US Pat. No. 10,188,502

AORTIC GRAFT DEVICE

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A prosthesis comprising:a unitary tube of graft material, the unitary tube of graft material comprising:
a stented graft portion having an outer perimeter, an inner lumen, a first end, a second end,
a completely unstented crimped portion integrally formed with and extending from the first end of the stented graft portion to form a junction between the unstented crimped portion and the first end of stented graft portion, the unstented crimped portion having an outer perimeter, and the junction having a circumference,
a plurality of independent ring stents extending from the junction to the second end of the stented graft portion including a first stent ring and a series of undulating ring stents extending distally from the first ring stent to the distal end of the stented graft portion,
a collar substantially at the junction between the first end of the stented graft portion and the unstented crimped portion and extending about the circumference of the junction,
at least one fenestration in the tube of graft material, and
a branch extending from the at least one fenestration in the tube of graft material,
wherein the first ring stent of the plurality of ring stents is disposed directly adjacent to the collar,
wherein the collar extends radially away from and beyond the entire outer perimeters of both the stented graft portion and the unstented crimped portion, such that the collar is configured to provide an extended stable surface structure away from the outer perimeters of the stented graft portion and the unstented crimped portion for the passage of sutures without the passage of sutures into the lumens of either the stented graft portion or the unstented crimped portion.

US Pat. No. 10,188,501

FORK-TYPE COVERED STENT

Lifetech Scientific (Shen...

1. A bifurcated stent graft, comprising:a body;
a side branch that forms an acute angle with the body, the side branch comprising a covering film and a first bare stent disposed only on the covering film, with a part of the first bare stent positioned adjacent a boundary line of the body and the covering film, and is located in a vertex angle area of the acute angle; and
wherein the first bare stent comprises at least one metal ring that defines different waveforms that include struts and a plurality of proximal vertices and a plurality of distal vertices, each strut having a proximal vertex and a distal vertex at opposite ends thereof, with an axial distance defined for the strut between each connecting proximal vertex and distal vertex, and wherein the axial distances are different along the at least one metal ring, with the strut closest to the acute angle having the shortest axial distance, and the strut furthest from the acute angle having the longest axial distance.

US Pat. No. 10,188,495

POSITIONING AGENT AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

ATRIUM MEDICAL CORPORATIO...

1. A method of implanting a surgical mesh prosthesis, comprising the steps of:positioning a surgical mesh prosthesis against a surface of a target tissue with a positioning agent disposed between the surgical mesh prosthesis and the surface of the target tissue, wherein the positioning agent has an adhesion strength adequate to maintain the surgical mesh prosthesis temporarily in place, otherwise unsupported, against the target tissue in the absence of setting or curing of the positioning agent; and
adhering the surgical mesh prosthesis against the surface of the target tissue by the adhesion strength of the positioning agent;
wherein the positioning agent has a dynamic viscosity that comprises a first viscosity, when tested at 0.1 S?1 and 23° C., between about 150 Cps and 26,000,000 Cps, and a second viscosity, when tested at 9.77 S?1 and 23° C., that is between about 50 Cps and 2,530,000 Cps; and
wherein the positioning agent is a solution, gel or paste that includes water and one or more components selected from the group consisting of glycerin, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, maltrodextrin, hypromellose, carbopol resin, aloe vera, collagen and xantham gum.

US Pat. No. 10,188,491

DENTAL RESTORATION PRODUCING SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING DENTAL RESTORATION FROM DENTAL MILL BLANK WITH THROUGH-HOLE, OPERATION SYSTEM OF THE SYSTEM, PROGRAM FOR THE SYSTEM, AND DENTAL MILL BLANK FOR USE IN THE SYSTEM

SHOFU INC., Kyoto (JP)

1. A dental restoration producing system of producing a dental restoration from a dental mill blank with one or more through-holes, comprising;a data taking-in section taking in a dental mill blank shape data which indicates a shape of a dental mill blank and includes a position data of one or more through-holes, and a dental restoration shape data which indicates a shape of a dental restoration to be produced,
a superposed data generating section generating a superposed data in which the dental restoration is superposed in the dental mill blank based on the dental mill blank shape data and the dental restoration shape data, and
a control section controlling cutting of the dental mill blank based on the superposed data, wherein,
when the dental restoration includes no through-hole of the dental restoration, the superposed data generating section generates a superposed data in which at least one through-hole among the one or more through-holes of the dental mill blank is not superposed with the dental restoration,
when the dental restoration includes a through-hole of the dental restoration, the superposed data generating section generates a superposed data in which at least one through-hole among the one or more through-holes of the dental mill blank is not superposed with the dental restoration and the through-hole of the dental restoration, or a superposed data in which at least one through-hole among the one or more through-holes of the dental mill blank is included in the through-hole of the dental restoration which is larger than the at least one through-hole among the one or more through-holes of the dental mill blank, and
the control section controls cutting so that cutting is started from the at least one through-hole among the one or more through-holes of the dental mill blank.

US Pat. No. 10,188,490

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DENTAL PROCEDURES

Align Technology, Inc., ...

1. A method for digitally aligning a patient's teeth with a reference portion of the patient, the method comprising:acquiring, using a scanner, a first image of at least a portion of the patient's teeth;
positioning a device in a patient's mouth to align the device with a reference portion of the patient, the device comprising an occlusal portion and a non-occlusal portion, the occlusal portion comprising a bite plate held between the patient's teeth so as to secure the device in a position during a scanning procedure and the non-occlusal portion comprising a coded pattern for aligning scanned images of the patient, the occlusal portion and the non-occlusal portion being coupled together at an angle such that the coded pattern is outwardly oriented from the patient's mouth when the bite plate is positioned between the patient's teeth, so that the coded pattern is presented to permit scanning of the coded pattern simultaneously when scanning at least the portion of the patient's teeth;
acquiring, using the scanner, a second image of at least a portion of the coded pattern and at least the portion of the patient's teeth: and
processing the first image and the second image to determine a spatial relationship between at least the portion of the patient's teeth and the reference portion by calculating a first spatial relationship between at least the portion of the coded pattern and at least the portion of the patient's teeth and the alignment between the device and the reference portion.

US Pat. No. 10,188,485

DENTAL APPLIANCE DETACHABLY ATTACHED TO THE TEETH, AND FABRICATING METHOD THEREFOR

UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY COOPE...

1. A dental appliance with an arch shape detachably attached to upper teeth or lower teeth forming a dental arch, comprising:a cover frame formed with a teeth recess extending in a longitudinal direction of the cover frame, the cover frame being a laminar structure including a first cover layer of a hard material and a second cover layer of a soft material provided at an inside relative to the first cover layer; and
a core frame of a hard material provided in the teeth recess of the cover frame and having a teeth-contacting surface shaped with impressions of end portions of teeth to which the dental appliance is attached,
wherein the cover frame includes a cover inner wall forming a wall on one side of the teeth recess so as to be provided on a lingual side of the teeth, a cover outer wall forming a wall on other side of the teeth recess so as to be provided on a front side of the teeth, and a cover base connecting the cover inner wall and the cover outer wall so as to cover the end portions of the teeth,
wherein the cover inner wall directly contacts lingual surfaces of the teeth, and the cover outer wall directly contacts front surfaces of the teeth,
wherein a left posterior teeth-contacting surface is shaped with impressions of end portions of at least one of posterior teeth at a left side of the dental arch and is formed on an inner surface of the cover base of the cover frame so as to directly contact the at least one of the posterior teeth at the left side to be occluded, and
a right posterior teeth-contacting surface is shaped with impressions of end portions of at least one of posterior teeth at a right side of the dental arch and is formed on the inner surface of the cover base of the cover frame so as to directly contact the at least one of the posterior teeth at the right side to be occluded, and
wherein the left posterior teeth-contacting surface is disposed between a left side end of the cover frame and a left side end of the core frame, and the right posterior teeth-contacting surface is disposed between a right side end of the cover frame and a right side end of the core frame.

US Pat. No. 10,188,481

BEAM GUIDE FOR OPHTHALMIC SURGICAL ILLUMINATION

Novartis AG, Basel (CH)

1. An ophthalmic illumination apparatus, comprising:a movable support;
an optical array coupled to the movable support and positioned to interact with a light beam from a light source, the optical array including first and second optical elements, wherein the first optical element is configured to reflect and transmit first associated amounts of the light beam, and wherein the second optical element is configured to reflect and transmit second associated amounts of the light beam different than the first optical element; and
a drive mechanism coupled to the movable support, wherein the drive mechanism is configured to cause the movable support to selectively move the optical array such that the light beam is selectively incident upon one of the first optical element or the second optical element.

US Pat. No. 10,188,461

SELECTIVE FAT REMOVAL USING PHOTOTHERMAL HEATING

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A method for selective removal of fat in a subject in need thereof, comprising:distributing photo-absorbing nanoparticles uniformly within a target area comprising adipose tissue located beneath a skin surface of the subject by injecting a solution comprising gold nanorods suspended in a biocompatible liquid at a concentration range of 1011 to 1013 GNR/mL; and
delivering a series of pulses of near infrared light across the skin surface and into the target area for an exposure duration to induce surface plasmon resonance in the nanoparticles, wherein the near infrared light has a combination of optical parameters selected from the group consisting of beam energy, pulse duration, emission wavelength within a range of 700 to 900 nm, emission intensity, beam focus and beam area, the optical parameters and the exposure duration selected to excite the nanoparticles to liquefy fat within the target area.

US Pat. No. 10,188,458

INDUCTIVE DISTURBANCE REDUCTION DEVICE

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. An inductive disturbance reduction device for reducing an inductive disturbance of signals transmitted via first connection conductors of an electrical connector, the inductive disturbance being caused when radio frequency ablation current usable for ablating tissue flows through a second connection conductor of the electrical connector, wherein the electrical connector is adapted to electrically connect an ablation catheter with a radio frequency ablation current source, the inductive disturbance reduction device comprising:first compensation conductors adapted to be electrically connected to the first connection conductors of the electrical connector, the first compensation conductors of the inductive disturbance reduction device being adapted to transmit the signals, and
a second compensation conductor adapted to be electrically connected to the second connection conductor of the electrical connector, the second compensation conductor of the inductive disturbance reduction device being adapted to transmit the radio frequency ablation current, wherein:
the first compensation conductors and the second compensation conductor of the inductive disturbance reduction device are arranged such that a compensation voltage is induced in the first compensation conductors of the inductive disturbance reduction device when the radio frequency ablation current flows through the second compensation conductor of the inductive disturbance reduction device; and
the compensation voltage induced in the first compensation conductors of the inductive disturbance reduction device at least partly compensates a connection voltage, having a polarity opposite a polarity of the compensation voltage, induced in the first connection conductors of the electrical connector when the radio frequency ablation current flows through the second connection conductor of the electrical connector.

US Pat. No. 10,188,455

ELECTROSURGICAL APPARATUS FOR GENERATING RADIOFREQUENCY ENERGY AND MICROWAVE ENERGY FOR DELIVERY INTO BIOLOGICAL TISSUE

CREO MEDICAL LIMITED, Ch...

1. An electrosurgical apparatus for resection of a biological tissue, the apparatus comprising:a radiofrequency (RF) signal generator for generating RF electromagnet (EM) radiation having a first frequency;
a microwave signal generator for generating microwave EM radiation having a second frequency that is higher than the first frequency;
a probe arranged to deliver the RF EM radiation and the microwave EM radiation separately or simultaneously from a distal end thereof; and
a feed structure for conveying the RF EM radiation and the microwave EM radiation to the probe, the feed structure comprising an RF channel for connecting the probe to the RF signal generator, and a microwave channel for connecting the probe to the microwave signal generator,
wherein the RF channel and microwave channel comprise physically separate signal pathways from the RF signal generator and microwave signal generator respectively,
wherein the feed structure includes a combining circuit having a first input connected to the separate signal pathway on the RF channel, a second input connected to the separate signal pathway on the microwave channel, and an output connected to a common signal pathway for conveying the RF EM radiation and the microwave EM radiation separately or simultaneously along a single channel to the probe,
wherein the microwave channel includes a waveguide isolator connected to isolate the separate signal pathway on the microwave channel from the RF EM radiation,
wherein the waveguide isolator has an adjustable impedance,
wherein the combining circuit is integrated with the waveguide isolator,
wherein the output connected to the common signal pathway includes an output probe mounted on the output section of the waveguide isolator, the output probe having a coupling conductor extending into the waveguide isolator to couple the microwave EM energy therefrom, and
wherein the first input includes an RF connector mounted on the waveguide isolator, the RF connector having a signal conductor that extends into a waveguide cavity of the waveguide isolator to electrically contact the coupling conductor of the output probe.

US Pat. No. 10,188,454

SYSTEM FOR MANUFACTURING ELECTROSURGICAL SEAL PLATES

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An end effector configured for use with an electrosurgical forceps device, the end effector comprising:a first jaw member comprising a first sealing surface including a plurality of flanges configured to secure the sealing surface to an overmolding material; and
a second jaw member operably coupled to the first jaw member such that at least one of the first jaw member or the second jaw member is movable relative to the other between an open condition and a closed condition, the second jaw member including:
a second sealing surface having a recess defined therein; and
a spacer extending from the recess and configured to maintain a gap distance between the first and second sealing surfaces when the first and second jaw members are in the closed condition.

US Pat. No. 10,188,450

BLADE DEPLOYMENT MECHANISMS FOR SURGICAL FORCEPS

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A forceps, comprising:a first shaft member having a jaw member at a distal end thereof;
a second shaft member having a jaw member at a distal end thereof,
the first and second shaft members pivotally coupled to each other about a pivot to move the jaw members between an open position and a closed position;
a trigger disposed on one of the first or second shaft members;
a blade operatively coupled to the trigger such that actuation of the trigger translates the blade;
an interference member engaged with the trigger when the jaw members are in the open position to prevent actuation of the trigger, one of the first or second shaft members configured to contact the interference member to move the interference member out of engagement with the trigger when the jaw members are moved to the closed position to permit actuation of the trigger;
an actuator disposed within a recess formed in the first shaft member such that the actuator is recessed from an outer surface of the first shaft member, the actuator configured to supply electrosurgical energy to at least one of the jaw members; and
a tab extending from the second shaft member and configured to be received within the recess upon approximation of the first and second shaft members to depress the actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,188,449

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TEMPERATURE ENHANCED IRREVERSIBLE ELECTROPORATION

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

6. An electrosurgical system, comprising:an electrosurgical generator including:
a power supply configured to output DC power;
an inverter coupled to the power supply, the inverter including a plurality of switching elements; and
a controller coupled to the inverter and configured to signal the inverter to simultaneously generate based on the DC power a radio frequency heating waveform and an electroporation waveform, which is a pulsatile DC waveform configured to generate an electric field and includes a plurality of pulses having an initial pulse with a higher peak voltage and a higher rate of increase of voltage than any subsequent pulse; and
an electrosurgical instrument configured to couple to the inverter and to transmit simultaneously the radio frequency waveform and the electroporation waveform.

US Pat. No. 10,188,448

ELECTROSURGICAL SYSTEM FOR MULTI-FREQUENCY INTERROGATION OF PARASITIC PARAMETERS OF AN ELECTROSURGICAL INSTRUMENT

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An electrosurgical system comprising:an electrosurgical generator including:
an output stage, having a non-resonant inverter, configured to generate electrosurgical energy at a plurality of radio frequencies;
a plurality of sensors configured to sense a voltage waveform and a current waveform of the electrosurgical energy; and
a controller coupled to the output stage and the plurality of sensors; and
an instrument coupled to the electrosurgical generator and configured to supply the electrosurgical energy to tissue,
wherein the controller is further configured to calculate at least one parasitic parameter based on the electrosurgical energy at the plurality of radio frequencies and control the output stage to adjust an amplitude of the electrosurgical energy based on the at least one parasitic parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,188,446

RESONANT INVERTER

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An electrosurgical generator comprising:a tank configured to output energy, wherein the tank functions as an LCLC tank;
an H-bridge configured to drive the tank;
a transformer including:
a first core half;
a second core half;
a primary winding; and
a secondary winding having a number of turns, wherein each turn is separated by a constant gap; and
a bobbin coupled to the first core half and the second core half,
wherein the secondary winding is disposed on the bobbin,
wherein the constant gap provides a parallel capacitance of the LCLC tank, the parallel capacitance being in parallel with a secondary side of the transformer, and
wherein the secondary winding is the only component of the tank that provides the parallel capacitance such that the parallel capacitance is not provided by any discrete component.

US Pat. No. 10,188,445

NEUROMODULATION CRYOTHERAPEUTIC DEVICES AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Medtronic Ardian Luxembou...

1. A cryotherapeutic device, comprising:an elongate shaft having a distal end portion, wherein the shaft is configured to locate the distal end portion intravascularly at a treatment site within a renal artery of a human patient; and
a cooling assembly at the distal end portion of the shaft, wherein the cooling assembly is transformable between a low-profile delivery state and an expanded deployed state, and wherein the cooling assembly includes
a cooling balloon having a helical shape when the cooling assembly is in the deployed state, and
an insulating balloon having a helical shape when the cooling assembly is in the deployed state,
wherein the cooling balloon and the insulating balloon are intertwined when the cooling assembly is in the deployed state.

US Pat. No. 10,188,444

SKIN PROTECTION FOR SUBDERMAL CRYOGENIC REMODELING FOR COSMETIC AND OTHER TREATMENTS

MyoScience, Inc., Fremon...

1. An apparatus for cryogenically treating tissue, the apparatus comprising:a housing having a proximal and distal end, the housing including a heat source;
at least one needle probe extending from the distal end of the housing and comprising at least one elongate needle having a distal needle shaft portion and a proximal needle shaft portion, wherein the proximal needle shaft portion is more conductive than the distal needle shaft portion, wherein the proximal needle shaft portion extends axially along a longitudinal axis of the at least one elongate needle, and wherein the at least one elongate needle comprises a first conductive material at the distal needle shaft portion and a second conductive material at the proximal needle shaft portion conductively coupled to the first conductive material, the at least one elongate needle configured to be advanced into non-target tissue layered above target tissue such that the first conductive material at the distal needle shaft portion is positioned within and in contact with the target tissue and the second conductive material at the proximal needle shaft portion is positioned within and in contract with the non-target tissue; and
a cooling supply tube internally housed within the at least one elongate needle, wherein the cooling supply tube includes an exit within the at least one elongate needle.

US Pat. No. 10,188,440

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DELIVERING MEDICINE TO BONE

Spinal Generations, LLC, ...

1. A method for delivering multiple substances in a delayed fashion to a bone of a patient, comprising:providing a cannulated bone screw, wherein the bone screw comprises first and second fenestrations disposed along a shaft of the bone screw and connecting to a cannulation of the bone screw;
inserting an insert into the bone screw;
creating an aperture in skin of a patient;
inserting the bone screw into the bone of the patient through the aperture;
delivering a first substance into the bone through the bone screw, wherein the first substance changes over time into an at least partially solid hardened material; and
delivering a second substance into the bone through the bone screw and through the first substance after the first substance has changed into the at least partially solid hardened material;
wherein the first and second substances are delivered into the bone through the insert; and
wherein the insert is moveable within the cannulation of the bone screw to deliver the first substance through at least one of the first and second fenestrations and to deliver the second substance through at least one of the first and second fenestrations.

US Pat. No. 10,188,436

INFLATABLE MEDICAL DEVICES

LOMA VISTA MEDICAL, INC....

1. A device for delivering a material to an orthopedic target site comprising:a flexible tube having a first lumen having a first end and a second end;
a pusher having a pusher total length between a pusher first end and a pusher second end, wherein the pusher comprises a pusher first length and a pusher second length, wherein the pusher first length has a first rigidity and the pusher second length has a second rigidity, said pusher comprising a first member spanning the first length and the second length, and a stiffening sheath spanning an entirety of only the first length; and
wherein the first rigidity is greater than the second rigidity; and
wherein the pusher and tube are configured for the pusher to be slidably received by the first end of the first lumen; and
wherein the material is located in the first lumen between the pusher and the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,188,430

DOUBLE-THREADED BONE SCREW

CLARIANCE, Beaurains (FR...

1. A discontinuously double-threaded bone screw (1) for attachment of a prosthesis or an implant against a bone portion, comprising:a drive head (2); and
an anchoring body (3) extending from the drive head (2),
the anchoring body including a cylindro-conical core (4), over which extends at least two cylindro-conical threads (5, 6) to ensure an anchoring of the bone screw (1) to a bone,
the anchoring body (3) also including, over an entire length of the anchoring body and starting from a location of the drive head (2), anchoring portions of different profiles to ensure an anchoring of the bone screw corresponding to different hardnesses and strengths of the bone,
the anchoring portions of the anchoring body (3) including, below the drive head (2),
a first anchoring portion (7) having a conical core (4a) and two threads (5, 6) with a cylindrical profile of identical pitch,
a second anchoring portion (8) having a cylindrical core (4b) and a single cylindrical thread (5) over a ¼ turn,
a third anchoring portion (9) having a cylindrical core (4b) and two threads (5, 6) with a cylindrical profile over a 1/2 turn,
a fourth anchoring portion (10) having a cylindrical core (4b) and a single thread (6) with cylindrical profile over n turn as a function of a total length of the bone screw (1), and
a fifth anchoring portion (11) having a conical core (4a) and two threads (5, 6) with conical profile forming a tip of said bone screw.

US Pat. No. 10,188,429

VERTEBRAL FIXATION SYSTEM

Zimmer Spine, Inc., Edin...

1. A system for post-operative adjustment of a spinal stabilization system, comprising:a flexible and pliable elongate ligature member having a first portion and a second portion that form a loop;
a housing comprising:
an opening configured to receive the first and second portions of the flexible and pliable elongate ligature member; and
a rod receiving member;
a rod locking mechanism configured to engage and fix a rod within the rod receiving member; and
a post-operative tension adjustment mechanism for adjusting the tension of the first and second portions of the flexible and pliable elongate ligature member in situ via winding the first and second portions.

US Pat. No. 10,188,428

SUBCUTANEOUS IMPLANTABLE DEVICE FOR GRADUALLY ALIGNING A SPINE

1. A subcutaneous implantable device for aligning a spine having a plurality of vertebrae, comprising:a stabilizing plate assembly;
a first rod, including:
a first end; and,
a second end pivotably connected to the stabilizing plate assembly;
a second rod, including:
a third end; and,
a fourth end pivotably connected to the stabilizing plate assembly;
a winding assembly; and,
a tensioning member including a line, the line having:
a first end; and,
a second end secured to the winding assembly;
wherein the line is connected to the stabilizing plate assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,188,426

EMBRYO TRANSFER CATHETER AND METHOD

1. An improved method of transferring an embryo into a uterus via a cervix of a recipient, the method comprising:providing an outer catheter body having first and second lumens, the first lumen having an inflatable balloon provided at a distal end of the first lumen;
up to several minutes, hours, days or weeks or longer before an embryo transfer:
inserting the outer catheter body into the uterus through the cervix;
inflating the balloon with fluid so that the outer catheter body is retained in the uterus;
closing off the second lumen by inserting a removable flexible plastic stent that is closed and lockable in position by a locking mechanism;
at the embryo transfer:
opening the second lumen in the outer catheter body;
inserting a matching internal catheter into the second lumen;
passing an embryo or embryo-containing cannula through the internal catheter to transfer an embryo into the uterus;
following embryo transfer:
reclosing the second lumen; and,
retaining the outer catheter body in the uterus for up to several hours or days or longer after the embryo transfer wherein, in use, the transferred embryo is prevented from expulsion by obstruction of the cervix and physical disturbance of an endometrium can be minimised.

