US Pat. No. 9,291,689

MRT SYSTEM, RECEIVE APPARATUS FOR AN MRT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OBTAINING AN MR SIGNAL IN AN MRT SYSTEM

1. A magnetic resonance tomography (MRT) system comprising:
a plurality of receive apparatuses for a magnetic resonance high frequency (MR-HF) signal, wherein at least one receive apparatus
of the plurality of receive apparatuses comprises a receive coil element for receiving the MR-HF signal;

an optical modulator, in which an electrical control input is coupled to the receive coil element;
an optical output operable to output an output signal of the optical modulator, wherein the optical modulator is operable
to optically demodulate the MR-HF signal, and an optical input of the optical modulator is coupled to a laser light source
that is configured to generate a laser light, a light intensity of the laser light varying periodically with a predetermined
frequency; and

an optical splitter that is configured to feed the laser light of the laser light source to the plurality of receive apparatuses
or a plurality of modulators of the at least one receive apparatus of the plurality of receive apparatuses.

US Pat. No. 9,291,685

DEVICE FOR EVALUATING A MAGNETIC FIELD

Micronas GmbH, Freiburg ...

1. A device for evaluating a magnetic field, the device comprising:
an integrated circuit that has a first connection led out from a housing, a second connection led out from the housing, and
a third connection led out from the housing, the integrated circuit comprising:

a magnetic field sensor that is connected to the second connection and the third connection for power supply;
a signal conditioning circuit connected to the magnetic field sensor;
a detection circuit configured to detect a digital transmission signal applied to the first connection; and
a control circuit configured to control the signal conditioning circuit via a control signal, the control circuit being connected
to the detection circuit for generating the control signal based on the digital transmission signal,

wherein the signal conditioning circuit is adapted to generate an analog signal based on a sensor signal from the magnetic
field sensor and based on the control signal of the control circuit,

wherein the signal conditioning circuit is connected to the first connection for the output of the analog signal, and
wherein an evaluation circuit is connected to the integrated circuit to evaluate the analog signal; and
a transmission circuit that is adapted to be controllable by the evaluation circuit, the transmission circuit being connected
to the first connection of the integrated circuit for transmitting the digital transmission signal,

wherein the evaluation circuit is configured to compare the analog signal with a default value and configured to set the signal
conditioning circuit via the digital transmission signal such that the analog signal corresponds to the default value.

US Pat. No. 9,291,684

LOGIC CAPABLE POWER MODULE

Rosemount, Inc., Chanhas...

1. A wireless field device assembly comprising:
a process sensor configured to monitor a process variable and produce a sensor signal;
a housing enclosing an interior space of the wireless field device;
a transmitter enclosed within the interior space, and configured to process the sensor signal; and
a power module configured to be housed in the interior space, removable from the interior space as a unit, the power module
comprising:

first and second voltage sensors configured to sense first and second output voltages of the energy storage device and the
local power source, respectively;

an energy storage device;
a connection to a local power source; and
a processor configured to provide the transmitter with a diagnostic report of the energy storage device and the local power
source, wherein the diagnostic report comprises an identification of at least one of the energy storage device and the local
power source based on the first and second output voltages.

US Pat. No. 9,291,683

POWER MODULE PROTECTION AT START-UP

General Electric Company,...

1. A power conversion unit comprising:
a power converter having a primary stage and a secondary stage, the primary stage including a pulse width modulated (PWM)
circuit;

an isolation barrier separating the primary stage from the secondary stage such that primary stage information is unavailable
to the secondary stage; and

a voltage controller located in the secondary stage and configured to test the power converter and a load coupled to the power
converter for a fault condition by driving the PWM circuit to produce an output test voltage at the secondary stage during
a pre-start test period of the power converter; wherein the output test voltage beyond a predetermined threshold value is
indicative of a fault condition.

US Pat. No. 9,291,556

OBJECTIVE OPTICAL SYSTEM FOR ATR MEASUREMENT, AND ATR MEASUREMENT DEVICE

S.T. Japan, Inc., Tokyo ...

1. An objective optical system for ATR measurement, comprising:
an ATR crystal, which is transparent to visible light, and has a totally reflecting surface that contacts with a sample and
a hemispheric surface for light incidence;

a casing, which has a space formed in it for the infrared light that is irradiated on the ATR crystal to pass through, and
accommodates the ATR crystal;

an optical component for infrared light irradiation, which is supported on the casing and irradiates infrared light on the
sample at an incident angle greater than the critical angle determined according to the refraction angle of the ATR crystal
and the sample, and guides the reflected light from the sample which has been irradiated by the infrared light into a detector;

an optical component for visible light irradiation, which is arranged in the casing, and irradiates visible light on the sample
at an angle smaller than the critical angle;

an optical component for observation, which is arranged at a position staggered from the reflection angle associated to the
incident angle of visible light irradiated to the sample, and guides scattered light from the sample which has been irradiated
by visible light into an observation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,291,533

FILTER SUPPORT WITH A PHASE-CHANGING MEDIUM

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. Method for processing isolated cells to render them suitable for optical imaging, comprising the following steps:
(a) depositing filter material comprising captured cells on a phase-change medium, said phase-change medium being mounted
on a carrier;

(b) melting said phase-change medium until the medium is spread out below said filter material; and
(c) lowering the temperature of said phase-change medium until the medium Solidifies, resulting in a filter comprising said
cells in a single optical plane and at a fixed position.

US Pat. No. 9,291,523

AUTOMATED DIAGNOSTICS FOR CRAWLER TRANSMISSION HYDRAULIC CIRCUITS

1. A method for diagnosing problems in a hydrostatic transmission of a vehicle, comprising the steps of:
providing a hydrostatic transmission, a transmission control unit that includes a monitor capable of receiving input commands
and pressure sensors connectable between diagnostic hose ports coupled to the transmission and inputs on the transmission
control unit;

selecting a test function on the monitor;
selecting a symptom or problem area on the monitor;
initiating a test sequence by input command on the monitor;
performing calculations in the transmission control unit based upon data from the pressure sensors to determine a hydraulic
problem; and

providing directions for adjustments or replacing parts on the hydrostatic transmission.

US Pat. No. 9,291,515

RAPID TEST DEVICE

ASSURE TECH. (HANGZHOU) C...

1. A rapid test device comprising:
a cup vessel (4), provided with a first chamber (41) and a dosing piston assembling hole (44) communicating with the first chamber (41);

a lid (2), arranged on an open end of the first chamber (41);

a base (8), fastened at a bottom of the cup vessel (4);

a second chamber (81), formed between the base (8) and the cup vessel (4) and communicating with the dosing piston assembling hole (44);

a partition (7), arranged in the second chamber (81) and provided with a test paper;

a dosing piston (6), provided with a dosing slot (61) thereon and provided with a key hole at one end, the dosing piston (6) is inserted in the dosing piston assembling hole (44); and

a key (1) matching the key hole.

US Pat. No. 9,291,487

MEASUREMENT ARRANGEMENT AND RELATED METHOD

TRENDIWELL OY, Turku (FI...

1. An electronic arrangement (101, 112, 114, 116), such as a device or a system of multiple devices, for analyzing a flow (106) of fluid, such as gas or liquid, through a predetermined filter element comprising:
a measuring entity (114, 120, 122) configured to obtain indications of the power or energy consumption associated with fluid flow relative to the predetermined
filter element at multiple time instants, preferably periodically, during measurement periods, each measurement period occurring
between similar subsequent maintenance operations affecting the energy consumption of the filter element, such as cleaning
or replacement, wherein the indications for the measurement period are preferably obtained, or at least utilized for modeling,
with reference only to the active periods provided as the true operating time of the element and excluding non-operating time
potentially occurring between active periods,

a modeling entity (116, 120, 122) configured to maintain a regression model constructed based on the indications for measurement periods, said model comprising
a response variable and an explanatory variable, wherein the response variable provides an indication of power or energy consumption
during a measurement period and the explanatory variable represents said true operating time, and wherein the model regarding
the previous measurement period between the second-last maintenance and the last maintenance is taken as a starting point
for the model that is updated during the current measurement period since said last maintenance utilizing the indications
obtained during the current measurement period, and

a scheduling entity (118, 120, 122) configured to determine an optimized timing for the next maintenance operation utilizing the regression model of the current
measurement period and information about energy cost and maintenance cost.

US Pat. No. 9,291,485

SENSOR MODULE MEASURING AND/OR MONITORING PARAMETERS OF MEDIA FLOWING IN PIPELINES AND MEASURING SYSTEM FORMED THEREWITH

1. A sensor module for registering at least one parameter, of a fluid flowing in a pipeline, said sensor module comprising:
a base body placed in a lumen of the pipeline, said base body including a flow path for guiding a fluid volume portion branched
from the fluid flowing in the pipeline,

said flow path extending within the base body from an inlet opening to a drain opening remote therefrom and communicating
with the lumen of the pipeline;

a transducer element arranged in the flow path, for producing at least one sensor signal influenced by the fluid guided in
the flow path; and

a jacket path affixed releasably to the pipeline for holding the base body in place within the lumen and/or for accommodating
connecting lines connected to the transducer element; wherein:

the flow path includes an intake region connected with the inlet opening, a drain region connected with the drain opening,
as well as a straight, intermediate region communicating with the intake region and the drain region, and

an imaginary central axis of the intermediate region is not parallel, to an imaginary central axis of the intake region and/or
it is not parallel, to an imaginary central axis of the drain region.

US Pat. No. 9,291,465

METHOD FOR UPDATING A DIGITAL ROAD MAP

Kapsch TrafficCom AG, Vi...

1. A method for updating a digital road map which represents a road system and in which road segments having segment lengths
are stored, comprising:
equipping at least two vehicles moving about in the road system with at least one respective onboard unit generating position
readings;

when a first set of position readings of a first onboard unit can be associated with a road segment of the digital road map,
determining a first path length traveled in the associated road segment based at least on mutual distances of consecutive
position readings of the first set;

when a second set of position readings of a second onboard unit can be associated with the same road segment, determining
a second path length traveled in the associated road segment based at least on mutual distances of consecutive position readings
of the second set;

calculating an average path length for the road segment based on at least the first and second path lengths; and
when the calculated average path length deviates from the stored segment length of the road segment by at least a predetermined
minimum amount and/or by no more than a predetermined maximum amount, storing the average path length as an updated stored
segment length of the road segment in the digital road map.

US Pat. No. 9,291,407

MULTI-CHANNEL HEAT EXCHANGER WITH IMPROVED UNIFORMITY OF REFRIGERANT FLUID DISTRIBUTION

Sanhua (Hangzhou) Micro C...

1. A distributor tube for use in a heat exchanger having an inlet manifold fluidly connected to an outlet manifold by a plurality
of generally parallel tubes, said distributor tube comprising:
a first open end adapted for communication with a refrigerant source;
an opposing second closed end; and
a plurality of non-circular openings disposed in a row along the length of the distributor tube between the first end and
the second end;

wherein each of the plurality of openings is a slot having an elongated length, a truncated length, and a longitudinal direction,
the longitudinal direction extending in the direction of the elongated length of the slot, the longitudinal direction of each
slot being angularly arranged at an acute angle relative to a plane that extends along a central axis of the distributor tube
and through the center of the openings, where the plurality of non-circular openings are arranged in a plurality of pairs
of non-circular openings such that the non-circular openings in each pair are arranged to substantially mirror each other
with respect to a plane normal to the central axis of the distributor tube.

US Pat. No. 9,291,401

SPLIT FLOW CONDENSING ECONOMIZER AND HEAT RECOVERY METHOD

1. An economizer for installation in a flue gas stream to recover heat energy from the flue gas stream, the economizer comprising:
a housing defining a main flow passage through which flue gas travels in an upward direction, a plurality of reverse flow
passages in flow communication with the main flow passage through which flue gas received from the main flow passage travels
in a downward direction, and at least one return flow passage in flow communication with the plurality of reverse flow passages
through which flue gas received from plurality of reverse flow passages travels in an upward direction; and

a damper arranged in the main flow passage, the damper redirecting upwardly traveling flue gas into the plurality of reverse
flow passages;

a plurality of bundles of heat exchange tubes respectively located in the plurality of reverse flow passages, the heat exchange
tubes carrying a heat exchange medium, wherein flue gas interacts with one of the plurality of bundles of heat exchange tubes
as the flue gas travels in the downward direction through one of the plurality of reverse flow passages such that condensate
is formed, the condensate flowing in the downward direction by force of gravity;

wherein the housing includes at least one removable panel or at least one door permitting access to each of the plurality
of bundles of heat exchange tubes.

US Pat. No. 9,291,395

SPLASH BAR ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF INSTALLATION

SPX COOLING TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A grid to support a plurality of splash bars in an evaporative cooling tower, the grid comprising:
a nailer to mount the grid in the evaporative cooling tower;
a plurality of vertical members suspended from the nailer;
a plurality of splash bars pivotally connected to adjacent vertical member of the plurality of vertical members, wherein the
grid is configured to translate from an upright conformation to a compact conformation in response to the plurality of splash
bars pivoting relative to the plurality of vertical members.

US Pat. No. 9,291,388

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AIR SEPARATION USING A SUPPLEMENTAL REFRIGERATION CYCLE

PRAXAIR TECHNOLOGY, INC.,...

1. A method of separating air comprising the steps of:
conducting a cryogenic rectification process in an air separation plant comprising a main heat exchanger to cool a compressed
and purified feed air stream to a temperature suitable for the rectification of the feed air stream and a distillation column
system configured to rectify the compressed, purified and cooled air to produce at least one liquid product stream;

providing a portion of the refrigeration required by the air separation plant to produce the at least one liquid product stream
via a supplemental refrigeration circuit, the supplemental refrigeration circuit comprising a working fluid comprising a portion
of the compressed and purified feed air stream; a compressor section configured to compress the working fluid; and a turboexpander
section configured to expand the working fluid to generate cooled working fluid, the supplemental refrigeration circuit configured
to direct the cooled working fluid through the main heat exchanger;

warming the cooled working fluid in the main heat exchanger to impart the portion of the refrigeration required by the air
separation plant;

recirculating the working fluid to the compressor section of the supplemental refrigeration circuit after having passed through
the main heat exchanger; and

removing a portion of the working fluid in the supplemental refrigeration circuit upstream of the turboexpander section thereby
decreasing the refrigeration imparted by the supplemental refrigeration circuit and the production of the at least one liquid
product stream and adding working fluid to the supplemental refrigeration circuit upstream of the compressor section thereby
increasing the refrigeration imparted by the supplemental refrigeration circuit and the production of the at least one liquid
product stream;

wherein the removal of the working fluid from the supplemental refrigeration circuit and the adding of the working fluid to
the supplemental refrigeration circuit being conducted in a manner such that the inlet pressure within the supplemental refrigeration
circuit is adjusted commensurate with the desired production of the liquid product stream; the working fluid circulates within
the supplemental refrigeration circuit at a substantially constant volumetric flow rate; and the pressure ratio across the
compressor section is maintained substantially constant.

US Pat. No. 9,291,386

REFRIGERATOR

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:
a freezing compartment;
a freezing compartment door that opens and closes the freezing compartment, the freezing compartment door including a door
liner with a plurality of dikes;

a housing mounted on the plurality of dikes;
an operating unit providing a channel for ice and mounted on the housing, the operating unit being operated to discharge the
ice;

a support unit disposed at an upper side of the housing and including an ice opening communicated with the channel;
a motor assembly mounted to the support unit;
an ice bin detachably mounted to the support unit and including an ice discharging unit that discharges ice stored in the
ice bin, the ice discharging unit being connected to the motor assembly; and

an ice maker disposed above the ice bin and mounted to the support unit,
wherein the ice in the ice bin is discharged outside the freezing compartment door through the ice opening of the support
unit and the channel of the operating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,291,383

DEMAND RESPONSE MULLION SWEAT PROTECTION

Clemson University, Clem...

