US Pat. No. 9,551,729

PACKAGE, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ELECTRONIC DEVICE, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND MOVING OBJECT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an electronic device, the method comprising:
preparing a base of a package for housing an electronic element, the base having a recess;
preparing a lid of the package, the lid being configured with a metal plate layer and a brazing material layer that is laminated
on a metal plate bottom of the metal plate layer, the metal plate bottom facing the base;

providing a metalized layer at a periphery of the base in a plan view;
mounting the electronic element in the recess of the base;
placing the lid on the base to enclose an inner space in which the electronic element is housed; and
welding the brazing material layer to fix the brazing material to the metalized layer so that the lid and the periphery of
the base are fixed to each other,

wherein the lid is plate shaped having a top, a bottom and side surfaces, and a chamfered part is formed at a lower side edge
of the lid between the bottom and side surfaces,

the brazing material layer is formed on the chamfered part and the bottom surface,
in a first state, before the lid is fixed to the base by the welding, an outer edge of the brazing material layer and the
side surface above the chamfered part form a common surface, and

in a second state, after the lid is fixed to the base by the welding, the brazing material layer projects outwardly from the
common surface.

US Pat. No. 9,551,725

CLEANLINESS MONITORING SYSTEM AND CARTRIDGES THEREOF

Shenzhen China Star Optoe...

1. A system for monitoring cleanliness of a material handling system, the material handling system comprises a plurality of
cartridges for loading materials, the material handling system transports the cartridges according to a predetermined route,
the system comprising:
a measuring device conducts the cleanliness measurements and obtains the measured results, the measuring device is installed
in the cartridges;

a first signal device connects with the measuring device to receive the measured results and transforms the measured results
to wireless signals, the first signal device is installed in the cartridges with at least one lithium battery supplying power
to the measuring device and the first signal device;

a second signal device receives the wireless signals, the second signal device is installed in a predetermined location outside
of the cartridges;

a measuring host connects with the second signal device to control the measuring device by the second signal device and the
first signal device to conduct the cleanliness measurement only when the cartridge moves to the predetermined location of
the second signal device so as to obtain the measured results and to receive the measured results, and the measuring host
transforms the received wireless signals back to the measured results;

a printer connecting to the measuring host is configured to print the measured results;
wherein the second signal device comprising:
a plurality of wireless routers connecting with the first signal device by wireless communications to receive the wireless
signals, the plurality of wireless routers respectively corresponds to a plurality of the measuring particular locations of
the predetermined route, each of the wireless routers is assigned with one IP address corresponding to location information,
and the wireless router transmits the location information and time information together with the wireless signals to the
measuring host when the cartridge passes through a measuring particular location;

a main router connecting with the wireless routers to receive the wireless signals;
wherein the measuring host connects with the main router.

US Pat. No. 9,551,724

5-FLUORO-URACIL IMMUNOASSAY

SALADAX BIOMEDICAL, INC.,...

1. An immunogen containing an immunogenic carrier containing a polyamine polymer linked to a compound of the formula:

wherein Y is an organic spacing group;
X is a terminal functional group involved in the binding to said polyamine polymer; and
p is an integer from 0 to 1.

US Pat. No. 9,551,717

METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING Q-FEVER USING A CELLULAR IMMUNOLOGICAL TEST

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIV...

1. A method for diagnosing Q-fever in a subject, wherein said subject has not been vaccinated with a vaccine against Q-fever,
the method comprising the steps of:
(a) contacting a sample obtained from said subject with a source of a Coxiella burnetii antigen, wherein said sample is whole blood or diluted whole blood;

(b) determining the expression of a pro-inflammatory cytokine in said sample at the end of step (a); and
(c), diagnosing Q-fever in said subject when a detectable expression level or an increase of the expression level of a pro-inflammatory
cytokine is determined in step (b), wherein the pro-inflammatory cytokine is IFN-7.

US Pat. No. 9,551,706

DENSITY-BASED METHODS FOR SEPARATION OF MATERIALS, MONITORING OF SOLID SUPPORTED REACTIONS AND MEASURING DENSITIES OF SMALL LIQUID VOLUMES AND SOLIDS

President and Fellows of ...

1. A method of detecting differences in density, comprising:
providing a fluid medium with paramagnetic or superparamagnetic properties;
introducing a diamagnetic material having a first density into the fluid medium to form a suspension of diamagnetic material
in the fluid medium;

in said suspension, exposing the diamagnetic material to a density modifying agent to form a modified diamagnetic material
having a second density; and

applying a magnetic field to the suspension, said suspension comprising at least the modified diamagnetic material, wherein
the unmodified diamagnetic material and the modified diamagnetic material move to different positions in the fluid medium
to occupy different positions in the magnetic field and the different positions correlate to a difference in density.

US Pat. No. 9,551,703

HIGH PRECISION QUANTITATIVE ASSAY COMPOSITION AND METHODS OF USE THEREFOR

The Johns Hopkins Univers...

1. A method for determining the abundance of one or more target analytes in a sample, the method comprising:
a) contacting a target analyte with a set of detection units for each analyte fixed to a rectangular substrate in an array
format, wherein each detection unit comprises a discrete amount of a capture agent capable of specifically binding the target
analyte, and the amount of capturing agent varies over the set to form an exponential concentration gradient, under conditions
that allow binding of the target analyte to the capture agent, wherein the set of detection units comprises multiple replicates
for any single concentration level of any single capturing agent, such that the CV (coefficient of variation) is less than
4% for detection of the target analyte concentration in the sample,

b) detecting binding of the target analyte to the capture agent, and
c) determining the amount of target analyte present in the sample, wherein said step of determining comprises logarithmic
transformation and curve fitting.

US Pat. No. 9,551,694

MICRO TITRE PLATE

1. A micro titre plate comprising a number of wells disposed in a plurality of columns and rows, the wells being filled with
the same type of separation matrix having a series of volumes V1, V2, . . . Vn distributed according to a specific pattern of FIG. 1, 2, or 3 and FIG. 4.

US Pat. No. 9,551,693

PHOTOACOUSTIC WAVE MEASUREMENT DEVICE, METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

ADVANTEST CORPORATION, T...

1. A photoacoustic wave measurement device comprising:
a pulsed-light outputter that outputs a pulsed light;
an arrangement spacer disposed between a pulsed-light output end of the pulsed-light outputter and a measurement object, the
arrangement spacer being adapted to allow the pulsed light to pass therethrough;

a photoacoustic wave detector that receives a photoacoustic wave generated by the measurement object by the pulsed light and
that converts the photoacoustic wave into an electric signal, the photoacoustic wave measurement device being configured to
receive the electric signal from a photoacoustic wave sensor in which the photoacoustic wave detector is farther from the
measurement object than the pulsed-light output end;

an electric signal recorder that receives and records the electric signal from the photoacoustic wave sensor;
a noise timing estimator that estimates timing of occurrence of noise in the electric signal, from a thickness of the arrangement
spacer; and

a noise remover that removes the electric signal at the timing estimated, from contents recorded by the electric signal recorder.

US Pat. No. 9,551,692

METHOD FOR ESTIMATING DETONATION PERFORMANCE OF MATERIALS

The United States of Amer...

1. A method for estimating detonation performance of a material comprising:
preparing a sample of the material;
lasing said sample with a laser beam having sufficient energy to induce a plasma from a portion of the sample and to produce
a shock wave, without detonation of the sample;

measuring a velocity of the shock wave at different times; and
determining a characteristic shock velocity for the material based on the relationship between shock velocity and time, wherein
the characteristic shock velocity represents the velocity of the shock wave at a point in time when a shock front expands
freely without additional energy input from the plasma or subsequent chemical reactions.

US Pat. No. 9,551,685

MICROBIALLY-BASED SENSORS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING

CAMBRIAN INNOVATION INC.,...

1. A bio-electrochemical system for detecting the presence or absence of at least one target chemical in a medium comprising:
a working electrode comprising a cathode or an anode; and
at least a first electrogenic microbe disposed in proximity to the working electrode, wherein
said electrogenic microbe interacts with the working electrode to produce an electric current which decreases in the presence
of an increasing concentration of the target compound; and

the first electrogenic microbe maintains metabolic activity in the presence of the target compound.

US Pat. No. 9,551,681

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PARALLEL RECORDING OF IMPEDANCE SPECTRA AND FIELD POTENTIAL

Universitaet Leipzig, Le...

9. Method for monitoring impedance and electric potential of cells in vitro, comprising the steps of
i) providing a system comprising
a) a cell-substrate including at least one electrode for contacting said cells and at least one reference electrode,
b) a device capable of impedance measurement between the electrodes (impedance analyzer),
c) a device for measuring the electric potential difference between the electrodes (potential analyzer), and
d) a switch for selectively connecting the electrodes either to the impedance analyzer or to the potential analyzer, and
ii) switching the electrodes either to the impedance analyzer or to the potential analyzer for measuring the impedance and
the electric potential of the cells, respectively, wherein the switch has an on-resistance lower than 50 Ohm, an off-isolation
of lower than ?60 dB, and a crosstalk isolation lower than ?60 dB.

US Pat. No. 9,551,662

SURFACE PLASMON-FIELD ENHANCED FLUORESCENCE MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND FLUORESCENCE DETECTION METHOD USING THE SAME

KONICA MINOLTA, INC, Tok...

1. A surface plasmon-field enhanced fluorescence measurement device comprising:
a sensor structure that is configured from a sensor member that is provided with a dielectric member, a metallic thin film
formed on the dielectric member, and a ligand immobilized region formed on the metallic thin film, and a well member that
is affixed onto the sensor member and that is provided with a through hole for storing a sample solution at a position that
is corresponded to the ligand immobilized region; and

a device body that is provided with at least a light source for applying excitation light to the metallic thin film of the
sensor structure, and a light detection means for exciting a fluorescent substance held in the ligand immobilized region on
the metallic thin film by applying the excitation light to the metallic thin film from the light source to enhance an electric
field on the metallic thin film, and detecting fluorescence that has been excited,

wherein the sensor structure is configured so as to be used attachably to and detachably from the device body or so as to
be used while being affixed to the device body,

the surface plasmon-field enhanced fluorescence measurement device further comprising a position adjusting means that is configured
to move the sensor structure and the light source in a relative manner for an adjustment of the application position of the
excitation light that is set in such a manner that the center of the optical axis of the excitation light is located at a
position a predetermined distance away from the position of the center of gravity of a bottom surface region that is defined
by the through hole of the well member of the sensor structure.

US Pat. No. 9,551,661

ASSAY CHIP

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An assay chip used in a light detection method for analyzing an analyte by detecting light output from a photoresponsive
labeling substance that has bound to the analyte, the assay chip comprising:
a pot for storing a sample solution and carrying out predetermined processing on the sample solution;
a fluidic channel having a detection region for detecting light output from the photoresponsive labeling substance, and through
which the sample solution flows down;

an inlet for injecting the sample solution into the fluidic channel, and which is provided on the upstream side of the fluidic
channel; and

a suction opening for sucking, from the downstream side of the fluidic channel, the sample solution injected from the inlet,
and which is provided on the downstream side of the fluidic channel;

wherein at least a first reaction processing pot, which stores a photoresponsive labeling substance and performs a primary
reaction process that binds the photoresponsive labeling substance and the analyte, is provided as the pot, and

wherein the suction opening, the first reaction processing pot, and the inlet are provided on a one dimensional straight line
in this order.

US Pat. No. 9,551,652

CHLORINE DIOXIDE GAS CONCENTRATION MEASURING APPARATUS

TAKIMOTOGIKEN KOGYO CO., ...

1. A concentration measuring apparatus for measuring a concentration of chlorine dioxide gas in a sample gas selectively fed
via a conduit into the apparatus from a plurality of locations in an enclosed space, by means of a change in an amount of
ultraviolet light from a LED, using the sample gas which is separately sucked through a plurality of sample gas suction tubes
in the enclosed space and fresh air which is sucked from outside the enclosed space, the apparatus comprising:
a main body having a measuring passage surrounded by a pair of transparent walls into which the sample gas or fresh air is
fed respectively from inside or outside of the enclosed space and then discharged, and a comparing passage arranged in the
vicinity of the measuring passage and into which only fresh air is fed from outside the enclosed space;

a first LED and a second LED for emitting ultraviolet light which both have identical properties and are respectively mounted
at one end of the measuring passage and at one end of the comparing passage;

a first photodetector and a second photodetector for receiving light respectively from the first LED and the second LED and
detecting a light emission amount thereof;

a plurality of selection valves for individual selection of the sample gas suction tubes;
a single inspection valve disposed upstream of the main body for controlling feeding of the sample gas from the suction tubes
into the main body;

an air valve disposed upstream of the main body, the air valve configured to open to enable suction of fresh air from outside
the enclosed space when all of the selection valves are closed wherein the air valve and the inspection valve are connected
in parallel fluid communication with the main body; and

a pump disposed downstream of the main body for enabling suction of the sample gas or fresh air into the main body when either
the air valve or any of the selection valves are open,

wherein after selectively sucking sample gas from inside the enclosed space due to the suction of the pump and the selective
action of the selection valves over a predetermined time, the inspection valve and the selection valve are temporarily closed
and the air valve is opened, so that fresh air is sucked into the main body so as to discharge all of the sample gas that
has been examined, after which the air valve is closed and the inspection valve and another selection valve are opened so
that sample gas is sucked through the next selection valve, and

wherein a signal value transmitted by the second photodetector upon receiving light that has passed through the comparing
passage from the second LED is applied as a correction to a signal value transmitted by the first photodetector when the sample
gas is fed into the measuring passage, and the concentration measuring apparatus measures the concentration of the chlorine
dioxide gas in the enclosed space based on the corrected signal value.

US Pat. No. 9,551,641

DRILLING MEASURING DEVICE, EXCHANGEABLE NEEDLE CARTRIDGE, EXCHANGEABLE DOCKING DEVICE, AND EXCHANGEABLE TOOL

IML-INSTRUMENTA MECHANIK ...

1. An exchangeable needle cartridge for a drilling measuring device, said exchangeable needle cartridge having a guiding device
for a drilling needle, which guiding device is realized as a telescopic tube with a plurality of telescopic tube portions,
wherein the plurality of telescopic tube portions extends between an operating end, on which a mounting is arranged for holding
the drilling needle in a non-rotatable manner, and a docking end, on which a docking device of the exchangeable needle cartridge
is arranged for coupling the telescopic tube with a driving device of the drilling measuring device, wherein the docking device
comprises
a coupling device for transmitting torque from the driving device of the drilling measuring device to the telescopic tube
and

a gear device for converting the rotational movement of the driving device of the drilling measuring device into a linear
movement of the telescopic tube and

means for detachably fastening the exchangeable needle cartridge on the drilling measuring device,
wherein the needle together with the guiding device is able to be exchanged in toto from the driving device, wherein the docking
device is an exchangeable docking device which has

a drill chuck portion with a magnetic mounting and
a receiving portion which is connectable to the drilling measuring device, wherein the drill chuck portion is releasably connectable
at one end to the guiding device and at the other end to the receiving portion and the receiving portion has at least one
fastening device which is realized for the purpose of fastening the receiving portion on the drilling measuring device.

US Pat. No. 9,551,639

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MEASURING TRUE TRIAXIAL CREEP OF GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING TEST BLOCK

SHANDONG UNIVERSITY, Sha...

1. A device for measuring true triaxial creep of a geotechnical engineering test block, comprising a supporting structure,
wherein the device further comprises:
four confining pressure plates and upper and lower compression plates so as to form an enclosed cavity for enclosing the test
block;

wherein the upper and lower compression plates are a rectangular top steel plate and a bottom steel plate,
wherein the four confining pressure plates include two long confining pressure plates that are L-shaped, are bent towards
the outer side and are lapped on two adjacent side faces of the bottom steel plate,

wherein the four confining pressure plates include two short confining pressure plates that are L-shaped, are bent towards
the outer side and are lapped on the remaining two side faces of the bottom steel plate,

wherein bottom ends of the short confining pressure plates are placed on the bottom steel plate, top ends of the long confining
pressure plates are lapped on the top steel plate, and the top steel plate leans against the inner side faces of the two short
confining pressure plates,

wherein pressure sensors are vertically arranged at positions corresponding to the four confining pressure plates and the
upper and lower compression plates in the supporting structure, and grating rulers are arranged on the pressure sensors, and

wherein the two short confining pressure plates and the two long confining pressure plates each have a first portion and a
second portion, the first and second portion together defining the L-shape, and a meeting point of the first and second portion
for at least one of the long confining pressure plates is toward a geometric center of the supporting structure and disposed
under the top steel plate so as to be covered by the top steel plate.

US Pat. No. 9,551,633

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVED RELIABILITY OPERATIONS

General Electric Company,...

1. A system comprising:
a processor configured to execute a model library to model a safety system, wherein the model library comprises a plurality
of subsystem models, and each of the plurality of subsystem models is configured to derive a reliability measure;

a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG); and
an HRSG advisory system executable by the processor and configured to:
receive one or more condition monitoring algorithm results comprising closed loop processor monitoring algorithm results derived
using at least one of the following: auto correlation function (ACF), relative damping index (RDI), stiction index (SI), non-Gaussanity
index (NGI), or non-linearity index (NLI);

receive one or more measurements; and
determine a probability of failure for the HRSG based at least in part on the one or more condition monitoring algorithm results,
the one or more measurements, the model library, or a combination thereof, wherein determining the probability of failure
comprises determining a most likely state of a plurality of states of the HRSG.

US Pat. No. 9,551,629

SYSTEM FOR ACQUIRING A VIBRATORY SIGNAL OF A ROTARY MOTOR

SNECMA, Paris (FR)

1. A system for acquiring a vibratory signal for troubleshooting a rotary motor, comprising:
input means for receiving a temporal vibratory signal of said motor and at least one current rotational speed of at least
one shaft of said motor; and

sampling means for sampling of said temporal vibratory signal in real time with at least one sampling signal synchronised
with said at least one current rotational speed thus generating a corresponding synchronous vibratory signal, said sampling
signal being configured with a predefined maximum harmonic ratio and a predefined sampling ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,551,612

TANDEM DISPERSIVE RANGE MONOCHROMATOR

WESTCO SCIENTIFIC INSTRUM...

1. A monochromator, comprising:
a light source;
a diffraction grating comprising a first periodic surface region and a second periodic surface region;
a grating drive motor that rotates the diffraction grating to provide dispersed wavelengths of light from the light source;
a detector configured to detect at least one of a portion of the dispersed wavelengths of light or a reflection thereof; and
processing circuitry configured to control the grating drive motor to regulate a first angular velocity of the diffraction
grating over a first range of motion for the first periodic surface region of the diffraction grating and to regulate a second
angular velocity of the diffraction grating over a second range of motion for the second periodic surface region of the diffraction
grating based on an angular orientation of the diffraction grating.

US Pat. No. 9,551,605

FUEL-LEVEL MEASURING APPARATUS

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

1. A fuel-level measuring apparatus for measuring a level of fuel in a vehicle fuel tank disposed below a floor panel of a
vehicle, the apparatus comprising:
a tank band that secures the fuel tank to a body of the vehicle in a manner that receives a weight of the fuel tank;
a strain gauge attached to the tank band to detect strain of the tank band; and
a measuring device configured to determine the fuel level based on the strain detected by the strain gauge.

US Pat. No. 9,551,600

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CREATING A FLOW CYTOMETER NETWORK

Accuri Cytometers, Inc., ...

1. A system for creating a flow cytometer network, comprising:
a first and second flow cytometers, each flow cytometer respectively including:
an interrogation zone through which a flow cytometer sample passes; and
a fixed gain detection system configured to use a fixed gain setting for collecting for the sample a sample data set of photonic
inputs from the interrogation zone;

a flow cytometer data center that stores and manages sample-related data from the first and second flow cytometers, the flow
cytometer data center comprising an analysis module configured to perform data analysis by directly comparing the sample data
sets from the first and the second flow cytometers without compensating for differences between the fixed gain settings of
the first and the second flow cytometers, and without compensating for differences in calibration settings of the first and
the second flow cytometers; and

a network communication module communicatively coupled to at least one of the first and the second flow cytometers and the
flow cytometer data center, wherein the network communication module communicates sample-related data between the at least
one of the first and the second flow cytometers and the flow cytometer data center.

US Pat. No. 9,551,591

DRIVING ASSISTANCE BASED ON ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE INFORMATION

VERIZON PATENT AND LICENS...

1. A method, comprising:
determining a position of a User Equipment (UE);
transmitting a request for road infrastructure data, wherein the request includes the position of the UE;
receiving road infrastructure data associated with at least one road infrastructure element within a proximity of the UE;
determining whether the at least one road infrastructure element lies beyond a line of sight of a driver associated with the
UE;

generating a graphical representation of the at least one road infrastructure element along with information associated with
the road infrastructure data, wherein the information includes a position of the at least one road infrastructure element;
and

providing the graphical representation to a display, wherein the graphical representation includes an indication in response
to determining that the at least one road infrastructure element lies beyond the line of sight of the driver.

US Pat. No. 9,551,530

COMBINED FAN AND EJECTOR COOLING

QUINTUS TECHNOLOGIES AB, ...

1. A pressing arrangement for treatment of articles by hot isostatic pressing comprising a pressure vessel comprising:
a furnace chamber comprising a heat insulated casing and a furnace adapted to hold the articles;
the furnace chamber comprising a load compartment adapted to hold articles to be treated, said load compartment being arranged
with at least one top opening and at least one bottom opening, wherein a flow of pressure medium through the load compartment
is allowed;

a fan and a fan shaft coupled thereto arranged at the load compartment for circulating the pressure medium within the furnace
chamber and for enhancing an inner convection loop, in which inner convection loop pressure medium has an upward flow through
said load compartment and a downward flow along a peripheral portion of the furnace chamber; and

at least one flow generator arranged for generating the flow of pressure medium into said load compartment to enhance said
inner convection loop, said flow being generated by transporting pressure medium upwards from a space below a bottom insulating
portion and above a bottom end portion and injecting said pressure medium into said load compartment by way of a transport
pipe having an inlet arranged within the space that is below the fan, a midsection coupled to the inlet and parallel to the
fan shaft and extending through the bottom insulating portion and into the load compartment, and an outlet coupled to the
midsection and arranged above the fan, with the outlet extending past the fan within the load compartment so as to be downstream
of the fan with respect to the upward flow of pressure medium through the load compartment to enhance said inner convection
loop.

US Pat. No. 9,551,522

SELF-COOLING COMPOSITIONS, SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Heat Wave Technologies, L...

1. A self-cooling apparatus comprising:
a cooling chamber containing a substance to be cooled, wherein the cooling chamber comprises a can;
a reactant chamber adjacent to the cooling chamber, wherein the reactant chamber comprises a first enclosed compartment which
contains a first reactant and a second enclosed compartment which contains a second reactant, wherein the first and second
reactants are configured to react when activated to form a coolant;

a breakable partition between the first enclosed compartment and the second enclosed compartment; and
wherein the cooling chamber maintains a temperature differential between the substance to be cooled inside the can and the
coolant in the reactant chamber, the temperature differential is sufficient to maintain the substance at a temperature range
from about 10° C. to about 0° C.