US Pat. No. 10,188,425

PACEMAKER RETRIEVAL SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Pacesetter, Inc., Santa ...

1. A catheter for retrieving a medical device from a patient, comprising:a catheter shaft;
a snare disposed within the catheter shaft and extendable distally beyond the catheter shaft;
a docking cap disposed on a distal portion of the catheter shaft, the docking cap being rotatable independent of the catheter shaft, wherein the docking cap includes an interior configured to receive the medical device;
a torque shaft disposed within the catheter shaft and extending through the docking cap into the interiors; and
a handle coupled to the catheter shaft and the torque shaft, wherein the handle is operably configured to move the torque shaft proximally relative to the catheter shaft to connect the torque shaft to the docking cap, and wherein the handle is operably configured to rotate the torque shaft relative to the catheter shaft to apply rotational torque to the docking cap when the torque shaft is connected to the docking cap.

US Pat. No. 10,188,421

METHODS FOR PLACING A SYMPATHETIC BLOCK, CATHETERS, CATHETER ASSEMBLIES AND RELATED METHODS

Custom Medical Applicatio...

1. A catheter assembly for use in administering medication to at least one of a peripheral nervous system of a subject or a spinal cord of a subject, the catheter assembly comprising:a catheter comprising:
a flexible catheter tube having a proximal end and a distal end, the catheter tube for administering medication to the at least one of the peripheral nervous system of the subject the spinal cord of the subject;
at least two tine elements coupled to an outer surface of the flexible catheter tube and positioned proximate the distal end of the flexible catheter tube, the at least two tine elements configured to enable insertion of the catheter through an introducer needle into a subject and to engage with at least a portion of the subject when the catheter is inserted within the subject;
a helical coil spring for radially stiffening the flexible catheter tube, the helical coil spring extending a length of the catheter and having at least two closed portions and at least one open portion, the at least one open portion having an open pitch extending axially along multiple loops of the helical coil spring that is greater than a closed pitch of the at least two closed portions, each closed portion extending axially along multiple loops of the helical coil spring, the at least one open portion positioned directly between a first closed portion having the closed pitch positioned at the distal end of the catheter tube and a second closed portion having the closed pitch of the at least two closed portions, the at least one open portion enabling a fluid to pass through the helical coil spring to an opening formed in a sidewall of the flexible catheter tube, wherein the at least two tine elements are positioned at the at least one open portion of the helical coil spring at a distal portion of the helical coil spring and the flexible catheter tube and spaced from the first closed portion and the second closed portion;
a metallic ball at the distal end of the catheter; and
a wire positioned within the flexible catheter tube for axially stiffening the flexible catheter tube and the helical coil spring, a distal end of the wire coupled to a distal end of the helical coil spring at the first closed portion via the metallic ball, a proximal end of the wire coupled to the helical coil spring at the second closed portion, a middle portion of the wire extending along an entirety of the at least one open portion.

US Pat. No. 10,188,420

AORTIC PUNCH

Medline Industries, Inc.,...

1. An aortic punch comprising:a first body member having a proximal end and a distal end;
a second body member disposed at least partially within said first body member;
a manual actuator;
a piston having an anvil disposed at a distal end thereof; and
a shear, said shear being integral with said second body member;
wherein the first body member and second body member are axially movable relative to one another between a fully extended position and a fully retracted position and within a range of intermediate positions while maintaining the piston and shear in position relative to each other in the axial direction,
wherein separately the shear is axially movable via manual actuation relative to said anvil between an insertion position and a shearing position and a range of intermediate positions, andwherein said piston includes external threads and wherein said first body member includes an internal surface with internal threads, the external threads of the piston engaging the internal threads of the internal surface of the first body member.

US Pat. No. 10,188,419

VISUALIZATION DEVICES FOR USE DURING PERCUTANEOUS TISSUE DISSECTION AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

InterVene, Inc., South S...

1. A method, comprising:intravascularly delivering a visualization catheter to a dissection site within a blood vessel, wherein the visualization catheter includes an imaging portion;
advancing a delivery catheter over the visualization catheter to the dissection site, wherein the delivery catheter includes a device lumen configured to receive a dissection assembly and an open trough, and wherein the delivery catheter is advanced to a position such that at least a portion of the open trough is longitudinally aligned with the imaging portion of the visualization catheter;
moving the visualization catheter longitudinally through a visualization lumen of the delivery catheter and through a channel of the trough;
generating images of portions of a length of the vessel with the imaging portion while moving the visualization catheter through the channel; and
positioning the imaging portion of the visualization catheter into longitudinal alignment with a distal terminus of the dissection assembly during wall dissection.

US Pat. No. 10,188,418

TREATMENT METHOD

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A treatment method for treating a living tissue by using an ultrasonic device, comprising:making the ultrasonic device come in contact with the living tissue in a state where a product of a pressing force of the ultrasonic device to the living tissue, an amplitude of an ultrasonic vibration caused by the ultrasonic device, and a resonance frequency of the ultrasonic device becomes a predetermined value;
notifying a user when a product of the pressing force, the amplitude, and the resonance frequency is equal to or more than 4700 (N ?m kHz); and
excising the living tissue in a state where the ultrasonic device is in contact with the living tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,188,417

PERCUSSIVE SURGICAL DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

Tenjin, LLC, Brazoria, T...

1. A percussive surgical assembly for the placement of a cannulated surgical anchor, wherein said assembly comprises:a. an outer assembly characterized by (i) a proximal outer hub having proximal and distal ends, wherein the proximal end of said outer hub includes a first cooperating element, (ii) a distal tubular portion having proximal and distal ends and an elongate lumen extending therebetween, wherein the proximal end of said distal tubular portion is configured to engage the distal end of said outer hub and the distal end of said distal tubular portion includes a distally projecting element positioned and axially movable within said elongate lumen; and (iii) the cannulated surgical anchor mounted about a distal end of said distally projecting element; and
b. an inner assembly characterized by (i) a proximal inner hub having proximal and distal ends, wherein the proximal end of said inner hub includes a drive portion for transmitting rotational motion from an external shaver handpiece to said inner assembly, and the distal end of said inner hub includes a second cooperating element that engages said first cooperating element, and (ii) a distal portion comprising an elongate driving rod slidably positioned and rotationally and axially movable within said elongate lumen of said distal tubular portion of said outer assembly;wherein:the proximal end of the outer hub is connected to the distal end of the inner hub; and
the drive portion of the inner hub further comprises an elastic member that transmits an axial force distally on the inner hub to maintain the engagement of said first and second cooperating elements when said inner hub and said outer hub are connected;whereby:rotation of the inner assembly relative to the outer assembly drives an interaction between said first and second cooperating elements which causes the inner assembly to move axially from a first extended position to a second retracted position while simultaneously compressing said elastic member; and
rotation of the respective inner and outer assemblies past a pre-determined stop limit results in a release of the compressed elastic member, which, in turn, propels the inner assembly in a distal direction such that a distal end of the driving rod strikes a proximal end of the distally projecting element with a percussive force sufficient to move the distally projecting element axially in the distal direction which, in turn, drives said cannulated surgical anchor into a prepared bone socket.

US Pat. No. 10,188,416

BIFURCATED FORCEPS

1. A bifurcated forceps, comprising a first pair of forceps arms and a second pair of forceps arms, each of the forceps arms having a pivot end and a gripping end, the pivot ends of the first and second pairs of forceps arms being resiliently coupled to each other at the pivot ends, the first and second pairs of forceps arms being biased to an open position in which the gripping ends are separated from each other and resiliently pivotal towards each other in a gripping plane in order to grip an object between the gripping ends, the pivot ends of the two arms in each of the pairs being pivotal around a common pivot axis in a rotational plane orthogonal to the gripping plane, whereby the first pair of forceps arms and the second pair of forceps arms may be rotated to spaced radial positions in order to grip the same object at spaced apart positions, wherein the second pair of forceps arms comprises an inner pair of forceps, the pivot ends of the second pair of forceps arms being physically joined directly to each other, further wherein the first pair of forceps arms comprises first and second arms having their pivot ends on opposite sides of the pivot ends of the inner pair of forceps, the first pair of forceps arms defining an outer pair of forceps, whereby the forceps arms of the inner pair of forceps are constrained to rotate together around the common pivot axis, additionally wherein each of the forceps arms of the outer pair of forceps defines a receptacle, and each of the forceps arms of the inner pair of forceps defines a blade edge, the blade edges of the inner pair of forceps being disposed in the receptacles of the outer pair of forceps to lock the inner and outer pairs together so that the bifurcated forceps may be used as a single pair of forceps to grip an object at a single point.

US Pat. No. 10,188,414

TONGUE CLEANING DEVICE

1. A tongue cleaning device that is used for removing debris from a tongue; the device comprising:a handle and a head that includes a scraping wall that has a handle-facing inner surface, an outer surface disposed substantially opposite the handle-facing inner surface, and a bottom surface extending between the handle-facing inner surface and the outer surface;
at least a portion of the head defining a debris-removal vacuum passage adapted to direct debris away from the head;
the scraping wall having a working edge that is usable to engage the tongue and remove debris from the tongue; the working edge being defined at the junction of the handle-facing inner surface and the bottom surface;
the head defining a curved trough above the handle-facing inner surface;
the head including a trough rear wall that defines the rear surface of the trough and a trough top wall;
the head defining a debris-removal vacuum inlet positioned to remove debris from the trough; the debris-removal vacuum inlet being at least partially defined by the trough rear wall such that debris can pass from the trough through the trough rear wall into the debris-removal vacuum passage; and
the trough having a pair of rear ends; each of the rear ends is disposed rearward of the debris-removal vacuum inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,188,413

DEFLECTABLE GUIDE CATHETERS AND RELATED METHODS

Acclarent, Inc., Irvine,...

1. A method comprising:(a) advancing a guide catheter into a head of a patient along a first path through a nostril of the patient in a first direction, wherein the guide catheter comprises a longitudinally extending distal deflection portion, wherein the distal deflection portion of the guide catheter comprises a lumen extending therethrough to a distal opening and a resilient member, wherein the resilient member biases the lumen of the distal deflection portion to a first configuration;
(b) providing a proximal assembly coupled with the guide catheter and a pull member connected to a distal end of the resilient member, wherein the proximal assembly is located outside the patient's body when the distal deflection portion of the guide catheter is in the head of the patient, wherein the proximal assembly comprises a control member operatively connected to the pull member, wherein the control member is configured to proximally pull the pull member and the resilient member connected thereto in order to deflect the lumen of the distal deflection portion from the first configuration to a second configuration;
(c) positioning the distal deflection portion of the guide catheter at or near a desired location of a first anatomical structure within the head of the patient, wherein the head of the patient has an anatomy with the first anatomical structure defining a passageway, wherein the first anatomical structure prevents access to a second anatomical structure within the head via the first path;
(d) retracting the control member proximally to proximally pull the pull member in conjunction with the resilient member to thereby deflect the lumen of the distal deflection portion from the first configuration to the second configuration;
(e) moving the distal opening of the guide catheter along a second path in a second direction transverse to the first direction such that the distal deflection portion advances around the first anatomical structure of the anatomy such that the distal deflection portion is in contact with the first anatomical structure of the anatomy about the passageway and the distal opening aligns with the passageway of the anatomy; and
(f) advancing a guidewire through the deflected lumen of the guide catheter to contact or pass through the desired location and the second anatomical structure.

US Pat. No. 10,188,412

SNARE AUTO MICRO-LOCK

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A surgical snare, comprising:an operating wire;
an outer sheath comprising a lumen extending therethrough, the operating wire disposed within the lumen; and
a frictional locking member operably coupled to the outer sheath;
wherein the frictional locking member is configured to prevent longitudinal movement of the operating wire with respect to the outer sheath when no inwardly directed radial force is applied to an external surface of the frictional locking member;
wherein the operating wire is configured to be longitudinally movable within the outer sheath when the inwardly directed radial force is applied to the external surface of the frictional locking member, wherein the frictional locking member is actuated by the inwardly directed radial force applied to the external surface of the frictional locking member.

US Pat. No. 10,188,404

ORTHOPEDIC INSTRUMENTATION

8. An apparatus, comprising:a reamer sleeve having a reamer wall and a wedge body, the reamer wall oriented about a central longitudinal axis, the reamer wall having an inner passage sized to receive insertion of a reference instrument structured for placement in a canal of a bone, the wedge body extending from a first end wall of the reamer wall, the wedge body having a wedge surface that extends axially in a direction arranged non-parallel and non-perpendicular to the central longitudinal axis; and
a cap having an inner wall, at least a portion of the inner wall defines an opening of the cap sized to receive insertion of the wedge body, the inner wall having a tapered wall section that extends axially in a direction arranged generally parallel to the wedge surface;
wherein an outer side of the reamer wall is sized to be received within a portion of a forming tool adapted to remove bone material, and wherein the cap and the reamer sleeve are adapted to be introduced in the canal of the bone;
wherein during an initial stage of installation, the cap has a first position relative to the reamer sleeve and the wedge body;
wherein the reamer sleeve is adapted to be axially displaced relative to the cap with the wedge body having a second position relative to the tapered wall section of the cap, and wherein the reamer sleeve is adapted to be securely coupled to the cap in the second position; and
wherein the inner passage is centrally positioned about a longitudinal axis offset from the central longitudinal axis of the reamer wall.

US Pat. No. 10,188,403

BONE MATERIAL REMOVAL DEVICES

1. A method for forming a bore in a bone, and/or widening at least a portion of the bore, comprising:inserting a bone material removal device into a bore formed in a bone, said device comprising;
an elongated shaft having a recess and a longitudinal axis;
at least one bone material removal element having a proximal side and a distal side, said bone material removal element coupled to said shaft, wherein a length of said at least one bone material removal element perpendicular to the axis of said elongated shaft is longer than a diameter of said elongated shaft;
said bone material removal element movable from a closed position, in which said bone material removal element is at least partially received within the recess of said shaft, to an open position in which said bone material removal element extends radially away from said shaft; wherein an adjoining portion of said shaft adjoining both proximal and distal sides of the bone material removal element defines a generally cylindrical volume of rotation, and at least a portion of said bone removal element extends radially beyond said volume of rotation when said bone material removal element is in said closed position;
rotating said shaft to rotate said bone material removal element with respect to said shaft around an axis substantially parallel a longitudinal axis of said cylindrical volume of rotation such that said bone material removal element moves along a trajectory within a plane substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the cylindrical volume of rotation from said closed position to said open position as a result of resistance of the walls of said bore acting on said element; and
pulling said device through said bore in a direction opposite to the insertion direction to widen at least a portion of said bore using the opened bone material removal element.

US Pat. No. 10,188,402

INTRAOPERATIVELY ADJUSTING GUIDE ALIGNMENT

4. An alignment guide, comprising:a main body, the main body having a guide mount, a lower portion, and an upper portion, the guide mount having a hole; and
a retaining guide, the retaining guide includes at least one horizontal rod, the at least one horizontal rod connected to a crossbar, a bone mount connected to the cross bar by at least one vertical bar, a shaft extends between the cross bar and the bone mount, each end of the shaft terminates in a sliding block, and the sliding blocks received in slots of the crossbar and the bone mount, wherein the hole of the main body is configured to receive the shaft of the retaining guide.

US Pat. No. 10,188,401

SURGICAL DEVICES FOR INTERVENTIONAL ORTHOPEDIC SURGICAL APPLICATIONS AND PROSTHETIC TRIAL DEVICES AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

ZJ, LLC, Whitmore Lake, ...

1. A surgical cut guide comprising:a first end including a first bone tissue engaging surface and at least one bone tissue fastener hole extending through the first bone tissue engaging surface, the first bone tissue engaging surface being configured to engage bone tissue;
a second end including second bone tissue engaging surface and at least one bone tissue fastener hole extending through the second bone tissue engaging surface, the second bone tissue engaging surface being angled relative to the first bone tissue engaging surface and configured to engage an anterior portion of the bone tissue;
a body extending between and connecting the first end and the second end, the body including a third bone tissue engaging surface angled relative to the first bone tissue engaging surface and the second bone tissue engaging surface;
a first projection defined by an interior portion of the body that bends away from the third bone tissue engaging surface, the first projection including a first guide surface angled relative to the third bone tissue engaging surface and defining a first guide path for guiding a cutting instrument;
a second projection and a third projection defined by respective interior portions of the second end of the surgical cut guide that each bend away from the first bone tissue engaging surface, the second projection including a second guide surface angled relative to the first bone tissue engaging surface and defining a second guide path for guiding the cutting instrument, the third projection including a third guide surface angled relative to the first bone tissue engaging surface and defining a third guide path for guiding the cutting instrument, the second projection and the third projection being arranged such that the second guide surface faces the third guide surface and the second guide surface is parallel to the third guide surface.

US Pat. No. 10,188,400

INTRALUMINAL OCCLUDING CATHETER

University of South Flori...

1. An intraluminal occluding catheter for prevention of loss of insufflation comprising:a catheter shaft comprising
an exterior surface;
an interior surface defining a single, undivided inner lumen;
a distal section terminating at an intraluminal end;
a plurality of orifices disposed in the distal section of the catheter shaft; and
a proximal section terminating at an external end;
a flexible balloon affixed to the intraluminal end wherein the intraluminal end of the catheter extends through an inner lumen of the flexible balloon whereby the flexible balloon is capable of conforming to a size and shape of a physiological lumen when filled with gas or fluid;
a plurality of independent channels each having a proximal end, a distal end, and a wall extending between the proximal and distal ends wherein the plurality of independent channels extend through the single, undivided inner lumen of the catheter shaft and positioned adjacent to each other within the single, inner lumen of the catheter shaft;
a sleeve attached to the external end of the catheter shaft wherein the plurality of independent channels extend through a proximal end of the sleeve and into the single, undivided inner lumen of the catheter shaft wherein the sleeve is tapered from the proximal end to a distal end of the sleeve;
a flow control device positioned at the proximal end of each of the plurality of independent channels wherein the flow control device is a valve or a stopcock; and
an insufflator attached to the flow control device of one independent channel of the plurality of independent channels;
wherein the distal end of each channel has at least one aperture disposed along a circumference of the wall of the corresponding channel therein;
wherein each aperture is substantially aligned with a corresponding orifice in a circumference of the catheter shaft;
wherein the at least one aperture of a first independent channel of the plurality of independent channels and the corresponding orifice in the circumference of the catheter shaft is disposed within the flexible balloon;
wherein the at least one aperture of a second independent channel of the plurality of independent channels and the corresponding orifice in the circumference of the catheter shaft is disposed immediately proximal to, but outside of, the flexible balloon; and
wherein the at least one aperture of a third independent channel of the plurality of independent channels and the corresponding orifice in the circumference of the catheter shaft is disposed proximal to the at least one aperture of the second channel and thus farther from the flexible balloon.

US Pat. No. 10,188,399

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TREATING A CAROTID ARTERY

Silk Road Medical, Inc., ...

1. A method of treating a lesion in a carotid artery of a patient, comprising:inserting an arterial access device into an artery through an arterial access location;
positioning at least a portion of the arterial access device into a common carotid artery;
occluding blood flow in at least a portion of the common carotid artery to form a pressure gradient that establishes retrograde blood flow through the common carotid artery such that blood flows into a lumen of the arterial access device;
in addition to establishing retrograde blood flow, actively pumping blood from the common carotid artery to a return location via the arterial access device and a shunt connected to the arterial access device, wherein the arterial access device comprises an elongate member defining an internal lumen that extends from a distal opening at a distal region of the arterial access device to a proximal opening at a proximal region of the arterial access device, wherein the internal lumen receives blood flow through the distal opening from the common carotid artery, and wherein the shunt comprises a sidearm connected to the arterial access device at a location between the distal and proximal openings of the arterial access device, and wherein the shunt provides a pathway for blood to flow out of the internal lumen of the arterial access device at a location between the distal and proximal openings of the arterial access device; and
treating the lesion by deploying a stent on the lesion.

US Pat. No. 10,188,398

CROSS-SECTIONAL MODIFICATION DURING DEPLOYMENT OF AN ELONGATE LUNG VOLUME REDUCTION DEVICE

PneumRx, Inc., Santa Cla...

1. A lung implant comprising:an elongate body having a proximal end, a distal end, and a length therebetween;
the elongate body further including:
a first self-expandable member at a first location on a proximal portion of the elongate body, the first self-expandable member having a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration, wherein the first self-expandable member is configured to be constrained in the collapsed configuration by a lumen of a delivery catheter during delivery of the lung implant to a target area of the lung, wherein the first self-expandable member is configured to self-expand laterally toward the expanded configuration upon release from the delivery catheter in the airway, and wherein the first self-expandable member is configured to laterally engage the airway in the expanded configuration; and
a second self-expandable member at a second location on a distal portion of the elongate body, the second self-expandable member having a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration, wherein the second self-expandable member is configured to be constrained in the collapsed configuration by the lumen of the delivery catheter during delivery of the lung implant to the target area of the lung, wherein the second self-expandable member is configured to self-expand laterally toward the expanded configuration upon release from the delivery catheter in the airway, and wherein the second self-expandable member is configured to laterally engage the airway in the expanded configuration;
wherein the lung implant comprises a deliverable configuration and a deployed configuration, the deliverable configuration comprising the first self-expandable member at the first location on the proximal portion of the elongate body in the collapsed configuration and the second self-expandable member at the second location on the distal portion of the elongate body in the collapsed configuration and the deployed configuration comprising the first self-expandable member at the first location on the proximal portion of the elongate body in the expanded configuration and the second self-expandable member at the second location on the distal portion of the elongate body in the expanded configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,188,397

TORQUE ALLEVIATING INTRA-AIRWAY LUNG VOLUME REDUCTION COMPRESSIVE IMPLANT STRUCTURES

PneumRx, Inc., Santa Cla...

1. A lung volume reduction system for enhancing a breathing efficiency of a patient with an airway, the system comprising:an implantable device having an elongate body including a proximal end and a distal end, the implantable device further having a first configuration and a second configuration, the second configuration of the implantable device corresponding to a configuration of the implantable device pre-implantation or post-implantation, the second configuration comprising at least one helical section;
wherein the at least one helical section includes a proximal portion, a distal portion, and a helical axis, the proximal portion and the distal portion of the at least one helical section configured to compress lung tissue disposed between the proximal portion and the distal portion;
wherein the elongate body transitions from the at least one helical section to a stand-off proximal tail at the proximal end of the elongate body, the stand-off proximal tail comprising a distal portion adjacent to and bending from the at least one helical section, a proximal portion, and a bend disposed between the distal portion and the proximal portion.

US Pat. No. 10,188,396

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DELIVERING AN EMBOLIC COMPOSITION

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A microcatheter for delivery of embolic fluids, which comprises:an outer member dimensioned for insertion within a blood vessel adjacent an embolization site, the outer member defining a first longitudinal lumen;
an inner member selectively positionable within the first longitudinal lumen of the outer member, the inner member defining a second longitudinal lumen and having a delivery port in fluid communication with the second longitudinal lumen for passage and delivery of embolic fluids toward the embolization site; and
a valve disposed within the outer member, the valve dimensioned to establish a substantial seal about the inner member, to minimize entry of the embolic fluids within the first longitudinal lumen of the outer member subsequent to delivery thereof toward the embolization site,
wherein the outer member includes an expandable member disposed on an exterior wall surface thereof adjacent the delivery port, the expandable member dimensioned to expand and engage an interior wall portion of the blood vessel to at least partially isolate the embolization site.