1. A refrigerator comprising:
a housing enclosing a cooled storage compartment, the housing comprising a mullion;
at least one sensor configured to detect moisture on a region of the housing, the region being one or more areas of the housing
where moisture tends to form including the mullion, the region having less insulation relative to adjacent regions of the
housing;

at least one anti-sweat heater located in said region and configured to heat said region, the at least one anti-sweat heater
comprising an active mode and an inactive mode;

a controller operatively connected to one or more power consuming features/functions of the refrigerator, the controller configured
to communicate with the at least one sensor to monitor moisture in said region, and receive and process a demand response
signal from a utility and in response thereto operate the refrigerator in one of a plurality of operating modes including
at least a normal operating mode and an energy savings mode when the demand response signal evokes an energy savings response,
wherein the at least one anti-sweat heater is set to the active mode when the refrigerator is in the normal operating mode,
and to the inactive mode when the refrigerator is in the energy savings mode, and

wherein if the at least one sensor detects a level of moisture exceeding a predetermined acceptable level when the anti-sweat
heater is inactive in the energy savings mode, the controller is configured to override the energy savings response and automatically
set the anti-sweat heater to the active mode for at least a predetermined time to remove moisture.

US Pat. No. 9,291,367

SUBSURFACE THERMAL ENERGY STORAGE OF HEAT GENERATED BY CONCENTRATING SOLAR POWER

1. A solar energy system, comprising:
at least one concentrating solar collector;
an underground steam storage reservoir containing steam; and
a steam distribution network, the steam distribution network including:
at least one steam line coupled between the at least one solar collector and the underground steam storage reservoir to deliver
steam to the underground steam storage reservoir; and

a wellhead coupled to the underground steam storage reservoir to receive steam from the underground steam storage reservoir;
and

an industrial facility coupled to the wellhead to extract energy from the steam received at the wellhead.

US Pat. No. 9,291,322

LOCOMOTIVE LED/OPTICS HEADLIGHT ASSEMBLY

J.W. Speaker, Corporation...

6. A headlamp assembly comprising:
a housing forming an internal chamber about a housing axis and forming an opening to one side that opens into the chamber;
a plurality of light sources, each light source having an illumination axis and each light source mounted within the chamber
to direct light out the opening, the plurality of light sources including a first light source;

a first plurality of aspherical lenses, each aspherical lens formed about an optic axis and mounted within the opening with
the optic axis of the lens coaxially aligned with one of the illumination axis;

a second plurality of concentrator lenses, each concentrator light source formed about an optic axis and mounted within the
opening with the optic axis of the lens coaxially aligned with one of the illumination axis of the light sources except the
first light source; and

wherein the light pattern generated by the light sources and first and second pluralities of lenses is substantially symmetric
irrespective of orientation of the housing with respect to the housing axis.

US Pat. No. 9,291,289

COMPOSITE HOSE AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING SUCH A HOSE

TRELLEBORG INDUSTRIE SAS,...

1. A hose assembly for transfer of cryogenic fluids comprising:
an inner composite hose for transferring cryogenic fluids, the inner composite hose being comprised of two inner hose segments,
a sealing area located between the two inner hose segments, sealing layers, a space between the sealing layers, and end fittings;

an outer protective hose or sleeve arranged around the inner composite hose in a concentric manner, the outer protective hose
comprising at least one of an elastomeric material and a plastic material;

an annular gap between the inner and outer hoses;
one or more spacer members bridging the annular gap;
an insulation layer in the annular gap; and
a pressure relief system that reliefs an excess of pressure resulting from warming up of a cryogenic transfer system after
an offload,

the pressure relief system comprising i) a pressure relief tube, and ii) a pressure relief and check valve located along the
pressure relief tube and situated in the annular gap or integrated in one of the end fittings of the inner hose,

wherein the pressure relief tube connects, i) the space between sealing layers of the inner hose or the sealing area of the
two inner hose segments, respectively to ii) the annular space or a flow path of the inner hose, via the pressure relief or
check valve, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,291,283

HYDRAULIC CONTROL DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A hydraulic control device comprising:
a pump for discharging oil;
a first predetermined portion configured to receive the oil discharged from the pump;
a first channel establishing a communication between the pump and the first predetermined portion;
a second channel branched from the first channel for supplying oil to a second predetermined portion arranged separately from
the first predetermined portion;

a flow passage area regulation unit arranged on the second channel, the flow passage area regulation unit equipped with a
spool moving in a direction for increasing a flow passage area when an oil pressure in the second channel increases and moving
in a direction for decreasing a flow passage area when the oil pressure in the second channel decreases, the spool possessing
an outer peripheral surface, the flow passage area regulation unit including a biasing member retained in a space formed in
the spool, the biasing member biasing the spool in a direction to reduce a dimension of the flow passage area of the second
channel for lubricating oil; and

a bypass channel provided separately from a portion of the second channel where the spool disconnects the second channel,
the bypass channel establishing a communication between an upstream side and a downstream side of the second channel relative
to the flow passage area regulation unit, the bypass channel supplying oil to the second predetermined portion even in a closed
state in which the spool disconnects the second channel, the bypass channel being an annular groove on the outer peripheral
surface of the spool so that oil flows on the outer peripheral surface of the spool along the annular groove.

US Pat. No. 9,291,272

NON-CONTACT LABYRINTH SEAL ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF CONSTRUCTION THEREOF

1. A seal assembly, comprising:
an outer rigid carrier having a generally cylindrical outer flange extending axially relative to a central axis of said assembly
with a leg extending radially inwardly from said outer flange toward said central axis;

a seal body attached to said leg, said seal body having a radially outward lip and radially inward lip, said lips extending
axially from said leg toward an air side of said assembly with said radially outward lip diverging outwardly from said central
axis to provide a first annular channel between said lips and a second annular channel between said radially outward lip and
said leg, said first annular channel facing axially toward said air side and said second annular channel facing radially outwardly
from said central axis;

a sleeve having an axially extending cylindrical wall with an annular first flange extending radially outwardly from said
cylindrical wall, said first flange having an annular projection extending axially toward said first annular channel; and

a labyrinth passage extending along said radially outward lip, continuoulsly from said radially outward lip, to an oil side
of said assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,291,265

GAS CYLINDER ACTUATOR WITH OVERTRAVEL SAFETY DEVICE

1. A gas cylinder actuator with overtravel safety device, comprising a tubular jacket for gas containment, which is closed
hermetically at one end by a bottom provided with a gas filling valve and at the opposite end by a head portion, which is
provided with a hole for the passage of a stem with a piston, said jacket, said bottom and said piston forming a gas expansion
and compression chamber, first dynamic sealing means being interposed between said stem and said head portion of said tubular
jacket, said bottom being axially movable with respect to said jacket and second sealing means being interposed between said
bottom and an internal surface of said jacket that surrounds said bottom, said jacket being a control element for controlling
the descending motion of a slider of a press with which the actuator is associated, said jacket being preset to selectively
move with respect to said bottom in order to break or deform or render ineffective in general said second sealing means.

US Pat. No. 9,291,258

JOYSTICK CONTROL FOR A CHANGE SPEED GEARBOX

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A joystick control for a change speed gearbox, comprising:
a support body;
an axle rotatably supported by the body;
an operating lever connected to the axle by a pivot pin having an axis perpendicular to that of the axle such that the operating
lever is rotatable about the axis of the axle and is pivotable relative to the axle about the axis of the pivot pin;

first and second actuating members rotatably supported by the axle, the first actuating member being disposed on a first side
of the operating lever and defining a first opening configured to receive one end of the axle, the second actuating member
being disposed on an opposite second side of the operating lever and defining a second opening configured to receive an opposed
end of the axle, each actuating member being connectable to a respective Bowden cable to extend and retract the cable in response
to rotation of the actuating member about the axle; and

mating formations on the operating lever and each of the first and second actuating members to engage the operating lever
selectively for rotation with one of the first actuating member or the second actuating member in dependence upon a direction
in which the operating lever is pivoted relative to the axle about the pin.

US Pat. No. 9,291,237

TOOTHED POWER TRANSMISSION BELT

MITSUBOSHI BELTING LTD., ...

1. A power transmission belt comprising:
a body having a length, a width between laterally spaced sides, and a thickness between inside and outside surfaces,
the body comprising rubber and including at least one embedded load carrying member extending in a lengthwise direction,
the body having a plurality of teeth spaced along the body on at least one of the inside and outside of the body,
the teeth having a width dimension extending between the laterally spaced sides of the body that decreases progressively from:
a) a first location between the inside and outside surfaces; and b) one of the inside and outside surfaces,

wherein the at least one of the inside and outside of the body has a surface that is covered by a cloth layer,
wherein the cloth layer: a) has a first surface applied to the belt body and a second surface exposed to engage a cooperating
pulley; and b) comprises a multiwoven structure comprising a warp and at least two wefts that are interwoven, the at least
two wefts having compositions that are different, each from the other.

US Pat. No. 9,291,232

HYDRAULIC MOUNT APPARATUS FOR SUPPORTING VIBRATION SOURCE

Beijing West Industries C...

1. A hydraulic mount apparatus for supporting a vibration source on a base comprising;
a housing extending about and along a first axis and defining a housing chamber,
a flexible body made of an elastic material at least partially disposed in said housing chamber extending radially about and
along said first axis for deforming elastically in response to movement of the vibration source relative to the base,

a diaphragm made of an elastic material disposed in said housing chamber and spaced axially from said flexible body,
a partition assembly disposed in said housing chamber between said flexible body and said diaphragm for dividing said housing
chamber into a pumping chamber between said flexible body and said partition assembly and a receiving chamber between said
partition assembly and said diaphragm with the volume of each of said chambers being changed by deformation of said flexible
body and said diaphragm in response to an external excitation,

at least one sensor disposed on at least one of the hydraulic mount apparatus and the vibration source and the base for measuring
a vibration condition of the vibration source in response to the external excitation and producing a corresponding signal,

a fluid contained within said pumping and receiving chambers and being responsive to a magnetic field to modify its shear
properties,

said partition assembly defining a fluid passage extending axially between said pumping chamber and said receiving chamber
to fluidly connect said pumping chamber and said receiving chamber for passing said fluid between said upper and receiving
chambers in response to deformation of said flexible body and said diaphragm, said partition assembly including at least one
electromagnet coil disposed adjacent to said fluid passage for variably generating a magnetic flux across said fluid passage
for modifying the shear resistance of said fluid passing through said fluid passage to variably change the damping stiffness
of said mount in response to said signal from said sensor when the measured vibratory frequency is at low frequencies,

an actuator assembly including an actuator at least partially of a piezoelectric material extending at least partially into
said pumping chamber for moving within said pumping chamber for varying the volume of said pumping chamber to prevent a pressure
increase in said pressure chamber to cancel the external excitation when the measured vibratory frequency is at high frequencies,

said partition assembly defining a partition bore extending between said pumping and receiving chambers and said actuator
extending from outside of said housing into said housing chamber and at least partially through said partition bore,

said actuator assembly further including a moving member operatively engaging said actuator for axially moving with said actuator
within said pumping chamber for varying the volume of said pumping chamber,

wherein said moving member comprises a plunger member having a generally disc shape,
said actuator further including an actuator casing and an actuator piston slideably extending from inside said actuator casing
and in engagement with said moving member, and

said partition assembly further including a plunger support ring disposed radially about and spaced from said partition bore
and the edge of said plunger member sealingly engages said plunger support ring to seal said partition bore.

US Pat. No. 9,291,221

BRAKE DUST COLLECTOR FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

1. A brake dust collector for a motor vehicle for collecting brake dust of a vehicle wheel brake of a vehicle wheel, the brake
dust collector comprising:
a dust collecting device comprising a filter element arranged in a filter receptacle;
wherein a radial direction is defined as a direction perpendicular to a rotation axis of the vehicle wheel;
wherein the filter receptacle extends over a radial outer edge of a brake disk of the vehicle wheel brake, the receptacle
having

a first axial sidewall spaced axially outwardly from and extending over a first face of the brake disk; and
an opposing second axial sidewall of the filter receptacle spaced axially outwardly from and extending over an opposing second
face of the brake disk, such that a portion of the brake disk is arranged within the filter receptacle between the first and
second axial sidewalls of the filter receptacle;

wherein the filter receptacle with the brake disk forms a U-shaped receiving space into which the filter element is arranged,
the receiving space extending axially over the radial outer edge of a brake disk and radially downwardly over the first face
and the opposing second face of the brake disk such that the portion of the brake disk within the filter receptacle is in
the receiving space;

a tubular air passage arranged on the filter receptacle, the tubular air passage having a plurality of spaced apart air exit
openings, the air exit openings arranged on the tubular air passage and opening in a direction facing the brake disk, directing
airflow from the tubular air passage through the plurality of air exit openings onto the brake disk;

wherein the filter receptacle is arranged on a brake caliper of the vehicle wheel brake;
wherein the filter element is designed as an exchangeable U-shaped filter and is arranged exchangeably in the receiving space
provided in the filter receptacle;

wherein the filter receptacle has a housing opening communicating with the receiving space and enabling insertion of the filter
element into the receiving space and removal of the filter element from the receiving space;

wherein the housing opening is arranged on a radially outer side of the filter receptacle opening radially outwardly over
the radial outer edge of the brake disk;

wherein the filter element is inserted in a radial direction through the housing opening and received into the receiving space
in the filter receptacle.

US Pat. No. 9,291,213

PNEUMATIC CLUTCH WITH IMPROVED FRICTION MEMBER

Borg Warner Inc., Auburn...

1. A clutch assembly for a fan drive system, the clutch assembly comprising:
a clutch housing assembly;
a central piston chamber feeding a pressure chamber;
a translatable clutch piston positioned within said clutch housing assembly and in communication with said pressure chamber,
said translatable clutch piston movable between a piston neutral position and a piston activated position, wherein air pressure
fed through said central piston chamber into said pressure chamber is configured to move said translatable clutch piston from
said piston neutral position toward said piston activated position;

a rotating drive shaft member positioned within said clutch housing assembly;
a cone clutch friction member in communication with said translatable clutch piston such that said cone clutch friction member
is moved from a clutch engaged position to a clutch disengaged position in response to said translatable clutch piston moving
from said piston neutral position to said piston activated position, said cone clutch friction member engaging said rotating
drive shaft member when in said clutch engaged position;

a clutch spring biasing said cone clutch friction member into said clutch engaged position with a clutch engagement force;
said clutch assembly having a longitudinal axis;
said clutch housing assembly having a clutch housing with a first flange member at a radially interior end thereof, said first
flange member positioned at a first angle relative to said longitudinal axis;

said rotating drive shaft member having a second flange member at a radially exterior end thereof, said second flange member
positioned at a second angle relative to said longitudinal axis;

said first flange member and said second flange member defining a wedge-shaped gap for positioning of said cone clutch friction
member;

said cone clutch friction member comprising an annular V-shaped metal member and a friction material;
said V-shaped metal member being a one-piece member with a first portion and a second portion, said first portion positioned
in said wedge-shaped gap and said second portion positioned outside said wedge-shaped gap and secured to said first flange
member on said clutch housing;

said friction material positioned on said first portion for contacting said second flange member during engagement of said
clutch assembly;

wherein a smaller radially wedge-shape gap is created allowing an increased diameter of said rotating drive shaft member and
increased torque and capacity of said clutch assembly without increasing the external size or diameter of said clutch assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,291,165

SCROLL-TYPE COMPRESSOR AND CO2 VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM HAVING A SCROLL-TYPE COMPRESSOR

OBRIST ENGINEERING GMBH, ...

1. A scroll-type compressor for a CO2 vehicle air conditioning system, having a drive which is connected to an eccentric bearing by a drive shaft, and having a
movable displacement spiral which is rotatably connected to the eccentric bearing and which engages into a counterpart spiral
such that, between the movable displacement spiral and the counterpart spiral, radially inwardly traveling chambers are formed
in order to compress the refrigerant and discharge it into a pressure chamber, wherein the drive is a mechanical drive or
an electric drive with a fixed rotational speed, and the counterpart spiral is alternatingly movable relative to the movable
displacement spiral in an axial direction, wherein, between the counterpart spiral and the movable displacement spiral, there
is arranged at least one spring for exerting an axial release force on the counterpart spiral, and at least one piston engages
on the counterpart spiral, in order to exert an axial closing force on the latter, adjacent to the pressure chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,291,039

SCINTERED POWDER METAL SHAPED CHARGES

Schlumberger Technology C...