US Pat. No. 9,551,511

EJECTOR HAVING NOZZLES AND DIFFUSERS IMPARTING TANGENTIAL VELOCITIES ON FLUID FLOW

Carrier Corporation, Jup...

15. An ejector (38; 202; 300; 400; 600; 700; 800) for receiving a motive flow and a suction flow and discharging a combined flow, the ejector comprising:
a motive flow inlet (40);

a suction flow inlet (42);

an outlet (44);

a suction flow flowpath extending from the suction flow inlet; and
a motive flow flowpath extending from the motive flow inlet to join the suction flow flowpath and form a combined flowpath
exiting the outlet,
wherein the ejector comprises:
a plurality of motive flow nozzles (100; 302; 402; 602; 702; 802) along the motive flow flowpath, the motive flow nozzles oriented to impart a tangential velocity component to the motive
flow;

a downstream end centerbody (134) having a downstream divergent outboard surface (132; 430; 630) for radially outwardly diverting the combined flow; and

a plurality of diffusers (130; 304; 404; 604; 704; 804) along the combined flowpath and oriented to recover the tangential velocity from the combined flow.

US Pat. No. 9,551,508

GROUND MOUNTED SOLAR POWER ASSEMBLY

8. A ground mounted solar assembly, comprising:
at least one leg having a first leg member and a second leg member:
a circular bracket connected to the at least one leg, wherein the circular bracket has a continuous uniform body and an opening;
a handle connected to the circular bracket and having a pair of spaced-apart cam plates with an end surface that engages an
upper flange of the bracket;

a cylinder received within aligned openings in the pair of cam plates and connected to a bolt;
a support beam rotatably received within the opening of the circular bracket;
at least one solar array connected to the support beam;
wherein when the handle is in an open position, the circular bracket releases frictional pressure upon the support beam permitting
rotation of the support beam and the connected solar array in relation to the at least one leg.

US Pat. No. 9,551,486

AUTOMATED TORCH

1. An automated torch comprising:
a head, said head including a burning chamber, said burning chamber being open to the atmosphere and weather elements to expose
a flame to the atmosphere and weather elements;

a pole;
a valve;
a programmable computer module, said module configured to convert a low voltage to a high voltage, said module further configured
to actuate said valve, said module still further configured to control said valve to vary the amount of fuel introduced into
said burning chamber to modify the aesthetics of the flame;

a sleeve nut, said sleeve nut configured to be adjustable to control the amount of air introduced into said burning chamber
to modify the aesthetics of the flame;

at least one fuel supply tube;
a diffuser assembly;
an igniter said igniter positioned within said burning chamber, said igniter including an anode and a cathode;
wherein said anode and said cathode are positioned such that said anode is proximate said cathode to create a sufficient gap
such that when the high voltage is applied to said igniter a spark is induced across said gap;

wherein said anode and said cathode of said igniter are configured to detect the presence of a flame within said burning chamber;
and

wherein said igniter is configured to be electrically connected to said programmable computer module, said programmable computer
module programmed to interpret a signal from said igniter to determine whether the high voltage should be induced across said
gap to create the spark or whether a flame is present in said burning chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,551,472

ROTARY ELECTRONIC CANDLE

1. A rotary electronic candle, comprising:
a candle body having an upper end and a lower end, wherein a hollow cavity is arranged in the candle body; and
a candle wick contained in the hollow cavity, wherein the candle wick comprises a battery box base having an upper end and
a lower end, a plurality of fixing columns, a motor fixing ring having an upper end and a lower end, a cover plate, a motor,
a rotating shaft having an upper end and a lower end, a light source plate and a hemispherical cover,

wherein the plurality of fixing columns are fixed at the upper end of the battery box base, the motor fixing ring is located
between the plurality of fixing columns and is fastened by a fastener, the cover plate is covered on the upper end of the
motor fixing ring, a through hole is formed in the center of the cover plate, the motor is installed in the motor fixing ring,
the rotating shaft is connected with the motor shaft of the motor and penetrates through the through hole, the light source
plate is fixed on the cover plate and is connected with a battery box through a power line, the upper end of the rotating
shaft is of an internal thread structure, and the hemispherical cover is screwed and installed above the rotating shaft through
a screw and covers the light source plate therein.

US Pat. No. 9,551,439

WIRE MANAGEMENT ARTICLE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A wire management system for retaining a plurality of wires comprising:
a first wire management article comprising:
a first base sheet having a first base sheet top surface; and
a plurality of first wire management elements projecting from the first base sheet top surface, each first wire management
element comprising a first stem portion attached to and generally upright from the first base sheet and a first head portion
spaced from the first base sheet top surface extending generally laterally from the first stem portion,

wherein the plurality of first wire management elements define a first plurality of channels, at least one of the first plurality
of channels defined by stem portions of two of the plurality of first wire management elements, the head portions of the two
of the plurality of first wire management elements and the first base sheet top surface, wherein each of the first plurality
of channels retains at least one of the plurality of wires; and a second wire management article configured to be releasably
attached to the first wire management article and comprising:

a second base sheet having a second base sheet top surface and a second base sheet bottom surface opposite the second base
sheet top surface;

a plurality of second wire management elements projecting from the second base sheet top surface, each second wire management
element comprising a second stem portion attached to and generally upright from the second base sheet and a second head portion
spaced from the second base sheet top surface extending generally laterally from the second stem portion,

wherein the plurality of second wire management elements define a second plurality of channels, at least one of the second
plurality of channels defined by stem portions of two of the plurality of second wire management elements, the head portions
of the two of the plurality of second wire management elements and the second base sheet top surface, wherein each of the
second plurality of channels retains at least one of the plurality of wires; and

at least one connection element projecting from the second base sheet bottom surface,
wherein the connection element of the second wire management article is configured to cooperate with a corresponding first
wire management element of the first wire management article to releasably attach the second wire management article to the
first wire management article.

US Pat. No. 9,551,432

SOLENOID VALVE WITH REDUCED CAVITATION

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GM...

1. A solenoid valve, comprising:
a housing including an interior space with a central axis,
a valve actuation device including an actuator arranged in the interior space and movable along the central axis,
a closing element
operatively connected to the actuator to open or close the solenoid valve upon displacement of the actuator along the central
axis,

a leakage space in the interior space defined by an actuator end face normal to the central axis together with a housing end
face facing the actuator end face and the fillable with a fluid flowing between the housing and one or more sides of the actuator,
and

at least one vortex generator arranged in the leakage space on at least one of the housing end face or the actuator end face
and not along lateral sides of the actuator, the vortex generator configured to generate a fluid vortex in the leakage space.

US Pat. No. 9,551,418

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REDUCING ENGINE FLYWHEEL POWER REDUCTION WHILE PROTECTING DRIVETRAIN COMPONENTS

1. A method for reducing engine flywheel power reduction of an engine on a vehicle while protecting a drivetrain of the vehicle,
the method comprising:
monitoring gear selection of a transmission of the vehicle;
determining a reduction in engine flywheel power needed to protect the drivetrain as a result of the gear selection of the
transmission;

monitoring engine power consumption by power loads other than the drivetrain consuming power produced by the engine;
when the engine power consumption by the power loads other than the drivetrain is less than the reduction in engine flywheel
power needed to protect the drivetrain, reducing engine flywheel power by the difference between the reduction in engine flywheel
power needed to protect the drivetrain and the engine power consumption by the power loads other than the drivetrain; and

when the engine power consumption by the power loads other than the drivetrain is greater than or equal to the reduction in
engine flywheel power needed to protect the drivetrain, not reducing the engine flywheel power.

US Pat. No. 9,551,412

GEARBOXES AND RELATED ASSEMBLIES

JD Components, LLC, Madi...

1. A gearbox housing assembly comprising:
a base plate;
a metal inner gearbox housing coupled to the base plate, the metal inner gearbox having a plurality of bosses formed thereon;
a polymer outer gearbox housing on the base plate and surrounding the inner housing, the polymer outer gearbox having a plurality
of apertures formed thereon, the plurality of apertures alignable with the plurality of bosses for receipt of a plurality
of fasteners in the aligned plurality of bosses and plurality of apertures such that the polymer outer gearbox is removable
from the metal inner gear box;

the inner housing comprising a front surface with a front aperture defined therein; the outer housing comprising a front surface
with a front aperture defined therein that is aligned with the front aperture of the inner housing; wherein the aligned front
apertures are configured to receive an input shaft therethrough;

the inner housing comprising a first side surface with a first side aperture defined therein and an opposed second side surface
with a second side aperture defined therein; the outer housing comprising a first side surface with a first side aperture
defined therein that is aligned with the first side aperture of the inner housing and an opposed second side surface with
a second side aperture defined therein that is aligned with the second side aperture of the inner housing; wherein the aligned
first side aligned apertures and the aligned second side aligned apertures are configured to receive an output shaft therethrough;
and,

a first bearing cap coupled to the first side surface of the outer housing and a second bearing cap coupled to the second
side surface of the outer housing.

US Pat. No. 9,551,401

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

9. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) connected between an input shaft and an output shaft, comprising:
a double-cone arrangement including an input conical member and an output conical member, the input and output conical members
being disposed in parallel and having their respective bases on opposite ends such that the input and output conical members
present varying respective diameters on a given cross section therebetween lying on a plane that is perpendicular to respective
centerlines of the input and output conical members;

an input sprocket being generally ring-shaped and forming a central opening and a plurality of teeth along an outer periphery
thereof;

an output sprocket being generally ring-shaped and forming a respective central opening and a plurality of teeth along a respective
outer periphery thereof;

a chain extending around the input and output sprockets and being meshed with the respective pluralities of teeth;
wherein the input and output sprockets are disposed on the plane such that an inner peripheral portion of the input sprocket
engages the input conical member and an inner peripheral portion of the output sprocket engages the output conical member,
the input and output sprockets, along with the chain, operating to synchronize a rotation of the input shaft with the output
shaft by transferring rotational motion from the input shaft, to the input cone member, to the input sprocket, to the output
sprocket via the chain, to the output cone member and to the output shaft; and

wherein a gear ratio between the input and output shafts is determined based on an axial location of the plane along the centerlines.

US Pat. No. 9,551,371

LOAD FLOOR SCREW PLATE (LFSP) USED TO DISTRIBUTE HINGE AND BRACKET LOADS TO THE LOAD FLOOR PANELS

1. A screw plate panel arrangement comprising:
a panel having;
one or more screw plates having a body, one or more screw extrusions and one or more rosebud features, wherein said one or
more screw plates is attached to a surface of the panel having at least one depression using said one or more rosebud features;

one or more hooks formed on the surface of the body of each said one or more screw plates, wherein said one or more hooks
extend away from a plane of said body; and

an article connected to said or more screw plates.

US Pat. No. 9,551,352

TECHNIQUES FOR IMPROVED VOLUMETRIC RESISTANCE BLOWER APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD

INTEL CORPORATION, Santa...

1. A blower, comprising:
a motor;
a casing having one or more inlets and one or more outlets; and
a cylindrical rotor to create a volumetric resistance inside the casing, at least a portion of the rotor comprising a porous
material, the rotor comprising a cylindrical metal disk having a plurality of stamped or cut portions on a flat surface of
the disk, one or more of the plurality of stamped or cut portions bent in a random or pseudo-random manner with respect to
the flat surface to create an uneven porous surface.

US Pat. No. 9,551,332

FLUSHING DISPENSERS FOR DELIVERING A CONSISTENT CONSUMER EXPERIENCE

1. An assembly comprising:
a first pump, the first pump comprising a first piston;
a second pump, the second pump comprising a stop member and a second piston having a piston rod, a first head, a second head,
and an internal compensator interposed between the first head and the second head, the first head having an aperture that
allows for the movement of the piston rod through the first head, the piston rod having at least one flange at one end of
the piston rod; and

an actuator;
wherein the actuator is operatively associated with the first piston and the second piston;
wherein the second pump further comprises a void capable of receiving the piston rod when the first head reaches the stop
member.

US Pat. No. 9,551,323

POWER PLANT CONTROL DURING A LOW VOLTAGE OR A HIGH VOLTAGE EVENT

1. A method for controlling a wind power plant, comprising a plurality of wind turbine generators connected to an electrical
grid, and a power plant controller having an operational mode, wherein the power plant controller is arranged for controlling
electrical parameters, wherein the method comprises:
determining respective first voltage levels of the plurality of wind turbine generators, and
upon determining that the respective first voltage levels of the plurality of wind turbine generators are outside a first
predetermined range:

changing the operational mode of the power plant controller between first and second operational modes, wherein the power
plant controller in the first operational mode is controlling a first electrical parameter, and wherein the power plant controller
in the second operational mode is controlling a second electrical parameter, the first and second parameters being different;
and

dispatching a respective set point according to the second operational mode to each of the plurality of wind turbine generators.

US Pat. No. 9,551,305

ADDITIVE SAFETY AND INJECTION SYSTEM

Aygaz Anonim Sirketi, Is...

1. A safety and injection system suitable for adding an additive into fuel available in a fuel chamber comprising;
a portable additive source comprising a body, an additive chamber located in the body and configured to store the additive
suitable to be added into the fuel inside the fuel chamber, a memory comprising safety information, a fuel inlet connected
to the additive chamber and a fuel outlet connected to the additive chamber;

a fuel inlet valve including a side which is connectable to the fuel chamber, and an other side comprising a connector to
connect to the fuel inlet, wherein the fuel inlet valve is configured to supply fuel received from the fuel chamber into the
additive chamber through the fuel inlet;

a fuel outlet valve including a side which is connectable to the fuel chamber, and an other side comprising a connector to
connect to the fuel outlet, wherein the fuel outlet valve is configured to supply the additive in the additive chamber and
the fuel received from the fuel inlet into the fuel chamber;

a platform having a memory reader/writer configured to read safety information in the memory and configured to write safety
information on the memory of the portable additive source which is placed on the platform;

a control unit connected with the memory reader/writer, the control unit comprising a user interface device to receive control
information from a user, wherein the control unit is configured to control operation of the safety and injection system based
on data received from the user interface device and the memory reader/writer; and

a scavenging source connected to the fuel inlet and configured to supply a scavenging gas to the additive chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,551,300

VEHICLE TEMPERATURE REGULATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

General Electric Company,...

1. A temperature regulation system for a vehicle, comprising:
a drive system configured to be coupled to an engine of the vehicle, the drive system being configured to convert power produced
by the engine into electrical power for use by at least one traction motor of the vehicle; and

a control unit for controlling the engine and drive system, the control unit being configured to automatically regulate a
temperature of a vehicle component in dependence upon a detected reference temperature;

wherein the vehicle component comprises a plurality of power semiconductor switches of one or more power converters of the
drive system of the vehicle, the one or more power converters electrically connected to provide the electrical power for use
by the at least one traction motor of the vehicle; and

the control unit is configured to automatically regulate the temperature of the power semiconductor switches, responsive to
the detected reference temperature being below a predetermined value, by firing the power semiconductor switches in a manner
that does not cause the at least one traction motor to move the vehicle to maintain the temperature of the power semiconductor
switches within a desired operating range.

US Pat. No. 9,551,290

FLUID INJECTOR FOR A COMBUSTION ENGINE

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GM...

1. A fluid injector for a combustion engine burning a given fluid as fuel, the fluid injector comprising:
a central longitudinal axis,
an injection valve housing with an injection valve cavity,
a valve needle axially movable within the injection valve cavity,
an electromagnetic actuator unit operable to actuate the valve needle, the electromagnetic actuator unit comprising a pole
piece fixedly coupled to the injection valve housing and an armature axially movable within the injection valve cavity and
operable to displace the valve needle,

wherein the pole piece has a first contact surface and the armature has a second contact surface opposite the first contact
surface of the pole piece,

wherein one of the first and second contact surfaces is fluid-philic with a contact angle of less than 90° with the given
fluid, and

wherein the other of the first and second contact surfaces is fluid-phobic with a contact angle of more than 90° with the
given fluid and comprises bumps having lateral dimensions between 1 ?m and 30 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,551,289

METHOD FOR PLAUSIBILIZING A RAIL PRESSURE SENSOR VALUE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for plausibilizing a rail pressure sensor value that is output by a rail pressure sensor of an internal combustion
engine, the internal combustion engine being part of a common rail system that includes a fuel high-pressure piston delivery
pump and a common rail, the method comprising:
obtaining, by processing circuitry, an indication of when conveyance of fuel by the piston delivery pump into the common rail
begins;

calculating, by the processing circuitry, a pressure in the common rail based on the obtained indication; and
plausibilizing, by the processing circuitry, the rail pressure sensor value that is output by the rail pressure sensor by
comparing the rail pressure sensor value to the calculated rail pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,551,275

COOLING SYSTEM HAVING PULSED FAN CONTROL

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A cooling system for an engine, the cooling system comprising:
an air cooler configured to cool intake air being supplied to the engine;
a sensor configured to generate a temperature signal indicative of a temperature of the intake air;
a fan in proximity to the air cooler; and
a controller in communication with the sensor and the fan, wherein the controller is configured to
cause the fan to operate at a speed that is a function of the temperature signal when the temperature of the intake air is
above a threshold temperature,

cause the fan to pulse on while the temperature of the intake air is below the threshold temperature, and
cause the fan to pulse off while the temperature of the intake air is below the threshold temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,551,207

PRESSURE ASSISTED OIL RECOVERY

1. A method of extracting oil from an oil sand reservoir comprising:
an initial step of drilling first and second well pairs separated by a predetermined separation, each well pair comprising:
a first well within the oil sand reservoir; and a second well within the oil sand reservoir at a predetermined vertical offset
to the first well, substantially parallel to the first well and at a predetermined lateral offset to the first well;

a further step, prior to any production, of operating the first and second wells as a steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD)
well pair by selectively injecting a first fluid into at least the first well of each well pair according to a first predetermined
schedule to create a zone of increased mobility within the oil sand reservoir; and

drilling an infill well within the oil sand reservoir at a predetermined location between the first and second well pairs
and generating a large singular zone of increased mobility between the well pairs by injecting a second fluid into the infill
well according to a second predetermined schedule to establish thermal communication between the infill well and the zone
between the SAGD well pairs prior to merging of steam chambers created by concurrent operation of adjacent SAGD well pairs;
and

the second predetermined schedule comprising converting the infill well for extracting reservoir fluids from the oil sand
reservoir via the infill well; and

continuing to operate the SAGD well pairs according to the first predetermined schedule.

US Pat. No. 9,551,152

ROOFING METHOD AND APPARATUS

1. A roofing apparatus comprising:
a first plural component polymer layer that directly contacts and coats generally an entirety of an outer surface of a roof
substrate having a roof pitch that exceeds 3/12, wherein the first plural component polymer layer forms a generally seamless and continuous first membrane; and

one or more flashing members including a first flashing member that is one of a drip edge flashing member and a rake edge
flashing member and that has a first flashing member first portion and a first flashing member second portion, wherein an
internal surface of the first flashing member first portion directly contacts a first peripheral portion of the first plural
component polymer layer and is attached to a perimeter of the roof substrate by at least one mechanical fastener so that the
first peripheral portion of the first plural component polymer layer lies between the internal surface of the first flashing
member first portion and a corresponding peripheral portion of the roof substrate, wherein the first flashing member second
portion extends beyond the perimeter of the roof substrate and the first flashing member second portion lacks direct contact
with the first plural component polymer layer and a second plural component polymer layer directly contacts generally an entirety
of an external surface of the first flashing member first portion and at least a portion of the first plural component polymer
layer so that the first flashing member first portion is embedded between the first plural component polymer layer and the
second plural component polymer layer.

US Pat. No. 9,551,129

WORK MACHINE CONTROL SYSTEM, WORK MACHINE, EXCAVATOR CONTROL SYSTEM, AND WORK MACHINE CONTROL METHOD

Komatsu Ltd., Tokyo (JP)...

1. A work machine control system that controls a work machine including a working unit with a working tool, the work machine
control system comprising:
a position detection device that detects a position information item of the work machine;
a generation unit that obtains a position of the working unit based on the position information item detected by the position
detection device and generates a target excavation ground shape information item indicating a target shape of an excavation
target of the working unit from an information item of a target construction face indicating the target shape; and

a working unit control unit that performs an excavation control of controlling a velocity in a direction in which the working
unit approaches the excavation target so that the velocity becomes equal to or less than a limitation velocity based on the
target excavation ground shape information item acquired from the generation unit,

wherein when the working unit control unit is not able to acquire the target excavation ground shape information item during
the excavation control, the working unit control unit continues the excavation control by using the target excavation ground
shape information item obtained before a time point at which the working unit control unit is not able to acquire the target
excavation ground shape information item.

US Pat. No. 9,551,095

MODIFIED JERSEY KNIT FABRIC AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

1. A knit fabric having a knit structure, the knit fabric comprising:
a first layer of jersey knit fabric and a second layer of jersey knit fabric, each of which include a series of vertical columns
of jersey stitch loops; wherein the first and second layers of jersey knit fabric are joined to each other by a non-elastic
yarn which alternately loops around vertical columns of jersey stitch loops in the first layer and jersey stitch loops in
the second layer; wherein strands of bare rubber are used in the knit structure selected from the group consisting of the
first layer of jersey knit fabric and the second layer of jersey knit fabric.

US Pat. No. 9,551,093

DOWN-PROOF DOUBLE-LAYER FABRIC

HOP PIN ENTERPRISE CO., L...

1. A down-proof double-layer fabric, comprising:
a first fabric layer, having a plurality of first warps and a plurality of first wefts; and
a second fabric layer, having a plurality of second warps and a plurality of second wefts;
wherein the first fabric layer and the second fabric layer have a plurality of coupling portions, in the coupling portions,
the first fabric layer and the second fabric layer pass through each other repeatedly and the first warps and the second warps
are interlaced, the first warps, the first wefts, the second warps, and the second wefts are between 20 denier and 75 denier,
the warp densities of the first fabric layer and the second fabric layer are between 336 pieces/in and 456 pieces/in, and
the weft densities of the first fabric layer and the second fabric layer are between 220 pieces/in and 300 pieces/in.

US Pat. No. 9,551,091

PROCESS AND EQUIPMENT FOR THE PRODUCTION OF MICRO-CARBONFIBERS

Hexa Nano Carbon LLC, We...

1. A method for production of micro-carbon fibers comprising:
introducing a selected chemical mixture suitable for creating micro-carbon fibers into a heating chamber;
heating the heating chamber with a series of burners;
moving heated chemical mixture into a catalyst reaction chamber with a graphite pump;
injecting carbon feed stock into the catalyst reaction chamber to initiate a micro-carbon generating chemical process; and
removing the catalyst reaction chamber as it becomes clogged with amorphous carbon using at least one removal neck.

US Pat. No. 9,551,076

ELECTROCHEMICAL REACTOR AND PROCESS

Clean Chemistry, Inc., B...