US Pat. No. 10,188,395

NON-PLANAR HEATING CHAMBER DETACHMENT MECHANISM OF AN IMPLANTABLE VASO-OCCLUDING DEVICE DELIVERY SYSTEM

DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, I...

1. A delivery system for an implantable vaso-occluding device, comprising:an advancing member having a distal end and an opposite proximal end;
a non-planar heating chamber disposed proximate to the distal end of the advancing member; the non-planar heating chamber having an interior surface facing away from the distal end of the advancing member and an opposite exterior surface facing the distal end of the advancing member;
a detachment fiber made from a polymeric material and having a closed distal end protruding from the interior surface of the non-planar heating chamber; and
at least one heating element disposed on the interior surface of the non-planar heating chamber; the at least one heating element producing heat sufficient to sever the detachment fiber.

US Pat. No. 10,188,394

STAPLES CONFIGURED TO SUPPORT AN IMPLANTABLE ADJUNCT

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A staple cartridge assembly, comprising:a staple cartridge body, comprising:
a deck; and
staple cavities defined in said deck;
staples removably stored in said staple cavities, wherein each said staple is stamped from a sheet of material and comprises:
a base defining a base plane;
a leg extending from said base; and
a platform folded out of said base plane to extend laterally from said base; and
an implantable layer positioned over said deck, wherein said platforms of said staples are configured to abut said implantable layer when said staples are implanted into the tissue of a patient.

US Pat. No. 10,188,392

GRASPING FOR TISSUE REPAIR

Abbott Cardiovascular Sys...

1. A fixation device for engaging tissue comprising:a pair of distal elements each having a first end, a free end opposite the first end, and an engagement surface therebetween, the pair of distal elements having an open position and a closed position;
a pair of proximal elements each having a first end, a free end opposite the first end, and an engagement surface therebetween, the pair of proximal elements configured to be raised from and lowered toward the distal elements; and
a shaft to which the first ends of the proximal elements and distal elements are operably coupled;
wherein each of the distal elements comprises a retaining element joined to and extending from a location proximate the free end of the distal element, the retaining element being configured to permit tissue to move toward the first end of the distal element and to resist movement of the tissue away from the first end of the distal element, the retaining element extending along substantially an entire length of the distal element from proximate the free end towards the first end of the distal element when in the closed position,
wherein the retaining elements comprise at least one leaf spring configured to direct or urge the tissue toward engagement with one or more barbs located on one of the proximal elements.

US Pat. No. 10,188,391

BATTERY POWERED SURGICAL INSTRUMENT

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A powered endoscopic surgical stapling apparatus, comprising:a handle assembly including:
a handle; and
a trigger movable in relation to the handle;
an endoscopic portion extending distally from the handle of the handle assembly;
an end effector assembly coupled to a distal end portion of the endoscopic portion, the end effector assembly configured to perform a first surgical function in response to an actuation of the trigger;
a motor for driving the surgical function;
a battery operably coupled to the motor;
a protecting housing configured to be releasably coupled to the handle of the handle assembly, wherein both the motor and the battery are disposed within the protective housing; and
a hand actuated control member supported on the handle and mechanically connected to the end effector assembly, wherein the end effector assembly is configured to perform a second surgical function upon actuation of the hand actuated control member.

US Pat. No. 10,188,390

ADJUNCT MATERIAL TO PROVIDE HETEROGENEOUS DRUG ELUTION

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A staple cartridge assembly for use with a surgical stapler, comprising:a cartridge body having a plurality of staple cavities, each staple cavity having a surgical staple disposed therein;
a biocompatible adjunct material releasably retained on the cartridge body and configured to be delivered to tissue by deployment of the staples in the cartridge body, the adjunct material having a top side, a bottom side disposed opposite of the top side, and a plurality of distinct regions, wherein each region is at a different location on the adjunct material and each region has a different adjunct construction, the plurality of distinct regions comprising
a first region located on the top side of the adjunct material,
second and third regions each located on the bottom side of the adjunct material,
a fourth region disposed between the second and third regions on the bottom side of the adjunct material, and
a fifth region located in an interior area of the adjunct material and configured to space apart the top and bottom sides of the adjunct material; and
a first medicant disposed within and releasable from the first region to discourage tissue growth, a second medicant disposed within and releasable from the second and third regions to encourage tissue growth, and a third medicant disposed within and releasable from the fourth region to facilitate hemostasis, each of the first, second, and third medicants being releasable from their respective regions in a non-homogeneous manner with respect to at least one of time of release and location of release.

US Pat. No. 10,188,389

ADJUNCT MATERIAL FOR DELIVERY TO COLON TISSUE

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical device, comprising:a staple cartridge assembly for use with a surgical stapler, comprising:
a cartridge body having a plurality of staple cavities, each staple cavity having a surgical staple disposed therein;
a biocompatible adjunct material formed of a fiber matrix and releasably retained on the cartridge body and configured to be delivered to colon tissue by deployment of the staples in the cartridge body to form at least one line of deployed staples, the fiber matrix including a first plurality of longitudinal fibers and a second plurality of longitudinal fibers, the second plurality of longitudinal fibers extending transversely to the first plurality of longitudinal fibers and configured to detach from the first plurality of longitudinal fibers following the deployment of the staples; and
at least one medicant, the at least one medicant being releasable from the adjunct material, and the at least one medicant being effective to encourage a healing of blood vessels along the at least one line of deployed staples.

US Pat. No. 10,188,388

SURGICAL STAPLE INSERTION DEVICE

1. A staple inserter, comprising:an inserter body having a staple engagement structure at a first end portion thereof, wherein the staple engagement structure is configured for having at least one of staple legs and a staple bridge engaged therewith and wherein the staple engagement structure is selectively moveable for enabling a contact surface of an impingement structure of the inserter body at least partially covered by the staple engagement structure to become fully exposed; and
a staple bridge deflecting structure moveably attached to the inserter body, wherein the staple bridge deflecting structure includes a control portion and a staple bridge engaging portion, wherein movement of the control portion from a first position to a second position causes the staple bridge engaging portion to correspondingly move from a retracted position and a staple bridge deflecting position with respect to the staple engagement structure.

US Pat. No. 10,188,386

SURGICAL STAPLER WITH ANVIL STATE INDICATOR

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument comprising:(a) a body;
(b) a shaft assembly extending distally from the body;
(c) a stapling head assembly located at the distal end of the shaft assembly, wherein the stapling head assembly comprises a distal surface, wherein the stapling head assembly is operable to drive an annular array of staples through openings formed in the distal surface;
(d) an anvil, wherein the anvil is configured to couple with the stapling head assembly;
(e) an anvil adjustment assembly, wherein the anvil adjustment assembly comprises a translating member, wherein the translating member is operable to translate relative to the body along a longitudinal axis to thereby adjust a gap distance between the anvil and the distal surface of the stapling head assembly;
(f) a first indicator assembly, wherein the first indicator assembly comprises:
(i) a first member comprising an array of markers, wherein the first member is configured to translate in response to translation of the translating member relative to the body, and
(ii) a second member, wherein the second member is configured to remain stationary relative to the body as the first member translates relative to the body,
wherein the first indicator assembly is configured to provide feedback indicating whether the gap distance is sized to release tissue from between the anvil and the distal surface based on positioning of the first member in relation to the second member; and
(g) a second indicator assembly comprising an arm pivotably coupled with the body, wherein the first member is configured pivot the arm relative to the body to indicate whether the gap distance is sized to staple tissue between the anvil and the distal surface based on position of the first member in relation to the arm.

US Pat. No. 10,188,385

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT SYSTEM COMPRISING LOCKABLE SYSTEMS

ETHICON LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument system, comprising:a handle; and
a shaft assembly removably attached to said handle, said shaft assembly comprising:
an end effector;
a release actuator comprising a lock, wherein said release actuator is movable between a proximal position and a distal position, wherein said lock is engaged with said handle when said release actuator is in said proximal position, and wherein said lock is disengaged from said handle when said release actuator is in said distal position; and
a latch operably engaged with said release actuator, wherein said latch is movable between a first position and a second position, wherein said release actuator is configured to rotate said latch from said first position to said second position when said release actuator is moved toward said distal position, wherein said latch comprises a catch configured to engage said handle when said latch is moved toward said second position, wherein said catch is disengaged from said handle upon an additional manipulation of said release actuator, and wherein said additional manipulation is in a proximal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,188,383

SUTURE CLIP DEPLOYMENT DEVICES

Edwards Lifesciences Corp...

1. A device for successively deploying a plurality of preloaded suture clips onto sutures, comprising:a proximal handle portion comprising an actuation mechanism;
a mandrel having an inner lumen for receiving sutures, a proximal end portion coupled to the actuation mechanism, and a distal end portion having a distal opening in communication with the inner lumen, wherein the mandrel defines an axial dimension extending between the distal end portion and the proximal end portion, and a radial dimension perpendicular to the axial dimension, and wherein the mandrel is configured to receive at least one suture extending through the distal opening and into the inner lumen; and
a plurality of annular suture clips mounted around the distal end portion of the mandrel, the annular suture clips being generally disk shaped and having a diameter oriented in the radial dimension and a thickness oriented in the axial dimension, wherein the thickness is smaller than the diameter;
wherein the actuation mechanism causes the mandrel to move proximally relative to the suture clips, such that a distal-most one of the suture clips slides off of a distal end of the mandrel and onto one or more sutures extending into the distal opening of the mandrel; and
wherein, after the distal-most one of the suture clips is deployed onto one or more sutures, the actuation mechanism causes the mandrel and a remaining portion of the suture clips to move distally relative to the handle portion such that a distal-most one of the remaining portion of the suture clips is ready to be successively deployed;
the device further comprising a retainer positioned at least partially around the mandrel and coupled to the actuation mechanism independently of the mandrel, the retainer configured to restrict the suture clips from moving proximally relative to the handle portion when the mandrel moves proximally relative to the handle portion;
wherein the retainer comprises at least one axially extending slot that includes a plurality of circumferentially extending notches.

US Pat. No. 10,188,379

END EFFECTOR FOR WOUND CLOSURE DEVICE

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A suture device comprising:a. an elongated suture body having a proximal end and a distal end; and
b. a composite end effector at said distal end, said composite end effector comprising:
i. a fixation tab having a length, width and thickness, and
ii. an overlying attachment piece, comprising a tab opening with a length, width and thickness,
wherein the overlying attachment piece further comprising a distal end and a pair of longitudinal slits terminating at the distal end of the overlying attachment piece,
wherein at least a proximal end of the fixation tab is inserted into said opening of said overlying attachment piece such that the proximal end of the fixation tab abuts a proximal wall of said overlying attachment piece while at least a distal end of the fixation tab extends axially outwardly from the overlying attachment piece and the fixation tab extends laterally outwardly from the overlying attachment piece through the pair of longitudinal slits.

US Pat. No. 10,188,378

MICROANCHOR

1. A suture anchor for soft tissue repair, the suture anchor comprising:a body having a proximal end engageable with a suture anchor insertion instrument, a distal end, a longitudinal axis extending between the proximal end and the distal end, and an outer surface extending between the proximal and distal ends;
a plurality of projections extending from the surface;
a first bore extending completely across the body transverse to the longitudinal axis;
a soft suture bridge threaded through the first bore and having first and second free ends extending proximally from the first bore; and
a repair suture threaded through apertures at each of the first and second free ends so as to engage with the first and second free ends of the soft suture bridge, wherein each of the first and second free ends structurally defines all boundaries of an eyelet which defines a discretely bounded aperture at that end, the repair suture being threaded through the eyelets;
wherein an initial size of each aperture is smaller than a cross-section of the repair suture and wherein each aperture is resiliently elastic such that a size thereof (i) increases when tension is applied to the repair suture thereby enabling the repair suture to slide relative to the aperture and (ii) decreases when tension is released thereby inhibiting the repair suture from sliding relative to the aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,188,376

TISSUE RETRACTOR

Edwards Lifesciences Corp...

1. A device for surgical retraction to create an opening in a patient, comprising:a main frame comprising a main frame proximal side and a main frame distal side, the main frame further comprising a central opening passing from the main frame proximal side to the main frame distal side, the main frame comprising an outer structure surrounding the central opening;
a plurality of movable arms extending from the outer structure and into the central opening, each movable arm comprising an arm proximal end connected to the outer structure and an arm distal end positioned in the central opening;
a plurality of legs, wherein one of said plurality of legs extends from each of the plurality of movable arms, wherein each of said plurality of legs comprises a leg proximal end secured to one of the plurality of movable arms, and each of said plurality of legs comprises a leg distal end, wherein each of said plurality of legs extends distally from the main frame distal side;
wherein the device comprises a closed configuration wherein the plurality of movable arms extends into the central opening and the plurality of legs are positioned toward a center portion of the central opening with the plurality of legs adjacent each other with the leg distal ends forming a substantially straight line therebetween when viewed from the main frame distal side, the device further comprising an open configuration wherein the plurality of movable arms are moved so that the arm distal ends are positioned at or adjacent an outer perimeter of the central opening with each of the plurality of legs spaced apart from the other legs so that the plurality of legs define a periphery having a polygonal shape, wherein each of the plurality of legs defines a corner of the polygonal shape.

US Pat. No. 10,188,370

ULTRASOUND IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. An ultrasound imaging system, comprising:an ultrasound probe configured to acquire a sequence of ultrasound data of an imaging region of a subject when a contrast agent is perfused in the imaging region;
a time-intensity curve calculator configured to calculate a time-intensity curve of the contrast agent for each region unit of a plurality of region units of the imaging region, based on the acquired sequence of ultrasound data, each region unit comprising one or more points of the imaging region;
a reference selector configured to select, among the plurality of region units, a first, second and third set of region units respectively corresponding to normal tissue, vessel and background noise, based on the time-intensity curves, and wherein the reference selector is further configured to divide the imaging region into a plurality of segments, each segment being located at a different depth level and to select the one or more region units from the first set of region units, the one or more region units being located in the segment where the region of interest is located;
a perfusion parameter calculator configured to calculate a perfusion parameter for each of one or more region units of the first set of region units and a perfusion parameter for a region of interest in the imaging region, based on the calculated time-intensity curves;
a reference perfusion parameter calculator configured to calculate a reference perfusion parameter, based on the perfusion parameters of the one or more region units located in the segment where the region of interest is located; and
a ratio calculator configured to calculate a ratio value for the region of interest as a ratio of the perfusion parameter of the region of interest and the reference perfusion parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,188,369

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING MULTIPLE MODES OF ULTRASOUND IMAGING USING A SINGLE ULTRASOUND TRANSDUCER

Clarius Mobile Health Cor...

1. An ultrasound imaging method comprising, by an ultrasound imaging machine:imaging in a first mode using a sequential transducer comprising a plurality of transducer elements, wherein when imaging in the first mode, groups of adjacent transducer elements of the plurality of transducer elements are sequentially pulsed for beamforming, and the groups of adjacent transducer elements correspond to respective different apertures along a head of the sequential transducer; and
imaging in a second mode different from the first mode, wherein when imaging in the second mode, a subset of at least two of the plurality of transducer elements form a single aperture on the head of the sequential transducer, and the subset of transducer elements are repeatedly pulsed with different phase shifts for beamforming through the single aperture so that a plurality of ultrasound signals are steered from the subset of the plurality of transducer elements, and wherein any remaining transducer elements of the plurality of transducer elements not part of the subset are inactive when imaging in the second mode.

US Pat. No. 10,188,368

IMAGE GUIDED INTRAVASCULAR THERAPY CATHETER UTILIZING A THIN CHIP MULTIPLEXOR

1. An intravenous ultrasound catheter having a distal tip and comprising:(a) a forward-facing array of ultrasound elements near to said distal tip of said device;
(b) an integrated circuit (IC) die, abutting and proximal to said ultrasound elements, having a thickness of less than 80 ?m, and having:
(i) a first face, facing said forward-facing array, and having an array of ultrasound element driving and receiving contacts, in mating arrangement to said array of ultrasound elements, so that said array of ultrasound element driving and receiving contacts collectively physically abut and electrically connect to each of said ultrasound elements;
(ii) a second face, opposed to said first face, and having a set of input-output signal contacts, said set being fewer in number than said array of ultrasound element driving and receiving contacts and being collectively switchable into contact with any one of a set of predefined blocks of said ultrasound element driving and receiving contacts, said second face also having a set of control contacts, wherein inputs received by said control contacts positively collectively command some aspect of operation of said IC die; and
(iii) wherein said ultrasound element driving and receiving contacts can send and receive signals from a first one of said blocks of said driving and receiving contacts and can then be switched to send and receive signals from a second one of said blocks of said driving and receiving contacts, different from said first one of said blocks;
(c) a flex circuit assembly, proximal to said integrated circuit and including coax cables and a contact portion, having a set of contact pads abutting and electrically connecting said input-output signal contacts of said IC die, to said coax cables;
(d) backing material, abutting and directly proximal to said contact portion, thereby forming an interface and wherein said backing material and said contact portion material have equal acoustic impedance, thereby preventing reflection at said interface; and
(e) a tubular flexible protective covering, covering said array of ultrasound elements, said integrated circuit die, said flex circuit assembly and said backing material.

US Pat. No. 10,188,362

X-RAY FLUOROSCOPY AND IMAGING APPARATUS

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. An X-ray fluoroscopic imaging apparatus, comprising:an image generation element that generates a fluoroscopic image based on a detection signal of a radiation that transmits through a subject;
a display element that enables a display of said fluoroscopic image and displays said fluoroscopic image;
an image processing element that executes an image processing to superimpose a plurality of said fluoroscopic images that said image generation element continuously generates and generates an image denoting a movement locus of a benchmark denoting a location of a device introduced inside a body of said subject; and displays said image on said display element;
a region-of-interest setting element that defines and displays a region-of-interest that includes said movement locus relative to a superimposed image of said fluoroscopic images;
the region-of-interest being initially based on four user-specified location points that surround the movement locus; and
said benchmark is detected in the region-of-interest after the region-of-interest is defined by the region-of-interest setting element.

US Pat. No. 10,188,360

VIDEO AND ACCESSORY APPARATUS FOR A VIDEOFLUOROSCOPY UNIT

1. A videofluoroscopy accessory for use with a videofluoroscopy device or system, the videofluoroscopy accessory comprising:a clamp adapted to receive an X-ray head of a videofluoroscopy device,
at least one accessory mount disposed on the clamp adapted to removably receive at least one predetermined accessory,
at least one predetermined accessory,
wherein the at least one predetermined accessory is a video camera, and
wherein the at least one accessory mount is configured to enable selectively positioning of the accessory in any direction during operation of the X-ray head.

US Pat. No. 10,188,358

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SUBJECT SHAPE ESTIMATION

General Electric Company,...

1. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium having stored thereon a computer program comprising instructions, which, when executed by a computer, cause the computer to:acquire shape estimation information with a shape estimation system that includes a plurality of light emitting sources distributed circumferentially about a bore of a gantry and a plurality of light detectors distributed circumferentially about the bore of the gantry, wherein the light emitting sources are arranged in at least two rings disposed about the bore of the gantry, wherein the at least two rings include a first ring and a second ring disposed on opposite sides of at least one detector unit attached to the gantry, wherein each light emitting source emits light at a different time instance, wherein the gantry does not include an x-ray tube;
emit light from the at least two rings of the light emitting sources disposed about the bore of the gantry;
detect which light detectors, attached with the bore of the gantry, received each instance of emitted light at each time instance;
determine a subject shape estimation of a subject of a medical imaging system with the information, wherein the subject shape estimation is of an external outline of a subject being imaged;
develop an image acquisition scenario with the subject shape estimation and a requested imaging operation;
configure a physical location of the at least one detector unit attached to the gantry based on the developed image acquisition scenario; and
acquire Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) image information with the at least one detector unit, wherein the at least one detector unit used to acquire the SPECT image information is distinct from the shape estimation system.

US Pat. No. 10,188,357

SUPPORT UNIT, SUPPORT DEVICE, AND EMISSION TOMOGRAPHY DEVICE USING SUPPORT DEVICE

1. A support unit for an emission tomography device, characterized in that it comprises:a support body, provided with an accommodation space running through the support body therein, wherein the support body comprises a plurality of support positions that are distributed along a circumferential direction of the accommodation space;
a plurality of fastening means, connected to at least a portion of the plurality of support positions, for fixing detectors of the emission tomography device, wherein at least a portion of the plurality of fastening means are movable between contraction positions and extension positions along radial directions of the accommodation space,
wherein the fastening means are used for forming a first detector fastening ring with a first diameter when at the contraction positions and forming a second detector fastening ring with a second diameter which is smaller than the first diameter when at the extension positions,
wherein the plurality of support positions are configured that when a predetermined number of the support units are arranged side by side along the axial direction of the accommodation space, support positions on different support units are staggered and arranged alternately along the circumferential direction, in order for the fastening means on the predetermined number of the support units to form the first detector fastening ring alternately.

US Pat. No. 10,188,351

ELECTROCARDIOGRAM (ECG) SIGNAL BASED AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An authentication apparatus comprising:one or more processors configured to
implement a neural network comprising an input layer comprising N input nodes and a hidden layer comprising hidden nodes, wherein the hidden layer is connected to the input layer;
group the input nodes into input node sets comprising M input nodes, wherein M is less than N,
wherein each input node set is connected to a single respective hidden node, and
wherein each hidden node of the hidden nodes is connected to a single respective input node set;
assign a first weight set comprising weights to each input node set of the input node sets;
calculate a respective feature value for each hidden node based on the respective input node set connected to the each hidden node and the first weight set;
determine at least one output feature value based on the respective feature value for each hidden node; and
register a user in association with an input electrocardiogram (ECG) signal and the at least one output feature value,
wherein the first weight set is the same weight set applied to every input node set of the input node sets.

US Pat. No. 10,188,347

ENERGY EXPENDITURE DEVICE

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:obtaining, by a computing device and from one or more sensors, movement data of a first user along a plurality of axes for a first time period and a second time period;
for each time period, classifying, based at least on a type of the one or more sensors, the movement data of the first user into one of a plurality of predefined activity categories;
calculating, based upon the movement data and the activity category the movement data was classified into, a first energy expenditure value for the first time period and a second energy expenditure value for the second time period;
receiving movement data of a second user along a plurality of axes for a third time period and a fourth time period;
for each time period, classifying the movement data of the second user into one of the plurality of predefined activity categories;
calculating an energy expenditure value for the third time period and the fourth time period based upon the movement data and the activity category the movement data was classified into:
determining one or more derivatives of the energy expenditure values obtained during a unitary time frame that includes the first time period and the second time period to determine a first energy expenditure intensity value;
determining the energy expenditure values obtained during the time frame that includes the third time period and the fourth time period to obtain a second energy expenditure intensity value; and
displaying, using the computing device, a representation of the determined energy expenditure values and representations of the first energy expenditure intensity value and the second energy expenditure intensity value.

