is vertically spaced from the one side.

US Pat. No. 10,111,560

VERTICAL BATHTUB CLOSURE SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Safeway Safety Step, LLC,...

1. A bathtub closure system comprising:(a) a step, the step comprising;
(i) a first side panel,
(ii) a second side panel, and
(iii) an elongated platform defining a cavity, wherein the cavity is configured to facilitate ingress and egress into a bathtub;
(b) a closure, wherein the closure is coupled with the step and cooperates with the step to form a substantially watertight seal when the closure is in a closed position, the closure further comprising a lateral projection dimensioned to engage a cavity defined by the second side panel of the step;
(c) a hinge, the hinge coupling the closure with the first side panel of the step such that the closure is rotatable in a substantially vertical direction about the hinge from the closed positon to an open position; and
(d) a fastener to engage the lateral projection of the closure and the second side panel of the step such that the closure is retained in the closed position further comprising, wherein the fastener is a threaded fastener that is inserted through an aperture defined by the lateral projection.

US Pat. No. 10,111,559

HARDWARE ASSEMBLY

LIBERTY HARDWARE MFG. COR...

1. A hardware assembly, comprising:first and second bases each having a first surface and an opposed planar second surface, the first surface for contacting a support surface, the first and second surfaces having substantially similar areas, the first and second bases having first and second longitudinal axes, respectively, the first longitudinal axis transecting the first and second surfaces of the first base, and the second longitudinal axis transecting the first and second surfaces of the second base;
first and second planar rings each having an outer edge directly contacting the planar second surfaces of the first and second bases along the first and second longitudinal axes, respectively, the first and second planar rings each having an aperture formed about an axis perpendicular to the longitudinal axis; and
a hardware component mounted to the first and second planar rings in a plane that includes the first and second longitudinal axes.

US Pat. No. 10,111,558

MIXER APPARATUS AND METHOD

BLENDTEC, INC., Orem, UT...

1. A food mixing machine for mixing ingredients, the food mixing machine comprising:a base unit configured to rest on a horizontal surface;
a motor positioned in the base unit;
a bowl attached to the base unit, the bowl having a longitudinal axis extending at an angle that is non-parallel relative to a gravitational direction while the base unit is resting on the horizontal surface;
a mixing tool positioned in the bowl, the mixing tool being operably connected to the motor to receive a torque from the motor and to move within the bowl to mix contents of the bowl, wherein the mixing tool, the bowl, and the motor are concentrically aligned along the longitudinal axis, the mixing tool being movable along the longitudinal axis relative to the bowl, the mixing tool comprising a mixing portion, the mixing portion being translatable along a tool axis while the mixing tool is connected to the motor and the motor rotates the tool, the tool axis being non-parallel relative to the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,111,557

FOOD PROCESSOR DAMPEN SYSTEM

Capbran Holdings, LLC, L...

1. A vibration damper system in a food processor to reduce vibration, comprising:a motor suspended from a motor mounting ceiling that is mounted on a housing of a motor base through a plurality of bolted joints;
each bolted joint is surround by a vibration dampening block;
the vibration dampening block is defined by an upper portion, a middle portion, a lower portion, and a vertical bore through the center of the vibration dampening block; wherein the middle portion is smaller than the upper portion and the lower portion; wherein a recess is defined in which the motor mounting ceiling is received such that said ceiling is positioned between the upper portion and the lower portion; and the lower portion further comprises a plurality of petal members surrounding the bore; and,
a safety switch residing between a higher position and a lower position, wherein said safety switch, when pressed to said lower position, allows the motor to operate.

US Pat. No. 10,111,555

BEVERAGE COMPOSITION

Koninklijke Douwe Egberts...

1. A beverage dispensing container comprising:a chocolate beverage composition including a dry mix of a foaming creamer and discrete cocoa solids, wherein at least about 95% of the discrete cocoa solids are in a non-powdered form and wherein the discrete cocoa solids have less than 15 wt. % fat and a density in the range of from 1.5 g/cm3 to 3 g/cm3;
the container being in the form of a cartridge containing the chocolate beverage composition, the container having an inlet for introduction of an aqueous medium and an outlet downstream of the inlet for discharge of the beverage.

US Pat. No. 10,111,554

SYSTEMS FOR AND METHODS OF CONTROLLED LIQUID FOOD OR BEVERAGE PRODUCT CREATION

Meltz, LLC, Ipswich, MA ...

1. A beverage dispenser comprising:a chamber configured to hold a receptacle;
a non-diluting heater configured to impinge a heated fluid on at least a portion of an external surface of the receptacle when held in the chamber to heat frozen contents in the receptacle without the heated fluid of the non-diluting heater contacting the frozen contents in the receptacle when held in the chamber;
a reservoir configured to contain a liquid, the reservoir including a reservoir outlet configured to withdraw the liquid from the reservoir;
a product outlet configured to withdraw a food or beverage liquid product from the receptacle when held in the chamber;
a controller and a computer readable memory comprising instructions that when executed by the controller cause the beverage dispenser to selectively perform one or more of:
impinge the heated fluid on the at least a portion of the external surface of the receptacle using the non-diluting heater, or
withdraw the liquid from the reservoir through the reservoir outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,111,553

PACKAGE ASSEMBLY FOR FORMING BEVERAGE PODS

1. A method of manufacturing a package assembly and forming a beverage pod, comprising:forming a package assembly comprising the steps of:
providing water permeable material;
forming substantially circular lower and upper portions hingedly connected to each other, from the water permeable material;
shaping the lower portion to form a downward concave cup shape to receive and hold a brewing material;
forming an annular rim surrounding the concave cup shape of the lower portion, therein the upper portion is configured to fold along the hinge over the lower portion and onto the annular rim to seal with the lower portion to form a single pod;
providing the package assembly to an individual user;
manufacturing a single beverage pod by the user, comprising the steps of:
positioning a pod making apparatus on a support surface;
positioning the lower portion of the package assembly in a receptacle of a base of the pod making apparatus;
filling the concave cup shape of the lower portion of the package assembly with the brewing material;
folding the upper portion of the package assembly over the lower portion;
heating a heat sealing surface of a hinged sealing tool of the pod making apparatus;
pivoting the hinged sealing tool over the base of the pod making apparatus to sandwich the upper portion of the annular rim of the lower portion of the pod packaging material between the heat sealing surface and the base; and
heat sealing the upper portion to the lower portion to form a single beverage pod.