1. A tubular electrochemical reactor, comprising: a tubular gas chamber, a tubular gas dispersion tube, a cathode flow channel,
a tubular cathode, a tubular separator, a tubular anode, a tubular anolyte chamber, a tubular anolyte chamber housing, a first
and a second toroidal seat plate which form a first and a second end respectively of said tubular anolyte chamber, a first
end plate, a second end plate, a first toroidal cathode current distributor and compression ferrule, a second toroidal cathode
current distributor and compression ferrule, and
wherein said tubular gas chamber resides within and is defined by the interior surface of said tubular gas dispersion tube,
and

wherein the exterior surface of said tubular gas dispersion tube forms the interior side of said cathode flow channel, and
wherein the interior surface of said tubular separator forms the exterior side of said cathode flow channel, and
wherein said tubular cathode resides within said cathode flow channel, and
wherein the exterior surface of said tubular separator forms the interior side of said tubular anolyte chamber, and
wherein the exterior side of said tubular anolyte chamber is formed by the interior surface of said tubular anolyte chamber
housing, and

wherein said tubular anode resides within said tubular anolyte chamber,
wherein a second side of said first toroidal seat plate forms said first end of said tubular anolyte chamber by bridging a
first end of said interior surface of said tubular anolyte chamber housing at an exterior portion of said first toroidal seat
plate and a first end of said exterior surface of said tubular separator at an interior portion of said first toroidal seat
plate, and

wherein a first side of said second toroidal seat plate forms said second end of said tubular anolyte chamber by bridging
a second end of said interior surface of said tubular anolyte chamber housing at an exterior portion of said second toroidal
seat plate and a second end of said exterior surface of said tubular separator at an interior portion of said second toroidal
seat plate, and

wherein a second side of said first toroidal cathode current distributor and compression ferrule contacts a first end of said
tubular cathode, and

wherein said second side of said first toroidal cathode current distributor and compression ferrule bridges a first end of
said tubular separator and a interior surface of said first toroidal seat plate, and

wherein a first side of said second toroidal cathode current distributor and compression ferrule contacts a second end of
said tubular cathode, and

wherein said first side of said second toroidal cathode current distributor and compression ferrule bridges a second end of
said tubular separator and a interior surface of said second toroidal seat plate, and

wherein a second side of said first end plate forms a first end of said tubular gas chamber, and
wherein said second side of said first end plate forms a first end of said tubular gas dispersion tube, and
wherein said second side of said first end plate compresses said first toroidal cathode current distributor and compression
ferrule between said second side of said first end plate and said first side of said first toroidal seat plate, and

wherein a first side of said second end plate forms a second end of said tubular gas chamber, and
wherein said first side of said second end plate forms a second end of said tubular gas dispersion tube, and
wherein said first side of said second end plate compresses said second toroidal cathode current distributor and compression
ferrule between said first side of said second end plate and a second side of said second toroidal seat plate.

US Pat. No. 9,551,057

GALVANNEALED LAYER AND STEEL SHEET COMPRISING THE SAME, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

1. A galvannealed layer formed directly on a surface of a base steel sheet,
wherein the average amount of Fe in the galvannealed layer is in a range of 8.0 to 12.0%; and
wherein the absolute value of a difference (?Fe) between the amount of Fe at a position of 1/8 of the thickness of the galvannealed layer and the amount of Fe at a position of 7/8 of the thickness of the galvannealed layer in the galvannealed layer, the thickness being from an interface between the galvannealed
layer and the base steel sheet to the external surface of the galvannealed layer, is in a range of 0.3 to 3.0%, wherein the
base steel sheet comprises a volume fraction of 10-50% bainitic ferrite and/or bainite.

US Pat. No. 9,551,050

ALUMINUM ALLOY WITH ADDITIONS OF SCANDIUM, ZIRCONIUM AND ERBIUM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An aluminum alloy consisting of: a non-zero quantity of scandium present at a concentration of at most about 0.1 at. %;
a non-zero quantity of zirconium present at a concentration of at most about 0.1 at. %; a non-zero quantity of erbium present
at a concentration of at most about 0.05 at. %; from 0 to about 0.1 at. % silicon; and aluminum forming substantially the
balance of said aluminum alloy.

US Pat. No. 9,551,045

FLEXIBLE MINIMUM ENERGY UTILIZATION ELECTRIC ARC FURNACE SYSTEM AND PROCESSES FOR MAKING STEEL PRODUCTS

1. In a bottom pour mold system for producing a batch of very pure substantially uniform temperature alloy steel, said system
having a single electric arc furnace, a ladle metallurgical furnace, vacuum degassing means and a bottom pour mold system
having a pouring trumpet, a method consisting of the steps of
forming a furnace charge consisting entirely of scrap to make a completely molten batch of steel in the electric arc furnace,
providing a tapping ladle for receiving the batch of molten steel from the electric arc furnace,
passing an inert gas upwardly through the tapped steel in the tapping ladle as the steel is tapped from the electric furnace
into the tapping ladle,

moving the tapping ladle containing the batch which has been subjected to the inert gas during tapping to the ladle metallurgical
furnace,

passing an inert gas upwardly through the batch while said batch is subjected to treatment in the ladle metallurgical furnace,
and thereafter, following ladle metallurgical furnace treatment of the batch,

subjecting the batch to the combined effect of vacuum and an inert gas in the vacuum degassing means, and
thereafter teeming the batch into the pouring trumpet of the bottom pour mold system.

US Pat. No. 9,550,971

UNIVERSAL BIOREACTORS AND METHODS OF USE

Therapeutic Proteins Inte...

1. A method for the continuous preparation of a biological product from a culture medium comprising:
(a) providing a bioreactor system comprising:
(i) a plurality of vertically disposed disposable containers for retaining the culture medium, the plurality of containers
comprising a first disposable container disposed at the highest level, a last disposable container disposed at the lowest
level and an intermediate disposable container disposed intermediate to the first and last containers, each container comprising:

at least one culture medium inlet,
at least one culture medium outlet separate from the at least one culture medium inlet, wherein fluid can flow out of the
at least one culture medium outlet at the same time that fluid flows into the at least one culture medium inlet,

at least one gas inlet,
at least one sparging filter attached to the at least one gas inlet, the sparging filter comprising a plurality of pores on
at least a portion thereof, the portion of the filter comprising the pores extending into the culture medium,

at least one gas exhaust,
at least one foam trap attached to the at least one gas exhaust,
at least one inlet in fluid communication with the foam trap,
one or more sensors for sensing one or more parameters of the culture medium,
(ii) a flow conduit comprising a valve which permits the flow of culture medium under gravity through the at least one culture
medium outlet of a container and into a subsequent container through the at least one culture medium inlet thereof,

(iii) at least one selectively movable base which supports each container, wherein movement of the base induces movement of
the culture medium within each container,

(b) charging the first container with culture medium comprising a component selected from the group consisting of mammalian
cells, plant cells and bacteria,

(c) moving the culture medium in the first container while introducing oxygen into the medium through the sparging filter
until the desired density of the cells in the culture medium is obtained,

(d) opening the valve in the flow conduit located between the first container and the intermediate container to permit the
culture medium from the first container to enter the intermediate container continuously at a pre-determined rate,

(e) charging continuously the first container with a culture medium comprising the component included in the culture medium
of step b to make up the volume of the culture medium transferred to the intermediate container, and continue moving the culture
medium in the first container, and adding culture medium to the cell culture medium present in the intermediate container
to a pre-determined volume,

(f) continuously moving the culture medium in intermediate container while introducing oxygen into the medium through the
sparging filter until the desired density of the cells in the culture medium of the intermediate container is obtained,

(g) opening the valve in the flow conduit located between an intermediate container and the last container to permit the culture
medium from the intermediate container to enter the last container, continuously at a pre-determined rate,

(h) charging continuously the intermediate container with a culture medium to replace the volume transferred to the last container,
and adding culture medium to the culture medium present in the last container to a pre-determined volume,

(i) moving the culture medium in the last container while introducing oxygen into each medium through the sparging filter
until the desired density of the cells in the culture medium in the last container is obtained,

(j) removing the culture medium continuously from the last container by opening the valve in the flow conduit in last container
and collecting the culture medium in a receptacle for further processing, and continuously adding culture medium to the culture
medium present in the last container to maintain the pre-determined volume of the culture medium in the last container.

US Pat. No. 9,550,970

CULTURE SYSTEMS, APPARATUS, AND RELATED METHODS AND ARTICLES

INQ BIOSCIENCES CORPORATI...

1. A growth cassette for use with culture systems, the growth cassette comprising:
a housing having an exterior and an interior, the interior including a plurality of distinct wells, the housing sized and
dimensioned to be removably received by a growth cassette receiver of a culture system;

a first media inlet accessible from the exterior of the housing;
a first media inlet valve selectively operable to control a media flow via the first media inlet, the first media inlet valve
selectively coupleable to be driven from the exterior of the housing by a first actuator of the culture system;

a second media inlet accessible from the exterior of the housing;
a second media inlet valve selectively operable to control a media flow via the second media inlet, the second media inlet
valve selectively coupleable to be driven from the exterior of the housing by a second actuator of the culture system;

at least one diverter valve selectively coupleable to be driven from the exterior of the housing by a third actuator of the
culture system;

a media channel in the interior of the housing that provides fluid communication between the first media inlet valve, the
second media inlet valve and the at least one diverter valve;

a first channel in the interior of the housing that provides fluid communication between the at least one diverter valve and
a first one of the wells; and

a second channel in the interior of the housing that provides fluid communication between the at least one diverter valve
and a second one of the wells,

wherein the at least one diverter valve is operable to provide passage from the media channel, selectively to the first channel
and the second channel.

US Pat. No. 9,550,933

NAPTHOL-BASED EPOXY RESIN ADDITIVES FOR USE IN WELL CEMENTING

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method of well cementing comprising:
introducing a resin composition into a wellbore, wherein the resin composition comprises a first resin selected from the group
consisting of epoxy-based resin, novolac resin, polyepoxide resin, phenol-aldehyde resin, urea-aldehyde resin, urethane resin,
phenolic resin, furan/furfuryl alcohol resin, phenol formaldehyde resin, bisphenol A diglycidyl ether resin, butoxymethyl
butyl glycidyl ether resin, bisphenol A-epichlorohydrin resin, bisphenol F resin, glycidyl ether resin, polyester resin, polyurethane
resin, acrylate resin, and any combination thereof, a naphthol-based epoxy resin additive, and a hardening agent, wherein
the naphthol-based epoxy resin additive comprises two naphthalene functional groups and two epoxide functional groups, wherein
the first resin is present in an amount of about 5% to about 99% by volume of the resin composition.

US Pat. No. 9,550,919

ANTI-BLOCKING ADHESIVE-COATED SUBSTRATE, AND A METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. An adhesive-coated substrate comprising:
a substrate having a predetermined surface area; and
a hot melt adhesive disposed upon said substrate, wherein said hot melt adhesive comprises a multi-slot pattern comprising
a plurality of first, horizontally spaced, upstanding high-crest portions, wherein each one of said plurality of first, horizontally
spaced upstanding high-crest portions has a substantially first predetermined height dimension such that said plurality of
first, horizontally spaced, upstanding high-crest portions of said hot melt adhesive cumulatively define a predetermined volumetric
amount and surface area of said hot melt adhesive so as to provide sufficient adhesive bonding as necessary, and a plurality
of second, horizontally spaced low-trough portions interposed between said plurality of first high-crest portions, wherein
each one of said plurality of second, horizontally spaced low-trough portions of said hot melt adhesive has a second predetermined
height dimension which is less than said first predetermined height dimension of each one of said plurality of first, horizontally
spaced, upstanding high-crest portions, so as to effectively define a relatively reduced overall surface area of said hot
melt adhesive relative to said predetermined surface area of said substrate, so as to thereby effectively eliminate or significantly
reduce adhesive blocking, wherein said first predetermined height dimension of each one of said plurality of horizontally
spaced first high-crest upstanding portions of said hot melt adhesive is approximately 4 mils, while said second predetermined
height dimension of each one of said plurality of horizontally spaced second low-trough portions of said hot melt adhesive
is approximately 2 mils.

US Pat. No. 9,550,902

AQUEOUS INK, INK CARTRIDGE, INK DRYING SYSTEM, INK DRYING METHOD, RECORDING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING METHOD

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

1. An aqueous ink comprising:
a colorant;
an aqueous solvent; and
as an infrared absorber, a compound represented by general formula (I):
wherein Rb, Rc, and Rd are each independently alkyl, and Ra is a group represented by general formula (I-R):
wherein Re is hydrogen or methyl, and e is an integer of 0 to 3.

US Pat. No. 9,550,858

HYDROXYL-CAPPING MONOMER, ITS POLYCARBONATE AND ARTICLE CONTAINING THE SAME

LG Chem, Ltd., Seoul (KR...

1. Polycarbonate polymerized from an aromatic diol monomer, a carbonate precursor and a hydroxy-capping monomer represented
by the following Formula 1:

wherein R1 and R2 each independently represent hydrogen or a C1-C12 alkyl group, X is selected from a C1-C12 alkyl group, a C3-C14 cycloalkyl
group, a C1-C12 alkylidene group, a C3-C14 cycloalkylidene group, a C6-C12 aryl group, a C7-C13 arylalkyl group, a C6-C18
arylene group, —O—, —S—, —CO—, and —SO2—, Y represents OH or

and a and b each independently represent an integer of 1 to 4.

US Pat. No. 9,550,791

FUNCTIONNALIZED BENZODITHIOPHENE POLYMERS FOR ELECTRONIC APPLICATION

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen (D...

1. A polymer, comprising a repeating unit of the formula
wherein
R1 is hydrogen, C1-C100alkyl, or a group of formula —SiR501R502R503;

R2 is —CN, —CF3, a fluorine atom, or a group of the formula


R301, R302 and R303 are independently of each other C1-C18alkyl, C1-C18alkyl which is substituted by E? and/or interrupted by D?, C1-C100fluoroalkyl, C3-C12cycloalkyl, C6-C24aryl, C6-C24aryl group, which is be substituted by G?; C2-C18alkenyl, C2-C18alkynyl, C7-C25aralkyl, or C7-C25aralkyl which is substituted by G?; C2-C20heteroaryl, or C2-C20heteroaryl, which is substituted by G?;

R601 and R602 are independently of each other H, or C1-C25alkyl;

R501, R502 and R503 are independently of each other C1-C8alkyl, C6-C24aryl, or C7-C12aralkyl;

D? is —CO—, —COO—, —S—, —SO—, —SO2—, —O—, —NR65—, —SiR70R71—, —POR72—, —CR63?CR64—, or —C?C—, and

E? is —OR69, —SR69, —NR65R66, —COR68, —COOR67, —CONR65R66, —CN, CF3, or halogen,

G? is E?, C1-C18alkyl, or C1-C18alkyl which is interrupted by —O—,

R63 and R64 are independently of each other C6-C18aryl; C6-C18aryl which is substituted by C1-C18alkyl, or C1-C18alkoxy; C1-C18alkyl; or C1-C18alkyl which is interrupted by —O—;

R65 and R66 are independently of each other C6-C18aryl; C6-C18aryl which is substituted by C1-C18alkyl, or C1-C18alkoxy; C1-C18alkyl; or C1-C18alkyl which is interrupted by —O—; or

R65 and R66 together form a five or six membered ring,

R67 is C6-C18aryl; C6-C18aryl which is substituted by C1-C18alkyl, or C1-C18alkoxy; C1-C18alkyl;

or C1-C18alkyl which is interrupted by —O—,

R68 is H; C6-C18aryl; C6-C18aryl which is substituted by C1-C18alkyl, or C1-C18alkoxy; C1-C18alkyl; or C1-C18alkyl which is interrupted by —O—,

R69 is C6-C18aryl; C6-C18aryl, which is substituted by C1-C18alkyl, or C1-C18alkoxy; C1-C18alkyl; or C1-C18alkyl which is interrupted by —O—,

R70 and R71 are independently of each other C1-C18alkyl, C6-C18aryl, or C6-C18aryl, which is substituted by C1-C18alkyl, and

R72 is C1-C18alkyl, C6-C18aryl, or C6-C18aryl, which is substituted by C1-C18alkyl.

US Pat. No. 9,550,777

3-SUBSTITUTED PYRAZOLES AND USE AS DLK INHIBITORS

Genentech, Inc., South S...

1. Compounds of Formula (I)
and salts thereof; wherein in Formula (I)
R1 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, —F, —Cl, —Br, —I, —NO2, —CN, C1-12 alkyl and C1-12 haloalkyl;

R2 is selected from the group consisting of 3 to 12 membered cycloalkyl, C-linked 3 to 12 membered heterocycloalkyl and —C(RA2)(C1-6 (halo)alkyl)2, wherein RA2 is hydrogen, —F, —Cl, —Br, —I, —CN, —OH, —NH2, —SF5, —OSF5, C1-12 alkylthio, C1-12 alkoxy, C1-12 alkylamino and C1-12 dialkylamino; and wherein R2 is optionally substituted 1 to 5 R2-A substituents selected from the group consisting of C1-12 alkyl, C1-12 haloalkyl, C1-12 heteroalkyl, C2-12 alkenyl, C2-12 alkynyl, F, —Cl, —Br, —I, —(X2)0-1—CN, —(X2)0-1—NO2, —(X2)0-1—SF5, —(X2)0-1—OSF5, —(X2)0-1—OR2A, —(X2)0-1—N(R2A)2, —(X2)0-1—SR2A, —(X2)0-1-CF3, 3 to 12 membered cycloalkyl-(X2)0-1-, 3 to 12 membered heterocycloalkyl-(X2)0-1-, 5 to 6 membered heteroaryl-(X2)0-1-, phenyl-(X2)0-1-, —(X2)0-1—C(?O)N(R2A)(R2A), —(X2)0-1—C(?O)OR2A, —(X2)0-1—N(R2A)C(?O)(R2A), —(X2)0-1—N(R2A)C(?O)OR2A, —(X2)0-1—S(?O)1-2—R2A, —(X2)0-1—N(R2A)S(?O)1-2—R2A, —(X2)0-1—S(?O)1-2N(R2A)2, —(X2)0-1—C(?O)R2A, —(X2)0-1—C(?NOR2A)R2A, —(X2)0-1—N(R2A)C(?O)N(R2A)2) and —(X2)0-1—OC(?O)R2A, —(X2)0-1—OP(?O)(OR2A)2, —(X2)—SC(?O)OR2A and —(X2)—SC(?O)N(R2A)2; wherein X2 is selected from the group consisting of C1-4 alkylene, C1-4 haloalkylene, C1-4 heteroalkylene, C2-4 alkenylene, and C2-4 alkynylene, R2A at each occurrence is each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-6 alkyl, C1-6 haloalkyl, C1-6 heteroalkyl, 3-7 membered cycloalkyl, 3-7 membered cycloalkyl-C1-4 alkyl, 3-7 membered heterocycloalkyl, 3-7 membered heterocycloalkyl-C1-4 alkyl, 5-6 membered heteroaryl, 5-6 membered heteroaryl-C1-4 alkyl, phenyl and phenyl-C1-4 alkyl, or any two R2A groups attached to the same nitrogen atom are optionally combined to form a 3 to 6 membered heterocyclic ring comprising 1
to 2 additional heteroatom selected from N, O and S; and wherein a R2-A substituent at each occurrence is independently optionally further substituted with 1 to 5 R2A-1 substituents selected from the group consisting of —F, —Cl, —Br, —I, —OH, —CN, —NO2, —SF5, —NH2, C1-6 alkoxy, C1-6 alkylamino, C1-6 dialkylamino;

R3 is selected from the group consisting of C1-12 alkyl-, C1-12 haloalkyl-, C1-12 heteroalkyl-(L)0-1-, C2-12 alkenyl(L)0-1-, C2-12 alkynyl-(L)0-1-, 3 to 12 membered cycloalkyl-(L)0-1-, 3 to 12 membered heterocycloalkyl-(L)0-1-, wherein L is selected from the group consisting of C1-4 alkylene, C1-4 haloalkylene, C1-4 heteroalkylene, C2-4 alkenylene, C2-4 alkynylene, —C(?O)—, —C(?O)—N(H)—, —C(?O)N(C1-6 alkyl)-, —C(?O)O—, —S(O)1-2- and —S(O)1-2—N(H)—; wherein a R3 group is optionally further substituted with 1 to 5 R3A substituents selected from the group consisting of —F, —Cl, —Br, —I, —OH, —CN, —NO2, —SF5, —OSF5, —NH2, C1-6 alkyl, C1-6 haloalkyl, 3 to 5 membered cycloalkyl, 3 to 5 membered heterocycloalkyl, C1-6 alkoxy, C1-6 alkylthio, C1-6 alkylamino and C1-6 di alkylamino;

R4 is selected from the group consisting of C1-12 alkyl, C1-12 haloalkyl, C2-12 alkenyl, C2-12 alkynyl, —F, —Cl, —Br, —I, —(X4)0-1—CN, —(X4)0-1—NO2, —(X4)0-1—SF5, —(X4)0-1—OSF5, —(X4)0-1—OR4A, —(X4)0-1—N(R4A)2, —(X4)0-1—SR4A, —(X4)0-1-CF3, 3 to 7 membered cycloalkyl-(X4)0-1-, 3 to 7 membered heterocycloalkyl-(X4)0-1-, 5 to 6 membered heteroaryl-(X4)0-1-, phenyl-(X4)0-1-, —(X4)0-1—C(?O)N(R4A)(R4A), —(X4)0-1—C(?O)OR4A, —(X4)0-1—N(R4A)C(?O)(R4A), —(X4)0-1—N(R4A)C(?O)OR4A, —(X4)0-1—S(?O)1-2—R4A, —(X4)0-1—N(R4A)S(O)1-2—R4A, —(X4)0-1—S(?O)1-2N(R4A)2, —(X4)0-1—C(?O)R4A, —(X4)0-1—C(?NOR4A)R4A, —(X4)0-1—N(R4A)C(?O)N(R4A)2, —(X4)0-1—OC(?O)R4A, —(X4)0-1—OP(?O)(OR4A)2, —(X4)—SC(?O)OR4A and —(X4)—SC(?O)N(R4A)2, X4 is selected from the group consisting of C1-4 alkylene, C1-4 haloalkylene, C1-4 heteroalkylene, C2-4 alkenylene, and C2-4 alkynylene, R4A at each occurrence is each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-6 alkyl, C1-6 haloalkyl and C1-6 heteroalkyl, or any two R4A groups attached to the same nitrogen atom are optionally combined to form a 3 to 6 membered heterocyclic ring comprising 1
to 2 additional heteroatom selected from N, O and S; and wherein a R4 group is independently optionally further substituted with 1 to 5 R4A-1 substituents selected from the group consisting of —F, —Cl, —Br, —I, —OH, —CN, —NO2, —SF5, —NH2, C1-6 alkoxy, C1-6 alkylamino and C1-6 dialkylamino;

R5 and R6 are each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-12 alkyl, and C1-12 haloalkyl; and

in the alternative R4 and R5 are combined to form a 5 to 7 membered heteroaryl or 5 to 7 membered heterocycloalkyl ring optionally comprising 1 additional
heteroatom selected from N, O and S, and wherein said 5 to 7 membered heteroaryl or 5 to 7 membered heterocycloalkyl ring
is further optionally substituted with 1 to 3 R4/5cy substituents selected from the group consisting of C1-12 alkyl, C1-2 haloalkyl, C2-12 alkenyl, C2-12 alkynyl, —F, —Cl, —Br, —I, —(X4/5)0-1—CN, —(X4/5)0-1—NO2, —(X4/5)0-1—SF5, —(X4/5)0-1—OSF5, —(X4/5)0-1—OR45A, —(X4/5)0-1—N(R45A)2, —(X4/5)0-1—SR45A, —(X4/5)0-1-CF3, 3 to 12 membered cycloalkyl-(X4/5)0-1-, 3 to 12 membered heterocycloalkyl-(X4/5)0-1-, 5 to 6 membered heteroaryl-(X4/5)0-1-, phenyl-(X4/5)0-1-, —(X4/5)0-1—C(?O)N(R45A)(R45A), —(X4/5)0-1—C(?O)OR45A, —(X4/5)0-1—N(R45A)C(?O)(R45A), —(X4/5)0-1—N(R45A)C(?O)OR45A, —(X4/5)0-1—S(?O)1-2—R45A, —(X4/5)0-1—N(R45A)S(?O)1-2—R45A, —(X4/5)0-1—S(?O)1-2N(R45A)2, —(X4/5)0-1—C(?O)R45A, —(X4/5)0-1—C(?NOR45A)R45A, —(X4/5)0-1—N(R45A)C(?O)N(R45A)2 and —(X4/5)0-1—OC(?O)R45A, —(X4/5)0-1—OP(?O)(OR45A)2, —(X4/5)—SC(?O)OR45A and —(X4/5)—SC(?O)N(R45A)2, X4/5 is selected from the group consisting of C1-4 alkylene, C1-4 haloalkylene, C1-4 heteroalkylene, C2-4 alkenylene, and C2-4 alkynylene, R45A at each occurrence is each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-6 alkyl, C1-6 haloalkyl and C1-6 heteroalkyl; or any two R45A groups attached to the same nitrogen atom are optionally combined to form a 3 to 6 membered heterocyclic ring comprising 1
to 2 additional heteroatom selected from N, O and S; and wherein a R4/5cy substituent at each occurrence is independently optionally further substituted with 1 to 5 R4/5cy-1 substituents selected from the group consisting of —F, —Cl, —Br, —I, —OH, —CN, —NO2, —SF5, —NH2, C1-6 alkoxy, C1-6 alkylamino and C1-6 dialkylamino; and

R7 is hydrogen, or in the alternative R4 and R7 are optionally combined to form a 5 to 7 membered heteroaryl or 5 to 7 membered heterocycloalkyl ring optionally comprising
1 additional heteroatom selected from N, O and S.