US Pat. No. 10,188,344

OPTIMUM ADMINISTRATION FORM PROVIDING SYSTEM FOR MAGNETIC DRUG

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A system to provide a modified administration form for a magnetic drug, the system comprising:a memory;
a processor configured to;
obtain equipment analysis information including internal body image data after administering the magnetic drug based on an administration form of the magnetic drug, the administration form including a trial dose of the magnetic drug, wherein the magnetic drug comprises a metal salen complex compound for a brain tumor, and the internal body image data includes X-ray CT image data of organs and MRI image data showing a distribution status of the magnetic drug in the organs as a gray-scaled image,
determine a first concentration about a side-effect-related organ on which the magnetic drug produces a side effect, based on the internal body image data by:
determining a first volume value of the side-effect- related organ from X-ray CT image data of the side- effect-related organ, and
calculating the first concentration of the magnetic drug in the side-effect-related organ, wherein the calculating of the first concentration including:
calculating a magnetic drug density data in the side-effect-related organ from an MRl image data, showing a distribution status of the magnetic drug in the side-effect-related organ, and
multiplying the calculated magnetic drug density data in the side-effect-related organ and the first volume value of the side-effect-related organ to obtain the first concentration,
determine a second concentration about a drug-efficacy-related organ in which drug efficacy of the magnetic drug by:
determining a second volume value of the drug- efficacy-related organ from X-ray CT image data of the drug-efficacy-related organ, and
calculating the second concentration of the magnetic drug in the drug-efficacy-related organ, wherein the calculating of the second concentration including:
calculating a magnetic drug density data in the drug efficacy-related organ from an MRI image data showing a distribution status of the magnetic drug in the drug-efficacy-related organ, and
multiplying the calculated magnetic drug density data in the drug-efficacy-related organ and the second volume value of the drug-efficacy-related organ to obtain the second concentration,
evaluate the administration form of the magnetic drug based on the first concentration and the second concentration by scoring the first concentration and the second concentration in accordance with a predetermined threshold value,
determine, based on the evaluation, an integrated correction coefficient that associates a side-effect of the magnetic drug with a drug efficacy of the magnetic drug, the determining of the integrated correction coefficient including prioritizing a reduction of the side effect of the magnetic drug, and
generate the modified administration form of the magnetic drug that reflects the side-effect of the magnetic drug and the drug efficacy of the magnetic drug based on the integrated correction coefficient, wherein the modified administration form includes an a modified dose of the magnetic drug calculated by multiplying the integrated correction coefficient and the trial dose of the magnetic drug; and
an output device that displays the modified administration form.

US Pat. No. 10,188,342

METHODS, APPARATUSES AND SYSTEMS FOR TRANSCRANIAL STIMULATION

THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH C...

1. A method of modulating cortical activity in a subject, comprising:detecting cortical oscillations and/or coherence between cortical oscillations in the subject via an electrocardiogram, a pupilometer and/or a functional near-infrared spectrometer; and
passing an oscillating electric current through the skull of the subject responsive to the cortical oscillations and/or coherence detected.

US Pat. No. 10,188,340

SEM SCANNER SENSING APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHODOLOGY FOR EARLY DETECTION OF ULCERS

Bruin Biometrics, LLC, L...

1. A Sub-Epidermal Moisture (SEM) sensing apparatus, comprising:a flexible substrate,
a first electrode and a second electrode that are both disposed on a common side of the flexible substrate, and
an electronics package that is individually wired to each of the first and second electrodes and configured for independent interrogation, excitation, and data retrieval and further configured to measure a sub-epidermal capacitance of a target region of skin between the first and second electrodes, the sub-epidermal capacitance corresponding to the moisture content of the target region.

US Pat. No. 10,188,338

CONTENT EVALUATION SYSTEM AND CONTENT EVALUATION METHOD USING THE SYSTEM

NHN Entertainment Corpora...

1. A method of evaluating media content, the method comprising:sorting and storing evaluation standard data in a database according to a criteria comprising at least one of type of a media content, age of a subject, or sex of the subject;
exposing the subject to the media content at a second time;
detecting a brainwave signal of the subject at a first time and at the second time with a brainwave detector cap worn on the subject's head;
detecting a bio signal of the subject at the first time and at the second time, wherein the bio signal includes a facial electromyogram and at least one of a galvanic skin response, a heart rate, a body temperature, or a respiration of the subject;
obtaining images of the subject at the first time and at the second time; and
receiving the brainwave signal detected at the first time, the bio signal detected at the first time, and the image obtained at the first time with a controller;
receiving the brainwave signal detected at the second time, the bio signal detected at the second time, and the image obtained at the second time with the controller;
determining a change in the brainwave signal between the first time and the second time, with the controller;
determining a change in the bio signal between the first time and the second time, with the controller;
determining a degree of engagement and a degree of an emotional reaction of the subject to the content using the change in the brainwave signal and the change in the bio signal, with the controller;
analyzing a movement of the subject from the images of the subject at the first time and at the second time to provide analyzed results, with the controller;
verifying the determined degree of engagement and the emotional reaction of the subject using the analyzed results, including removing motion noise due to drowsiness, unconscious movements or reflex movements from the brainwave signal and the bio signal, with the controller;
evaluating the content exposed to the subject at the second time based on the degree of the engagement and the emotional reaction according to the evaluation standard data that is stored in the database, with the controller; and
updating the evaluation standard data stored in the database based on the step of evaluating the content.

US Pat. No. 10,188,336

PUNCTURE NEEDLE SENSOR MANUFACTURING METHOD

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A puncture needle manufacturing method comprising:forming an insulation layer and a plurality of spaced apart elongated electrodes on a metal sheet so that the electrodes overlie the insulation layer;
cutting the metal sheet, the insulation layer, and a portion of the electrodes on the metal sheet to form a plate-shaped body, the plate-shaped body possessing a proximal end, a distal end, and a middle portion, the plate-shaped body having a width at the proximal end greater than a width at the distal end, and the middle portion of the plate-shaped body tapering in width towards the distal end;
press-working the plate-shaped body to form the plate-shaped body into a tubular body, the tubular body possessing an outer diameter at a distal end greater than an outer diameter at a proximal end; and
forming a pointed, beveled end portion at the distal end of the tubular body, wherein the press-worked tubular body possesses a distal portion and a proximal portion, the tubular body comprising:
a distal plurality of separate and circumferentially spaced apart electrodes fixed on the insulation layer in the distal portion of the tubular body;
a proximal plurality of separate and circumferentially spaced apart electrodes fixed on the insulation layer in the proximal portion of the tubular body; and
the distal plurality of electrodes being a different number of electrodes than the proximal plurality of electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,188,333

CALIBRATION TECHNIQUES FOR A CONTINUOUS ANALYTE SENSOR

DexCom, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A system for continuous glucose sensing, the system comprising:an implantable continuous glucose sensor configured to generate sensor data associated with glucose concentration in a host; and
sensor electronics configured to:
apply a voltage to the implantable continuous glucose sensor at a first setting,
switch the voltage applied to the implantable continuous glucose sensor to a second setting, wherein the first setting is different from the second setting,
measure a signal response of the electrochemical glucose sensor responsive to a change in the voltage applied, wherein the signal response is associated with a sensitivity change of the implantable continuous glucose sensor,
calibrate the sensor data, wherein the calibrating accounts for the sensitivity change, and
generate at least one glucose concentration value based on the calibrated sensor data.

US Pat. No. 10,188,330

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DETERMINING A LIGHT DRIVE PARAMETER LIMIT IN A PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITOR

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A method for driving a medical sensor for use on a subject, comprising:generating a light drive signal with a variable current below a first maximum current limit, the light drive signal being configured to produce an emitted light in a medical sensor;
receiving a sensor signal from the medical sensor, in response to the emitted light;
determining a parameter based on the received sensor signal;
changing the maximum current limit based on the parameter; and
generating the light drive signal in accordance with the changed maximum current limit.

US Pat. No. 10,188,329

SELF-CONTAINED REGIONAL OXIMETRY

Nonin Medical, Inc., Ply...

1. A handheld device comprising:a contact surface coupled to a handle portion, the handle portion configured for gripping by a user;
an optical module disposed on the contact surface, the optical module having at least one optical emitter and at least one optical detector, the optical module having a light shield associated with a perimeter of the contact surface, the light shield configured to exclude ambient light from the contact surface when the contact surface abuts tissue of a patient, wherein the light shield includes a raised curb;
a processor coupled to the optical module and configured to execute instructions for determining a measure of oximetry corresponding to the tissue; and
a display module coupled to the processor and configured to indicate the measure of oximetry; and
a user operable switch configured to activate at least one of the processor, the optical module, and the display module.

US Pat. No. 10,188,326

FOLDOVER SENSORS AND METHODS FOR MAKING AND USING THEM

MEDTRONIC MINIMED, INC., ...

1. An analyte sensor apparatus comprising:a base substrate comprising a planar sheet of a flexible material adapted to transition from a first configuration to a second configuration when the base substrate is folded to form a fixed bend;
a working electrode, a counter electrode and a reference electrode disposed upon a first surface of the base substrate;
a plurality of contact pads disposed upon the first surface of the base substrate;
a plurality of electrical conduits disposed upon the first surface of the base substrate, wherein the plurality of electrical conduits are adapted to transmit electrical signals between the working electrode, the counter electrode or the reference electrode and the plurality of contact pads separated by the fixed bend;
an analyte sensing layer disposed over the working electrode, wherein the analyte sensing layer detectably alters the electrical current at the working electrode in the presence of an analyte; and
an analyte modulating layer disposed over the analyte sensing layer, wherein the analyte modulating layer modulates the diffusion of analyte therethrough;wherein:the base substrate comprises the fixed bend so as to form an configuration characterized in that:
at least one working electrode, counter electrode or reference electrode is disposed on a first side of the fixed bend; and
at least one working electrode, counter electrode or reference electrode is disposed on a second side of the fixed bend.

US Pat. No. 10,188,322

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING THE ORIENTATION OF AN ACCELEROMETER

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A method of determining the orientation of an accelerometer that is being carried or worn by a user, the method comprising:measuring acceleration using the accelerometer as the user moves;
processing the measured acceleration to determine a step frequency of the movements by the user; and
processing the measured acceleration to identify a lateral component of acceleration as a component of acceleration having a high response at a frequency corresponding to half the step frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,188,317

MEASURING RESPIRATORY MECHANICS PARAMETERS USING PERTURBATIONS

1. A system for measuring one or more respiratory parameters comprising:an airflow perturbation device comprising:
a perturbation mechanism to periodically alter air flow resistance in a pathway at a plurality of different perturbation frequencies, wherein the perturbation mechanism includes an air flow path, an obstruction element disposed in the air flow path, and an actuator coupled to the obstruction element to control the obstruction element to obstruct air flow;
a pneumotachometer comprising a flow sensor to measure airflow in the pathway; and
a pressure sensor to measure a pressure in the pathway; and
a computing system comprising at least one processor configured to:
control the perturbation mechanism to operate at each of the plurality of different perturbation frequencies in succession;
receive data from the flow sensor and pressure sensor and determine a ratio of pressure changes to flow changes induced by the airflow perturbation device at each of the plurality of different perturbation frequencies to form a dataset of resistance of a respiratory system at each of the plurality of different perturbation frequencies; and
determine at least one respiratory parameter based on variations in the resistance over the different perturbation frequencies by fitting a curve defined by the resistance at each of the different perturbation frequencies to a predicted frequency dependence curve indicating contributions of respiratory parameters to resistance, wherein the at least one respiratory parameter includes a compliance of the respiratory system.

US Pat. No. 10,188,316

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MODULAR INTRALUMINAL DEVICE POWER TRANSFER

Elwha LLC, Bellevue, WA ...

1. An intraluminal traveling modular system, comprising:a first intraluminal device, the first intraluminal device including
a body structure dimensioned and structured to travel through a biological lumen of a subject;
a sensor coupled to the body structure, the sensor oriented to detect at least one characteristic of the biological lumen and to generate one or more sense signals in response thereto;
a processor operably coupled to the sensor, the processor configured to receive the one or more sense signals;
a data transmitter coupled to the body structure and configured to wirelessly transmit one or more data signals associated with the one or more sense signals responsive to instruction by the processor; and
an energy storage module configured to power at least one of the sensor, the processor, or the data transmitter; and
a second intraluminal device, the second intraluminal device including
a second body structure dimensioned and structured to travel through the biological lumen of the subject;
an energy storage device coupled to the second body structure, the energy storage device configured to transfer energy stored in the energy storage device to the energy storage module of the first intraluminal device; and
a docking structure coupled to the second body structure, the docking structure configured to couple the first intraluminal device with the second intraluminal device, the energy storage device configured to transfer the energy when the first intraluminal device and the second intraluminal device are coupled via the docking structure, the docking structure further configured to automatically decouple the first intraluminal device and the second intraluminal device subsequent to transfer of the energy from the energy storage device of the second intraluminal device to the energy storage module of the first intraluminal device,
wherein the first intraluminal device further includes
a wall-engaging structure capable of engaging a wall of the biological lumen to secure the first intraluminal device with respect to the wall of the biological lumen; and
a second sensor configured to measure a proximity between the first intraluminal device and the second intraluminal device, and
wherein the processor is configured to direct the wall-engaging structure to secure the first intraluminal device with respect to the wall of the biological lumen until the measured proximity between the first intraluminal device and the second intraluminal device is within a threshold proximity.

US Pat. No. 10,188,315

INSERTION SYSTEM HAVING INSERTION PORTION AND INSERTION MEMBER

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An insertion system comprising:an insertion portion including at least a grasp portion and an insertion channel passing inside the insertion portion from a proximal end of the insertion portion to a distal end of the insertion portion, the insertion portion being configured to be inserted into a specimen;
an insertion member configured to be inserted into an insertion hole of the insertion channel on a side of the proximal end of the insertion portion, and projected from a side of the distal end of the insertion portion to extend into the specimen;
an optical pattern provided on an outer circumferential surface of the insertion member;
a first sensor disposed in the insertion hole of the insertion portion, the first sensor being configured to read the optical pattern of the insertion member inserted in the insertion channel and to detect an insertion amount of the inserted insertion member and a rotation amount of the insertion member around its central axis in the insertion portion; and
a processor comprising hardware, the processor being configured to calculate, from a detection result by the first sensor, the insertion amount, the rotation amount, and a position and a shape of a distal end of the insertion member inserted through the insertion channel.

US Pat. No. 10,188,314

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING SHEATHING AND UNSHEATHING OF LOCALIZATION ELEMENTS

St. Jude Medical, Cardiol...

1. A method of detecting a localization element/sheath state change with a localization system, comprising:establishing a localization field using a plurality of localization field generators;
obtaining a first localization signal from a first catheter-borne localization element positioned within the localization field via an introducer sheath, the first localization signal including a first in-phase component and a first quadrature component;
obtaining a second localization signal from a second catheter-borne localization element positioned within the localization field via the introducer sheath, the second localization signal including a second in-phase component and a second quadrature component;
comparing the second quadrature component to the first quadrature component; and
detecting a localization element/sheath state change for the second catheter-borne localization element based on the comparison between the second quadrature component and the first quadrature component.

US Pat. No. 10,188,312

DETECTING HEAD DEVICE FOR CAPACITIVELY MEASURING AN ACUPUNCTURE POINT FREQUENCY OF A HUMAN BODY

1. A detecting head device for capacitively measuring an acupuncture point frequency of a human body, comprising:a contact head, which comprises a first terminal (1,1?) that contacts with an acupuncture point (P2) of the human body to obtain a capacitance value CH of the acupuncture point (P2) and a second, terminal (2,2?) that is grounded;
an internal oscillator, which comprises an inductor L1 and a capacitor C2, and is configured to generate oscillations of a predetermined internal oscillation frequency F1 when the contact head does not contact the acupuncture point (P2) of the human body, and to generate oscillations of an oscillation frequency F2 when the contact head contacts the acupuncture point (P2) of the human body;
an electronic counter, which is connected to the internal oscillator and is configured to calculate the internal oscillation frequency F1; and
an external interrupt service routine (ISR), being connected to the electronic counter, in which when the contact head contacts with the acupuncture point (P2) of the human body, the external ISR-receives an acupuncture point frequency signal of the contacted human body and calculates, in combination with the internal oscillator producing the oscillation, a frequency F2 of the contacted acupuncture point of the human body based on the capacitance value CH of the acupuncture point (P2) of the human body as well as an inductance value of the inductor L1 and a capacitance value of the capacitor C1 of the internal oscillator, using mathematical formulas shown as follows:
and
wherein the inductor L1 and the capacitor C2 are oscillatory elements of the internal oscillator.

US Pat. No. 10,188,311

DEVICE TO REDUCE TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

1. A device for reducing traumatic brain injury, the device comprising:a first sensor coupled to a head component configured to measure a motion value of a user's head as a result of motion of the head component and to generate a sequence of real-time measured samples;
a linkage element configured to connect the head component to a body component, the linkage element switchable between a first state in which the linkage element is relatively flexible and a second state in which the linkage element is relatively rigid based upon a locking signal; and
a processing element configured to receive the measured samples,
calculate a plurality of dynamic concussion thresholds, each dynamic concussion threshold associated with one of a plurality of sequential, time-based array cells, each array cell including a mean of historically-collected measured samples and a standard deviation of historically-collected measured samples from the first sensor, such that each dynamic concussion threshold is calculated as a sum of the mean and the standard deviation for the associated array cell,
compare a first measured sample to a first dynamic concussion threshold, a second measured sample to a second dynamic concussion threshold, and so forth in sequence, and
generate the locking signal when each one of a predetermined number of successive measured samples is greater than the corresponding successive dynamic concussion thresholds.

US Pat. No. 10,188,305

LOCATING J-POINTS IN ELECTROCARDIOGRAM SIGNALS

1. A method for locating a J-point in a cardiac cycle waveform, the method being implemented by one or more data processors forming part of at least one computing device, the method comprising:receiving electrocardiogram (ECG) data derived from an ECG electrode set affixed to a patient, the ECG data comprising a sequence of cardiac cycle waveforms that each correspond to a single cardiac cycle, each waveform comprising a series of samples;
locating, for each cardiac cycle waveform, an R-peak, an S-peak, and a T-peak;
calculating, for each cardiac cycle waveform, a Euclidian distance between the R-Peak and each of a plurality of samples within a window of samples;
locating a J-point for each cardiac cycle waveform by identifying, as a location of the J-point in the cardiac cycle waveform, a sample from among the plurality of samples having the shortest Euclidian distance to the R-peak; and
determining a physical state of the patient based on the J-point located in at least one cardiac cycle waveform.

US Pat. No. 10,188,301

MEDICAL PROBE AND METHOD OF USING SAME

St. Jude Medical, Cardiol...

1. A system for monitoring luminal esophageal temperatures in a patient, comprising:a probe adapted to be inserted into an esophagus of the patient, the probe extending between a proximal end and a distal end;
a plurality of electrodes and a plurality of temperature sensors extending along a length of the probe to enable continuous monitoring of temperatures in an area of the esophagus subject to formation of atrial-esophageal fistulas during a cardiac ablation;
a controller having software executing thereon;
a temperature sensor interface coupled to the probe remote from the distal end of the probe, the temperature sensor interface being in communication with the plurality of temperature sensors;
an electrode interface coupled to the probe remote from the distal end of the probe, the electrode interface being in communication with the plurality of electrodes;
wherein the electrode interface is connected to the controller and the controller is adapted to receive signals from the electrode interface;
wherein the temperature sensor interface is connected to the controller and the controller is adapted to receive signals from the temperature sensor interface;
a video monitor in communication with the controller;
wherein the controller is configured to display on the monitor an anatomic map of the esophagus based at least in part on the signals received from the electrode interface;
wherein the controller is configured to display on the monitor a thermal map of the esophagus based at least in part on the signals received from the temperature sensor interface; and
wherein the thermal map is overlaid on the anatomic map.

US Pat. No. 10,188,292

DEVICE FOR SCREENING CONVERGENCE INSUFFICIENCY AND RELATED COMPUTER IMPLEMENTED METHODS

1. A device for screening a person for convergence insufficiency (CI) with a viewer, the device comprising:a display adjacent the viewer; and
a processor and associated memory cooperating with said display and configured to
record movement of a first eye,
record movement of a second eye,
display on said display a first visual stimulus and a second visual stimulus,
cause, in alternating fashion, convergent movement and divergent movement in the first visual stimulus and the second visual stimulus along a visual stimulus path,
record dynamic movement of the first eye along the visual stimulus path,
record dynamic movement of the second eye along the visual stimulus path,
determine respective centroid positions of the second eye and the first eye during the convergent and divergent movement of the first visual stimulus and the second visual stimulus based on the recorded dynamic movements of the first eye and the second eye,
calculate from the respective centroid positions a plurality of interpupillary distances (IPDs) over time, and from the plurality of the IPDs, generate dynamic IPDs over time, and
compare the dynamic IPDs with the visual stimulus path to serve as an indicator for whether the person has CI.

US Pat. No. 10,188,291

DEVICE FOR SCREENING CONVERGENCE INSUFFICIENCY AND RELATED METHODS

1. A device for screening a person for convergence insufficiency (CI), the device comprising:a binocular viewer comprising a first eyepiece to receive a first eye of the person, a second eyepiece to receive a second eye of the person, a first image sensor adjacent said first eyepiece, and a second image sensor adjacent said second eyepiece;
a display adjacent said binocular viewer; and
a processor and associated memory cooperating with said display and configured to
record, with said first image sensor, movement of the first eye,
record, with said second image sensor, movement of the second eye,
display on said display a first visual stimulus and a second visual stimulus,
cause, in alternating fashion, convergent movement and divergent movement in the first visual stimulus and the second visual stimulus along a visual stimulus path,
record with the first image sensor, dynamic movement of the first eye along the visual stimulus path,
record with the second image sensor, dynamic movement of the second eye along the visual stimulus path,
determine respective centroid positions of the second eye and the first eye during the convergent and divergent movement of the first visual stimulus and the second visual stimulus based on the recorded dynamic movements of the first eye and the second eye, and
calculate from the respective centroid positions a plurality of interpupillary distances (IPDs) over time, and from the plurality of the IPDs, generate dynamic IPDs over time, and
compare the dynamic IPDs with the visual stimulus path to serve as an indicator for whether the person has CI.

US Pat. No. 10,188,289

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LENSED AND LENSLESS OPTICAL SENSING

Rambus Inc., Sunnyvale, ...

1. A system for tracking movement of an eye, the system comprising:an array of photoelements;
a grating to collect light reflected from the eye, the grating having a point spread function that focuses light from a point-source to a pattern spatially distributed across non-adjacent ones of the photoelements; and
a processor coupled to the array of photoelements to compute a location of the point source from features of the pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,188,287

OPTICAL MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS WITH CUSTOM CHROMATIC ABERRATION ADJUSTMENTS

AMO WaveFront Sciences, L...

1. A method for measuring a characteristic of a subject's eye which includes a cornea and a lens, the method comprising:using a probe beam having an infrared wavelength in the infrared spectrum to measure a refraction of the subject's eye at the infrared wavelength;
capturing at least two different Purkinje images at two different corresponding wavelengths from at least one surface of the lens of the subject's eye;
determining from the at least two different Purkinje images a value for at least one parameter of the subject's eye;
using the value of the at least one parameter to determine a customized chromatic adjustment factor for the subject's eye; and
correcting the measured refraction of the subject's eye at the infrared wavelength with the customized chromatic adjustment factor to determine a refraction of the subject's eye at a visible wavelength in the visible spectrum.