US Pat. No. 10,111,552

COMBINATION COOKER WITH SOUS VIDE FUNCTIONALITY

Anova Applied Electronics...

1. A combination cooking range comprising:one or more burners communicatively coupled to a fluidic temperature control device and configured to support a container;
the fluidic temperature control device including, a heater controller, a temperature sensor, a fluid agitation device, and a heating element, wherein the fluidic temperature control device is releasably attached to the container,
wherein the temperature sensor is configured to control the heater controller to independently modulate a heat output of the one or more burners, and to independently modulate heat output of the heating element;
and the temperature sensor is further configured to actuate the fluid agitation device.

US Pat. No. 10,111,550

STICK-ON HANGERS FOR BARRIER ASSEMBLY

1. A barrier assembly for substantially blocking movement of a potentially debris-carrying airflow in a building structure having a ceiling and a floor and comprising:(a) an elongated flexible barrier sheet having an upper edge and a lower edge and having a drape height to extend from the ceiling to the floor therebelow;
(b) a connector tab having an opening therethrough to receive a suspension member for connection of the barrier sheet to the ceiling;
(c) the tab including a pair of flexible adhesive panels extending from the connector tab, the panels having respective inner surfaces;
(d) each of the adhesive panels having an adhesive on a respective inner surface thereof; and
(e) the panels being angularly separable to enable adhesive engagement of the inner surfaces thereof with the barrier sheet to support the barrier sheet between the ceiling and the floor.

US Pat. No. 10,111,549

STAND

1. A stand comprising:a hollow, cylindrical base portion having a side wall, a bottom member and an open top;
at least one support leg extending from the base portion;
a securing portion, the securing portion being a singularly formed hollow sphere with a cylindrical collar formed with the hollow sphere defining a receiving aperture, the securing portion having a lower end and an upper end, wherein a hemisphere of the hollow sphere is disposed at the lower end of the securing portion and the cylindrical collar is disposed at the upper end of the securing portion;
a plurality of brace members disposed within the base portion configured to form a socket for receiving a securing portion so that the securing portion rests on the plurality of brace members disposed on an interior wall of the base portion, the plurality of brace members comprising protrusions disposed radially around an inner circumference of the base portion, each of the plurality of brace members having a height dimension, a length dimension aligned with a radius of the base portion, and a width dimension smaller than the height dimension and the length dimension;
at least one locking member configured to lock the securing portion is a desired orientation within the socket; and
at least one fastening member disposed on the collar configured to secure an object within the securing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,111,547

THEFT-RESISTANT WALL MOUNT MAILBOX

1. A wall mount mailbox, comprising:a housing having a front side and a back side;
a rotatable mail deposit pivotably attached to the front side of the housing and comprising a mail delivery door and an inner panel, said inner panel comprising a substantially flat surface affixed on a proximate end at an angle to a bottom of the mail delivery door;
a safety arm comprising a substantially flat surface affixed at a further angle at an end of the substantially flat surface of the inner panel opposite the mail delivery door;
a mail slot formed as an opening within a front surface of the housing when the rotatable mail deposit is in a fully open position allowing mail to be deposited through the opening over each of the inner panel and the safety arm; and
a mail retrieval door located below the rotatable mail deposit and pivotably attached to the front side of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,111,546

ORGANIZER WITH SUSPENDED STAPLER HOLDER

HSN, INC., St. Petersbur...

1. An organizer comprising:a generally planar back member;
a hanging assembly coupled to said back member and structured to be further coupled to a vertical support;
a retention assembly including a number of retention elements;
each retention element structured to maintain an object adjacent to said back member;
said number of retention elements including a suspended stapler holder, said suspended stapler holder structured to suspend a stapler with minimal contact;
wherein said suspended stapler holder includes a suspension assembly;
said suspension assembly coupled to said back member;
said suspension assembly including a number of elongated suspension elements;
wherein each said suspension element is a tension member;
wherein said suspended stapler holder includes a rigid support element;
said rigid support element structured to contact a stapler perpendicular portion;
wherein said suspension assembly includes a number of bands;
each said band including a first end and a second end;
each said band first end coupled to said back member;
each said band second end coupled to said rigid support element;
wherein each band includes an elastic portion;
wherein said suspension assembly is structured to move between a suspended, first position, wherein each elastic portion is not substantially stretched, and a use, second position, wherein each elastic portion is substantially stretched; and
wherein said suspension assembly is structured to maintain a stapler in an upright orientation when said suspension assembly is in said first position.

US Pat. No. 10,111,545

SELF-LOCKING FIGURE EIGHT HOOK

1. A self-locking hook, comprising:a rigid S shaped member having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, a first portion for receiving a support member and a second portion for supporting an object;
a pivot pin extending through an opening in the S shaped member and extending from the first surface and the second surface;
a first locking member held by the pivot pin to pivot against the first surface from a position where the first locking member is disposed to define an opening so that the first portion of the S shaped member can be placed upon the support member, to a second position where the first locking member and the first portion form a closed loop to surround the support member; and
a second locking member held by the pivot pin to pivot against the second surface from a position where the second locking member is disposed to define an opening so that the second portion of the S shaped member can receive an object to be supported, to a second position where the second locking member and the second portion form a closed loop to support the object.

US Pat. No. 10,111,544

HANGER AND HOOK ATTACHMENT

SJBee LLC, Hewlett, NY (...

1. A combination of a hanger having a hook pivotable and movable from horizontal to vertical positions and a hanger body,said combination connected together for shipment,
said hook attached to a hook attachment,
said hook being movable in a first plane,
said hook attachment comprising a partial trapezoidal structure,
said partial trapezoidal structure comprising opposite sides and having a pivot at one end between said opposite sides and a locking nub at the other end between said opposite sides,
a finger locking member integrally formed with and on top of said hanger body, said locking member comprising a flexible finger,
said locking nub of said hook attachment securely fits against said flexible finger and is removably held there against,
said engagement of said locking nub and said flexible finger being said first plane,
said hook moveable from said vertical to said horizontal position, and
said locking nub moving out of engagement from said flexible finger responsive to force provided by said hook being movable to said horizontal position, wherein said torque force on the hanger is in said first plane,a pivot mount integrally formed with and on top of said hanger body, said pivot mount having a pivot opening, said hook attachment comprising pivot pins fitting into said pivot opening and pivoting therein, said hook moveable to said horizontal position to minimize the profile of said hanger with said hook.