1. A shaped charge, comprising:
a sintered metal powder casing defining an interior volume, wherein the casing comprises a mixture of sintered metal powders
comprising steel powder at 80-90% and an additive comprising 10-20%, wherein further the casing comprises a coating of iron
oxide;

a liner located in the interior volume; and
an explosive between the liner and the casing.

US Pat. No. 9,291,026

SEAL AROUND BRAIDED CABLE

ZEITECS B.V., Rijswijk (...

1. A method of deploying a downhole tool into a wellbore, comprising:
lowering a cable into the wellbore;
after lowering the cable, engaging a mold with an outer surface of the cable;
injecting sealant into the mold and into armor of the cable, allowing the sealant to cure, and disengaging the mold from the
cable, thereby sealing a portion of the cable;

lowering the downhole tool to a deployment depth using the cable;
engaging a seal with the sealed portion of the cable; and
operating the downhole tool using the cable.

US Pat. No. 9,290,974

GEARED HINGE ASSEMBLY

SPECIAL-LITE INC., Decat...

1. A hinge assembly comprising:
an elongated hinge cap;
a first hinge member pivotably retained by the hinge cap and having a first gear section and a first leaf;
a second hinge member retained by the hinge cap and having a second gear section and a second leaf, the second gear section
engaged with the first gear section; and

at least one bearing engaging the hinge cap and having a longitudinal axis, an outer body portion, an inner body portion,
and a medial member connecting the outer body portion and the inner body portion, the inner body portion having a axially
terminating first edge and an opposing axially terminating second edge, at least one of the first edge and the second edge
having a tapered section which is engageable with at least one of the first gear section and the second gear section, the
inner body portion and the outer body portion being located on and defining opposing longitudinal sides of the at least one
bearing.

US Pat. No. 9,290,957

STRUCTURE REINFORCEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD

Fortress Stabilization Sy...

1. A wall reinforcement system, comprising:
a wall structure including a pair of holes formed therein;
a fiber reinforcement strip adhered to the wall structure between the pair of holes, the fiber reinforcement strip having
a first end, a second end and an intermediate portion disposed between the first and second ends; and

a bracket having a bridge portion disposed between a pair of legs, the pair of legs being fixedly secured within the pair
of holes and the bridge portion overlapping the fiber reinforcement strip, wherein the first end of the fiber reinforcement
strip is folded and wrapped around the bridge portion and adhered to the intermediate portion of the fiber reinforcement strip.

US Pat. No. 9,290,943

HIP AND RIDGE ROOFING SHINGLE

Owens Corning Intellectua...

1. A single shingle layer shingle blank comprising:
a single shingle layer comprising a substrate coated with asphalt, the single shingle layer comprising a longitudinally extending
prime region and a longitudinally extending headlap region;

a pair of outside shingle blank edges;
an outside shingle blank edge notch formed only in the headlap region of each of the pair of outside shingle blank edges;
first cut lines defining a pair of inner notches only in the headlap region of the substrate of the shingle blank between
the pair of outside shingle blank edge notches;

a second cut line extending from each of the pair of inner notches toward a leading edge of the shingle blank;
wherein the first cut lines are perforated and are structured and configured to facilitate separation of the shingles of the
shingle blank material such that when the portion of shingle blank material is separated and removed, the first cut lines
define the pair of inner notches;

wherein the at least one of the first cut lines and the second cut lines are structured and configured to maintain the shingle
blank as a unitary shingle blank until the shingle blank is selectively separated into discrete single shingle layer shingles
by separating the shingle blank at the location of at least one of the first cut lines and the second cut lines, each discrete
single shingle layer shingle having a single shingle layer comprising a substrate coated with asphalt, the single shingle
layer of each discrete single shingle layer shingle having a prime region, a headlap region and a pair of outside shingle
edges;

wherein the pair of inner notches and pair of outside shingle blank edge notches are structured and configured so that a notch
portion is formed in both outside shingle edges of each discrete shingle only in the headlap region once the shingle blank
has been separated into discrete shingles; and

wherein in an installed state the headlap region of the shingles is substantially covered by an overlapping shingle.

US Pat. No. 9,290,936

PORTABLE FLOOR

Sico Incorporated, Edina...

1. A portable floor panel having an unsymmetrical construction about a center core layer, the floor panel comprising:
a layer of fiberglass reinforced closed cell water resistant foam forming the center core layer and having a top face and
a bottom face, the layer of fiberglass reinforced closed cell water resistant foam comprising reinforced fiberglass strands
dispersed throughout the foam;

a first nonferrous sheet and a second nonferrous sheet, the first nonferrous sheet adhesively mounted to the bottom face of
the foam core layer, the first nonferrous sheet having a protective coating applied over a bottom surface; the second nonferrous
sheet adhesively mounted to the top face of the foam core layer;

a decorative layer applied over an upper surface of second nonferrous sheet and forming a panel core with the foam core layer
and attached first and second nonferrous sheets;

an edging mounted around a periphery of the panel core.

US Pat. No. 9,290,917

RECESSED WALL-MOUNTED OUTLET BOX WITH PUSH-PULL HANDLE ASSEMBLY

LSP Products Group, Inc.,...

25. In an outlet box configured to be mounted inside a building wall and comprising an outlet box housing and a quarter-turn
stop valve configured to be connected to a copper water supply line disposed inside the building wall to control water flow
to a fixture or appliance, the improvements comprising:
a valve inlet shank having a proximal open end configured to be insertable upwardly through an opening in a wall of the outlet
box housing and a distal end attachable to the copper water supply line, said proximal end being attachable to the stop valve
to place the stop valve in selective fluid communication with the copper water supply line;

a retaining ring configured to snap around the valve inlet shank under the open proximal end to prevent the valve inlet shank
from slipping downwardly through the opening in the wall of the outlet box when not attached to the stop valve;

a push-pull handle assembly attachable to the stop valve and comprising a single rod that is selectively pushed or pulled
by a user to control operation of the stop valve between the fully open and fully closed positions; and

a removable faceplate through which the rod extends and through which a water outlet line is attachable to the stop valve.

US Pat. No. 9,290,916

REMOVABLE FIRE HYDRANT NOZZLE WITH IMPROVED LOCKING STRUCTURE

EJ USA, Inc., East Jorda...

1. A removable hydrant nozzle comprising:
a nozzle body extending along an axis, a hydrant connector toward one axial end and an outlet connector toward a second axial
end;

a locking arrangement disposed on said nozzle body, said locking arrangement including:
a slide housing extending from said nozzle body;
a slide movably mounted to said slide housing, said slide having a base and a paddle, said slide capable of movement in an
axial direction between an extended position and a retracted position; and

a biasing element for biasing said slide in said extended position.

US Pat. No. 9,290,886

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A SCREEN CYLINDER AND A SCREEN CYLINDER

Aikawa Fiber Technologies...

1. A method of manufacturing a screen cylinder, said screen cylinder formed of at least a number of screen wires, wherein
pairs of adjacent screen wires provide a screening slot therebetween, and substantially circular support rings, said support
rings having a first rim area provided with notches into which said screen wires are installed, and a second rim area opposite
to said first rim area, the method comprising:
a) after installing some of the screen wires into said notches of said support rings, evenly and uniformly heating the second
rim area of at least one of said support rings such that a temperature of the first rim area remains lower than a temperature
of the second rim area, and whereby the second rim area is deformed, and

b) allowing at least one of said support rings to cool to decrease a diameter of the at least one of said support rings, whereby
the first rim area is deformed and the screen wires are clamped in said notches.

US Pat. No. 9,290,703

LOW PRESSURE PRODUCTION OF LOW CLOUD POINT DIESEL

EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND E...

1. A method for producing low sulfur distillate products, comprising:
hydrotreating a feedstock having a boiling range from about 451° F. to about 800° F., and a sulfur content of at least about
1500 wppm and including fractions in the 600° F.+ boiling range containing sulfur species including alkyl-substituted dibenzothiophenes
under hydrotreating conditions at a total pressure of 400 to 800 psig and a temperature from 500° F. to about 800° F. to produce
a liquid effluent and a gas phase fraction;

separating the liquid effluent from contaminant hydrogen sulfide and ammonia gases formed during the hydrotreatment to form
a liquid fraction having a sulfur content of at least about 200 wppm and a nitrogen content not more than 5 ppmw;

hydroprocessing at least a portion of the separated hydrotreated liquid fraction having a sulfur content of at least 200 wppm
under dewaxing conditions at a total pressure of 300 to 800 psig and a temperature from 280° C. to about 380° C. in the presence
of a catalyst having isomerization dewaxing activity and including at least one Group VIII noble metal on a bound zeolite,
the bound zeolite comprising ZSM-48; and

fractionating the hydroprocessed liquid fraction to produce a product fraction having a sulfur content of about 15 wppm or
less, a nitrogen content of about 5 wppm or less, and a cloud point of about ?15° C. or less.

US Pat. No. 9,290,690

COATED AND CURED PROPPANTS

Preferred Technology, LLC...

1. A method for producing free-flowing, substantially cured, coated proppant solids having a substantially cured polyurethane
resin coating that forms interparticle bonds under downhole conditions, the method comprising:
coating proppant solids coated with a bifunctional silane having a reactive primary amino group and a hydrolysable ethoxysilyl
group, wherein said solids have been heated to temperature of about 50 to about 150° C. with a curable coating formulation
without the use of an organic solvent;

reacting the curable coating formulation coated onto said proppant solids under conditions sufficient to substantially cure
said curable coating formulation,

wherein the curable coating formulation comprises an isocyanate-functional component having at least 2 isocyanate groups,
and a polyol-functional component comprising a polyether polyol, wherein the formulation comprises an excess functional equivalent
weight of the isocyanate-functional component relative to the polyol-functional component;

wherein said coating and reacting occurs simultaneously and in a period of time of less than about four minutes to form the
free-flowing, substantially cured, coated proppant solids.

US Pat. No. 9,290,662

METHOD FOR PRODUCING THERMOPLASTIC RESIN COMPOSITION, THERMOPLASTIC RESIN COMPOSITION, AND MOLDED ARTICLE

TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC., ...

1. A thermoplastic resin composition comprising:
(a) a polyphenylene sulfide resin, and
(b) a polyetherimide resin or a polyethersulfone resin,
wherein the thermoplastic resin composition contains 99 to 1% by weight of the component (a) and 1 to 99% by weight of the
component (b) based on 100% by weight of the total amount of the component (a) and the component (b), and also satisfies the
following conditions:

(i) a tensile elongation of 15% or more, wherein the tensile elongation is measured in accordance with ASTM-D638 under the
conditions of a tension speed of 10 mm/minute and an ambient temperature of ?20° C. using ASTM No. 4 dumbbell test pieces;
and

(ii) a tensile creep strain of 2.8% or less, wherein the tensile creep strain is measured after the lapse of 100 hours from
the beginning of a tensile creep test performed in accordance with ASTM-D2990 under the conditions of an ambient temperature
of 80° C. and a tensile stress of 20 MPa using ASTM No. 4 dumbbell test pieces.

US Pat. No. 9,290,640

BIO-BASED BINDERS FOR INSULATION AND NON-WOVEN MATS

Owens Corning Intellectua...

1. A fibrous insulation product comprising:
a plurality of randomly oriented fibers;
a binder composition applied to at least a portion of said fibers, said binder composition comprising the reaction product
of:

maltodextrin having a dextrose equivalent number from 9 to 14, said maltodextrin comprising from about 40% to about 95% by
weight of total solids of said binder composition; and

at least one crosslinking agent selected from monomeric polycarboxylic acid, citric acid, or their corresponding salts, said
at least one crosslinking agent comprising from about 5% to about 40% by weight of total solids of said binder composition,
said at least one crosslinking agent having a molecular weight from about 90 to about 10,000; and

a surfactant comprising from about 0.01% to about 10% by weight of total solids of said binder composition.

US Pat. No. 9,290,622

PROCESS AND DEVICE FOR POLYMERIZING LACTAMS MOLDS

Fundacion Inasmet, San S...

1. A method of polymerizing lactams in molds for the continuous manufacture of serial parts in corresponding molds, said manufactured
parts having a variable size, geometry or composition, the method comprising:
(a) continuously feeding into a mixing head a lactam, a catalyst and an initiator;
wherein the lactam is at a first predetermined temperature between 70-160° C., the catalyst is at a second predetermined temperature
between 20-50° C., and the initiator is at a third predetermined temperature between 20-50° C.,

wherein the lactam, the catalyst, and the initiator are each independently fed into the mixing head from respective independent
reservoirs through respective inlets comprising valves,

wherein the lactam, the catalyst and the initiator are each circulated in independent circuits at said respective first, second
and third predetermined temperatures;

(b) continuously mixing in the mixing head the lactam, the catalyst and the initiator, to obtain a reactive mixture;
(c) continuously feeding the reactive mixture obtained in step (b) through a nozzle into a mold,
wherein a volume of a casting into said mold is determined by adjusting the opening of the valves of the inlets for a time
corresponding to a total volume of a polymerization mixture coming out through said nozzle, said volume of reactive mixture
corresponding to a part to be manufactured, said adjustment of the opening of the valves being controlled by an automatic
and programmable timer, thus allowing the automatic manufacture of serial parts having a variable size, geometry or composition;

(d) allowing the reactive mixture to polymerize in the mold to obtain a molded product; and,
(e) demolding the molded product.

US Pat. No. 9,290,617

METHOD OF BIOMOLECULE IMMOBILIZATION ON POLYMERS USING CLICK-TYPE CHEMISTRY

Molly S. Shoichet, Toron...

1. A composition comprising:
a nanoparticle or microparticle comprising a biodegradable, amphiphilic, copolymer that self-aggregates to form a structure
with a hydrophobic interior and a hydrophilic outer surface; and

a biomolecule covalently linked to the nanoparticle or microparticle;
wherein the covalent link between the biomolecule and the nanoparticle or microparticle comprises a ring formed by a Diels
Alder cycloaddition or a Huisgen 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction between a first unsaturated functional group attached
to the polymer and a second, complementary, unsaturated functional group attached to the biomolecule.

US Pat. No. 9,290,486

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR THE TREATMENT OF EPILEPSY

CELLIX BIO PRIVATE LIMITE...

1. A compound of Formula I:

or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt, hydrate, polymorph, solvate, prodrug, enantiomer, or stereoisomer thereof, wherein:
R1 represents


R2 represents acetyl (CH3CO—),


a is 2, 3 or 7;
each b is independently 3, 5 or 6;
e is 1, 2 or 6; and
c and d are each independently H, D, —OH, —OD, C1-C6-alkyl, —NH2 or —COCH3.

US Pat. No. 9,290,453

QUINOLINES AND AZA-QUINOLINES AS CRTH2 RECEPTOR MODULATORS

1. A compound of the formula (IA) or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof,

wherein
J1 is C(H) or N;

one of Ja and Jb is N, and the other is C(H);

R6a and R6b are independently:

a. H,
b. C1-C10 alkyl,

c. -Q-RAH, wherein RAH is selected from the group consisting of:


and wherein RAH is unsubstituted or substituted with 1 moiety selected from the group consisting of Cl, —CN, —CH3, —CF3, and —OCF3;

Q is selected from the group consisting of a
(i) bond;
(ii) C1-C3 alkylene, wherein said alkylene is unsubstituted or substituted by one —CH3, —CF3, or —CH2CH2OH; and

d. -Q-RHC, wherein

Q is as set forth in c. above;
RHC is selected from the group consisting of:


and wherein RHC is unsubstituted or substituted with 1 to 2 R12 moieties independently selected from the group consisting of fluoro and chloro, or wherein when two R12 moieties are geminally substituted on the same carbon atom, the two geminally substituted R12 moieties, together with the carbon atom on which they are attached form —C(O)—;

e. or R6a and R6b together with the N atom to which they are attached form R6H, wherein R6H is independently selected from the group consisting of:


wherein R6H is unsubstituted or substituted by one R9 moiety which is —Z—RCY wherein

Z is a bond; and
RCY is selected from the group consisting of:


and
wherein RCY is unsubstituted or substituted by 1 to 2 R10 moieties, wherein each R10 moiety is independently selected from the group consisting of fluoro and chloro; and

R5 is absent or present, and if present, is halo.