US Pat. No. 10,188,285

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a light-source unit configured to emit light while sweeping a frequency of the light;
an interference unit configured to separate the light emitted from the light-source unit into illuminating light to be applied to a fundus and reference light, and to generate interfering light formed of reflected light, which is light applied to the fundus and reflected by the fundus, and the reference light;
a scanning unit configured to scan the fundus with the illuminating light;
a detecting unit configured to detect the interfering light; and
an information-acquiring unit configured to acquire information on the fundus from the interfering light,
wherein the scanning unit is configured such that an angle of linear scanning of the fundus with the illuminating light is 68 degrees or greater in the air,
wherein the light-source unit in hides a surface-emitting laser, the surface-emitting laser including a first reflector, a second reflector, and an active layer provided between the first reflector and the second reflector,
wherein, when at least one of the first reflector and the second reflector is driven, a distance between the first reflector and the second reflector changes and the frequency of the light emitted changes,
wherein a coherence length of the surface-emitting laser during the sweeping of the frequency of the light is 23 mm or longer, and
wherein a range of a depth of a tomographic image of the fundus to be obtained using the information on the fundus is 3.2 mm or more.

US Pat. No. 10,188,284

TEAR-FILM SENSING EYE-MOUNTABLE DEVICE

Verily Life Sciences LLC,...

1. An eye-mountable device, comprising:an enclosure shaped to be removably mounted over a cornea of an eye of a user;
a tear-film sensor system, including at least a first pair and a second pair of tear-film-sensitive sensors to measure an impedance across the eye-mountable device associated with a tear-film of the eye when the eye-mountable device is mounted on the eye of the user, wherein the tear-film sensor system is configured to alternately output a first and a second alternating current (AC) signal to measure the impedance, wherein the first AC signal is between the first pair of the tear-film-sensitive sensors disposed on opposite sides of the eye-mountable device from one another, and wherein the second AC signal is between the second pair of the tear-film-sensitive sensors disposed on opposite sides of the eye-mountable device from one another; and
a controller disposed within the enclosure and coupled to the tear-film sensor system, wherein the controller includes instructions that when executed by the controller causes the eye-mountable device to perform operations including:
monitoring the impedance across the eye-mountable device based, at least in part, on the alternately outputted first and second AC signals, wherein the impedance is influenced by the tear-film of the eye and an orientation of the eye; and
determining a gaze direction of the eye based, at least in part, on the impedance and, in response to changes in the impedance, actively controlling circuitry disposed in the eye-mountable device.

US Pat. No. 10,188,283

TRIAL FRAME

OCULUS OPTIKGERAETE GMBH,...

1. A trial frame for determining the subjective refraction of a subject, comprising:first and second lens holder devices for receiving insert lenses;
a bridge, which connects the first and second lens holder devices in such a manner that their distance relative to each other is adjustable;
a nose rest device having a pivotable and height-adjustable nose rest;
first and second temples, which are adjustable in a length and a height dimension, the trial frame comprising first and second polarization filter devices, each of the first and second polarization filter devices having a circular or a linear polarization filter,and a pivot for pivoting the circular or linear polarization filter in and out in front of the corresponding one of the first and second lens holder devices and a rotating device for rotating the polarization filter in front of the corresponding one of the first and second lens holder devices, the polarization filter devices each being removably attachable to the corresponding one of the first and second lens holder devices through a locking connection; and a one-piece spring clamp formed on an attachment end of a holder of at least one of the polarization filter devices, said spring clamp engaging behind a crosspiece molded to each of the corresponding one of the first and second lens holder devices, and an actuating lever molded to the spring clamp and configured to selectively open the spring clamp.

US Pat. No. 10,188,281

PROGRAMMABLE MULTISPECTRAL ILLUMINATION SYSTEM FOR SURGERY AND VISUALIZATION OF LIGHT-SENSITIVE TISSUES

The Johns Hopkins Univers...

1. An observation system for viewing light-sensitive tissue, comprising:an illumination system;
an imaging system arranged to be in an optical path of light from said light-sensitive tissue upon being illuminated by said illumination system, said imaging system comprising an optical detector and a data processing system; and
an image display system in communication with said imaging system to display an image of a portion of said light-sensitive tissue,
wherein said illumination system comprises a light source and a light source controller constructed and arranged to control at least one of a spectral composition and intensity of light that illuminates said light-sensitive tissue;
wherein said light source controller causes said light source to illuminate said light-sensitive tissue with light having a reduced amount of light at wavelengths that are harmful to said light-sensitive tissue relative to a white light spectrum,
wherein said imaging system is configured to image at least a portion of said light-sensitive tissue upon being illuminated by said illumination system by applying a color boost model to compensate for said reduced amount of light at wavelengths that are harmful to said light-sensitive tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,188,280

TISSUE SEPARATION, EQUALIZATION, ERADICATION AND REGENERATION DEVICES AND METHODS

1. A tissue separation and equalization device, comprising:a generally elongated tissue insertion member having an elongated cannula wall including a distal cannula end and a cannula interior, the distal cannula end closing the cannula interior;
at least one tissue separating member opening in the tissue insertion member, the at least one tissue separating member opening disposed in fluid communication with the cannula interior;
at least one elongated tissue separating member having at least one flexible or bendable expansion segment, respectively, extending longitudinally within the cannula interior of the tissue insertion member generally adjacent to the at least one tissue separating member opening, respectively, the at least one tissue separating member opening and the cannula interior forming a continuous flow path; and
a driving mechanism engaging the at least one tissue separating member and operable to displace the at least one tissue separating member within the tissue insertion member and expand or buckle the at least one expansion segment outwardly from the tissue insertion member through the at least one tissue separating member opening, respectively, an entire volume of the cannula interior disposed in fluid communication with an exterior of the tissue insertion member through the at least one tissue separating member opening.

US Pat. No. 10,188,276

CLEANING AUXILIARY TOOL

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A cleaning auxiliary tool to be inserted into a bottomed cylinder having a bottomed cylindrical shape with one end opened and other end closed, the bottomed cylinder having a first opening through which a fluid from a first conduit is introduced, the first conduit being inserted through an endoscope, a second opening through which the fluid is led out into the first conduit, a third opening through which the fluid from a second conduit is introduced, the second conduit running in parallel with the first conduit in the endoscope, and a fourth opening through which the fluid is led out into the second conduit, the cleaning auxiliary tool comprising:a lid portion that closes an opening of the bottomed cylinder;
a shaft portion having a first end portion connected to the lid portion and a second end portion extending into the bottomed cylinder;
a first plate member fixed to the shaft portion, the first plate member having a first outer diameter smaller than an inner diameter of the bottomed cylinder;
a second plate member fixed to the shaft portion and arranged closer to the first conduit than the first plate member, the second plate member having a second outer diameter smaller than the inner diameter of the bottomed cylinder; and
a partition portion provided between the first plate member and the second plate member and positioned between the first opening and the third opening and between the second opening and the fourth opening, that partitions a side of the first conduit and a side of the second conduit in a state of being in close contact with an inner wall of the bottomed cylinder, moves toward the second end portion of the shaft portion by receiving an internal pressure on the side of the first conduit when the internal pressure on the side of the first conduit becomes higher than an internal pressure on the side of the second conduit, and moves toward the first end portion of the shaft portion by receiving the internal pressure on the side of the second conduit when the internal pressure on the side of the second conduit becomes higher than the internal pressure on the side of the first conduit, the partition portion,
when moving toward the second end portion and when moving toward the first end portion, contacts the inner wall with an outer circumferential portion of the partition portion, and axially moves along the shaft portion a distance sufficient to allow the fluid to contact the entire inner wall disposed between the first plate member and the second plate member.

US Pat. No. 10,188,274

CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM, CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE, RECEPTION APPARATUS, LIGHT EMISSION CONTROL METHOD OF CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE DEVICE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A capsule endoscope system comprising:a capsule endoscope having:
a first image sensor configured to capture an image in a first direction in a first imaging area, and output first image data;
a first light source configured to perform light emission in the first direction;
a second image sensor configured to capture an image in a second direction different from the first direction in a second imaging area that does not overlap the first imaging area at a second time different from a first time at which the first image sensor performs imaging, and output second image data;
a second light source configured to perform light emission in the second direction;
an imaging controller configured to control the imaging by the first image sensor and the second image sensor;
the imaging controller further being configured to control light emissions by the first light source and the second light source; and
a first wireless communication interface configured to transmit the first image data and the second image data; and
a receiver having a second wireless communication interface configured to receive the first image data and the second image data,
wherein the capsule endoscope or the reception apparatus is configured to detect a lesioned part from the first image data or the second image data; and
a controller configured to instruct the imaging controller to execute a first light emission operation in which only a light source configured to perform the light emission in the imaging direction of an image sensor that is performing imaging performs the light emission when no lesioned part is detected and instruct the imaging controller to execute a second light emission operation in which a light source configured to perform the light emission in a second imaging direction of an image sensor different from an image sensor that is imaging the lesioned part performs the light emission in synchronization with the light emission by a light source configured to perform the light emission in a first imaging direction of the image sensor that is imaging the lesioned part when the lesioned part is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,188,271

ASSIST DEVICE AND ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An assist device which is applied to a treatment instrument, the treatment instrument including an insertion body to be inserted through a channel of an insertion section of an endoscope, the assist device being configured to assist movement of the insertion body relative to the channel, the assist device comprising:a flexible tube including a passage into which the insertion body of the treatment instrument is inserted, the flexible tube including one end and an other end;
a connector configured to connect the one end of the flexible tube to the channel such that the passage communicates with the channel;
a first retainer configured to attach a side of the other end of the flexible tube to an outer circumference of the insertion section of the endoscope or to an outer circumference of an operation section connected to the insertion section;
a second retainer being movable relative to the first retainer and configured to hold the insertion body of the treatment instrument; and
a connecting member connecting the first retainer and the second retainer to each other,
wherein the second retainer is detachably attached to the insertion body of the treatment instrument in a direction different from a longitudinal direction of the insertion body.

US Pat. No. 10,188,270

STENT DELIVERY SYSTEM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A stent delivery system comprising:a guide catheter formed in a tube shape;
a stent formed in a tube shape and into which the guide catheter is inserted; and
a pusher catheter formed in a tube shape and into which the guide catheter is inserted, the pusher catheter being disposed proximally relative to the stent,
wherein the pusher catheter includes:
an intermediate part having a distal end part and a proximal end part; and
a diameter expansion-suppressing part joined to the distal end part of the intermediate part, the diameter expansion-suppressing part having a bending stiffness greater than a bending stiffness of the intermediate part and having an inner diameter the same as an inner diameter of the stent;
an outer diameter of the diameter expansion-suppressing part is the same as an outer diameter of the intermediate part, the diameter expansion-suppressing part and the intermediate part comprise a mixture of at least a first material and a second material respectively, a mixing ratio of an amount of the first material and an amount of the second material of the diameter expansion-suppressing part being different from a mixing ratio of an amount of the first material and an amount of the second material of the intermediate part, and
wherein, when the stent is pushed toward a distal end side by pushing the intermediate part of the pusher catheter toward the distal end side and causing a distal end part of the diameter expansion-suppressing part to come into contact with a proximal end part of the stent, the diameter expansion-suppressing part prevents an inner diameter of the distal end part of the pusher catheter from expanding.

US Pat. No. 10,188,264

DISHWASHER COMPRISING A SORPTION DRYING DEVICE

1. A dishwasher, comprising:a washing container;
an air-guiding channel to generate an air flow;
a sorption drying system to dry items to be washed, wherein the sorption drying system has a sorption container with reversibly dehydratable sorption material, the sorption container connected to the washing container by the air-guiding channel; and
a heater disposed in the sorption container and arranged upstream of the reversibly dehydratable sorption material for desorption of the reversibly dehydratable sorption material;
wherein the air-guiding channel includes an inlet connecting piece connected to the sorption container and which diverts incoming air flow from an inflow direction by between 45° to 135° into a through-flow direction through the heater and the reversibly dehydratable sorption material,
wherein the through-flow direction through the heater and through the reversibly dehydratable sorption material is the same direction, such that the through-flow direction runs from a bottom portion to a top portion of the sorption container, and
wherein the sorption container includes a through-flow cross-sectional area for the reversibly dehydratable sorption material of substantially between 80 cm2 and 800 cm2.

US Pat. No. 10,188,253

EXTRACTION CLEANER WITH QUICK EMPTY TANK

BISSELL Homecare, Inc., ...

1. An extraction cleaner, comprisinga housing that comprises an upright assembly having a handle where the upright assembly is pivotally connected to a base assembly for directing the base assembly across a surface to be cleaned;
a suction nozzle provided on the housing;
a suction source provided on the housing and in fluid communication with the suction nozzle for generating a working airstream; and
a recovery tank for separating and collecting fluid and debris from the working airstream for later disposal, wherein the recovery tank is removably mounted on the housing and comprises:
a recovery container defining a recovery chamber and comprising a drain opening provided on a lower portion of the recovery container;
a valve fluidly connected to the drain opening for movement between a closed position for sealing the recovery chamber and an open position for draining fluid from the recovery chamber; and
an actuator for selectively opening the valve, wherein at least a portion of the actuator is provided on an upper portion of the recovery container.

US Pat. No. 10,188,252

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

BISSELL Homecare, Inc., ...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus, comprising:a housing including an upright assembly and a base mounted to the upright assembly and adapted for movement across a surface to be cleaned;
a fluid container provided on the housing;
a fluid distributor provided in the base in fluid communication with the fluid container;
a working air path through the housing;
a recovery container provided on the housing and defining a portion of the working air path;
a suction source provided on the housing and defining a portion of the working air path;
a suction nozzle removeably mounted on the base;
a flexible vacuum hose defining an airflow conduit and a fluid delivery conduit;
a hose receiver provided on the base and adapted to selectively couple with the flexible vacuum hose for above-the-floor cleaning, the hose receiver comprising:
a hose port in fluid communication with a portion of the working air path between the suction nozzle and the recovery container, the hose port adapted to couple with the airflow conduit of the flexible vacuum hose; and
an outlet fluid connector in fluid communication with the fluid container, the outlet fluid connector adapted to couple with the fluid delivery conduit of the vacuum hose; and
a cover provided on the base and moveable between an open position and a closed position, wherein in the open position the vacuum hose can be coupled with the hose receiver and in the closed position the cover seals the hose port to provide a fluid-tight interface and covers the hose receiver, the cover further moveable to a third position, different than the open and closed positions, to release the suction nozzle from the base.

US Pat. No. 10,188,251

SURFACE MAINTENANCE VEHICLE WITH AN INTEGRATED WATER TRAP FOR TRAPPING RESIDUAL WASTE

Tennant Company, Minneap...

1. A waste recovery system for a floor surface maintenance machine comprising:a squeegee assembly having
a squeegee frame having a top edge, and
a first squeegee operable to engage a floor surface and connected to the squeegee frame; and
a reservoir operatively connected to the squeegee assembly, the reservoir comprising an inlet passage, an outlet passage and a fluid trap portion in fluid communication with the inlet passage and outlet passage, the fluid trap portion having a bottom wall and side walls, the fluid trap portion being adapted to retain backflow waste within the side walls and the bottom wall,
the bottom wall of the fluid trap portion being positioned below the top edge of the squeegee frame, such that backflow waste trapped above the fluid trap portion pools within a space formed by the bottom wall and the side walls of the fluid trap portion and is prevented from draining to the floor surface.

US Pat. No. 10,188,250

FLOOR CLEANING TOOL HAVING A MECHANICALLY OPERATED PUMP

1. A portable, human-powered floor cleaning device comprising:a chassis comprising a clean fluid storage tank and a spent fluid collection tank;
a plurality of wheels for supporting and moving the device;
a mechanically-driven pump housed within the chassis having an inlet and an outlet, the pump operably interconnected to a drive wheel;
the drive wheel provided substantially proximal to a midpoint of the chassis and comprising an eccentric wheel hub interconnected to a drive shaft such that a rotational movement of the drive wheel results in a reciprocating movement of the drive shaft and actuation of the pump;
a deck assembly attached to the chassis comprising a fluid pick-up orifice and at least one squeegee, the fluid pick-up orifice being interconnected to the pump by a conduit for transmitting the spent fluid from the fluid pick-up orifice to the pump; and
a scrubber pad attached to the bottom side of the deck assembly, the scrubber pad having a leading front edge which helps trap debris and presses tight against the floor surface and distributes the clean fluid over the floor surface and loosens soil from the floor surface, wherein the scrubber pad further comprises a curved edge that matches a curvature of the at least one squeegee to create a snug fit of the scrubber pad with the bottom side of the deck assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,188,248

VACUUM CLEANER FILTER BAG

Eurofilters Holding N.V.,...

16. A method for manufacturing a vacuum cleaner filter bag, the vacuum cleaner bag being formed as a flat bag and comprising a bag wall made of filter material that has a through passage through which the air that is to be cleaned can flow into the vacuum cleaner filter bag, the bag wall consisting of an at least partially pleated nonwoven material, and a first and a second filter material layer that are connected to each other by a peripheral weld seam,wherein the first or the second filter material layer consists of the at least partially pleated nonwoven material, the method comprising:
pleating of at least a portion of a nonwoven web;
assembling of the vacuum cleaner filter bag using the at least partially pleated nonwoven web; and
connecting folds of the at least partially pleated nonwoven material to one another at least partially by a fixing device;
wherein the fixing device is configured to hold the folds of the at least partially pleated nonwoven material at a predetermined distance from one another when the vacuum cleaner filter bag is unfolded during operation of the vacuum cleaner filter bag; and
wherein the fixing device is arranged on a first side of the at least partially pleated nonwoven material facing towards an interior of the vacuum cleaner filter bag and a second side of the at least partially pleated nonwoven material on an exterior of the vacuum cleaner filter bag is free from any fixing device.

US Pat. No. 10,188,247

UPRIGHT VACUUM CLEANER

JIANGSU MIDEA CLEANING AP...

1. An upright vacuum cleaner, comprising:a brushroll;
a motor assembly comprising a motor housing and a motor disposed within the motor housing, wherein a rotating axis of the motor and a rotating axis of the brushroll are disposed in a non-parallel manner, and the motor drives the brushroll to roll via a drive belt and is rotatable between a first upright position wherein the drive belt is tensioned and a first oblique position wherein the drive belt is released;
a body assembly comprising a body, a bridging member mounted to the body and rotatably connected with the motor housing to make the body rotatable between a second upright position and a second oblique position, and a dirt cup mounted to the body;
wherein the motor is moved from the first oblique position to the first upright position by the bridging member when the body moves from the second upright position to the second oblique position.

US Pat. No. 10,188,246

ODOR-REMOVING HINGE SYSTEM FOR TOILETS AND PORTABLE COMMODES

1. An odor-removing hinge system for use with a toilet seat and a toilet seat cover on a portable commode including a plurality of supporting frame members and a waste receptacle, said hinge system comprising:a toilet seat hinge assembly configured for pivoting said toilet seat and said toilet seat cover from an open to a closed position, said hinge assembly including an internal conduit integrated therein having an inlet opening and an exhaust opening formed therein, said inlet opening being disposed in fluid communication with said waste receptacle within said commode;
an adapter bracket for receiving said receptacle therein, said adapter bracket being mechanically attached to said toilet seat hinge assembly in pivoting engagement, said adapter bracket configured for attachment to said supporting frame members of said commode, said adapter bracket including a rearward extension bracket configured for detachable connection of an air filtering means thereon;
air filtering means including a brushless fan motor disposed in fluid communication with said exhaust opening of said internal conduit enabling air and noxious gases to be withdrawn from said receptacle and to pass through said air filtering means for return to the ambient air; and
fan actuating means including a power source for automatic operation of said fan motor in said open position of said toilet seat cover to urge air and noxious gases through said air filtering means.

US Pat. No. 10,188,245

TOILET

1. A toilet comprising:a seat having an opening therein;
a seat back connected to the seat;
a first arm having a first pressure sensor and a second arm having a second pressure sensor, the first arm and the second arm being spaced apart and positioned above the seat;
an actuator that moves the seat to a position wherein the seat inclines upwardly from a rear portion of the seat to a front portion of the seat;
wherein, in use, the first pressure sensor senses pressure on the first arm and the second pressure sensor senses pressure on the second arm, and upon the first pressure sensor or the second pressure sensor sensing pressure, a signal is transmitted to the actuator, whereupon the actuator moves the seat to incline upwardly from the rear portion of the seat to the front portion of the seat.

US Pat. No. 10,188,240

POT LID STORAGE HOLDER

1. A pot lid storage holder, configured for storing a pot lid having a handle with a necked-down portion disposed between the pot lid and a relatively enlarged portion of the handle, the holder comprising first and second gripping elements spaced apart from one another, each gripping element having a first respective substantially straight portion fixedly attached to and projecting from a mounting member, a respective return portion connected to said first respective substantially straight portion, and a second respective substantially straight portion connected to said respective return portion, projecting back toward but short of said mounting member and having an end that is free to move with respect to said mounting member, the second respective substantially straight portions of the first and second gripping elements being substantially parallel to one another in an undeflected state and configured to receive the necked-down portion of the handle, through an opening there between, in a downstream direction of insertion of the pot lid into the pot lid storage holder pointing toward the mounting member so as to deflect at least one of said first and second substantially straight portions which thereby exerts a compressive spring force on the necked-down portion that decreases with increasing depth of insertion of the necked down portion of the handle in the downstream direction.

US Pat. No. 10,188,238

BEVERAGE PRODUCTION MACHINES AND METHODS WITH TAMPING ASSEMBLY

Starbucks Corporation, S...

1. A machine for preparing single-servings of a beverage, the machine comprising:a housing;
a lid assembly on the top of the housing configured to move between an open configuration to allow insertion of a cartridge containing a beverage precursor and a closed configuration in which the beverage is prepared from the beverage precursor;
a basket assembly comprising a chamber configured to receive the cartridge containing the beverage precursor; and
a lid cam connected to the lid assembly, the lid cam having an upper wall portion, a sidewall, and a cam path disposed along the sidewall, wherein the lid cam translates axially relative to the lid assembly, the lid cam being suspended by at least one lid spring, and the cam path comprises a lower cam path and an upper cam path;
a collar having one or more cam teeth configured to engage the cam path,
a tamping surface on the bottom of the lid assembly and connected to the lid cam, wherein when the lid assembly is in the closed configuration, the tamping surface is configured to move between an untamped state in which the tamping surface does not compress the beverage precursor and a tamped state in which the tamping surface compresses the beverage precursor;
wherein the collar is configured to movably engage the lid cam and rotate about a central axis extending longitudinally through the basket assembly, wherein rotation of the collar about the central axis and with respect to the lid cam axially moves the tamping surface so that the tamping surface is closer to the basket assembly in the tamped state than in the untamped state;
wherein in the untamped state, the one or more cam teeth engage the lower cam path, and wherein in the tamped state, the one or more cam teeth engage the upper cam path.

US Pat. No. 10,188,237

MULTISIZE CAPSULE HANDLING WITH SERIAL ACTUATION

Nestec S.A., Vevey (CH)

1. A machine comprising a frame and a capsule handling device configured to handle an capsule and mounted in and/or on the frame, the capsule handling device comprising:a first part;
a second part that is movable relative to the frame from a transfer position for inserting and/or removing the capsule to an extraction position for extracting the capsule and vice versa, the second part comprising:
a capsule receptacle defining a cavity for receiving the capsule and for forming in the extraction position an extraction chamber with the first part, and
a first portion and a second portion that are relatively movable between a first relative position and a second relative position to change at least one dimension of the cavity and of the extraction chamber;
an actuator connected to the second part for driving the second part between the transfer position and the extraction position, the actuator is connected to the first portion and/or the second portion of the second part to relatively move the first portion and the second portion between a first relative position and a second relative position; and
a mechanical transmission connecting the actuator to the second part and to the first portion and the second portion of the second part for driving:
the second part between the transfer position and the extraction position; and
the first portion and/or the second portion of the second part to relatively move the first portion and the second portion between the first relative position and the second relative position.