US Pat. No. 10,111,541

PAPER PICTURE FRAME, BLANK THEREFOR, AND METHOD FOR HOLDING A PICTURE IN A PAPER PICTURE FRAME SUPPORTED ON A PAPER STAND

1. A paper picture frame formed from a blank of foldable sheet material, the paper picture frame comprising:(a) a blank body having a front surface and a rear surface;
(b) a central rectangular portion provided at a central portion of the blank body and adapted to form thereon on the front surface thereof a print;
(c) two opposite first wing portions extending from two opposite first margins of the central rectangular portion respectively; and
(d) two opposite second wing portions extending from two opposite second margins of the central rectangular portion respectively;
(e) wherein each of the first and second wing portions comprises four parallel fold lines parallel with respect to the margin from which the wing portion extends, and defines an elongate frame-simulation panel, a first elongate lock panel, a second elongate lock panel and an elongate end panel in an order from the margin; each elongate frame-simulation panel being printed thereon with a frame-simulating printing simulating a frame surface of a conventional photo frame;
(f) wherein the four wing portions are foldable rearwards about the fold lines to a folded position where the four end panels rest on the four margins of the central rectangular portion at the rear surface thereof respectively, thereby forming four rectangular tubular frame sections extending along the four margins of the central rectangular portion at the rear surface thereof;
wherein the paper picture frame further comprises:
an elongate panel extension extending from each opposite end of each second elongate lock panels of the two opposite first wing portions, and flippable about a transverse fold line formed between the elongate panel extension and the opposite end of the second elongate lock panel of the two opposite first wing portions;
a slit formed along each transverse fold line at a middle portion thereof; and
a tab formed at each opposite end of each second elongate lock panel of the two opposite second wing portions;
wherein after the two opposite first wing portions are folded into the folded position, the four elongate panel extensions are flippable 90 degrees about the transverse fold lines towards the two opposite second margins such that the elongate panel extensions are held within the two tubular frame sections formed after the two opposite second wing portions are folded into the folded position, and wherein the four tabs are inserted into and engaged with the four slits respectively at four corners of the folded frame, thereby locking the four tubular frame sections in the folded position.

US Pat. No. 10,111,538

PRODUCT DISPLAY UNIT

1. Product display unit, which serves the purpose of the accommodation and presentation of products to be cooled, comprising:a case defining a receiving space accessible via an opening defined by the case and through which the products can be transferred selectively into and selectively out of the receiving space;
a guide assembly connected to the case and including a lower guide rail elongating in a horizontal direction, the guide assembly including an upper guide rail elongating in a horizontal direction and spaced apart from the lower guide rail in a vertical direction that is perpendicular to the horizontal direction;
a first upper guide carriage is mounted in a manner so as to be displaceable in the horizontal direction along the upper guide rail;
a first lower guide carriage is mounted in a manner so as to be displaceable in the horizontal direction along the lower guide rail, the first lower guide carriage being configured to slidably engage the lower guide rail during displacement of the first lower guide carriage along the lower guide rail in the horizontal direction;
a plurality of doors, each door being pivotally mounted relative to the case so as to be pivotable around a swivel axis, which is defined by a respective bolt, which is carried by one of the case, the first upper guide carriage and the first lower guide carriage, each of the plurality of doors being so pivotally mounted around the swivel axis between a filling position permitting access to the receiving space via the opening in the case and an operating position denying access to the receiving space via the opening in the case; and
a first detent including a retaining element fixing via a biasing force one of the first upper guide carriage and the first lower guide carriage to the case whereby a respective one of the plurality of doors mounted pivotably around the swivel axis of the respective bolt can be fixed in the operating position and whereby after the respective one of the plurality of doors is pivoted away from the operating position and toward the filling position then the respective one of the plurality of doors can be moved by manual movement alone to overcome the biasing force theretofore fixing the respective door in the operating position.

US Pat. No. 10,111,537

QUICK RELEASE SENSOR FOR MERCHANDISE DISPLAY

InVue Security Products I...

1. A merchandise display security system for displaying and protecting an article of merchandise, the merchandise display security system comprising:a merchandise bracket configured to be secured to the article of merchandise; and
a sensor configured to releasably engage the merchandise bracket and to detect unauthorized removal of the merchandise bracket or the sensor from the article of merchandise,
wherein the sensor is configured to be releasably engaged with the merchandise bracket such that the sensor is removable from the merchandise bracket while the merchandise bracket remains secured to the article of merchandise and without disassembling the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,111,536

TRAVEL CHANGER SYSTEM

1. A travel changer system comprising:a folding frame comprising;
a pair of locking telescopic support cross beams having:
a first end
a second end;
exactly four pivoting hinge members, each of said exactly four pivoting hinge members located at mid-point of each said pair of locking telescopic support cross beams;
exactly eight stabilizing locks, each of said exactly eight stabilizing locks located at said mid-point of each said pair of locking telescopic support cross beams;
a first-locking-changing surface support beam;
a second-locking-changing surface support beam;
a changing surface; and
a safety belt having;
a fastener;
wherein said first end of said pair of locking telescopic support cross beams mechanically engage said first-locking-changing surface support beam and said second-locking-changing surface support beam;
wherein said second end of said pair of locking telescopic support cross beams is in contact with a planar surface during use;
wherein said first-locking-changing surface support beam and said second-locking-changing surface support beam are parallel to one another on opposing sides of said changing surface within a sleeve;
wherein said pair of locking telescopic support cross beams are located under said changing surface when configured to use;
wherein said pair of locking telescopic support cross beams are configured in an x-shape for folding and unfolding repeatedly;
wherein said pair of locking telescopic support cross beams are structured and arranged to be inserted from an outer perimeter of said changing surface, said first-locking-changing surface support beam, and said second-locking-changing surface support beam, and support the outer perimeter of said changing surface;
wherein said safety belt comprises and said fastener structured and arranged to secure a baby upon a top surface of said changing surface when used; and
wherein said folding frame is structured and arranged to support the baby at a thigh height of a user during changing and further structured and arranged to collapse for storing.

