US Pat. No. 10,710,676

SPROCKET WHEEL FOR A BICYCLE DRIVE

SRAM DEUTSCHLAND GMBH, S...

1. A sprocket wheel for a bicycle drive, comprising:a first main surface which is flat in at least one section;
a second main surface disposed opposite the first main surface, the second main surface flat in at least one section and extending parallel to the first main surface in at least one section, the first and the second main surfaces each comprising a flat first area and a flat second area, the second area offset axially relative to the first area and connected to the first area by one or more transitional sections, the first area of the first main surface arranged opposite the first area of the second main surface, in at least one section, and the second area of the first main surface arranged opposite the second area of the second main surface, in at least one section; and
an outer circumferential surface which connects the first and the second main surface to one another and on which toothing is provided,
wherein the sprocket wheel can be stacked on another sprocket wheel of the same configuration in such a way that the first area of the first main surface of the sprocket wheel rests over an extended area on the first area of the second main surface of the other sprocket wheel, and the second area of the first main surface of the sprocket wheel rests over an extended area of the second area of the second main surface of the other sprocket wheel, and
wherein the sprocket wheel can be stacked on the other sprocket wheel of the same configuration of the first main surface, the second main surface, and the outer circumferential surface.

US Pat. No. 10,710,673

CRANKSET AND METHOD FOR TRANSFERING POWER IN A CRANKSET

PROTO FAB INC., Saint-Hu...

1. A crankset for a pedal-driven vehicle having a frame with a bracket shell, the crankset comprising:a crank arm rotatably mounted to the bracket shell of the frame;
a spindle operatively connected to the crank arm at an end spaced-apart from the bracket shell and rotatable about a spindle rotation axis;
a pedal mounted to the spindle and having a foot receiving surface;
a stationary member fixedly mounted to the bracket shell;
a rotatable member operatively engaged with the spindle and configured to engage the spindle in rotation;
a connecting assembly operatively engaged with the stationary member and the rotatable member, the connecting assembly being configured to engage the rotatable member in rotation upon rotation of the crank arm about the bracket shell; and
a pedal angular control assembly operatively connected to the spindle and varying an angle of the foot receiving surface of the pedal according to a predetermined angular sequence, during a complete rotation of the crank arm, the pedal angular control assembly comprising at least one cam operatively connected to the rotatable member and operatively engaged with the pedal and a cam connecting assembly configured to engage in rotation the at least one cam upon rotation of the rotatable member.

US Pat. No. 10,710,668

HANDLEBAR MOUNT ASSEMBLY

1. A cycle handlebar mount comprising:an elastomeric first sleeve and an elastomeric second sleeve operatively coupled to a cycle handlebar,
a bracket assembly operatively coupled to the first sleeve and the second sleeve and spaced apart from the cycle handlebar,
a tension clamp assembly coupled to the cycle handlebar, between the first sleeve and the second sleeve, and spaced apart from the bracket assembly, and
a bushing compressed between the tension clamp assembly and the bracket assembly,
wherein the bushing is disposed around a clamp arm extending from the tension clamp assembly into a void that is formed within an inner surface of the bracket assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,710,660

PANNIER SYSTEM

1. A blank, comprising:a bottom section that forms an item supporting surface when the blank is folded into a folded pannier configuration;
a lateral face section hingedly connected with the bottom section at a first fold line;
a central, vertical axis extending between proximal and distal ends of the blank; and
a medial face section hingedly connected with the bottom section at a second fold line;
wherein the blank is adapted to be folded from an unfolded blank configuration into a folded pannier configuration; and
wherein in the unfolded blank configuration, opposing sides of the blank relative to the central, vertical axis are asymmetrical.

US Pat. No. 10,710,659

VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle comprising a front body cover provided between a pair of left and right front mudguards configured to cover above a pair of left and right front wheels, a storage portion being provided on the front body cover, a carrier formed by combining frame members into a grid shape being disposed above the front body cover, the storage portion being set in a space surrounded by the grid of the carrier when seen from above,wherein a body component is disposed below the front body cover,
wherein the storage portion is disposed ahead of the body component,
wherein a maintenance lid configured to cover the body component is provided on the front body cover, and
wherein the maintenance lid is located behind the storage portion.

US Pat. No. 10,710,648

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR RESILIENTLY MOUNTING TRAILER SKIRT

Compagnie Generale des Et...

9. A trailer-skirt coupling apparatus comprising:a trailer mounting bracket configured for mechanically coupling the apparatus to a trailer; and
a bi-modulus bending member operably attached to the trailer mounting bracket in a cantilevered configuration, the bi-modulus bending member including one or more elongate bending elements each having a cross-section extending in both a direction of a width and a height of the elongate bending element, where each of the bi-modulus bending member and each of the one or more elongate bending elements are configured to elastically buckle and bend to a buckled configuration when a lateral force component exceeds a threshold force and elastically return to an unbuckled configuration when the lateral force component is reduced below the threshold force.

US Pat. No. 10,710,641

VEHICLE PILLAR STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle pillar structure comprising:a pair of frame components extending in a longitudinal direction of a vehicle pillar; and
a transparent component bridging a gap between the pair of frame components,
wherein each frame component of the pair of frame components is in a cylindrical shape having no seams in a cross-section thereof, and
wherein an outer peripheral surface of each frame component of the pair of frame components includes a planar joining surface to which the transparent component is joined, and
wherein the planar joining surface of each pair of frame components is entirely planar.

US Pat. No. 10,710,639

VEHICLE REAR STRUCTURE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle rear structure comprising:an impact beam extending in a vehicle front-rear direction inside a rear door;
a rocker outer rear and a rocker inner rear extending upward in a vehicle up-down direction from a rear portion of a rocker in the vehicle front-rear direction;
a rear wheel house outer including a front portion extending in the vehicle front-rear direction and placed between the rocker outer rear and the rocker inner rear; and
a bulk including:
a first wall provided between the rocker outer rear and the rocker inner rear and joined to the rocker outer rear;
a second wall bending from the first wall to extend toward the rocker inner rear; and
a third wall placed at a position where the third wall at least partially overlaps with the impact beam as viewed in a vehicle width direction, the third wall bending from the second wall and joined to the front portion of the rear wheel house outer.

US Pat. No. 10,710,636

VEHICLE FRONT PORTION STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle front portion structure comprising:front side members that are disposed at right and left side portions of a vehicle front portion and that extend in a vehicle front and rear direction;
suspension towers that are disposed so as to project in a vehicle upward direction from the front side members, the suspension towers including front joining portions and rear joining portions, in the vehicle front and rear direction;
the front joining portions joining the suspension towers and the front side members to each other such that joining between the suspension towers and the front side members is cancelled at a time of a frontal impact;
the rear joining portions joining the suspension towers and the front side members to each other; and
a suspension member attached by attachment portions to the front side members,
wherein the attachment portions are disposed in positions coinciding with the rear joining portions in the vehicle front and rear direction.

US Pat. No. 10,710,629

STEERABLE VEHICLE

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A steerable vehicle, comprising:a steering mechanism having a rotatable steering column;
a first steering servomechanism comprising a hydraulic steering servomechanism, wherein the hydraulic steering servomechanism comprises a hydraulic steering valve coupled to the rotatable steering column and at least one hydraulic steering cylinder fluidly coupled to the hydraulic steering valve by hydraulic lines, and wherein the hydraulic steering valve is configured to control a hydraulic flow in the hydraulic lines based on a rotational angle of the rotatable steering column to drive the at least one hydraulic steering cylinder to adjust a steering angle of at least one ground-engaging member of the steerable vehicle;
a second steering servomechanism comprising an electric power steering servomechanism, wherein the electric power steering servomechanism comprises a motor configured to control a torque on the rotatable steering column to establish a steering assistance characteristic;
a controller configured to control the steering assistance characteristic by outputting control signals indicative of a magnitude and a direction of the torque to influence steering of the steerable vehicle; and
a human-machine interface (HMI) configured to receive input commands indicative of selection of one of a plurality of programmed modes of operation of the second steering servomechanism;
wherein the at least one ground-engaging member is not coupled to the rotatable steering column by a mechanical linkage;
wherein a first programmed mode of operation of the plurality of programmed modes of operation comprises steering during movement of the steerable vehicle within a field headland, and a second programmed mode of operation of the plurality of programmed modes of operation comprises steering during movement of the steerable vehicle within a field and along a road;
wherein the first programmed mode of operation comprises a steering feedback sub-mode, a torque-free sub-mode, an automatic steering centering sub-mode, and a lock-to-lock assistance sub-mode; and
wherein the second programmed mode of operation comprises a steering feedback sub-mode, an automatic steering centering sub-mode, and a torque-free sub-mode.

US Pat. No. 10,710,627

STEERING WHEEL FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE STEERING SYSTEM AND STEERING COLUMN FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, ...

1. A steering wheel for a motor vehicle steering system, comprising:a rotatably mounted steering spindle;
a steering wheel hub defining a longitudinal axis and attached coaxially to the rotatably mounted steering spindle;
a steering wheel rim attached to the steering wheel hub and radially spaced apart from the longitudinal axis and extending in a planar manner transversely with respect to the longitudinal axis;
a bearing configured to mount the steering wheel rim on the steering wheel hub such that the steering wheel rim is permitted to incline with respect to the longitudinal axis between an operating position and a stowed position about an inclination axis which lies transversely with respect to the longitudinal axis, wherein the steering wheel rim is inclined at a flatter angle with respect to the longitudinal axis in the stowed position than in the operating position; and
a torque generating device configured to exert a torque on the steering wheel rim about the inclination axis, wherein the torque generating device has an energy store or a force accumulator that is configured to move the steering wheel rim from the stowed position into the operating position.

US Pat. No. 10,710,620

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INTERFACING A RAILROAD CENTRALIZED TRAFFIC CONTROL WAYSIDE AND A RAILROAD CENTRALIZED TRAFFIC CONTROL OFFICE USING INTEROPERABLE TRAIN CONTROL MESSAGING

Meteorcomm LLC, Renton, ...

1. A method for transmitting application level messages across railroad communication system comprising:generating a message with an application having a format defined by a protocol;
generating a packet, generating the packet comprising encapsulating the message with a railroad edge messaging protocol (EMP) header and a railroad Class D messaging transport header to generate a packet; and
transmitting the packet across a railroad communications system.

US Pat. No. 10,710,619

TRAIN AND RAIL YARD MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Amsted Rail Company, Inc....

1. A rail yard management system for managing one or more railcars within a rail yard, comprising:one or more railcars, wherein each railcar has a railcar based mesh network overlaid thereon;
a rail yard-based mesh network having one or more land-based wireless gateways that are installed at fixed locations in said rail yard; and
said rail yard management system configured to perform the following functions:
(a) allowing one or more communication management units associated with each of said one or more railcars to become nodes in said rail yard-based mesh network when said railcars are within said rail yard;
(b) collecting data from said one or more communication management units through said rail yard-based mesh network; and
(c) determining the state of various operational parameters of said railcars from said collected data;
wherein the various operational parameters comprise both forces experienced by said railcar during coupling and a weight of commodities loaded on said railcar.

US Pat. No. 10,710,617

CONTROL AND MONITORING DEVICE FOR A SWITCH MACHINE, A SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING A SWITCH MACHINE

ALSTOM Transport Technolo...

1. Control and monitoring device for a switch machine of a railway switch comprising:a power supply for providing a switch motor of the switch machine with a current, the switch motor being adapted to move points of the railway switch,
a relay having a primary contact connected electrically to the power supply via at least one line and a secondary contact adapted to be electrically connected to the switch motor;
the relay being adapted to switch on and off the power provided to the switch motor;
at least one current sensor adapted to sense the current to be provided to the switch motor at the at least one line between the power supply and the relay;
at least one voltage sensor adapted to sense a voltage to be provided to the switch motor at the at least one line between the power supply and the relay;
a processor connected to the at least one current sensor and the at least one voltage sensor, wherein the processor is adapted to record the measured current and voltage values;
wherein, the recorded current and voltage values are stored in a database to be analyzed to determine the function or malfunction of the railway switch and to perform predictive diagnostics.

US Pat. No. 10,710,609

NOTIFICATIONS BASED ON GEO-FENCE AND VEHICLE AND DRIVER INFORMATION

TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERIC...

1. A method implemented by a notification system for managing notifications to be presented in a vehicle, the method comprising:receiving information wirelessly from a vehicle sensor system of the vehicle, wherein the information includes position information and driver behavior information;
detecting a notification condition based on the information;
in response to the detection of the notification condition, identifying a plurality of notifications from a database based on the position information and selecting a notification from the plurality of notifications to send to the vehicle based on the driver behavior information; and
sending the notification wirelessly to the vehicle for presentation via an output system in the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,710,608

PROVIDE SPECIFIC WARNINGS TO VEHICLE OCCUPANTS BEFORE INTENSE MOVEMENTS

1. A safety system configured to provide specific warnings, comprising:a sensor configured to take measurements of at least a portion of a vehicle compartment; and
a computer configured to:
estimate, based on the measurements, whether an occupant of the vehicle is engaged in a certain activity that can lead to an adverse outcome in case of a Sudden Decrease in Ride Smoothness (SDRS); and
responsive to receiving an indication indicative of an imminent SDRS event and estimating that the occupant is engaged in the certain activity, provide a specific warning to the occupant; wherein the specific warning describes a specific action related to the certain activity, which the occupant should take.

US Pat. No. 10,710,600

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING CLIMATE AND COMFORT CONTROL WHILE OPTIMIZING THE FUEL ECONOMY OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A fuel economy and comfort control apparatus for a motor vehicle, comprising:a plurality of sensors including an engine speed sensor, a motor vehicle speed sensor, an outside ambient temperature sensor and a closure position sensor; and
a controller configured to determine and advise an operator of said motor vehicle of most fuel-efficient mode of operating a climate control system of said motor vehicle to maintain occupant comfort while optimizing fuel-efficient operation of said motor vehicle in response to (a) engine speed data, motor vehicle speed data, outside ambient temperature data and exterior closure position data received from said plurality of sensors and (b) a fuel economy map database for said motor vehicle wherein said fuel economy map database includes data selected from a group of data fields consisting of vehicle standard aerodynamic drag coefficient, vehicle frontal area, vehicle non-standard aerodynamic drag coefficient, vehicle tire rolling resistance coefficients, vehicle parasitic losses in driveline, climate control compressor displacement and pulley ratio, climate control belt efficiency, climate control condenser front end recirculation temperature and combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,710,598

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING DISTANCE TO EMPTY

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An apparatus for providing Distance To Empty (DTE), comprising:a sensor for generating environmental condition information;
a battery control unit for generating battery available energy according to battery state information by sensing a battery; and
a vehicle control unit for generating an available energy dual map having the battery available energy and converted available energy generated by reflecting the environmental condition information, and for calculating DTE according to the available energy dualization map,
wherein the vehicle control unit sets a dualization branching point for obtaining margin energy so that additional driving is possible by a certain distance on a dualization curve according to the available energy dualization map.

US Pat. No. 10,710,596

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING AN IMPENDING BAILOUT FROM A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for detecting an impending bailout from a vehicle, the method comprising:detecting, by a first computer, a first driving pattern comprising an acceleration sequence and a braking sequence of the vehicle; and
determining, by the first computer, the impending bailout from the vehicle based on (i) detecting the first driving pattern and (ii) detecting a cue word that is spoken by a driver of the vehicle and is a part of a radio communication between the driver and an operator located outside of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,710,594

OCCUPANT-STATUS PREDICTION SYSTEM

Faurecia Automotive Seati...

1. An occupant support system for use in a vehicle, the occupant support comprisinga sensor system configured to obtain biometrics input associated with physiological and behavioral characteristics of an occupant of the occupant support system, sleep input associated with sleep characteristics of the occupant, and vehicle input associated with characteristics of the vehicle and environment surrounding the vehicle, and
a control system configured to receive the biometrics input, sleep input, and vehicle input, determine a biometrics score based on the biometrics input, determine a sleep score based on the sleep input, determine a task score based on the vehicle input, determine occupant fatigue based on the biometrics score, the sleep score, and the task score, and activate a vehicle system based on the occupant fatigue,
wherein the control system is further configured to identify the occupant based on at least one of input from the occupant and the biometrics input and to associate the biometrics input, sleep input, and task input with a unique occupant data profile for the occupant,
wherein the control system is further configured to receive supplemental biometrics input after activating the vehicle system, determine a supplemental biometrics score based on the supplemental biometrics input, and determine occupant fatigue based on the supplemental biometrics score, the sleep score, and the task score.

US Pat. No. 10,710,591

CONTROL ARRANGEMENT FOR AN ENGINE AND A HYDROSTATIC TRANSMISSION OF A VEHICLE

1. A control arrangement for use in a drive arrangement of a vehicle, comprising:an engine;
a hydrostatic transmission;
a load sensing means configured to detect a load on the engine;
an engine speed controller for controlling the engine;
a pressure control means configured to act on a pressure in the hydrostatic transmission; and
a drive controller;
wherein, based on a first signal generated by the load sensing means, a second signal is generated by the drive controller for the engine speed controller and the pressure control means;
wherein the signal generated by the drive controller to the pressure control means provides for a maximum allowed pressure in the hydrostatic transmission to be lower than the pressure needed to stall the engine at a selected engine speed.

US Pat. No. 10,710,585

TRAILER BACKUP ASSIST SYSTEM WITH PREDICTIVE HITCH ANGLE FUNCTIONALITY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of determining an offset for calibrating an imaging device comprising the steps of:using the imaging device to capture an image of a rear bumper; and
providing a controller configured to:
process the captured image;
identify a boundary separating the rear bumper from a ground based on the captured image;
compare the identified boundary to an ideal boundary;
determine an offset between the identified boundary and the ideal boundary, wherein the offset is defined by a vector having a horizontal component, a vertical component, and a rotational component, and the controller determines the offset by iterating on candidates for each of the horizontal, vertical, and rotational components until the identified boundary overlaps with the ideal boundary; and
calibrating the imaging device based on the determined offset.

US Pat. No. 10,710,568

BRAKE CONTROLLER TESTER

1. An apparatus adapted to receive a brake control signal from a brake controller of a tow vehicle, the apparatus comprising:brake simulation circuitry comprising a plurality of transistors and a plurality of parallel resistors with each of the plurality of transistors connected to a respective one of the plurality of parallel resistors, the brake simulation circuitry operative to sequentially apply the plurality of parallel resistors to the brake control signal by sequentially turning on the plurality of transistors;
brake integration circuitry comprising an integration resistor in series with an integration capacitor, the brake integration circuitry adapted to integrate the brake control signal; and
display circuitry comprising a display device, the display circuitry adapted to display an indication of a value of the integrated brake control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,710,557

LIGHTED VEHICLE WASH DRYER ASSEMBLY WITH OPAQUE LETTERING ON HOUSING

Belanger, Inc., Northvil...

1. A dryer assembly for a vehicle treatment area, comprising:a molded blower housing molded from a plastic translucent material and having an exterior surface, a clearance opening located in an upper surface thereof, a generally hollow interior and an air inlet opening adjacent to said clearance opening;
a motor unit in communication with said air inlet opening for drawing air through said air inlet opening into said hollow interior;
at least one nozzle portion in communication with said air inlet opening and configured to emit pressurized air at an exterior surface of a vehicle while disposed in said vehicle treatment area;
at least one LED light source associated with said blower housing and configured to emit light through said blower housing for viewing in said vehicle treatment area, said at least one LED light source disposed with in a translucent tubular housing with said translucent tubular housing passing through said clearance opening and secured in said blower housing at said clearance opening and an upper end of said LED light source connected to a conduit box with said LED light source being suspended generally vertically inside a hollow interior of said translucent tubular housing;
said conduit box located on said upper surface of said blower housing, said conduit box providing electrical power to said at least one LED light source; and
lettering molded from said plastic translucent material and located on said exterior surface of said housing, said lettering further having an opaque front surface.

US Pat. No. 10,710,555

WIPER BLADE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING WIPER BLADE

Denso Corporation, Kariy...

1. A wiper blade comprising:a rubber holder;
a backing having a plate spring-like shape; and
a blade rubber operative to wipe a wiped surface, wherein
the rubber holder holds an intermediate portion of the blade rubber in a longitudinal direction and an intermediate portion of the backing in the longitudinal direction, the rubber holder includes:
a backing accommodation slot forming a first opening in the rubber holder that extends through the rubber holder in a direction extending along a longitudinal direction of the backing to receive and hold the backing; a blade rubber accommodation slot forming a second opening in the rubber holder, the second opening spaced apart from, and disposed below, the first opening, the second opening extending longitudinally parallel to the first opening, the blade rubber accommodation slot adapted to receive and hold an uppermost portion of the blade rubber; and
a third opening extending longitudinally parallel to the first opening and the second opening and disposed between the first opening and the second opening, the third opening having a width dimension less than a width dimension of the first opening and less than a width dimension of the second opening, wherein no portion of the blade rubber extends into the third opening when the blade rubber is received in the second opening, wherein
the blade rubber includes
a head located in the second opening,
a narrow portion, wherein the narrow portion has a smaller width than the head and extends downward, and
a wiping portion used to wipe the wiped surface,
the wiper blade further includes a wiper case located above the blade rubber,
the wiper case holds the blade rubber and the backing,
the wiper case includes
a receptacle that accommodates and holds the backing,
two lower extensions that extend downward from the receptacle and cover lateral sides of the head, and
claws that respectively extend from lower ends of the two lower extensions toward a laterally inner side, wherein the claws are opposed to a lower surface of the head and hold the head,
each of the lower extensions includes a thick portion located at a basal side of the lower extension, and
each thick portion has a lateral thickness that is greater than a thickness of a portion of the receptacle located between the backing and the head.

US Pat. No. 10,710,552

SMART KEYLESS ENTRY SYSTEM

ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD., T...

1. A smart keyless entry system having an on-vehicle apparatus installed in a vehicle and a portable device configured to communicate with the on-vehicle apparatus, comprising:a location calculating unit configured to calculate a location of the portable device through communication between the on-vehicle apparatus and the portable device; and
a vertical-position calculating unit configured to calculate a vertical position of the portable device; and
a communication environment estimating unit configured to make a comparison between a vertical position of a window glass and the calculated vertical position of the portable device,
wherein the on-vehicle apparatus and the portable device communicate with each other under conditions adjusted in response to a result of the comparison, and
wherein control is performed based on the calculated location of the portable device.