US Pat. No. 9,550,759

NITROCATECHOL DERIVATIVES AS COMT INHIBITORS

1. A method of increasing the amount of orally administered L-DOPA which reaches the brain of a patient afflicted by Parkinson's
disease and thereby treating Parkinson's disease which comprises administering orally to said patient a COMT-inhibitory effective
amount of a compound of the Formula (I):
wherein R1 and R2 are independently from each other hydrogen, optionally substituted lower alkanoyl or aroyl; X represents a methylene group;
Y represents an atom of oxygen NH, or sulphur; n represents the number 0, 1, 2 or 3 and m represents the number 0 or 1; R3 represents a pyridine N-oxide group according to the formula A, B or C, which is connected as indicated by the unmarked bond:
where R4, R5, R6 and R7 independently from each other represent hydrogen, C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-thioalkyl, C1-C6-alkoxy, C6-C12-aryloxy or a C6-C12-thioaryl group, C1-C6-alkanoyl or C7-C13-aroyl group, amino, C1-C6-alkylamino, C1-C6-dialkylamino, C3-C12-cycloalkylamino or C3-C12-heterocycloalkylamino, C1-C6-alkylsulphonyl or C6-C12-arylsulphonyl, halogen, C1-C6-haloalkyl, trifluoromethyl, cyano, nitro or a heteroaryl group; or where two or more of residues R4, R5, R6 and R7 taken together represent aliphatic or heteroaliphatic rings or aromatic or heteroaromatic rings and wherein P represents a
central unit selected from the regioisomers of 1,3,4-oxadiazol-2,5-diyl and 1,2,4-oxadiazol-3,5-diyl, wherein the regioisomers
of the central unit include both regioisomers realizable by exchange of the nitrocatechol moiety and the —(X)n—(Y)m—R3 moiety.

US Pat. No. 9,550,751

PROCESSES FOR THE PREPARATION OF PESTICIDAL COMPOUNDS

Dow AgroSciences LLC, In...

1. A process for preparing thioether (1e)
comprising
reacting a compound of the formula (7b)
with a halopyridine in the presence of a copper salt, an amine, and a base, wherein R1 is C1-C4 haloalkyl or C1-C4 alkyl-C3-C6 halocycloalkyl.

US Pat. No. 9,550,722

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS OF USE OF PHORBAL ESTERS FOR THE TREATMENT OF STROKE

Biosuccess Biotech Co. Lt...

1. A method for alleviating or treating one or more of the effects of stroke in a mammalian subject comprising administering
an effective amount of phorbol ester of Formula I, or a pharmaceutically-acceptable salt, isomer, or enantiomer, thereof to
said subject





and at least one secondary or adjunctive therapeutic agent,
wherein the one or more effects of stroke are paralysis, spatial impairment, impaired judgment, left-sided neglect, memory
loss, aphasia, coordination and balance problems, nausea, vomiting, cognitive impairment, perception impairment, orientation
impairment, homonymous hemianopsia, or impulsivity.

US Pat. No. 9,550,676

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A COLLOIDAL SOLUTION OF NANOSCALE CARBON

1. A method for producing a stable colloidal solution of nanoscale carbon, that the method comprising:
feeding an organic liquid into a chamber containing a multi-electrode discharge device having an inter-electrode space, the
organic liquid fully covering the multi-electrode discharge device;

injecting an inert gas into the inter-electrode space of the multi-electrode discharge device;
forming a high temperature plasma channel that atomizes molecules of the organic liquid by applying a high voltage pulse to
the multi-electrode device; and

rapidly cooling the atomized molecules,
wherein the high voltage pulse has a predefined pulse repetition frequency which is less than or equal to 100 Hz.

US Pat. No. 9,550,673

PROCESS OF SODIUM PEROXIDE PRODUCTION

1. A method for producing sodium peroxide (Na2O2) in a closed continuous processing cycle;
wherein the oxidation reaction of molten sodium is set to occur in a temperature range of 200° C. to 450° C. in a closed reaction
vessel isolated from atmospheric exposure;

wherein the oxidation reaction vessel pressure is first vacuumed to negative pressure and then filled with a gas mixture of
oxygen and nitrogen;

wherein the oxidized sodium as sodium monoxide is continued to be retreated with oxygen as the second stage of oxidation by
agitating molten metallic sodium and sodium monoxide mixture in a closed vessel under nitrogen gas blanket at a temperature
range of 250° C. to 450° C.;

wherein the two oxidation stages which the oxidation of metallic sodium becoming sodium monoxide is the first stage and oxidation
of sodium monoxide becoming sodium peroxide is the second stage; and those two oxidation stages are occurred inside the same
reaction vessel;

wherein the complete mass of metallic sodium is continuously being delivered to the reaction vessel during the oxidation reaction
without interrupting the oxidation process;

wherein the production rate and batch size are variable by the flow of molten sodium and oxygen gas into the reaction vessel
without interrupting the complete process cycle.

US Pat. No. 9,550,669

VERTICAL PRESSURE SENSITIVE STRUCTURE

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A method of manufacturing a pressure sensitive structure comprising:
generating a plurality of trenches in a substrate, wherein adjacent trenches are separated from each other by a respective
side-wall, wherein generating the plurality of trenches comprises:

etching trench openings;
forming a coating layer on a surface of each respective trench opening, wherein the coating layer comprises material different
from a material of the substrate; and

sealing the respective trench opening; and
after generating the plurality of trenches, removing material to generate a cavity extending from a main surface of the substrate
to at least one side-wall, wherein removing material comprises:

applying a first selective etching with a higher etching rate for the material of the substrate compared to the material of
the coating layer to allow a stopping of the first selective etching on the coating layer of said at least one side-wall;
and

applying a second etching, the second etching removing at least partially the coating layer of at least one of the plurality
of trenches.

US Pat. No. 9,550,657

STABILIZER PAD AND HANDLE APPARATUS

Richard and Carolyn Kober...

1. A stabilizer pad apparatus for stabilizing a jack or outrigger from a heavy equipment when resting on a ground surface
comprising,
a) a non-circular pad having a top wall, a bottom wall and downwardly depending side wall;
b) pad grasping device comprising,
i. a recess in said pad, said recess formed by first and second side portions extending from the proximal outer surface of
said side wall inwardly to a first distal end and a second distal end, and a base portion connecting said first and second
distal ends of said side portions;

ii. a pair of seating holes, one of said pair of seating holes extending from the outer surface of said first side portion
into said pad, the other of said pair of seating holes extending from the outer surface of said second side portion into said
pad; and

iii. a handle having a first and second distal end, said first distal end inserted into one of said pair of seating holes,
said second distal end inserted into the other of said pair of seating holes such that said handle is contained within said
recess,

iv. a pair of anchor holes, one of said pair of anchor holes extending from the exterior of said pad into one of said pair
of seating holes, the other of said pair of anchor holes extending from the exterior of said pad into the other of said pair
of seating holes; and

v. a pair of anchors affixing said handle to said pad, one of said pair of anchors extending through one of said pair of anchor
holes and into said first distal end of said handle, the other of said pair extending through the other of said pair of anchor
holes and into said second distal end of said handle.

US Pat. No. 9,550,647

SELF-SETTING EXIT ROLL ASSEMBLY

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a movable roller;
a fixed-position roller contacting said movable roller to form an exit nip transporting planar media;
biasing members operatively connected to said movable roller; and
adjusters contacting said movable roller,
said biasing members forcing said movable roller in a first direction relative to said fixed-position roller to move said
movable roller from a first position to a second position,

said adjusters moving from said first position to said second position with said movable roller,
said movable roller contacting said fixed-position roller in both said first position and said second position,
said apparatus being connectable to a first machine or to a second machine,
said first machine having contact areas positioned to contact said adjusters when said apparatus is connected to said first
machine,

said contact areas holding said adjusters in said first position when said apparatus is connected to said first machine to
position said movable roller in said first position resulting in said exit nip transporting said planar media in a first exit
direction,

said second machine having void areas positioned to allow movement of said adjusters in said first direction when said apparatus
is connected to said second machine, and

said void areas allowing said biasing members to position said adjusters in said second position when said apparatus is connected
to said second machine to position said movable roller in said second position resulting in said exit nip transporting said
planar media in a second exit direction different from said first exit direction.

US Pat. No. 9,550,635

AIR FLOW LIMITER WITH CLOSED/OPEN SENSING

1. An air flow limiter, comprising:
a. a vertically oriented tube;
b. a pair of open-ended telescoping tubular segments within the tube, one tubular segment being fixed and the other being
slidably movable along the fixed segment in the axial direction;

c. a plate extending partially across the interior of the vertically oriented tube, positioned for contacting the movable
one of the telescoping tubular segments and limiting travel of the moveable telescoping tubular segment, the plate covering
an open upper end of the movable telescoping tubular segment upon contact therewith;

d. a sail positioned in the vertically oriented tube below the telescoping segments;
e. a strut connecting the sail and the moveable telescoping tubular segment;
f. a baffle positioned to direct upward air flow within the tube into the telescoping tubular segments;
g. an electromagnetic beam emitter mounted on the tube and positioned to direct an electromagnetic beam across the tube interior
to intersect the moveable tubular segment when the moveable tubular segment contacts the plate;

h. an electromagnetic beam sensor mounted on the tube for sensing the electromagnetic beam when present;
the movable telescoping tubular segment moving vertically within the tube unitarily with the sail responsive to air flow upwardly
through the tube against the sail.

US Pat. No. 9,550,564

AIRCRAFT WHEEL DRIVING SYSTEM

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. An electric taxi system (ETS) for an aircraft comprising:
an electric motor positioned on a landing gear assembly of the aircraft; and
a selectively operable engaging member for selectively coupling the ETS with a wheel of the aircraft, the engaging member
being drivably coupled to the electric motor, and the engaging member having a base member and a leading end,

wherein the wheel of the aircraft includes a wheel-drive device having a socket with an internal face that is shaped to accommodate
an external face of the leading end of the engaging member,

wherein a ball and socket joint is interposed between the base member and the leading end so that
axes of the leading end and the base member are displaceable from a straight-line alignment responsively to lateral forces
exerted on the leading end resulting from deflections of the wheel during taxiing of the aircraft.

US Pat. No. 9,550,559

AIRCRAFT WING ASSEMBLIES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus, comprising:
a trailing edge of a wing of an aircraft, the trailing edge having a flexible skin defining a first surface;
a flap movably coupled to the trailing edge, the flap defining a second surface, the first surface and the second surface
form a substantially continuous surface when the flap is in a stowed position and when the flap is in a deployed position;
and

a track coupled to the flap to provide a motion path of the flap relative to the trailing edge, the track positioned adjacent
the second surface of the flap, the motion path to be provided by the track, the track having a curvature that is substantially
similar to a curvature of the second surface of the flap.

US Pat. No. 9,550,554

CONTROLLING BUOYANCY OF AN UNDERWATER VEHICLE USING A DUAL-INTERNAL-RESERVOIR CONFIGURATION TO ENHANCE EFFICIENCY OF INFLATING AND DEFLATING AN EXTERNAL CHAMBER

MRV Systems, LLC, San Di...

1. Buoyancy control system for an underwater vehicle, configured to change buoyancy of the underwater vehicle, the system
comprising:
a first reservoir, a volume of the first reservoir being alterable;
a first pump configured to transfer a first medium between the first reservoir and an external chamber, the external chamber
being configured and arranged such that a change in volume of the external chamber causes a change in buoyancy of the underwater
vehicle;

a second reservoir, a volume of the second reservoir being alterable; and
a second pump configured to transfer a second medium in and out of the second reservoir;
wherein the first reservoir and the second reservoir are disposed such that the second reservoir applies one or both of a
compressive force and a tensive force to the first reservoir responsive to a difference between a fluid pressure of the second
medium within the second reservoir and a fluid pressure of the first medium within the first reservoir.

US Pat. No. 9,550,547

ASSEMBLY OF TOOTHED WHEELS FOR A BICYCLE

Campagnolo S.r.l., Vicen...

1. Assembly of toothed wheels of a bicycle, comprising at least two toothed wheels of different diameter, a first annular
support member fixed to a first toothed wheel of the at least two toothed wheels via a first fastener, the first annular support
member is arranged coaxially on a component of the bicycle and supports the first toothed wheel of the at least two toothed
wheels on the component of the bicycle, and the first annular support member and the first fastener are each at least partially-housed
in at least one cavity of a second toothed wheel of the at least two toothed wheels, and a second annular support member is
fixed to the second toothed wheel of the at least two toothed wheels and supports the second toothed wheel of the at least
two toothed wheels on the component of the bicycle.

US Pat. No. 9,550,512

TRANSPORT DEVICE FORMED FROM PLASTIC SHEET

1. Apparatus for transporting materials comprising:
a sheet of a flexible plastics material;
a plurality of holes through the plastics material;
a rope for engaging through the holes in the sheet;
the sheet being shaped in flat plan to define a tapered front converging portion connected to a rear arcuate cupping portion
and extending to a front edge;

the rope passing through at least one hole at the front of the converging portion to define a forwardly extending portion
of the rope for pulling the sheet across the ground with the materials carried thereon;

the rope passing through a series of holes at the rear cupping portion to define portions of the rope outside the sheet so
that a pulling force on the rope acts to pull the arcuate cupping portion inwardly so as to confine the materials on the cupping
portion;

wherein the front converging portion includes adjacent each side edge of the front converging portion at least a front hole
adjacent the front edge and a rear hole adjacent a front edge of the rear cupping portion so that the rope extends along substantially
the full length of the side edge;

and wherein there is provided a pair of stiffening tubes each surrounding the rope and extending along a respective side edge
of the front converging portion.

US Pat. No. 9,550,510

ADJUSTABLE HANDLE SYSTEM FOR A PUSH CART

HOWARD INDUSTRIES, Ellis...

1. A cart having an adjustable handle system, the cart comprising:
a chassis supported on wheels;
a horizontal work surface having a perimeter defined by at least a front edge, a rear edge, and two side edges;
a stationary handle connected to, and extending along the perimeter of the horizontal work surface from an origination point
located on the rear edge to a connecting point located on one of the two side edges;

a moveable handle axially coupled to the stationary handle at the connecting point and extending along the perimeter of the
horizontal work surface from the connecting point to an end point located on the front edge; and

an adjustable connecting device connecting the moveable handle to the stationary handle at the connecting point and controlling
the angular position of the moveable handle relative to the stationary handle.

US Pat. No. 9,550,501

VEHICLE SYSTEM AND METHOD

General Electric Company,...

1. A system comprising:
an interface assembly on board a first rail vehicle and comprising:
one or more mechanical couplers configured to mechanically couple the first rail vehicle to a separate, adjacent fuel tender
vehicle;

one or more fuel couplers configured to fluidly couple the first rail vehicle to the fuel tender vehicle for the transfer
of fuel from the fuel tender vehicle to the first rail vehicle; and

at least one of: one or more electrical connectors configured to electrically connect the first rail vehicle to the fuel tender
vehicle for the transfer of at least one of electrical power or one or more first control signals; or one or more fluid couplers
configured to fluidly couple the first rail vehicle to the fuel tender vehicle for the transfer of a heated fluid between
the first rail vehicle and the fuel tender vehicle for regasification of fuel on the fuel tender vehicle; and

a controller on board the first rail vehicle, wherein the controller is configured to generate at least one of the first control
signals or second control signals for at least one of controlling the transfer of the fuel from the fuel tender vehicle to
the first rail vehicle, controlling the transfer of the heated fluid between the first rail vehicle and the fuel tender vehicle,
or controlling coordinated braking of the first rail vehicle and the fuel tender vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,550,489

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR REGULATING AN ENERGY RECOVERY IN A PEDAL-DRIVEN VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for controlling energy recovery in a pedal-operated vehicle having a crank drive configured to be selectively
rotated in forward direction and backward direction, an electric auxiliary drive connected to the crank drive, and a rechargeable
energy source connected to the auxiliary drive, the method comprising:
detecting, by a sensor, a direction of rotation of the crank drive; and
recovering energy from the auxiliary drive and storing the recovered energy in the energy source when the direction of rotation
of the crank drive is detected by the sensor as being directed backward, wherein the energy recovery takes place only when
a predetermined angle of rotation has been traveled in the backward direction of rotation at the crank drive, the predetermined
angle of rotation being caused via a back pedal stroke.

US Pat. No. 9,550,473

WIPER DEVICE, IN PARTICULAR A MOTOR VEHICLE WINDSHIELD WIPER DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A wiper device, having a wiper strip unit (10) which has a wiper strip element (20) with a longitudinal guide channel (12) for guiding a carrier element (14), characterized in that the longitudinal guide channel (12) comprises a longitudinal opening (16) which extends at least over a greater part of the wiper strip element (20), the wiper device further including a wiper blade adapter (26) coupled to the wiper strip element (20), wherein the carrier element (14) extends through a cutout of the wiper blade adapter (26) and is guided therein over an entire length of the wiper blade adapter (26), and wherein the wiper strip element (20) has a single fastening recess (22) that forms a positive locking connection with the wiper blade adapter (26), wherein the single fastening recess (22) has different lengths on opposite sides of the wiper strip element (20).

US Pat. No. 9,550,456

ARRANGEMENT FOR ADJUSTING A REAR VIEW MIRROR FOR COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

1. A device for adjusting a rear view mirror, comprising:
a vehicle-side first element with a concave surface; and
a movable second element with a convex surface, wherein a joining slot is formed where the convex surface slides over the
concave surface, wherein the second element pivots about at least one axis that is fixed with respect to the first element,
wherein a reflecting surface is attached to the second element, wherein the second element has a sealing lip that makes sliding
contact with the first element, and wherein the second element includes a housing with a housing opening and an inner space,
wherein the sealing lip is attached around an edge of the housing opening, and wherein all of the convex surface remains inside
the inner space as the sealing lip slides along the first element.

US Pat. No. 9,550,435

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. An electric vehicle control device comprising:
a motor controller configured to control, according to a torque command fed from a torque command generator, a torque of a
motor unit that is configured to drive a wheel;

an angular acceleration detector configured to detect an angular acceleration of a wheel driven by the motor unit;
an angular acceleration monitor configured to monitor whether or not an angular acceleration of a wheel detected by the angular
acceleration detector is equal to or smaller than an acceptable angular acceleration W that is calculated with one of following
formulas (1) to (6):

W=k1×R×Tt/m/r2  (1)

where k1 is a constant that takes an arbitrary value in the range of 1 to 2;
W=k2×R×Tt/m/r2+mg×sin(a)/m/r  (2)

where k2 is a constant that takes an arbitrary value in the range of 1 to 2 and g is a gravitational acceleration;
W=k3×R×Tt/m/r2+mg×sin(a1)/m/r  (3)

where k3 is a constant that takes an arbitrary value in the range of 1 to 2;
W=k4×R×Tmaxt/m/r2  (4)

where Tmaxt is a total maximum torque that is a sum of maximum torques of all motor units that drive wheels of the vehicle
and k4 is a constant that takes an arbitrary value in the range of 1 to 2;

W=k5×R×Tmaxt/m/r2+mg×sin(a)/m/r  (5)

where Tmaxt is a total maximum torque that is a sum of maximum torques of all motor units that drive wheels of the vehicle,
k5 is a constant that takes an arbitrary value in the range of 1 to 2, and g is a gravitational acceleration; and

W=k6×R×Tmaxt/m/r2+mg×sin(a1)/m/r  (6)

where Tmaxt is a total maximum torque that is a sum of maximum torques of all motor units that drive wheels of the vehicle
and k6 is a constant that takes an arbitrary value in the range of 1 to 2;

where Tt is a total drive torque that is a sum of drive torques of all motor units that drive wheels of the vehicle, m is
a vehicle mass, r is a tire radius, R is a reduction ratio of a reducer unit interposed between the motor unit and the wheel,
a is a vehicle climbing angle detected by a climbing angle detector, and a1 is a maximum vehicle climbing angle as specified
by specifications of the vehicle; and

a slip-responsive controller configured to, when the angular acceleration monitor determines that the detected angular acceleration
is greater than the acceptable angular acceleration W, cause the motor controller to reduce a drive torque of the motor unit.