US Pat. No. 10,111,535

EDGE STRUCTURE FOR BODY SUPPORT SURFACE

DAHTI, INC., Grand Rapid...

1. A body support surface comprising:a suspension component adapted to support an occupant and including a load-bearing fabric and a carrier attached thereto;
an edge structure secured to said carrier of said suspension component,
said edge structure having a lateral extent extending between an inner edge and an outer edge, said edge structure being unsupported along a lower extent thereof such that said edge structure includes a cantilevered portion, said carrier of said suspension component extending around said cantilevered portion from beneath said lower extent of said edge structure to an upper portion thereof, said load-bearing fabric of said suspension component extending inwardly beyond said inner edge,
said edge structure configured to bend along said lateral extent in a first direction in response to loads generated by said load-bearing fabric of said suspension component and a second direction opposed to said first direction in response to engagement of the occupant with said edge structure, and
said edge structure including a main beam and a segmented beam, said main beam spaced apart from and extending generally parallel to said segmented beam, said main beam being generally continuous, said segmented beam being discontinuous and having a plurality of segments, said segments collectively forming a compression member when said edge structure bends in said first direction and capable of moving away from one another when said edge structure bends is said second direction, said edge structure having a resistance to bending in said first direction and a resistance to bending in said second direction, said main beam and said segmented beam cooperating such that said resistance to bending in said first direction is substantially greater than said resistance to bending in said second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,111,534

MATTRESS CONTAINING MICROENCAPSULATED PHASE CHANGE MATERIAL

1. A mattress comprising:a core section, wherein the core section comprises a first side and an opposing second side connected by at least one side wall;
a high loft non-woven layer having an inner side, an outer side, a length, and a width, wherein the high loft non-woven layer at least partially covers the first side of the core section, wherein the high loft non-woven layer is oriented such that the inner side of the high loft non-woven layer faces the first side of the core section, and wherein the high loft non-woven layer comprises a plurality of heat and flame resistant fibers, bulking fibers, and binder fibers;
a pattern coated layer having a thickness and comprising a blend of microencapsulated phase change material (PCM) and a binder in a pattern, wherein the PCM is fully encapsulated by the binder and wherein the pattern coated layer overlays at least a portion of the outer side of the high loft non-woven layer, wherein the pattern is a regular, repeating pattern having a pattern density, wherein the pattern is continuous or discontinuous, and wherein at least one of the pattern coated layer thickness and pattern density vary over at least one of the length and width of the high loft non-woven layer; and,
a ticking layer having an inner side and an outer side, wherein the ticking layer at least partially covers the high loft non-woven layer, wherein the ticking layer is oriented such that the inner side of the ticking layer faces the outer side of the high loft non-woven layer, and wherein the ticking layer comprises a textile layer.

US Pat. No. 10,111,533

CONTINUOUS POCKETED SPRING UNIT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

Harrison Spinks Beds Limi...

8. A pocketed spring unit comprising a substantially continuous coil encased in a substantially continuous pocket, and comprising a plurality of folds wherein the folds define a plurality of individual pocketed spring portions in a row, each of the individual pocketed spring portions comprising a spring portion having only one axis extending substantially transverse to the row and being encased in its own pocket portion.

US Pat. No. 10,111,532

HEAT AND FLAME-RESISTANCE MATERIALS AND UPHOLSTERED ARTICLES INCORPORATING SAME

Precision Fabrics Group, ...

1. A barrier material consisting of a single layer of a needle punched nonwoven fabric,wherein the needle punched nonwoven fabric comprises cellulosic fibers and polyester fibers, has a basis weight ranging from about 3 to about 8 ounces per square yard, and is treated with a flame retardant finish or coating,
wherein the flame retardant finish or coating comprises one or more compounds selected from the group consisting of phosphorous compounds and nitrogen compounds,
wherein the flame retardant finish or coating is applied to the needle punched nonwoven fabric in an amount ranging from about 15 to about 130 percent solids, based upon the weight of the needle punched nonwoven fabric, and
wherein the barrier material has a thickness ranging from about 0.01 to about 0.15 inches.

US Pat. No. 10,111,531

MATTRESS ASSEMBLY

LANGEL SYSTEM INTERNATION...

1. A mattress assembly comprising:a main mattress;
a supplement mattress attached thereto, the supplement mattress having a main body having at least one lateral extension connected thereto; and
a tubular structure configured to be fixedly attached to and disposed along the entire perimeter of the supplement mattress, a first portion of the tubular structure disposed around a portion of the perimeter of the main body, and a second portion of the tubular structure disposed around a portion of the at least one lateral extension, and the second portion of the tubular structure disposed being hingedly attached to the first portion of the tubular structure;
said at least one lateral extension forming an extension surface in a horizontal plane to the main body when rotated 90° or forming an extension surface perpendicular thereto when rotated 180°, in collaboration with the tubular structure provided along the perimeter of the supplement mattress.

US Pat. No. 10,111,530

ADJUSTABLE MATTRESS FOUNDATION AND PROCESS OF USE

DREAMWELL LTD, Atlanta, ...

1. An adjustable foundation and mattress assembly, comprising:a mattress having a top surface, a bottom surface, and an inner core between the top surface and the bottom surface, wherein the mattress has a width and a length; and
an adjustable foundation for supporting the bottom surface of the mattress, the adjustable foundation comprising a foundation frame and an oversized deck attached to the foundation frame, wherein the deck has a width and a length that is substantially identical to the width and the length of the mattress and the foundation frame has a width that is less than the width of the mattress and a length that is substantially identical to the length of the mattress,
wherein the oversized deck comprises a mattress support surface including a head and back section hingedly connected to an intermediate seat section at one end and a leg and foot section hingedly connected to the intermediate seat section at another end, wherein the intermediate seat section includes a separate first portion and a separate second portion, wherein the first portion is hingedly connected to the head and back section and the second portion is hingedly connected to the leg and foot section.