US Pat. No. 10,710,550

GUARD DOG VEHICLE ALARM SYSTEM

1. A vehicle alarm system comprising;at least one motion sensor configured to detect motion outside a vehicle in a dome volume surrounding the vehicle,
a plurality of cameras disposed on an interior of the vehicle wherein the cameras are capable of recording activity on an exterior perimeter of the vehicle in the dome volume triggered by the at least one motion sensor;
a plurality of redundant control panels that control a setting related to the vehicle alarm system, the redundant control panels distributed in and outside the vehicle and comprising control and communication circuits;
an alarm triggered by at least one of the redundant control panels in response to the at least one motion sensor, the alarm configured to provide a visual and an audible warning to deter criminal activity in a vicinity of the vehicle alarm system; and
a security box configured to record all vehicle alarm system events, wherein an access to the security box is based on an access code matched to a registration of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,710,548

SEATBELT GUIDE ASSEMBLY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An assembly comprising:a seatbelt guide including a slot;
a webbing extending through the slot; and
a releasable post supported by the seatbelt guide and extending across the slot;
wherein the slot has a first segment and a second segment, wherein the releasable post separates the first segment of the slot from the second segment of the slot, and wherein the first segment of the slot and the second segment of the slot are elongated from the releasable post; and
wherein the releasable post is frangible relative to the seatbelt guide.

US Pat. No. 10,710,547

SEAT BELT ADJUSTMENT RELEASE MECHANISM

NYX, INC., Livonia, MI (...

1. A seat belt adjustment release mechanism comprising:a seat belt guide having a seat belt guide release lever, the seat belt guide being moveable upon actuation of the seat belt guide release lever;
a carrier; and
a guide piece that is vertically slidable on the carrier, the guide piece including an aperture configured to receive a seat belt there through and a spring-loaded button anchored on a pivot, the spring-loaded button, when pressed, rotatable about the pivot between a home position and a depressed position actuating the seat belt guide release lever, the spring-loaded button having a contact surface engaging the seat belt guide release lever in at least the depressed position, the contact surface being sloped relative to the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,710,538

SEATBELT AIRBAG FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A seatbelt airbag for a vehicle, comprising:a cushion housing installed at an upper portion of a seat back and having a seatbelt that extends diagonally across the seat back to protect a shoulder of an occupant across a chest thereof to a hip thereof; and
an airbag cushion mounted within the cushion housing, deployed along the seatbelt by gas supplied thereto from an inflator, and having a plurality of chambers that are positioned to correspond to the diagonal extension of the seatbelt to prevent the seatbelt from coming into direct contact with the occupant in the event of vehicle collision,
wherein the cushion housing includes:
an inner case fixedly installed at the upper portion of the seat back and connected with the seatbelt to guide an extension path of the seatbelt; and
a front case coupled to a front surface of the inner case, the airbag cushion folded within the front case and being opened at a front surface thereof when the airbag cushion is deployed, and
wherein the inner case is formed with a guide ring to which the seatbelt is latched while passing therethrough, and a rear case is coupled to the rear of the inner case to cover the inner case by the front and rear cases to prevent exposure to the outside.

US Pat. No. 10,710,536

FUNCTION SAFETY SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE MALFUNCTION DISPLAY

HIMAX TECHNOLOGIES LIMITE...

1. A function safety system for a vehicle malfunction display, comprising:an automotive system;
a sensor, coupled to the automotive system, for detecting whether the automotive system has at least a malfunction;
a display system;
a control unit, coupled to the sensor and directly connected to the display system, for indicating the display system when the sensor detecting the automotive system has the at least a malfunction; and
a graphics processing unit (GPU), coupled to the display system, for performing information transmission for the display system;
wherein the display system comprises:
a display panel;
a display driver; and
a timing controller, comprising:
a failure detector, for detecting whether the information transmission is abnormal between the GPU and the timing controller; and
wherein when the information transmission is abnormal between the GPU and the timing controller, the display system displays at least a malfunction image directly according to the indication of the control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,710,524

IN-VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE AND IN-VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. An in-vehicle control device comprising:a relay configured to cut off an energizing current for an electromagnetic induction load;
a microcomputer;
a voltage detection circuit configured to monitor an upstream voltage and a downstream voltage of the relay and input the upstream voltage and the downstream voltage into the microcomputer; and
a load drive circuit configured to control a drive voltage for driving the electromagnetic induction load and to control the energizing current flowing through the electromagnetic induction load, the load drive circuit further comprising:
a drive integrated circuit configured to output the energizing current to the electromagnetic induction load;
a freewheeling diode configured to output a freewheeling current;
a current detection resistor; and
a current detection unit configured to detect an actual load current using the current detection resistor and output a result as an actual current signal to the microcomputer,
wherein the in-vehicle control device is configured to control the electromagnetic induction load and the relay,
wherein the in-vehicle control device cuts off the relay for a predetermined period of time while the electromagnetic induction load is energized and diagnoses the relay based on a voltage of a portion in series with the relay obtained when the relay is cut off,
wherein the microcomputer calculates a difference between a target current and the actual current signal received from the current detection unit, determines a duty cycle of a drive signal for operating the drive integrated circuit based on the difference, and operates the drive integrated circuit, and
wherein the actual load current includes the energizing current output from the drive integrated circuit and the freewheeling current output from the freewheeling diode.

US Pat. No. 10,710,519

VEHICLE WIRING HARNESS ASSEMBLY

10. A vehicle wiring harness assembly being configured to be electrically coupled to electrical sockets in a vehicle fuse box thereby facilitating an aftermarket electronic device to be integrated into the vehicle's electrical system, said assembly comprising:a relay plug having a plurality of electrical pins thereon, said relay plug being insertable into a starter relay socket in a vehicle electrical system fuse box wherein said relay plug is configured to replace the starter relay in the vehicle electrical system fuse box, each of said electrical pins being positioned at strategic locations for aligning with a respective electrical contact in the starter relay socket;
a fuse plug having a pair of electrical contacts thereon, said fuse plug being insertable into a fuse slot in the vehicle electrical system fuse box wherein said fuse plug is configured to be in electrical communication with a battery of the vehicle electrical system, each of said electrical contacts being positioned at a strategic orientation for fitting into existing fuse slots in vehicle electrical system fuse boxes;
a wiring harness being electrically coupled to each of said relay plug and said fuse plug wherein said wiring harness is configured to supply voltage and ground to an aftermarket electronic device without modifying existing wiring in the vehicle electrical system, said wiring harness being electrically coupled to each of said electrical pins on said relay plug and each of said electrical contacts on said fuse plug wherein said wiring harness is configured to facilitate a constant voltage circuit and a ground circuit for an aftermarket electronic device, said wiring harness having a voltage lead being in electrical communication with a positive terminal of the battery wherein said voltage lead is configured to supply constant voltage to an electronic device, said wiring harness having a ground lead being in electrical communication with the ground circuit in the vehicle electrical system wherein said ground lead is configured to supply a ground the electronic device, said wiring harness having a constant battery power lead being in electrical communication with the positive terminal of the battery wherein said constant battery power lead is configured to supply constant voltage to an external circuit, said wiring harness having a switched voltage lead being in electrical communication with an ignition circuit of the vehicle electrical system wherein said switched voltage lead is configured to supply switched voltage to the external circuit, said wiring harness having an external ground lead being in electrical communication with the ground circuit in the vehicle electrical system wherein said external ground lead is configured to supply a ground to the external circuit; and
an accessory relay being electrically coupled to said wiring harness wherein said accessory relay is configured to be in electrical communication with the vehicle electrical system when said relay plug is plugged into the starter relay socket and said fuse plug is plugged into the fuse slot, said accessory relay supplying voltage and ground to an accessory electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,710,517

VEHICLE DISPLAY DEVICE DECORATIVE PART AND VEHICLE DISPLAY DEVICE

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Mina...

1. A vehicle display device decorative part comprising:a first area provided in a vehicle display device that displays information regarding a vehicle, and having a first pattern formed of a plurality of first grooves; and
a second area provided to be included in the first area, and having a second pattern formed of a plurality of second grooves,
wherein the first area is formed around a first central axis,
wherein the second area is formed around a second central axis different from the first central axis, and
wherein a maximum depth of the plurality of second grooves that exist in the second area is deeper than a maximum depth of the plurality of first grooves that exist in the first area, between the plurality of first grooves and the plurality of second grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,710,512

CAMERA ARRANGEMENT FOR A VEHICLE HAVING TWO HOUSING PARTS AND AN INSTALLATION METHOD OF SAID CAMERA ARRANGEMENT

1. Apparatus, in particular for a tailgate of a vehicle, with a camera unit, which serves to acquire images of the outside area of the vehicle, and a control unit serving to control an electric lock for the tailgate, whereby a support element is provided which has a longitudinal axis of extension, wherebythe camera unit and the control unit are arranged in particular next to one another along the longitudinal axis of extension of the support element on the vehicle, and
at least the camera unit is protectively housed in a housing, and
a movable closure element is provided to close an opening in the housing for the camera unit, and which is movable by a rotary drive unit between at least two end positions, a closed position and an open position, wherein
the housing is constructed of at least two parts, whereby the support element forms a first housing part, on which the control unit and the camera unit are arranged, wherein
the support element forms at least a first flat housing wall of the housing, on which a sealing element is arranged, and which interacts with a housing edge of a second housing part, wherein
the support element forms two housing walls of the housing, whereby the first housing wall is configured to be flat and is arranged essentially perpendicular to a second housing wall, whereby the second housing wall has the housing opening for the camera unit, and the drive unit is arranged on a second housing part,
wherein a linear guide is provided between the second housing wall of the support element and the second housing part in order to assemble the two housing parts into a housing, whereby the second housing part can be pushed laterally onto the first housing part,
wherein a labyrinth seal is provided between the second housing wall of the second housing part and the labyrinth seal is formed by the linear guide, and
wherein the drive unit is held positively from the outside on the second housing part by a snap-lock connection.

US Pat. No. 10,710,511

APPARATUS FOR MOUNTING VEHICLE ROOF RACK

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An apparatus for mounting a vehicle roof rack, provided on a roof panel of a vehicle, the apparatus comprising:a roof rack rail;
a roof rack pad coupled to the roof rack rail;
a roof rack bolt fixed to the roof rack rail;
a roof rack nut fastened to the roof rack bolt;
a spacer mounted between the roof rack pad and the roof rack panel of the vehicle; and
an in-line nut coupled to the roof rack bolt for fixing the spacer,
wherein the roof rack pad is fixed by the roof rack bolt and the roof rack nut,
wherein the in-line nut is fastened to the roof rack bolt which protrudes from a lower portion of the roof panel, and
wherein the spacer further includes a recess at a lower portion thereof and a seal is seated to the recess, wherein the seal is positioned around the roof rack bolt and is pressed by the in-line nut.

US Pat. No. 10,710,509

COLLAPSIBLE STORAGE BIN FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A collapsible storage bin for a motor vehicle, comprising:a first sidewall displaceable between a collapsed position and an erected position;
a first self-erecting end wall connected to said first sidewall;
a second self-erecting end wall connected to said first sidewall;
a bottom wall; and
a single end wall locking handle retained against and carried by the bottom wall and displaceable between a stowed position and an end wall locking position wherein said first self-erecting end wall and said second self-erecting end wall are both engaged by said single end wall locking handle and secured in said erected position.

US Pat. No. 10,710,495

AUTOMOTIVE LAMP

KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., ...

1. A lighting circuit comprising:a switching converter structured to supply electric power to a semiconductor light source; and
a converter controller structured to control the switching converter,
wherein the converter controller comprises:
a hysteresis comparator structured to compare a current detection signal that corresponds to a lamp current supplied from the switching converter to the semiconductor light source with an upper-side threshold signal and a lower-side threshold signal determined according to an analog dimming signal, and to generate a control pulse that corresponds to a comparison result;
a driver structured to drive a switching transistor of the switching converter according to the control pulse; and
a PWM dimming circuit structured to generate a gradual change signal having a pulse shape by dulling a PWM dimming signal at its edges, and to generate the analog dimming signal having a waveform corresponding to the gradual change signal.

US Pat. No. 10,710,493

CARGO BLANKET SPREADING APPARATUS AND METHOD

KNW Automation, LLC, Mel...

1. Apparatus for covering cargo loaded in a cargo container, comprising:a cargo blanket disposed in a pre-folded condition suitable to be unfolded and spread by pulling a leading edge thereof;
a cord coupled to the cargo blanket, the cord extending from the cargo blanket; and
an automated cord reel comprising a spool and a motor configured to rotate the spool,
wherein the cord is coupled to the spool, and
wherein activation of the motor rotates the spool and pulls the cord and the leading edge of the cargo blanket at a steady speed, thereby spreading the cargo blanket.

US Pat. No. 10,710,490

FOOD PREPARATION VEHICLES POWERED BY ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

1. A system comprising:a vehicle having a propulsion system;
an electric generator;
a cooking apparatus;
a fuel storage apparatus configured to store compressed natural gas (CNG);
a fuel regulation apparatus coupled to the fuel storage apparatus and configured to deliver CNG to the electric generator, the propulsion system, and the cooking apparatus;
an air intake system configured to intake air from an ambient environment via an intake port, and supply the air to at least one of the propulsion system or the electric generator,
wherein the air intake system comprises a first air chamber disposed between the intake port and at least one of the propulsion system or the electric generator,
wherein the first air chamber is defined, at least in part, by a first outer wall of vehicle and a first inner wall of the vehicle separating at least one of the propulsion system or the electric generator from the first air chamber, and
wherein the air intake system is configured to intake air into the first air chamber from the ambient environment via the intake port, and supply the air from the first air chamber to at least one of the propulsion system or the electric generator via an intake conduit extending between the first air chamber and at least one of the propulsion system or the electric generator; and
an exhaust system configured to expel exhaust air from at least one of the propulsion system or the electric generator into the ambient environment via an exhaust port,
wherein the intake port is physically separated from the exhaust port.

US Pat. No. 10,710,488

LIFT PLATFORM WITH LOCK AND RELEASE SYSTEM

MAXON INDUSTRIES, INC., ...

1. A lift gate system, comprising:a lift gate including:
a foldable lift platform including a first platform section and a second platform section that are adjacent and rotatable relative to one another about a pivot point for folding and unfolding the lift platform;
a lifting mechanism for supporting and moving the lift platform, wherein the first platform section is directly coupled to the lifting mechanism, and the second platform section is pivotally connected to the first platform section; and
at least one lift platform locking mechanism coupled to said two adjacent first and second platform sections of the lift platform proximate the pivot point of the two adjacent platform sections of the lift platform to lock and unlock said two adjacent platform sections together, wherein the at least one locking mechanism includes one or more biasing members, wherein the one or more biasing members are configured to selectively maintain the lock in a locked position and in an unlocked position;
wherein the locking mechanism restricts rotation of said two adjacent platform sections relative to one another in the locked position to maintain the first and second platform sections in the same plane; and
wherein the locking mechanism comprises:
a main body coupled to a first of said two adjacent platform sections;
a bolt lever fixed to a bolt in the main body for sliding the bolt within the main body, wherein the bolt lever protrudes from an elongated opening in the main body, the elongated opening having a retaining structure for releasably engaging and maintaining the bolt lever in a locked position of the lift platform locking mechanism, wherein the main body includes the one or more biasing members for urging the bolt lever against the retaining structure in the locked position of the lift platform locking mechanism;
a bolt holder coupled to a second of said two adjacent platform sections;
the main body slidably maintaining at least a mid portion of the elongated bolt;
such that in the locked position, an end portion of the bolt is maintained by the bolt holder, thereby restricting rotation of said two adjacent platform sections relative to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,710,484

HEADREST BODY AND HEADREST

1. A headrest body for a headrest, the headrest body being a single part and cushion-free design and the headrest body comprising:at least one frame encircling a support surface;
at least one headrest holder protruding from the frame; and
one or more inner flexible support elements forming the support surface, wherein the frame, the headrest holder and the support elements are formed as a single piece construction from a plastics material and/or a composite material by primary forming to form a single piece headrest body structure;
wherein at least one continuous aperture extends through the flexible support elements through the support surface.

US Pat. No. 10,710,483

ARMREST

GRAMMER AG, Amberg (DE)

1. An armrest comprising:a base;
an arm pivotal on the base about an arm axis in a first direction from a use position that is generally horizontal through an intermediate position to a nonuse position that is generally vertical and in a second direction opposite the first direction from the nonuse position to the use position;
a lever pivotal on the base or on the arm in the first direction and in the second direction about a lever axis parallel to the arm axis;
a stop on the lever and engageable with the arm for joint movement of the lever with the arm in the first direction from the use position of the arm to the intermediate position;
a strike on the base and engageable by the lever on movement in the first direction into the intermediate position, the strike blocking movement of the lever in the first direction past the intermediate position when engaged with the lever;
a latch for latching the lever in different pivot positions between the use position and the intermediate position and thereby resetting the use position of the arm, the latch including
a first formation on the lever; and
a second formation on the base and engageable with the first formation, the first and second formations being relatively movable toward and away from each other between a release position permitting movement of the lever in the first and second directions and a locking position blocking movement of the lever in the second direction and allowing movement of the lever in the first direction; and
a spring urging the lever in the first direction and thereby urging the stop on the lever against the arm such that the lever pivots with the arm in the first direction until, in the intermediate position, the lever engages against the strike and stops, leaving the arm free to separate from the stop of the lever and pivot further in the first direction to the nonuse position, thereby moving the first formation relative to the second latch formation.

US Pat. No. 10,710,474

PASSENGER SUPPORT

Faurecia Automotive Seati...

1. A passenger support comprisinga foundation frame configured to be coupled to a floor of a vehicle, the foundation frame including a lower track coupled to the floor in a fixed position relative to the floor and an upper track movable back and forth relative to the lower track,
a vehicle seat coupled to the upper track to move therewith between a slid-back configuration, a slid-forward configuration, and an easy-entry configuration,
a latch unit coupled to the upper track to move therewith and relative thereto and configured to allow selective movement of the vehicle seat between the slid-back configuration, the slid-forward configuration, and the easy-entry configuration,
wherein the latch unit includes a comfort latch unit movable between a comfort latch engaged position in which the upper track is blocked from moving relative to the lower track and a comfort latch disengaged position in which the upper track is freed to move relative to the lower track to allow the vehicle seat to move between the slid-back configuration, the slid-forward configuration, and the easy-entry configuration and an easy-entry latch unit movable between an easy-entry latch engaged position in which the vehicle seat is movable between the slid-back configuration and the slid-forward configuration when the comfort latch unit is in the comfort latch disengaged position and an easy-entry latch disengaged position in which the vehicle seat is movable to the easy-entry configuration when the comfort latch is in the comfort latch disengaged position,
wherein the easy-entry latch unit is coupled to an actuator that causes both the easy-entry latch unit and the comfort latch unit to move from the engaged positions to the disengaged positions at same time.

US Pat. No. 10,710,473

APPARATUS INCLUDING A STORAGE AND SEATING MODULE PROVIDING ENHANCED VERSATILITY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a track;
a carriage displaceable along said track, said carriage including a plurality of locking pin receivers;
a storage and seating module including a plurality of locking pins; and
a swivel connecting said storage and seating module to said carriage, whereby said storage and seating module may be selectively oriented in a first position or a second position on said carriage.

US Pat. No. 10,710,471

METHOD AND FOAM DIE FOR MANUFACTURING SEAT CUSHION MATERIAL

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A method for manufacturing a seat cushion material, the method comprising:providing a back layer part having a back side surface and an opposite inner surface:
attaching the back side surface of the back layer part to an upper die having an upper cavity with an upper cavity surface, the upper cavity surface corresponding to a back surface of the seat cushion material, the attaching being performed in such a manner that the back side surface of the back layer part is brought into contact with the upper cavity surface;
adding resin foam raw material to a lower die having a lower cavity with a lower cavity surface, the lower cavity surface corresponding to a seating surface of the seat cushion material;
after the attaching, closing the upper and lower dies to enclose the upper and lower cavities therebetween;
foaming the resin foam raw material to form a front layer part, the foaming being performed so as to integrate the front layer part with the back layer part and to provide the front layer part with a seating surface corresponding to the seating surface of the seat cushion material, the back layer part having a higher rigidity and a lower density than the front layer part,
wherein the lower cavity surface of the lower die is provided with a plurality of protrusions which are brought into contact with the inner surface of the back layer part and press the back layer part against the upper cavity surface of the upper die when the upper and lower dies are closed, the foaming producing the seat cushion material; and
demolding the seat cushion material.

US Pat. No. 10,710,460

DYNAMIC COMMUNICATION OF ACTUAL CHARGING CAPACITY

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. An energy management device for configuring a charging profile at a charging control appliance for charging a battery of an electric vehicle at a charging station, wherein the charging profile is configured by taking into account a planned time of use of the electric vehicle, a desired charge state of the battery, and a predefined value for a maximum receivable charging power of the electric vehicle, wherein the energy management device is further coupled to a measuring unit which is designed to measure an actual charging power delivered to the electric vehicle by the charging station and, independently or as a result of a request from the energy management device, to transmit the actual charging power to the energy management device, and wherein the energy management device is designed to use a value of the actual charging power for a corresponding reconfiguration of the charging profile;wherein transmitting of the actual charging power to the energy management device is only carried out if a value of the actual charging power has changed by a predetermined amount with respect to a most recently transmitted value.

US Pat. No. 10,710,458

MOTOR VEHICLE WITH A CONTROL PANEL MODULE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A control panel module for a motor vehicle having a steering column in a passenger compartment, comprising:a housing;
a central part;
at least one operator control element, each arranged on a side of a recess for arranging the control panel module and the steering column of the motor vehicle, and at least one of rotatable about a first rotational axis and movable at least along a predetermined movement direction;
an actuator device configured to respectively move the at least one operator control element;
a control device configured to move, by actuating the actuator device, the at least one operator control element out of the housing of the control panel module, in response to at least one enable signal, into an enable position in which the passenger compartment is maximized and, in response to at least one position signal, out of the enable position and into a position of use corresponding to the position signal; and
a flexible, transparent cover panel holding the at least one operator control element on the central part of the control panel module as a wing element pivotable about a second rotational axis, the flexible, transparent cover panel being held in a flexible fashion in the central part, and the second rotational axis being oriented in a virtual fashion, freely in space.

US Pat. No. 10,710,456

MOBILE DEVICE MONITORING DURING VEHICLE OPERATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an antenna system including one or more phased array antennas, configured to
scan an interior space of the vehicle to detect a wireless energy emitted from a nomadic device within the vehicle, and
identify the nomadic device to be at a driver seat area in the vehicle using the wireless energy; and
a controller configured to
responsive to the wireless energy, received via the antenna system, exceeding a magnitude and duration indicative of a cellular connection from the nomadic device at the driver seat area, verify if the nomadic device is connected to the vehicle through a local connection via a local protocol, and
responsive to verifying the nomadic device is disconnected from the vehicle via the local protocol while the vehicle is in motion, operate a powertrain to limit a speed of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,710,455

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE IGNITION USING BIOMETRIC DATA

Automotive Coalition For ...