US Pat. No. 9,550,425

ELECTRIC STORAGE DEVICE FOR VEHICLE DEPLOYMENT

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. An electric storage device for vehicle deployment which performs discharge of electric power to an inverter device which
controls a motor, and charge of electric power supplied from the inverter device, the electric storage device characterized
by comprising:
a housing that has a lower housing, an upper housing, and a middle base plate mounted between the lower housing and the upper
housing, in which a lower chamber is formed below the middle base plate, in which an upper chamber is formed above the middle
base plate, and in which the lower chamber is formed in an airtight state with respect to the upper chamber;

at least two battery blocks that are arranged in the lower chamber and each of which includes plural cell batteries housed
in a cell housing;

a control device that is arranged in the upper chamber and monitors and controls states of the plural cell batteries;
a junction box that has: a positive electrode external terminal that is connected to positive electrode external power supply
wiring for connecting a positive electrode terminal of the battery block of the highest potential of the battery blocks to
a positive electrode DC terminal of the inverter device; and a negative electrode external terminal that is connected to a
negative electrode external power supply wiring for connecting a negative electrode terminal of the battery block of the lowest
potential of the battery blocks to a negative electrode DC terminal of the inverter device;

positive electrode internal power supply wiring and negative electrode internal power supply wiring, the positive electrode
internal power supply wiring penetrating a strong current system opening provided in the middle base plate, being routed from
the lower chamber to the upper chamber, and connecting the positive electrode terminal of the battery block of the highest
potential to the positive electrode external terminal of the junction box, and the negative electrode internal power supply
wiring connecting the negative electrode terminal of the battery block of the lowest potential to the negative electrode external
terminal of the junction box within the housing;

voltage signal wiring that is connected to the positive and negative electrode terminals of the plural cell batteries, penetrates
a weak current system opening of the middle base plate, is routed from the lower chamber to the upper chamber, and is connected
to the control device within the housing;

a first sealing member that seals the strong current system opening provided in the middle base plate and tightly closes the
lower chamber from the upper chamber; and

a second sealing member that seals the weak current system opening provided in the middle base plate and tightly closes the
lower chamber from the upper chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,550,404

ACTIVE SUSPENSION WITH ON-DEMAND ENERGY FLOW

Levant Power Corporation,...

40. An active suspension system comprising:
a hydraulic actuator including a piston separating an extension volume and a compression volume;
a hydraulic motor-pump
an electric motor operatively coupled to the hydraulic motor;
a first flow path extending between the extension volume and the compression volume through the hydraulic motor-pump;
a second flow path between the extension volume and the compression volume;
a valve that during at least one mode of operation controls flow through the second flow path; and
a sensor for sensing an individual body event and/or an individual wheel event, wherein in response to the sensed individual
body event and/or individual wheel event, the electric motor operates the hydraulic motor-pump to generate a differential
pressure across the piston in an extension direction during at least a portion of an extension stroke and/or in a compression
direction during at least a portion of a compression stroke.

US Pat. No. 9,550,385

IMAGE FORMING DEVICE AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd., To...

1. An image forming device, comprising:
plural recording elements that are arranged along an intersecting direction that intersects with a transporting direction
of a recording medium;

plural reading units each including a reading area which extends in the intersecting direction, and that read plural test
images formed by driving the recording elements using the reading areas, and that are provided along the intersecting direction
so that adjacent end portions of the reading areas overlap in the transporting direction, which defines as an overlapping
reading area;

a forming unit forms the plural test images by driving the recording elements as a detection target in an abnormal state,
in which

a position of each test image is predetermined in accordance with a standard position, as a position matching of the recording
medium in the intersecting direction,

the position of each test image corresponds to the reading area on the recording medium, and
each test image is formed so that an area having a width predetermined from an end portion of the corresponding reading area
in the intersecting direction is not included;

a determining unit that determines, in advance of reading each test image by each reading unit for obtaining reading data,
an application scope of the reading data applied for detecting the abnormal state so that the reading data of each test image
formed by the recording elements as the detection target does not include overlapping data with respect to each recording
element; and

a detecting unit that detects the recording elements in the abnormal state by using the reading data obtained by each reading
unit in the application scope determined by the determining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,550,369

RECORDING DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording device comprising:
a reciprocating base body;
an air current generator that is disposed in the base body and attachable to and detachable from the base body; and
a duct that has an opening and configures an air current flow path formed from the opening to the air current generator,
wherein the duct is slidably attachable to and detachable from the base body independently from attachment and detachment
of the air current generator and with a position of the air current generator coupled to the base body being the same with
the duct attached and detached.

US Pat. No. 9,550,367

LIQUID CONSUMING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid consuming apparatus comprising:
a liquid container comprising:
a liquid chamber configured to store liquid;
a liquid supply opening selectively providing fluid communication from the liquid chamber to an exterior of the liquid chamber;
a movable member positioned in the liquid chamber and comprising a detection portion, wherein when the movable member moves,
the detection portion moves in a moving path; and

a restriction member configured to restrict movement of the movable member in the liquid chamber by directly contacting the
movable member, the restriction member being movable between a first position and a second position such that the restriction
member engages the movable member when the restriction member is in the first position and the restriction member does not
engage the movable member when the restriction member is in the second position;

a liquid consuming portion configured to consume liquid supplied from the liquid container via the liquid supply opening;
a release member configured to move the restriction member and release the movable member from restriction by the restriction
member, the release member including a liquid supply tube extending into the liquid supply opening, wherein the restriction
member is configured to be moved from the first position to the second position by the supply tube when the supply tube is
received in the liquid supply opening;

a detector configured to output a detection signal based on presence or absence of the detection portion in a detection position
in the moving path; and

a controller configured to:
measure, based on the detection signal output from the detector, a physical quantity, based on which a velocity of the detection
portion moving in the moving path when the movable member moves through liquid stored in the liquid chamber can be specified;
and

determine whether the physical quantity is within a threshold range.

US Pat. No. 9,550,366

LIQUID CARTRIDGE

BROTHER KOGYA KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid cartridge, comprising:
a first surface;
a second surface spaced apart from the first surface;
a third surface extending between the first surface and the second surface;
a liquid outlet through the first surface;
a circuit board mounted on the third surface;
a locking mechanism including a locking surface extending above the third surface;
a liquid detection mechanism including a light access portion having a surface configured to allow light to pass therethrough,
wherein the liquid detection mechanism is configured to change a state of the light passing through the surface of the light
access portion in response to the amount of the liquid stored in the liquid cartridge, wherein the light access portion is
disposed between the circuit board and the locking surface, and the circuit board is disposed between the first surface and
the light access portion.

US Pat. No. 9,550,355

RESISTOR PROTECTED DEFLECTION PLATES FOR LIQUID JET PRINTER

1. An apparatus for printing on a substrate, comprising:
(a) a nozzle capable of emitting a stream of individual droplets of liquid toward the substrate;
(b) a droplet charging section, downstream from the nozzle, capable of providing an electrical charge to the droplets;
(c) a pair of spaced-apart, electrically conductive deflection plates, downstream from the nozzle;
(d) a power source connected by an electrical circuit to the deflection plates to provide a voltage differential across the
deflection plates and create an electrical field capable of deflecting the droplets to a desired location of the substrate;

(e) a resistor positioned in the electrical circuit between the power source and the electrical field created between the
deflection plates, wherein the resistor limits current from the power source to 0.1 to 0.3 mA, during electrical arcing between
the deflection plates.

US Pat. No. 9,550,322

NEAR-FIELD EXPOSURE MASK, RESIST PATTERN FORMING METHOD, DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD, NEAR-FIELD EXPOSURE METHOD, PATTERN FORMING METHOD, NEAR-FIELD OPTICAL LITHOGRAPHY MEMBER, AND NEAR-FIELD NANOIMPRINT METHOD

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A pattern forming method, comprising:
pressing a template against a second substrate having a light-curable resin applied to a surface thereof, the template including
a transparent first substrate and a near-field light generating unit that is formed on the first substrate, the near-field
light generating unit being a layer containing at least one element selected from the group consisting of Au, Al, Ag, Cu,
Cr, Sb, W, Ni, In, Ge, Sn, Pb, Zn, Pd, and C, or a film stack formed with layers made of some of those materials;

injecting light to a side of the first substrate, the light having a wavelength of 1 ?m to 5 ?m; and
causing the light-curable resin to react to near-field light generated from the near-field light generating unit, the near-field
light being generated by the injected light.

US Pat. No. 9,550,316

NOZZLE MOUTHPIECE FOR AN INJECTION MOLDING NOZZLE, INJECTION MOLDING NOZZLE AND INJECTION MOLDING TOOL

1. A monolithic nozzle mouthpiece (1) for an injection molding nozzle (100) for use in an injection molding tool (200) and for processing a fluid mass (M), comprising a flow channel (10) having an inlet opening (11) and an outlet opening (12), characterized by
a cylindrical first sealing surface (20) which is formed radially with respect to a longitudinal axis (L) and arranged radially on an outside,

a stop surface (32) which is arranged between the first sealing surface (20) and the outlet opening (12) and which is aligned perpendicular to the longitudinal axis (L) and facing the outlet opening (12), wherein the stop surface (32) is formed by a flange (30) which projects radially with respect to the longitudinal axis (L) beyond the first sealing surface (20),

a coupling means (40) which is arranged radially with respect to the longitudinal axis (L) for fixing the nozzle mouthpiece (1) in a mold sprue opening (202) of a pattern plate (201), wherein the coupling means (40) is an external thread (41) or a bayonet connector and arranged between the stop surface (32) and the outlet opening (12), and

an external sealing surface (50), which is aligned radially with the longitudinal axis (L), is formed between the coupling means (40) and the outlet opening (12).

US Pat. No. 9,550,309

METHOD FOR MAKING AN APERTURED WEB

1. A method for making apertures in a web, the method comprising:
a. providing a precursor web material having a machine direction and a cross machine direction, the web having a predominant
molecular orientation relative to the machine direction and the cross machine direction;

b. providing a forming apparatus comprising intermeshing members comprising a first member and a second member, wherein
the first member comprises a surface that intermeshes with said second member, and
the second member comprises teeth joined to the second member at a base, said teeth being tapered from said base to a tip,
wherein the base of each tooth has a cross-sectional length dimension greater than a cross-sectional width dimension, and
each tooth is oriented such that the cross-sectional length dimension of the tooth is disposed at an angle greater than zero
relative to the predominant molecular orientation of the web; and

c. moving the precursor web material through the intermeshing members; wherein apertures are formed in the precursor web material
as the teeth on the second member penetrate the precursor web material, and said apertures have an aspect ratio of less than
4.0.

US Pat. No. 9,550,261

METHOD FOR RETROFITTING A GAS TURBINE POWER PLANT

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for retrofitting an already existing gas turbine power plant, wherein the method comprises at least the following:
fluidically connecting a field run, simple cycle gas turbine to a flue gas duct suitable for conducting flue gas produced
by the gas turbine;

connecting the flue gas duct to a steam generating unit which is fluidically connected to a water-steam cycle of a power generating
facility;

fluidically connecting a CO2 separation apparatus to the flue gas duct for separating CO2 from the flue gas in the flue gas
duct, and;

electrically connecting the power generating facility to the CO2 separation apparatus, wherein electrical power generated
by the water-steam cycle of the power generation facility alone powers the CO2 separation apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,550,259

METHOD FOR CONNECTING TWO COMPONENTS, AND COMPONENT CONNECTION

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A method of connecting a first component with a second component, the second component having a through-hole, the method
comprising the acts of:
bringing the first and second components together and positioning the first and second components relative to one another;
detecting a spatial position of the through-hole in the second component via an electronic position detection unit;
positioning a connection element at a location within the through-hole as a function of the spatial position of the through-hole
or as a function of position data determined via the electronic position detection unit;

connecting the connection element with the first component so that the connection element projects out of the through-hole;
and

clipping a clip element onto the connection element, the clip element holding together the first and second components, wherein
the connection element consists of at least two spherical elements.

US Pat. No. 9,550,242

SAW BLADE

1. A saw blade comprising:
an elongated body having a first end and a second end, a blade cutting edge and an opposing, toothless back edge extending
from the first end to the second end, said first end being a shanking end for securing the saw blade with a saw;

a plurality of teeth formed on said blade cutting edge with all of the teeth on the cutting edge having tips that define a
straight line, a first tooth of said plurality of teeth is immediately adjacent said second end, said first tooth being a
full tooth, said first tooth being a raker tooth, said first tooth having a rake face and a relief face, said rake face and
relief face intersecting one another forming a first tooth cutting edge;

said second end defining a plunging nose, said second end including a substantially straight nose end surface extending between
said relief face and said back edge, said nose end surface being on an angle of 30° to 45° at an intersection of the nose
end surface and the first tooth relief surface with respect to the line defined by the tips of said plurality of teeth, said
nose end surface intersecting said first tooth relief face to form a nose cutting edge with a sharp leading point so that
during plunge cutting with said saw blade, said sharp leading point initiates cutting of a workpiece.

US Pat. No. 9,550,241

FLANGE BOLT CUTTER

1. A flange bolt cutter comprising for cutting a at least one bolt on a flange connection having upper and lower flange members,
comprising:
(a) a saw assembly;
(b) an assembly mount detachably connected to the at least one bolt,
(c) the mount assembly including first and second arms, the first arm being pivotally mounted on the mount, and the second
arm being pivotally connected to the first arm, the saw being attached to the second arm,

(d) the pivot connection between the first and second arms including a quick lock/quick unlock which in the locked state rotationally
locks the first and second arms, and in the unlocked state the first and second arms can rotate relative to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,550,205

ELECTROMAGNETIC DEVICE FOR STABILIZING AND REDUCING THE DEFORMATION OF A STRIP MADE OF FERROMAGNETIC MATERIAL, AND RELATED PROCESS

1. An electromagnetic device for stabilizing and reducing the deformation of a strip made of ferromagnetic material during
its feeding, said device comprising:
first electromagnets aligned along a transversal direction parallel to a theoretical pass-plane of said strip and orthogonal
to a transportation direction of said strip;

second electromagnets arranged in a position mirroring the first electromagnets with respect to said theoretical pass-plane
of said strip,
wherein each of said first and second electromagnets comprises a core provided with at least one pole and at least one feeding
coil wound about said at least one pole and wherein said device further comprises:
a first connection element made of ferromagnetic material which connects the cores of said first electromagnets, the first
connection element being in an intermediate position between said cores of said first electromagnets and said theoretical
pass-plane;

a second connection element made of ferromagnetic material which connects the cores of said second electromagnets, said second,
connection element being placed in a position mirroring the position of said first connection element with respect to said
theoretical pass-plane of said strip made of ferromagnetic material.

US Pat. No. 9,550,193

CENTRIFUGE WITH AUTOMATICALLY OPENING ROTOR COVER

Thermo Electron LED GmbH,...

1. A centrifuge, comprising:
a housing comprising a centrifuge lid which delimits the centrifuge to the outside;
a rotor;
a rotor cover for closing the rotor; and
a connecting device comprising a holding arm and a holder, via which the rotor cover and the centrifuge lid are detachably
connected with each other in such a way that the rotor cover is lifted off the rotor upon opening of the centrifuge lid and
is placed on the rotor upon closing of the centrifuge lid,

wherein one of the holding arm or the holder is arranged on the rotor cover and the other is arranged on the centrifuge lid,
and

further wherein the holding arm is detachably and movably mounted in the holder during opening and closing of the centrifuge
lid and the holding arm and the holder are spaced from each other by a gap space when the centrifuge lid is closed.

US Pat. No. 9,550,170

SYNTHESIS OF NANOPARTICLES USING ETHANOL

Brookhaven Sciecne Associ...

1. A method for producing atomically ordered core-shell nanoparticles, the method comprising:
dissolving a first metal salt in ethanol;
heating the combination of the first metal salt and the ethanol to a first temperature sufficient to partially reduce first
metal ions of the first metal salt;

adding an alkaline solution, to further reduce the first metal ions, thereby causing precipitation of disordered nano article
cores;

annealing the disordered nanoparticle cores to form atomically ordered nanoparticle cores;
combining the atomically ordered nanoparticle cores and a second metal salt with ethanol;
heating the combination of the atomically ordered nanoparticle cores, second metal salt, and the ethanol to a second temperature
high enough to reduce second metal ions of the second metal salt onto the atomically ordered nanoparticle cores and form a
conformal shell of the second metal around the atomically ordered nanoparticle cores.

US Pat. No. 9,550,136

BYPASS VALVE TECHNOLOGY INTERFACE SAFETY SCREEN

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A safety screen assembly suitable for use within a fluid passage, the safety screen assembly comprising:
a shroud sleeve, the shroud sleeve comprising:
an upstream end that defines a flow inlet of the safety screen assembly; and
a flange disposed at the upstream end of the shroud sleeve;
a spring seat disposed downstream from the shroud sleeve, the spring seat comprising:
a first flow outlet of the safety screen assembly;
a screen spool, the screen spool operatively disposed between the flange and the first flow outlet, the screen spool comprising:
a tubular body with an inner passage;
a first screen disposed within the inner passage; and
a bypass passage formed in the tubular body,
wherein the tubular body is in sliding engagement with the shroud sleeve in both a first position and a second position, wherein
in the first position the tubular body engages the flange and the shroud sleeve closes the bypass passage from fluid flow,
and wherein in the second position the tubular body is moved away from the flange and towards the first flow outlet and the
bypass passage is open to fluid flow; and

a spring engaged between the flow inlet and the first flow outlet of the safety screen assembly, the spring biasing the tubular
body of the screen spool toward the flange of the shroud sleeve,

wherein the shroud sleeve further comprises a downstream end disposed inside the inner passage of the tubular body of the
screen spool, and wherein the tubular body of the screen spool is in sliding engagement over at least a portion of the shroud
sleeve and is laterally supported by the shroud sleeve.

US Pat. No. 9,550,122

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMICALLY DETERMINING PATHS BETWEEN DESTINATIONS IN A VIRTUAL SPACE

MASLOW SIX ENTERTAINMENT,...

1. A system configured to host a virtual space to a client computing device for interaction by a user for repeated travel
by a particular user character between particular destination nodes within the virtual space, the system comprising:
a non-transitory machine-readable storage medium configured to store information;
a user interface configured to receive selection or entry, by the user, of travel commands; and
one or more hardware processors configured by machine-readable instructions to:
instance destination nodes within the virtual space, wherein the destination nodes form discrete virtual places within the
virtual space in accordance with a virtual map of the virtual space, the destination nodes comprising a first destination
node and a second destination node, such that responsive to a user character associated with the client computing device being
located at the first destination node the instance of the first destination node is implemented to determine a view of the
first destination node for presentation to the user via the client computing device;

instance dynamic nodes within the virtual space, and to implement the instances of the dynamic nodes to determine views of
the dynamic nodes for presentation to the user via the client computing device, wherein individual dynamic nodes form separate
virtual places within the virtual space;

receive selection or entry by the user, through the user interface, of a first travel command indicating the user character
should travel between the first destination node and the second destination node;

dynamically determine paths between the destination nodes to include dynamic nodes such that responsive to reception of the
first travel command indicating the user character should travel between the first destination node and the second destination
node a first set of one or more of the dynamic nodes to be included in the path of the user character between the first destination
node and the second destination node are determined such that the virtual map includes the first set of one or more dynamic
nodes between the first destination node and the second destination node, wherein the first set of dynamic nodes includes
a first dynamic node having a first objective, wherein the first dynamic node forms a first separate virtual place within
the virtual space, and wherein the user character is prevented from proceeding past the first dynamic node toward the second
destination node until the first objective has been completed;

store the first set of dynamic nodes in the electronic storage;
receive selection or entry by the user, through the user interface, subsequent to completion of the first objective, of a
second travel command indicating the user character should travel between the first destination node and the second destination
node; and

determine, responsive to reception of the second travel command, a second set of one or more dynamic nodes to be included
in the path of the user character between the first destination node and the second destination node such that the virtual
map includes the second set of one or more dynamic nodes between the first destination node and the second destination node,
wherein the second set of dynamic nodes includes a second dynamic node having a second objective, wherein the second objective
is different than the first objective, wherein the second dynamic node forms a second separate virtual place within the virtual
space, and wherein the user character is prevented from proceeding past the second dynamic node toward the second destination
node until the second objective has been completed.

US Pat. No. 9,550,061

PROGRAMMING SYSTEMS FOR ELICITING EVOKED RESPONSES IN A COCHLEAR IMPLANT PATIENT AND PERFORMING PREDETERMINED ACTIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE EVOKED RESPONSES

Advanced Bionics AG, Sta...

1. A system comprising:
a programming device configured to be located external to a patient and communicatively coupled to a cochlear implant system
associated with the patient, the cochlear implant system comprising a sound processor configured to located external to the
patient, a cochlear implant configured to be implanted within the patient, and an electrode array configured to be located
within a cochlea of the patient;

a programming interface device communicatively coupled to the programming device and configured to be located external to
the patient; and

a receiver communicatively coupled directly to the programming interface device by way of a cable that directly connects the
receiver to the programming interface device, wherein the receiver is not connected directly to the sound processor;

wherein the programming device
directs, during a period of time after an implantation procedure in which the electrode array is inserted into the patient,
at least one of the cochlear implant system and the receiver to apply stimulation to the patient,

records an evoked response that occurs in response to the stimulation,
compares the evoked response to an additional evoked response previously recorded by the programming device during the period
of time,

determines, based on the comparison, that a residual hearing status of the patient has deteriorated during the period of time,
increases, in response to the determination that the residual hearing status of the patient has deteriorated during the period
of time, an intensity level of additional stimulation provided by the cochlear implant system in order to present audio content
to the patient subsequent to the period of time,

determines that the residual hearing status of the patient improves subsequent to the period of time, and
decreases, in response to the determination that the residual hearing status of the patient improves subsequent to the period
of time, the intensity level of the additional stimulation provided by the cochlear implant system.

US Pat. No. 9,550,038

BREATHING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS

1. A mask assembly for delivering positive airway pressure to a user, the mask comprising:
a prong part comprising a hollow body, a prong part inlet and first and second nasal prongs extending from the hollow body,
the prong part being flexible and formed as a single piece;

a rigid mask body connectable to the prong part inlet so as to define an enclosed space, the rigid mask body comprising a
first headgear extension extending from a left side of the rigid mask body and including a first headgear strap connection
location and a second headgear extension extending from a right side of the rigid mask body and including a second headgear
strap connection location;

the rigid mask body further comprising an outer surface having at least a curved portion, the curved portion comprising a
left side portion disposed on a left side of a center of the outer surface of the rigid mask body and a right side portion
disposed on a right side of the outer surface of the rigid mask body;

a left side recessed surface portion disposed on the left side portion, the left side recessed surface portion disposed within
a left side semi-oval periphery disposed on the left side portion;

a right side recessed surface portion disposed on the right side portion, the right side recessed surface portion disposed
within a right side semi-oval periphery disposed on the right side portion, wherein the left and right semi-oval peripheries
have rounded profiles;

a headgear strap comprising first and second ends, the first end connected to the first headgear extension at the first headgear
strap connection location and the second end connected to the second headgear extension at the second headgear strap connection
location, the headgear strap configured to maintain the prong part in a position with the first and second nasal prongs against
a user's nares in use;

left and right pluralities of apertures, the left plurality of apertures disposed in the left side recessed surface portion,
the right plurality of apertures disposed in the right side recessed surface portion, the left and right pluralities of apertures
defining a bias flow vent configured to vent a gas from the enclosed space, to an outside of the rigid mask body during use,
wherein the left and right pluralities of apertures are disposed between the first and second headgear extensions; and

an inspiratory conduit connected to the rigid mask body and configured to deliver pressurized gases into the enclosed space
for inhalation by a user in use.

US Pat. No. 9,550,014

POSTPARTUM UTERINE CONTRACTILE APPARATUS AND METHOD

InPress Technologies, Inc...