US Pat. No. 10,188,236

MACHINE FOR DISPENSING BEVERAGES

IDES DEVELOPMENT COMPANY ...

1. A guiding device of a capsule, for use in a machine for dispensing beverages extracted from capsules, in particular coffee, tea, herbal teas and the like, which machine comprises:a capsule-holder which defines an infusion chamber;
an infusion head configured to cooperate with the capsule-holder for an extraction of a beverage, said infusion head is configured with an engagement tab element;
a lever to provide a relative movement of the capsule with respect to the capsule-holder, said lever being configured to provide a relative translational motion of the capsule with respect to the infusion chamber in a direction of infusion; and
a frame having the capsule-holder and the infusion head disposed therein;
the guiding device comprises:
a retainer of the capsule during said relative translational motion, the retainer comprising at least a first retaining guide element and a second retaining guide element both for retaining a peripheral projecting edge of the capsule,
wherein said first retaining guide element is configured with a first channel so as to retain the capsule during a relative motion that carries the capsule to be infused to enter within the infusion chamber, said first retaining guide element and said second retaining guide element being movable within the frame of the machine,
and said second retaining guide element adjoins said first retaining guide element, and said second retaining guide element is configured with a second channel in such a way as to retain the capsule, once used, during a relative movement of extraction of the capsule from the infusion chamber and to allow capsule ejection by gravity from the machine; and
a mechanical controller, configured to determine that the relative translational motion between the capsule and the infusion chamber is carried out in a coordinated manner with a relative position between the capsule-holder and the infusion head, wherein said mechanical controller in turn comprises:
one or more arms extending from said first retaining guide element, each of said arms being configured to be slidingly coupled within the frame of the machine;
an engagement profile disposed on said one or more arms, which engagement profile is configured to couple with a corresponding profile within the frame of the machine, said coupling causing, in use, a divarication of the device relative to the infusion head; and
an engagement projecting element disposed on said one or more arms, which engagement projecting element is configured to couple with said engagement tab element of the machine so as to allow a selective dragging in translation of the device during a return stroke after infusion.

US Pat. No. 10,188,235

FILTER CUP

1. A filter cup comprising:an inner cup having a top, a filter bottom surface, and an intermediate portion extending therebetween, the filter bottom surface defining a conical surface contour, a plug-like member extending from the filter bottom surface, and at least two flanges set on two corresponding edges at the top of the inner cup;
an outer cup receiving the inner cup therein and having an upper part, a bottom surface, and a side wall portion extending therebetween, a discharge hole formed in the bottom surface aligned with the plug-like member of the inner cup for being plugged by the plug-like member to prevent leakage and
two rotating members pivotally connected to the upper part of the outer cup and disposed respectively underneath the two flanges of the inner cup received in the outer cup; a leaning portion radially extended and projecting from an axial part of each rotating member adjacent the side wall portion of the outer cup; and
a grip having two ends connected to the two rotating members respectively;
wherein the rotating members are driven to move the leaning portions thereof to push the flanges of the inner cup upward when the grip is displaced relative to the outer cup; a gap being thereby formed between the plug-like member and the discharge hole; allowing liquid in the inner cup to flow out from the discharge hole through the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,188,233

ARTICULATING STAND FOR BROOMS AND SIMILARLY HANDLED IMPLEMENTS

1. An articulating stand for brooms and similarly handled implements, the stand comprising:a first clipping portion and a second dipping portion;
the first clipping portion and the second clipping portion configured to hold an elongated handle under a tension sufficient to prevent the handle from sliding therethrough;
the first clipping portion disposed at an angle relative to the second dipping portion, such that the first clipping portion is configured to release the handle when the second clipping portion engages the handle and vice versa;
a panel for engaging a standing surface on which the articulating stand and an implement rests;
the panel having a wide bottom portion with opposing ends, the opposing ends and handle thereby conferring tripod support to the stand and the implement; and
wherein the panel is in substantially linear arrangement with the second clipping portion, such that the panel is adjacent the handle when the second clipping portion is in an engaging position on the handle, and the panel is not adjacent the handle when the first clipping portion is in an engaging position on the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,188,231

FLEXIBLE MEMBRANE DRINKING CUP LID

1. A lid device for a beverage cup, said device comprising:an annular structure comprising an inner flexible material surrounded by an outer ring of substantially rigid material, said outer ring configured to reversibly attach to a rim of a beverage cup;
said inner flexible material having a central structure, said central structure comprising an opening with an axis that, in the absence of applied force, is substantially perpendicular to a top surface of said central structure;
said central structure configured to allow a drinking straw to pass through said central structure and into an interior of said beverage cup, said drinking straw comprising a radius;
said opening further comprising an opening radius between 1 and 2 times said radius of said drinking straw;
said inner flexible material and said central structure further configured to allow a human user of said straw, using a hand force of 5 Newtons or less on said drinking straw, to displace any of:
a: an orientation of said axis by at least +/?20 degrees from a no force resting state;
b: a location of said opening by at least 2× said radius of said drinking straw from a no force resting state;wherein said inner flexible materials, said outer ring of substantially rigid material, and said central structure are securely attached to each other so as to prevent rotation of any of said inner flexible material, substantially rigid material, or central structure relative to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,188,230

WIRELESS DRINK CONTAINER FOR MONITORING HYDRATION

1. A container assembly comprising:a container defining a cavity to hold a liquid;
a liquid level sensor, disposed in the cavity, to measure a level of the liquid in the cavity;
a processor, operably coupled to the liquid level sensor, to poll the liquid level sensor for a measurement of the level of the liquid in the cavity and to estimate a change in the level of the liquid in the cavity based on the measurement of the level of the liquid in the cavity;
a visual indicator, operably coupled to the processor and disposed within the cavity, to provide a visual indication prompting a user to drink from the container; and
an antenna, operably coupled to the processor, to transmit an indication of the change in the level of the liquid in the cavity to a wireless device.

US Pat. No. 10,188,229

HEATED OR COOLED DISHWARE AND DRINKWARE

Ember Technologies, Inc.,...

1. A portable cooler container with active temperature control, comprising:a container body having an outer wall, an inner wall spaced from the outer wall to define a gap therebetween, and a chamber configured to receive and hold one or more volumes of perishable liquid, the chamber defined by a base and the inner peripheral wall of the container body, the gap being under vacuum to thereby insulate the chamber relative to the outer wall; and
a temperature control system in the container body, comprising
one or more Peltier elements configured to actively heat or cool at least a portion of the chamber,
one or more power storage elements,
a microcontroller configured to control an operation of the one or more Peltier elements to heat or cool at least a portion of the chamber to a predetermined temperature or temperature range, the microcontroller further configured to wirelessly communicate with a cloud-based data storage system; and
one or more sensors configured to sense one or more parameters of the chamber or temperature control system and communicate the sensed information to the microcontroller, at least one of the one or more sensors being a temperature sensor configured to sense a temperature in the chamber and to communicate the sensed temperature to the microcontroller, the microcontroller operable to communicate sensed temperature data to the cloud-based data storage system for storage and from which the data is accessible via a dashboard interface on an electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,188,225

ADJUSTABLE SCANNER MOUNTING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

Mettler-Toledo, LLC, Col...

1. An adjustable scanner mounting assembly, comprising:a pair of first mounting rails forming a part of opposite walls of a scanner/scale device housing or adapted for attachment to opposite walls of a scanner/scale device housing;
a pair of second mounting rails adapted to cooperatively support a scanner and extending transversely between the first mounting rails and slidably connected thereto, a scanner retention wall extending upwardly from and along the length of each second mounting rail; and
at least one scanner locating mechanism movably affixed to each of the second mounting rails so as to be slidable along the length thereof;
wherein, positional adjustment of a scanner along a first axis is accomplishable by sliding the second mounting rails along the length of the first mounting rails; and
wherein, positional adjustment of a scanner along a second axis is accomplishable by sliding the scanner locating mechanisms along the length of the second mounting rails.

US Pat. No. 10,188,224

REFRIGERATED CASE WITH A SELF-CONTAINED CONDENSATE REMOVAL SYSTEM AND LEAK DETECTION

Killion Industries, Inc.,...

1. A refrigerated case, comprising:a refrigerated space;
an air inlet;
an air outlet;
a condensate collection tray configured to collect condensate from the refrigerated space;
a refrigeration system having a controller and configured to remove heat from the refrigerated space and remove the condensate from the condensate collection tray collected from the refrigerated space;
a condensate level detector located within the condensate collection tray and configured to measure a level of the condensate in the condensate collection tray and to generate a condensate level signal in response to a presence of the condensate at a predetermined condensate level in the condensate collection tray;
a means to remove the condensate from the condensate collection tray in communication with the condensate level detector, wherein the means to remove the condensate from the condensate collection tray is configured to remove the condensate upon detection of the condensate level signal;
a leak detector located at a high point of the condensate collection tray and configured to generate a high point signal in response to the presence of condensate at the high point of the condensate collection tray;
a condensate sensor located at a low point of the refrigerated case outside of said condensate collection tray and configured to generate a condensate detected signal in response to the presence of the condensate;
wherein the condensate level signal from the condensate level detector causes the means to remove the condensate from the condensate collection tray to turn on until the condensate level signal is no longer detected;
wherein the high point signal from the leak detector causes the refrigeration system to automatically shut down and turns on the means to remove the condensate from the condensate collection tray until the high point signal is no longer detected; and
wherein the condensate detected signal from the condensate sensor causes the refrigeration system to automatically shut down until the condensate detected signal is no longer detected.

US Pat. No. 10,188,223

REFRIGERATED MERCHANDISER INCLUDING EUTECTIC PLATE REFRIGERATION

Hussmann Corporation, Br...

1. A refrigerated merchandiser comprising:a case including a base and a canopy at least partially defining a product display area;
a eutectic plate positioned in the product display area and including a housing defining a hollow cavity;
a fluid contained in the housing; and
a heat exchanger including a coil positioned in the housing to cool the fluid, the coil having an inlet, an outlet spaced from the inlet, a serpentine portion extending between the inlet and the outlet, a linear return portion extending adjacent an outer edge of the housing and between the serpentine portion and the outlet, the coil further including a first portion, and a second portion adjacent and in thermal communication with the first portion to define a tube-to-tube heat exchanger, wherein the second portion is positioned between the return portion and the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,188,221

PLAY YARD WITH REMOVABLE LINER

KIDS II, INC., Atlanta, ...

1. A children's play yard comprising:a play yard frame comprising: one or more upper horizontal frame members defining an upper perimeter of the play yard frame
one or more vertical frame members having a first end and a second end, the one or more vertical frame members extending downwardly from the one or more upper horizontal frame members, the one or more vertical frame members including at least one mating fastener positioned at a height below the one or more upper horizontal frame members;
one or more elongate liner retention members operatively connected to the first end of the one or more vertical frame members and releasably connected to the second end of the one or more vertical frame members; and
a removable play yard liner configured for being removably secured to the one or more retention members of the play yard frame, wherein the removable play yard liner includes at least one fastener configured for engaging the at least one mating fastener to secure at least a portion of the removable play yard liner over the one or more upper horizontal frame members and over an outer portion of at least one of the one or more vertical frame members,
wherein in an inward receiving orientation the one or more elongate liner retention members are configured for slidingly receiving the removable play yard liner and in a retaining orientation the one or more elongate liner retention members are configured for securing the play yard liner to the play yard frame.

US Pat. No. 10,188,220

SEAT COVER WITH OCCUPANT COVERING FEATURE

1. A removable cover for a seat in the form of a reclining chair, comprising:a chair covering portion configured to cover at least a part of the reclining chair, the chair covering portion including at least a seating section, a headrest section, a pair of arm sections, and a pair of rearwardly extending sections that extend from opposite sides of the chair covering portion and are configured for connection to one another after wrapping around a back portion of the reclining chair;
at least one covering-to-chair retention mechanism configured to releasably secure the various chair covering portion sections to corresponding parts of the reclining chair; and
an occupant covering portion associated with the chair covering portion, the occupant covering portion having a first end attached near the headrest section of the chair covering portion and an opposite end attached near a bottom of the chair covering portion, the occupant covering portion extending from at least one side of the chair covering portion and configured to cover at least a portion of an occupant of the reclining chair while the chair covering portion is simultaneously secured to the reclining chair;
wherein the sections of the chair covering portion are configured to remain secured to the corresponding parts of the reclining chair and to remain in place during movement of the reclining chair between an upright position and an inclined position; and
wherein the occupant covering portion is usable in both the upright position and the inclined position of the reclining chair.

US Pat. No. 10,188,214

PILLOWCASE AND TRAVEL PILLOW WITH EYE-COVERING APPARATUS

1. A travel pillowcase, comprising:a pillowcase body for enclosing a smaller travel-sized pillow, the pillowcase body including a first pillowcase body end and a second pillowcase body end, wherein the second pillowcase body end has a top side and a bottom side; and
an eye-covering band dimensioned for blocking ambient light from reaching a user's eyes, the eye-covering band including a length between a first eye-covering band end and a second eye-covering band end, enabling selective adjustment of the eye-covering band for comfort, wherein the first eye-covering band end is attached to the top side of the second pillowcase body end and the second eye-covering band end is attached to the bottom side of the second pillowcase body end, in juxtaposition with the first eye-covering band end.

US Pat. No. 10,188,213

DUAL MOTION SLOPED FLOOR RECLINE MECHANISM FOR A THEATER SEAT

VIP CINEMA, LLC, New Alb...

1. A dual motion recline mechanism for a seat assembly comprising:a seat frame assembly wherein said seat frame assembly is configured to pivot between an upright position and a horizontal down position;
a seat carrier chassis plate operatively connected to said seat frame assembly by a pair of seat pivot pins, wherein said seat carrier chassis plate provides support for said seat frame assembly and is configured to allow the movement of said seat frame assembly;
a seat front guide rod;
a chassis mounting plate, wherein said chassis mounting plate is connected to said seat frame assembly by said seat front guide rod;
a linear actuator;
a pair of rear pivot links wherein each of said pair of rear pivot links is operatively connected to said chassis mounting plate via an upper end of each of said pair of rear pivot links, to said seat carrier chassis plate via a center of each of said pair of rear pivot links and to said linear actuator via a lower end of each of said pair of rear pivot links; and
a back frame assembly operatively attached to said seat carrier chassis plate and to said linear actuator,
wherein said linear actuator is configured to allow said seat carrier chassis plate to pull said back frame assembly downward and forward and to allow said pair of rear pivot links to rotate and pull said seat carrier chassis plate in a down and forward direction thereby pulling said seat frame assembly forward; and
wherein said chassis mounting plate is further connected to said seat frame assembly by said pair of rear pivot links.

US Pat. No. 10,188,210

LEVELING DEVICE

1. A generally wedge shaped leveling device having a first midline axis and a transverse midline axis that perpendicularly intersects the first midline axis at approximately a middle of the first midline axis, the leveling device comprising:a top surface having a substantially constant slope relative to a bottom surface;
the bottom surface being substantially planar other than a relatively small, singular, central protrusion of the bottom surface located at an intersection of the first midline axis and the transverse midline axis, the central protrusion extending a first distance from the bottom surface in a direction away from the top surface; and
a rear surface connecting the top surface to the bottom surface at a rear end thereof; and
an integrally formed pattern disposed on the bottom surface, the formed pattern having at least one continuous channel spanning between a first edge of the bottom surface and a second edge opposite the first edge of the bottom surface.

US Pat. No. 10,188,203

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING MOTIVATION FEEDBACK TO A USER BEFORE BRUSHING

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

8. An oral cleaning method which provides feedback to a user, comprising the steps of:processing, using a processor within a power toothbrush, sensor information obtained from one or more sensors on or within the toothbrush during a first brushing session of a user;
detecting, by a sensor, that the toothbrush has been picked up after the first brushing session and is about to be used, wherein the sensor is different from the one or more sensors; and
in response to the detecting by the sensor after the first brushing session, communicating, using a feedback system on or within the toothbrush responsive to the processor, brushing information based on the sensor information obtained from the one or more sensors to the user at a time subsequent to the first brushing session but before a second brushing session of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,188,201

BROOM

GORDON BRUSH MFG. CO., IN...

1. A broom that can be used to move, sweep, clean dirt, debris, water, or other matter, comprising: a rigid head, a connector mounted to the head and a handle having one end mated to the connector and extending away from the head, and bristles extending from a bottom surface of said head; the head having a generally straight central section and opposite end portions angled relative to said central section, such that said head is generally curved in a horizontal plane;said head further comprising a rigid frame; said bristles being contained in a bristle package comprising a bristle holder from which said bristles extend; said bristle package being removably secure to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,188,199

EXTENDABLE CLEANING BRUSH

1. An extendable cleaning brush, comprising:an elongated handle having a first end and a second end, wherein the elongated handle has a telescopic construction;
the second end of the handle having a housing therein, wherein a brush head having a plurality of bristles is connected to the housing;
a reservoir operably connected to a dispensing mechanism adapted to selectively release a quantity of a cleaning solution stored within the reservoir;
wherein the dispensing mechanism comprises a tube that extends from the reservoir to a lower surface of the brush head such that the cleaning solution is dispensed onto the brush head;
wherein the elongated handle is affixed to the housing via a ball and socket joint at a center region, wherein the ball and socket joint is configured to freely rotate the housing thereabout;
wherein the housing is a hemisphere.

US Pat. No. 10,188,196

BACK PACK WITH RAIN COVER

1. A back pack comprising:a front side facing away from a user's back when said back pack is carried;
a back side facing towards said user's back when said back pack is carried;
a water proof base portion disposed at a lower end of a lengthwise direction of said front side of said back pack when said back pack is carried;
a rain cover compartment disposed at an upper end of said water proof base portion;
a rain cover adapted to be coupled to said rain cover compartment and cover more than half of said front side of said back pack in a mounted state such that at least portions of said back pack other than said water proof base portion are covered; and
a harness attached to said back side of said back pack, said harness comprising a first strap and a second strap,
wherein said first strap is attached at a lower portion and an upper portion of said back side of said back pack, and
wherein said second strap is attached at said lower portion and said upper portion of said back side of said back pack.

US Pat. No. 10,188,195

DECORATIVE WIPERS FOR COSMETIC CONTAINERS

HCT GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITE...

1. A wiper for cosmetic products comprising:a first end adapted to be placed at an opening or upper end of a cosmetic bottle and comprising an upper face which surrounds a decorative design defining a first opening therethrough, the decorative design having a non-circular shape;
a second end adapted to sit farther within the cosmetic bottle, the second end defining a circular second opening narrower than first opening in at least one dimension; and
a passage between the first opening and the second opening having walls which define a taper therebetween,
wherein the walls taper selectively to form the non-circular shape of the first opening.

US Pat. No. 10,188,193

APPLICATOR HEADS FOR HANDHELD TREATMENT APPARATUS FOR MODIFYING KERATINOUS SURFACES

1. An applicator head releasably connectable to an outer housing of an apparatus for treating human skin, the applicator head comprising:a body having a housing connector end configured to releasably connect to the outer housing and a skin engaging end having an opening therethrough for delivering a skin treatment composition through the opening in the applicator head onto human skin; and
a pair of skin engagement members arranged and configured to flatten a surface of the skin, wherein the pair of skin engagement members comprises a first roller at a first side of the opening and a second roller at a second, opposite side of the opening, wherein each of the first and second rollers is connected to the applicator head at a pivot axis, wherein the distance between the pivot axes of the first and second rollers is between about 5 mm and about 15 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,188,190

DEODORANT PRODUCT APPLICATION DEVICE

ELEMENTZ LLC, London (GB...

1. A device for applying a substance to a surface comprising:a vessel containing the substance to be applied;
an applicator head mounted on a top of the vessel;
an enclosure;
a delivery mechanism located in the enclosure to create and deliver a form of energy directed toward the applicator head;
a power source for the mechanism; and
a control module to control the delivery mechanism located in the enclosure;
wherein the form of energy is air movement and the delivery mechanism is an air movement mechanism and the air movement mechanism draws air from an area above the top of the vessel and delivers air to an area above the top of the vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,188,182

CLASP FOR BEADED JEWELRY

10. An improved clasp, comprising:a first mating section having an elongated cavity integrally fused to a first slide tube with a first tubular cavity, a first bead slot and a first bendable flap;
a tab positioned on said first mating section;
a second mating section having an elongated shaft integrally fused to a second slide tube with a second tubular cavity, a second bead slot and a second bendable flap;
a release lever having a locking tab slot attached to said elongated shaft of said second mating section;
wherein said elongated shaft of said second mating section is sized and adapted to be positioned within said elongated cavity of said first mating section, and said first mating section and said second mating section are in sliding engagement with one another; and
wherein said tab is fitted to said locking tab slot to hold and fasten the first mating section to the second mating section when said first mating section and said second mating section are engaged with one another.

US Pat. No. 10,188,177

FRICTION STOP STRAP ADJUSTOR

Bell Sports, Inc., Scott...

1. A strap adjustor, comprising:a top surface;
a bottom surface opposite the top surface;
an upper surface that extends between the top surface and the bottom surface;
a lower surface opposite the upper surface;
a front surface extending between the top surface and the bottom surface and between the upper surface and the lower surface;
a back surface opposite the front surface, the back surface extending between the top surface and the bottom surface and between the upper surface and the lower surface;
a first through opening, between the front surface and the back surface, that extends completely through the strap adjustor from the top surface to the bottom surface;
a second through opening, between the front surface and the back surface, that extends completely through the strap adjustor from the top surface to the bottom surface;
a bar separating the first through opening from the second through opening, the bar extending from the top surface to the bottom surface and from the front surface to the back surface;
a first end opening positioned on the upper surface, the first end opening extending from the upper surface to the first through opening;
a second end opening positioned on the upper surface adjacent to but separate from the first end opening, the second end opening extending from the upper surface to the first through opening;
a first strap configured to extend from a helmet to the first end opening and to be disposed through the first end opening, through the first through opening, and over the bar; and
a second strap configured to extend from the helmet to the second end opening and to be disposed through the second end opening, through the first through opening, and over the bar.

US Pat. No. 10,188,176

CLASP FOR SECURING FLEXIBLE BANDS

ENDUR ID, Hampton, NH (U...

1. A clasp configured to permanently secure a flexible band, comprising:first and second interlocking members, each interlocking member comprising: a shell; a tongue;
a base from which the shell and the tongue extend substantially in parallel; and
a positive interlocking mechanism and a negative interlocking mechanism, wherein, when interlocked, the positive and negative interlocking mechanisms of the first and second interlocking members permanently interlock to form the clasp having a first opening, a second opening opposite the first opening, and a path extending through the clasp between the first and second openings for pass through of a flexible band permanently secured by compression between the tongues of the first and second interlocking members, wherein each tongue further comprises at least one protrusion extending from a back surface of the tongue toward the shell.