1. A system for controlling ignition of a vehicle, the system comprising:a measurement window for measuring a biometric characteristic of a vehicle driver, the measurement window comprising a capacitive sensor on a touchpad, the capacitive sensor capable of detecting the finger of the vehicle driver;
a haptic actuator coupled to the touchpad; and
a controller coupled to the measurement window and the haptic actuator and configured to:
provide a signal to the vehicle driver indicative of whether placement of the finger on the measurement window is correct, wherein the signal comprises haptic feedback to correct the placement of the finger on the measurement window, and further wherein the haptic feedback comprises movement to physically nudge the finger of the vehicle driver in a particular direction so as to physically move the finger of the vehicle driver relative to the measurement window, whereby to correct the placement of the finger on the measurement window for an accurate biometric measurement;
when the placement of the finger is correct, receive a measurement from the measurement window of the biometric characteristic of the vehicle driver;
determine whether the measurement of the biometric characteristic of the vehicle driver meets a pre-determined threshold; and
control starting the vehicle based on the measurement of the biometric characteristic of the vehicle driver.

US Pat. No. 10,710,452

FUEL LID STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A fuel lid structure comprising:a lid box constituting a fuel opening portion of a vehicle body;
a lid hinge that is made of resin and is pivotable with respect to the lid box;
a fuel lid body pivotably attached to the lid box via the lid hinge; and
an alerting unit configured to alert a replenishment worker to a body of the replenishment worker hitting the fuel lid body in an open state by at least one of imparting of a sense of resistance and emission of a sound, the alerting unit including:
an engaging portion provided at the lid hinge;
an engaged portion provided at the lid box and engageable with the engaging portion;
a first sensor provided at the lid hinge;
a second sensor provided at the lid box; and
a warning sound generation mechanism configured to emit a warning sound upon contact between the first sensor and the second sensor;
wherein:
the engaging portion and the engaged portion are configured to engage in a case where the fuel lid body is opened by a predetermined angle set to be smaller than a maximum open angle and to impart the sense of resistance by disengagement in a case where the fuel lid body is opened by more than the predetermined angle; and
the first sensor and the second sensor are disposed so as to come into contact with each other in a case where the fuel lid body is opened by a maximum open angle.

US Pat. No. 10,710,450

AIR FLAP ARRANGEMENT HAVING A POSITION SENSING SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

1. An air flap arrangement for a motor vehicle comprising:a housing having an air passage opening,
at least two air flaps movably mounted on the housing, and
a force- and motion-transmitting motion drive coupled to the at least two air flaps,
wherein the at least two air flaps are coupled by at least one of a transmission and linkage for mutual movement, and wherein the at least two air flaps are movable between a closed position, and a passage position, which is different from the closed position, in which passage position the cross-sectional area of the air passage opening through which air can flow is greater than the closed position,
wherein the air flap arrangement has a plurality of sensors, wherein at least a first sensor of the plurality of sensors is associated with a first air flap of the at least two air flaps mounted on the housing, and a second sensor of the plurality of sensors is associated with a second air flap of the at least two air flaps, such that one position out of the closed position and passage position of the first and second air flaps is a detectable position and can be detected by the respectively associated first and second sensor, while the respective other position cannot be detected by the first and second sensor,
wherein the first and second sensors are formed by a first switch and a second switch respectively, said switches being in an operational state of closed when the air flap associated with the respective switch is in the detectable position, and being in an operational state of open when the air flap associated with the respective switch is not in the detectable position,
wherein the first switch comprises at least one first section of the first air flap, and the second switch comprises at least one second section of the second air flap,
wherein the first and second sections are electrically conductive.

US Pat. No. 10,710,447

HYBRID VEHICLE DRIVE SYSTEM

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

1. A drive system of a hybrid vehicle, comprising:an internal combustion engine;
a first motor-generator;
a power transmission path including a first power transmission path and a second power transmission path connected with each other in series;
a power division mechanism connected to the internal combustion engine to divide a power generated by the internal combustion engine to the first motor-generator and the first power transmission path;
a second motor-generator connected to the second power transmission path;
a one-way clutch interposed between an output shaft in the first power transmission path and an input shaft in the second power transmission path so that the output shaft and the input shaft integrally rotate in a locked state and the output shaft relatively rotates in relation to the input shaft in an unlocked state;
a mode change mechanism provided in the first power transmission path to change a drive mode from an EV mode in which the hybrid vehicle is driven by a power of the second motor-generator with the internal combustion engine stopped to a HV mode in which the hybrid vehicle is driven by the power of the second motor-generator and the power generated by the internal combustion engine through a start mode in which the internal combustion engine is started; and
an electronic control unit including a microprocessor and a memory and configured to perform controlling the internal combustion engine, the first motor-generator, the second motor-generator and the mode change mechanism, wherein
the microprocessor is configured to perform
the controlling including controlling the first motor-generator so as to reduce a reaction force acting on the first motor-generator, at a time at which a state of the one-way clutch changes from the unlocked state to the locked state, when the drive mode is changed from the start mode to the HV mode by the mode change mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,710,443

MULTI-RING DISC MOTOR

1. A multi-ring disc motor comprising:a stator base including a cavity formed therein,
a first axial hole arranged at a center of a bottom of the cavity,
a plurality of first concentric circular ribs of different sizes disposed about the first axial hole, the first circular ribs having a common center,
a plurality of first circular grooves defined by each of the first circular ribs respectively;
a plurality of stator rings disposed on each of the first circular grooves respectively, and
a plurality of coils disposed on the stator rings;
a rotor base having a sleeve formed at a center of a base body thereof,
a second axial hole penetrating a center of the sleeve,
a first positioning part formed on a wall of the second axial hole,
a plurality of second concentric circular ribs of different sizes disposed about the second axial hole, the second circular ribs having a common center,
a plurality of second circular grooves defined by each of the second circular ribs respectively; and
a plurality of permanent magnets respectively disposed on an outer wall of each of the second circular ribs;
a cover covering an opening of the cavity of the stator base, the cover being fastened with the stator base, and a third axial hole formed at a center of the cover; and
a shaft passing through the third axial hole of the cover, the second axial hole of the rotor base, and the first axial hole of the stator base, the shaft having a second positioning part connected to and positioned by the first positioning part on the wall of the second axial hole of the rotor base;
wherein the rotor base and the stator base are aligned and connected with each other, the first circular ribs of the stator base and the stator rings being mounted in the second circular grooves of the rotor base respectively, and the second circular ribs of the rotor base and the permanent magnets mounted thereon being received in the first circular grooves of the stator base respectively; the permanent magnets on each of the second circular ribs of the rotor base thereby correspond in position to the coils on the stator rings in each of the first circular grooves of the stator base.

US Pat. No. 10,710,439

GLASS RUN CHANNEL WITH INTEGRAL LEAP SEAL PORTION FOR ENGAGING WINDOW MOLDING

1. A vehicle door assembly comprising:a window frame;
a window molding mounted adjacent the window frame; and
a glass run channel mounted inside the window frame,
wherein a gap is formed between the window frame and the window molding so as to form a passage between an interior of a vehicle door and an occupant compartment of the vehicle, and
wherein the glass run channel includes a leap seal portion which extends from the window frame across the gap to contact the window molding so as to seal the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,710,437

ADJUSTABLE FIXTURE FOR A COVER PLATE OF A PICKUP TRUCK

Ningbo Motorman E-commerc...

1. An adjustable fixture for a cover plate of a pickup truck, comprising:a mounting seat, wherein a rear portion of said mounting seat is provided with a fastening block, wherein said fastening block is provided with a mounting hole, wherein the head of said mounting seat is provided with a fixture block, wherein the lower end of said mounting seat is provided with a horizontal sliding slot, and wherein the lengthwise direction of said horizontal sliding slot is parallel to the lengthwise direction of said mounting seat;
a sliding seat, which is engaged in and slidable in said horizontal sliding slot, wherein said sliding seat is provided with a first elongated slot that is vertically arranged with respect to said horizontal sliding slot; and
a sliding block, which is engaged in and slidable in said sliding seat, wherein the sliding direction of said sliding block is vertical to the sliding direction of said sliding seat, wherein a quick-detachable component passes through said first elongated slot and is connected with said sliding block, wherein a tension spring is provided between said sliding block and said sliding seat, wherein said tension spring makes said sliding block have an upward movement tendency, wherein the upper end plane of said sliding block extends rearwards so as to form a connection part, and wherein an end of said connection part bends upwards so as to form a clamping part.

US Pat. No. 10,710,429

VEHICLE CABIN ODOR DETECTION AND AMELIORATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a chemical sensor;
a spectrograph; and
an environmental control system configured to:
generate a spectrum, with the spectrograph, of chemical components of a volatilome in air inside a cabin of the vehicle;
provide an identifier of the volatilome to an occupant of the vehicle;
receive feedback regarding the provided identifier of the volatilome;
classify the volatilome based on the spectrum, measurements from the chemical sensor, and the feedback regarding the provided identifier of the volatilome; and
apply, based on the classification, a mitigation strategy to affect a composition of the air in the cabin of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,710,423

JOINING A SUSPENSION ASSEMBLY TO A COMPOSITE TRAILER STRUCTURE

Wabash National, L.P., L...

1. A cargo vehicle comprising:a composite floor assembly configured to support cargo;
at least one wheel assembly configured to transport the cargo on the composite floor assembly;
a suspension assembly associated with the at least one wheel assembly, wherein the suspension assembly comprises a left air bag and a right air bag; and
an intermediate adapter assembly permanently coupled to the composite floor assembly and removably coupled to the suspension assembly, wherein the adapter assembly comprises a left front frame member that rests upon the left air bag of the suspension assembly and a right front frame member that rests upon the right air bag of the suspension assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,710,422

AMPHIBIOUS PUMPING VEHICLE

Nuhn Industries Ltd., Se...

1. An amphibious pumping vehicle comprising:a floatable vehicle body;
ground engaging propulsion structure;
a fluid pump for pumping liquid manure;
a plurality of fluid nozzles comprising a first fluid nozzle and at least one second fluid nozzle connected by a fluid conduit to the fluid pump;
a power source configured to provide power to both the ground engaging propulsion structure and the fluid pump; and,
remote control structure configured to control the ground engaging propulsion structure and a flow of fluid from the plurality of fluid nozzles such that the vehicle is remotely controllable by an operator remote from the vehicle when the vehicle is ground engaging and when the vehicle is floating.

US Pat. No. 10,710,413

PROTECTIVE CROWN REINFORCEMENT FOR AIRCRAFT TIRE

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. Aircraft tire comprising:a tread adapted to come into contact with a ground;
a protective reinforcement, radially on an inside of the tread;
the protective reinforcement having a cylindrical structure having as its axis of revolution an axis of rotation of the tire, extending axially from a first axial end as far as a second axial end over an axial width L and extending radially from a radially interior first face as far as a radially exterior second face over a mean radial thickness T;
the protective reinforcement comprising reinforcers coated in an elastomer compound, having a diameter D and having a path in a circumferential direction of the tire;
the protective reinforcement being radially on an outside of a working reinforcement;
the working reinforcement comprising at least two radially superposed working layers made up of reinforcers having a zigzag path in the circumferential direction of the tire,
wherein the protective reinforcement has a mean radial thickness T at least equal to two times a diameter D of a said reinforcer, wherein the protective reinforcement comprises respectively on its radially interior face and on its radially exterior face parts made of elastomeric compound having an axial width W at least equal to the diameter D of a said reinforcer, wherein the path in the circumferential direction of the tire of any said reinforcer of the protective reinforcement, in the circumferential direction of the tire, varies radially between the radially interior first face and the radially exterior second face, in such a way that paths of the reinforcers of the protective reinforcement constitutes a three-dimensional lattice and
wherein the protective reinforcement comprises a first family of reinforcers each having a path, in the circumferential direction of the tire, that is contained in a circumferential plane and a second family of reinforcers each having a path, in the circumferential direction of the tire, that follows a zigzag curve,
wherein the radially interior face of the protective reinforcement is a portion of an innermost surface of an innermost layer of the reinforcers and the radially exterior face of the protective reinforcement is a portion of an outermost surface of outermost layer of the reinforcers.

US Pat. No. 10,710,404

DRIVEN CASTER WHEEL AND ASSEMBLY

Facebook, Inc., Menlo Pa...

1. A driven caster wheel assembly, comprising:a wheel mounted to an axle for rotation about a drive axis and steering about a substantially vertical steering axis;
a drive assembly;
a drive shaft extending along the steering axis from a first drive shaft end to a second drive shaft end, the first drive shaft end being connected to the axle and the second drive shaft end being connected to the drive assembly such that the drive assembly controls rotation of the drive shaft about the steering axis;
a bevel gear connecting the first drive shaft end to the axle such that rotation of the drive shaft about the steering axis controls rotation of the wheel about the drive axis to drive the driven caster wheel assembly in a substantially horizontal direction; and
a brake, disposed on the second drive shaft end, configured to retard motion of the drive shaft to thereby retard motion of the wheel, wherein the brake comprises a disc brake having:
a disc arranged on the second drive shaft end and configured to rotate about the steering axis along with the drive shaft; and
a pair of pads arranged on top and bottom sides of the disc, wherein the pads are compressible against the top and bottom sides of the disc to retard rotation of the disc and thereby retard rotation of the drive shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,710,374

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS, PRINTER, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CURED PRODUCT

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A discharge head, comprising:an individual liquid chamber comprising a circulation channel in which a curable ink is circulatable; and
a nozzle from which the curable ink is dischargeable,wherein:the circulation channel comprises a fluid resistance part that separates a circulation liquid chamber from a circulation common liquid chamber;
the circulation channel comprises a nozzle channel through which the curable ink circulates in a direction parallel to a flow of the curable ink through the nozzle;
the nozzle channel is adjacent to the circulation liquid chamber through which the curable ink circulates in a direction perpendicular to the flow of the curable ink through the nozzle; and
the nozzle is located at a boundary of the nozzle channel and the circulation liquid chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,710,365

INK JET RECORDING METHOD AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording method comprising:(A) using an ink jet recording apparatus having:
(a) a recording head equipped with
(i) a heater placed in an ink flow path that communicates with an ejection orifice,
(ii) a first protection layer placed at a position corresponding to the heater and blocking a contact between the heater and an ink in the ink flow path, and
(iii) a second protection layer placed at a position corresponding to the heater and to be brought into contact with the ink and including at least one metal material selected from the group consisting of iridium, ruthenium, and a material containing at least either one of iridium and ruthenium; and
(b) a unit for causing an electrochemical reaction, with the second protection layer as one electrode and an ink-mediated conduction site as another electrode, to elute at least a portion of the second protection layer in the ink for removal of a kogation; and
(B) ejecting the ink from the recording head to record an image on a recording medium,
wherein the ink comprises an aqueous ink comprising a pigment, a resin dispersant for dispersing the pigment, and a chelating agent, which is at least either one of an alkanolamine having two or more hydroxy groups and a polyvalent carboxylic acid compound having two or more to four or less carboxy group.

US Pat. No. 10,710,363

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS WITH INK EJECTION TIMING CORRECTING FUNCTION

RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus for printing on a print medium conveyed by a plurality of rollers remaining in contact with the print medium during printing by an inkjet head, comprising:the inkjet head, configured to print an image on the print medium being conveyed to the inkjet head by the plurality of rollers that remain in contact with the print medium during printing by the inkjet head ejecting an ink to the print medium;
an encoder roller configured to rotate in synchronization with the print medium being conveyed;
an encoder configured to output a pulse signal depending on a rotation angle of the encoder roller; and
a controller configured to control an ejection timing of the ink by the inkjet head in a printing operation, based on the pulse signal outputted from the encoder,
wherein the controller is configured to
perform an off-center information obtaining processing of driving the inkjet head to print a test pattern including dots arranged in a conveyance direction of the print medium and calculating an off-center information of the encoder roller based on positions of the dots in the printed test pattern,
wherein off-centering of any of the plurality of rollers during printing of the test pattern changes the positions of the dots in the printed test pattern, and off-centering of the encoder roller during printing of the test pattern changes the positions of the dots in the printed test pattern, and
in the printing operation, correct the ejection timing of the ink by the inkjet head determined based on the pulse signal outputted from the encoder, by i) determining inter-dot distance data representing distances between adjacent dots in the test pattern, ii) determining rotation frequency components of the encoder roller and the plurality of rollers, iii) extracting the rotation frequency component of the encoder roller from the rotation frequency components of the plurality of rollers, and iv) calculating the off-center information from the extracted the rotation frequency component of the encoder roller.

US Pat. No. 10,710,355

METHOD OF SLICING PRINTING COLOR 3D OBJECT WITH POSITION ERROR CORRECTION

XYZPRINTING, INC., New T...

1. A method of slicing printing a color 3D (three-dimensional) object used in a color 3D printing system, the color 3D printing system comprising a powder-paving module, a color jet printing module, and a laser module, the method comprising:a) executing a slicing process on the color 3D object to obtain a plurality of layers of slice objects;
b) analyzing the plurality of layers of the slice objects and generating sintering control data and color control data corresponding to the plurality of layers of the slice objects;
c) controlling the powder-paving module to pave a layer of powder;
d) according to the sintering control data, controlling the laser module to sinter the layer of powder for generating a slice physical model;
e) according to the color control data, controlling the color jet printing module to color the slice physical model being generated to complete printing one layer of the slice object;
f) repeating Step c) to Step e) until printing of the plurality of the slice objects is completed; and
g) retrieving a first pattern as a correction pattern to execute a correction procedure;
wherein the correction procedure comprises:
h1) controlling the color jet printing module to print a printed correction pattern on a printing platform according to the correction pattern;
h2) controlling the laser module to project a projected correction pattern on the printed correction pattern, wherein the projected correction pattern and the printed correction pattern are the same;
h3) executing deformation correction on a galvanometer module on the laser module according to an offset between the printed correction pattern and the projected correction pattern for correcting a printing margin or a printing datum mark of the laser module; and
h4) correcting an error between a printing position of the color jet printing module and a projection position of the laser module according to the offset for correcting a projected margin, or a projected datum mark of the color jet printing module, wherein the printed correction pattern printed by the color jet printing module after correction and the projected correction pattern projected by the laser module after correction overlap completely.

US Pat. No. 10,710,353

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LASER PREHEATING IN CONNECTION WITH FUSED DEPOSITION MODELING

Arizona Board of Regents ...

1. A method for additive manufacturing, the method comprising:heating, via a first laser, a first target area on a part under construction via a fused deposition modeling (FDM) machine;
heating, via a second laser having a wavelength different than the first laser, the first target area at the same time the first target area is heated by the first laser;
extruding, from a first nozzle of the FDM machine, a first polymer onto the first target area;
controlling, via an electronic control unit, an applied power of the first laser, an applied power of the second laser, and an extrusion rate of the first nozzle to achieve a desired characteristic in the part under construction;
monitoring, via a temperature sensing apparatus and along an optical path coaxial with the first laser, thermal information for the part under construction, wherein the thermal information consists of the local temperature of the first target area as it is being heated; and
recording, via the electronic control unit, the thermal information to create a thermal history of the entire volume of the part under construction,
wherein the first target area is heated, by the first laser and the second laser and prior to the extruding the first polymer onto the first target area, to a temperature above the glass transition temperature of the first polymer.

US Pat. No. 10,710,352

STRUCTURAL PRE-CURED REPAIR PATCH FOR REPAIR TO HIGHLY LOADED PRIMARY AND SECONDARY STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A method for reworking an article, comprising:forming a patch over an area of a composite structure requiring rework, the forming comprising:
placing a first film-adhesive over the area of the composite structure requiring rework, wherein the first film-adhesive extends over a first surface area of the composite structure including beyond an entirety of the area requiring rework,
placing a first pre-cured ply stack over the first film-adhesive, wherein the first pre-cured ply stack extends over a second surface area of the composite structure;
placing a second film-adhesive over the first pre-cured ply stack, wherein the second film-adhesive extends over a third surface area of the composite structure; and
placing a second pre-cured ply stack over the second film-adhesive, wherein the second pre-cured ply stack extends over a fourth surface area of the composite structure,
wherein the first surface area is larger than the second surface area.

US Pat. No. 10,710,350

NANOMETER WIRE GRID STRUCTURE FABRICATION METHOD

SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOE...

1. A nanometer wire grid structure fabrication method, comprising the following steps:Step S1: providing a thermoplastic base plate and an imprinting mold and subjecting the thermoplastic base plate to a hot pressing operation with the imprinting mold so as to form a plurality of recesses and a plurality of projections on a surface of the thermoplastic base plate and alternate with each other, wherein the imprinting mold has a surface that is formed with a plurality of recessed portions and a plurality of raised portions that are alternate with each other, and the hot pressing operation is such that the plurality of projections of the thermoplastic base plate are respectively and directly defined by the plurality of recessed portions of the imprinting mold;
Step S2: separating the thermoplastic base plate from the imprinting mold and depositing a metal film on the surface of the thermoplastic base plate that is formed with the recesses and the projections;
Step S3: providing a wire grid carrier board and using a metal bonding adhesive material to transfer portions of the metal film from the projections to the wire grid carrier board; and
Step S4: peeling off the thermoplastic base plate and portions of the metal film that are located in the recesses to form a nanometer wire grid structure, wherein the nanometer wire grid structure comprises the portions of the metal film that are transferred from the projections of the thermoplastic base plate that are respectively and directly defined by the recessed portions of the imprinting mold;
wherein the hot pressing is conducted in Step S1 at a temperature higher than temperatures at which the metal film transferring of Step S3 and the thermoplastic base plate peeling of Step S4 are conducted, such that the thermoplastic base plate undergoes a process of thermal expansion and cold contraction caused by a temperature variation from Step S1 to Steps S3 and S4.

US Pat. No. 10,710,349

THERMOPLASTIC ADHESIVE FILM, BONDING METHOD AND BONDED BODY

AICELLO CORPORATION, Toy...

1. A thermoplastic adhesive film comprising,a resin composition (D) comprising:
a thermoplastic olefin elastomer resin(A);
an acid-modified polypropylene resin (B);
a crystal nucleating agent (C); and
a polypropylene resin (E),
satisfying a weight ratio [(A)/(E)] of the thermoplastic olefin elastomer resin (A) and the polypropylene resin (E) being from 100/0 to 10/90 (provided that (A)+(E)=100),
containing the acid-modified polypropylene resin (B) in an amount of from 20 to 500 parts by weight relative to 100 parts by weight of a total weight of (A) and (E), and
a ratio of the acid-modified polypropylene resin (B) is 16.6 wt % or more based on the total weight of the resin composition (D),
wherein the resin composition (D) has a viscosity increase initiation temperature T1 when being cooled from a molten state of 180° C. at a strain of 1%, a share rate of 100 s?1 and a cooling rate of 3° C./min and a softening initiation temperature T2 when being pulled at a strain of 1% and a temperature rising rate of 10° C./min while applying oscillation having a frequency from 1 to 100 Hz, satisfying the following Equation (1):
(T1/T2)?0.90  Equation (1).