US Pat. No. 10,111,529

SINGLE-UNIT CONVERTIBLE BED, DESK, AND COUCH FURNITURE WITH EXTENSIBLE BED FRAME

1. An item of furniture convertible between day bed, desk, and couch configuration, comprising:an external box frame having two opposing sides and a backrest and having a low profile consistent with a profile of a conventional couch;
a bed frame rotatably coupled to the external box frame; a configurable mattress-cushion;
a desk rotatably coupled to the bed frame and disposed below the bed frame such that the desk is raised or lowered when the bed frame is raised or lowered respectively;
a first triangular link pivotally connected to the bed frame and the desk;
a connecting rod pivotally connected to the external box frame and the desk;
the bed frame pivotally connected to the external box frame;
wherein the triangular link and a first pivot connecting the connecting rod to the desk are substantially in the same vertical plane;
wherein a bed pivot connecting the bed frame to the external box frame and a second pivot connecting the connecting rod to the external box frame are substantially in the same plane; and
the bed pivot located within a perpendicular flange extending above a horizontal upper surface of the bed frame;
wherein a first lowered configuration the bed frame serves as a supporting surface for a day bed and the convertible mattress-cushion is positioned horizontally as a mattress, and
wherein a second lowered configuration the bed frame serves as a seating surface for a couch and the convertible mattress-cushion is folded and positioned as a backrest; and
wherein a raised configuration the bed frame is rotated into a vertical storage position and the desk is raised to a desk height within the box frame while remaining horizontally oriented.

US Pat. No. 10,111,528

ELASTOMERIC WEBBING SHEET ATTACHMENT TO METAL FRAME

1. A seating product comprising:a metal frame having four sides, each of the sides comprising an angle iron having a generally L-shaped cross-section and including a top wall and a side wall extending downwardly from the top wall, at least two sides each including a plurality of frame holes extending through the top wall of the angle iron;
an elastomeric sheet webbing having first and second end loops each including a plurality of end loop holes;
first and second stabilizer rods extending through the first and second end loops, respectively; and
a plurality of c-rings having first and second ends, the first ends extending through corresponding end loop holes in one of the first end loop or the second end loop and the second ends extending through corresponding frame holes in the metal frame, wherein at least one of the c-rings contacts the respective stabilizer rod wherein each of the c-rings is oriented such that the ends of the c-ring are below a central portion of the c-ring, the second ends of the c-rings being below the top wall of the angle iron and the first ends of the c-rings being below the stabilizer rods.

US Pat. No. 10,111,526

PRESSURE-RELIEF PILLOWS

BANYAN LICENSING L.L.C., ...

1. A device for reducing pressure, comprising:a body having a first, second and third lateral sides, a first surface, and a second surface, at least a portion of the first surface defining a first aperture therein and at least a portion of the first surface defining a second aperture therein, wherein the body extends along the entire perimeter of the second aperture, and wherein at least a portion of the first aperture impinges at least a portion of the second aperture; and
a first lobe extending from the body approximate the intersection of the first and second lateral sides so to define a first corner, the first lobe defining a first surface and a second surface and wherein the first lobe has a thickness comprising the distance between the closest points of the first surface and the second surface of the first lobe;
a second lobe extending from the body approximate the intersection of the second and third lateral sides so to define a second corner, the second lobe defining a first surface and a second surface and wherein the second lobe has a thickness comprising the distance between the closest points of the first surface and the second surface of the second lobe;
wherein the thickness of the second lobe is less than the thickness of the first lobe and wherein the second surface of the first and second lobes are substantially planar with the respective portion of the second surface of the body that is adjacent the first and second lobes, respectively, to thereby provide stability and support for a user sitting on the device by reducing movement of the device; and
a gel pack structured to be inserted into at least one of the first aperture and second aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,111,525

SEAT, IN PARTICULAR AN OFFICE CHAIR

Haworth, Inc., Holland, ...

1. A seat, in particular an office chair, comprising:a seat support for a seating surface;
a backrest support coupled with the seat support, the backrest support comprising two support arms having upper ends connected by a connecting element, the support arms and connecting element defining a central opening;
a backrest cover; and
a flexible shell extending outwardly from the support arms and the connecting element, the flexible shell defining at least a right peripheral side, a left peripheral side, and a top peripheral side, which collectively define a peripheral edge, the flexible shell extending from the support arms and the connecting element in the direction of the seat support, such that the peripheral edge is spaced forwardly from the backrest support in a direction adapted to engage or at least partially surround a user sitting in the seat;
wherein the backrest cover is supported on the peripheral edge of the shell, the backrest cover extending in the manner of a secant relative to the shell, wherein when the cover is loaded in a direction toward the flexible shell, a bending of at least a portion of the flexible shell is altered and at least one of the lateral sides of the shell bends toward the seating surface.

US Pat. No. 10,111,524

FURNITURE FITTING

JULIUS BLUM GMBH, Hoechs...

1. A furniture fitting comprising:a housing;
a plunger moveable linearly in relation to the housing, the plunger including a first plunger part having an internal thread and a second plunger part having an external thread interacting with the internal thread, the plunger being configured to allow adjustment of a length of the plunger by subjecting the external thread of the second plunger part to screwing action relative to the internal thread of the first plunger part; and
a securing element configured to prevent the external thread from being unscrewed all the way out of the internal thread,
wherein the internal thread is arranged on an inner lateral surface of the first plunger part, and the securing element is arranged at the inner lateral surface of the first plunger part.