US Pat. No. 10,188,174

SOLE STRUCTURES AND ARTICLES OF FOOTWEAR HAVING A LIGHTWEIGHT MIDSOLE MEMBER WITH PROTECTIVE ELEMENTS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear, comprising:an upper;
a sole structure engaged with the upper, wherein the sole structure includes a first portion configured to support at least a heel and midfoot area of a wearer's foot, wherein an exposed outer edge of the first portion includes a billows structure that extends continuously from a medial midfoot or forefoot area of the sole structure to a lateral midfoot or forefoot area of the sole structure, wherein the billows structure includes a plurality of billow outer ridges connected by billow interstitial areas located between adjacent billow outer ridges of the billow outer ridges, the plurality of billow outer ridges being fewer than five billow outer ridges, wherein individual billows of the billows structure have a thickness at a rear end of the first portion that is larger than a thickness at a front end of the first portion, and wherein an upper surface of the billows structure is secured to the upper; and
an outsole assembly secured to a bottom surface of the sole structure.

US Pat. No. 10,188,172

MASSAGE INSOLE WITH MULTIPLE SUPPORT REGIONS

Health Shoes Plus, Inc., ...

1. An insole for use on a human foot, the human foot including a medial longitudinal arch, a lateral longitudinal arch, a transverse arch, and toes, the insole comprising:a foot bed of substantially consistent thickness;
the foot bed being flexible to permit insertion into a shoe;
a multiplicity of nodules affixed to the foot bed, the multiplicity of nodules of varying heights, the varying heights taken as an average to define an average nodule height;
a transverse arch support adapted to support the transverse arch;
the transverse arch support created by nodules having a greater than average height;
lateral longitudinal arch support;
the lateral longitudinal arch support created by nodules having a lesser than average height;
medial longitudinal arch support;
the medial longitudinal arch support created by nodules having a greater than average height;
a partial insole wedge beneath a portion of the foot bed;
the partial insole wedge formed from a material with greater shock absorption than that of the foot bed;
the partial insole wedge having a tapered shape from thin to thick, being thin at a center of the insole and thick at a back of the insole;
the insole for placement into a shoe;
whereby the nodule height determines the amount of support provided to the human foot.

US Pat. No. 10,188,169

SENSOR FOR AN ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear, the article of footwear comprising:an upper and a sole structure, the sole structure including a cavity;
a force sensitive resistor including an active portion joined to a tail portion;
the force sensitive resistor including a plurality of layers; each of the plurality of layers being elongated in a substantially horizontal direction;
the plurality of layers comprising a top substrate layer, a first adhesive layer, and a bottom substrate layer, wherein the first adhesive layer is disposed between the top substrate layer and the bottom substrate layer;
a shaft extending in a substantially vertical direction through at least the bottom substrate layer, the shaft leading to an opening formed in an outermost surface of the bottom substrate layer;
a horizontal passageway extending in a substantially horizontal direction from the active portion to the tail portion, the horizontal passageway being in fluid communication with the shaft;
the horizontal passageway providing a first flowpath through the force sensitive resistor, the shaft providing a second flowpath through the force sensitive resistor;
an elastic membrane being secured over the opening; and
wherein the elastic membrane deforms in response to increased air pressure in the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,188,168

SHOCK-ABSORBENT JUNCTION APPARATUS AND FACEMASK SYSTEM

1. A shock absorbing junction comprising:a first plate;
a second plate;
a resilient material comprising at least three springs having a triangular configuration;
a clip comprising an opening for receiving a portion of a facemask;
a button shaped to mate with a slot in a helmet;
wherein said resilient material is located between said first plate and said second plate;
wherein said first plate comprises a first top face and a first bottom face;
wherein said second plate comprises a second top face and a second bottom face;
wherein each of the at least three springs comprises a first end and a second end;
wherein each first end is connected to said first bottom face and each second end is connected to said second top face;
wherein the clip is coupled to the first top face; and
wherein the button is coupled to the second bottom face.

US Pat. No. 10,188,167

TIME TRIAL BICYCLE HELMET WITH EAR SHIELD

Bell Sports, Inc., Scott...

1. A helmet, comprising:an aerodynamic helmet body comprising a front portion, an opposite a tail portion, and an opening configured to receive a wearer's head, the tail portion comprising two side portions each having a lower edge curving downward behind an ear of a wearer when the helmet body is worn by the wearer; and
a shield comprising two ear shield portions connected to each other adjacent the front portion of the helmet body by a brow portion;
wherein the shield is releasably coupled to the helmet body through magnetic coupling when the shield is connected to the helmet body, the magnetic coupling occurring between at least one shield magnet coupled to the shield and aligned with at least one body magnet in the helmet body; and
wherein the helmet body is configured to leave a majority of the ear of the wearer exposed with respect to the helmet body, and the ear shield portions extend rearward from the brow portion of the shield aligned with the front portion of the helmet body to respective front edges of the two side portions of the tail portion and align aerodynamically with the two side portions of the tail portion and cover at least a portion of the ears of the wearer when connected to the helmet body adjacent to the front portion.

US Pat. No. 10,188,164

VENTED COOLING GARMENT

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A vented upper body garment, comprising:a back panel comprising an inner surface intended for contacting the skin of a user and an outer surface, a top edge, a bottom edge, a right edge and a left edge, a first region and a second region;
the first region comprising a first plurality of overlay film structures affixed to the back panel, each overlay film structure in the first plurality of overlay film structures having a shape, wherein the first plurality of overlay film structures are affixed to the outer surface of the back panel;
a plurality of perforations aligning with the first plurality of overlay film structures, each of the perforations extending through each overlay film structure in the first plurality of overlay film structures and the back panel;
each overlay film structure in the first plurality of overlay film structures defining a reinforcing perimeter for each of the perforations in the plurality of perforations on the back panel; and
a flocked silicone pattern aligned with a perimeter of each perforation in the plurality of perforations in the first region, the flocked silicon pattern extending into the second region, wherein the flocked silicone pattern is deposited on the inner surface of the back panel proximate to each of the reinforcing perimeters formed by the first plurality of overlay film structures.

US Pat. No. 10,188,163

DOUBLE-LAYER TRIM PIECE

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of unitary construction for forming a double-layer trim piece, the article comprising:when in an un-assembled configuration:
a first zone having a first set of apertures, each of the first set of apertures having a first size;
a second zone having a second set of apertures, each of the second set of apertures having a second size; and
a third zone interposed between the first zone and the second zone, wherein the first zone, the second zone, and the third zone lie in a continuous plane.

US Pat. No. 10,188,160

GARMENTS HAVING COMPARTMENTS THAT SUPPORT POST-OPERATIVE DRAIN DEVICES

1. A garment comprising:an inner surface;
an outer surface;
a front panel comprising a left front panel and a right front panel;
a rear panel; and
a plurality of post-operative drain compartments disposed along the inner surface of the garment, wherein a first of the plurality of post-operative drain compartments is disposed between a first axis and a second axis, wherein the first post-operative drain compartment has an upper edge, a lower edge, and two side edges, wherein the upper edge of the first post-operative drain compartment provides a first opening, wherein the first post-operative drain compartment has a length and a width, wherein the two side edges of the first post-operative drain compartment extend parallel to the length, wherein the upper edge and the lower edge of the first post-operative drain compartment extend parallel to the width, wherein the first post-operative drain compartment is disposed above a navel portion of the garment, wherein the first post-operative drain compartment is disposed below a breast portion of the garment, wherein a second of the plurality of post-operative drain compartments is disposed between a third axis and a fourth axis, wherein a third of the plurality of post-operative drain compartments is disposed between the third axis and the fourth axis, wherein the first post-operative drain compartment is also disposed between a fifth axis and a sixth axis, wherein a fourth of the plurality of post-operative drain compartments is disposed between the fifth axis and the sixth axis, and between the third axis and the fourth axis, wherein the fourth post-operative drain compartment has an upper edge and a lower edge, wherein the upper edge of the fourth post-operative drain compartment provides a second opening, wherein a distance between the upper edge of the fourth post-operative drain compartment and the lower edge of the first post-operative drain compartment is greater than half of the length of the first post-operative drain compartment, wherein the upper edge of the fourth post-operative drain compartment and the lower edge of the first post-operative drain compartment define a space which is free of any post-operative drain compartments, wherein the fourth post-operative drain compartment is disposed below the navel portion of the garment, wherein the second post-operative drain compartment is adjacent to the third post-operative drain compartment, wherein the second and third post-operative drain compartments are disposed below the first post-operative drain compartment, wherein the first, second, third, and fourth axes are parallel to each other, wherein the first, second, third, and fourth post-operative drain compartments are all disposed on one of either the left front panel or the right front panel, and wherein the first, second, third, and fourth post-operative drain compartments are all disposed on the inner surface of the garment.

US Pat. No. 10,188,152

SYSTEM FOR MINIMIZING MULTI-DIMENSIONAL BREAST DISPLACEMENT

Recovery Force, LLC, Fis...

1. A bra for a wearer having breasts, shoulders a chest and a torso, the bra comprising:a pair of cups, each configured to receive the breasts of the wearer;
a torso strap arrangement connected to the cups and configured to encircle the torso of the wearer to hold the pair of cups in position on the wearer's breasts;
a pair of shoulder straps connected between the cups and the torso strap and each configured to be seated on the shoulder of the wearer when the breasts are positioned in the pair of cups;
an array of straps extending from an upper portion of the cups to the each of the pair of shoulder straps across the chest of the wearer when the breasts are positioned in the pair of cups;
at least one shape memory wire integrated into at least each of said pair of shoulder straps;
an accelerometer associated with the bra operable to generate data indicative of instantaneous accelerations of the wearer that can induce breast displacement; and
a controller electrically connected to the at least one shape memory wire and the accelerometer, the controller including an electrical power supply for providing electrical power to the shape memory wires, the controller including a processor operable to execute instructions for selectively providing electrical power to selected ones of the shape memory wires in response to data received from said accelerometer.

US Pat. No. 10,188,145

PERSONAL VAPORIZER HAVING REVERSING AIR FLOW

1. A personal vaporizer having a distal end and a proximal end, a distal direction defined moving axially from the proximal end toward the distal end, a proximal direction being opposite the distal direction, comprising:an atomizer module comprising an atomizer cup having a distal wall and a side wall extending in the proximal direction from the distal wall to a proximal edge, a heating element being arranged in or adjacent the atomizer cup, the cup being configured to accept a vaporizing medium so that the vaporizing medium is atomized when the heating element is energized;
a vaporizing chamber defined in part by the distal and side walls of the atomizer cup, the vaporizing medium being contained within the vaporizing chamber;
a flow body selectively attachable to a proximal side of the atomizer module, the flow body comprising an inlet passage through a side of the flow body, the inlet passage communicating with a delivery passage that extends in the distal direction from the inlet passage to a delivery opening, the delivery passage and delivery opening being defined by the flow body, the delivery opening being distal of the inlet passage and proximal of the vaporizing chamber, and being configured to direct intake air into the vaporizing chamber;
an exit passage communicating with the vaporizing chamber and defined by the flow body adjacent the delivery passage, and an exit opening communicating with the exit passage and being proximal of the vaporizing chamber; and
a mouthpiece having a mouthpiece outlet that is in communication with the exit passage, the mouthpiece being proximal of the flow body;
wherein a vaporizing chamber flow path is defined within the vaporizing chamber between the delivery opening and the exit passage, and atomized vaporizing medium becomes entrained in the air flowing along the vaporizing chamber flow path so as to form a vapor; and
wherein the vaporizer is configured so that as air is drawn out of the mouthpiece outlet, air is drawn in through the inlet passage and flows along the vaporizing chamber flow path.

US Pat. No. 10,188,144

AEROSOL-FORMING MEMBER COMPRISING A SHEET OF MATERIAL HAVING A NON-PLANAR INNER MAJOR SURFACE

Batmark Limited, London ...

1. An aerosol-forming member comprising:a sheet of material configured to wick and to heat a solution, the sheet of material comprising a non-planar inner major surface having a capillary structure configured to emit vapor during use, and an outer major surface that is configured to emit less vapor than the inner major surface during use, wherein the inner major surface of the aerosol-forming member forms a channel.

US Pat. No. 10,188,141

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INCORPORATING OBJECTS INTO CIGARETTE FILTERS

R.J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO COM...

1. A method for providing filter rods for use in the manufacture of smoking articles, each filter rod having objects individually spaced at predetermined intervals along a length thereof, the method comprising:supplying a continuous web of filter material from a source of filter material;
rotating a vacuum-assisted insertion wheel having a peripheral face, the peripheral face defining a plurality of spaced pockets;
introducing individual spherical objects into the plurality of spaced pockets along the peripheral face of the insertion wheel, at least one of the pockets having a seat comprising a hollow tube having a cylindrical-shaped side wall with a plurality of protrusions extending inwardly from the side wall that define gaps therebetween to permit flow of air past the individual spherical object supported on the seat, said plurality of protrusions defining a support surface to position one individual spherical object centrally within the hollow tube, and wherein only one individual spherical object is held within a pocket, and a vacuum is applied to at least a portion of the pockets through the gaps to maintain the individual spherical objects within the pockets during rotation of the insertion wheel;
separating the continuous web of filter material;
inserting at predetermined intervals the individual spherical objects from within the pockets to within cavities formed where the web of filter material is separated; and
compressing the continuous web of filter material to form a continuous rod of filter material having the individual spherical objects positioned at the predetermined intervals within the rod.

US Pat. No. 10,188,128

AUTOMATIC FROZEN FOOD PRODUCT VENDING MACHINE

The Vollrath Company, L.L...

1. An automatic frozen food product vending machine, comprising:a frozen food product dispensing station for dispensing at least one frozen food product;
a container dispenser for storing a plurality of frozen food product containers and configured to automatically dispense one frozen food product container at a time;
a first movable platform for supporting a dispensed frozen food product container;
a topping dispensing station for dispensing at least one topping;
a second movable platform for supporting the dispensed frozen food product container;
a user input device configured to receive a user selection of a desired frozen food product, a user selection of a desired amount of frozen food product, and a user selection of a desired topping;
processing electronics configured to:
receive the user selection of the desired frozen food product, the user selection of the desired amount of frozen food product, and the user selection of the desired topping;
move the first movable platform below the container dispenser;
cause the container dispenser to dispense one frozen food product container onto the first movable platform;
move the first movable platform and the dispensed frozen food product container below the frozen food product dispensing station;
cause the frozen food product dispensing station to dispense into the frozen food product container a predetermined amount of the selected frozen food product as determined by the user selection of the desired frozen food product and the user selection of the desired amount of frozen food product;
transfer the dispensed frozen food product container from the first movable platform to the second movable platform;
move the second movable platform and the dispensed frozen product container below the topping dispensing station; and
cause the topping dispensing station to dispense into the frozen food product container a predetermined amount of topping as determined by the user selection of the desired topping.

US Pat. No. 10,188,126

COTTON CANDY PREPARING DEVICE

AGATSUMA CO., LTD., Toky...

1. A cotton candy preparing device, comprising:a rotary pot that can be divided into a pot upper portion and a pot bottom portion;
a plurality of legs that extend downwards from a vicinity of a circumferential edge portion of a lower end of the pot upper portion and which each include a leg end portion that expands outwards at a lower end thereof;
a heating plate that is provided on an upper surface of the pot bottom portion; and
an opening and closing member having a depression that is formed at a center of a top portion of the pot upper portion as a semi-spherical loading port,
wherein the pot upper portion includes a cylindrical inner wall that is provided below the opening and closing member, a diametrically expanded inclined portion having a plurality of ribs projecting inward under the cylindrical inner wall, an annular projecting portion formed in a flat annular shape that extends radially outwards in a horizontal direction from a lower end of the diametrically expanded inclined portion, and a ring member that is provided on a lower surface of the annular projecting portion,
wherein a plurality of depressed portions are provided on the lower surface of the annular projecting portion and are opened to an outer edge of the annular projecting portion,
wherein the ring member has an outer diameter and an inner diameter substantially coincident with the outer diameter and the inner diameter of the annular projecting portion, a plurality of first expanded portions having a predetermined width in a circumferential direction from an inner edge of the ring member, and a second expanded portion that is narrower in the circumferential direction than the plurality of first expanded portions and continues outside the plurality of first expanded portions,
wherein the ring member is overlapped on the heating plate by bringing into contact with the heating plate from the inner edge to near the outer edge thereof,
wherein an outer end portion of the second expanded portion is connected to an inner end portion of a depressed portion of the plurality of depressed portions so as to form a slight gap continuing from the second expanded portion to the depressed portion,
wherein the pot bottom portion includes leg receiving holes that are provided near the circumferential edge portion of the upper surface of the pot bottom portion and into which the plurality of legs can be inserted individually,
wherein the leg receiving holes each have an inserting portion that can permit passage of the leg end portion and a leg stopping portion that connects continuously to a side of the inserting portion and whose width to an outer circumferential direction of the rotary pot is made narrower than the inserting portion,
wherein the pot bottom portion further includes a rod-shaped engaging pin below the heating plate,
wherein the rod-shaped engaging pin is positioned on a lower side of the annular projecting portion at a first end thereof and is attached to a pot bottom main body in an oscillating fashion, and the rod-shaped engaging pin has an engaging projecting body that is provided on a side of the rod-shaped engaging pin so as to project into a triangular shape therefrom and is biased by an elastic body so as to cause the engaging projecting body to project into at least one of the leg receiving holes;
wherein a second end of the rod-shaped engaging pin is formed into a rod-shaped body configured to be brought into engagement with an operation pin,
wherein the operation pin faces toward the center of the pot bottom main body, and the outer end portion thereof protrudes outward from the annular projecting portion, and
wherein when the leg end portion protruding from the annular projecting portion is pressed toward the center of the pot bottom main body, the rod-shaped engaging pin is swung around the first end so as to compress the elastic body, and the engaging projecting body projecting into the leg receiving holes is moved to the inside of the pot bottom main body and the leg end portion inserted into the leg stopping portion is moved to the inserting portion, such that a leg of the plurality of legs is configured to be removed from the leg receiving holes.

US Pat. No. 10,188,118

CUTTER FOR MANUFACTURING THREE-DIMENSIONAL NOODLES

1. A three-dimensional noodle cutter comprising:rotation shafts (10, 11) arranged in parallel with each other and driven by a motor;
first roller (20) and second roller (21) provided on an outer peripheral surface of the rotation shafts (10, 11) in a form of a cylinder and driven to rotate in close contact with each other; and
a molding groove (30) depressed inwardly along an outer peripheral surface of the first roller (20) and the second roller (21),
wherein edges of dough introduced in the molding groove (30) are cut by friction between the first roller (20) and the second roller (21), thereby producing noodles, wherein the molding groove (30) is formed in a space between a first curved part (31) and a second curved part (32) alternatively arranged in a longitudinal direction of the rotation shafts (10, 11), a small space part (33) and a large part (34) formed in the first roller, and the first curved part (31) and the second curved part (32) formed in the second roller (21) are arranged to be engaged with each other and rotate so that the first curved part (31) and the second curved part (32) of the first curved part (31) are aligned with the first curved part (31) and the second curved part (32) of the second curved part (31), respectively, whereby dough introduced in the molding grove (30) is produced into noodles (50) having an embossed three-dimensional shapes,
wherein both ends of first and second rollers (20, 21) are attached with the first and second control saw teeth (40, 41), which precisely control a contact of the first and second curved part (31, 32) formed by the first and second rollers (20, 21), and on an inside of each of the first and second control saw teeth (40, 41) is an alignment pin (43) which fastens a coupling of the rollers and saw teeth; outsides of the first and second control saw teeth (40, 41) are marked with first and second contact points (42a, 42b) to easily identify when the first and second rollers (20, 21) break away from one another and are loosened and make necessary adjustments to the first and second control saw teeth (40, 41).

US Pat. No. 10,188,108

FUSED BICYCLIC HETEROCYCLE DERIVATIVES AS PESTICIDES

BAYER CROPSCIENCE AKTIENG...

1. A compound of formula (I)
wherein
R1 is ethyl,
R3 is hydrogen,
Q is

 where the bond from Q to the remainder of the molecule is identified by a wavy line,
n is 0, and
R2 is selected from the group consisting of H, 8-CF3, 8-Cl, 8-SC2H5, 5-CF3 and 6-CH3;
or
R1 is ethyl,
R3 is hydrogen,
Q is

 where the bond from Q to the remainder of the molecule is identified by a wavy line,
n is 1, and
R2 is selected from the group consisting of 6-Cl, 6-CF3, 7-CF3, 5-CF3, 8-CF3 and 6-OCH3;
or
R1 is ethyl,
R3 is hydrogen,
Q is

 where the bond from Q to the remainder of the molecule is identified by a wavy line,
n is 2, and
R2 is selected from the group consisting of H, 8-Cl, 5-CF3, 8-CF3, 8-SO2C2H5, 6-CH3 and 6-OCH3;
or
R1 is ethyl,
R3 is hydrogen,
Q is

 where the bond from Q to the remainder of the molecule is identified by a wavy line,
n is 0, and
R2 is selected from the group consisting of H, 5-CH3, 5-CF3, 6-CF3, 6-Cl, 7-CF3, 5-SC2H5, 7-SC2H5, 7-CH3 and 6-CH3;
or
R1 is ethyl,
R3 is hydrogen,
Q is

 where the bond from Q to the remainder of the molecule is identified by a wavy line,
n is 1, and
R2 is hydrogen;
or
R1 is ethyl,
R3 is hydrogen,
Q is

 where the bond from Q to the remainder of the molecule is identified by a wavy line,
n is 2, and
R2 is selected from the group consisting of H, 7-CH3, 7-CF3, 6-CH3, 6-CF3, 6-Cl and 5-CH3;
or
R1 is ethyl,
R3 is hydrogen,
Q is

 where the bond from Q to the remainder of the molecule is identified by a wavy line,
n is 2, and
R2 is H.

US Pat. No. 10,188,106

PESTICIDE COMPOSITION COMPRISING A TETRAZOLYLOXIME DERIVATIVE AND A FUNGICIDE OR AN INSECTICIDE ACTIVE SUBSTANCE

BAYER CROPSCIENCE AKTIENG...

1. A composition comprising:A) a tetrazolyloxime derivative of formula (I)

wherein
X represents a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a cyano group, a methanesulfonyl group, a nitro group, a trifluoromethyl group or an aryl group;
A represents a tetrazoyl group of formula (A1) or (A2):

wherein Y represents an alkyl group; and
Het represents a pyridyl group of formula (Het1) or a thiazolyl group of formula (Het2);

wherein R represents a hydrogen atom or a halogen atom; Z represents a hydrogen atom, an amino group, a group of formula QC(?O)NH— wherein Q represents a hydrogen atom; an alkyl group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms; an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms substituted by a halogen atom; a cycloalkyl group having 3 to 6 carbon atoms; an alkoxyl group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms; a cycloalkyloxy group having 3 to 6 carbon atoms; a benzyloxy group; a 2-phenylethyloxy group; a thioalkyl group substituted by an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms; an alkyl group having 1 to 2 carbon atoms substituted by an alkoxyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms; an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms substituted by an acylamino group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms; an alkoxy group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms substituted by an acylamino group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms; an alkylamino group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms; an alkenyl group having 2 to 6 carbon atoms; an aralkyl group or a phenyl group; and
B) a fungicide compound in an A/B weight ratio ranging from 1/0.01 to 1/100;
wherein said fungicide is selected from the group consisting of azoxystrobin, bixafen, boscalid, chlorothalonil, clothianidin, cymoxanil, dimethomorph, fluazinam, fludioxonil, fluopicolide, fluoxastrobin, fosetyl-Al, imidacloprid, ipconazole, iprodione, iprovalicarb, isopyrazam, mancozeb, metalaxyl, metalaxyl-M (mefenoxam), metconazole, penthiopyrad, propamocarb-HCl, propineb, prothioconazole, pyraclostrobin, tebuconazole, trifloxystrobin, triticonazole, and N-[2-(1,3-dimethylbutyl)phenyl]-5-fluoro-1,3-dimethyl-1H-pyrazole-4-carboxamide.