US Pat. No. 10,710,345

WATERPROOF AND WATER VAPOR PERMEABLE LAMINATE

1. A laminate, comprising:a first functional layer comprising a first water vapor permeable membrane;
a second functional layer comprising a second water vapor permeable membrane; and
a water vapor permeable intermediate textile layer arranged in between the first water vapor permeable membrane and the second water vapor permeable membrane and attached to the first and second functional layers in a water vapor permeable manner;
the intermediate textile layer being hydrophobic,
wherein the intermediate textile layer comprises a hydrophobic coating comprising at least one of a fluoropolymer, a silicone, a polyurethane, a polyolefin, or particles,
wherein the laminate is waterproof and water vapor permeable, and
wherein at least one of the first water vapor permeable membrane and the second water vapor permeable membrane comprises a monolithic layer.

US Pat. No. 10,710,331

VEHICLE INTERIOR COMPONENT AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A method of producing a vehicle interior component, the method comprising:forming a through hole in a board base of the vehicle interior component to extend through the board base in a direction from a first surface of the board base to a second surface of the board base with openings in the first surface of the board base and the second surface of the board base;
bonding a skin to the first surface of the board base;
holding a cross head of a composite tool against a section of the skin covering the through hole of the board base, wherein the composite tool including a shaft having an cross section with a contour corresponding to a contour of a mounting hole of a component mounting portion to be formed and the cross head including four blades protruding from an end surface of the shaft;
moving the composite tool in a direction from the first surface of the board base to the second surface of the board base until the cross head of the composite tool penetrates the section of the skin and the section is divided into the flaps; and
moving the composite tool until the shaft is inserted into the through hole and the flaps are folded along the inner peripheral wall of the through hole toward the opening of the through hole in the second surface of the board base.

US Pat. No. 10,710,324

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF HONEYCOMB STRUCTURE FORMING DIE, AND HONEYCOMB STRUCTURE FORMING DIE

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A manufacturing method of a honeycomb structure forming die comprising:a linear slit forming step of forming, in a kneaded material discharging surface of a die substrate, a plurality of linear slits which are straight from one end to the other end on the kneaded material discharging surface;
a slit sealing material disposing step of disposing a slit sealing material in parts of the plurality of linear slits; and
a back hole forming step of forming back holes to introduce a kneaded material, in a kneaded material introducing surface of the die substrate which is present on a side opposite to the kneaded material discharging surface,
wherein in the linear slit forming step, among the plurality of linear slits, the parts of the plurality of linear slits in which the slit sealing material is scheduled to be disposed are firstly formed,
then, the slit sealing material disposing step is performed to the parts of the plurality of linear slits, and
then, the residual linear slits other than the parts of the plurality of linear slits are formed after the slit sealing material disposing step.

US Pat. No. 10,710,316

VACUUM KNIFE TOOL

NIKE, INC., Beaverton, O...

1. A vacuum-assisted cutting tool, comprising:a core portion having one or more core flange apertures extending through a core flange, the core portion also having an insert extending from the core flange to a top surface of the insert; and
a knife portion having a knife edge extending around and beyond the insert such that the knife edge is spaced apart from the insert to allow for fluid transmission between the knife portion and the core portion.

US Pat. No. 10,710,312

INDUCTION WELDABLE PIPE CONNECTOR HAVING THERMALLY INSULATED INDUCTION WELDABLE SOCKET MOUTH RIMS

HULIOT AGRICULTURAL COOPE...

1. An induction weldable pipe connector for use with a plastic pipe, the plastic pipe having a pipe end, an external peripheral pipe surface, an internal peripheral pipe surface, and an annular pipe end face, the induction weldable pipe connector comprising:(a) a tubular induction weldable mounting having an induction weldable mounting centerline and an opposite pair of induction weldable sockets, said induction weldable mounting including:i) a thermoplastic solder lining having an external solder lining surface, an internal solder lining surface and an opposite pair of annular solder lining rims, and
ii) a solid ferromagnetic metal susceptor sleeve entirely peripherally enveloping said solder lining, said susceptor sleeve having an external susceptor sleeve surface, an internal susceptor sleeve surface and an opposite pair of annular susceptor sleeve end faces, said internal susceptor sleeve surface being in intimate contact with said external solder lining surface,
said solder lining extending beyond said susceptor sleeve along said induction weldable mounting centerline such that said opposite pair of annular solder lining rims are lateral to said opposite pair of annular susceptor sleeve end faces and extend radially outward with respect to said induction weldable mounting centerline for covering said opposite pair of annular susceptor sleeve end faces;(b) a tubular cover mounted on said induction weldable mounting for peripherally enveloping same and having an opposite pair of annular induction weldable socket mouth rims lateral to said opposite pair of annular solder lining rims and thermally insulated from said opposite pair of susceptor sleeve end faces by said opposite pair of annular solder lining rims; and(c) a tubular pipe tang mounted inside said induction weldable mounting for destining an induction weldable socket of said opposite pair of induction weldable sockets as an induction weldable pipe socket,the arrangement being such that said solder lining has an internal solder lining surface diameter requiring a forced sliding insertion of the pipe end into said induction weldable pipe socket,
said pipe tang being dimensioned for sealing against the internal peripheral pipe surface and said opposite pair of annular induction weldable socket mouth rims being dimensioned for sealing against the external peripheral pipe surface on said sliding insertion of the pipe end into said induction weldable pipe socket,
whereupon, on application of electromagnetic induction energy to the induction weldable pipe connector, said susceptor sleeve melts said solder lining, said melted solder lining being entrapped by said susceptor sleeve, said pipe tang and said opposite pair of annular induction weldable socket mouth rims thereby forming a welded sealed joint with the pipe end.

US Pat. No. 10,710,302

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED SUCCESSIVE THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING

R3 PRINTING, INC., Wilmi...

1. A print area, for accepting and subsequently ejecting an object printed thereon by a 3-dimensional printer, the print area comprising:a build plane;
a replenishing mechanism located below the build plane and a holding bracket, the replenishing mechanism having a vertical actuator having a top end, a lift platform connected to the top end, and the holding bracket having a perimeter, wherein the holding bracket is positioned directly beneath the build plane and wherein the perimeter defines an outer boundary of the build plane;
a plurality of vertically-stacked build platforms contained within the holding bracket, each build platform having a top surface, a bottom surface, and a plurality of walls extending therebetween,
wherein the top surface is configured to adhere to the object and is even with the build plane,
wherein the holding bracket is sized to accommodate the plurality of vertically-stacked build platforms, and
wherein the replenishing mechanism is capable of lifting each build platform above the build plane via the vertical actuator exerting an upward force on the plurality of vertically-stacked build platforms; and
a push mechanism, having a horizontal actuator attached to a plow, where the plow is located proximately to the holding bracket,
wherein the horizontal actuator is configured to provide sufficient force to eject one of the plurality of vertically-stacked build platforms raised above the build plane beyond the perimeter of the holding bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,710,288

MOLDED PRODUCT, ELECTRICAL PRODUCT, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MOLDED PRODUCT

NISSHA CO., LTD., Kyoto-...

1. A molded product comprising:a molded article that includes a main body made of resin and a standing wall made of resin, the standing wall integrally standing up from an end portion of the main body;
a decorative sheet that includes a base film and a conductive circuit layer, the base film continuously covering from a main body front surface of the main body to a wall front surface of the standing wall, the conductive circuit layer being disposed between the base film and a molded article front surface of the molded article, the decorative sheet being integrated with the molded article to implement a decoration; and
a flexible printed circuit board disposed between the molded article and the conductive circuit layer, the flexible printed circuit board being partially embedded into and integrated with the standing wall, the flexible printed circuit board being electrically connected to the conductive circuit layer.

US Pat. No. 10,710,279

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MAKING DUST AGENT FREE VULCANIZED RUBBER PRODUCTS

Garware Bestretch Limited...

1. A process for the manufacture of a substantially smooth, dust free, rubber sheet, comprising:calendering a rubber material into a rubber sheet;
combining the rubber sheet on a drum with a separator such that layers of the separator separate layers of the rubber sheet, wherein the separator is a tightly weaved, low shrinkage, thermoplastic textile and wherein no dusting agent is applied to the rubber sheet;
heating the combined rubber sheet and separator so as to vulcanize the rubber sheet; and
separating the vulcanized rubber sheet from the separator,
wherein the separator is plain weaved and has a thread count of at least 109×76 threads per square inch;
wherein the separator is chemically treated with a silicone;
wherein the separator is thermally stabilized after treatment with the silicone by heating the separator to above the temperature of vulcanizing prior to combining the separator with the rubber sheet; and
wherein the thermoplastic material of the thermoplastic textile is selected from the group consisting of nylon and polyester.

US Pat. No. 10,710,255

CUSHION BACK CUTTER WITH INTERNAL BLADE HOLDER

Crain Cutter Company, Inc...

1. A cushion back tool, comprising:a center plate with a blade pocket for holding a slotted razor blade, the blade pocket including a wall, and the center plate further including a finger opening to allow a slotted razor blade to be bent over the wall of the blade pocket by an object placed through the finger opening, the finger opening having a portion positioned within a portion of the blade pocket, the finger opening crossing the wall of the blade pocket in the center plate;
a first side plate attached to a first side of the center plate to cover the blade pocket in the center plate, the first side plate further including a blade window for removing a slotted razor blade from the blade pocket of the center plate after the slotted razor blade is bent over the wall of the blade pocket; and
a second side plate attached to a second side of the center plate, the second side plate including a finger opening.

US Pat. No. 10,710,211

ABRASIVE ARTICLES WITH PRECISELY SHAPED FEATURES AND METHOD OF MAKING THEREOF

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An abrasive article comprising:a first abrasive element, a first resilient element, and a first fastening element;
a second abrasive element, a second resilient element, and a second fastening element; and
a carrier, wherein the first resilient element and first fastening element are disposed between the first abrasive element and the carrier, and wherein the second resilient element and second fastening element are disposed between the second abrasive element and the carrier;
wherein the first and second abrasive elements are disposed on the carrier as spaced-apart, discrete elements;
wherein the first and second abrasive elements each comprises a first major surface and a second major surface;
wherein at least the first major surfaces of the first and second abrasive elements comprise a plurality of precisely shaped features;
wherein the first and second abrasive elements, collectively, comprise a group of the precisely shaped features having a common maximum design feature height of Do, wherein each of the first and second abrasive elements have at least one precisely shaped feature of the group;
wherein the first and second abrasive elements are coupled to the carrier such that the group of precisely shaped features have a non-coplanarity of less than about 20% of Do;
wherein the abrasive elements comprise substantially inorganic, monolithic structures; and
wherein the first and second resilient elements are locked in a compressed position through the first and second fastening elements, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,710,203

UNIVERSAL JIG FOR CLAMPING WIND TURBINE BLADES

INSTITUTE OF NUCLEAR ENER...

1. A universal jig for clamping wind turbine blades, which has a rectangle-like shape with a space to clamp a blade of a wind turbine, comprising:a set of vertically-moving parts,
wherein the rectangle-like shape has said vertically-moving parts at two first parallel sides;
wherein said vertically-moving parts comprises two upper connecting posts and two lower connecting posts and said upper connecting posts and said lower connecting posts are sheathed with each other separately;
wherein said upper connecting posts are separately arranged with said lower connecting posts into two columns to obtain first sliders;
wherein said upper and said lower connecting posts move up and down before being locked; and
wherein each one of said upper and said lower connecting posts has at least one first positioning hole correspondingly;
a set of horizontally-moving parts,
wherein said rectangle-like shape has said horizontally-moving parts at two second parallel sides to be connected with said vertically-moving parts of said first parallel sides of said rectangle-like shape;
wherein said horizontally-moving parts comprises two left connecting beams and two right connecting beams and said left connecting posts and said right connecting posts are sheathed with each other separately;
wherein said left connecting beams are separately arranged with said right connecting beams into two rows to obtain second sliders;
wherein said upper and said lower connecting posts and said left and said right connecting beams are four sides of said rectangle-like shape to obtain said space;
wherein said left and said right connecting beams move left and right before being locked; and
wherein each one of said left and said right connecting beams has at least one second positioning hole correspondingly;
a plurality of adjusted pads,
wherein said adjusted pads are locked at said second positioning holes of said left and said right connecting beams;
wherein each one of said adjusted pads comprises a thread section, a pad section and a plurality of bolt nuts; said thread section comprises threads on an outer wall surface of each one of said adjusted pads; said thread section penetrates through and connects said left and said right connecting beams; said pad section is located on top of said thread section to contact with said blade by adjusting an angle of said pad section according to said length, said width and said shape of said blade; and said bolt nuts are bolted on said thread section at a position in a direction, at a position in the opposite direction and at a position between said two positions to lock and position said adjusted pads so as to obtain corresponding relations with said blade and said left and said right connecting beams; and
wherein every one of said adjusted pads has freedom on adjusting said three positions so that two rows of said adjusted pads are altogether adjusted according to cross-sectional curves of upper and lower surfaces of said blade; said adjusted pads are completely contacted with said surfaces of said blade so that curves obtained through bottoms of said adjusted pads in said two rows are consistent with cross-sectional curves of said upper and lower surfaces of said blade; and said adjusted pads in said two rows are contacted with said blade simultaneously to fix said blade; and
a plurality of positioning parts,
wherein said positioning parts lock said upper and said lower connecting posts at fixed positions through said at least one first positioning hole to change a length of every one of said first parallel sides; and said positioning parts lock said left and said right connecting beams at fixed positions through said at least one second positioning hole to change a length of every one of said second parallel sides.

US Pat. No. 10,710,200

METHOD FOR PRODUCING DEVICE SUPPORT BASE AND LASER CLEANING APPARATUS

Sakai Display Products Co...

1. A method for producing a support base, comprising:step A of providing a support base having a first surface and a second surface parallel to the first surface;
step B of forming a laser beam in a first direction parallel to the first surface of the support base; and
step C of translating or rotating the laser beam in a second direction parallel to the first surface of the support base and crossing the first direction to remove at least a part of protruding portions or contamination elements on the first surface of the support base,
wherein the method further comprises step D of, before the step B, scanning a plane parallel to the first surface of the support base by detection laser light having a lower intensity than an intensity of the laser beam in the step B to detect a position of each of the protruding portions or the contamination elements on the first surface of the support base;
wherein the laser beam in the step B is sequentially directed to the positions of the protruding portions or the contamination elements.

US Pat. No. 10,710,186

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING IMPELLER

EBARA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A method of manufacturing an impeller, the method comprising:a step of forming a cover that is provided with a plurality of blades;
a step of disposing a core on the cover such that the core is interposed between the blades;
a step of disposing a hub on the blades, the hub being a plate on which grooves conforming to shapes of the blades are formed; and
a step of welding the hub and the blades, wherein
through-holes conforming to the shapes of the blades are provided on the core, such that the blades are fitted in the core when the core is disposed,
a vent hole is provided on the core, and
the method further comprises a step of affixing a tape over a gap between the hub and the core and filling an inert gas from the vent hole into a space among the hub, the cover and the core, before the step of welding the hub and the blades.

US Pat. No. 10,710,131

ROLL ARRANGEMENT

1. A roll arrangement for rolling rolling material in a rolling system, comprising:a roll with a roll barrel and a roll journal;
a chock with a bearing bushing arranged for rotation with the chock and having a receiving opening for receiving the roll journal, wherein the receiving opening has an inside diameter larger than an outside diameter of the roll journal so that an annular gap for receiving a lubricant remains between the bearing bushing and the roll journal;
a sealing ring which is arranged against the bearing bushing on an end of the receiving opening on a roll barrel side for sealing the annular gap; at least one oil receiving chamber; and a sealing ring arranged against the bearing bushing on an end side of the receiving opening remote from the roll barrel for sealing the annular gap; wherein the bearing bushing, as seen in a circumferential direction, is divided into a through-flow angular region and a shut-off angular region; wherein, in the through-flow angular region, the bearing bushing has at least one discharge channel for conducting the lubricant out of the annular gap into the oil receiving chamber;
wherein the through-flow angular region extends adjacent to the shut-off angular region over an angular range of 360° minus the shut-off angular region;
wherein the bearing bushing is configured so that the shut-off angular region, starting from A+?, wherein ?10°

US Pat. No. 10,710,122

MATERIAL REMOVAL FROM SURFACES

1. A scraper for removing adhered material from a surface having a curved shape, comprising:a first material removal wall comprising a first material removal edge which is continuous,
a second material removal wall comprising a second material removal edge which is discontinuous, the first and second material removal edges spaced apart from each other and arranged at an angle such that the continuous and discontinuous material removal edges can make simultaneous contact with the surface for effective bi-directional scraping,
a handle for gripping the scraper and pressing the scraper against the surface, the handle formed between a top end of the first material removal wall and a top end of the second material removal wall,
a first wall structure coupled to the first material removal wall near a first outermost corner of the first material removal edge, the first wall structure forming a first side of the scraper, the first wall structure also coupled to one or both of the handle and the second material removal wall,
a second wall structure coupled to the first material removal wall near a second outermost corner of the first material removal edge forming a second side of the scraper, the second wall structure also coupled to one or both of the handle and the second material removal wall,
wherein the first and second wall structures provide rigidity against deflection of the first and second outermost corners of the first material removal edge to enable the first material removal edge to deform to conform to the shape of the surface when the scraper is pressed against the surface during operation.

US Pat. No. 10,710,100

MASS-TRANSFER APPARATUS

JULIUS MONTZ GmbH, Hilde...

1. An apparatus for mass transfer between a liquid and a gas inside a rotor having a packing and wherethe liquid is introduced at a center of the rotor and driven outward through the packing by centrifugal force generated by rotation of the rotor, and
the gas surrounding the rotor is forced inward through the rotor by a pressure of the gas, counter to the liquid flow in the rotor,
wherein the packing inside the rotor is divided into individual packing segments that together form a circular disk, each individual packing segment being formed by at least one structured packing comprised of a plurality of superimposed woven, knitted, mesh or lattice structured surfaces composed of metal, or plastic or glass fibers, to which the axis of rotation of the rotor runs perpendicular.

US Pat. No. 10,710,092

DISCHARGE GRATES FOR REDUCTION MILLS

ESCO GROUP LLC, Portland...

1. A discharge grate component for use in a reduction machine, the discharge grate component comprising:intersecting members engaging each other to define a common interior working surface with discharge openings, and
at least one stop extending outward the common interior working surface and from one of the intersecting members such that a substantial portion of the at least one said stop extends upstream to limit straight line paths of material through at least some of the discharge openings.

US Pat. No. 10,710,080

CONTAINER FOR PCR

FUJIFILM Corporation, Mi...

1. A container for PCR,wherein a bottom surface of an inside is flat, a shape of the bottom surface is a circular shape or a polygonal shape with four or more sides,
a size of the bottom surface is large so that a diameter of a circle approximated to a circle circumscribing the bottom surface is 0.05 mm? or more and 1 mm? or less, and
an angle on a side surface side formed between a side surface adjacent to the bottom surface and the bottom surface is 50° or more and 80° or less,
wherein the side surface has a plurality of inclined surfaces other than an inclined surface in contact with the bottom surface having different angles with respect to the bottom surface,
wherein, as angles formed between the plurality of inclined surfaces and a parallel line to the bottom surface, the angles on the side surface side are 40° or more and 90° or less, and
wherein the angles on the side surface side of the plurality of inclined surfaces gradually decrease from an opening portion toward the bottom surface of the container for PCR.

US Pat. No. 10,710,079

ELECTRO-KINECTIC DEVICE FOR SPECIES EXCHANGE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A scanning micro-fluid device for an exchange of species with a surface and an intermediate immersion liquid, said device comprising:a first micro-channel comprising a fluid;
a second micro-channel comprising said fluid;
wherein said first micro-channel comprises at its first end a first aperture and wherein said second micro-channel comprises at its first end a second aperture, said first and said second aperture having a distance to each other in an apex area in a proximity of said surface of a substrate;
wherein said surface, said apex area comprising said first aperture of said first micro-channel and said second aperture of said second micro-channel is immersed with said intermediate immersion liquid;
a first electrode reaching into said fluid in said first micro-channel;
a second electrode reaching into said fluid in said second micro-channel; and
an apex electrode reaching into said apex area;
wherein different voltage levels are applicable to said first, said second and said apex electrode;
wherein the apex electrode reaches into the apex area such that species are exchangeable between said fluid of said first and said second micro-channel and said surface of said substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,710,073

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BIOMIMETIC FLUID PROCESSING

President and Fellows of ...

1. A biomimetic microfluidic system comprising:a first channel extending from a first input to a first output along a longitudinal dimension, the first channel configured to receive at least one first biological composition at a first channel flow rate, the at least one first biological composition comprising a biological source material capable of producing target biological substances;
a second channel substantially parallel to the first channel and extending from a second input to a second output along the longitudinal dimension, the second channel configured to selectively receive at least one second biological composition at a second channel flow rate; and
a separation barrier between the first channel and the second channel, the separation barrier having a plurality of microchannels forming a fluid communication path between the first and second channels, wherein the plurality of microchannels are sized to selectively capture the biological source material,
wherein the first channel flow rate and the second channel flow rate are configured to selectively capture the biological source material at the plurality of microchannels and to create a differential between the first and second channels configured to generate physiological shear rates along the second channel that induce the captured biological source material to produce the target biological substances.

US Pat. No. 10,710,072

PARTICLE SEPARATION APPARATUS AND PARTICLE SEPARATION METHOD

EXOZUM INC., Seoul (KR)

1. A particle separation apparatus, the apparatus comprising:a first input flow path through which a first fluid containing a plurality of particles of different sizes is introduced;
a second input flow path through which a second fluid not containing particles is introduced;
a connection flow path through which a third fluid moves, wherein one end of the connection flow path is connected to the first input flow path and the second input flow path so that the first fluid and the second fluid are mixed to form the third fluid;
a plurality of discharge flow paths through which the plurality of particles coming out of the other end of the connection flow path are separated and discharged according to the size of the particle; and
a branch flow path through which a portion of the third fluid coming out of the other end of the connection flow path is discharged externally,
wherein the particles comprise nanoparticles,
wherein a plurality of discharge flow paths are spaced apart from each other in a direction crossing the flow direction of the third fluid on the other end of the connection flow path,
wherein the branch flow path is arranged in a direction crossing the flow direction of the third fluid on the other end of the connection flow path, and is configured to adjust the flow rate of the third fluid which is discharged externally through the branch flow path so as to increase a distance between paths in which each of the plurality of particles coming out of the other end of the connection flow path moves,
wherein the connection flow path comprises a substrate; a first side surface which is formed on the substrate and is connected to the first input flow path; and a second side surface which faces the first side surface on the substrate and is connected to the second input flow path,
wherein the first side surface is inclined toward the second side surface with respect to the substrate at an angle formed between the first side surface and the substrate which is between 35 degrees and 55 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,710,071

CLOG-RESISTANT SERPENTINE PILLAR FILTERS AND BLADED LOADING STRUCTURES FOR MICROFLUIDICS

International Business Ma...