US Pat. No. 10,111,522

MOUNTING CLIP FOR ADJUSTABLE SHELF SYSTEMS

1. A mounting clip for adjustable shelf systems having a shelf rail tube (27) with opening slots (30) and a wall thickness on which the mounting clip is mountable, comprising:the self rail tube (27), a back part (1) having a lower part and an upper part, a lower edge located on a base (6) of the lower part, an upper edge located on a top (7) of the upper part, and a first edge opposite a second edge, the first and second edges extending vertically upward from the lower edge of the lower part to the upper edge of the upper part of the back part (1);
a base plate (3) connected to the base (6) of the lower part of the back part (1) and extending outward, away from the back part (1); and
back wings (2), an upper part of a first of the back wings (2) being joined to an upper part of the first edge of the back part (1) and an upper part of a second of the back wings being joined to an upper part of the second edge of the back part (1), the upper parts of the first and second back wings (2) and the upper of the back part (1) together in cross-section forming a substantially U shape profile,
wherein i) a lower part of the first of the back wings (2) is spaced apart from a lower part of the first edge of the back part (1) thereby forming a first slit (5) between the lower part of the back part (1) and the lower part of the first of the back wings (2) and ii) a lower part of a second of the back wings (2) is spaced apart from a lower part of the second edge of the back part (1) thereby forming a second slit (5) between the lower part of the back part (1) and the lower part of the second of the back wings (2),
wherein each of the first and second slits (5) have a height extending along a corresponding one of the lower parts of the first and second edges and a width, the width of each of the first and second slits (5) being greater than the wall thickness of the rail tube at least at a part of the first and second slits (5), and
wherein each of the lower part of the first and second back wings is flexible to allow, during mounting of the clip into the opening slots of the shelf rail tube, the lower part of the first and second back wings to bend from an unmounted first, relaxed separation distance to a second distance during the mounting with the first and second back wings passing through the opening slots, and then snap-return to the first relaxed separation distance when the clip is mounted and locked in a snap in fixation to the shelf rail tube.

US Pat. No. 10,111,521

ADJUSTABLE ROTARY SHELF ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF USE

Hardware Resources, Inc.,...

1. A rotary shelf assembly for a blind corner cabinet having a front panel with an edge adjacent an opening, the assembly comprising:a first frame bracket, having one or more flanges, configured to be mounted to the front panel;
a first rotary coupling connected to the first frame bracket;
a rod engaged with the first frame bracket and the first rotary coupling;
a first rotary support, moveably positioned about the rod, and rotatably engaged with the first rotary coupling;
a first set of slide assemblies adjustably attached to a first set of mounting points in the first rotary support;
a first shelf connected to the first set of slide assemblies; and,
wherein the first shelf is capable of rotating about the rod from a stowed position within the blind corner cabinet and extending along the first set of slide assemblies to a deployed position through the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,111,520

STORAGE SYSTEM AND ARTICLE RETRIEVING METHOD

Frazier Industrial Compan...

1. A storage rack, comprising:a base surface;
a first column directly or indirectly attached to the base surface; and
a support bar directly or indirectly attached to the first column and spaced from the first column to form a supporting area for a pallet,
wherein the support bar extends substantially perpendicularly from the first column until a corner portion which curves at a right angle on opposite sides the first column,
the support bar is configured to support the pallet,
the support bar has four curved corner portions, and
additionally comprising
at least four columns forming a line of vertically-extending columns together with said first column,
horizontal bars extending outwardly from opposite sides of at three of said columns and connected to opposite sides of said support bar,
said horizontal bars together with said support bar forming the supporting area for the pallet,
a first series of separate vertical support bars (180), each said vertical support bar (180) positioned to support a respective horizontal bar (140, 152, 156) between said respective column (106, 150, 154) and said support bar (120) on either side of said respective column (106, 150, 154),
wherein the vertical support bars (180) are set back from the support bar (120), and
the respective vertical support bars (180) each include a bracket connected to adjacent horizontal bars (140, 152), and the vertical support bars (180) each terminate a distance below the respective supporting area for the pallet.

US Pat. No. 10,111,519

EXPANDABLE FURNITURE

1. A storage structure comprising at least one extendable wall, wherein the extendable wall comprises at least three slidably engaged panels, wherein:at least a first panel and a second panel are co-planar, wherein the first and second panels are located at opposing sides of a centrally located third panel;
either the third panel is hollow and receives at least part of both the first and second panels, or the first and second panels are hollow and each receive at least part of the third panel;
a fourth panel, which is hollow and slidably engaged to receive at least a part of the first, second and third panels;
the first and second panels are movable relative to each other panel in order to adjust a dimension of the wall; and
a linkage mechanism connects the first and the second panels to each other and is configured to allow relative movement between the panels while maintaining the first and second panels in the same plane as each other.

US Pat. No. 10,111,518

ADJUSTABLE ERGONOMIC WORKSTATION

1. An adjustable ergonomic workstation comprising:a base, a leg assembly, a first platform and a second platform;
the leg assembly being coupled to and extending between the base and the first platform, and being adjustable to move the first platform between at least a lowered position and a first raised position;
the leg assembly further comprising two pair of L-shaped legs coupled to the base and to the first platform and having outer portions that overlap;
a height adjustment assembly having at least one gas cylinder directly pivotally connected at a first end to one L-shaped leg of at least one of the pairs of L-shaped legs and directly pivotally connected at a second end to the second L-shaped leg of the at least one of the pairs of L-shaped legs, wherein the at least one gas cylinder is shielded by the overlap of the outer portions of the at least one pair of L-shaped legs to which it is connected, wherein the gas cylinder assists in supporting the first platform when moving the first platform between the lowered position and the first raised position;
the second platform being coupled to and positioned below the first platform; and
the coupling of the second platform to the first platform including a tilt adjustment assembly wherein the second platform is adjustable between at least a first angular position and a second angular position relative to the first platform and the tilt adjustment assembly further comprises at least a clamping mechanism spaced apart from a pivot that is in a fixed location relative to the first and second platforms, and the clamping mechanism and pivot in the fixed location relative to the first and second platforms together control the relative angular position of the second platform relative to the first platform.

US Pat. No. 10,111,517

COLLAPSIBLE BISTRO TABLE

Zhuhai Shichang Metals Lt...