US Pat. No. 10,188,098

EXTREMELY FAST FREEZING, LOW-TEMPERATURE BLAST FREEZER

Reflect Scientific Inc., ...

1. A freezer, comprising:a plurality of shelves in an insulated payload bay;
a plurality of evaporators coupled to the payload bay with a parallel array of coolant tubes in each evaporator, further comprising one or more cryogenic valves coupled to the coolant tubes, wherein one of the cryogenic valves is located at an exhaust port of the freezer;
a rubber pneumatic seal placed between a freezer door and the payload bay;
a pneumatic latch for latching the freezer door and the pneumatic rubber seal are powered by the pressure derived from an exhaust gas;
a pump to force a cryogenic coolant flowing through the evaporators with a pressure of at least 90 psi to supply the coolant at each evaporator with at least 20 gallons per hour of coolant;
a plurality of fans to circulate cooled air in the payload bay;
a room heat exchanger valve controlling a flow of cryogen to a room heat exchanger after the cryogen exits from the evaporators, a room fan that forces air through said room heat exchanger, where the air is cooled and delivered to a room, wherein the fan is controlled by a controller with a room thermocouple as a feedback loop.

US Pat. No. 10,188,087

INSECT PRODUCTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. A method to separate insects from an insect and gas mixture, the method includes:(a) providing:
a separator having an input and an output, the input is configured to accept an insect and gas mixture, the separator separates insects from the insect and gas mixture and outputs an insect-depleted gas stream via said output, the insect-depleted gas stream has a reduced amount of insects relative to the insect and gas mixture; and
(b) separating insects from the insect and gas mixture to form an insect-depleted gas stream that has a reduced amount of insects relative to the insect and gas mixture.

US Pat. No. 10,188,083

INSECT PRODUCTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. A method to separate insects from an insect and gas mixture, the method includes:(a) providing:
(a1) a first separator having a first input and a first output, the first input is configured to accept an insect and gas mixture, the first separator separates insects from the insect and gas mixture and outputs a first insect-depleted gas stream via said first output, the first insect-depleted gas stream has a reduced amount of insects relative to the insect and gas mixture; and
(a2) a second separator having a second input and a second output, said second input is in fluid communication with said first output of the first separator, the second separator is configured to accept at least a portion of the first insect-depleted gas stream from the first separator and separate additional insects therefrom and output a second insect-depleted gas stream via said second output, the second insect-depleted gas stream has a reduced amount of insects relative to the first insect-depleted gas stream;
(b) separating insects from the insect and gas mixture to form a first insect-depleted gas stream that has a reduced amount of insects relative to the insect and gas mixture; and
(c) after step (b), separating additional insects from the first insect-depleted gas stream to form a second insect-depleted gas stream that has a reduced amount of insects relative to the first insect-depleted gas stream.

US Pat. No. 10,188,081

PORT AND PERCH INSERT FOR A BIRD FEEDER

1. A port and perch insert for fitting into an aperture through a wall of a container of a birdfeeder, the port and perch insert comprising a port, a perch, and a snap fit element which flexes to snap over an edge of the aperture and retain the port and perch insert to the container, wherein the snap fit element comprises:a protrusion which snaps over the edge of the aperture to engage against an inside surface of the container;
a flexible root portion which connects the snap fit element to a main body of the port and perch insert, and which flexes to allow the protrusion to snap over the edge of the aperture; and
a paddle portion which is pushable from outside the container once the port and perch insert has been fitted to the container, to flex the root portion and move the protrusion out of engagement with the inside surface of the container to allow the port and perch insert to be removed from the container.

US Pat. No. 10,188,080

FULL 360 DEGREES HANDS-FREE LEASH ATTACHMENT UNIT

1. A hands-free leash attachment unit, comprising:a flexible outer hose shaped as a ring and having an innermost perimeter facing a center point of said ring and an outermost perimeter opposite said innermost perimeter, said flexible outer hose having a longitudinal length and a slot extending said longitudinal length along said outermost perimeter of said flexible outer hose;
a pad located on said innermost perimeter of said flexible outer hose;
a corrugated inner hose shaped as a ring, said corrugated inner hose being placed within a hollow of said flexible outer hose and having a longitudinal length and a slot extending said longitudinal length of said corrugated inner hose and along an outermost perimeter of said corrugated inner hose;
an innermost ring being one of a rope or a chain, said innermost ring being placed in a hollow of said corrugated inner hose so that said corrugated inner hose is between said flexible outer hose and said innermost ring;
whereby said innermost ring is configured to move independently of said flexible outer hose within said hollow of said corrugated inner hose.

US Pat. No. 10,188,078

GRAVITY FLOW FEEDER

1. A gravity flow animal feeder, comprising:a. first and second canisters having an upper and lower ends;
b. first and second funnels having an upper and lower ends, said upper end of said first funnel attached to said first canister at said lower end of said first canister and said second funnel attached to said second canister at said lower end of said second canister;
c. a chute having an upper and lower end, said upper end of said chute attached to said lower ends of said first and second funnels;
d. a trough attached to said lower end of said chute, said trough having an internal cavity, wherein said first and second canisters, said first and second funnels, said chute, and said trough are engaged to allow for the passage of feed there through;
e. an access in said trough, said access being pivotally articulable between an open and closed position;
f. a cylinder having a piston movable therein, said cylinder attached to said access, said cylinder being articulable for extending and retracting said piston for pivotally opening and closing said cavity; and
g. a timing mechanism means for triggering said cylinder to open and close said access.

US Pat. No. 10,188,076

CAT LITTER PRODUCT

OIL-DRI CORPORATION OF AM...

1. A lightweight clumping cat litter, comprising 45%-80% by weight of sodium bentonite and 20%-55% by weight of a non-swelling sorbent material, wherein the non-swelling sorbent material includes a cellulose-containing material, and wherein the sodium bentonite comprises 47% or more of the external surface area of the litter, and wherein upon contact with a sufficient amount of liquid, a portion of the litter so-contacted forms an intact, removable clump within thirty seconds of the contact, which clump remains intact for at least one hour after the contact.

US Pat. No. 10,188,051

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IRRIGATION

1. A method for controlling irrigation of one or more agricultural plants comprisingA. Allowing irrigation water to fall on agricultural plants from a container through an aperture in the container that may be opened or closed electronically;
B. Collecting irrigation water that exits the agricultural plants into a collector,
C. Funneling the irrigation water from the collector into a tipping bucket, wherein the tipping bucket has two sides of triangular shape, and a bottom beneath and common to both sides, and wherein an electrode is fixedly attached to the bottom;
D. Allowing the irrigation water to fill one side of the tipping bucket sufficiently to cause it to tip, causing the electrode fixedly attached to the bottom of the tipping bucket to move past a second electrode electrically connected to an electrical circuit that is also connected to the aperture in the container from which the irrigation water comes;
E. Completing an electrical circuit for a time sufficient to generate an electrical pulse;
G. Counting each electrical pulse,
H. Sending the electrical pulse created when the first fixedly attached electrode instantaneously contacts the second electrode to the aperture of the container from which the irrigation water comes;
I. Opening or closing the aperture of the container; and
K. Not using weight measurements, pH measurements, soil moisture measurements, nor measurements of chemical composition of the irrigation water exiting the agricultural plant to control the opening or closing of the container from which the irrigation water comes.

US Pat. No. 10,188,046

SPECTRUM OPTIMIZATION FOR ARTIFICIAL ILLUMINATION

HELIOSPECTRA AB, Gothenb...

1. A method of using an illumination system for artificial illumination of a plant, the illumination system comprising a first and a second light source and at least one sensor configured to receive light reflected from the plant, wherein the first and the second light sources are configured to emit light within a first and a second predetermined wavelength range, respectively, the method comprising:controlling the first and the second light source to illuminate the plant with a first and a second predetermined base level radiant flux, respectively;
introducing a minor variation to at least one of the first and the second base level radiant flux;
determining, by the at least one sensor, a first level of reflected light within the first wavelength range and a second level of reflected light at the second wavelength range;
estimating a marginal reflectance based on the first and the second levels of reflected light from the plant within each of the first and second wavelength ranges, wherein the marginal reflectance comprises a derivative of the first or the second levels of reflected light with respect to the first and the second predetermined base level radiant flux, respectively; and
adjusting a radiant flux of light emitted by the first light source such that the marginal reflectance within the first wavelength range stands in a predetermined relation to the marginal reflectance within the second wavelength range.

US Pat. No. 10,188,043

VARIABLE SPEED ROUND BALE CHAMBER CONTROL WITH ACCUMULATOR SENSOR

AGCO Corporation, Duluth...

1. A variable speed baler, comprising:a baling chamber configured to bale crop material, the baling chamber having a plurality of bale forming belts driven at a determined speed by at least one powered drive roll;
a crop height sensor to detect a height of accumulated crop material at an accumulation region to be fed to the baling chamber;
a bale size sensor to detect a size of a bale in the baling chamber; and
a controller configured to compare the height of the accumulated crop material to a comparison value using information from the crop height sensor and to determine a growth rate of the bale being formed in the baling chamber using information from the bale size sensor and manipulate the speed of the bale forming belts in the baling chamber in response to the height of accumulated crop material and the growth rate of the bale in the baling chamber, wherein if the bale growth rate is less than zero, the controller determines whether the height of the accumulated crop material is greater than the comparison value, and if the height of the accumulated crop material is greater than the comparison value, the bale forming belts are operated at a user-provided desired speed.

US Pat. No. 10,188,041

SQUARE BALER

1. A square baler comprising:a frame;
a bale chamber formed on the frame so as to be opened forward and backward, and having a square cross-section;
a knotting part having a knotting member and a needle member, wherein the knotting member is provided at an upper portion of a rear side of the bale chamber so as to knot and cut a bale string, and the needle member is provided at a lower part of the rear side of the bale chamber so as to perform a vertical angular movement and guide the bale string to the knotting member;
a pickup part picking up and providing hay in a front inner space of the bale chamber;
a rake part rotatably installed on an upper portion of a front side of the bale chamber so as to, during a rotation and a downward motion of the rake part, push and compress the hay, which was picked up and provided to the front inner space of the bale chamber, towards the rear side where the bale string is positioned between the knotting member and the needle member; and
a compression arm provided to prevent the hay, which was pushed and compressed backwards by the rake part, from being uncompressed during the rotation and upward motion of the rake part and re-compress the hay.

US Pat. No. 10,188,040

HAY RAKE WHEEL ANTI-CLOGGING SYSTEM

1. A hay rake wheel anti-clogging system comprising:a vehicle;
a hay rake wheel coupled to said vehicle, said hay rake wheel comprising a plurality of tines extending from a hub, said tines being rotated wherein said tines are configured for raking;
a mount, said mount being coupled to said vehicle proximate to said hay rake wheel, said mount comprising a housing, said housing having a flat face;
a rod, said rod being coupled to and extending from said mount, said rod being elongated, said rod being positioned adjacent to said hay rake wheel such that said rod contacts said tines as said tines are urged towards said rod by movement of said vehicle in a manner rotating said hay rake wheel; and
a coupler, said coupler being coupled to said housing and forming a loop with said housing wherein said coupler is positionable to extend around an axle housing coupled to said vehicle adjacent to said hay rake wheel whereby said coupler couples said housing to said axle housing, said flat face being positionable to abut a hub guard extending from said axle housing.

US Pat. No. 10,188,039

ELECTRICAL POWER GENERATION FOR HEADER SYSTEMS FROM A COMBINE BACKSHAFT

1. An electrical power system for a header of a combine harvester, the header including a working element and a header backshaft, wherein the header backshaft is mechanically coupleable to a drive mechanism of the combine harvester to cause rotation of the header backshaft, wherein the header backshaft is further mechanically coupled to the working element of the header, and wherein rotation of the header backshaft drives operation of the working element of the header, the electrical power system comprising:an alternator mounted to the header and mechanically coupled to the header backshaft, wherein the alternator is configured to convert rotation of the header backshaft into electrical power; and
a power supply circuit mounted to the header and configured to transfer the electrical power from the alternator to one or more electric devices mounted on the header.

US Pat. No. 10,188,038

QUICK ATTACH CORN REEL ASSEMBLY

1. A corn reel finger assembly attachable to a corn reel axle, the assembly comprising:an elongate finger defining a finger axis and having a first end portion and a second end portion, and a yoke member;
a pin member,
the yoke member being positioned about the second end portion of the elongate finger, the yoke member defining at least one recess at an end portion of the yoke member and a pin receiving hole spaced from the recess and adapted to receive the pin member therethrough;
a mount adapted to engage with the corn reel axle, the mount including a brace having at least one catch adapted to engage the pin member, the mount further comprising a collar adapted to engage with the corn reel axle and configured to fit within the recess, and when assembled the yoke member recess is mated with a portion of an outer radial surface of the collar; and
when in an assembled form, the pin member is positioned within the pin receiving hole and engages the catch, and the second end portion of the finger is stationary relative to the corn reel axle.

US Pat. No. 10,188,037

YIELD ESTIMATION

1. A method comprising:receiving a first signal indicating an aggregate yield measured by an aggregate yield sensor during a measurement interval;
receiving a second signal indicating a plurality of geo-referenced regions across which a harvester has traveled prior to the measurement interval, each of the plurality of geo-referenced regions having a region width less than a width of a head of the harvester;
allocating, to each of at least two geo-referenced regions, an aggregate yield portion allocation based upon different conveyance times selected from a manufacture's database or measured for crops to travel from different transverse portions of the width of the head of the harvester to the aggregate yield sensor and Visual-Infrared Vegetative Index data derived from sensing of plants in selected portions of the electromagnetic spectrum at a time other than harvest; and outputting the aggregate yield portion allocations.

US Pat. No. 10,188,036

SYSTEM FOR EVALUATING AGRICULTURAL MATERIAL

CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSIT...

1. A method for evaluating performance of an imaging system, the method comprising:collecting a set of images that relate to agricultural material in a passage;
determining an average image of the set of collected images;
identifying a last image in the set of collected images;
determining a difference between the average image and the last image to yield a differenced image containing candidate pixels;
eliminating background image data from the differenced image to produce an initial image mask of unchanged content in the last image;
determining a mask area of the initial image mask; and
generating an alert data message to inspect the imaging system if the mask area exceeds a threshold area.

US Pat. No. 10,188,034

MATERIAL GUIDE FOR A STRAW HOOD OF AN AGRICULTURAL VEHICLE

CNH Industrial America LL...

11. A residue handling system for an agricultural harvester, comprising:at least one spreader device defining a spreader exit;
a windrow exit;
a straw door selectively positionable between a first position and a second position, said straw door directed toward said spreader exit in said first position and directed toward said windrow exit in said second position; and
a flexible guide associated with said straw door and having a shape that deforms when said straw door switches between said first position and said second position, wherein in said first position said flexible guide is placed in a flow of crop material such that said shape of said flexible guide creates a smooth trajectory path of crop material flow toward said spreader exit.

US Pat. No. 10,188,030

CUTTING MECHANISM FOR WHOLE PLANT HARVESTING

1. A cutting mechanism for the harvesting of whole plants, comprising:a frame, extending transverse to a forward direction;
a plurality of rotatable mowing elements positioned on a front side of the cutting mechanism and distributed over a width of the cutting mechanism, each of the plurality of rotatable mowing elements configured to rotate about a rotational axis and comprising a lower cutting disk configured to cut off crops from the ground and a conveyor rotor located above the lower cutting disk, the conveyor rotor configured to rotate around the rotational axis, coaxial to the cutting disk;
first and second transverse conveyors, located on sides of the cutting mechanism, configured to convey the crops cut off by the mowing elements to a middle of the cutting mechanism; and
a delivery conveyor located in the middle of the cutting mechanism configured to receive crops from the first and second transverse conveyors and convey the crops to a rear delivery opening of the cutting mechanism;
wherein the lower cutting disks of the mowing elements work together with one or more frame-affixed counter-blades and are driven together with the corresponding conveyor rotors by a shaft;
wherein the shafts of the mowing elements are driven by a gear arrangement that extends, on the front side, over the width of the cutting mechanism;
wherein the frame comprises a middle part and first and second lateral parts configured to swivel on the middle part between a horizontal operating position and a raised transporting position; and
wherein the first and second transverse conveyors are wider than the corresponding first and second lateral parts in the horizontal operating position and are within the width of the first and second lateral parts before being raised to the transporting position.

US Pat. No. 10,188,028

PLANTING APPARATUS OF NURSERY TREES AND PLANTING VEHICLE OF NURSERY TREES

1. A planting apparatus of nursery trees comprising:an auger for excavating a planting hole on a ground;
a guide member having a hollow cylindrical tube shape for putting a nursery tree into the excavated planting hole;
a blade member for leveling, covering and pressing soil around the nursery tree which has been put into the excavated planting hole;
a lifting means for moving the auger, the guide member and the blade member up and down in a same vertical axis line direction; and
a rotation means for rotating the auger and the blade member, wherein
the auger, the guide member and the blade member form a nested structure of three layers which are centered upon the auger, and
at least the auger and the blade member are rotation members rotating on the same vertical axis line.

US Pat. No. 10,188,026

AGRICULTURAL METERING SYSTEM HAVING METER ROLLER COVERS

CNH Industrial Canada, Lt...

1. An agricultural metering system, comprising:a plurality of meter boxes;
a plurality of meter rollers, wherein each meter roller of the plurality of meter rollers is disposed in a respective meter box of the plurality of meter boxes;
a corresponding plurality of meter roller covers, wherein each meter roller cover of the plurality of meter roller covers is disposed over at least part of a respective meter roller of the plurality of meter rollers, and each meter roller cover of the plurality of meter roller covers is configured to move relative to the respective meter roller along a longitudinal axis of the respective meter roller to cover a selected portion of the respective meter roller; and
a control bar coupled to the plurality of meter roller covers, wherein the control bar is configured to collectively move the plurality of meter roller covers relative to the plurality of meter rollers along the respective longitudinal axes of the plurality of meter rollers.

US Pat. No. 10,188,025

YIELD MONITOR FOR WINDROW-COLLECTED MATERIALS

Clemson University Resear...

1. A yield monitoring system comprising:a windrow collecting implement having an operating width representing the distance between adjacent windrows;
a first sensor carried by the windrow collecting implement and configured to detect a height of a windrow along a travel path at detection points, the windrow disposed below the windrow collecting implement and the first sensor disposed above the windrow;
a second sensor carried by the windrow collecting implement and configured to detect a distance traveled by the windrow collecting implement;
a moisture sensor carried by the windrow collecting implement;
a GPS carried by the windrow collecting implement providing location data of the windrow and windrow collecting implement; and,
a processor configured to process the height of the windrow from the first sensor, the length traveled by the windrow collecting implement from the second sensor, and the operating width to determine a volume of a material contained in the windrow, configured to process the volume of a material contained in the windrow and moisture data to determine a yield map and configured to process location data and the yield map to determine a yield per unit acre.

US Pat. No. 10,188,024

SYSTEM FOR CONDUCTING AN AGRICULTURAL OPERATION USING AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A method for conducting agricultural operations in an area having a boundary using first and second autonomous vehicles, comprising:(a) providing a mission plans for the first and second autonomous vehicles, the mission plans including paths for the first and second autonomous vehicles to travel within the area to perform agricultural operations by the first and second autonomous vehicles within the boundary;
(b) receiving with a base station, via wireless transmission, progress information from the first and second autonomous vehicles indicating progress with respect to the agricultural operations;
(c) monitoring for an event condition with the base station;
(d) upon receiving an event condition, revising at least one of the mission plans for the first and second autonomous vehicles with the base station without real time user input to optimize performance of the agricultural operation within the area based on current agricultural conditions;
(e) transmitting the at least one revised mission plan without user approval of the revised mission plan from the base station to the first and second autonomous vehicles; and
(f) adjusting the path of at least one of the first and second autonomous vehicles in accordance with the at least one revised mission plan so as to resolve the event condition.

US Pat. No. 10,188,023

IMPLEMENT WITH FOLDABLE TOOLBAR SYSTEM

Unverferth Manufacturing ...

1. An agricultural implement comprising:a frame having a longitudinal axis and laterally opposed sides;
motive supports mounted to and supporting the frame;
a first wing carried by the frame and at least one second wing, each second wing being pivotably connected to the first wing;
an elevator mechanism comprising a first actuator configured to raise and lower the first wing and the second wing; and
a wing pivot assembly comprising a skewed hinge pivotably connecting each second wing to the first wing, wherein the wing pivot assembly is configured to cause each second wing to pivot with respect to the first wing between an operating position extending from the frame in a lateral direction with respect to the longitudinal axis and a transport position alongside one of the opposed sides, and wherein the skewed hinge defines a first pivot axis oriented at an acute angle with respect to the longitudinal axis; and
a pivot bar pivotably connected at a first end to the frame and connected at a second end to the first wing.

US Pat. No. 10,188,021

PATH PLANNING SYSTEM FOR AUTONOMOUS OFF-ROAD VEHICLES

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A path planning system for off-road vehicles, comprising:a processor configured to:
receive, via a plan requestor and executor system, a plan request;
derive, via a swath and partition generator system, a set of partitions and a set of swaths corresponding to the set of partitions based on the plan request;
generate a partition hierarchy based on the set of partitions and a map of a field;
assign, via a swath connector, costs to potential connections between swaths in the set of swaths; and
derive a first vehicle plan based on the costs to the potential connections between swaths, wherein the first vehicle plan comprises a first path for a first off-road vehicle to operate in the field.
US Pat. No. 10,188,130

EDTA—FREE MAYONNAISE FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF

CONOPCO, INC., Englewood...

1. An EDTA-free mayonnaise that comprises:5-85 wt. % of a dispersed oil phase; and
15-95 wt. % of a continuous aqueous phase, wherein the continuous aqueous phase comprises:
reduced grape juice in an amount providing 5-2,000 ?g gallic acid equivalents per milliliter of aqueous phase, said reduced grape juice containing at least 50% by weight of dry matter of monosaccharides selected from glucose, fructose and combinations thereof;
a source of acetic acid in an amount providing 0.2-15% acetic acid by weight of the continuous aqueous phase, said source of acetic acid containing at least 20% acetic acid by weight of dry matter; and
egg protein in an amount of 0.02-4% by weight of the mayonnaise.
US Pat. No. 10,190,181

BIO-NEMATOCIDE

ICyT SpA, (CL)

1. A nematode killing composition consisting essentially of nematode killing amounts of gluconacetobacter malus and vitas vinifera.
US Pat. No. 10,189,926

METHOD FOR PREPARATION OF DERIVATIVES OF POLYVINYLIDENE FLUORIDE

ARKEMA FRANCE, Colombes ...

1. A method for preparing a polymer starting from monomers comprising vinylidene fluoride, trifluoroethylene and a third monomer, the method comprising, successively:injecting all the monomers to be reacted into a reactor;
initiating polymerization of the monomers;
(a) continuing the polymerization of the monomers, during which the pressure in the reactor is kept constant by injecting into the reactor a stream of liquid which is immiscible with the monomers and inert with regard to the polymerization, whereby pressure in the reactor is kept about equal to a reference value of 50-130 bar absolute.