US Pat. No. 9,290,444

INHIBITORS OF THE 11-BETA-HYDROXYSTEROID DEHYDROGENASE TYPE 1 ENZYME

AbbVie Inc., North Chica...

1. A method for treating a disorder selected from the group consisting of lipid disorders, metabolic syndrome, hyperglycemia,
low glucose tolerance, hyperlipidemia, hypertriglyceridemia, hypercholesterolemia, low HDL levels, high LDL levels, atherosclerosis
and its sequelae, vascular restenosis, pancreatitis, neurodegenerative disease, retinopathy, nephropathy, neuropathy, cognitive
impairment associated with aging and of neuronal dysfunction, tuberculosis, psoriasis, stress, and Cushing's syndrome, the
method comprising administering to a patient in need thereof an effective amount of a selective inhibitor of 11-beta-hydroxysteroid
dehydrogenase Type 1 enzyme activity, wherein the inhibitor is a compound according to formula (I), a pharmaceutically acceptable
salt thereof, a therapeutically suitable metabolite thereof, or a combination thereof,

wherein
A1, A2, A3 and A4 are each individually selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, alkenyl, alkyl, alkyl-NH-alkyl, alkylcarbonyl, alkylsulfonyl,
carboxyalkyl, carboxycycloalkyl, cyano, cycloalkyl, cycloalkylcarbonyl, cycloalkylsulfonyl, aryl, arylalkyl, aryloxyalkyl,
arylcarbonyl, arylsulfonyl, heteroaryl, heteroarylalkyl, heteroaryloxyalkyl, heteroarylsulfonyl, heterocycle, heterocyclealkyl,
heterocycleoxyalkyl, heterocyclesulfonyl, halogen, haloalkyl, —NR5-[C(R6R7)]n—C(O)—R8, —O—[C(R9R10)]p—C(O)—R11, —OR12, —S-alkyl, —S(O)-alkyl, —N(R13R14), —CO2R15, —C(O)—N(R16R17), —C(R18R19)—OR20, —C(R21R22)—N(R23R24), —C(?NOH)—N(H)2, —C(R18aR19a)—C(O)N(R23R24), —S(O)2—N(R23R26), and —C(R18aR19a)—S(O)2—N(R25R26);

R18a and R19a are each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen and alkyl;

n is 0 or 1;
p is 0 or 1;
D is a member selected from the group consisting of a —O—, —S—, —S(O)— and —S(O)2—;

E is a member selected from the group consisting of alkyl, alkoxyalkyl, carboxyalkyl, carboxycycloalkyl, cycloalkyl, cycloalkylalkyl,
aryl, arylalkyl, haloalkyl, heteroaryl, heteroarylalkyl, heterocycle, heterocyclealkyl, or R4 and E taken together with the atoms to which they are attached form a heterocycle;

R1 is a member selected from the group consisting of hydrogen and alkyl;

R2 is a member selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, alkyl and cycloalkyl;

R3 and R4 are each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, alkyl, carboxyalkyl, carboxycycloalkyl, cycloalkyl,
haloalkyl, aryl, arylalkyl, heteroaryl, heteroarylalkyl, heterocycle and heterocyclealkyl, or R3 and R4 taken together with the atoms to which they are attached form a ring selected from the group consisting of cycloalkyl and
heterocycle;

R5 is a member selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, alkyl, carboxyalkyl, cycloalkyl, carboxycycloalkyl, aryl, arylalkyl,
aryloxyalkyl, hydroxy, alkoxy, heteroaryl, heteroarylalkyl, heteroaryloxyalkyl, heterocycle, heterocyclealkyl and heterocycleoxyalkyl;

R6 and R7 are each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen and alkyl, or R6 and R7 taken together with the atom to which they are attached form a ring selected from the group consisting of cycloalkyl and heterocycle;

R8 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, alkyl, carboxy, carboxyalkyl, cycloalkyl, carboxycycloalkyl, aryl, arylalkyl,
aryloxy, aryloxyalkyl, hydroxy, alkoxy, cycloalkyloxy, heteroaryl, heteroarylalkyl, heteroaryloxy, heteroaryloxyalkyl, heterocycle,
heterocyclealkyl, heterocycleoxy, heterocycleoxyalkyl and —N(R27R28);

R9 and R10 are each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen and alkyl, or R9 and R10 taken together with the atom to which they are attached form a ring selected from the group consisting of cycloalkyl and heterocycle;

R11 is selected from the group consisting of hydroxy and —N(R29R30);

R12 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, alkyl, carboxyalkyl, cycloalkyl, carboxycycloalkyl, aryl, arylalkyl, aryloxyalkyl,
haloalkyl, heteroaryl, heteroarylalkyl, heteroaryloxyalkyl, heterocycle, heterocyclealkyl and heterocycleoxyalkyl;

R13 and R14 are each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, alkyl, alkylsulfonyl, aryl, arylalkyl, aryloxyalkyl,
arylsulfonyl, carboxyalkyl, cycloalkyl, carboxycycloalkyl, cycloalkylsulfonyl, heteroaryl, heteroarylalkyl, heteroaryloxyalkyl,
heteroarylsulfonyl, heterocycle, heterocyclealkyl, heterocycleoxyalkyl and heterocyclesulfonyl;

R15 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, alkyl, carboxyalkyl, cycloalkyl, carboxycycloalkyl, aryl, arylalkyl, aryloxyalkyl,
heteroaryl, heteroarylalkyl, heteroaryloxyalkyl, heterocycle, heterocyclealkyl and heterocycleoxyalkyl;

R16 and R17 are each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, alkyl, alkoxy, alkylsulfonyl, aryl, arylalkyl, aryloxy,
aryloxyalkyl, arylsulfonyl, carboxy, carboxyalkyl, carboxycycloalkyl, cycloalkyl, cycloalkyloxy, cycloalkylsulfonyl, heteroaryl,
heteroarylalkyl, heteroaryloxyalkyl, heteroaryloxy, heteroarylsulfonyl, heterocycle, heterocyclealkyl, heterocycleoxyalkyl,
heterocycleoxy, heterocyclesulfonyl, hydroxy, and -alkyl-C(O)N(R201R202), or, R16 and R17 taken together with the atom to which they are attached form a heterocycle;

R201 and R202 are independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen and alkyl;

R18, R19 and R20 are each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, alkyl, aryl, arylalkyl, carboxyalkyl, carboxycycloalkyl,
cycloalkyl, haloalkyl, heteroaryl, heteroarylalkyl, heterocycle and heterocyclealkyl;

R21 and R22 are each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, alkyl, alkylcarbonyl, alkylsulfonyl, aryl, arylcarbonyl,
arylsulfonyl, cycloalkyl, carboxyalkyl, carboxycycloalkyl, cycloalkylcarbonyl, cycloalkylsulfonyl, heteroaryl, heteroarylcarbonyl,
heteroarylsulfonyl, heterocycle, heterocyclecarbonyl and heterocyclesulfonyl;

R23 and R24 are each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, alkyl, alkylcarbonyl, alkoxy, alkylsulfonyl, aryl,
arylcarbonyl, aryloxy, arylsulfonyl, carboxyalkyl, carboxycycloalkyl, cycloalkyl, cycloalkylcarbonyl, cycloalkyloxy, cycloalkylsulfonyl,
heteroaryl, heteroarylcarbonyl, heteroaryloxy, heteroarylsulfonyl, heterocycle, heterocyclecarbonyl, heterocycleoxy, heterocyclesulfonyl
and hydroxy, or, R23 and R24 taken together with the atom to which they are attached form a ring selected from the group consisting of heteroaryl and heterocycle;

R25 and R26 are each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, alkyl, alkoxy, alkylsulfonyl, aryl, arylalkyl, aryloxy,
aryloxyalkyl, arylsulfonyl, carboxy, carboxyalkyl, carboxycycloalkyl, cycloalkyl, cycloalkyloxy, cycloalkylsulfonyl, heteroaryl,
heteroarylalkyl, heteroaryloxyalkyl, heteroaryloxy, heteroarylsulfonyl, heterocycle, heterocyclealkyl, heterocycleoxyalkyl,
heterocycleoxy, heterocyclesulfonyl, and hydroxy, or, R25 and R26 taken together with the atom to which they are attached form a heterocycle;

R27 and R28 are each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, alkyl, alkoxy, alkylsulfonyl, aryl, arylalkyl, aryloxy,
aryloxyalkyl, arylsulfonyl, carboxy, carboxyalkyl, cycloalkyl, cycloalkyloxy, carboxycycloalkyl, cycloalkylsulfonyl, heteroaryl,
heteroarylalkyl, heteroaryloxy, heteroaryloxyalkyl, heteroarylsulfonyl, heterocycle, heterocyclealkyl, heterocycleoxy, heterocycleoxyalkyl,
heterocyclesulfonyl and hydroxy, or, R27 and R28 taken together with the atom to which they are attached form a heterocycle; and

R29 and R30 are each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, alkyl, alkoxy, alkylsulfonyl, aryl, arylalkyl, aryloxy,
aryloxyalkyl, arylsulfonyl, carboxy, carboxyalkyl, cycloalkyl, cycloalkyloxy, carboxycycloalkyl, cycloalkylsulfonyl, heteroaryl,
heteroarylalkyl, heteroaryloxy, heteroaryloxyalkyl, heteroarylsulfonyl, heterocycle, heterocyclealkyl, heterocycleoxy, heterocycleoxyalkyl,
heterocyclesulfonyl, and hydroxy, or, R29 and R30 taken together with the atom to which they are attached form a heterocycle;

provided that, if R1 is hydrogen; then at least one of A1, A2, A3 and A4 is not hydrogen.

US Pat. No. 9,290,436

COMPOSITIONS CONTAINING CARBOXYLIC ACID-SUBSTITUTED DERIVATIVES

Elizabeth Arden, Inc., N...

1. A composition comprising a compound of general Formula I:

wherein R1 is a C2-22 straight or branched substituted alkyl sugar group, and wherein two or more hydroxyl groups within the substituted alkyl sugar
group are each independently substituted with a C1-22 carboxylic acid; and at least one additive.

US Pat. No. 9,290,424

PROCESSES FOR THE HYDROGENATION OF HALOGENATED ALKENES AND THE MANUFACTURE OF FLUORINATED OLEFINS

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. A method for producing at least one fluorinated alkane comprising:
a. providing to a first reactor a liquid phase starting material stream comprising at least one alkene according to Formula
(I)

(CXnY3-n)(CR1aR2b)zCX?CHmX2-m  (I)

and at least one alkane according to Formula (II)
(CXnY3-n)(CR1aR2b)zCHXCHm+1X2-m  (II)

where:
each X is independently Cl, F, I or Br, provided that at least two Xs are F;
each Y is independently H, Cl, F, I or Br;
each R1 is independently H, Cl, F, I, Br or unsubstituted or halogen substituted methyl or ethyl radical;

each R2 is independently H, Cl, F, I, Br or unsubstituted or halogen substituted methyl or ethyl radical;

n is 1, 2 or 3;
a and b are each 0, 1 or 2, provided that a+b=2;
m is 0, 1 or 2; and
z is 0, 1, 2 or 3, wherein a ratio of the alkene of formula I to the alkane of formula II is from about 1:6 to about 1:22,
b. hydrogenating the starting material stream to produce an intermediate material stream by contacting said starting material
stream with a reducing agent such that from about 35 wt % to about 65 wt % of the alkene of Formula I is converted to the
alkane of Formula II and wherein the selectivity to said alkane of Formula II is at least about 80 wt %;

c. separating a portion of the intermediate product stream into at least a first intermediate product stream comprising the
alkene of formula I and the alkane of formula II and a second intermediate product stream comprising the alkene of formula
I and the alkane of formula II, wherein the ratio of the alkene of formula I to the alkane of formula II in said second intermediate
product stream is from about 1:8 to about 1:20;

d. recycling the first intermediate product stream to step b; and
e. hydrogenating the second intermediate product stream in a second reactor to produce a final product stream.

US Pat. No. 9,290,401

GLASS GOB WEIGHT CONTROL ASSEMBLY FOR A GLASSWARE MOLDING MACHINE

Bottero S.p.A., Cuneo (I...

1. A glass gob weight control assembly for a glassware molding machine, the assembly comprising:
a punch for at least partly penetrating a glass gob;
a fluidic linear actuator for moving said punch, said fluidic linear actuator comprising an outer sleeve and a piston that
slides inside said outer sleeve, said piston being connected integrally to said punch and being movable between two limit
positions, said two limit positions being a withdrawn position and a forward position in which said punch is inserted inside
said glass gob; and

a transducer for determining a position of said piston between said withdrawn and forward positions, said outer sleeve being
made of paramagnetic material, said transducer comprising a magnetic movable member fitted to said piston and a fixed member
located outside said outer sleeve and cooperating with said magnetic movable member, said fixed member contacting said outer
sleeve.

US Pat. No. 9,290,382

RAPID DETECTION OF REPLICATING CELLS

Rapid Micro Biosystems, ...

1. An instrument for detecting microcolonies of target cells in a sample, said instrument comprising:
(a) a photoelectric array detector having associated optics to detect a detection area having at least one dimension that
is ?1 cm without magnifying said detection area by more than 5-fold and an optical resolution of less than 50 microns;

(b) an illumination source that illuminates said detection area; and
(c) a computer programmed to receive data collected by said photoelectric array detector,
wherein said data is a digital representation of said detection area, and programmed for image analysis comprising analyzing
said data to detect one or more microcolonies having a measurement of less than 50 microns in at least two orthogonal dimensions,
and programmed to quantify the number of microcolonies detected in said detection area,
wherein said instrument detects a property of said one or more microcolonies that does not depend on the addition of a signaling
moiety or category binding molecule, and wherein said cells in said one or more microcolonies remain competent to replicate
following detection.

US Pat. No. 9,290,379

CHIP PACKAGE INCLUDING A MICROPHONE STRUCTURE AND A METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG,...

1. A method for manufacturing a chip package, the method comprising:
arranging a chip over a substrate, the chip comprising a microphone structure and an opening to the microphone structure;
and

forming a spacer structure on the chip, wherein the spacer structure is formed around the opening to the microphone structure;
encapsulating the chip with encapsulation material such that the opening is kept at least partially free from the encapsulation
material, wherein during the chip encapsulation the spacer structure substantially prevents encapsulation material from entering
the microphone structure.

US Pat. No. 9,290,369

LIFTING COLUMN FOR LIFTING A LOAD, LIFTING SYSTEM PROVIDED THEREWITH AND METHOD FOR MEASURING A LOAD

Stertll B.V., Kootsterti...

1. A lifting column for lifting a load, such as a vehicle, comprising:
a) a frame with a movable carrier and a drive which acts on the carrier;
b) control means for control of the drive;
c) a carrying part attached to the carrier for carrying the load;
d) weight measuring means attached to the carrying part for measuring the weight of the load; and
e) communication means for communicating a measurement signal of the weight measuring means indicative of the weight of the
load to the control means,

wherein the weight measuring means comprises an energy supply,
wherein energy for the energy supply originates from the vehicle to be lifted, and
wherein the weight measuring means comprises a sensor comprising a pressure plate and a gel-pad comprising gel provided below
the pressure plate.

US Pat. No. 9,290,353

PAPER MONEY ACCUMULATION DEVICE

FUJITSU FRONTECH LIMITED,...