1. A filter, comprising:a substrate;
at least one layer of pillars on the substrate, wherein the pillars are arranged adjacent to one another and groups of the pillars alternate between being perpendicular and parallel to a direction of fluid flow through the filter giving the filter a serpentine configuration having at least one downstream catch; and
an oxide coating on the pillars.

US Pat. No. 10,710,066

AUTOMATIC PIPETTING APPARATUS AND PIPETTING MODULE

Wistron Corporation, New...

1. A pipetting module, comprising:a pipette head having a first coefficient of thermal expansion; and
a pipette tip adapted to be sleeved on the pipette head and having a second coefficient of thermal expansion,
wherein the second coefficient of thermal expansion of the pipette tip is greater than the first coefficient of thermal expansion of the pipette head,
when the pipette tip with the second coefficient of thermal expansion is sleeved on the pipette head with the first coefficient of thermal expansion, a volume of the pipette tip contracts by temperature decrease such that the pipette tip is tightly fitted to the pipette head, or the volume of the pipette tip expands by temperature increase such that the pipette tip is detached from the pipette head.

US Pat. No. 10,710,056

CERIA SUPPORTED PALLADIUM/CALCIUM CATALYST FOR HYDROGENATING CO2 TO DIMETHYL ETHER

King Abdulaziz University...

1. A CeO2 supported palladium catalyst, comprising:0.05-2 wt % of a promoter comprising Ca;
1-8 wt % of a catalytic material comprising Pd; and
90-98 wt % of CeO2, each relative to a total weight of the CeO2 supported palladium catalyst,
wherein:
the CeO2 supported palladium catalyst has an atomic ratio of palladium to calcium ranging from 2:1 to 6:1; and
the promoter and the catalytic material are deposited on the CeO2.

US Pat. No. 10,710,048

CO-PRECIPITATION REACTOR

LG Chem, Ltd., (KR)

1. A co-precipitation reactor comprising:a main body accommodating a reactant for reaction therein;
an input unit inputting the reactant into the main body; and
a filter unit installed in the main body to filter a precursor of the precursor generated by reacting with the reactant in the main body and a reaction solution,
wherein the filter unit is provided in plurality so as to be spaced apart from each other,
wherein each of the plurality of filter units comprises a filter so as to provide a plurality of filters, and wherein the filters have different pore sizes.

US Pat. No. 10,710,033

MULTI FLUID INJECTION MIXER

PRODUCED WATER ABSORBENTS...

1. An injection mixer for injecting and homogeneously mixing at least one injected fluid with a pipe fluid, the injection mixer extending between an inlet and an outlet, each configured to be coupled to a pipe, and comprising at least one contacting element, each contacting element(s):having one or more contacting surfaces, that each:
extends between a first end of the contacting element and a second end of the contacting element, an edge being defined at the second end of the contacting element;
defines a mixing channel through the contacting element; and
converges such that the cross-sectional area of the mixing channel decreases from the first end of the contacting element to the second end of the contacting element to define a minimum cross-sectional flow area of the mixer at the second end; and
defining at least one injection path through a portion of the contacting element to and through at least one of the contacting surface(s) such that, when the pipe fluid flows in the mixing channel from the first end to the second end, the injection path is configured to inject admixture fluid onto the contacting surface such that the pipe fluid entrains the admixture fluid along the contacting surface and over the edge;
where at least one of the injection path(s) is configured to inject a first admixture fluid that comprises a hydrate inhibitor; and
where the first end of each contacting element faces the inlet of the mixer.

US Pat. No. 10,710,021

POLYAMINES, SYNTHESIS PROCESS THEREOF AND USE OF SAME FOR THE SELECTIVE ELIMINATION OF H2S FROM A GASEOUS EFFLUENT COMPRISING CO2

IFP Energies nouvelles, ...

1. A nitrogen-containing compound belonging to the polyamine family, obtained from the reaction between a polyol diglycidylether and piperazine, and having the following general formula (I):
in which:
n is a whole number in the range 0 to 30,
the radical R1 is selected from the groups with the following sub-formulae (g1) to (g4):
the group with formula (g1):
in which:x is a whole number in the range 1 to 100, preferably in the range 1 to 25,
the radical R3 is equally either a hydrogen atom, an alkyl radical or a hydroxyalkyl radical, containing between 1 and 4 carbon atoms,
the group with formula (g2):
in which y is a whole number in the range 3 to 8,the group with formula (g3):

the group with formula (g4):
in which:v and w are whole numbers, each in the range 1 to 4, with the condition that the sum of v and w is equal to 2, 3, 4 or 5,
the radical R4 is equally either a hydroxyl group, an alkyl radical or a hydroxyalkyl radical, containing between 1 and 4 carbon atoms, and
the radical R5 is equally either a hydrogen atom or a hydroxymethyl group (—CH2OH),
the radical R2 has the following formula (g5):

in which:
the radical R6 is equally either a hydrogen atom, an alkyl radical or a hydroxyalkyl radical, containing between 1 and 6 carbon atoms,
the radical R7 is equally either an alkyl radical or a hydroxyalkyl radical, containing between 1 and 6 carbon atoms,
the radicals R6 and R7 may be connected together via a covalent bond or via a heteroatom in order to form a heterocycle having 5, 6, 7 or 8 atoms when the radical R6 is not a hydrogen atom,
and in which, when n is equal to 0, the radicals R6 and R7 are connected together to form a piperazine cycle, the radical R2 having the formula (g6) below:

in which the radical R8 is equally either a hydrogen atom, an alkyl radical or hydroxyalkyl radical, containing between 1 and 4 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 10,710,020

PROCESSES FOR GAS SEPARATION BY SOLVENT OR ABSORBENT

1. A gas purification process comprising:contacting an impure feed gas stream comprising hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide and sulfur compounds and a solvent stream in a counter-current absorber to provide a first overhead gas stream and a first solvent effluent bottoms stream comprising absorbed hydrogen sulfide, absorbed carbon dioxide and absorbed other sulfur compounds;
passing the first solvent effluent bottoms stream to a concentrator/reabsorber and contacting the stream with a gas stream from a first downstream rich solvent flash drum or an inert gas stream in the concentrator/reabsorber to provide a second overhead gas stream and a second solvent effluent bottoms stream;
splitting the second solvent effluent bottoms stream into a first stream and a second stream, heat-exchanging the first stream with a solvent stream from a downstream regenerator, heat-exchanging the second stream with a portion of a solvent stream from a second downstream rich solvent flash drum;
after the heat-exchanges, combining said first stream and said second stream to produce a combined stream and passing the combined stream to the first downstream rich solvent flash drum, passing the solvent stream from the first downstream rich solvent flash drum to the second downstream rich solvent flash drum; passing partial of the solvent stream from the second rich solvent flash drum back to the counter-current absorber, passing a remaining portion of the solvent stream from the second downstream rich solvent flash drum to the downstream regenerator to provide an overhead gas stream and a bottom solvent effluent stream, and passing the bottom solvent effluent stream from the downstream regenerator back to a top of the counter-current absorber.

US Pat. No. 10,710,010

AQUARIUM FILTER HOUSING UNIT

ZOO MED LABORATORIES, INC...

1. An aquarium filter housing unit, comprising:a top chamber composed of a fluid impeller housing and a fluid impeller; and
a bottom chamber shaped and dimensioned for selectively receiving a filter cartridge, the bottom chamber includes a plurality of bottom chamber sidewalls and a base wall, wherein a door is provided for selectively accessing a filter cartridge held within in the bottom chamber;
wherein the top chamber and the bottom chamber are formed as separate units and are held together along a bottom edge of the top chamber and a top edge of the bottom chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,710,008

SPIN-ON FILTER FOR SUCTION-SIDE AND PRESSURE-SIDE APPLICATIONS IN FILTRATION SYSTEMS

CUMMINS FILTRATION IP, IN...

1. A filter assembly comprising:a housing having an open end and a closed end;
a filter element positioned within the housing and configured to filter a fluid;
an endcap positioned adjacent to the open end of the housing, the endcap is coupled to a first end of the filter element, the endcap comprises a central opening and a circumferential opening; and
a seal coupled to the endcap and configured to seal a clean side of the filter element from a dirty side of the filter element when the filter assembly is connected in an installed position to a filter mounting head of a filtration system, the seal is configured to seal against the filter mounting head in the presence of both a negative pressure through the filtration system and a positive pressure through the filtration system, the seal comprises an inner sealing ridge positioned between the central opening and the circumferential opening and an outer sealing ridge, the outer sealing ridge is repositionable between a first position in the presence of the negative pressure through the filtration system and a second position in the presence of the positive pressure through the filtration system, the outer sealing ridge configured to engage a circumferential groove in the filter mounting head that is larger than the outer sealing ridge, the outer sealing ridge is bendable under a pressure of fluid flowing through a filtration system such that the outer sealing ridge presses and seals against an inside surface of the circumferential groove separate from an outside surface of the circumferential groove in the first position and the outside surface separate from the inside surface in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,710,005

ADSORBENT MATERIAL

Agency for Science, Techn...

1. An adsorbent material comprising:a) a porous, non-particulate substrate comprising pores having a size in the range of about 1 ?m to about 1 mm, and
b) a conformal coating film deposited on the porous, non-particulate substrate, wherein the conformal coating film comprises topographical features having a feature size in the range of about 1 nm to about 1 ?m, and wherein the topographical features comprises fin-like nanostructures having a profile thickness in the range of about 100 nm to about 400 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,710,000

VACUUM DISTILLATION APPARATUS

Planet H2O Pty Ltd., Por...

1. A vacuum distillation apparatus for producing treated water from a supply of seed water, the apparatus including:a distillation tank having a bottom and a top, the distillation tank also having a vacuum evaporation chamber arranged at least partially about a condensation tank;
a seed water inlet in fluid communication with the evaporation chamber;
a saturated vapour outlet in fluid communication with the top of the evaporation chamber;
a vapour line for transferring a saturated vapour from the saturated vapour outlet to a compressor for superheating of the saturated vapour, the vapour line then transferring the superheated saturated vapour to an expander at the top the condensation tank; and
wherein the condensation tank includes a condensation chamber with a treated water reservoir, wherein the treated water reservoir includes a treated water outlet that permits removal of a treated water from the treated water reservoir, and wherein the treated water outlet comprises a conduit that extends from the reservoir through a seed water within the evaporation chamber to exit the distillation tank at a height above a maximum seed water level; and
wherein, in use, superheated vapour condenses upon exit from the expander such that condensed water flows down the condensation chamber to the treated water reservoir to form the treated water, and heat transfers from the condensing superheated vapour and condensed water to the evaporation chamber to heat the seed water in the evaporation chamber to form the saturated vapour.

US Pat. No. 10,709,997

MAGNETIC DRINKING CUP STACKING TOY

1. A toy cup set comprising:a set of six substantially cylindrical cups, each cup having a closed flat bottom and a top rim defining a circumference, the top rim being of greater diameter than the closed bottom;
each cup having a centrally located ball magnet embedded in said closed flat bottom;
each cup having four ball magnets embedded in said top rim, the four ball magnets equidistantly spaced around the top rim;
the cups and ball magnets constructed to allow pairs of cups to be magnetically attached to one-another without inserting one cup in another cup, flat bottom-to-flat bottom, attached to one-another rim-to-rim circumferences aligned, attached to one-another side-by-side with rims touching, attached to one-another rim-to-flat bottom, and attached one-to-another with a rim ball magnet of any particular cup in contact with a centrally located ball magnet of any other particular cup, with an angle of approximately 45 degrees between them;
wherein, the set of six cups is constructed to be attached to one another in a particular manner as a child's toy requiring patience and coordination, the set of six cups being constructed so that a first, second, third and fourth cup of the set of six cups can be magnetically attached to one-another rim-to-rim with rims of the first, second, third and fourth cup resting on a flat surface with their flat bottoms upward, the first cup attached to the second cup and the fourth cup, the second cup attached to the first cup and the third cup, the third cup attached to the second cup and the fourth cup, and the fourth cup attached to the third cup and the first cup, the first, second, third and fourth cups being substantially parallel; and
wherein, the set of six cups is constructed so that a fifth cup of the set of six cups can be magnetically attached to the first, second, third and fourth cups, rim down, so that the four ball magnets in the rim of the fifth cup is each magnetically attached to the ball magnet embedded in the flat bottom of the first, second, third and fourth cups respectively, and the fifth cup is located above the first, second, third and fourth cups; and is substantially parallel to the first, second, third and fourth cups, and,
wherein, the set of six cups is constructed so that the sixth cup of the set of six cups can be magnetically attached bottom-to-bottom to the fifth cup so that the sixth cup is above the fifth cup with its rim upward, linearly aligned with the fifth cup and substantially parallel to the first, second, third, fourth and fifth cups;
whereby, the set of six cups forms a child's toy constructed to challenge the child to stack them in the particular manner.

US Pat. No. 10,709,986

ADAPTIVE OBJECT PLACEMENT IN COMPUTER-IMPLEMENTED GAMES

Zynga Inc., San Francisc...

1. A computer system, comprising:a processor; and
a memory device holding an instruction set executable on the processor to cause the computer systems to perform operations comprising:
generating a game instance for a multiplayer online game, the game instance providing a game area divided into multiple tiles, respective user-controlled assets being selectively placeable on user-selected tiles;
receiving a selection, by a first player, of a first tile to be controlled by a first enforcer asset on behalf of the first player, the first tile providing access to a first type of in-game resource to the first player;
detecting that the first tile is adjacent to a second tile, the second tile being controlled by a second enforcer asset on behalf of a second player, the first player and the second player belonging in common to a player alliance, the second tile providing access to a second type of in-game resource to the second player; and
based on the detected adjacency and based on the first player and the second player belonging to the player alliance, automatically changing an adaptive visual display property for both the first tile and the second tile.

US Pat. No. 10,709,985

AUTOMATIC GAME COMPARISON AND RECOMMENDATION

Electronics Arts Inc., R...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, by a video game server, from a first video game console, a first game play result of a first user playing a video game;
selecting a second user having at least one of: a second game play asset similar to a first game play asset of the first user or a second game play timeline similar to a first game play timeline of the first user;
receiving, from a second video game console, a second game play result of the second user playing the video game;
producing, by comparing the first game play result with the second game play result, a message comprising a recommendation for the first user to improve a future game play result over the first game play result, wherein the message further references the second game play result; and
communicating the recommendation to the first user.

US Pat. No. 10,709,982

INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM

NETEASE (HANGZHOU) NETWOR...

1. An information processing method, wherein a software application is executed by a processor of a mobile terminal and a graphical user interface is rendered on a touch display of the mobile terminal, the graphical user interface comprises a first touch operation area and a second touch operation area, content presented by the graphical user interface at least comprises a part of a game scene and a virtual character, and the method comprises:when a first touch operation on the first touch operation area is detected, adjusting a presentation field of the game scene in the graphical user interface according to the first touch operation;
when a preset action of the first touch operation is detected, determining a path point in the game scene according to a touch point of the preset action, and controlling the virtual character to move automatically towards the path point in the game scene according to a preset path finding strategy;
when a preset cancellation operation is detected, cancelling the path point, and configuring the virtual character to move in the game scene according to a second touch operation on the second touch operation area, and
wherein the method further comprises: when the preset action of the first touch operation is detected, providing a position identifier in the game scene, wherein the position identifier is located at a location of the path point.

US Pat. No. 10,709,970

ELECTRIC GAMING MACHINES, AND METHODS OF OPERATING ELECTRONIC GAMING MACHINES, CONFIGURED TO ENABLE DISPLAY OF GAME DISPLAY DATA AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION VIA COMMON VIDEO OUTPUT

Ainsworth Game Technology...

1. A method for operating an electronic gaming machine, the method including:executing a game of chance within a gaming machine computing hardware unit contained in a secure processor box based on input from a user;
defining a primary video display signal within the gaming machine computing hardware unit, wherein the primary video signal is configured to enable rendering of a graphical output representative of the game of chance at a primary display screen of the electronic gaming machine;
defining a plurality of non-display frames within the gaming machine computing hardware unit, wherein the non-display frames are configured to be intercepted by a decoder device of the electronic gaming machine interposed between the gaming machine computing hardware unit and the primary display screen, thereby to enable rendering of additional information at a secondary display screen; and
providing, via a single one-way video output port of the gaming machine computing hardware unit, an output video signal defined by a continuous sequence of video frames including both the primary video display signal and the plurality of non-display frames, wherein the non-display frames are embedded in frames defining the primary video display signal in accordance with a predefined protocol;
such that the primary display screen displays the graphical output representative of the game of chance, but does not provide a visually perceptible rendering of the additional information.

US Pat. No. 10,709,969

GAME SYSTEM WITH GAME MACHINE EXECUTING A GAME PROGRAM THAT RECEIVES INPUTS AND OUTPUTS CONTROL SIGNALS TO A GAME CONTROLLER

Diversified Healthcare De...

1. A game system, comprising:a game controller, including:
a balance platform supported under its center, the balance platform tilting in all directions of the horizontal plane in response to changes to a center of pressure caused by a game player balancing on the balance platform;
an inflatable bladder supporting the balance platform under its periphery;
an air pressure source controllably inflating the inflatable bladder;
a dual-axis accelerometer measuring tilt of the balance platform in real time;
a control valve controllably connecting one of: an air pressure source and the inflatable bladder, and the inflatable bladder and the atmosphere; and
an air pressure sensor measuring air pressure of the inflatable bladder in real time; and
a game machine, including:
a screen; and
a central processor executing a game program that receives measures of the air pressure of the inflatable bladder from the air pressure sensor and the tilt of the balance platform from the dual-axis accelerometer, displays on the screen a game player's location in a game space based on measures of the tilt, and controllably changes the air pressure of the inflatable bladder by the control valve during game play in response to the game program generating an interaction between the game player's location and a location of an interactive graphic image created by the game program, the game program transmitting to the game controller one of:
first control signals for a first interaction that generate a positive change to the air pressure by opening the control valve between the air pressure source and the inflatable bladder, inflating the inflatable bladder and increasing stability of the balance platform, and closing the control valve between the air pressure source and the inflatable bladder when the positive change to the air pressure is effected, as measured by the air pressure sensor; and
second control signals for a second interaction that generate a negative change to the air pressure by opening the control valve between the inflatable bladder and the atmosphere, deflating the inflatable bladder and decreasing the stability of the balance platform, and closing the control valve between the inflatable bladder and the atmosphere when the negative change to the air pressure is effected, as measured by the air pressure sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,709,967

APPARATUS, METHODS, AND SYSTEMS FOR TRACKING AN OPTICAL OBJECT

GUANGDONG VIRTUAL REALITY...

1. A system for identifying one or more light sources, the system comprising a gaming device and a game controller interacting with the gaming device;wherein the gaming device comprises:
an imaging device comprising:
a rolling shutter; and
an image sensor, wherein rows of the image sensor are exposed to light in a row-by-row fashion to capture an image;
a controller comprising:
a memory device that stores instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions and is configured to:
receive, from the imaging device, the captured image;
detect, whether the captured image comprises a first set of alternating stripes;
measure, if the image comprises the first set of alternating stripes, a first order of the stripes with different widths appearing in a period of time of at least one stripe of the first set of alternating stripes comprised in the captured image; and
identify, based on the first order of the stripes with different widths in the first set of alternating stripes, a first light source causing the first set of alternating stripes;
wherein the game controller comprises:
a first light source disposed on the game controller; and
a light modulator, configured to control, based on a first control signal, the first light source to produce light pulses at different light pulse frequencies to form the first set of alternating stripes.

US Pat. No. 10,709,966

WEARABLE DEVICE WITH MOVEMENT INDICATOR, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MOVEMENT INDICATION

HONEYWLD TECHNOLOGY CORP....

1. A method for movement indication, adapted to a wearable device with a movement indicator, comprising:receiving a movement instruction from a computing host by the wearable device;
converting the movement instruction to a direction instruction, and indicating a direction by the movement indicator of the wearable device;
sensing a movement signal of the wearable device by a motion sensor of the wearable device; and
computing a direction signal by the wearable device in response to the movement signal, or transmitting the movement signal to the computing host by the wearable device for obtaining the direction signal according to the movement signal.

US Pat. No. 10,709,962

MULTI-DECK AUTOMATIC SMART CARD SHUFFLER AND SECURITY SYSTEM CONFIGURED TO SHUFFLE AND DELIVER HANDS FOR A CASINO TABLE GAME SUCH AS BACCARAT

1. An automatic card shuffler for Baccarat comprising:a processor configured to control automatic card shuffler operations including random selection and movement of individual cards from one or more stacks of cards, said processor further configured to deliver four to six randomly selected cards at a time to a dealing module based on a number of cards needed to complete a Baccarat hand based on ranks of said four to six randomly selected cards;
a housing connected to, or integral with, said dealing module, said dealing module including a retractable cover configured to open to expose one or more shuffled cards;
imaging means for capturing at least a rank of said four to six randomly selected cards; and
wherein said dealing module is configured to move said four to six randomly selected cards from a first area within said dealing module to a dealing area beneath said retractable cover.

US Pat. No. 10,709,960

POWERED WHEELED BOARD

RAZOR USA LLC, Cerritos,...

1. A powered personal mobility vehicle, comprising:a deck configured to support a user, the deck having a first portion and a second portion, the first and the second portions spaced apart by a neck portion, the neck portion being configured to enable the deck to twist or flex about a longitudinal axis of the vehicle, wherein the longitudinal axis passes through the neck portion;
a first swivel wheel spaced apart from a second swivel wheel, each of the wheels being connected with the deck and disposed entirely beneath the deck, wherein at least one of the first swivel wheel and the second swivel wheel is configured to swivel 360 degrees about its respective swivel axis;
a motor arranged to transfer rotational force; and
a drive shaft configured to transmit torque from the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,709,956

MULTIPLAYER SPORTS FORMATION ARRANGEMENT PROMPTING METHOD AND SYSTEM

Industrial Technology Res...

1. A multiplayer sports formation arrangement prompting method adapted to monitor, by a computing device, a formation of a plurality of athletes participating in a multiplayer sport to prompt each of the athletes to adjust a position, wherein at least two wind sensors and a positioning device are disposed on or around each of the athletes, and the method comprises:detecting relative positions of the athletes with respect to each other by using the positioning device;
detecting a wind direction by using the at least two wind sensors disposed on or around a first athlete of the athletes;
prompting a second athlete behind the first athlete to adjust the position to enter a low wind resistance zone according to the relative position of the first athlete with respect to the second athlete and the detected wind direction; and
prompting the second athlete to adjust a position within the low wind resistance zone based on values detected by the at least two wind sensors disposed on or around the second athlete.