1. A method for contracting a uterus of a patient to counteract uterine atony, the method comprising:
providing a uterine contractile apparatus having a connecting tube, a set of flexible vacuum members coupled to the connecting
tube, a sealing bladder surrounding the connecting tube, and an inflation tube coupled to the sealing bladder, each of the
set of vacuum members having a perforated outer surface and an internal fluid passage;

positioning the set of vacuum members within the uterus and the sealing bladder near an entrance of the uterus, at an intravaginal
canal location of the patient;

creating a seal configured to enable maintenance of a vacuum within the uterus, upon pumping a fluid through the inflation
tube into the sealing bladder to inflate the sealing bladder;

creating the vacuum by way of the connecting tube and the set of vacuum members; and
contracting the uterus in order to counteract uterine atony, upon transmission of bodily fluids from the uterus through the
set of vacuum members and the connecting tube, thereby mitigating uterine hemorrhaging.

US Pat. No. 9,550,005

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR STERILIZATION USING UV LIGHT

Ultraviolet Interventions...

1. A method for sterilizing a catheter with at least a first lumen, comprising:
attaching a hub of the first lumen to a hub adapter of a catheter connector and attaching a fluid source to a fluid port of
the catheter connector, prior to flushing the first lumen;

unlocking the first lumen by disengaging a tubing clamp configured to block fluid flow through the first lumen, prior to flushing
the first lumen;

inserting a distal end of a fiber optic cable into a fiber insertion port of the catheter connector attached to the hub of
the first lumen;

flushing the first lumen with fluid from the fluid source;
inserting the fiber optic cable into the first lumen until a stopper of the fiber optic cable is adjacent to the fiber insertion
port after flushing the first lumen;

providing light to the fiber optic cable from a light source after the fiber optic cable is inserted into the first lumen;
withdrawing the fiber optic cable from the first lumen while the light is provided;
ceasing to provide light to the fiber optic cable after the fiber optic cable is withdrawn from the first lumen;
locking the first lumen by engaging the tubing clamp, after withdrawing the fiber optic cable from the catheter; and
disengaging the hub from the hub adapter, after locking the first lumen.

US Pat. No. 9,549,997

OPTICAL IMAGING PROBES

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF T...

1. A method of visualising a cell or cells within a mixture of cells in vivo using confocal fluorescence endomicroscopy, comprising
the step of administering a dye construct to cells of a subject; and observing a cell or cells which have internalised the
dye construct, by observing an increase in fluorescence by a factor of 1.2 or more from said cell or cells using a confocal
endomicroscope; wherein
(a) the dye construct is a poly-branched molecule having any of the following generalized structures:

wherein R is selected from the group consisting of NH2, CONH2, an amino acid, OH, amino acid —CONH2, CONH2— amino acid, alkylamino, alkoxyamino, urea, thiol, carboxylic acid, or a fluorophore moiety which is the same or different
from the fluorescent moieties of the poly-branched molecule of structure (i)-(iv) above, and wherein the R group is directly
attached to the branch point, or is separated from the branch point by a spacer selected from the group consisting of a PEG
group, or an alkyl or alkenyl chain; or

(b) the dye construct is a poly-branched molecule selected from one of the following structures:

wherein (AA)n is absent or is present and wherein AA is any amino acid and n is a positive integer from 1 to 30; and wherein
Q* is a dark quencher moiety and *F is a fluorescent moiety and wherein the dark quencher moiety Q* is independently selected
from DABCYL, Methyl Red, BHQ1, BHQ2 and BHQ3.

US Pat. No. 9,549,986

BLOCK COPOLYMER, LIQUID COMPOSITE THEREOF, NUCLEIC ACID PREPARATION, PREPARATION METHODS THEREFOR, AND USE THEREOF

Suzhou Ribo Life Science ...

1. A block copolymer, wherein the block copolymer is consisting of Block A and Block B, Block A is a polycaprolactone block,
Block B is a polyphosphate block having the structural unit represented by Formula I,
wherein, R1 is an optionally substituted C2-C10 alkylene and X is a halogen;in the block copolymer, the weight ratio between Block A and Block B is 1:0.1-5.3.

US Pat. No. 9,549,943

A3 ADENOSINE RECEPTOR LIGANDS FOR USE IN TREATMENT OF A SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION

CAN-FITE BIOPHARMA LTD., ...

1. A method of treating a sexual dysfunction comprising administering to a subject having erectile dysfunction an effective
amount of an A3 adenosine receptor (A3AR) ligand selected from the group consisting of (i) an A3AR agonist of formula (V)

wherein
X1 is RaRbNC(?O), wherein Ra and Rb may be the same or different and are selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-C10 alkyl, amino, C1-C10 haloalkyl, C1-C10 aminoalkyl, and C3-C10 cycloalkyl;

R2 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, halo, C1-C10 alkyoxy, amino, C2-C10 alkenyl, and C2-C10 alkynyl; and

R5 is selected from the group consisting of R- and S-1-phenylethyl, an unsubstituted benzyl group, and a benzyl group substituted
in one or more positions with a substituent selected from the group consisting of C1-C10 alkyl, amino, halo, C1-C10 haloalkyl, nitro, hydroxy, acetamido, C1-C10 alkoxy, and sulfo,
(ii) an A3AR allosteric enhancer of formula (VII)

wherein:
R1 represents an aryl or alkaryl being optionally substituted at the aromatic ring with one or more substituents selected from
the group consisting of C1-C10 alkyl, halo, C1-C10 alkanol, hydroxyl, C1-C10 acyl, C1-C10 alkoxyl, C1-C10-alkoxycarbony, C1-C10 alkoxylalkyl, C1-C10 thioalkoxy, C1-C10 alkylether, amino, hydrazido, C1-C10 alkylamino, pyridylthio, C2-C10 alkenyl, C2-C10 alkynyl, thio, C1-C10 alkylthio, acetoamido, and sulfonic acid; or said substituents can form together a cycloalkyl or cycloalkenyl fused to said
aryl, the cycloalkyl or cycloalkenyl optionally comprising one or more heteroatoms; provided that said aryl is not an unsubstituted
phenyl group;

R2? represents hydrogen or a substituent selected from the group consisting of C1-C10 alkyl, C2-C10 alkenyl, C2-C10 alkynyl, C4-C10 cycloalkyl, C4-C10 cycloalkenyl, a five to seven membered heterocyclic aromatic ring, C5-C15 fused cycloalkyl, bicyclic aromatic or heteroaromatic rings, C1-C10 alkylether, amino, hydrazido, C1-C10 alkylamino, C1-C10 alkoxy, C1-C10-alkoxycarbony, C1-C10 alkanol, C1-C10 acyl, C1-C10 thioalkoxy, pyridylthio, thio, C1-C10 alkylthio, acetoamido, and sulfonic acid;
and pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,549,911

GINGER METABOLITES AND USES THEREOF

1. A method of treating lung cancer in a subject in need thereof, comprising the steps of: administering to said subject a
therapeutically effective amount of a compound having the formula:

wherein n is selected from the group consisting of 2, 4, 6 and combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,549,884

RETINOID DERIVATIVES AND PROCESS FOR THEIR PREPARATION

SELEGO AB, Danderyd (SE)...

1. A compound of formula (I)

wherein,
X and Y are the same or different and are NH, N-alkyl, N-aryl or an oxygen atom;
A is a linear or branched C1-8 alkylene group;

or a salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,549,860

DENTAL ISOLATOR

1. A tooth isolation device comprising: a U-shaped absorbent member having a first portion and a second portion disposed on
either side of a third central portion and a retainment member, which retainment member transversely engages both the first
portion and the second portion of the absorbent member, the retainment member being adapted to fit between adjacent teeth
of a dental patient, the first portion of the U-shaped absorbent member being adapted to be disposed on the internal side
of the teeth of a dental patient between the teeth and the tongue of the patient, the second portion of the U-shaped absorbent
member to be disposed between the cheek and the mucobuccal fold of the patient with the central portion of the U-shaped absorbent
member surrounding a rear tooth of the patient, the distal end of the second portion of the U-shaped absorbent member being
tapered.

US Pat. No. 9,549,849

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REINJECTION OF PROCESSED VITREOUS HUMOR

Alcon Research, Ltd., Fo...

1. A system for removal of vitreous humor and other fluids from an eye and reinjection of filtered vitreous humor into the
eye, the system comprising:
a hollow removal device including an element configured to cut the vitreous humor, the removal device configured to aspirate
the vitreous humor from the eye;

a vacuum source configured to power the aspiration of the vitreous humor from the eye into the removal device;
an aspiration chamber, wherein the vacuum source is configured to power the aspiration of the vitreous humor from the eye
into the aspiration chamber;

a first fluid level sensor coupled to the aspiration chamber, wherein the first fluid level sensor is configured to measure
a level of fluid within the aspiration chamber;

a concentrator fluidly coupled to the aspiration chamber and configured to receive the fluid from the aspiration chamber when
the first fluid level sensor detects a predetermined level of fluid in the aspiration chamber, wherein the concentrator is
configured to create a concentrated form of the vitreous humor by separating the vitreous humor from the other fluids;

a filter fluidly coupled to the concentrator, wherein the filter is configured to receive the concentrated form of the vitreous
humor and create a filtered form of the vitreous humor by separating the vitreous humor from undesired components in the vitreous
humor;

a reservoir fluidly coupled to the filter and configured to receive the filtered form of the vitreous humor from the filter;
a second fluid level sensor coupled to the reservoir, wherein the second fluid level sensor is configured to measure a level
of fluid within the reservoir;

an infusion device fluidly coupled to the reservoir and configured to return the filtered form of the vitreous humor into
the eye when the second fluid level sensor measures a predetermined fluid level in the reservoir.

US Pat. No. 9,549,832

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR FILLING A DRUG ELUTING MEDICAL DEVICE VIA CAPILLARY ACTION

Medtronic Vascular, Inc.,...

1. A method of filling a fluid drug formulation within a lumenal space of a hollow wire having a plurality of side openings
along a length thereof openings that forms a stent, the method comprising the steps of:
placing a stent formed from a hollow wire having a plurality of side openings within a first chamber of an apparatus, wherein
a pressure source is in fluid communication with the first chamber, wherein the apparatus includes a valve positioned between
the first chamber and a second chamber that houses a means for wicking that is in contact with a fluid drug formulation and
the valve is closed such that the first chamber and second chamber are not in fluid communication;

adjusting the pressure source to control the solvent vapor pressure within the first chamber;
opening the valve such that the first chamber and second chamber are in fluid communication;
allowing the first and second chambers to reach solvent vapor saturation;
placing a portion of the stent into contact with the means for wicking within the second chamber such that at least one of
the plurality of side openings is in contact with the means for wicking;

maintaining contact between the means for wicking and a selected portion of the stent until a lumenal space defined by the
hollow wire is filled with the fluid drug formulation via capillary action through the at least one of the plurality of side
openings in contact with the means for wicking;

retracting the stent such that the portion of the stent is no longer in contact with the means for wicking and is located
within the first chamber;

closing the valve such that the first chamber and second chamber are not in fluid communication; and
reducing a solvent vapor pressure in the first chamber to evaporate a solvent of the fluid drug formulation.

US Pat. No. 9,549,831

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR CONDUITS AND MATERIALS

DSM IP Assets B.V., Heer...

1. A method for making an article for use in lining the interior of a conduit, comprising:
using a polyethylene material to form a frameless tube construct; and
providing the polyethylene material of the frameless tube construct with a treatment whereupon at least a portion of the polyethylene
material is rendered circumferentially distensible, whereupon at least a corresponding portion of the frameless tube construct
will experience greater distention in response to an applied distention force as compared to a frameless tube construct formed
using an untreated polyethylene material, and whereupon, after distention and removal of the applied distention force, the
at least a portion of the frameless tube construct will experience foreshortening of approximately 5 percent or less of a
pre-distended length of the portion of the frameless tube construct and recoil of approximately 5 percent or less of a distended
diameter of the portion of the frameless tube construct.

US Pat. No. 9,549,827

ANKLE-FOOT PROSTHESIS FOR AUTOMATIC ADAPTATION TO SLOPED WALKING SURFACES

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERA...

1. An ankle-foot prosthesis, comprising:
a) a foot plate including a rear portion and a forward deflectable portion;
b) an ankle frame including anterior and posterior portions and an apex portion;
c) said posterior portion of said ankle frame attached to said rear portion of said foot plate;
d) a yoke pivotally connected to said apex portion of said ankle frame and including a member for attaching to a prosthetic
leg;

e) a hydraulic damper having a first end pivotally connected to said yoke and a second end pivotally connected to said posterior
portion of said ankle frame;

f) a spring disposed in parallel to said damper;
g) a microprocessor-operated fluid control circuit for controlling extension and compression of said damper;
h) said anterior portion of said ankle frame including a curved surface inclined upwardly relative to said foot plate and
forwardly toward said forward deflectable portion of said foot plate;

i) said curved surface forming a roll-over surface for limiting a dorsiflexion deflection of said forward deflectable portion
of said foot plate by a direct engagement therewith;

j) said fluid control circuit including a check valve for only allowing compression of said damper;
k) said fluid control circuit including a cutoff valve for allowing extension of said damper;
l) said cutoff valve allowing extension of said damper during a gait cycle at least between prosthetic side toe off and 0
to 0.13 seconds thereafter; and

m) said cutoff valve allowing extension of said damper during the gait cycle at most between prosthetic side toe off and the
next prosthetic side foot flat.

US Pat. No. 9,549,823

PROGRAMMABLE IMPLANT HAVING CURVED OR ARCED STRUTS

4-Web, Inc., Frisco, TX ...

1. A spinal implant for interfacing with a bone structure of a subject's spine, comprising:
a web structure comprising a plurality of struts joined at nodes to form a space truss comprising a plurality of planar truss
units, wherein the web structure is configured to interface with bone tissue, and wherein the plurality of planar truss units
are coupled to one another such that one or more planar truss units lie in a plane that is not substantially parallel to a
plane of a planar truss unit that shares at least one strut with the one or more planar truss units, and wherein one or more
planar truss units comprises one or more curved or arced struts joined at nodes; and

wherein a diameter and/or length of the struts and/or density of the web structure are predetermined such that when the web
structure is in contact with the bone at least a portion of the struts create a microstrain in adhered osteoblasts, bone matrix,
or lamellar tissue; and

wherein the implant has a shape and size that allows the implant to be implanted in between vertebrae of the subject's spine.

US Pat. No. 9,549,814

VALVE COMPONENT, FRAME COMPONENT AND PROSTHETIC VALVE DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME FOR IMPLANTATION IN A BODY LUMEN

Thubrikar Aortic Valve, I...

1. A commissure for anchoring a valve component of a prosthetic valve device to a frame, comprising:
an elongated strip of pliable material;
a valve component comprising an annular sleeve having an annular inner wall; and
a fastening element;wherein a portion of the annular inner wall is cinched between opposing legs of the elongated strip of pliable material; andwherein the frame comprises:
a tubular body comprising an axis;
a plurality of circumferentially spaced-apart axial posts; and
a lattice structure comprising open cells extending between each of the axial posts;
wherein the lattice structures and the axial posts are integrally formed as a unitary structure free of seams; and
wherein the axial posts comprise axially elongated nodes.

US Pat. No. 9,549,804

NONAUGMENTIVE MASTOPEXY

Refine, LLC, Santa Rosa,...

1. A method of supporting tissue of a breast, comprising:
introducing a flexible support to a position between a chest wall and the breast;
introducing at least a first and a second soft tissue anchors into breast tissue beneath the support;
suspending the first soft tissue anchor from a first location on the support with a first suspension element to support the
breast tissue; and

suspending the second soft tissue anchor from a second location on the support with a second suspension element to support
the breast tissue,

wherein after suspending the first soft tissue anchor and suspending the second soft tissue anchor the first soft tissue anchor
is suspended solely by the first suspension element beneath the support and the first suspension element and the second soft
tissue anchor is suspended solely by the second suspension element beneath the support and the second suspension element.

US Pat. No. 9,549,803

MEDICAL SLINGS

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. A sling for use in a medical application, comprising:
a sheet comprising a synthetic material and including a first end portion and a second end portion, the second end portion
disposed opposite and away from the first end portion along a first axis and a first side and a second side, the second side
disposed opposite and away from the first side by a distance and along a second axis that is substantially perpendicular to
the first axis and that intersects the first axis at substantially the midpoint of the first axis, the sheet including a first
surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface; and

a layer of non-synthetic material extending over at least a portion of the first surface of the sheet and at least a portion
of the second surface of the sheet, a first portion of the layer of non-synthetic material being coupled to a second portion
of the layer of non-synthetic material such that the non-synthetic material is movable with respect to the synthetic material.

US Pat. No. 9,549,800

IMPLANTABLE DEVICES FOR THE TREATMENT OF INCONTINENCE AND METHODS OF USING SAME

1. A method for treating urinary incontinence in a male patient, the method comprising:
providing an implantable device having a support portion including an upper portion and a lower portion, first and second
arms that are parallel with one another and first and second legs that are parallel with one another and extend in a direction
that is orthogonal to the first and second arms;

making a perineal incision in a male patient;
providing an introducer having an introducer tip;
attaching a portion of the first arm to the introducer tip and passing the introducer tip through a first obturator foramen
and the perineal incision to pass the first arm through the first obturator foramen;

attaching a portion of the second arm to the introducer tip and passing the introducer tip through a second obturator foramen
and the perineal incision to pass the second arm through the second obturator foramen;

extending the support portion upward to the pubic bone of the male patient and positioning the first pubic rami in a first
recess located below the first arm and positioning the second pubic rami in a second recess located below the second arm,
the first recess being formed by a first edge and a second recess being formed by a second edge of the support portion, each
of the first edge and the second edge, respectively, extending inwardly toward a center of the support portion below the first
and second arms and then outwardly from the center of the support toward the lower portion; and

tensioning the first and second arms to achieve suburethral compression.

US Pat. No. 9,549,789

ORTHODONTIC BRACKET AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

1. A manufacturing method of an orthodontic bracket including a base face, which is formed at one side of the orthodontic
bracket, coated with an adhesive for attachment to teeth to attach the orthodontic bracket to teeth; a bonding pattern that
is formed on the base face by irradiating a laser beam onto the base face at a vertical angle or at a predetermined angle
with respect to the base face so that the adhesive for attachment to teeth permeates the bonding pattern to hold the base
face on thereby allowing the bracket to be fixed securely to the teeth; a slot into which a wire is inserted along a longitudinal
direction at the center of a face of the orthodontic bracket, opposite to the base face; wings formed with a first wing and
a second wing formed at both side faces of the orthodontic bracket; first side face groove and second side face groove that
are formed oppositely each other at the centers of both side faces of the orthodontic bracket so as to divide the wings and
the base face so that a rubber ring is inserted thereto in order for the wire inserted into the slot not to get out of the
slot; a wing division groove that is formed, at a right angle to the slot, on a face center on which the slot of the orthodontic
bracket is formed so that the first wing and the second wing are divided into two, respectively, thereby each being provided
with a pair of the first wing and second wing; and a coupling groove provided at one end of the first wing of right side so
that a rubber ring is coupled correspondingly thereto in state where the first wing of right side is formed longer than the
first wing of left side among the pair of the first wings of right and left sides formed by the wing division groove, the
method comprising:
a first step of setting, in a laser beam apparatus, an irradiation angle of the laser beam relative to the base face, an irradiation
depth of the laser beam relative to the base face and a bonding pattern shape of the base face to be processed, the bonding
pattern being set in such a manner that holes are formed throughout the base face; and

a second step of forming the bonding pattern on the base face by irradiating the laser beam from the laser beam apparatus
onto the base face at a right angle or a predetermined angle with respect to the base face according to the irradiation angle
of the laser beam relative to the base face, the irradiation depth of the laser beam relative to the base face and the bonding
pattern shape of the base face to be processed, which are set in the laser beam apparatus, the irradiation angle of the laser
beam being 20 degrees relative to the base face, in order to form the bonding pattern on the base face of the orthodontic
bracket.

US Pat. No. 9,549,764

OCCIPITAL PLATE ASSEMBLIES WITH POLYAXIAL HEAD CONNECTORS

1. An occipital plate comprising:
an attachment section having a plurality of through holes for securing the occipital plate to a portion of a skull;
first and second inflection zones extending from the attachment section, the first and second inflection zones being laterally
spaced apart and defining a gap therebetween;

first and second connector sections coupled to respective first and second inflection zones, the first and second connector
sections independently adjustable such that the first connector section defines a first angle with respect to the attachment
section and the second connector section defines a second angle with respect to the attachment section; and

first and second polyaxial connector assemblies connected to respective first and second connector sections, each polyaxial
connector assembly movable to adjust an orientation of an opening of the polyaxial connector assembly, wherein each polyaxial
connector assembly includes a threaded element insertable into bone.

US Pat. No. 9,549,750

SURGICAL DEVICES WITH ARTICULATING END EFFECTORS AND METHODS OF USING SURGICAL DEVICES WITH ARTICULATING END EFFECTORS

Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC...

1. A surgical device, comprising:
a proximal handle portion;
a first elongate shaft extending distally from the proximal handle portion;
a second elongate shaft extending distally from the proximal handle portion and being disposed within a first passageway of
the first elongate shaft;

a third elongate shaft extending distally from the proximal handle portion and being disposed within a second passageway of
the second elongate shaft;

a first jaw having a proximal end operatively connected to a distal end of the first elongate shaft; and
a second jaw having a proximal end operatively connected to a distal end of the second elongate shaft, the first and second
elongate shafts being configured to simultaneously rotate about a longitudinal axis of the third elongate shaft with the third
elongate shaft being stationary relative thereto, the rotation of the first and second elongate shafts angularly orienting
the first and second jaws relative to the longitudinal axis of the third elongate shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,549,745

DELIVERY DEVICES AND SYSTEMS FOR TOOLS USED IN MEDICAL PROCEDURES

ECA Medical Instruments, ...

1. A method of delivering a memory resector tool comprising:
providing a memory blade resecting tool, having at least one resector blade and a second structure attached to a blade body
assembly having an exterior surface;

said at least one resector blade having a first substantially flat surface formed at the distal end of said blade body assembly
and proximate to a second substantially flat surface in the second structure;

said first substantially flat surface and said second substantially flat surface configured to scissor against each other
during withdrawal of the at least one resector blade;

providing a hollow sheath;
compacting said memory blade resecting tool into said hollow sheath;
providing a hollow cannula having a proximal end;
the cannula having an interior diameter substantially the same as the internal diameter of said hollow sheath; and,
aligning the hollow sheath with the cannula and passing the compacted blade resecting tool, in a compacted state, into said
cannula.

US Pat. No. 9,549,739

DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TREATING BENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERPLASIA AND OTHER CONDITIONS

NeoTract, Inc., Pleasant...

1. A method for treating prostatic tissue by inducing tissue remodeling with an implant delivery system, comprising:
accessing an interventional site adjacent prostatic tissue with the delivery system;
positioning at least a portion of a retaining member in a retaining configuration outside and in contact with the prostatic
capsule; and

reducing blood flow to tissue within the prostatic capsule and maintaining compression on prostatic tissue for at least one
month.