1. A paper money accumulation device comprising:
an input unit that sequentially inputs paper money into a space for accumulating the paper money;
a holding unit that includes a support member arranged in a state where a height with respect to an extended line of an input
direction becomes large as being away from the input unit to the input direction of the paper money at a time of inputting
the paper money, and that is positioned at a lower side of the space and holds the input paper money with the support member;

a stage that is positioned in a first position at a lower side of the holding unit at the time of inputting the paper money,
and that lifts the paper money held in the holding unit by rising from the first position to a second position at a time of
outputting the paper money; and

an output conveyance unit that includes a first conveyance unit provided on the stage, and a second conveyance unit that moves
the lifted paper money between the first conveyance unit and the second conveyance unit to an output port in a state of sandwiching
the paper money when the stage is raised to the second position, wherein

the stage includes a notched portion through which the support member slips at a time of rising of the stage.

US Pat. No. 9,290,338

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR DISPENSING MAGNETIC CARDS, INTEGRATED CIRCUIT CARDS, AND OTHER SIMILAR ITEMS

Outerwall Inc., Bellevue...

1. A card dispensing apparatus comprising:
a first card hopper configured to hold a first plurality of cards in a first vertical stack;
at least a second card hopper configured to hold a second plurality of cards in a second vertical stack;
a card carriage selectively movable between a first position proximate to the first card hopper and at least a second position
proximate to the second card hopper, wherein the card carriage is configured to receive at least a first card from the first
vertical stack when the card carriage is in the first position, and wherein the card carriage is further configured to receive
at least a second card from the second vertical stack when the card carriage is in the second position;

a card outlet; and
a card escrow bin, wherein the card carriage is configured to transfer at least one of the first and second cards to the card
outlet when the card carriage is in a third position, and wherein the card carriage is further configured to transfer at least
one of the first and second cards to the card escrow bin when the card carriage is in a fourth position, different than the
third position.

US Pat. No. 9,290,319

CONCEAL TRASH CAN LID COVER

BARENTHAL NORTH AMERICA, ...

1. An article for covering an opening of a receptacle with a removable interior liner comprising:
a lid having a consistent form and extending in a first direction, the lid including a collar integral to the lid, projecting
from at least a portion of the lid, extending in a second direction different from the first direction, and having a length
in the second direction adapted to conceal at least a portion of an exterior surface of the receptacle and an upper part of
the removable interior liner which may be otherwise visible above or on the exterior surface of the receptacle when the lid
is placed over at least a portion of the opening of the receptacle;

wherein the article includes at least one of a mechanical device or an electromechanical device for raising the lid above
the opening of the receptacle to permit access to an interior of the receptacle;

wherein the lid includes at least one rib on an interior frame of the lid for proper positioning of the lid on a body of the
receptacle;

wherein the body of the receptacle joins a perimeter of the opening of the receptacle with a perimeter of a closed end of
the receptacle, the body being continuous at the perimeter of the opening of the receptacle; and

wherein a diameter of the lid including the collar exceeds an outside diameter of the body of the receptacle.

US Pat. No. 9,290,310

RESEALABLE LID CONTAINER

CDF CORPORATION, Plymout...

1. A container for holding contents, comprising:
a shell having a peripheral rim defining a substantially open top;
a lid including a peripheral portion that surrounds an access portion, wherein the lid is positioned on the shell, covering
the substantially open top, and the peripheral portion surrounds the peripheral rim, and wherein the lid has a retaining feature
which bites into an outer surface of the shell to resist removal of the lid from the shell; and

a liner disposed within the shell and having a liner periphery with a flange portion extending outwardly and a return portion
extending downwardly from the flange portion with the flange portion and the return portion extending around the peripheral
rim of the shell, and the lid forming a continuous seal between the liner and the lid.

US Pat. No. 9,290,306

TAMPER EVIDENT CLOSURE FOR FLEXIBLE CONTAINERS

Hoffer Plastics Corporati...

1. A closure for a container comprising:
a spout with a top and bottom portion and a central passageway through which a food product can pass from the container through
the spout,

the bottom portion of the spout engaging the container in a fluid tight seal around an exterior surface of the bottom portion,
the top having external threads on the central passageway,

a cap having a top portion and a bottom portion, with the bottom portion having an outer wall, an open bottom and the top
portion having a closed top, the cap having a central passageway with internal threads,

an opening located in the outer wall of the bottom portion of the cap, the opening having opposite sides and a top and a bottom,
a tab having opposite ends, one end being a proximal end and the opposite end being a distal end, with the proximal end hingedly
attached to one side of the opening and the distal end adjacent to but unattached to the opposite side of the opening,

a finger extending outward from the central passageway,
the distal end engaging the finger in an interfering engagement when the cap is rotated in a cap releasing direction causing
the tab to buckle when the cap is rotated with sufficient force to overcome the resistance of the tab, the tab creating a
visual indicator that the tab has buckled as a result of the cap being rotated, the tab remaining attached to the one side
of the opening in the outer wall after the cap has been rotated in the cap releasing direction.

US Pat. No. 9,290,300

MODULAR INTERLOCKING CONTAINERS

Friendship Products LLC, ...

1. A modular interlocking container, comprising:
a top end section comprising an opening formed by a neck protruding from a top end surface of the top end section, wherein
the top end surface is formed at a rising angle from outer edges of the top end section and converging around the neck;

a bottom end section comprising an indention formed in a bottom end surface shaped to receive a second top end section protruding
neck formed on a second container,

wherein the bottom end surface is formed at a rising angle corresponding to the top end surface rising angle, from outer edges
of the bottom end section and converging around the indention;

a plurality of lateral walls, wherein each lateral edge of a lateral wall connects to a lateral edge of an adjacent lateral
wall, thereby forming a walled unit having a polygonal cross-section,

wherein the top end section connects securely to a first end of the walled unit, and the bottom end section connects securely
to a second end of the walled unit, thereby forming a container;

a handle, with undercuts, laterally connected to a first lateral wall of the container such that a portion of the handle is
disposed across a concave-shaped space in the first lateral wall, wherein a perimeter of the concaved-shaped space is inset
from each lateral edge of the first lateral wall; and

a recessed groove formed laterally within a second lateral wall of the container, wherein the groove is shaped to slidably
receive, in an interlocking manner, a second handle formed with undercuts on a second container.

US Pat. No. 9,290,296

SUBSTANTIALLY RIGID COLLAPSIBLE CONTAINER WITH FOLD PATTERN

Advanced Technologies Mat...

1. A blow molded container comprising:
a plurality of predetermined fold lines in one or more container walls, the plurality of predetermined fold lines allowing
the container walls to flex along the fold lines to an at least partially collapsed state and unfold along the fold lines
to a shape of predetermined volume; and

a locking mechanism for locking, at least temporarily, the container walls in the unfolded state, the locking mechanism comprising
a base portion comprising a living hinge and a slide portion operably attached thereto, the slide portion slidable along the
base portion from an unlocked position, permitting the base portion to flex at the living hinge, to a locked position which
substantially prevents the base portion from flexing at the living hinge.

US Pat. No. 9,290,292

MACHINE FOR INSERTING HONEYCOMB SEPARATORS IN BOXES

BORTOLIN KEMO S.P.A., Po...

1. A machine for inserting honeycomb separators in boxes, comprising:
at least two gripping elements (10, 20) predisposed such as to associate to a first transversal wall (T1) and to a second transversal wall (T2) of a honeycomb and to rotate by a predetermined angle about a respective rotation axis (Z1, Z2); a first rotation mechanism, predisposed to rotate said gripping elements (10, 20) about the respective rotation axes (Z1, Z2); said first rotation mechanism comprising: a crossbar (2), which rotates on a horizontal plane without modifying its inclination with respect to a longitudinal axis (Y) and to a
transversal axis (X), and a connecting mechanism which connects the crossbar (2) to the gripping elements (10, 20), said connecting mechanism being an articulated parallelogram;

said connecting mechanism that connects the crossbar (2) to the gripping elements (10, 20) comprising: a crank (11, 21), associated to each gripping element (10, 20), which rotates about a rotation axis (Z1, Z2) solidly with the gripping element (10, 20) and is pivoted to the crossbar (2) about an auxiliary rotation axis (Z1a, Z2a) by means of a pin (11a, 21a);

characterised in that the position of the auxiliary rotation axes (Z1a, Z2a) of the cranks (11, 21) of the gripping elements (10, 20) can be varied along the longitudinal direction (Y) by means of said pins (11a, 21a).

US Pat. No. 9,290,264

AIRCRAFT SELECTIVELY ENGAGEABLE ELECTRIC TAXI SYSTEM

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. An apparatus for selectively engaging an electric taxi system (ETS) with a wheel of an aircraft, the apparatus comprising:
one or more engaging assemblies drivably coupled to an electric motor of the ETS, the one or more engaging assemblies having
a hemispherically shaped leading end;

a wheel-drive device attached to a wheel of the aircraft, the wheel-drive device including a hemispherical socket positioned
to be engageable with the leading end of an engaging member of one of the engaging assemblies when the engaging member is
extended outwardly;

a first one of the one or more engaging assemblies has a first engaging member with a leading end oriented in a clockwise
direction; and

a second one of the one or more engaging assemblies has a second engaging member with a leading end oriented in a counterclockwise
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,290,236

BICYCLE FRONT DERAILLEUR

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle front derailleur comprising:
a base member configured to be attached to a bicycle frame,
a chain guide configured to engage a chain,
a connecting structure that connects the chain guide to the base member such that the chain guide can move relative to the
base member,

an attachment structure detachably attaching the chain guide to the connecting structure, wherein the attachment structure
includes a first attachment member that includes a first part and a second part, wherein one of the chain guide and the connecting
structure is clamped between the first part and the second part, wherein the first part includes a tool engagement portion
that faces an outside of the chain guide, wherein the first part of the first attachment member includes a shaft portion and
a head portion and the second part of the first attachment member includes a head portion and a cylindrical portion having
an end surface, wherein the head portion and the end surface are located on opposite ends of the cylindrical portion, wherein
the shaft portion of the first part is threadingly received in the cylindrical portion of the second part so as to clamp the
one of the chain guide and the connecting structure between the head portion of the first part and the end surface of the
cylindrical portion of the second part, the cylindrical portion of the second part having a constant outer diameter extending
from the head portion of the second part to the end surface of the cylindrical portion when the first part is threadingly
received in the second part, wherein the first part of the attachment structure can be detachably attached from the second
part, and wherein detachably attached comprises threadingly disengaging the shaft portion of the first part from the cylindrical
portion of the second part and then threadingly reengaging the same shaft portion of the first part with the cylindrical portion
of the second part, wherein the head portion of the first part of the first attachment member includes a protruding portion,
wherein the cylindrical portion of the second part of the first attachment member includes a non-threaded portion that has
a diameter that is larger than the shaft portion of the first part, and wherein the protruding portion is received in the
non-threaded portion.

US Pat. No. 9,290,213

MULTI-LEVEL TRAILER

Stephran Pty., LTD., Que...

10. A towable multi-level trailer comprising:
a front wall, sidewalls, a rear wall, and a fixed roof affixed to a trailer frame;
said trailer frame having a gooseneck section with a hitch extending therefrom, said gooseneck section having front lateral
frame rails extending rearward and front transverse frame rails extending between opposing said front lateral frame rails
and affixed thereto, a portion of said gooseneck section overlaying a front portion of a middle frame section;

said middle frame section having an unobstructed opening lacking cross members and formed from lateral frame rails a front
transverse frame member spanning and fixed to said lateral frame rails and a rear transverse frame member spanning and fixed
to said lateral frame rails opposite said front transverse frame member, said front transverse frame member, said lateral
frame rails, and said rear transverse frame member forming a perimeter circumscribing said unobstructed opening, said middle
frame section having a top surface and an oppositely located bottom surface, said middle frame section having a support member
extending partially inwardly into said unobstructed opening;

said trailer frame having a rear section with rear lateral frame rails affixed to said rear transverse frame member;
an axle affixed to said rear section to support said trailer;
a middle floor circumscribed by said perimeter and located below a top surface of said middle frame section, said floor overlaying
said support member;

a rear floor affixed to said rear section and an upper rear floor located intermediate to said rear floor and said roof; and
an upper floor overlaying said middle floor and spaced therefrom to create a lower living space between said upper and middle
floor, said upper floor creating an upper living space between said roof and said upper floor, a portion of said upper living
space overlaying said gooseneck section, said upper floor located at a higher level than said upper rear floor.

US Pat. No. 9,290,209

VEHICLE BODY LOWER STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle body lower structure comprising:
a floor panel of a vehicle body;
a cross member extending in a vehicle width direction on the floor panel;
a pillar extending in a vertical direction; and
a coupling member that couples the cross member and the pillar to each other, wherein
the coupling member has
a first extension portion that is extended along the vertical direction,
a second extension portion that is extended from an upper end of the first extension portion in a direction toward a center
axis of the pillar, and is connected to the pillar in the vehicle width direction, the direction being either a forward direction
of the vehicle body or a rearward direction of the vehicle body, and

a leg portion that is fixed to an upper face of a rocker of the vehicle body,
the coupling member has an L-shaped cross-section in a side view of the vehicle body lower structure,
a ridgeline of the coupling member that extends from the cross member toward the pillar is formed between the first extension
portion and the second extension portion,

the first extension portion is located only on one of a vehicle body front side of the pillar and a vehicle body rear side
of the pillar, and

the second extension portion is extended at least from the upper end of the first extension portion to the center axis of
the pillar.

US Pat. No. 9,290,181

DETECTING AND RESPONDING TO TAILGATERS

Google Inc., Mountain Vi...

1. A method comprising:
detecting, by one or more processors associated with a first vehicle, a second vehicle driving behind the first vehicle and
in a same lane as the first vehicle;

detecting, by the one or more processors, a third vehicle driving in front of the first vehicle and in the same lane as the
first vehicle;

determining, by the one or more processors, a threshold tailgating value according to a threshold function having a first
term that is dependent upon a current speed of the first vehicle and a second term that is independent of the current speed
of the first vehicle;

determining, by the one or more processors, whether the second vehicle is within the threshold tailgating value of the first
vehicle;

when the second vehicle is within the threshold tailgating value, determining, by the one or more processors, a difference
value between the threshold tailgating distance and a difference between the locations of the second vehicle and the first
vehicle;

adjusting, by the one or more processors, a distance between the first vehicle and the third vehicle based on the difference
in distance.

US Pat. No. 9,290,165

VEHICLE LOADING BASED VEHICLE DYNAMIC AND SAFETY RELATED CHARACTERISTIC ADJUSTING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of controlling an automotive vehicle having an associated center of gravity, the method comprising the steps of:
determining, in a controller, an added mass, onboard the vehicle in response to sensor signal information and relative to
a known vehicle mass;

determining, in a controller, a change in the associated center of gravity as caused by the added mass;
controlling the automotive vehicle by adjusting at least one vehicle characteristic in response to the added mass and the
change in the associated center of gravity.

US Pat. No. 9,289,952

SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING AND REPAIRING PLASTIC COMPOSITE COMPONENTS

1. System for producing and repairing plastic composite components with a laminate structure comprising a fibre woven blank
having a defined fabric orientation, which is enclosed in a translucent or transparent processing sleeve,
wherein
the fibre woven blank is mounted indirectly in the processing sleeve, pre-fabricated, completely surrounded by a safety sleeve,
protected from environmental influences, smoothed and secured against turning, wherein only the safety sleeve together with
fibre woven blank is completely surrounded by the processing sleeve.

US Pat. No. 9,289,948

RECEPTACLE WITH MOUNT FEATURE

TI Automotive Technology ...

1. An apparatus for forming a molded receptacle, comprising:
a mold having mold sections movable between two positions to define an open position of the mold and a closed position of
the mold, defining a forming surface against which the receptacle is formed, and having a recessed area that defines part
of the forming surface;

a secondary forming feature carried by at least one of the mold sections and having a body movable relative to at least one
mold section and having a head that defines part of the forming surface of the mold against which a portion of the receptacle
is formed, the head facing the recessed area and movable from a first position retracted from the recessed area and a second
position advanced adjacent to the recessed area to form a portion of the receptacle; and

a pin carried by the secondary forming feature, the pin being movable relative to the body between a first position and a
second position wherein an end of the pin extends beyond the body, wherein the secondary forming feature includes a housing
carried by a mold section, an actuator that moves the body relative to the mold section to which the housing is fixed and
is carried by the housing, and a second actuator that moves the pin relative to the body and wherein said second actuator
is carried by the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,289,919

APPARATUS FOR THE PRETREATMENT AND SUBSEQUENT PLASTIFICATION OR AGGLOMERATION OF PLASTICS

EREMA ENGINEERING RECYCLI...