US Pat. No. 10,709,942

GOLF CLUB HEADS AND METHODS TO MANUFACTURE GOLF CLUB HEADS

PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC,...

1. A golf club head comprising:a body portion comprising a top portion, a bottom portion, a toe portion, a heel portion, a front portion, a rear portion, and an interior;
a first plurality of ports extending through an outer surface of the bottom portion;
a second plurality of ports extending through the outer surface of the bottom portion;
a first set of inner support portions projecting into the interior from an inner surface of the bottom portion, the first set of inner support portions comprising a first inner support portion extending from a first port of the first plurality of ports toward a perimeter of the body portion, and a second inner support portion extending from a second port of the first plurality of ports toward the perimeter of the body portion;
a second set of inner support portions projecting into the interior from the inner surface of the bottom portion, the second set of inner support portions comprising a first inner support portion extending from a first port of the second plurality of ports toward a perimeter of the body portion, and a second inner support portion extending from a second port of the second plurality of ports toward the perimeter of the body portion; and
an elastic polymer insert on the inner surface of the bottom portion, the elastic polymer insert extending between the first plurality of ports and the second plurality of ports.

US Pat. No. 10,709,941

GOLF CLUB HEAD

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf club head comprising:a body having a face, a sole portion, a crown portion and a skirt portion joining the face, sole portion and crown portion;
a hollow golf club interior within the body;
an outermost exterior surface provided opposite the hollow golf club interior;
a plurality of depressions provided on a first portion of the outermost exterior surface of the body;
wherein the plurality of depressions are formed in the outermost exterior surface and have a depth of about 0.5 mm to about 2 mm, have a width of about 6 mm to about 20 mm and have a minimum landing surface spacing of about 0.5 mm to about 7 mm between depressions on the outermost exterior surface, wherein the depressions are oriented aligned in rows perpendicular to the face.

US Pat. No. 10,709,940

GOLF CLUB WITH WEIGHT AND EXTERNAL RIB IN RECESS ON SOLE

BRIDGESTONE SPORTS CO., L...

1. A golf club head comprising:a crown defining a top of the golf club head;
a sole defining a bottom of the golf club head;
a face including a ball striking surface, the face extending between the crown and the sole;
an attachment part provided in the sole;
an attachment member detachably attached to the attachment part; and
an external rib in a recess, the recess being formed in a sole-side external surface of the golf club head, the external rib being exposed to an outside of the golf club head,
the external rib including
a first rib elongated in a toe-heel direction of the golf club head;
a second rib provided on a back side of the attachment part and elongated in a face-back direction of the golf club head, the second rib protruding from the sole-side external surface in a direction away from the crown in the recess; and
a third rib extending continuously from the first rib to the second rib, the third rib at least partially surrounding the attachment part,
wherein the second rib extends from the third rib toward a back of the golf club head.

US Pat. No. 10,709,934

ROUTE PLANNING METHOD AND WEARABLE DEVICE

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., ...

1. A route planning method applied to a wearable device, wherein the method comprises:obtaining historical exercise capability information according to a first preset rule;
obtaining exercise capability information of a wearer of the wearable device and information for a plurality of candidate routes, wherein the information comprises attribute features of the candidate routes comprising the historical exercise capability information, wherein the historical exercise capability information is based on exercise capability information of a plurality of users that have exercised along the candidate routes;
determining a target route based on the attribute features and the exercise capability information of the wearer;
outputting the target route to permit selection of the target route on the wearable device;
monitoring a body index of the wearer in real time; and
outputting warning information when the body index is abnormal.

US Pat. No. 10,709,933

POSE AND HEART RATE ENERGY EXPENDITURE FOR YOGA

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A method for improving the accuracy of a wearable device while calculating an energy expenditure of a user practicing yoga, the method comprising:detecting, by a processor circuit of the wearable device, a start of a yoga session;
measuring, by a heart rate sensing module of the wearable device, a heart rate of the user, wherein the heart rate sensing module comprises a photoplethysmogram (PPG) sensor and the PPG sensor is configured to be worn adjacent to the user's skin;
measuring, by a temperature sensing module of the wearable device, an ambient temperature;
collecting, by a motion sensing module of the wearable device, motion data of the user;
determining, by the processor circuit, a type of yoga practiced by the user based on the measured ambient temperature and the collected motion data;
selecting, by the processor circuit, an energy expenditure model associated with the determined type of yoga;
detecting, by the processor circuit, an end of the yoga session;
calculating, by the processor circuit, an energy expenditure of the user based on at least the measured heart rate and the selected energy expenditure model; and
outputting, by the processor circuit, the calculated energy expenditure of the user during the yoga session.

US Pat. No. 10,709,931

LIP TRAINER

Actwell Technology Inc., ...

1. A lip trainer, comprisinga body made from a flexible material and having a hollow annular shape, the body comprising an upper base portion, a lower base portion and two opposing connection portions connected between said upper base portion and said lower base portion at two opposite sides, said upper base portion and said lower base portion being arcuately formed;
an arced upper push piece made from a flexible material, the upper push piece having one end thereof connected to said upper base portion of said body and an opposite end thereof extending away in an arc from said upper base portion and toward said lower base portion so that a first elastic space is defined between said body and said upper push piece within the hollow annular shape; and
an arced lower push piece made from a flexible material, the lower push piece having one end thereof connected to said lower base portion of said body and an opposite end thereof extending away in an arc from said lower base portion and toward said upper base portion so that a second elastic space is defined between said body and said lower push piece within the hollow annular shape.

US Pat. No. 10,709,930

HIP THRUST EXERCISE DEVICE

1. A hip thrust exercise device, comprising:a main body having first and second body portions, the first body portion having a proximate first body portion end and a distal first body portion end;
a foot mount connected at the distal first body portion end;
a grip connected to the second body portion;
an extension having a first extension end connected at the proximate first body portion end via an extension hinge and a second extension end having an abutment element connected thereto; and
a resistance element connected between and to said extension by a first resistance element hinge and the distal first body portion end by a second resistance element hinge;
wherein said resistance element provides a resistance force when the abutment element is moved away from the distal first body portion end, and said resistance element is configured to simultaneously pivot about the first and second resistance element hinges.

US Pat. No. 10,709,912

NASAL CAVITY INSERTION TYPE MASK

AirLab CO., Ltd., Jeonju...

1. A nasal cavity insertion type mask inserted into a nose to filter external air inhaled upon breathing, the nasal cavity insertion type mask, comprising:a body formed in a cone shape having a gradually reducing diameter in an upward direction in order to deeply insert into a nasal cavity and formed in a form in which an upper portion, a lower portion, and a side surface are opened for smooth communication of air;
a filter detachably provided at an outer surface of the body and that filters a foreign substance included in external air; and
a fixing tube that comes in close contact a portion of the filter with the body and that fixes a portion of the filter to the body in order to prevent the filter disposed to enclose an outer surface of the body from being separated from the body and that provides a double wall configuration comprising an inner wall and an outer wall and that prevents a snot of a nasal cavity inner wall from contacting the filter, as the outer wall is formed higher than the inner wall and comprising a snot receiving portion that can receive a snot flowing along the nasal cavity inner wall.

US Pat. No. 10,709,905

METHOD OF CALCULATING A TONGUE-AND-GROOVE EFFECT OF A MULTI-LEAF COLLIMATOR

1. An improved method of calculating a radiation dose for a radiation treatment using a multi-leaf collimator for patients that will be treated with radiation therapy using the multi-leaf collimator comprising:providing a multi-leaf collimator comprising leaves of a tongue-and-groove design, the leaves having lateral edges and tip ends, wherein the lateral edges will be exposed to radiation during a treatment protocol,
testing the multi-leaf collimator to determine a shape of a tongue-and-groove width, and
subtracting the shape of the tongue-and-groove width from a fluence map used for radiation dose calculations,
wherein an amount subtracted depends on a distance from a tip end of each leaf to a point on each leaf, and
wherein the amount subtracted comprises a non-constant width at the lateral edges of the leaves that are exposed to radiation and a constant transmission through the non-constant width is considered.

US Pat. No. 10,709,904

APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING NANOPARTICLE-ASSISTED EXTERNAL BEAM RADIOTHERAPY AND METHOD CARRIED OUT USING SAID APPARATUS

1. An apparatus for performing nanoparticle-assisted external beam radiotherapy comprising:an X-ray spectrometer having an optical axis;
an X-ray filter; and
a mobile holding structure suitable for holding the X-ray filter and the X-ray spectrometer in a first and a second relative position, and for switching from said first to said second relative position while simultaneously allowing the positioning of a patient body part in a target region including a target point;
wherein:
the first and second relative positions of the X-ray filter and the X-ray spectrometer are such that an X-ray beam emitted from an X-ray source crosses the X-ray filter before reaching the target point, a propagation direction of the X-ray beam forming an angle ? different from 0° and 180° with the optical axis of the X-ray spectrometer; and
the second relative position is obtained by inverting the relative positions of the X-ray filter and of the X-ray spectrometer with respect to the patient body part.

US Pat. No. 10,709,902

TANDEM WITH CAMERA SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A tandem applicator assembly for brachytherapy, comprising:a tandem having a tubular main body with a trail end and a lead end, a transparent cap affixed to the lead end;
a camera system removably received by the tandem through the trail end of the tubular main body and disposed inside of the transparent cap, wherein the camera system includes at least one digital camera configured to acquire color images from a body cavity of a patient through the transparent cap and a main body having a camera portion with at least one lens, the at least one digital camera disposed inside of the main body beneath the at least one lens, the at least one digital camera configured to acquire the color images of the patient through both the at least one lens and the transparent cap; and
an insertion and removal line coupled to the camera system and configured to selectively advance and retract the camera system through the tandem,
wherein the main body of the camera system further has a transmitter in communication with a processor and a memory, the transmitter configured to generate a wireless signal with image data from the at least one camera, and
wherein a portion of the transmitter abuts an inner surface of the tandem, and thereby causes the tubular main body of the tandem to be an antenna of the transmitter for transmission for the wireless signal.

US Pat. No. 10,709,898

LIGHT IRRADIATING DEVICE AND PHOTOTHERAPY MACHINE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light irradiating device comprisinga group of LED light sources that has at least one LED light source two-dimensionally arranged on a flexible substrate, wherein
light output by the group of LED light sources includes
first wavelength region light whose light-emission intensity peak is in a wavelength range of 380 nm or more and 430 nm or less, and
second wavelength region light whose light-emission intensity peak is in a wavelength range of more than 430 nm and 635 nm or less,
the at least one LED light source includes
a first LED element that outputs the first wavelength region light, and
a wavelength conversion member that absorbs the first wavelength region light output from the first LED element and outputs the second wavelength region light,
at least one layer of a spacer is provided on a light-output-side surface of the flexible substrate in which the first LED element is two-dimensionally arranged,
of the at least one layer of the spacer, at least one layer of a spacer is a spacer that contains the wavelength conversion member, and
a total value of thicknesses of constituents provided from the first LED element to an affected part is 0.5 times or more an average value of pitches between first LED elements.

US Pat. No. 10,709,895

AESTHETIC METHOD OF BIOLOGICAL STRUCTURE TREATMENT BY MAGNETIC FIELD

BTL Medical Technologies ...

1. A method for toning a body region of a patient by applying a treatment using a treatment device which generates a time-varying magnetic field, the method comprising:coupling a first applicator and a second applicator of the treatment device to the body region of the patient by a belt,
wherein the body region comprises one of a buttocks or an abdomen,
wherein the first applicator has a first magnetic field generating coil disposed in the first applicator and the second applicator has a second magnetic field generating coil disposed in the second applicator,
wherein the first magnetic field generating coil has a first inductance and the second magnetic field generating coil has a second inductance, wherein the first inductance is equal to the second inductance, and
wherein the first applicator and the second applicator are independently positionable, and independently coupled to the body region of the patient by the belt;
charging a first capacitor and a second capacitor of the treatment device;
discharging the first capacitor to the first magnetic field generating coil to generate a first time-varying magnetic field having a magnetic flux density in a range of 0.5 Tesla to 7 Tesla, an impulse duration in a range of 3 ?s to 1 ms, and a maximal value of a magnetic flux density derivative in a range of 0.5 kT/s to 400 kT/s;
discharging the second capacitor to the second magnetic field generating coil to generate a second time-varying magnetic field having a magnetic flux density in a range of 0.5 Tesla to 7 Tesla, an impulse duration in a range of 3 ?s to 1 ms, and a maximal value of a magnetic flux density derivative in a range of 0.5 kT/s to 400 kT/s;
generating a plurality of pulses of the first time-varying magnetic field;
generating a first pulse of the first time-varying magnetic field such that the first pulse lasts for a time period, wherein the time period lasts from a beginning of a first impulse of the first time-varying magnetic field to a beginning of a next consecutive impulse of the first time-varying magnetic field;
generating a second pulse of the second time-varying magnetic field such that the second pulse lasts from a beginning of a first impulse of the second time-varying magnetic field to a beginning of a next consecutive impulse of the second time-varying magnetic field, such that the first impulse of the second time-varying magnetic field is generated during the time period of the first pulse,
wherein the plurality of pulses of the first time-varying magnetic field comprises a first plurality of pulses, a second plurality of pulses, and a third plurality of pulses,
wherein the first plurality of pulses comprises a first repetition rate in a range of 1 Hz to 100 Hz,
wherein the second plurality of pulses comprises a second repetition rate in a range of 10 Hz to 30 Hz, and wherein the first repetition rate differs from the second repetition rate,
wherein the third plurality of pulses comprises a third repetition rate, wherein the third repetition rate differs from the first repetition rate and the second repetition rate,
wherein the impulses are sinusoidal and biphasic; and
applying the first time-varying magnetic field including the first, the second, and the third pluralities of the pulses of the first time-varying magnetic field to a muscle fiber, a neuromuscular plate, or muscle within the body region of the patient such that a muscle contraction within the body region is caused by each of the first, the second, and the third pluralities of the pulses of the first time-varying magnetic field.

US Pat. No. 10,709,885

COMPOUNDING DEVICE, SYSTEM, KIT, SOFTWARE, AND METHOD

B. BRAUN MEDICAL INC., B...

1. A junction structure for use in a pharmaceutical compounding device, the compounding device having a housing that supports a pump system and a valving mechanism, the junction structure comprising:a junction body having a longitudinal axis and two lateral sides extending along either side of the longitudinal axis, the junction body further including a front side and a rear side each extending between the two lateral sides at opposite ends of the junction body;
a first inlet port located at one of two lateral sides of the junction body such that a first inlet conduit intersects the one of the two lateral sides of the junction body;
a second inlet port located at another of the two lateral sides of the junction body such that a second inlet conduit intersects the another of the two lateral sides of the junction body;
an outlet port located at a third portion of the junction body;
a mixing chamber located between the outlet port and both the first inlet port and second inlet port, the mixing chamber configured to mix fluid received from both the first inlet port and second inlet port and to deliver the fluid to the outlet port; and
an attachment structure located on the junction body and configured to attach the junction structure to the housing of the compounding device, wherein
the outlet port is located at one of two lateral sides of the junction body such that the first inlet conduit extends from the first inlet port to the outlet port and intersects each of the two lateral sides of the junction body.

US Pat. No. 10,709,883

BANDAGE WITH MICRONEEDLES FOR ANTIMICROBIAL DELIVERY AND FLUID ABSORPTION FROM A WOUND

1. A bandage comprising:a film layer having a top surface and a bottom surface;
an adhesive applied to the bottom surface; and
an absorbent layer connected to the bottom surface,
a plurality of microneedles disposed within the absorbent layer, each microneedle of said plurality of microneedles having an end that extends through the absorbent layer and is configured to penetrate a wound when the bandage is applied over the wound;
an antimicrobial agent in communication with a fraction of a total quantity of said plurality of microneedles, so that upon application of the bandage to the wound, the antimicrobial agent is transported though said fraction of the total quantity of said plurality of microneedles to the wound,
wherein the remainder of the total quantity of said plurality of microneedles not in communication with the antimicrobial agent are configured to transport fluid from the wound to the absorbent layer.

US Pat. No. 10,709,880

INFLATOR FOR DILATION OF ANATOMICAL PASSAGEWAY

Acclarent, Inc., Irvine,...

1. An apparatus, comprising:(a) a body, wherein the body includes a first locking feature;
(b) a reservoir having a fluid capacity; and
(c) a plunger assembly, wherein the plunger assembly is movable relative to the body to selectively vary the fluid capacity of the reservoir, wherein the plunger assembly comprises:
(i) a housing,
(ii) an actuating body configured to actuate relative to the housing between a first position and a second position, wherein the actuating body is resiliently biased toward the first position, and
(iii) a second locking feature configured to engage the first locking feature to selectively maintain a location of the plunger assembly at a plurality of selected longitudinal positions in relation to the body, wherein the second locking member is configured to disengage the first locking feature at the plurality of selected longitudinal positions in relation to the body in order to selectively allow linear translation of the plunger assembly relative to the body to selectively vary the fluid capacity of the reservoir, wherein the actuating body is configured to drive the second locking feature relative to the actuating body and the housing to engage the first locking feature while in the first position, wherein the actuating body is configured to drive the second locking feature to disengage the first locking feature while in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,709,879

CEREBROSPINAL-FLUID SHUNT VALVE SYSTEM

Wisconsin Alumni Research...

1. A cerebral shunt used to treat an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in a brain of a patient, comprising:a catheter adapted for implantation within the brain of the patient with a proximal portion within the brain opposite a distal portion diverting CSF out of the brain to another region of the patient;
a pressure sensor adapted for implantation within the brain of the patient and to produce a signal representing an intracranial pressure;
a valve connected to the catheter to conduct excess CSF to drain out of the brain through the catheter in an open position and to prevent the excess CSF from passing out of the brain through the catheter in a closed position; and
a valve driver control circuit communicating with the pressure sensor and the valve and operating to receive the signal representing the intracranial pressure and to control the valve to switch the valve between the open position and closed position in a cycle for successive cycles according to the signal representing the intracranial pressure and providing a measure of intracranial pressure so that the valve is opened at a first time when the measure of intracranial pressure is above a threshold value and the valve is closed at a second time following the first time while the measure of intracranial pressure still remains above the threshold value and to repeat an opening and closing of the valve while the measure of intracranial pressure remains above the threshold value;
wherein the valve comprises a piezo bender actuator receiving electrical signals from the valve controller to be electrically actuated to reposition the piezo bender actuator to open or close the valve; and
wherein the piezo bender actuator is a cantilever repositionable to change a position of a collar extending around a tube having an orifice in series with the catheter to block the orifice.

US Pat. No. 10,709,877

MEDICAL BALLOON WITH REINFORCING MEMBER

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED,...

1. A catheter assembly, comprising:a catheter shaft;
a balloon attached to the catheter shaft, the balloon including a body and a proximal waist portion, the proximal waist portion having a proximal end;
a fiber braid including one or more individual filaments disposed along the balloon, the fiber braid having a proximal end aligned with the proximal end of the waist portion; and
a polymer sleeve disposed on the catheter shaft, wherein the polymer sleeve abuts the proximal end of the balloon waist and the proximal end of the braid such that an outer diameter of the catheter assembly remains substantially constant along the proximal waist portion of the balloon and an entirety of the polymer sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,709,864

METHODS, SYSTEMS AND DEVICES FOR NON-INVASIVE OPEN VENTILATION WITH GAS DELIVERY NOZZLES WITH AN OUTER TUBE

Breathe Technologies, Inc...

1. A method of providing respiratory support, the method comprising:providing a non-invasive ventilation system comprising:
a ventilator;
a gas delivery circuit;
an outer tube having an open proximal end that is open to ambient air;
at least one jet nozzle disposed upstream of and outside the outer tube such that ventilation gas supplied to the at least one jet nozzle enters the outer tube through the open proximal end and entrained ambient air flows into the open proximal end around the periphery of the at least one jet nozzle;
at least one sensor; and
at least one nasal cushion at a distal end of the outer tube for impinging a nostril;
measuring spontaneous respiration with the at least one sensor; and
activating the ventilator to supply the ventilation gas in synchrony with phases of breathing through the gas delivery circuit and to the at least one jet nozzle such that the ventilation gas entrains ambient air at the open proximal end of the outer tube.

US Pat. No. 10,709,849

GUIDE FOR AN INJECTION DEVICE

Cilag GmbH International,...

1. A guide for contacting an injection device with a user, the guide comprising:a first component including a first end adapted to engage a housing of the injection device, the first component including at least one ratchet tooth;
a second component including a second end adapted to engage a surface of the user's skin, wherein the second component is movable with respect to the first component, and wherein the second component comprises an inner surface including a plurality of ratchet teeth disposed in series that engage the at least one ratchet tooth on the first component such that the housing moves towards the user's skin incrementally.

US Pat. No. 10,709,821

SEALING STRUCTURE FOR HEART VALVE IMPLANTS

BIOTRONIK AG, Buelach (C...

1. A heart valve implant comprising a supporting stent, a heart valve element, and a skirt, wherein the skirt comprises or is formed of at least one molded body, wherein the at least one molded body is made of dried treated bacterial cellulose that has a swelling capacity that is greater than untreated bacterial cellulose of the same type, wherein a selected one of the at least one molded body has at least one area that has a lower swelling capacity than an adjacent area of the same selected one of the at least one molded body.

US Pat. No. 10,709,809

MULTI-LAYER ADHESIVE TAPE TO COMPRESS AND CONTRACT A SCAR

Michel Heymans, Grez Doi...

1. A multi-layer adhesive tape to compress and contract a scar, said multi-layer adhesive tape comprising:a flexible top layer,
a bonding layer,
a flexible bottom layer which comprises an adhesive layer to cover the scar, said flexible bottom layer and said flexible top layer being bound to each other by said bonding layer,
wherein said flexible top layer has a width greater than a width of said flexible bottom layer so as to cover an entire width of said flexible bottom layer,
wherein said flexible top layer has a thickness of between 20 ?m and 1100 ?m, and is configured to achieve, upon application of the multi-layer adhesive tape on the scar, a positive pressure P defined by the force applied by the flexible top layer on a surface of the scar, in accordance with the following pressure equation:

where,
P corresponds to the pressure applied by the multi-layer adhesive tape on the scar,
? corresponds to the relative deformation of the flexible top layer and,
E represents the Young's modulus of the flexible top layer,
h represents the thickness of the flexible top layer,
L represents the width of the flexible bottom layer, and
the angle ? is defined between one of the ends of the flexible top layer and the surface of the scar.

US Pat. No. 10,709,785

HIGH LOAD DISPERSIONS

AUSTIN RESEARCH LABS CORP...

1. A method of making an antimicrobial carrier system comprising the steps of:a) dry mixing a layered hydrous magnesium silicate clay and a quaternary ammonium compound to produce a mixture;
b) adding water to said mixture to form a suspension; and
c) incubating said suspension in said water to form a dispersion.