1. A collapsible table comprising:a tabletop having a width and comprising a top surface and a bottom surface opposite the top surface, wherein the top surface of the tabletop has a shape that is circular or elliptical;
a first pair of collapsible legs comprising a first leg having a top end portion, a second leg having a top end portion, the first and second legs having a length that is greater than the width of the tabletop;
a second pair of collapsible legs comprising a third leg having a top end portion, a fourth leg having a top end portion, the third and fourth legs having a length that is greater than the width of the tabletop,
wherein the first and second pairs of collapsible legs are operable to move to a use position in which the legs extend from the bottom surface of the tabletop to support the tabletop,
wherein the first and second pairs of collapsible legs are operable to move to a storage position in which at least the top end portions of each of the legs are disposed adjacent to the bottom surface of the tabletop;
a first support bar that is pivotally connected to the bottom surface of the tabletop and that connects the first leg to the second leg adjacent their top end portions;
a second support bar that connects the third leg to the fourth leg adjacent their top end portions;
a third support bar spaced apart from the second support bar that connects the third leg to the fourth leg; and
a first pair of brackets disposed at a first location adjacent the bottom surface of the tabletop that removably secures the second support bar at the first location in the use position and that removably secures the third support bar at the first location in the storage position.

US Pat. No. 10,111,516

ASSEMBLY TECHNOLOGY FOR ANY SHAPE DISK BRUSH WITH METAL WIRES AND CONICAL

1. A cosmetic applicator brush comprising:a plurality of discs assembled relative to one another with each disc having a body with a plurality of bristles or combs extending radially therefrom;
a conical portion; and
a plurality of wires,
wherein the plurality of wires pass through a wire passage of each of the plurality of discs,
the plurality of discs are stacked or linked without any angular offset so that alignment of bristles for the stacked discs is uniform,
after the plurality of discs are stacked or linked, the plurality of wires are twisted at a bottom portion of the cosmetic applicator brush so that the discs are securely linked or stacked, and
the plurality of wires do not change the angular offset of the plurality of discs that are stacked or linked.

US Pat. No. 10,111,515

NUMBER OF BRISTLE FOR ANY SHAPE'S DISC BY MANO INJECTION MOLDING

1. A method for manufacturing a cosmetic applicator brush, the cosmetic applicator brush comprising a plurality of discs assembled relative to one another, each disc having a body with a plurality of bristles extending radially therefrom, comprising the step of:forming the cosmetic applicator brush by a mono-injection molding,
wherein adjacent discs are maintained at an angular relationship with respect to one another independent of a disc specific keying element to show a plurality of design variations of the cosmetic applicator brush,
wherein each disc body has a first face with a projection extending therefrom and an opposed second face with an indentation defined therein, wherein the projection and indentation are angularly offset from one another and the interaction of a projection of one disc with the indentation of an adjacent disc maintains the angular relationship between the adjacent discs,
wherein angular offset of the projection and the indentation of each disc is between 0° and 360°, and
wherein the angular offset is different for at least two of the discs.

US Pat. No. 10,111,514

RIGGING BAG

1. A rigging bag comprises:a dual-compartment body;
a first fastening mechanism;
an at least one second fastening mechanism;
a first strap;
a second strap;
the dual-compartment body comprises a first panel section, a middle panel section, and a second panel section;
the first panel section and the second panel section being positioned opposite to each other across the middle panel section;
a first lateral edge of the middle panel section being laterally connected along the first panel section;
a second lateral edge of the middle panel section being laterally connected along the second panel section;
the first fastening mechanism being perimetrically integrated in between the first panel section and the middle panel section;
the second fastening mechanism being perimetrically integrated in between the second panel section and the middle panel section;
the first strap and the second strap being positioned opposite to each other along the dual-compartment body;
the first strap being externally mounted to the dual-compartment body; and
the second strap being externally mounted to the dual-compartment body; wherein the at least one second fastening mechanism comprises a first zipper and a second zipper; the second panel section comprises a fourth lateral edge, a third end edge, and a fourth end edge; the fourth lateral edge being positioned parallel and opposite to the second lateral edge of the middle planer section, across the second panel section; the third end edge and the fourth end edge being positioned parallel and opposite to each other across the fourth lateral edge; the fourth end edge being positioned adjacent to the second strap; the first zipper extending along the third end edge; and the second zipper extending along the fourth lateral edge and the fourth end edge.

US Pat. No. 10,111,513

EYELINER GUIDE AND METHOD

1. An eyeliner guide comprising:a handle portion having a top portion and a bottom portion, said top portion defining a neck member attached to one end of said handle portion, and said bottom portion including a contoured grip member with a rounded base;
a first eyelid contact member, comprising a hollow interior and a generally smooth arcuate rim forming a cushion portion on an outer face of the eyelid contact member so that the cushion portion comes into contact with a user's eyelid during use; the first eyelid contact member having a first end and a second end, said arcuate rim being shaped to accommodate the form of a user's eyelid, and said arcuate rim being removably attached to said neck member at a point about halfway between said first end and said second end and wherein the hollow interior fully surrounds the neck member when attached thereto;
wherein the attachment of said neck member and said first eyelid contact member lies in a plane disposed through a generally central portion of said rim and said first eyelid contact member; and
wherein said first eyelid contact member is angularly adjustable with respect to said neck member via a series of mating détentes and recesses on one of said neck member and said first eyelid contact member, so that said first eyelid contact member may be rotated in either a clockwise or counterclockwise fashion and secured at a desired angle in a generally transverse direction with respect to said handle portion.

US Pat. No. 10,111,512

COSMETIC POT HAVING A LID WITH A TRANSLATIONALLY MOVED COUPLING ELEMENT

CHANEL PARFUMS BEAUTE, N...

1. A cosmetic pot comprising:a base comprising a neck provided with at least one peripheral indentation; and
a lid configured to close the base, said lid comprising:
an inside part comprising a coupling plate; and
an outside part comprising a cap;
the coupling plate and the cap being rotatably mounted in relation to each other, such that the lid is configured to adopt a resting position and an opening position and the coupling plate and the cap are turned in relation to each other in relation to the resting position;
the cap comprising a radial cam, the radial cam being defined by a profile forming at least one projecting active zone;
the coupling plate comprising:
a support;
at least one coupling member mounted on the support and movable in translation in relation to the support;
the at least one coupling member comprising a claw and a cam follower, the cam follower being in contact with the radial cam of the cap;
the at least one coupling member being configured to adopt at least a first position when the lid is in the resting position and a second position when the lid is in the opening position;
the second position being a position in which the cam follower of the coupling member cooperates with the at least one projecting active zone of the radial cam and in which the at least one coupling member, in the second position, is configured to be translated in relation to the first position; and
at least one coupling return member linked to the at least one coupling member and to the support, the at least one coupling return member being configured to automatically return the at least one coupling member to the first position; and
the claw of the at least one coupling member of the lid being engaged in the at least one indentation of the neck of the base when the lid is in the resting position and the pot is closed.