1. An apparatus for the pretreatment and subsequent plastification or agglomeration of plastics with a container (1) for the material to be processed, where the container has at least one mixing and/or comminution implement (3) which rotates around an axis (10) of rotation and which is intended for the mixing, heating and optionally comminution of the plastics material,
where an aperture (8) through which the pretreated plastics material can be removed from the interior of the container (1) is formed in a side wall (9) of the container (1) in the region of the level of a lowest, mixing and/or comminution implement (3) that is closest to a base of the container,

where at least one extruder or compressor (5) is provided to receive the pretreated material, and has at least one screw (6) which rotates in a housing (16) and which has compressing, plastifying or agglomerating action, where the housing (16) has, located at its end (7) or in its jacket wall, an intake aperture (80) for the material to be received by the screw (6), and there is connection between the intake aperture (80) and the aperture (8), wherein

the imaginary continuation of the central longitudinal axis (15) of the extruder (5) or of the screw (6) closest to the intake aperture (80), in a direction opposite to the direction (17) of conveying of the extruder (5), passes, and does not intersect, the axis (10) of rotation, there being, on the outflow side or in the direction (12) of rotation or of movement of the mixing and/or comminution implement (3), an offset distance (18) between the longitudinal axis (15) of the extruder (5) or of the screw (6) closest to the intake aperture (80), and a radius (11) of the container (1) that is parallel to the longitudinal axis (15) and that proceeds outwards from the axis (10) of rotation of the mixing and/or comminution implement (3) in the conveying direction (17) of the extruder (5),

and that the ratio of the length (L) of the screw (6), measured from an edge (20?) of the intake aperture (80) situated downstream in the direction of conveying of the screw (6), or from the point (20) of the intake aperture (80) situated furthest downstream, to the end of the screw (6) or to a first melt discharge aperture (30) in the housing (16), situated furthest upstream in relation to the conveying direction of the screw (6) at the end (31) of the screw (6) that is distal, remote from the container, to the nominal diameter (d) of the screw (6) is ?7,

and that the compressing format of the screw (6) begins only from a distance (A) of more than 1.5 times the diameter (d) of the screw (6), measured from the edge (20?) situated downstream in the conveying direction of the screw (6) or from the point (20) of the intake aperture (80) situated furthest downstream, where the beginning of the compressing format of the screw (6) is the point at which the helix angle of the screw (6) is for the first time ?1° , where the design of the screw (6) in the region in front of the beginning of the compressing format is substantially compressionless or decompressing and
the helix angle is <1°, where the helix angle is the angle between the central longitudinal axis (15) of the screw (6) or parallel thereto and a straight line or curve drawn through the respectively lowest points of each screw channel.

US Pat. No. 9,289,880

METHOD FOR SETTING SHOT-PEENING PROCESS CONDITION

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A method for setting a shot peening process condition comprising:
obtaining, for each of a plurality of peening conditions for a first combination as a combination of a shot peening processing
apparatus and media, a saturation time based on a saturation curve indicating a change in an arc height value of an Almen
strip with respect to a projection time, each of said plurality of peening conditions specifying values of condition factors;

determining optimum values of said condition factors of a first optimum peening condition corresponding to said first combination
from said plurality of peening conditions based on said saturation time; and

determining a spot movement condition based on a relation between a projection time of said media and an area or a width of
a region of a test piece, where a dimpled area rate is saturated,

wherein said condition factors of said plurality of peening conditions include:
a first condition factor; and
a second condition factor;
wherein said plurality of peening conditions includes:
a first peening condition;
a second peening condition different from said first peening condition in only said value of said first condition factor;
a third peening condition; and
a fourth peening condition different from said third peening condition in only said value of said second condition factor;
wherein said determining said optimum values of said condition factors of said first optimum peening condition based on said
saturation time includes:

determining said optimum value of said first condition factor in said first optimum peening condition based on a first saturation
time under said first peening condition and a second saturation time under said second peening condition; and

determining said optimum value of said second condition factor in said first optimum peening condition based on a third saturation
time under said third peening condition and a fourth saturation time under said fourth peening condition;

wherein said shot peening processing apparatus projects said media from a nozzle by using air; and
wherein said first condition factor and said second condition factor are two of a flow rate of said media, a pressure of said
air, an inner diameter of said nozzle, and a movement speed of said nozzle.

US Pat. No. 9,289,828

BALL SCREW AND A METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

NTN Corporation, Osaka-s...

1. A ball screw comprising:
a nut formed with a helical ball rolling groove on its inner circumference;
a screw shaft formed with a helical ball rolling groove on its outer circumference, said shaft inserted into the nut;
a number of balls rollably contained within a ball rolling passage formed by oppositely arranged helical ball rolling grooves
of the nut and the screw shaft, respectively; and

the nut is made of case hardened steel, and that the ball rolling groove, a shoulder and a transition portion continuous with
the ball rolling groove and shoulder, are cut by a single universal turning tool with a cutting edge so that the ball rolling
groove shoulder and transition portion has a continuous point-cut surface, the universal turning tool cutting edge has a nose
radius (R2) smaller than a radius (R1) of curvature of the ball rolling groove, the shoulder is cut by the same portion of the universal turning tool as that used
for point-cutting of the ball rolling groove, the center of the curvature (O) of the shoulder is positioned on an extension
of the nose radius (R2) by shifting a moving path of the universal tool several times during movement of the universal turning tool along a central
locus (L) of the nose radius (R2) of the cutting edge, this enables one step point cutting by the same universal turning tool to cut the transition portion
continuous with and between the ball rolling groove and shoulder during forming of the shoulder to form the shoulder with
a circular arc configuration with a radius of curvature (r) different than (R1) and (R2), the shoulder and transition portion provides smooth circulation of the balls, the ball rolling groove and shoulder have
a surface hardened by vacuum carburizing hardening, the shoulder and transition portion provide a curvature on the ball rolling
groove that provide clearance for ejected media, during a shot blasting process, so that the media can be ejected in a single
direction contacting the entire ball rolling groove so that the single shot blasting is used to provide the same surface characteristic
across the entire ball rolling groove, this increases operability, and reduces manufacturing cost.

US Pat. No. 9,289,783

NOZZLE ADJUSTMENT MEMBER FOR SPRINKLER

YUAN-MEI CORP., Taichung...

1. A nozzle adjustment member for a sprinkler comprising:
a hollow pipe having at least two rows of a plurality of holes disposed on a top thereof, wherein said hollow pipe comprises
a top stage and a plurality of nozzle tubes, wherein two rows of said holes are formed at said top stage, wherein said hollow
pipe further comprises two pivot supports upwardly protruded from two diagonal corners of said to stage, wherein each of said
Pivot supports has an aligned hole aligned with one of said holes at each row, such that when said nozzle tubes upwardly pass
through said holes on said top stage respectively, two of said nozzle tubes further pass through said aligned holes of said
pivot supports respectively;

a nozzle cover fastened and integrated with said hollow pipe and having at least two rows of long through holes positioned
over said plurality of nozzle tubes and arranged on a top thereof; and

two adjustment pieces each having a pivot hole formed at one end, a control part formed an opposed end, and a plurality of
guiding openings spacedly formed between said Pivot hole and said control part, wherein said pivot supports are coupled at
said pivot holes of said adjustment pieces respectively, wherein said nozzle tubes further upwardly pass through said guiding
openings of said adjustment pieces respectively, wherein said two nozzle tubes further pass through said Pivot holes of said
adjustment pieces from said aligned holes of said pivot supports respectively;

wherein when each of said adjustment pieces is independently and pivotally swung around said pivot hole as a static pivot
via said control part, said plurality of nozzle tubes at each row are driven to synchronously move and tilt at different angles
both in transverse and longitudinal directions so as to provide various sprinkling patterns.

US Pat. No. 9,289,777

PULSED INDUCTION SYSTEM FOR FLUIDS TO A COMBUSTION CHAMBER

CARBON REDUCTION SOLUTION...

1. An apparatus for magnetic pre-treating a first flow of fluid (11) or a second flow of fluid (12) in one or more supply pipes (1, 1?) for air or fuel (12, 11) to a combustion chamber (61), comprising:
a voltage source (3);

a supply pipe (1, 1?) through which a flow of fluid (11, 12) with a flow velocity flows in a first direction to the combustion chamber (61), the flow of fluid (11, 12) being one of the group consisting of the first flow of fluid (11) and the second flow of fluid (12);

at least two electromagnets (2) located on the supply pipe (1, 1?) and arranged with mutual separations along the first direction,

each said electromagnet (2) comprising an electrical coil (21) provided with energy from the voltage source (3), each said electromagnet (2) inducing a magnetic field (22) extending into the supply pipe (1, 1?) and transversally through said fluid (11, 12),

each said magnetic field (22) having a magnetic field reach in a direction transverse through said fluid (11, 12) that is opposite a transverse direction of an immediately adjacent one of said magnetic fields (22) such that the direction of said magnetic fields (22) alternate through said fluid (11, 12) from one magnetic field (22) to the immediately adjacent magnetic field (22);

an electrical pulse generator (4) provided with voltage from said voltage source (3), said electrical pulse generator (4) configured to generate electrical pulses (P) to said electrical coils (21), the generated electrical pulses (P) defining a pulse train of electrical pulses, each electrical pulse having a time duration;

a sensor (62) that senses the flow velocity of the fluid (11, 12) and produce sensor signals (63) relating to the flow velocity of the fluid (11, 12);

a control unit (41) operatively connected to said sensor (62) to receive the sensor signals (63) from said sensor (62), the control unit (41) utilizing the received sensor signals (63) to produce control signals (42) that control said pulse generator (4) and regulate the electrical pulses (P) to be generated in the pulse generator (4) to control and operate the electrical coil (21) of each said electromagnet (2) such that each electrical pulse of the pulse train causes the electrical coil (21) of a respective one of the electromagnets (2) to induce, during the time duration of each electrical pulse, a respective one of the magnetic fields (22) to encompass a first fluid volume (u) of the fluid, with the induced one magnetic field (22) collapsing at an end of the time duration of each electrical pulse, the produced control signals (42) being adjusted based on the flow velocity of the fluid (11, 12) as indicated by the produced sensor signals (63) of the sensor (62), and

wherein the control unit (41) is programmed to provide the control signals (42) to the electrical pulse generator (4) to control the electrical pulse generator (4) to provide said electrical pulses (P) according to the flow velocity that the flow of fluid (11, 12) so that i) after a first electrical pulse of the pulse train causes the first fluid volume (u) to have been subjected to
a first said magnetic field (22) from a first one of the electromagnets (2), the first said magnetic field (22) collapses and the first fluid volume then travels to the magnetic field reach of a subsequent adjacent, second one of the
two or more electromagnets (2), and ii) a second electrical pulse of the pulse train is provided when the first fluid volume arrives at the magnetic field
reach of the adjacent, second one of the electromagnets (2), the second electrical pulse causing the first fluid volume (u) to be subjected to a second said magnetic field (22) from the second one of the two or more electromagnets (2) during the time duration of the second electrical pulse.

US Pat. No. 9,289,775

DISCHARGE GRATE ASSEMBLY

Polycorp Ltd., Elora, On...

1. A grinding mill comprising a shell defining a mill shell chamber therein rotatable in a predetermined direction about a
central axis thereof to produce a slurry including liquid and particles from a charge located in the mill shell chamber, the
grinding mill comprising:
a discharge end wall attached to the shell, the discharge end wall extending between an outer edge thereof connected to the
shell and an inner edge at least partially defining a central opening in the discharge end wall;

a plurality of pulp lifter chambers at least partially defined by the discharge end wall; and
a plurality of discharge grate assemblies, each said discharge grate assembly being positioned to at least partially control
flow of slurry into each said pulp lifter chamber respectively;

each said discharge grate assembly being rotatable in the predetermined direction between a lowered condition, in which the
slurry is flowable through at least part of the discharge grate assembly, and a raised condition, in which the discharge grate
assembly is positioned above the charge;

each said discharge grate assembly comprising:
a body comprising a plurality of apertures for permitting the slurry to flow from the mill shell chamber into the pulp lifter
chamber therefor; and

a shroud comprising a plurality of cover elements and a plurality of openings between the cover elements, the shroud being
movable relative to the body between an open position, in which the openings are at least partially aligned with at least
preselected ones of the apertures to permit the slurry to flow therethrough into at least one pulp lifter chamber, and a closed
position, in which the cover elements are at least partially aligned with at least predetermined ones of the apertures, to
at least partially prevent the slurry flowing through the apertures.

US Pat. No. 9,289,765

MICRO-FLUIDIC DEVICE AND SAMPLE TESTING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A microfluidic device comprising:
at least one reaction chamber which contains a reagent capable of reacting with a sample;
a distribution channel through which the sample is provided to the at least one reaction chamber;
an inlet channel through which the at least one reaction chamber is connected with the distribution channel; and
a delay structure which is located between the at least one reaction chamber and the distribution channel, and delays movement
of contents of the reaction chamber to the distribution channel, the delay structure comprising a chamber that includes an
inlet and an outlet which are respectively connected with the inlet channel,

wherein a cross-sectional area of the delay structure through which the sample flows is larger than a cross-sectional area
of the inlet channel,

wherein the cross-sectional area of the inlet channel is smaller than a cross-sectional area of the distribution channel,
and

wherein a bottom surface of the distribution channel is positioned at a level lower than a bottom surface of the inlet channel,
a bottom surface of the delay structure is positioned at a level lower than the bottom surface of the distribution channel,
and a bottom surface of the reaction chamber is positioned at a level lower than the bottom surface of the delay structure.

US Pat. No. 9,289,716

SEPARATION COMPOSITE MEMBRANE AND SEPARATING MEMBRANE MODULE USING THE SAME

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A separation composite membrane comprising:
a separating layer for separating fluid components, the separating layer being constituted of polyimide resin having a cross-linked
structure, and

a porous layer for supporting the separating layer, the porous layer having a maximum pore diameter of 0.05 to 0.5 ?m, and
the porous layer being constituted of at least a resin selected from the group consisting of a polyacrylonitrile resin, a
polysulfone resin, a cellulose resin, a fluorocarbon resin, a polyether sulfone resin, a polyamide resin and a polyolefin
resin,

the separating layer being partly impregnated into the porous layer in the range of 5 to 30% in terms of the impregnation
amount ratio (?a) defined by Formula (A):

[impregnation amount ratio (?a){%}=impregnation depth (s)/(membrane thickness (t1) of separating layer)×100]  (A).

US Pat. No. 9,289,689

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRESENTING INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH A GAME

STEELSERIES ApS, Frederi...

1. A method comprising:
receiving, by a device comprising a processor, a first input from equipment of a user representing desirable performance metrics
associated with a video game environment;

constructing, by the device, a game profile in accordance with the desirable performance metrics;
performing, by the device, first performance metric measurements relating to the video game environment;
comparing, by the device, the performance metric measurements with the game profile;
determining, by the device, a game environment quality level based on the comparing;
providing, by the device, a display at the equipment of the user representing the game environment quality level; and
receiving, by the device, a second input from the equipment of the user indicating whether a game session is to be initiated,
wherein the game environment quality level is based in part on measurements of a physical environment of the game, a social
environment of the game, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,289,624

GANTRY COMPRISING BEAM ANALYSER FOR USE IN PARTICLE THERAPY

ION BEAM APLICATIONS, S.A...