US Pat. No. 9,549,737

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR PERFORMING GASTROPLASTY

1. A method of performing a gastroplasty without resection comprising:
passing a bougie into a stomach of a patient, said bougie including a body having portion configured to enter the stomach,
said portion having a distal end and a proximal end and an extension capable of splaying away from said proximal end to form
a Y shape;

splaying said extension;
joining opposing walls of the stomach along an outer side of said extension that is opposite said body;
closing said extension against said body;
removing said bougie.

US Pat. No. 9,549,735

FASTENER CARTRIDGE COMPRISING A FIRING MEMBER INCLUDING FASTENER TRANSFER SURFACES

Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC...

1. A fastener cartridge for use with a surgical fastening instrument, wherein said fastening instrument comprises an anvil,
and wherein said fastener cartridge comprises:
a cartridge body, comprising:
a deck including a tissue supporting surface;
a plurality of fastener cavities, wherein each said fastener cavity includes an opening in said tissue supporting surface;
a longitudinal row of fasteners; and
a sled movable between an unfired position and a fired position to lift said fasteners toward the anvil, wherein said sled
comprises a first ramp portion configured to lift each said fastener between an unlifted position and a partially lifted position,
wherein said sled comprises a second ramp portion configured to lift each said fastener between said partially lifted position
and a fully lifted position, and wherein said second ramp portion is positioned laterally and parallel with respect to said
first ramp portion.

US Pat. No. 9,549,734

ENDOSCOPIC STAPLING DEVICE, RELATED STAPLES, AND METHODS FOR USE

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED,...

1. A material-joining device comprising:
a first fastener having first and second segments, the first and second segments being coupled to one another via a spring
coupled between first ends of the first and second segments, the first and second segments extending away from the spring
to respective tissue piercing free ends; and

a housing which holds the first fastener in an insertion configuration with the free ends of the first and second segments
positioned proximally of the spring, the first fastener being movable relative to the housing from the insertion configuration
to an initial deployment configuration in which only the first segment extends distally from the housing so that the free
end of the first segment may be inserted into a first portion of tissue, the first fastener being movable relative to the
housing from the initial deployment configuration to a second deployment configuration in which the second segment extends
distally from the housing so that the free end of the second segment may be inserted into a second portion of tissue.

US Pat. No. 9,549,717

WIRELESS COMMAND MICROPHONE MANAGEMENT FOR VOICE CONTROLLED SURGICAL SYSTEM

Storz Endoskop Produktion...

1. A voice controlled surgical system, comprising:
a wireless command microphone receiving audio input;
a voice control module for generating commands from the audio input received by said wireless command microphone;
a detection module for generating signals indicative of a proximity of said wireless command microphone;
a switch module for disabling the commands in response to one or more of the signals; and
an alarm module activated in response to the one or more of the signals.

US Pat. No. 9,549,696

PHYSIOLOGICAL PARAMETER CONFIDENCE MEASURE

CERCACOR LABORATORIES, IN...

1. A physiological parameter measurement method comprising:
receiving light intensity values responsive to detection of light at the three or more wavelengths after transmission into
a tissue site and attenuation by the tissue site;

determining a physiological measurement including an indication of a relationship among the light intensity values at three
or more wavelengths;

selecting, based on the physiological measurement, at least one of a plurality of reference data sets, wherein the reference
data sets are empirically determined and each include a respective indication of a relationship among empirically determined
light intensity values for a respective measurement at the three or more wavelengths;

comparing the physiological measurement to the selected at least one of the reference data sets at the three or more wavelengths;
and

determining, based on the comparison, a measure of confidence in the physiological measurement.

US Pat. No. 9,549,690

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING DEAD SPACE FRACTION IN AN ONGOING MANNER FROM INTERMITTENT BLOOD GAS SAMPLES

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A system configured to monitor the dead space fraction of a subject, the system comprising:
a blood gas information interface configured to receive blood gas information related to one or more blood gas parameters
that indicate concentrations of one or more molecular species in the blood of the subject;

a respiration information interface configured to receive respiration information related to one or more respiration parameters
of the breathing of the subject; and

a processor configured to execute computer program modules, the computer program modules comprising:
a blood gas module configured to obtain values for the one or more blood gas parameters from the blood gas information received
via the blood gas intbrmation interface;

a respiration parameter module configured to obtain values for the one or more respiration parameters from the respiration
information received via the respiration information interface; and

a dead space fraction module configured to determine the dead space fraction of the subject based on the values for the one
or more blood gas parameters obtained by the blood gas module and based on the values for the one or more respiration parameters
obtained by the respiration parameter module,

wherein
the dead space fraction module is configured to determine the dead space fraction of the subject at measurement intervals
such that, responsive to (i) blood gas information not being received by the blood gas information interface during a measurement
interval, and (ii), respiration information being received by the respiration information interface during the measurement
interval, the dead space fraction module determines the dead space traction of the subject at the end of the measurement interval
based on values of the one or more blood, gas parameters used in a previous determination of the dead space fraction of the
subject, and based on the values of the one or more respiration parameters obtained from the respiration information received
during the measurement interval.

US Pat. No. 9,549,687

PATIENT TRANSPORT APPARATUS WITH INTEGRATED SUBSYSTEMS FOR USE IN MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

16. A method of manufacturing a patient transport apparatus comprising:
coupling a table for supporting a patient to a base;
forming a plurality of compartments in the base capable of accepting a plurality of patient care modules therein, the plurality
of compartments configured to magnetically shield the plurality of patient care modules to enable positioning of the plurality
of patient care modules in proximity to an MRI system magnet;

attaching a docking mechanism to the base, wherein the docking mechanism is capable of coupling the patient transport apparatus
to the MRI system magnet; and

providing a controller capable of controlling each of the plurality of patient care modules;
wherein coupling the table to the base comprises detachably coupling the table to the base, such that the table can be translated
into a bore of the MRI system magnet to acquire MR images of the patient while the base, and the plurality of patient care
modules positioned in the plurality of compartments in the base, are kept outside of the bore of the MRI system magnet during
acquisition of the MR images.

US Pat. No. 9,549,671

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY SYSTEM WITH MULTIPLE SAMPLE PATHS

SANTEC CORPORATION, Koma...

1. An optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging system comprising:
a tunable laser source configured to provide a wavelength-scanned beam;
an interferometer configured to split the wavelength-scanned beam into a reference beam and an object beam;
a splitter configured to split the object beam into a first path corresponding to an anterior chamber imaging component and
a second path corresponding to a retinal imaging component, wherein the anterior chamber imaging component comprises a first
scan mirror configured to image an anterior chamber of an eye, and wherein the retinal imaging component comprises a second
scan mirror configured to image a retina of the eye; and

a detector configured to detect a signal caused by interference between the reference beam and at least a portion of the object
beam reflected from the eye.

US Pat. No. 9,549,641

PORTABLE SPICE STORAGE CASE

1. A portable container for storing a plurality of bottles, the portable container comprising a case comprising:
an outer shell comprising two openable halves having an interior and a back wall;
a shelf extending an entire width of each openable half, the shelf configured to accommodate a plurality of bottles, the shelf
separating the interior into multiple storage areas;

a rear retainer attached to the back wall and running along the width of each storage area, the rear retainer comprising a
plurality of rounded grooves, each configured to accommodate a bottle; and

a sliding bracket positioned within each storage area, the sliding bracket being attached to the interior but spaced away
from the back wall, the sliding bracket comprising a plurality of rounded grooves, each configured to accommodate the bottle,
such that when the sliding bracket is in a closed configuration, each bottle is sandwiched between the rear retainer and the
sliding bracket.

US Pat. No. 9,549,631

SELF-CONTAINED BRACELET ATTACHING DEVICE AND BRACELET CONTAINING SAME

1. A combination of a bracelet and a device attached thereto operable to assist in attaching said bracelet around a wrist
of a wearer, said combination comprising:
the bracelet, wherein the bracelet has a first end and a second end, and one of the first end and the second end of the bracelet
comprises a receiving end and an other one of the first end and the second end of the bracelet comprises a clasp end; and

the device, wherein the device is operable to assist in attaching said receiving end and said clasp end of said bracelet together
so that the bracelet then securely encircles the wrist of the wearer, said device having a first end and a second end, said
first end of the device being detachably attachable to said bracelet, and said first end of the device being located much
nearer to one of the receiving end and the clasp end than to an other one of the receiving end and the clasp end;

wherein:
said device is of a length and is so situated such that at least one finger of a hand of the wearer proximal to the wrist
of the wearer may engage the second end of the device and hold it against the hand of the wearer, allowing the device and
the bracelet attached thereto, at least momentarily, to hang downward such that the receiving end of said bracelet dangles
at or about the wrist of the wearer and a remainder of said bracelet dangles alongside said wrist of the wearer thus making
the clasp end of said bracelet available to an other hand of the wearer to complete attaching said clasp end to said receiving
end;

said combination is wearable as a bracelet; and
said second end of the device is detachably attachable to said bracelet.

US Pat. No. 9,549,622

SHELF DIVIDER SYSTEM

CHECKMATE INTERNATIONAL P...

1. A shelf divider system comprising:
a shelf base defining a support that includes an upper surface configured to receive multiple products thereon, which base
has a front and a rear and multiple parallel elongate slots in the base defined by a multiplicity of spaced parallel ribs,
which slots extend in a direction from front to rear in multiple sets of at least two aligned slots, the base having a forwardly
outstanding integral formation at the front of the shelf base;

an upstanding transversely extending front stop including a lower stop mount, the front stop mounted to the shelf base at
said front by releasable engagement of the lower stop mount to the outstanding integral formation, the front stop having an
upper edge and a plurality of notches formed in the upper edge, the respective notches associated with said sets of at least
two aligned slots; and

a plurality of dividers each having a bottom edge with a more rearward rearwardly extending protrusion and a more forward
depending tab means having at least one lateral protrusion, and a front edge with an upper forwardly extending protrusion
having a downturned or return portion;

whereby each divider is selectively releasably engageable with any of said sets of at least two aligned slots by locating
said rearwardly extending protrusion under a rear edge of a rear slot and pivoting the divider downwardly to locate the tab
means in a front slot and the forwardly extending protrusion in an associated notch on the front stop firmly locating the
front stop between the downturned or return portion and the front edge of the divider and locking the lateral protrusion under
an adjacent rail when the divider is pushed down, whereupon the divider is not disengageable except by reversing said pivoting
action; and

whereby the outstanding integral formation is configured to mount the front stop and permit a number of bases to be joined
front to rear, the rear of a forward positioned base joining to the outstanding integral formation at the front of a rear
positioned base, with the outstanding integral formation on the forward-most base engaging with the front stop.

US Pat. No. 9,549,621

CRIB MOUNTABLE NOISE SUPPRESSOR

1. A noise suppressor for use with a crib that has a frame separate from the noise suppressor comprising:
a frame that is configured for being detachably coupled to the frame of the crib, the frame of the noise suppressor being
configured to extend across an open top of the crib that is defined by side rails and end walls, wherein the frame of the
noise suppressor is configured such that at least a portion thereof is positioned for suspension above an inner portion of
a mattress support structure of the frame of the crib;

a noise suppressor structure that is formed of a noise suppressing material and is coupled to the frame of the noise suppressor,
the noise suppressor structure being configured to at least substantially extend across the open top of the crib across the
mattress support structure and is formed of a noise suppressing material; and

electronics disposed along one of the frame of the noise suppressor and the noise suppressor structure, the electronics including
a speaker, a timer, and a first sensor for sensing sound within the crib above a predetermined threshold, the electronics
being configured to play a recording when either a predetermined amount of time has lapsed or the sound above the predetermined
threshold is observed;

wherein the noise suppressor is formed as a standalone unit separate from the crib.

US Pat. No. 9,549,619

CUSHION FOR CO-SLEEPING

1. A cushion for co-sleeping comprising:
a planar latch plate;
a belt coupled to the latch plate;
an L-shaped plate coupled to the belt, wherein the L-shaped plate is shaped to seat a first leg of the L-shaped plate under
a bottom of a mattress of a bed and a second leg of the L-shaped plate against a side of the mattress;

a cushion shaped to be blocked by the second leg of the L-shaped plate extending beyond the mattress such that the cushion
cannot be pushed beyond the second leg and the mattress; and

a bendable pipe enclosed in the cushion, wherein bending the cushion also bends the bendable pipe which maintains the cushion
in the bent shape.

US Pat. No. 9,549,594

CUSTOMIZABLE BRACELET

1. An apparatus, comprising:
an article of clothing with a matrix of rectangular holes, the article being made from a deformable material; and
a plurality of inserts, each insert comprising a tail piece, a decorative element, and a rectangular shaft connecting the
tail piece to the decorative element, each of the plurality of inserts configured to fit inside each of the holes in the article,
wherein the tail piece comprises a rectangular cuboid portion which is wider and longer than the shaft, the tail piece also
comprising a truncated square pyramid shaped protrusion adjacent to the rectangular cuboid portion, the truncated square pyramid
shaped protrusion being aligned with the shaft with an end of the truncated square pyramid shaped protrusion pointing opposite
the decorative element, the decorative element being wider and longer than the tail piece.

US Pat. No. 9,549,588

REINFORCING SHANK ARRANGEMENT FOR FOOTWEAR SOLE STRUCTURE

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear, including an upper configured to receive a foot and a sole component fixedly attached to a bottom
portion of the upper, the sole component comprising:
a baseplate having a bottom surface; and
an arrangement of ground engaging members extending downward from the bottom surface of the baseplate, the arrangement of
ground engaging members including at least a first ground engaging member and a second ground engaging member;

the baseplate further including a reinforcing shank arrangement including a plurality of reinforcing strips formed of a different
material than portions of the baseplate adjacent the reinforcing strips, the plurality of reinforcing strips being exposed
and forming outer surfaces of the sole component;

wherein at least a first reinforcing strip of the plurality of reinforcing strips forms at least a portion of a first substantially
square platform from which the first ground engaging member extends, and at least a portion of a second substantially square
platform from which the second ground engaging member extends;

wherein the first reinforcing strip has a first width adjacent the first substantially square platform, and the first substantially
square platform has a second width that is larger than the first width of the first reinforcing strip;

wherein the arrangement of ground engaging members includes a first ground engaging member extending from the first substantially
square platform and a second ground engaging member extending from the second substantially square platform, and the plurality
of reinforcing strips includes an adjoining strip extending between the first substantially square platform and the second
substantially square platform; and

wherein one side of the adjoining strip is flush with a first edge of the first substantially square platform, and an opposite
side of the adjoining strip is flush with an edge of the second substantially square platform opposite the first edge of the
first substantially square platform.

US Pat. No. 9,549,586

BATTERY FOR USE WITH A HEATED INSOLE

Schawbel Technologies LLC...

1. A battery for use with an insole configured to receive the battery, the battery comprising a cushion portion that forms,
when the battery is disposed within the insole, a portion of a top surface of the insole, the top surface of the insole configured
to contact a foot of a user.

US Pat. No. 9,549,549

ANTIMICROBIAL MATERIALS AND METHODS

STC.UNM, Albuquerque, NM...

1. A method of making an antimicrobial fiber for a woven or non-woven fabric, the fiber comprising a biocidal oligomer wherein
the biocidal oligomer has the structure:

wherein Z? is an anion, k=1-6, and n=1-100;

the method comprising
contacting a fiber-forming polymer and an effective amount of the biocidal oligomer; and,
spinning a fiber from the fiber-forming polymer, to provide a fiber comprising the polymer and the biocidal oligomer.

US Pat. No. 9,549,542

INSECT MONITORING DEVICE AND METHOD OF DETECTION

Bed Bugs Limited, (GB)

1. A bed bug detection device, which is not based on active capture but rather by passively observing telltale signs which
indicate their presence, comprising:
a refuge which elicits a taxis response from bed bugs, the refuge including at least a first wall and a second wall arranged
one on top of the other and each terminating at a surrounding peripheral edge that defines a perimeter of the refuge, wherein
the refuge has an interior disposed between the first wall and the second wall, the interior defining a shaded microenvironment
including at least one of a plurality of tunnels and a plurality of crevices, wherein the refuge further includes at least
one opening in communication with the interior disposed at a peripheral side between the first wall and the second wall; and

a skirt having a non-trapping indicator surface disposed outside the refuge and being visible to an observer, wherein the
non-trapping indicator surface is slightly absorbent so that indicators comprising faeces and cast skins mark or stick to
the non-trapping indicator surface;

a substantially flat sheet of material, wherein said refuge is positioned on the flat sheet in close proximity to said non-trapping
indicator surface, the flat sheet having a peripheral portion extending outwardly from the refuge that defines the skirt having
the non-trapping indicator surface; and

an assembly comprises at least two outer layers of material substantially covering the refuge, the at least two outer layers
including a first outer layer and a second outer layer each having a surrounding peripheral edge that defines a further perimeter
of the assembly, wherein the perimeter of the assembly is greater than the perimeter of the refuge, wherein the refuge and
the flat sheet are sandwiched between the first outer layer and the second outer layer;

wherein the skirt having the non-trapping indicator surface extends outwardly beyond the perimeter of the refuge and the further
perimeter of the assembly such that the bed bugs are detected by observing indicators comprising faeces and cast skins which
are left on the non-trapping indicator surface by the bed bugs as they travel across the skirt on their way to or from the
refuge.

US Pat. No. 9,549,530

MILKING APPARATUS AND A METHOD FOR PRESENTING A TEAT CUP FOR ATTACHING TO AN ANIMAL

DAIRYMASTER, Causeway (I...

1. Apparatus for presenting a teat cup for attaching to a teat of an animal to be milked, the apparatus comprising:
a support means adapted for mounting beneath an upwardly facing major surface of a platform on which an animal stands during
milking thereof,

a teat cup carrier for holding the teat cup, the teat cup carrier being mounted on the support means and being selectively
operable in a first state for holding the teat cup in a protected state, and in a second state for holding the teat cup beneath
the animal in a ready state with the teat cup ready to be urged upwardly from the teat cup carrier for attaching to the teat
of the animal, and

a closure means for closing the open mouth of the teat cup when the teat cup carrier is in the first state and the teat cup
is in the protected state,

one of the teat cup carrier and the closure means being moveable relative to the other one of the teat cup carrier and the
closure means between an engaged position with the closure means engaged in the open mouth of the teat cup, and a disengaged
position with the closure means disengaged from the teat cup.

US Pat. No. 9,549,885

SCALP CARE COMPOSITION

1. A scalp care composition comprising:
a) from about 0.05% to about 5% of an anti-dandruff active;
b) from about 0.1% to about 25% of one or more organic solvents wherein the organic solvent is selected from butylene glycol,
benzyl alcohol and mixtures thereof;

c) from about 1% to about 99% of a volatile carrier; and
wherein the anti-dandruff active is soluble in the scalp care composition.
US Pat. No. 9,552,457

REPROGRAMMING EFFECTOR PROTEIN INTERACTIONS TO CORRECT EPIGENETIC DEFECTS IN CANCER

BRITISH COLUMBIA CANCER A...

1. A method for identifying a candidate compound that increases binding of a histone mark reader protein to a target histone
tail mark, the method comprising:
(a) computationally generating a structural model of the active site of the reader protein in complex with the target histone
tail mark, the structural model based on a computational model of the active site of the reader protein complexed with its
cognate histone tail mark;

(b) identifying one or more functional features required for binding of the target histone tail mark in the active site of
the reader protein;

(c) modeling into the active site a virtual probe structure that, together with residues in the active site and the target
histone tail mark, substantially reproduces the functional features identified in step (b) to form a stable complex comprising
the target histone tail mark, the residues of the active site and the virtual probe structure;

(d) modeling candidate compounds in place of the virtual probe structure to identify a candidate compound which forms a stable
complex comprising the target histone tail mark, the residues of the active site and the identified candidate compound;

(e) providing the candidate compound identified in step (d) for use in one or more in vitro assays to assess increased binding
of the histone mark reader protein to the histone tail mark; and

(f) testing the candidate compound provided in step (e) in the one or more in vitro assays to assess increased binding of
the reader protein to the target histone tail mark.

US Pat. No. 9,550,921

MASKING TAPE WITH MULTI-DIRECTIONAL HAND TEAR

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A hand-tearable masking tape, comprising:
a plastic backing comprising a thickness and a longitudinal length and a longitudinal axis and a transverse width and transverse
axis, and comprising a first major side and an oppositely-facing second major side;

wherein the first major side of the backing comprises a primary microstructured hand-tear pattern comprising a multiplicity
of primary lines of weakness at least some of which are continuous primary lines of weakness each comprising a continuous
groove that does not penetrate through the entire thickness of the plastic backing and that extends across the entire transverse
width of the first side of the backing and that comprises a long axis that is oriented within plus or minus 10 degrees of
the transverse axis of the backing,

and wherein the first major side of the backing comprises a first secondary microstructured hand-tear pattern and a second
secondary microstructured hand-tear pattern, wherein the first secondary microstructured hand-tear pattern comprising a multiplicity
of first secondary lines of weakness comprising dead-end cavities that do not penetrate through the entire thickness of the
plastic backing, at least some of which comprise a long axis that is oriented at an angle of about 25 degrees to about 90
degrees relative to the long axis of the primary lines of weakness, wherein the second secondary microstructured hand-tear
pattern comprising a multiplicity of second secondary lines of weakness comprising dead-end cavities that do not penetrate
through the entire thickness of the plastic backing, at least some of which comprise a long axis that is oriented at an angle
of about 25 to about 65 degrees relative to the long axis of the primary lines of weakness and oriented at an angle of about
50 degrees to about 90 degrees relative to the long axis of the first secondary lines of weakness and,

a pressure-sensitive adhesive disposed on the second major side of the backing.
US Pat. No. 9,549,920

METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR TREATING POST-OPERATIVE PAIN COMPRISING A LOCAL ANESTHETIC

Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., ...

1. A method of treating or preventing post-operative pain in a patient in need of such treatment, the method comprising administering
one or more biodegradable drug depots comprising a polymer comprising poly(D,L-lactide-co-caprolactone) in an amount of about
30 wt. % of the one or more drug depots, and a therapeutically effective amount of a local anesthetic or pharmaceutically
acceptable salt thereof in an amount of about 60 wt. % of the one or more drug depots to a target tissue site beneath the
skin before, during or after surgery, wherein the one or more drug depots is capable of releasing an initial bolus dose of
the local anesthetic or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof at a site beneath the skin followed by a sustained release
dose of an effective amount of the local anesthetic or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof over a period of at least
4 days, and the one or more drug depots further comprising an excipient comprising methoxy polyethylene glycol (mPEG) in an
amount of about 10 wt. % of the one or more drug depots, and the one or more drug depots further comprises trehalose.
US Pat. No. 9,551,716

METHOD FOR DIAGNOSIS AND PROGNOSIS OF CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE (COPD)

Paul Archibald Kirkham, ...

1. A method for aiding in categorising or determining prognosis in a subject with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD),
or in selecting a therapeutic strategy for a subject with COPD, or in monitoring disease progression or assessing effectiveness
of a treatment regime for COPD, the method comprising:
obtaining a blood or serum sample from the subject, and
measuring the IgG or IgM antibody response to carbonylated vimentin in the sample obtained from the subject, wherein an increase
in IgG or IgM antibody response relative to a control is a prognostic and predictive factor for COPD.