US Pat. No. 10,111,510

SYSTEMS AND DEVICES FOR COSMETIC POWDER ACCUMULATION MANAGEMENT

1. A cosmetic powder accumulation management system, comprising:a sifter having an upper surface and a plurality of apertures configured for pass-through of cosmetic powder; and
a cover member positioned adjacent to the upper surface of the sifter, the cover member having a first sweeper projecting toward the sifter,
wherein the first sweeper is configured to direct the cosmetic powder on the upper surface toward the plurality of apertures upon rotation of the cover member.

US Pat. No. 10,111,509

EPILATOR

Braun GMBH, Kronberg (DE...

1. An epilator for removing body hair, the epilator comprising a body and a plucking cylinder which is rotatable about a rotation axis for plucking hair, wherein the plucking cylinder is mounted in or on the body such that the plucking cylinder is movable with respect to the body between an extended position and a retracted position, wherein the epilator further comprises at least one elastically deformable element biasing the plucking cylinder into the extended position, wherein the epilator further comprises at least one roller arrangement comprising at least one further elastically deformable element and at least two rollers mounted on the same side of the body as the plucking cylinder with the plucking cylinder interposed between the rollers, which rollers are movable with respect to the body between an extended position and a retracted position, with the further elastically deformable element biasing the rollers into the extended position, wherein the rollers, the plucking cylinder, and the elastically deformable elements are arranged and adapted such that when pressing the rollers and the plucking cylinder to a flat surface a force exerted by the rollers exceeds a force exerted by the plucking cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,111,506

DISPLAY DEVICE FOR A WALKER

Michael J. Brenner, St. ...

1. A display device for a walker comprising:a panel having a front surface, a back surface, a left side, a right side, an upper side, a lower side, and printed matter printed on the front surface;
a first left side attachment device and a second left side attachment device each extending out from the left side of the panel;
a first right side attachment device and a second right side attachment device each extending out from the right side of the panel;
an upper attachment device extending out from the upper side;
a lower attachment device extending out from the lower side; and
an adjustable back attachment device comprising a portion of hook material attached to the back side of the panel, a first tab member separate from the hook material attached to the back side of the panel having a first end having a portion of loop material with the loop material for mating with the portion of hook material attached to the back side of the panel and a second end having a portion of hook material, a second tab member separate from the hook material attached to the back side of the panel having a first end having a portion of loop material with the loop material for mating with the portion of hook material attached to the back side of the panel and a second end having a portion of loop material with the portion of loop material of the second end of the second tab member for mating with the portion of hook material of the second end of the first tab member.

US Pat. No. 10,111,503

MODULAR MILITARY RIBBON HOLDER ASSEMBLY

1. A modular military ribbon holder assembly kit comprising:a rack having a back surface defining a rack length and a rack width;
a connector having a connect length and a connector width and being configured to engage a portion of the back surface of the rack, wherein the connector length is less than the rack length and the connector width is less than the rack width;
at least two engagement members extending outward from one of the back surface or the connector; and
at least two apertures defined by the other of the back surface or the connector.

US Pat. No. 10,111,502

CIRCUMFERENCE OR LENGTH DECREASING DEVICE

1. A device used to decrease a circumference of a worn garment comprising:a substantially flat, rectangular body with an upper edge and a bottom free edge;
two substantially parallel prongs spaced apart from each other and each having a first portion extending upward from the upper edge of the substantially flat, rectangular body, a second bulbous curved portion extending outward from the first portion, a third portion extending downward from the second bulbous curved portion wherein the third portion is spaced apart and substantially parallel to the substantially flat, rectangular body and a rounded edged end portion angled outward and away from the substantially flat, rectangular body; and
a plurality of nodules or protrusions positioned on an inside surface of the two substantially parallel prongs and an inside surface of the substantially flat, rectangular body, wherein the nodules or protrusions are configured to securely grip the worn garment when inserted between the prongs and the substantially flat rectangular body.

US Pat. No. 10,111,500

SELF-ALIGNING, QUICK CONNECT AND DISCONNECT MAGNETIC END CONNECTORS

1. A self-aligning strap end connector system, comprising,a. a first end connector that includes a body with a distal end, a proximal end, a longitudinal axis, a first surface and a second surface, a strap bar and a strap slot formed on said body near said proximal end, said body includes a lip section near said distal end that and includes an abutment surface perpendicularly and transversely aligned with said longitudinal axis, said body includes a void area adjacent to said abutment surface configured to receive a lip section on a second end connector when said second end connector is longitudinally aligned with said first end connector;
b. at least one projecting element formed on said abutment surface of said first end connector, said projecting element being perpendicularly aligned with said abutment surface of said first end connector;
c. at least one magnet located on said abutment surface on said first end connector;
d. a second end connector that includes a body with a distal end, a proximal end, a longitudinal axis, a first surface and a second surface, a strap bar and a strap slot formed on said body near said proximal end, said body includes a lip section formed near said distal end, said lip section includes an abutment surface transversely aligned with said longitudinal axis, said body includes a void area adjacent to said abutment surface configured to receive said lip section on said first end connector when said first end connector is longitudinally aligned with said second end connector and said abutment surfaces are aligned parallel and abutted;
e. at least one receiver hole formed on said abutment surface of said second end connector, said receiver hole configured to receive said projecting element on said first end connector when said first end connector and said second end connector are longitudinally aligned and said abutment surface on the first end connector and said abutments surface on said second end connector are parallel and abut and configured resist side-to side movement of said end connectors; and
f. at least one magnet located on said abutment surface of said second end connector configured to be magnetically attracted to said magnet on said abutment surface of said first end connector when said first end connector and said second end connector are longitudinally aligned and said projecting element is inserted into said receiver hole.