1. A particle therapy apparatus comprising:
a particle beam generator configured to output a particle beam having a predetermined energy;
an energy degrader for reducing an energy of the predetermined-energy particle beam, the energy degrader configured to output
a degraded particle beam having an energy spread that is increased with respect to an energy spread of the predetermined-energy
particle beam; and

a rotatable gantry including:
an entrance point configured to receive the degraded particle beam in a direction substantially along a rotation axis of the
gantry;

a beam optic system having a plurality of dipole magnets, including a first dipole magnet and a last dipole magnet, and configured
for beam transport along a beam path to a target, wherein the beam optic system is configured to have a first position along
the beam path where a nominal dispersion at the first position is larger than a nominal beam size at the first position;

an adjustable spread-limiting device, installed at the first position, having a spacing to limit an energy spread of the degraded
particle beam and configured to output a limited beam having an energy spread that is decreased with respect to the energy
spread of the degraded particle beam,

wherein the spacing of the adjustable spread-limiting device is configured to be adjusted to a selected beam opening based
on a selected value reflecting a maximum energy spread for the limited beam to be output by the adjustable spread-limiting
device, and

wherein the adjustable spread-limiting device is installed downstream of the first dipole magnet and upstream of the last
dipole magnet of the plurality of dipole magnets, and there is no energy analyzer between the energy degrader and the gantry
entrance point.

US Pat. No. 9,289,623

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MONITORING AND TREATMENT OF SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER

1. An energized biomedical ophthalmic device capable of residing in or on an eye of a user, comprising:
a body selected from the group consisting of an energized contact lens, intraocular lens, overlay lens, ocular insert and
punctal plug, wherein the body comprises:

an energy source;
a light source configured to emit light for the treatment of a seasonal affective disorder of the user, energized by the energy
source and positioned to direct the light towards the eye of the user;

a biomarker sensor configured to detect changes in biomolecules contained in the tear film of the user and generate signal
data corresponding to the detected changes, wherein the biomolecules are selected from the group consisting of serotonin,
melatonin and Interleukin-6;

a processor in logical communication with the biomarker sensor, wherein the processor is configured to receive and process
said signal data and to control the light source.

US Pat. No. 9,289,553

BONE MARROW ASPIRATION DEVICE

SpineSmith Partners, L.P....

1. A bone marrow aspiration device comprising:
a first syringe coupled to a slideable control arm, and further being in fluid communication with a needle, and further comprising
a first one-way valve between the needle and the first syringe that directs a flow of a first fluid solely into the first
syringe, and wherein the first syringe is connected to a second syringe by a first tubing;

wherein the second syringe comprises a second one-way valve that directs a flow of a second fluid solely out of the second
syringe, and wherein the second syringe is connected to a third syringe by a second tubing; and

wherein the third syringe that comprises a third one-way valve that directs the flow of the first and second fluids solely
into the third syringe.

US Pat. No. 9,289,444

COMPOSITION FOR PROMOTING HEMATOGENESIS CONTAINING QUERCETIN 3-O-?-(2?-GALLOYL)-RHAMNOPYRANOSIDE AS ACTIVE INGREDIENT

Chungbuk National Univers...

1. A method of promoting hematopoiesis comprising administering an effective amount of quercetin 3-O-?-(2?-galloyl)-rhamnopyranoside
represented by the following formula 1 to a subject in need of promoting of hematopoiesis

US Pat. No. 9,289,420

METHOD OF ACTIVATING REGULATORY T CELLS WITH ALPHA-2B ADRENERGIC RECEPTOR AGONISTS

Allergan, Inc., Irvine, ...

1. A method of treating dry eye disease in a patient in need of such treatment, the method comprising administering to the
patient an alpha-2B receptor agonist, wherein the alpha-2B receptor agonist is a compound of Formula I:
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein:
R and R1 are independently halogen or alkyl;

R2 is H or alkyl which may be unsubstituted or substituted with a heteroaryl or aryl; and Het is imidazolinyl.

US Pat. No. 9,289,413

PROSTAMIDE-CONTAINING INTRAOCULAR IMPLANT

Allergan, Inc., Irvine, ...

1. A biodegradable intraocular implant comprising a biodegradable polymer material, hexadecan-1-ol, and 8% by weight of a
compound having the formula
wherein the compound and the hexadecan-1-ol are associated with the biodegradable polymer material, and wherein the biodegradable
polymer material comprises i) a poly(D,L-lactide) having an ester end group and an inherent viscosity of 0.25-0.35 dl/g, ii)
a poly(D,L-lactide) having an acid end group and an inherent viscosity of 0.16-0.24 dl/g, and iii) a poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide)
having an ester end group, an inherent viscosity of 0.16-0.24 dl/g, and a D,L-lactide:glycolide molar ratio of about 75:25,
wherein the inherent viscosity of each poly(D,L-lactide) and poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) polymer as given above is measured
for a 0.1% solution of the polymer in chloroform at 25° C.

US Pat. No. 9,289,403

USE OF MODAFINIL TO TREAT SPASTICITY

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A method of treating spasticity in a mammal comprising:
administering to the mammal a dose of a compound of formula I effective to reduce hyper-reflexia in the mammal;

wherein each of rings a and b may optionally be substituted by one or more of the groups F, Cl, Br, CF3, NO2, NH2, C1-4alkyl, C1-4alkoxy, and methylenedioxy;

Z is >CHSO; and
A is hydrogen; C1-4alkyl; C1-4hydroxyalkyl; a group of the formula —Y—NR2, wherein Y is a divalent linear or branched chain C1-4hydrocarbon radical and each R is independently H or C1-4alkyl;

and pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof;
wherein the spasticity is not secondary to cerebral palsy.

US Pat. No. 9,289,377

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TREATING BODY TISSUES WITH ELECTRICITY OR MEDICAMENTS

Microtech Medical Technol...

1. An implantable device for treating body tissue, comprising:
a housing provided with a medicament storage compartment bubble, wherein the bubble ruptures in response to ultrasonic stimulation
applied to the medicament storage compartment bubble after implantation of the device; wherein said device when implanted
operates without physical connection to the outside of a patient's body; and

a medicament port disposed on the housing and in fluid communication with the medicament storage bubble wherein said medicament
port is separately positioned from said medicament storage bubble on the housing, said medicament port adapted to permit a
medicament to be introduced into and contained in the medicament storage bubble.

US Pat. No. 9,289,353

PEDICURE BASIN WITH OVERFLOW PROTECTION

1. A spa chair for use by a spa patient in a pedicure of the feet of the patient, the spa chair comprising:
a seat arranged for receiving the patient in seating position thereon with the feet presented forwardly of the seat;
a main basin in front of the seat and arranged such that the feet of the patient sitting on the seat are received into the
main basin;

the main basin having a peripheral rim for containing liquid in the main basin;
the main basin having at least a portion of the peripheral rim arranged at a lowered height relative to a prescribed height
of the peripheral rim so that the liquid can overflow said at least a portion of the peripheral rim in the event that the
liquid reaches a depth greater than that which can be contained in the main basin;

a liner covering a surface of the main basin up to the peripheral rim in an installed configuration;
and a secondary basin communicated with the main basin over said at least a portion of the peripheral rim so as to collect
all overflow of liquid from the main basin that is directed by said at least a portion of the peripheral rim towards the secondary
basin;

whereby, in the installed configuration of the liner, said at least a portion of the peripheral rim, which is arranged at
the lowered height, provides transfer of liquid out of the main basin by overflow while the liner prevents contact of the
liquid with the main basin where the patient's feet are received.

US Pat. No. 9,289,340

RETRACTABLE SIDE RAIL MOUNTING ASSEMBLY

1. A patient care bed, comprising:
a frame defining first and second opposed ends and first and second sides opposed sides; a side rail; and
a side rail mounting assembly coupled to the frame, the side rail mounting assembly including:
a rail-receiving member defining a passageway extending therethrough that is configured to releasably receive at least a portion
of the side rail to releasably couple the side rail to the frame adjacent the first or second sides thereof; and

a support rod defining a longitudinal axis and being fixedly engaged to and extending from the rail-receiving member, the
support rod slidably and rotatably coupled to the frame, the support rod slidable relative to the frame along the longitudinal
axis between a storage position, wherein the rail-receiving member is disposed within peripheral dimensions of the frame,
and a use position, wherein the rail-receiving member is disposed outside the peripheral dimensions of the frame, the support
rod rotatable relative to the frame about the longitudinal axis between a storage orientation, wherein the rail-receiving
member is horizontally oriented, and a use orientation, wherein the rail-receiving member is vertically oriented,

wherein the side rail mounting assembly is transitionable between a storage condition, corresponding to the storage position
and storage orientation of the support rod, and a use condition, corresponding to the use position and use orientation of
the support rod,

wherein the frame includes at least one mounting flange configured to slidably and rotatably receive the support rod between
first and second ends opposing terminal ends of the support rod,

wherein the rail-receiving member is disposed at the first end of the support rod and wherein a stop member is disposed at
the second end of the support rod; further comprising a biasing member disposed about and surrounding the support rod between
the at least one mounting flange and the stop member to bias the support rod towards the storage position.

US Pat. No. 9,289,337

WHEELCHAIR RAMP FOR A RIDE VEHICLE

DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.,...

3. A wheelchair accessible ride vehicle accessible from a station platform, said ride vehicle comprising:
a main body having a user access opening;
a wheelchair ramp operably associated with said main body, said ramp having a length and including a lateral displacement
extending at least partially from one end of said length to an opposite end of said length, and extending from adjacent the
user access opening to the station platform, wherein said lateral displacement is a curve along at least a portion of said
length of said ramp;

wherein the vehicle is movable on a track, the wheelchair ramp is configured to extend to the station platform while the vehicle
is moving on the track parallel to the station platform, the main body is configured to rotate between a ride direction and
a boarding direction while on the track, and the main body rotates laterally approximately 45° relative to the station platform
for extension of the wheelchair ramp to the station platform.

US Pat. No. 9,289,302

MOSAICPLASTY CONSTRUCTS

Zimmer, Inc., Warsaw, IN...

1. An implant for repairing a defect at a bearing surface of a bone, the implant comprising:
an elastic support body formed of a body material and sized for implantation in the bone, said elastic support body having
an exterior configured to engage bone or cartilage, the exterior comprising a porous engagement surface;

a bearing body extending from said elastic support body and having a bearing surface configured to articulate against an opposing
bone, said bearing surface having a generally hemispherical shape, and said bearing body formed from a bearing material different
than said body material, wherein said bearing material has a strength greater than a strength of said body material; and

a porous bone attachment portion extending from said elastic support body in a direction substantially opposite said bearing
body and including a porous tantalum structure, wherein said bone attachment portion is sized for implantation in the bone
and has a generally cylindrical shape.

US Pat. No. 9,289,289

SUTURELESS ANCHORING DEVICE FOR CARDIAC VALVE PROSTHESES

Sorin Group Italia S.r.l....

10. A device for anchoring a prosthetic heart valve on biological tissue, the device comprising: First and second anchoring
assemblies that are mutually couplable to secure biological tissue therebetween, wherein the anchoring assemblies include:
at least one first pair of complementary arched portions having extensions in an aligned arrangement to form couples of co-operating
extensions securing therebetween the biological tissue in a linear trajectory; and at least one second pair of complementary
arched portions having integral extensions extending radially outwardly of one of the anchoring assemblies in an alternate
arrangement with respect to homologous extensions extending radially outwardly of the other of the anchoring assemblies, whereby,
with the anchoring assemblies mutually coupled to secure the biological tissue the extensions in the second pair of complementary
arched portions interdigitate and impart to the biological tissue secure therebetween a serpentine-like trajectory.

US Pat. No. 9,289,234

ACCESS DEVICE INCLUDING SHAPE MEMORY DEPLOYMENT MECHANISM

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical access device comprising:
a housing defining a proximal end and a distal end, the housing having at least two surgical lumens and a plurality of anchor
lumens extending therethrough;

an anchor having a collar defining an opening, the collar being movable with respect to the housing from a first position
to a second position, the second position being closer to the proximal end of the housing than the first position; and

a plurality of deformable members, each deformable member extending distally from the collar and being movable through one
of the plurality of anchor lumens, the plurality of deformable members being movable with respect to the housing in response
to movement of the collar from the first position to the second position, wherein one or more of the plurality of deformable
members includes a bio-absorbable barb attached to a distal portion thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,289,223

SURGICAL GUIDE INSTRUMENT AND SYSTEM FOR ACL RECONSTRUCTION AND METHOD OF USING SAME

DANAMED, INC., Charlotte...

1. A system for use in ACL reconstruction comprising:
a surgical guide instrument including an elongate member having first and second ends, a hand-graspable handle proximate the
first end of the elongate member, and a head portion proximate the second end of the elongate member, the head portion including
a curved phalange formed at a distal end of the head and an open-faced slot formed at a proximal end of the head, the slot
including a guide wire entrance and a guide wire exit, the guide wire exit further including a stop member thereon, said phalange
including a notch surface thereon structured to engage the femoral intercondylar notch;
a guide wire structured to be slidingly receivable in said open-faced slot; anda guide wire sheath structured to be positioned over said guide wire and adjacent said stop member.

US Pat. No. 9,289,217

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CIRCUMCISION

CIRC MEDTECH LTD., Road ...

1. A method for circumcising a foreskin of a penis, comprising:
a) positioning a rigid or semi rigid closed ring element comprising an inner surface comprising an inner diameter; and an
outer surface comprising an outer diameter and at least one circumferential groove, around a portion of a glans of the penis;

b) positioning a deployment element holding an elastic o-ring, around an outer surface of the foreskin, the elastic o-ring
being configured to substantially fit around the at least one circumferential groove of the rigid or semi rigid closed ring
element, positioning the elastic o-ring over a portion of the foreskin that lies circumferentially over the at least one circumferential
groove of the rigid or semi rigid closed ring element, thereby applying a compressive force onto the foreskin, the compressive
force being sufficient to effect ischemic necrosis of the foreskin; and

c) allowing the foreskin to fall off.

US Pat. No. 9,289,166

BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION MONITORING APPARATUS AND BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION MONITORING METHOD

NIHON KOHDEN CORPORATION,...

1. A biological information monitoring apparatus comprising:
an acquiring section configured to acquire biological information of a patient;
a storage section configured to store a threshold which is changed with time, the threshold being set to correspond to an
elapsed time from a reference time;

a determining section configured to perform determination of an abnormality of a living body of the patient by comparing the
biological information acquired by the acquiring section with the threshold corresponding to a time point when the biological
information is acquired by the acquiring section;

a monitoring section configured to monitor a pattern of temporal change of the biological information, wherein:
the storage section stores, in advance, a reference pattern of temporal change of the biological information;
the determining section collates the pattern monitored by the monitoring section with the reference pattern stored in the
storage section;

the determining section determines, as the reference time, a time when the pattern monitored by the monitoring section is
identical with the reference pattern stored in the storage section; and

the determining section starts a process of performing the determination of the abnormality of the living body of the patient
at the reference time.

US Pat. No. 9,289,141

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR THE MEASUREMENT OF CARDIAC OUTPUT

Micropen Technologies Cor...

1. A medical device comprising:
a tube having a proximal portion and a distal portion;
an inflatable cuff connected to the distal portion of said tube; and
a plurality of sense electrodes, each of said sense electrodes comprising,
an electrode patch joined to said inflatable cuff,
an electrode runner extending a length in a proximal-distal orientation from said electrode patch, along said inflatable cuff,
and along said distal portion of said tube, said electrode runner being joined along the length to said inflatable cuff and
said tube,

a polymeric underlayer applied on the inflatable cuff and the tube, the polymeric underlayer separating said electrode patch
from said inflatable cuff and separating said electrode runner from said inflatable cuff and said tube, and

a polymeric overlayer applied over the length of said electronic runner and applied over a periphery of said electrode patch,
wherein said electrode runner, said polymeric underlayer, and said polymeric overlayer being in a sandwich format with said
polymeric underlayer being on the bottom and closest to said tube, said polymeric overlayer being on the top and farthest
from the tube, and said electrode runner being between said polymeric underlayer and said polymeric overlayer.

US Pat. No. 9,289,128

IN VIVO FLOW CYTOMETRY BASED ON CELLULAR AUTOFLUORESCENCE

The General Hospital Corp...

1. A method of performing in vivo flow cytometry, comprising illuminating at least a portion of blood circulating through
a blood vessel in a live subject with radiation so as to excite at least one or more intrinsic cellular fluorophores of a
plurality of circulating cells, and flow cytometrically detecting fluorescence radiation signal emitted by said one or more
intrinsic cellular fluorophores in one or more of the circulating cells in response to said excitation.