US Pat. No. 10,709,756

TREATING SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION

Olive Therapeutics, LLC, ...

1. A method comprising: administering to a woman suffering from sexual dysfunction intranasal oxytocin and sublingual buspirone, so that the subject receives combination therapy with both.

US Pat. No. 10,709,718

INHIBITORS OF DIACYLGLYCEROL O-ACYLTRANSFERASE 1 (DGAT-1) AND USES THEREOF

Metabasis Therapeutics, I...

1. A compound of Formula (I), or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt or stereoisomer thereof,Q-G1-G2-G3-G4-Z   Formula (I)
wherein Q is:

A is a fused ring selected from an aromatic 6-membered ring containing 2 N atoms;
L is N or C(R8); the number of R8 substituents on A ring is 0, 1, 2 or 3;
R8 is independently selected from halo, (C1-C6)alkyl, (C2-C6)alkenyl, (C2-C8)alkynyl, aryl, heteroaryl, (C3-C8)cycloalkyl, cyano, (C1-C6)haloalkyl, (C1-C6)haloalkoxy, —ORa, —O—C(O)(Ra), —S(Ra), —S(O)(Rb), —S(O)2(Rb), —C(O)(Ra), —C(O)(ORa), —N(Ra)2, —N(Ra)—C(O)(Ra), —(O)N(Ra)2, —S(O)2N(Ra)2, —(CRaRb)LORa, —(CRaRb)rO—C(O)(Ra), —(CRaRb)tS(Ra), —(CRaRb)tS(O)(Rb), —(CRaRb)tS(O)2(Rb), —(CRaRa)tC(O)(Ra), —(CRaRb)tC(O)(ORa), —(CRaRb)rN(RaRb), —(CRaRb)tN(Ra)—C(O)(Ra), —(CRaRb)tC(O)N(Ra)2, —(CRaRa)tS(O)2N(Ra)2 or —(CRaRb)tRa, wherein t is an integer of 1, 2, 3, or 4; and
Ra and Rb are independently selected from the group consisting of H, (C1-C8)alkyl, (C2-C8)alkenyl, (C2-C8)alkynyl, fluoro(C1-C8)alkyl, (C3-C8)cycloalkyl, aryl, heteroaryl and aryl(C1-C4)alkyl;
G1 is arylene;
G2 is a bond;
G3 is cyclo(C3-C8)alkylene;
G4 is —X—Y—;
wherein X is selected from null, O, NH, CO, CHOH, S or S(O)2; and Y is selected from (C1-C4)alkylene, C3-C8-cycloalkylene, heterocycloalkylene, —CH(R9)C(R10R11)— or —N(R9)C(R10R11)—;
wherein:
i) R10 and R11 are both hydrogen, and R9 is hydrogen, (C1-C6)alkyl, (C1-C6)alkoxy, (C2-C6)alkenyl, phenoxy-(C2-C6)alkyl, 1-methyl-1H-indol-3-yl, bis[(C1-C6)alkyl]amino-(C2-C6)alkyl, 1-piperidinyl-(C2-C6)alkyl, 1-pyrrolidinyl-(C2-C6)alkyl, or 1-morpholinyl-(C2-C6) alkyl; or R10 and R11 are both hydrogen and R9 is R12(CH2)m, where m is 0 to 3, and R12 is phenyl optionally substituted with one or more halogen, hydroxy, (C1-C6)alkyl, (C1-C6)alkoxy, trifluoromethyl or cyano; or
ii) R10 and R11 are both hydrogen and R9 is R12(CH2)m, where m is 0 to 3, and R12 is 2-pyridinyl, 3-pyridinyl, or 4-pyridinyl, each of which is optionally substituted with halogen, (C1-C6)alkyl, (C1-C6)alkoxy, trifluoromethyl or cyano; or
iii) R9 is hydrogen, and R10 and R11 together with the carbon atom to which they are attached, form a three to five-membered ring, with 0 to 2 heteroatoms independently selected from O, S or N; or
iv) R10 is hydrogen, and R9 and R11 together with the two carbon atoms to which they are attached, form a three- to six-membered ring with 0 to 2 heteroatoms independently selected from O, S or N;
Z is Z1 or Z2; and
Z1 is

X1 and X2 are independently selected from null, (C(RaRb))n, O, NRa, S or CO and n is 0 or 1; W is selected from H, (C1-C6)alkyl, aryl, heteroaryl or (C3-C8)cycloalkyl; wherein each of the (C1-C6)alkyl, aryl, heteroaryl and cycloalkyl is independently substituted with 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 substituents independently selected from the group consisting of (C1-C8)alkyl, (C2-C8)alkenyl, (C2-C8)alkynyl, —CN, halogen, ethylenedioxy, methylenedioxy, haloalkyl, —ORa, —O—C(O)(Ra), —S(Ra), —S(O)(Rb), —S(O)2(Rb), —C(O)(Ra), —C(O)(ORa), —N(Ra)2, —N(Ra)—C(O)(Ra), —C(O)N(Ra)2, —S(O)2N(Ra)2, —(CRaRb)tORa, —(CRaRb)t—O—C(O)(Ra), —(CRaRb)tS(Ra), —(CRaRb)tS(O)(Rb), —(CRaRb)tS(O)2(Rb), —(CRaRa)tC(O)(Ra), —(CRaRb)tC(O)(ORa), —(CRaRb)tN(RaRb) —(CRaRb)tN(Ra)—C(O)(Ra), —(CRaRb)tC(O)N(Ra)2, —(CRaRa)tS(O)2N(Ra)2, —(CRaRb)tRa, —(CRaRb)tP(O)(OH)2, and —(CRaRb)tP(O)(OH)(Ra), wherein t is an integer of 1, 2, 3, or 4; or X1 and X2 may be combined to form a 5-, 6- or 7-membered ring having from 0 to 3 heteroatoms selected from the group consisting of NRa, O and S; or X1 or X2 may be combined with W to form a 5-, 6- or 7-membered fused ring having from 0 to 3 heteroatoms selected from the group consisting of NRa, O and S; and
Z2 is Z1, H, —OH, CO2Ra or —C(O)N(Ra)2;
with a proviso that when X2 is O, then X1 is not (C(RaRb))n.

US Pat. No. 10,709,711

HIGHLY ACTIVE ANTI-NEOPLASTIC AND ANTI-PROLIFERATIVE AGENTS

G1 Therapeutics, Inc., R...

1. A method of treating T-cell leukemia in a human in need thereof comprising administering to the host an effective amount of a compound having the structure:
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereofwherein the T-cell leukemia is acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

US Pat. No. 10,709,697

BIS-AMINES, COMPOSITIONS, AND USES RELATED TO CXCR4 INHIBITION

Emory University, Atlant...

1. A pharmaceutical composition in the form of a tablet or capsule comprising a compound of Formula IL
wherein,
X is N or CH;
R1 is alkyl optionally substituted with one or more, the same or different, R10;
R3, R4, R5, R6, and R7, are each individually and independently selected from hydrogen, alkyl, halogen, nitro, cyano, hydroxy, amino, mercapto, formyl, carboxy, carbamoyl, alkoxy, hydroxyalkyl, alkylthio, thioalkyl, alkylamino, aminoalkyl, (alkyl)2amino, alkanoyl, alkoxycarbonyl, alkylsulfinyl, alkyl sulfonyl, aryl sulfonyl, carbocyclyl, benzoyl, benzyl, aryl, or heterocyclyl, wherein R3, R4, R5, R6, and R7 are optionally substituted with one or more, the same or different, R10; and
R10 is alkyl, halogen, nitro, cyano, hydroxy, amino, mercapto, formyl, carboxy, carbamoyl, alkoxy, hydroxyalkyl, alkylthio, thioalkyl, alkylamino, aminoalkyl, (alkyl)2amino, alkanoyl, alkoxycarbonyl, alkylsulfinyl, alkyl sulfonyl, aryl sulfonyl, carbocyclyl, benzoyl, benzyl, aryl, or heterocyclyl, wherein R10 is optionally substituted with one or more, the same or different, R11; and
R11 is halogen, nitro, cyano, hydroxy, trifluoromethoxy, trifluoromethyl, amino, formyl, carboxy, carbamoyl, mercapto, sulfamoyl, methyl, ethyl, methoxy, ethoxy, isopropoxy, tert-butoxy, hydoxymethyl, hydroxyethyl, thiomethyl, thioethyl, aminomethyl, aminoethyl, acetyl, acetoxy, methylamino, ethylamino, dimethylamino, diethylamino, N-methyl-N-ethylamino, acetylamino, N-methylcarbamoyl, N-ethylcarbamoyl, N,N-dimethylcarbamoyl, N,N-diethylcarbamoyl, N-methyl-N-ethylcarbamoyl, methylthio, ethylthio, methyl sulfinyl, ethylsulfinyl, mesyl, ethyl sulfonyl, methoxycarbonyl, ethoxycarbonyl, isopropoxycarbonyl, tert-butoxycarbonyl, N-methyl sulfamoyl, N-ethyl sulfamoyl, N,N-dimethylsulfamoyl, N,N-diethylsulfamoyl, N-methyl-N-ethylsulfamoyl, benzoyl, benzyl, carbocyclyl, aryl, or heterocyclyl,
or salt, ester, amide thereof and a pharmaceutically acceptable excipient.

US Pat. No. 10,709,677

THERAPEUTIC USES OF BENZYLIDENEGUANIDINE DERIVATIVES FOR THE TREATMENT OF PROTEOPATHIES

INFLECTIS BIOSCIENCE, Na...

1. A method for treating a disorder selected from the group consisting of leukodystrophies, inflammatory conditions, cystic fibrosis and oculo-pharyngeal muscular dystrophy (OPMD), wherein the inflammatory conditions are selected from the group consisting of sepsis and systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS), comprising administering to a patient in need thereof, a compound of formula (I), or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof,
wherein:
R1 is alkyl, O-alkyl, Cl, F or Br;
R2 is H or F;
R3 is H or alkyl;
R4 is H or C(O)R6;
R5 is H;
or R4 and R5 are linked to form a 5 to 6 membered saturated or unsaturated heterocyclic group optionally comprising 1 or 2 heteroatoms such as N, in addition to the N atoms to which R4 and R5 are bound, and where said heterocyclic group is optionally substituted with one or more R10 groups;
R6 is selected from the group consisting of R7, OR7 and NR8R9;
R7, R8 and R9 are each independently selected from the group consisting of alkyl, cycloalkyl, aralkyl, cycloalkenyl, heterocyclyl and aryl, each of which is optionally substituted with one or more R10 groups;
each R10 is independently selected from the group consisting of halogen, OH, ?O, CN, COO-alkyl, aralkyl, SO2-alkyl, SO2-aryl, COOH, CO-alkyl, CO-aryl, NH2, NH-alkyl, N(alkyl)2, CF3, alkyl and alkoxy;
X and Z are each independently CR11, and Y is CR11 or N; and
R11 is H, alkyl or F.

US Pat. No. 10,709,666

CARRIER PARTICLES FOR DRY POWDER FORMULATIONS FOR INHALATION

CHIESI FARMACEUTICI S.P.A...

1. A process for preparing a granule of a physiologically acceptable excipient to be used as a carrier for dry powder formulations for inhalation, said granule having a mass diameter of from 200 to 800 micrometers and having on its surface pores with a perimeter from 70 to 300 micrometers and a diameter from 30 to 100 micrometers, a specific surface area of 0.13 to 0.20 m2/g, and a loading capacity equal or higher than 35%, wherein said physiologically acceptable excipient is selected from the group consisting of lactose, mannitol, trehalose, dextran, glucose, and mixtures thereof; wherein said granule has a friability of less than 3%, said process comprising the following steps:(i) selecting particles of a physiologically acceptable excipient having a starting median volume diameter of at least 100 micrometers;
(ii) preparing an oversaturated aqueous solution comprising part of said physiologically acceptable excipient having a concentration in water of from 30 to 50% w/v;
(iii) wetting the remaining part of said physiologically acceptable excipient with 10 to 25% w/w of said aqueous solution obtained in (ii), to obtain a mixture;
(iv) stirring said mixture obtain a slurry;
(v) forcing said slurry through a sieve, to obtain a wet mass; and
(vi) drying said wet mass to obtain said granules.

US Pat. No. 10,709,640

TAMPERPROOF ORAL DOSAGE FORM

Capsugel Belgium NV, Bor...

1. A tamperproof dosage form article comprising:a single core, wherein said core comprises a first end and a second end;
a first shell having an open end and a closed dome-shaped end, the first shell on at least a portion of the first end of the core;
a second shell having an open end and a closed dome-shaped end, the second shell on at least a portion of the second end of the core;wherein the first and second shells comprise one or more locking protrusion(s) extending along the full circumference and inner surface of said shells, and said core comprises one or more locking recess(es) formed into the core, and wherein at least a portion of said shells proximal to the locking protrusion(s) is elastically deformable and arranged such that each one locking protrusion of said shells is snapped into each one of the locking recess(es) of the core, once inserted over a predetermined portion of the core to provide a locking force between the core and the shells such that the dosage form is tamperproof;wherein an amount of force required to overcome the locking force to separate the first and/or second shell from the core once inserted over the core, is greater than or equal to a fracture strength of the core and/or first and/or second shell.

US Pat. No. 10,709,632

PEDOMETER, WALKING ASSIST DEVICE AND PEDOMETRIC COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT

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

1. A pedometer, comprising:a clock for obtaining time information associated with a walking movement of a user;
a switch for initiating and terminating a measurement operation of the pedometer;
a state variable detection unit for detecting a state variable indicating the walking movement of the user;
a walking step determination unit for determining each walking step of the user from an output of the state variable detection unit;
a walking information storage unit for incrementing a step count each time a walking step is determined by the walking step determination unit and storing the incremented step count and the associated time information obtained by the clock; and
a walking step count computation unit for computing a walking step count of the user from a time point of initiating the measurement operation to a time point of terminating the measurement operation to a decimal part according to the step count and the associated time information stored in the walking information storage unit,
wherein the walking step count computation unit is configured to compute a walking step count at the time point of terminating the measurement operation as a sum of the step count stored in the walking information storage unit and a ratio of a time interval between an end of a last full walking step and the time point of terminating the measurement operation to a prescribed walking period of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,709,629

INFANT WARMING DEVICE WITH IN BED PATIENT SUPPORT POWER, SIGNAL, CONTROL, DATA, AND COMMUNICATIONS

1. An infant care device, comprising:a wheeled base,
a vertical column coupled to the wheeled base, the vertical column housing a main controller,
a patient bed assembly including electronic hardware for use in caring for a patient,
a rotatable patient support mechanism coupled to the patient bed assembly, the patient support mechanism including electronics for providing at least one of a power, signal, control, data, and communication line for the electronic hardware of the patient bed assembly, and
a cable connection coupled to the at least one of the power, signal, control, data, and communication line, the cable connection including a slip ring located in the patient support mechanism, and cables connecting the slip ring to the main controller,
wherein the patient support mechanism is operable to rotate the patient bed assembly relative to the wheeled base, and the slip ring is configured to permit rotation of the patient bed assembly without tangling the cables and the at least one of a power, signal, control, data, and communication line.

US Pat. No. 10,709,621

CHOKING PROOF PEEL RESISTANT ADHESIVE BANDAGES PLACED ON BABIES AFTER BLOOD TESTS OR VACCINATIONS

1. An adhesive bandage, comprising:a first and a second bandage arms;
a third and a fourth bandage arms, wherein the first and second bandage arms are transverse to the third and fourth bandage arms and wherein the first and second bandage arms are longer in length than the third and fourth bandage arms;
a medicated pad at an intersection of the first and second bandage arms and the third and fourth bandage arms;
a fifth transverse edge bandage arm located at an end of the first bandage arm and configured to provide a longer length to peel off on a first corner; and
a sixth transverse edge bandage arm located at an end of the second bandage arm and configured to provide a longer length to peel off on a second corner.

US Pat. No. 10,709,609

STEERABLE LASER PROBE

Katalyst Surgical, LLC, ...

1. An ophthalmic laser probe comprising:a handle having a handle distal end and a handle proximal end;
an actuation channel of the handle having an actuation channel distal end and an actuation channel proximal end;
an inner bore of the handle;
a single housing tube having a housing tube distal end and a housing tube proximal end wherein the housing tube is at least partially disposed in the handle;
a first housing tube portion of the housing tube having a first stiffness;
a plurality of apertures of the first housing tube portion wherein at least two apertures of the plurality of apertures are configured to separate at least one solid portion of the housing tube;
a second housing tube portion of the housing tube having a second stiffness wherein the second stiffness is greater than the first stiffness;
a wire having a wire distal end and a wire proximal loop wherein the wire is disposed in the inner bore of the handle and the housing tube and wherein the wire distal end is adjacent to the housing tube distal end, the wire proximal loop being connected to a pulley mechanism of the handle;
an actuation lever having an actuation lever distal end and an actuation lever proximal end wherein the actuation lever is at least partially disposed in the handle; and
an optic fiber having an optic fiber distal end wherein the optic fiber is disposed in the inner bore of the handle and the housing tube and wherein the optic fiber distal end is adjacent to the housing tube distal end and wherein an actuation of the actuation lever in a first direction is configured to retract the wire relative to the housing tube and curve the housing tube and the optic fiber by compressing the first housing tube portion.

US Pat. No. 10,709,608

SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR PREVENTION OF MYOPIA

Ojai Retinal Technology, ...

1. A process for preventing myopia, comprising the steps of:providing a pulsed light beam;
determining if an eye has a risk of developing myopia based on one or more myopia predictors;
applying the pulsed light beam to retinal and/or foveal tissue of the eye that is determined to have a risk of having myopia;
wherein the light beam has selected light beam parameters, including a wavelength between 530 nm to 1300 nm, a duty cycle of less than 10%, a pulse train duration between 0.1 and 0.6 seconds, and a power, and is applied to the eye tissue so as to achieve a therapeutic or prophylactic effect in the eye tissue while not permanently damaging the eye tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,709,601

PERSONAL COOLING AND HEATING DEVICE

9. A body temperature regulating device for use on opposite sides of a body portion of a user, the temperature regulating device comprising:a housing having an arcuate-shaped base portion; an arcuate-shaped first side portion extending from a first end of the base portion, and an arcuate-shaped second side portion extending from a second end of the base portion opposite the first end, and configured to partially encircle the body portion of the user with the first and second side portions of the housing located at the opposite sides of the body portion of the user;
first and second thermoelectric devices located within the first side portion and each having a first side in thermal connection with a first cold space member at least partially forming an exterior side of the first side portion and a second side in thermal connection with a heat sink located within an air duct of the first side portion;
first and second thermoelectric devices located within the second side portion and each having a first side in thermal connection with a second cold space member at least partially forming an exterior side of the second side portion and a second side in thermal connection with a heat sink located within the air duct of the second side portion;
wherein the first and second thermoelectric devices located in the first side portion and the first and second thermoelectric devices located in the second side portion are configured to be located at the opposite sides of the body part of the user; and
further comprising at least one fan configured to pull air through the air dug in the first and second side portions;
wherein the at least one fan is located in the base portion of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,709,590

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF STENT AND COATING DEVICE

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A manufacturing method of a stent that has an annular body configured to include a waved strut which at least has first and second main strut portions to be coated with a drug and a bending portion formed between the first and second main strut portions, the method comprising:a drug coating process of coating the stent with the drug, wherein the drug coating process comprises a non-coating portion forming process including coating an outer surface of the first main strut portion with the drug by causing a nozzle for discharging a coating solution prepared by dissolving the drug and a polymer in a solvent to move along the first main strut portion, and when the nozzle reaches the bending portion, moving the nozzle in a separating movement in a Z-axis direction away from the stent and towards the second main strut portion, and thereby keeping the bending portion non-coated with the drug while the nozzle goes past the bending portion and moves to the second main strut portion; and
wherein in the non-coating portion forming process, an adhesion amount of the coating solution adhering to the nozzle is reduced while the nozzle is going past the bending portion.

US Pat. No. 10,709,582

SECUREMENT DEVICE FOR AN ORTHOPEDIC PROSTHESIS, THERMAL TREATMENT DEVICE FOR AN ORTHOPEDIC PROSTHESIS, AND METHODS OF USE

Joint Innovation Technolo...

1. A thermal treatment device which, during operation, imparts reversible thermal expansion to a part of, or to a component of a modular orthopedic prosthesis which comprises:an enclosure;
an electromagnetic unit having a primary electromagnetic coil and a secondary electromagnetic coil connected to a heating element which, which when the electromagnetic unit is operating, said heating element heats a part or component of the modular orthopedic prosthesis present within the enclosure to an elevated temperature and imparts thermal expansion to the part or component.

US Pat. No. 10,709,581

THERMALLY SECURING MORSE TAPER

Joint Innovation Technolo...

1. An orthopedic device assembly including a part configured to removably hold a heated articular ball of an orthopedic prosthesis, the ball having a tapered cavity extending into the interior thereof configured for the receipt of a correspondingly configured male part of a further part of the orthopedic device, the part comprising:an upper metallic handle shaft,
a lower cylindrical impactor body having a round bottom and which includes a spring loaded retaining lever having a claw adapted to hold the heated articular ball within the cylinder and which retains the ball within the said body until the spring is compressed and the claw disengages the said ball, the said body screwed to said handle shaft configured to removably hold the heated articular ball having a temperature of at least 280° C., the heated articular ball having a female component, and wherein the impactor body comprises a rigid, thermally insulating material or a deformable thermally insulating material which contacts the heated articular ball, and
a protective circular thermal skirt adapted to keep surrounding tissues away from the heated articular ball when held within the circular thermal skirt.

US Pat. No. 10,709,579

BONE GRAFT DISPENSING DEVICE

1. A bone graft dispensing device comprising:a cylinder including a funnel at a proximal end and a dispensing tip at a distal end, wherein the cylinder has a central axis of the bone graft dispensing device;
a cap positioned within the funnel of the cylinder;
a removable sleeve positioned within the cylinder, wherein the removable sleeve includes a hollow interior for receiving liquids, wherein the removable sleeve includes a sleeve handle, wherein when the removable sleeve is positioned within the cylinder, the sleeve handle extends out of the funnel; and
a plunger positioned within an interior of the cylinder, wherein the plunger is positioned within an opening in the cap, wherein the plunger is movable along a central axis within the interior of the cylinder along the central axis.

US Pat. No. 10,709,567

POLY-FACED BONE FUSION IMPLANT

In2Bones USA, LLC, Memph...

1. A bone fusion implant for treating conditions of Proximal Interphalangeal (PIP), Distal interphalangeal (DIP), and metatarsophalangeal (MTP) foot joints, comprising:an elongate member comprising a proximal portion and a distal portion that share a line of fixation;
proximal ramps disposed on opposite sides of the proximal portion and extending to the line of fixation;
distal ramps disposed on opposite sides of the distal portion and extending toward the line of fixation; and
side ramps disposed between the distal ramps and extending to the line of fixation.