US Pat. No. 9,550,962

STABLE NON-AQUEOUS LIQUID COMPOSITIONS COMPRISING A CATIONIC POLYMER IN PARTICULATE FORM

1. A non-aqueous liquid composition comprising:
a) a cationic polymer in particulate form, wherein the cationic polymer in particulate form has an area average D90 diameter
of less than about 300 microns, and wherein the cationic polymer is a cationic polysaccharide; and

b) a non-aqueous dispersant; and
c) less than 15% by weight of water;wherein the cationic polymer is stably dispersed in the non-aqueous liquid composition, and wherein the non-aqueous liquid
composition is enclosed in a water-soluble or dispersible film.
US Pat. No. 9,549,958

EXTRACTS OF CYNANCHUM SP. AND ACTIVE INGREDIENTS CONTAINED THEREIN IN USE OF ARTHRITIS TREATMENT

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A method for isolating antofine from a Cynanchum hancockianum plant, comprising the steps of:
(i) mixing a powder of Cynanchum hancockianum plant with ethanol to form a first blend;

(ii) heating the first blend for at least 2 hours at a sufficient temperature and filtering the heated blend to obtain a first
extract;

(iii) concentrating the first extract by evaporation and adding an acid to the concentrated first extract to form a suspension
containing a sticky material;

(iv) filtering the suspension to remove the sticky material and obtain a clear solution;
(v) extracting the clear solution with dichloromethane to obtain a second extract;
(vi) concentrating and purifying the second extract by silica gel chromatography and eluting the concentrated purified second
extract with ethyl acetate and methanol in a volume ratio of 2:5 to obtain a filtrate;

(vii) recrystallizing the filtrate to obtain the isolated antofine.
US Pat. No. 9,550,986

HIGH-THROUGHPUT ANTIBODY HUMANIZATION

AbbVie Inc., North Chica...

1. A method of producing a humanized variant of a non-human donor immunoglubin comprising the steps of:
(i) providing a collection of all possible human immunoglobulin light chain variable region (VL) sequences or heavy chain
variable region (VH) sequences with the same CDR canonical structures and Kabat subgroup assignment as the VL or VH sequence
of the non-human donor immunoglobulin;

(ii) for each acceptor sequence in the collection, identifying the number of non-identical residues at all framework region
(FR) positions between the donor sequence and each acceptor sequence;

(iii) for each acceptor sequence in the collection, identifying the number of non-identical residues at key CDR positions
(“strcdr”) between the donor sequence and each acceptor sequence;

(iv) ranking the acceptor sequences in the collection based on a preference score (“diff”) which is a sum of the number of
non-identical residues identified in step (ii) and (iii) for each acceptor sequence;

(v) selecting the acceptor sequence in the collection with the lowest preference score and the lowest backmutation score (“fr_bm”);
(vi) synthesizing a DNA segment encoding a humanized VL or VH sequence comprising CDRs from the donor immunoglobulin engrafted
in the variable region framework from the selected acceptor sequence; and comprising key FR amino acids from the donor immunoglobulin
that replace non-identical amino acids at corresponding amino acid positions in the acceptor variable region framework;

(vii) introducing the DNA segment encoding the humanized VL or VH sequence and a DNA segment encoding a corresponding humanized
VH or VL sequence into a cell; and

(viii) expressing the DNA segments in the cell,
wherein the lowest backmutation score is established by:
(ix) providing a structural model of the donor immunoglobulin sequence;
(x) identifying all key FR residues in the VL or VH sequence of the non-human donor immunoglobulin which are (a) within about
5 Angstroms of the CDRs of immunoglobulin and have a solvent exposure of less than 20% (“buried”); or (b) involved in the
interaction with the CDR or another chain by specific hydrophobic, electrostatic or ion-ion chain interactions (“strltd”);
and

(xi) for each acceptor sequence in the collection, identifying the number of non-identical residues at the key FR positions
of step (x) between the donor sequence and each acceptor sequence to establish a total backmutation score (“fr_bm”) for each
acceptor sequence;

(xii) ranking the acceptor sequences in the collection based on the backmutation score;
(xiii) identifying the acceptor sequence in the collection with the lowest backmutation score,
thereby producing a humanized variant of a non-human donor immunoglobulin.
US Pat. No. 9,549,977

USE OF THE PACAP AS A MOLECULAR ADJUVANT FOR VACCINES

CENTRO DE INGENIERIA GENE...

1. A vaccine composition comprising a pituitary adenylate cyclase activating peptide (PACAP), at least one vaccine antigen
specific for an infectious agent, and a pharmaceutically acceptable vehicle or diluent, wherein said PACAP and said vaccine
antigen are present in an amount sufficient for producing protection to an infectious disease caused by the infectious agent
in fish.
US Pat. No. 9,553,308

NEGATIVE ELECTRODE MATERIAL FOR SODIUM SECONDARY BATTERY AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME, NEGATIVE ELECTRODE FOR SODIUM SECONDARY BATTER, AND SODIUM SECONDARY BATTERY

ISUZU GLASS CO., LTD., O...

13. A negative electrode material for a sodium secondary battery comprising a composite powder of component A and component
B,
wherein (1) the component A is a material capable of electrochemically absorbing and releasing sodium; and
(2) the component B is sulfide or sulfide composite body including sulfur and antimony
wherein the composite powder is a composite powder with a surface of the component A coated with the component B.
US Pat. No. 9,551,010

METHODS OF IMPROVING RETROVIRAL TITER IN TRANSFECTION-BASED PRODUCTION SYSTEM USING EUKARYOTIC CELLS

1. A method of improving retroviral titer in a transfection-based production system using a population of eukaryotic cells,
the method comprising: (i) seeding a population of eukaryotic cells at a cell density of at least 5×104 cells/cm2 4 to 5 days prior to cell harvest; (ii) harvesting the population of eukaryotic cells, wherein the population of eukaryotic
cells has progressed beyond log phase of cell growth to a state of confluency for at least 24 hours; and (iii) mixing the
population of eukaryotic cells harvested in (ii) with a transfection reagent and a retroviral vector at the time of re-seeding
the population of eukaryotic cells into a culture vessel.
US Pat. No. 9,551,019

RECOMBINANT N-GLYCOSYLATED PROTEINS FROM PROCARYOTIC CELLS

1. A recombinant target protein comprising a recombinantly introduced optimized N-glycosylation consensus sequence, wherein
said consensus sequence consists of the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 7, wherein said target protein has an increased
or optimized efficiency of N-glycosylation compared to the same protein which does not comprise said consensus sequence, and
wherein said optimized N-glycosylation consensus sequence is sufficient for N-glycosylation of said target protein in bacteria.
US Pat. No. 9,549,510

INBRED CORN LINE IT7EE42

Anglo Netherlands Grain B...

1. A seed of inbred corn line IT7EE42, wherein a representative sample of seed of said inbred corn line was deposited under
ATCC Accession No. PTA-123334.
US Pat. No. 9,551,051

WELDABLE OXIDATION RESISTANT NICKEL-IRON-CHROMIUM ALUMINUM ALLOY

Haynes International, Inc...

1. A weldable, high temperature oxidation resistant alloy comprising in weight percent 27.5% iron, 20% chromium, 3.75% aluminum,
0.25% titanium, 0.05% carbon, 0.3% silicon, 0.25% manganese and the balance nickel plus impurities.
US Pat. No. 9,550,818

METHODS FOR USE OF VASCULAR ENDOTHELIAL GROWTH FACTOR ANTAGONISTS

The United States of Amer...

1. A method for treating a disease characterized by pathological angiogenesis, comprising administering to a patient in need
thereof a pharmaceutically effective amount of a vascular endothelial cell growth factor (VEGF) variant polypeptide having
the ability to antagonize VEGF mediated angiogenesis and comprising (1) a polypeptide comprising a polypeptide selected from
the group consisting of SEQ ID NO:25 wherein the amino acid at positions 149, 150, and 185 of SEQ NO:25 is glutamic acid or
aspartic acid, SEQ ID NO:26 wherein the amino acid at positions 123, 124, and 159 of SEQ ID NO:26 is glutamic acid or aspartic
acid, or (2) a polypeptide comprising a polypeptide having at least 95% identity to a polypeptide of (1) and having the identified
amino acid substitutions of (1).
US Pat. No. 9,550,821

MODULATION OF GHRELIN LEVELS AND GHRELIN/UNACYLATED GHRELIN RATIO USING UNACYLATED GHRELIN

Alize Pharma SAS, Ecully...

1. A method for treating Prader-Willi Syndrome in a subject, comprising administering to the subject an effective amount of
(i) a polypeptide consisting of a fragment of unacylated ghrelin as set forth in SEQ ID NO: 6; (ii) a polypeptide consisting
of a fragment of unacylated ghrelin as set forth in SEQ ID NO: 25; or (iii) pharmaceutically acceptable salts of (i) or (ii).
US Pat. No. 9,550,831

METHOD FOR TREATING PSORIASIS

BIOTEST AG, Dreieich (DE...

1. A method for treating an autoimmune disease comprising administering to a subject a pharmaceutical composition comprising
a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier and an agent capable of activating CD4+CD25+ regulatory T cells, wherein the agent is
a humanized anti-CD4 antibody comprising an IgG1 constant domain, an H chain V domain comprising the CDRs of SEQ ID NO: 7
and an L chain V domain comprising the CDRs of SEQ ID NO: 8;
wherein said administering occurs from every week to every 31 days at a dose of the humanized anti-CD4 antibody of from 10
to 200 mg;

and wherein the autoimmune disease is psoriasis.
US Pat. No. 9,551,107

METHODS OF TREATING TEXTILE SURFACES

CAL-TEX PROTECTIVE COATIN...

1. A method of treating a textile surface, the method comprising:
depositing a composition on the surface, the composition comprising a plurality of particles, each particle comprising:
a liquid comprising water and at least two polymers each independently chosen from anionic polymers, anionic copolymers, fluoropolymers,
fluorocopolymers, acrylic polymers, and acrylic copolymers; and

fumed silica at least partially surrounding the liquid;
wherein the composition comprises from about 3% to about 15% of the fumed silica by weight, with respect to the total weight
of the composition; and

wherein the composition is in the form of a powder, such that the particles remain intact on the surface upon depositing the
composition on the surface; and

brushing the particles of the composition against the surface, such that at least a portion of the particles release the liquid
onto the surface.

US Pat. No. 9,550,854

AMINE CATALYSTS FOR POLYURETHANE FOAMS

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. A polyol premix composition which comprises a combination of from about 1 wt. % to about 30 wt. % of a blowing agent, from
about 60 wt % to about 95 wt % of a polyol, from about 0.5 wt % to about 5 wt % of a silicone surfactant, and a sterically
hindered amine catalyst; wherein the blowing agent comprises trans-1,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene, 1-chloro-3,3,3-trifluoropropene
or combinations of these and the sterically hindered amine catalyst comprises a catalyst selected from the group consisting
of; dimethylcyclohexylamine, dicyclohexylmethylamine, dicyclohexylamine; t-butylisopropylamine; di-sec-butylamine, diisopropylamine;
diisopropylethylamine; dimethylisopropylamine, and combinations thereof, wherein the amounts of each component are by weight
of the polyol premix composition and wherein the premix comprises less than 5 wt. % of fluoride ion after exposure to 120°
F. for three days.
US Pat. No. 9,550,872

PROCESS FOR RECOVERING NYLON AND POLYPROPYLENE FROM A NYLON FIBER SOURCE

TEKNOR APEX COMPANY, Paw...

1. An aqueous process for recovering nylon from a nylon fiber source comprising the steps of:
applying a liquid to said nylon fiber source to wet the nylon fiber source, said nylon fiber source comprising nylon fibers,
polyolefin fibers, and a latex adhesive backing material;

shredding said wetted nylon fiber source to form a wet shredded slurry;
transferring said wet shredded slurry to a granulator and granulating said wet shredded slurry and reducing the length of
the nylon fibers and polyolefin fibers and forming a wet granulated slurry; and

separating said nylon fibers from said polyolefin fibers.
US Pat. No. 9,550,879

HYDRAULIC BARRIER COMPOSITION AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

AMCOL INTERNATIONAL CORPO...

1. A method comprising:
providing a clay-polymer composite comprising a clay and a polymer, the polymer of the composition formed from one or more
monomers, at least one monomer being acrylamido-methyl-propane sulfonate (AMPS);

wherein providing the clay-polymer composite comprises
polymerizing AMPS monomer, optionally with one or more other monomers, and optionally, with one or more crosslinking agents,
one or more additives, or one or more crosslinking agents and one or more additives, in the presence of the clay;

or
blending the clay and the polymer and optionally one or more additives, the polymer being a pre-synthesized polymer;
and
forming a hydraulic barrier composition comprising the clay-polymer composite.
US Pat. No. 9,549,878

NANOPARTICLE-CONTAINING IRRIGATION SOLUTION FOR ENDODONTICS

MAILLEFER INSTRUMENTS HOL...

1. A method, comprising:
mixing a first and a second preparation to form an endodontic irrigation solution, the first preparation comprising an oxidising
agent, the second preparation comprising antibacterial nanoparticles treated to slow their oxidation by the oxidising agent;
and

irrigating with said endodontic irrigation solution in an endodontic treatment.
US Pat. No. 9,549,882

GEL VOLUME MASCARA

Coty Inc., New York, NY ...

1. A gel mascara, comprising:
deionized water in a concentration of at least about 45%;
black iron oxide;
synthetic layered silicate in a concentration effective for forming a colloidal dispersion with the water;
disodium EDTA;
polysorbate 20;
potassium cetyl phosphate and hydrogenated palm glycerides in a blend;
one or more of Carnauba Wax, paraffin, Candelilla Wax and White Beeswax in a concentration range of 1.5 to 20% by weight and
ammonium acrylate copolymer.

US Pat. No. 9,554,392

MACHINE TO MACHINE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT METHODS AND SYSTEMS

1. A method comprising:
receiving in a radio access network a request to transmit a message from a first device through a cellular network to a second
device, the request including a machine identity for the first device and not including any QoS parameters;

submitting a query to a database in a core network that correlates the machine identity with an associated QoS parameter;
determining the associated QoS parameter associated with the first device based on the machine identity;
assigning an assigned priority to the message, the assigned priority selected from at least a high priority and a low priority
based on the associated QoS parameter; and

assigning the message, based on the assigned priority to one of a first input queue or a second input queue located in the
radio access network wherein the first input queue is associated with the low priority and a long delay and the second input
queue is associated with the high priority and a short delay;

transmitting messages in the second input queue on a first come first served basis; and
transmitting messages in the first input queue on a first come first served basis; after the messages in the second input
queue have been transmitted.

US Pat. No. 9,554,326

ACTIVE SCANNING METHOD AND DEVICE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. An active scanning method in a wireless local area network (WLAN), the active scanning method comprising:
receiving, by a second station (STA), a first probe request frame broadcasted from a first STA;
broadcasting, by the second STA, a second probe request frame to an AP (access point),
wherein the second probe request frame includes a probe request frame detection field, and
wherein the probe request frame detection field indicates that the second STA has received the first probe request frame;
and

receiving, by the second STA, a beacon frame or a probe response frame from the AP, wherein the probe response frame is a
response to the second probe request frame, and wherein when the same information should be transmitted to the first STA and
the second STA as a response to the first probe request frame and the second probe request frame, the AP broadcasts the probe
response frame.

US Pat. No. 9,554,257

AUTOMATIC CALL SYNCHRONIZATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

BOE Technology Group Co.,...

1. An automatic call synchronization system, comprising a wireless signal transponder, at least one mobile terminal having
a wireless communication module, a fixed terminal having a wireless communication module and a pattern recognizer connected
with the wireless signal transponder, wherein
the mobile terminal is configured to transmit, when receiving an incoming calling signal and determining that an automatic
call synchronization function is turn on, to the wireless signal transponder a call synchronization request carrying identification
information of the mobile terminal and call information;

the pattern recognizer is configured to authenticate, after receiving the call synchronization request forwarded by the wireless
signal transponder, the mobile terminal according to the identification information of the mobile terminal, and transmitting
to the fixed terminal a call access request carrying the identification information of the mobile terminal and the call information
through the wireless signal transponder after the authentication is successful;

the fixed terminal is configured to call a user of the mobile terminal according to the identification information of the
mobile terminal and the call information after receiving the call access request, and transmitting, when the call is answered
by the user using the fixed terminal, to the wireless signal transponder a call access response and implementing a conversation
through a fixed phone operation network matched with the fixed terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,554,248

MUSIC DIARY PROCESSOR

Waldeck Technology, LLC, ...

1. A method for a music diary processor to generate a first electronic music diary comprising:
receiving a first plurality of event identifiers from a user device, wherein each event identifier identifies a respective
life event associated with a life of a first user;

for each of the first plurality of event identifiers, receiving a first date identifier identifying a date associated with
the life event;

for each of the first plurality of event identifiers, receiving a first song identifier identifying one or more songs identified
by the first user as being associated with the life event;

generating the first electronic music diary by storing the first plurality of event identifiers, the first song identifiers,
and the first date identifiers in an electronic storage medium wherein each first song identifier and each first date identifier
is coupled with at least one respective first event identifier and the first plurality of event identifiers are coupled with
each other;

receiving a request for a second electronic music diary;
identifying the second electronic music diary, wherein the second electronic music diary is associated with a second user
different from the first user;

providing a second plurality of event identifiers associated with the second user, wherein each of the second plurality of
event identifiers identifies a respective life event associated with a life of the second user;

associating the first electronic music diary with the second electronic music diary because at least one of the first plurality
of event identifiers is substantially similar to at least one of the second plurality of event identifiers;

for at least one of the first plurality of event identifiers, receiving a first location identifier identifying a location
associated with the life event, wherein each of the second plurality of event identifiers is coupled to a second location
identifier that identifies a location within a predetermined distance of the location identified by the first location identifier;

obtaining from the electronic storage medium a plurality of second song identifiers, wherein each of the plurality of second
song identifiers is coupled to at least one of the second plurality of event identifiers; and

providing the plurality of second song identifiers to the user device.

US Pat. No. 9,554,228

METHOD FOR IMPLEMENTING SURROUND SOUND USING A PLURALITY OF VEHICLES

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A method for implementing a surround sound system using a plurality of vehicles, the method comprising:
storing, by each vehicle, sound source data for each node of the surround sound system;
obtaining, by each vehicle, GPS position information associated with that vehicle;
obtaining, by each vehicle, GPS position information associated with other vehicles of the plurality of vehicles;
identifying, by each vehicle, a respective node of the surround sound system associated with each vehicle based on the GPS
position information associated with that vehicle and the GPS position information associated with the other vehicles of the
plurality of vehicles; and

outputting, by each vehicle, an audio signal from a sound source corresponding to that vehicle according to a synchronization
signal, wherein each vehicle has an implemented surround sound function that is in an on state.

US Pat. No. 9,554,215

EARPHONE

Tsinghua University, Bei...

1. An earphone, the earphone comprising:
a housing;
a first speaker located in the housing and configured to play a first sound in a high frequency range; and
a second speaker located in the housing and configured to play a second sound in a low frequency range or a middle frequency
range;

wherein the first speaker comprises a plurality of thermoacoustic device units arranged in an array and each of the plurality
of thermoacoustic device units comprises:

a substrate having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface;
a sound wave generator located on the first surface and insulated from the substrate; and
a first electrode and a second electrode spaced from each other and electrically connected to the sound wave generator;
wherein the substrate comprises silicon, and the first surface defines a plurality of recesses that are parallel with and
spaced from each other, at least one of the plurality of recesses is located between the first electrode and the second electrode,
a depth of each of the plurality of recesses ranges from about 100 micrometers to about 200 micrometers, and the sound wave
generator comprises a carbon nanotube structure suspended over the at least one of the plurality of recesses.

US Pat. No. 9,554,211

WIRELESS SPEAKER UNIT

Summit Semiconductor LLC,...

1. A wireless speaker unit for an audio system comprising:
(a) a transceiver arranged to receive a transmitted radio frequency signal and to separate from said transmitted radio frequency
signal plural audio data samples each audio data sample preceding another audio data sample at a first audio data sampling
rate, said transceiver including a transceiver oscillator arranged to output an alternating transceiver oscillator signal;

(b) a pulse width modulator arranged to convert said plural data samples to a succession of pulses proceeding at a pulse rate
adjusted for said first audio data sampling rate; and

(c) a speaker operable by said pulses of increased magnitude to emit sound.

US Pat. No. 9,554,200

ELECTRONIC SHELF ASSEMBLY INCORPORATING SPRING LOADED CIRCUIT PACK LATCH RAILS

Ciena Corporation, Hanov...

1. An electronic shelf assembly configured to selectively receive a circuit pack including a faceplate with a pivotable handle
incorporating a retention hook, the electronic shelf assembly comprising:
a shelf assembly housing configured to selectively receive the circuit pack;
a support rail coupled to a front portion of the shelf assembly housing;
a latch rail member movably coupled to a front surface of the support rail protruding outwards from the front portion of the
shelf assembly housing and defining a recess configured to selectively receive and retain the retention hook of the pivotable
handle of the faceplate of the circuit pack, thereby selectively securing the circuit pack within the shelf assembly housing;
and

a spring mechanism coupled to the latch rail member and the support rail, wherein the spring mechanism allows for relative
movement of the latch rail member with respect to the support rail while biasing the latch rail member towards the support
rail, thereby selectively biasing the circuit pack into the shelf assembly housing.

US Pat. No. 9,554,187

SMART TELEVISION SYSTEM AND TURN-ON AND TURN-OFF METHOD THEREOF

MStar Semiconductor, Inc....

1. A turn-off method for a smart television system, the smart television system comprising a remote controller, and a smart
television, the smart television comprising a remote control module, a main chip, and a memory chip; the turn-off method comprising:
when receiving a remote control signal from the remote controller, quitting operating interfaces of the smart television;
executing a television main program to load a database and perform a program link process of the database;
storing a context of the main chip to the memory chip, and calculating a checksum of the stored context;
storing an address at which the smart television is to be stored when the checksum of the stored context is correct, and setting
a flag address to indicate the smart television can be restored in a next turn-on process;

causing the memory chip to stay in a self-refresh operating mode; and
disconnecting power supplied to modules other than the remote control module and the memory chip to cause the smart television
to enter a turn-off status.

US Pat. No. 9,554,179

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING DATA USING HDMI

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A method for switching mode of a source device that uses a High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI), comprising:
connecting to a sink device through the HDMI;
transmitting +5V signal to the sink device;
receiving a Hot Plug Detect (HPD) signal from the sink device;
receiving EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) information including a first Sideband mode support information through
a Display Data Channel (DDC) channel that operates in a DDC mode,

wherein the first Sideband mode support information indicates that the sink device supports a Sideband mode;
transmitting a second Sideband mode support information to the sink device,
wherein the second Sideband mode indicates that the source device supports the Sideband mode;
receiving instruction to switch an operation mode of the DDC channel from the sink device; and
switching the operation mode of the DDC channel from the DDC mode to the Sideband mode.