US Pat. No. 10,709,562

DEVICES, APPARATUSES, KITS, AND METHODS FOR ANCHORING A SUTURE TO A BONE

ARTHROSURFACE, INC., Fra...

1. A device comprising:a cylindrical body comprising a coupling end that is substantially planar, a surface end having a convex shape, and a peripheral surface extending at least partially between the coupling end and the surface end, the body defining a plurality of axial holes that extend through an entirety of the body from the surface end toward the coupling end, the body having a dimension in a transverse direction that is 100% to 200% of a length of the body, the body defining one or more suture holes extending inward from the peripheral surface, the body defining one or more grooves disposed on the peripheral surface, the one or more grooves configured to receive one or more sutures from the one or more suture holes such that the one or more sutures wrap around at least a portion of the one or more grooves to resist axial movement out of a mating cavity of a bone, the body configured to be coupled into the mating cavity of the bone adjacent to a selected type of human joint socket such that:
the coupling end faces a bottom surface defining the mating cavity, the surface end augments an articular surface of the bone, and the peripheral surface faces a sidewall defining the mating cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,709,561

EXTERNALLY FED GRAFT CONTAINMENT CAGE/SCAFFOLD

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A bone graft containment device, comprising:a body extending longitudinally from a first end to a second end and including a channel extending longitudinally therethrough; and
a fluid delivery structure received within the channel, the fluid delivery structure including a central tubular member extending along a length of the channel and a laterally extending tubular member extending laterally from the central tubular member to a fluid receiving opening, the central tubular member including a plurality of openings extending laterally through a wall thereof, so that, when the fluid receiving opening is connected to an external fluid source, fluid is passed through the laterally extending tubular member and the central tubular member to be dispersed via the plurality of openings to graft material packed within the channel, a first one of the openings being connected to a first strut extending radially away from the central tubular member, the first strut including a first lumen extending therethrough in communication with the first opening.

US Pat. No. 10,709,560

NATURALLY DESIGNED MITRAL PROSTHESIS

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SI...

1. A mitral valve prosthesis, comprising:an asymmetrical, flexible ring, the ring dimensioned to mimic a native mitral annulus of a patient;
two leaflets suspended from the flexible ring and configured to coapt with each other;
at least two sets of cords, each set of cords attached to a leaflet on a first end and merging into a bundle on a second end; and
two caps configured to attach to papillary muscles of the patient, each bundle of cords merging into one of the two caps, such that each bundle of cords is connected to the papillary muscles of the patient via one of the two caps,
the flexible ring, leaflets, cords and caps creating an orifice through which blood flows in one direction
wherein dimensions of the flexible ring, leaflets, cords and caps match imaged dimensions of 3D imaging of a native mitral valve of a heart of the patient;
and further wherein at least one of said flexible ring, leaflets, cords and caps are fabricated from autologous pericardium of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,709,557

STENTS, VALVED-STENTS AND METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DELIVERY THEREOF

Symetis SA, Ecublens (CH...

1. A replacement cardiac valve for use in a human body, comprising:a valve component formed from bovine tissue; and
a stent component configured and adapted to house the valve component,
wherein the valve component and the stent component have a collapsed configuration during a delivery phase and the valve component and the stent component have an expanded configuration after implantation,
the stent component being adapted and configured to be expanded by a balloon from the collapsed configuration to the expanded configuration,
the valve component further comprising at least two skirts, the at least two skirts comprising:
a polyester fabric inner skirt covering at least a portion of an outer surface of the valve component, the polyester fabric inner skirt being sutured to at least an inflow tract of the valve component,
wherein the polyester fabric inner skirt forms a sealing member between the stent component and the valve component; and
a polyester fabric outer skirt sutured onto an outer surface of the stent component,
wherein the polyester fabric outer skirt forms a sealing member between the stent component and any member of a group consisting of native valve leaflets, a cardiac valve annulus, a cardiac valve inflow tract, and a cardiac valve outflow tract.

US Pat. No. 10,709,555

DEVICE AND METHOD WITH REDUCED PACEMAKER RATE IN HEART VALVE REPLACEMENT

JenaValve Technology, Inc...

1. A heart valve prosthesis, comprising:a stent component comprising a scaffold including cells proximate a proximal end of the stent component,
a valve component coupled to an inner surface of the stent component,
a seal coupled to an outer surface of the stent component,
at least one locator pointing in a proximal direction for positioning the prosthesis at a target site of an endogenous heart valve, and
an indicator extending in the proximal direction and configured to move relative to the locator upon contact with the target site,
wherein the prosthesis is expandable from a non-expanded state to an expanded state, a shortest distance from a proximal end of the locator to a proximal end of the prosthesis being less in the expanded state than a shortest distance from the proximal end of the locator to the proximal end of the prosthesis in the non-expanded state,
wherein, in the non-expanded state, the proximal end of the locator radially overlaps at least a portion of the cells, and
wherein, in the expanded state, the shortest distance between the proximal end of the locator and the proximal end of the prosthesis is greater than zero and less than 10 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,709,545

IMPLANTABLE PROSTHESES FOR TISSUE EXPANSION

Allergan, Inc., Irvine, ...

1. A tissue expander device for implanting into a body of a living subject, the device comprising:an expandable elastomeric matrix and granules of a solute embedded within the matrix, wherein the matrix defines boundaries of a plurality of chambers within the matrix, wherein the boundaries are permeable to water at a temperature of between 35° C. and 41° C.; and
a shell extending about a periphery of the matrix to enclose the matrix therewithin.

US Pat. No. 10,709,542

STENT WITH IMPROVED ANTI-SLIP FUNCTION

TAEWOONG MEDICAL CO., LTD...

1. A stent with an improved anti-slip function, the stent being configured to widen a lesion such as stenosis or occlusion in a lumen of a body, and comprising:a cylindrical stent including a plurality of rhombic openings formed by weaving wires made of a super-elastic shape memory alloy in a hollow cylindrical mesh shape in an interlocking or intersecting manner, and a plurality of peaks circumferentially provided at opposite corrugated ends of the cylindrical stent, the cylindrical stent being subjected to heat treatment,
wherein the cylindrical stent has a first artificial blood vessel layer made of a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) material and being in entire contact with an inner surface of the cylindrical stent, and a plurality of second artificial blood vessel layers made of the PTFE material and being in contact with an outer surface of the cylindrical stent at predetermined intervals, and
the first artificial blood vessel layer and the plurality of second artificial blood vessel layers are fused together by heat fusion to encompass the cylindrical stent, thereby forming a plurality of first sections having a plurality of obstructed openings and a plurality of second sections having a plurality of unobstructed openings.

US Pat. No. 10,709,540

VESSEL OCCLUSION DEVICES, KITS AND METHODS

V.V.T. Med Ltd., Kfar-Sa...

1. A blood vessel occlusion device comprising:a plurality of legs having a deployed state wherein each of said plurality of legs is angled outwardly toward an interior vessel wall of a blood vessel, away from a common longitudinal axis and a delivery state wherein said plurality of legs are sized and shaped to curve along the interior of said blood vessel and substantially in parallel to the common longitudinal axis, each said leg having an anchoring tooth at a distal end thereof, wherein each anchoring tooth is angularly connected to its respective leg, and wherein, in the deployed state, the plurality of legs are arranged in a substantially conical orientation, and the plurality of anchoring teeth are arranged in a substantially conical orientation that radially overlaps the plurality of legs;
and an annular retention element that is movable over the plurality of legs to pull them toward each other and toward the common longitudinal axis;
wherein, when each anchoring tooth is anchored to a blood vessel wall, movement of the annular retention element over the legs pulls the legs toward the common longitudinal axis, thereby completely occluding the blood vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,709,535

TREATMENT INSTALLATION FOR STRAWS FOR PACKAGING ANIMAL SEMEN, COMPRISING A SUPPLY AND POSITIONING DEVICE FOR SAID STRAWS

IMV TECHNOLOGIES, Saint ...

1. A treatment installation for straws for packaging a predetermined dose of liquid-based animal semen substance, comprising: at least one treatment machine for said straws and a supply and positioning device configured to receive said straws and dispose them one by one in a predetermined orientation for treatment of said straws by said machine; wherein said supply and positioning device comprises at least one curved ramp having a reception portion for receiving said straws and an ejection portion for ejecting said straws, which is away from said reception portion and wherein said ejection portion is situated lower than said reception portion, said curved ramp being configured to convey, to said ejection portion, a straw received on said reception portion and freely sliding on said ramp, said curved ramp having a concave profile turned upwardly such that said profile has an orientation closer to the vertical in said reception portion for receiving said straws than in said ejection portion for ejecting said straws, such that said straw received on said reception portion is accelerated to said ejection portion where said straw received on said reception portion is guided and ejected in said predetermined orientation for treatment of said straw received on said reception portion by said treatment machine.

US Pat. No. 10,709,531

AUTOMATIC DENTAL FLOSSER

9. A dental flosser comprising:a housing;
a bifurcated member forming a pair of flossing tines for supporting a dental floss span to floss teeth, said bifurcated member forming a distal portion of said housing;
a rotatably supported floss supply spool connected to a proximal portion of said housing for replacing used floss with clean floss;
an elongate floss guide extending between said floss supply spool and said bifurcated member and along said housing for guiding floss on route from said spool to said tines;
a hole formed in said housing, said hole extending transversely with respect to said floss guide;
a slidably supported cutting blade positioned in said hole and extending transversely of said floss guide;
a finger rest attached to said cutting blade; and
a spring positioned within said hole and operatively coupled to said cutting blade to urge said cutting blade toward a first position wherein pressing said finger rest causes said cutting blade to slide within said hole toward a second position thereby cutting floss in said floss guide.

US Pat. No. 10,709,526

DENTAL IMPLANT

DENFLEX CO., LTD, Seoul ...

1. A dental implant comprising:a fixture implanted in an alveolar bone to provide an artificial tooth root; and
an abutment comprising elastic legs respectively comprising a top portion coupled to a prosthesis and a bottom portion elastically coupled to an axial hole of the fixture,
wherein the elastic legs include an elastic fastening leg acting to couple the abutment to the fixture using elastic bending in an axial direction and restoring force, and
an elastic non-fastening support leg that does not directly participate in coupling of the abutment to the fixture, wherein the elastic non-fastening support leg has an inclined surface provided on a lower outer surface thereof to be inclined downward, and wherein the fixture has a corresponding inclined surface provided on the inner surface of the axial hole, corresponding to the inclined surface of the elastic non-fastening support leg, such that vertical occlusal force applied to the abutment is effectively absorbed,
wherein a first fastening portion is provided on an inner surface of the axial hole of the fixture, the first fastening portion comprising a fastening recess depressed outward, in a predetermined location on the inner surface of the axial hole, and a first corresponding fastening portion is provided on an outer circumferential surface of the elastic fastening leg to be complementarily coupled to the first fastening portion provided on the inner surface of the axial hole of the fixture, and has a fastening protrusion,
wherein the inclined surface of the elastic non-fastening support leg and the corresponding inclined surface on the inner surface of the axial hole of the fixture provide a mutually-coupled structure while being in contact with each other, such that, when occlusal force is applied to the abutment, the inclined surface of the elastic non-fastening support leg of the abutment absorbs the occlusal force while slightly sliding along the corresponding inclined surface on the inner surface of the axial hole of the fixture,
wherein the first fastening portion comprises at least one first fastening portion provided in a circumferential direction of the inner surface of the axial hole of the fixture so as not to provide an annular shape along the entire circumference, such that the abutment is coupled to the fixture at a predetermined angle when the abutment is pushed into the fixture and the first corresponding fastening portion of the abutment is releasable from the first fastening portion when the abutment is rotated in the circumferential direction by a predetermined level of torque or higher applied thereto, and
wherein, in a position in which the abutment is fitted into the fixture by complementary fastening between the first fastening portion and the first corresponding fastening portion, when a torque applied to the abutment is lower than a predetermined level, a function of preventing the abutment from rotating with respect to the fixture is performed, and when the torque applied to the abutment is equal to or higher than the predetermined level, the elastic fastening leg of the abutment is elastically bent in an inner diameter direction, and the abutment rotates in the circumferential direction, allowing the fastening protrusion of the first corresponding fastening portion to be released from the fastening recess of the first fastening portion, so that the fixture and the abutment are decoupled from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,709,523

THIN FILM TANTALUM COATING FOR MEDICAL IMPLANTS

Zimmer, Inc., Warsaw, IN...

1. A method for depositing a biocompatible material onto an implantable metallic substrate, the method comprising the steps of:providing the implantable metallic substrate within a reaction chamber; and
chemical vapor depositing the biocompatible material onto the implantable metallic substrate at a temperature of between 800° C. and 900° C. so as to form an angulated textured biocompatible coating on the implantable metallic substrate;
wherein the metallic substrate is a titanium alloy and the titanium alloy retains an alpha-beta microstructure that existed in the titanium alloy before the angulated textured biocompatible coating was formed on the implantable metallic substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,709,516

CURVED CANNULA SURGICAL SYSTEM CONTROL

INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERAT...

1. A robotic system comprising:a master device;
a slave manipulator configured to support an instrument, the instrument comprising:
an instrument shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, and
an end effector coupled to the distal end,
wherein the instrument shaft is configured to be inserted into an inserted position through a port so as to provide the end effector with access to a site; and
a control system operably coupled to the master device and to the slave manipulator, wherein:
in response to input at the master device, the control system controls the slave manipulator to move the instrument based on modeling the end effector as being positioned along a line coincident with a longitudinal axis of the distal end of the instrument shaft, wherein the line does not intersect the port when the instrument shaft is in the inserted position through the port.

US Pat. No. 10,709,512

TOOL DRIVER WITH LINEAR DRIVES FOR USE IN ROBOTIC SURGERY

VERB SURGICAL INC., Sant...

1. A tool driver for use in robotic surgery, comprising:a base configured to couple to a distal end of a robotic arm, wherein the base comprises a longitudinal track;
a tool carriage slidingly engaged with the longitudinal track and configured to receive a surgical tool, wherein the tool carriage comprises at least one linear axis drive assembly comprising:
a motor comprising a motor shaft;
a gear transmission coupled to the motor shaft and comprising a first gear having a first number of teeth and a second gear having a second number of teeth different from the first number of teeth;
a threaded shaft having a proximal shaft end coupled to the gear transmission and a distal shaft end providing a linear axis drive output;
an axially-movable guide mounted on the threaded shaft; and
a capacitive load cell disposed on the threaded shaft between the axially-movable guide and the distal shaft end and configured to measure axial load on the threaded shaft, wherein the capacitive load cell comprises a first conductive plate fixed relative to the axially-movable guide and a second conductive plate fixed relative to the threaded shaft; and
a position sensor for measuring axial position of the axially-movable guide based on relative rotational positions of the first and second gears,
wherein the linear axis drive output is configured to actuate one or more articulated movements of the surgical tool.

US Pat. No. 10,709,509

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PLANNING, PERFORMING, AND ASSESSING SPINAL CORRECTION DURING SURGERY

NuVasive, Inc., San Dieg...

1. A system for intraoperative planning and assessment of spinal deformity correction during a surgical spinal procedure, the system comprising:a spatial tracking system comprising an IR sensor and an IR tracking array, said IR tracking array being arranged along a proximal end of a surgical pointer tool capable of digitizing the location of an implanted surgical device and relaying to the spatial tracking system via the IR sensor;
a control unit comprising a touch screen display and a processing unit, wherein the processing unit comprises a machine readable storage medium that includes one or more instructions configured to receive one or more digital signals from the spatial tracking system, wherein the one or more instructions are configured to:
(a) receive, via a port of the processing unit, digitized location data of a plurality of implanted surgical devices;
(b) accept, via the touch screen display, one or more spine correction inputs, wherein at least one of the spine correction input is at least one desired angle corresponding to a rotational deformity of the spine in the axial plane; and
(c) generating at least one rod solution output shaped to engage the surgical devices at locations distinct from the digitized location data.

US Pat. No. 10,709,505

BODILY SUBSTANCE DETECTION BY EVALUATING PHOTOLUMINESCENT RESPONSE TO EXCITATION RADIATION

Boston Scientific Corpora...

1. A method, comprising:delivering excitation radiation in a pulsed manner having a wavelength in the visible spectrum of light to a treatment site, wherein a duration of each pulse of the excitation radiation is between 100 picoseconds and 100 milliseconds;
receiving radiation from the treatment site in response to the excitation radiation;
discriminating a target from a remainder of the treatment site based on the received radiation;
damaging the target via an ablation energy having a wavelength of about 1600 nm to 2500 nm; and
continuing delivery of the excitation radiation during the damaging step.

US Pat. No. 10,709,502

SYSTEMS, APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR DELIVERY OF ABLATIVE ENERGY TO TISSUE

Farapulse, Inc., Menlo P...

1. A system, comprising:a pulse waveform generator operatively coupled to an ablation device, the pulse waveform generator configured to:
generate voltage pulses in the form of a pulsed waveform, the pulsed waveform including:
a first level of a hierarchy of the pulsed waveform that includes a first set of pulses and first time delays separating successive pulses of the first set of pulses;
a second level of the hierarchy of the pulsed waveform that includes a plurality of first sets of pulses as a second set of pulses and second time delays separating successive first sets of pulses of the plurality of first sets of pulses, the second time delays each being greater than the first time delays;
a third level of the hierarchy of the pulsed waveform that includes a plurality of second sets of pulses as a third set of pulses and third time delays separating successive second sets of pulses of the plurality of second sets of pulses, the third time delays each being greater than the second time delays; and
a fourth level of the hierarchy of the pulsed waveform that includes a plurality of third sets of pulses as a fourth set of pulses and fourth time delays separating successive third sets of pulses of the plurality of third sets of pulses, the fourth time delays each being greater than the third time delays; and
deliver the voltage pulses to the ablation device by interleaving the voltage pulses being delivered across a plurality of electrode sets of the ablation device.

US Pat. No. 10,709,496

SURGICAL FORCEPS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A monopolar electrode assembly, comprising:an electrically-insulative outer tube defining a distal end;
an electrically-conductive inner body fixed relative to and disposed within the electrically-insulative outer tube, the electrically-conductive inner body defining a distal end that is proximally spaced-apart from the distal end of the electrically-insulative outer tube;
a first electrically-conductive distal tip configured to releasably engage the electrically-conductive inner body within the electrically-insulative outer tube such that a distal treating portion of the first electrically-conductive distal tip extends distally from the distal end of the electrically-insulative outer tube, wherein the electrically-conductive inner body is configured as a tube; and
an electrically-insulative inner tube disposed within the electrically-conductive inner body.

US Pat. No. 10,709,494

COMPACT JAW INCLUDING SPLIT PIVOT PIN

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An end effector assembly, comprising:a support clevis supporting a split pivot pin and defining first and second circumferentially enclosed cable lumens extending therethrough and a circumferentially enclosed tube lumen extending therethrough;
first and second jaw members moveable about the split pivot pin between an open position and a closed position relative to one another for grasping tissue;
a cam slidably disposed within the support clevis distally of the circumferentially enclosed tube lumen, the cam defining an outer dimension larger than an inner dimension of the circumferentially enclosed tube lumen to inhibit proximal passage of the cam therethrough;
first and second cam pins extending from the cam, the first and second cam pins coupled to the first and second jaw members, respectively, within the support clevis, the cam slidable within and relative to the support clevis to move the first and second cam pins within and relative to the support clevis and the first and second jaw members to thereby move the first and second jaw members between the open and closed positions, the first cam pin directly operably engaged with a first cam slot defined within the first jaw member, the second cam pin directly operably engaged with a second cam slot defined within the second jaw member, wherein the first and second cam pins are fixed relative to the cam and one another and define a passage therebetween;
an actuator tube extending distally through the circumferentially enclosed tube lumen of the support clevis and operably coupled to the cam within the support clevis distally of the circumferentially enclosed tube lumen, wherein actuation of the actuator tube slides the cam within and relative to the support clevis; and
first and second electrical cables extending through the first and second circumferentially enclosed cable lumens, respectively, to electrically connect to the first and second jaw members, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,709,486

BONE SCREW

1. A bolt with an external thread and a cylindrical bolt shank of allogeneic, cortical bone material for surgically operative osteosynthesis, wherein the external thread is a symmetrical angular or symmetrical trapezoidal thread with the flank of a thread turn facing the screw-in direction having the same angle as its remote flank, which has at least one thread turn per millimeter, and the bone material is formed by osteons (5) and is permeated by Haversian canals (6), characterized in that thread flanks (9a, 9b), which delimit a thread groove, of the symmetrical angular or trapezoidal thread converge into each other via a thread root portion (8), whose length, in an axial section of the bolt, lies in the range of 0.02 mm to 0.6 mm, and wherein the thread root portion (8) is formed by a circular arc with a thread root radius of 0.01 mm to 0.20 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,709,483

LAMINOPLASTY PLATES AND METHODS OF EXPANDING THE SPINAL CANAL

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A laminoplasty system comprising:a plate including:
a first plate segment including
a pair of spaced apart arms defining a slot that opens at a first end of the plate, the pair of spaced apart arms being sized and configured to permit the first plate segment to slidably engage a bone anchor;
a second plate segment defining
a first hole being sized and configured to receive a bone anchor and a second hole being sized and configured to receive a bone anchor;
a third plate segment interposed between the first plate segment and the second plate segment, the third plate segment defining an opening;
wherein the first plate segment and the second plate segment are disposed in separate approximately parallel planes and the third plate segment connects the first plate segment and the second plate segment and is disposed in a plane that intersects the approximately parallel planes;
wherein the plate includes a central longitudinal axis extending along the first plate segment, second plate segment, and third plate segment; and wherein the slot, the first hole, and the second hole are disposed on the central longitudinal axis; and
wherein the first plate segment defines a third hole being sized and configured to receive a bone anchor.

US Pat. No. 10,709,479

POLYAXIAL BOTTOM-LOADING SCREW AND ROD ASSEMBLY

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A method of assembling a bone anchor assembly, the method comprising steps of:aligning a head of a bone anchor with a bore that extends through a body portion of the bone anchor assembly from an upper end of the body portion to a lower end of the body portion in a distal direction, the bone anchor assembly having an elongate rod that is monolithic with the body portion and extends from the body portion;
receiving the head of the bone anchor in a collet of the bone anchor assembly such that a plurality of flexible arms of the collet radially expand so as to receive the head of the bone anchor, the collet being disposed in the bore in a loading position such that the plurality of arms are in vertical alignment with an enlarged portion of the bore that has a radius of curvature; and
moving the collet within the bore to a locked position such that at least a portion of the flexible arms contact a lower spherical surface of the bore that is offset from the enlarged portion in a distal direction, the lower spherical surface having a radius of curvature that is less than the radius of curvature of the enlarged portion.