US Pat. No. 9,289,127

PROBE AND IMAGING APPARATUS FOR DIAGNOSIS

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. A probe to be inserted inside a body-cavity, comprising:
a connector inserted into an an adapter provided in an imaging apparatus for diagnosis which generates and displays a tomographic
image inside the body-cavity, an end portion of the connector defining a connection end surface;

a ring provided on the connection end surface side of the connector, the ring having a predetermined thickness in a direction
perpendicular to the peripheral surface of the connector and being movable in a second direction corresponding to a direction
opposite to a first direction corresponding to a direction toward which the probe is inserted from the connection end surface
side of the connector;

a first cover engaged with the ring, the first cover including a surface perpendicular to the first direction and covering
the connection end surface side of the connector; and

a second cover possessing a first axial end and a second axial end, the first axial end of the second cover being attached
to the ring, and the second axial end of the second cover being attached to the connector, the second cover being movable
in a contractible manner in the second direction, the second cover being stretched in the second direction such that the second
cover covers the connector;

wherein the ring receives a press force directed from a wall surface formed by an opening of the an adapter toward the second
direction and moves together with the first cover from the connection end surface side of the connector in the second direction
toward the first axial end of the second cover at a time of insertion of the connector into the an adapter,

wherein the second cover contracts toward the second direction with the movement of the ring in the second direction, and
wherein the first cover is configured to be broken by the connector's press force directed in the first direction when the
ring moves toward the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,289,125

VISION PROTECTION METHOD AND SYSTEM THEREOF

1. A vision protection method for eyesight protection of a viewer of an electronic device viewer, comprising the steps of:
(a) detecting one of more working parameters of the viewer in responsive to a preset working threshold in a working mode of
the electronic device during the viewer is working on a current work displaying by the electronic device, wherein one of said
working parameters is selected from a group of steps consisting of:

detecting a sitting posture of the viewer, wherein when an improper sitting height of the viewer is detected, the electronic
device is switched from the working mode to the resting mode;

detecting a blinking rate of the viewer, wherein when the blinking rate of the viewer is below the working threshold, the
electronic device is switched from the working mode to the resting mode;

detecting common iris abnormalities, wherein when the common iris abnormalities is detected, an advising message is generated
on the screen display for advise the viewer to seek professional opinion;

monitoring pupil size of the viewer to prevent pseudomyopia;
detecting red reflexes of retina of the viewer; and
detecting an orientation of the screen display;
(b) switching the working mode of the electronic device to a resting mode when the working parameter is over the working threshold
for protecting the viewer from excessive usage of the electronic device by halting a screen display of the current work so
as to ensure the viewer to rest eyes thereof for a predetermined resting time;

(c) switching the electronic device from the resting mode back to the working mode to resume the display of the current work
of the electronic device after the predetermined resting time has elapsed; and

(d) repeating the above steps (a) to (c) to form a loop continuously until the viewer terminates operating the electronic
device so as to ensure the viewer opportunities to have intermittent rests of eyes thereof after each of the predetermined
working times.

US Pat. No. 9,289,119

DEVICE FOR DETERMINING AT LEAST ONE SIGHT PARAMETER OF A SUBJECT IN A PLURALITY OF VIEWING DIRECTIONS

1. A device for determining at least one vision parameter of a subject along a plurality of monocular or binocular sight directions
of the subject, said device comprising:
a binocular or monocular ophthalmological measuring apparatus comprising ophthalmological means for measuring the vision parameter
to be determined, which means are able to emit an illuminating optical beam, and to receive a measuring optical beam along
at least one measuring optical axis aligned with a preset sight direction of the eye in question;

visual stimulating means able to generate a stimulating optical beam along a stimulating optical axis aligned with said preset
sight direction of the eye in question; and

head-supporting means able to receive the head of a subject and to keep it in a set posture,characterized in that:there being defined an ellipse having a first focal point on said measuring optical axis and a second focal point, said device
comprises:
at least one optical aligning system placed between the ophthalmological measuring means and the eye in question, said optical
aligning system being able to reflect said illuminating and measuring optical beams between the focal points of the ellipse;
and

adjusting means able to modify the relative position of said optical aligning system relative to the head-supporting means
so as to bring the second focal point into the vicinity of the center of rotation of the eye in question of the subject,

said optical aligning system comprising first reflective optical means and second reflective optical means, said first reflective
optical means being tangent to said ellipse at a first point in a first sight direction and at at least one other point in
at least one other sight direction of the eye in question, and said second reflective optical means being mounted so as to
be rotatably movable about the first focal point between a first position in which the optical aligning system aligns said
first sight direction with the measuring optical axis and at least one other position in which the optical aligning system
aligns said at least one other sight direction of the eye in question with the measuring optical axis.

US Pat. No. 9,289,106

FLOOR TREATING MACHINE HEAD WITH FLEXIBLE PAD DRIVER

Diamond Productions Ltd.,...

1. A pad driver for a floor treating machine comprising:
(a) a support plate;
(b) a plurality of flexible spokes rigidly affixed to and extending radially from the support plate;
(c) a central hub member mounted onto an elastomeric shock mount member that is attached to the support plate in parallel,
spaced-apart relation; and

(d) connector members affixed to free ends of the plurality of spokes adapted to couple abrasive pads thereto.

US Pat. No. 9,289,096

TEMPERATURE CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD

WOLFEDALE ENGINEERING LIM...

1. A cooking apparatus, comprising:
a vessel having an internal surface for containing a liquid;
a safety device for controlling the rate of flow of a flammable fluid received from a regulator at generally constant pressure,
the safety device including:

a flow control apparatus, free of a pressure regulator mechanism, for affecting the flow of the fluid, the flow control apparatus
being operable between at least a first non-zero flow rate and a second higher flow rate, and having at least one upstream
opening and at least one downstream opening;

a first burner in fluid communication with the downstream opening of the flow control apparatus, the burner being located
for imparting energy to the vessel adjacent an external surface of the vessel;

a conduit in fluid communication at one end thereof with the upstream opening of the flow control apparatus, and configured
at the other end thereof for connection to a fuel supply;

a thermocouple, located in the vicinity of the vessel, for converting a sensed thermal state into an electrical signal;
an electronic controller in communication with the flow control apparatus for activating said flow control apparatus to one
of said first and second flow rates, and being in communication with the thermocouple for receiving the electrical signal
from the thermocouple;

a microprocessor for controlling operation of the electronic controller including determining between manual and automatic
modes of operating the flow control apparatus; and

an interface connected to the controller for manually inputting a desired temperature, wherein the controller is operable
to automatically cycle said flow control apparatus between said first and second flow rates until the temperature sensed by
the thermocouple is similar to the desired temperature; and

the safety control device is free of a pressure regulator between an upstream end of the conduit and the burner.

US Pat. No. 9,289,088

PEELER AND SLICER

1. An apparatus comprising:
a frame;
a blade supported by the frame, the blade defining an opening therein and a cutting edge facing the opening; and
a scoring element supported by the frame near the blade and extending at least partly into the opening at an angle with respect
to the cutting edge of the blade, the scoring element having a scoring edge projecting above the blade to cut into an item
at the angle before being cut by the blade, wherein the scoring element is supported for movement substantially parallel to
the cutting edge, along at least a portion of the blade.

US Pat. No. 9,289,070

CHAIR HAVING A DYNAMICALLY-FLEXIBLE BACK AND SEAT

1. A chair comprising a back and a seat, said back including a back support having first and opposite sides and standing upwardly
from said seat and a lumbar portion against which a user's back is positioned, said lumbar portion being connected to said
back support by first and second attachments that are spaced from and located above one another so as to lie on a pivot axis
that is established between said first and second attachments and that runs in the same direction as the direction its which
the back support stands upwardly from the chair seat, said lumbar portion having a top, a bottom and a curved section lying
between said top and said bottom and being spaced in front of said back support by a gap, said lumbar portion rotating back
and forth around said pivot axis and tilting towards the first side of said back support or towards the opposite side thereof
so that the curved section of said lumbar portion moves into said gap when the user shifts the position of his back against
said lumbar portion.

US Pat. No. 9,289,048

COSMETIC MULTI-LAYERED WIPER

HCT ASIA LTD., Central (...

1. A method comprising:
heating a first material to about a first temperature;
heating a second material to about a second temperature;
injection molding, subsequent to the heating of the first material, a cylindrical-shaped retention portion formed of the first
material;

cooling the cylindrical-shaped retention portion formed of the first material;
injection molding onto the cylindrical-shaped retention portion formed of the first material, subsequent to the cooling of
the cylindrical-shaped retention portion formed of the first material, a dome-shaped wiping portion formed of the second material,
the dome-shaped wiping portion formed of the second material comprising a wiping face arranged on an inside portion of the
bottom of the dome-shaped wiping portion for removing a product from a surface of an applicator, wherein the wiping face comprises
one single continuous curvilinear shaped portion of the dome-shaped wiping portion; and

cutting vertical slits through at least a portion of the wiping face.

US Pat. No. 9,289,039

SUNSHADES WITH SOLAR POWER SUPPLIES FOR CHARGING ELECTRONIC DEVICES

ZON, Manhattan Beach, CA...

1. An umbrella comprising:
a collapsible frame structure comprising:
a cap structure that comprises a plurality of first hinge structures;
a plurality of rigid struts comprising a plurality of second hinge structures, wherein each of the rigid struts is coupled
to one of the first hinge structures of the cap via a respective one of the second hinge structures, and for each of the rigid
struts, while the first and the second hinge structures are mated together, the rigid strut is rotatable about the mated first
and second hinge structures;

a plurality of solar panels, wherein at least one of the solar panels is coupled to each of the rigid struts; and
a collapsible umbrella shade, wherein the cap of the collapsible frame structure is coupled to a shaft of the umbrella and
the cap is secured by a finial to the shaft, so that the plurality of rigid struts are position above an exterior of the collapsible
umbrella shade,

the collapsible umbrella shade comprises an open position and a collapsed position,
when the collapsible umbrella shade is in the open position, each of the rigid struts is rotated to a first position comprising
a first angle between a top of the cap and a top of the rigid strut, and

when the collapsible umbrella shade is in the collapsed position, each of the rigid struts is rotated to a second position
comprising a second angle between the top of the cap and the top of the rigid strut, and the second angle is greater than
the first angle; and

a battery housing, coupled to the shaft of the umbrella, comprising a plurality of charging ports, openings respectively positioned
in front of the charging ports, and a plurality of retractable covers that are biased to cover the charging ports.

US Pat. No. 9,288,993

COPPER RESISTANT, FENGYCIN-PRODUCING BACILLUS MOJAVENSIS STRAIN FOR CONTROLLING VEGETABLE PATHOGENS, ITS USE AND COMPOSITIONS CONTAINING IT

1. A biological material for exerting antagonism against vegetable pathogens, which contains Bacillus mojavensis R3B mutant strain deposited under # NCAIM (P) B 001389 according to the Budapest Treaty.
US Pat. No. 9,292,660

MOLECULAR PROFILING OF TUMORS

Caris MPI, Inc., Irving,...

1. A system for generating a report identifying a therapeutic agent for an individual with lung cancer comprising:
a. at least one device configured to assay a plurality of molecular targets in a biological sample from the individual with
lung cancer to determine molecular profile test values for the plurality of molecular targets, wherein the plurality of molecular
targets comprises PTEN, CTNNB1, cKIT, BRAF and PIK3CA;

b. at least one computer database comprising:
i. a reference value for each of the plurality of molecular targets;
ii. a listing of available therapeutic agents for the plurality of molecular targets;
c. a computer-readable program code comprising instructions to input the molecular profile test values and to compare each
of the molecular profile test values with a corresponding reference value from the at least one computer database in (b)(i);

d. a computer-readable program code comprising instructions to access the at least one computer database in (b)(ii) and to
identify at least one therapeutic agent if present in the at least one computer database for each of the plurality of molecular
targets wherein said comparison to the reference values in (c) indicates a likely benefit of the at least one therapeutic
agent; and

e. a computer-readable program code comprising instructions to generate a report that comprises a listing of the members of
the plurality of molecular targets for which the comparison to the reference value indicated a likely benefit of the at least
one therapeutic agent in (d) and the at least one therapeutic agent identified in (d).

US Pat. No. 9,290,635

POLYAMIDE SHEET SILICATE COMPOSITIONS

1. Clay material, comprising:
at least one sheet silicate; and
at least one water-soluble polyamide,
wherein the proportion of sheet silicate, relative to the entire clay material, is 30% by weight to 60% by weight, and
wherein at least 10 g of the at least one water-soluble polyamide is completely soluble in 1000 g water at 23° C. and
wherein the at least one water-soluble polyamide is a polycondensate obtained by polycondensation of:
a) at least one aliphatic (including cycloaliphatic) and/or aromatic dicarboxylic acid with 6 to 36 C atoms; and
b) at least one diamine selected from diethylene glycol diamine, triethylene glycol diamine, tetraoxahexadecane diamine, tetraethylene
glycol diamine, and trioxatridecane diamine.

US Pat. No. 9,290,418

HEAVY ANFO AND A TAILORED EXPANDED POLYMERIC DENSITY CONTROL AGENT

LDE Corporation, Joplin,...

1. An explosive composition comprising:
a heavy ANFO comprising ammonium nitrate prills, fuel oil, and a water-in-oil emulsion explosive; and
expanded polymeric beads;
wherein the ammonium nitrate prills have one of : (a) a predominant prill mesh size and (b) an average prill mesh size;
wherein the water-in-oil emulsion explosive has a density greater than 1.37 g/cc;
wherein the expanded polymer beads have a density in the range of 0.010-0.016 g/cc and a bead size that is at least 70% and
no more than about 200% of: (a) a size in the range of the predominant prill mesh size and (b) the average prill mesh size.

US Pat. No. 9,289,399

OPHTHALMOLOGIC COMPOSITIONS AND USE MODE THEREOF

LABORATOIRES THEA, (FR)

1. A method of preparing an eye for a medical procedure comprising the step of:
intracamerally injecting into the eye an aqueous composition comprising:
a concentration of tropicamide between 0.015 and 0.025%;
a concentration of lidocaine between 0.75 and 1.25%; and
a concentration of phenylephrine between 0.2 and 0.4%.
US Pat. No. 9,290,679

WATER BASED RUBBER CEMENT AND TIRE WITH FABRICATED TREAD

1. A pneumatic tire which comprises an assembly of uncured rubber components including an outer circumferential uncured tread
rubber strip with opposing ends of said tread rubber strip joined to form a splice which includes a cement between said tread
strip ends comprised of a dried aqueous cement composition between said opposing ends of said rubber strip, for which the
cement composition is exclusive of silica, and alkoxysilane and alkylsilane containing compounds, and contains at least one
silica coupling agent compound,
wherein the rubber composition of said uncured tread rubber strip is comprised of, based on parts by weight per 100 parts
by weight of rubber (phr):

(A) 100 phr of at least one sulfur curable diene-based elastomer comprised of at least one polymer of at least one of isoprene
and 1,3-butadiene and of styrene with at least one of isoprene and 1,3-butadiene;

(B) about 70 to about 200 phr of hydrophobated precipitated silica;
wherein said hydrophobated precipitated silica is comprised of precipitated silica hydrophobated with at least one silica
coupling agent comprised of bis(3-triethoxysilylpropyl)polysulfide containing an average from about 2 to about 4 connecting
sulfur atoms in its polysulfidic bridge or alkoxyorganomercaptosilane,

wherein said aqueous cement composition contains silica coupling agent compound consisting of at least one of:
(1) carboxymaleimidophenhyl ester,
(2) disodium salt of 2,2?-dithiosalicylic acid,
(3) bis-succimide polysulfide,
(4) 2-benzothiozyl-3-(propane-1,2-diol),
(5) o-salicylalicylic acid,
(6) pyrazine amide,
(7) 3,3?-tetrathiodipopanol,
(8) hydroxyethyl-phenoxyacetic acid
(9) 3,3?-tetrathiodiproopionamide,
(10) poly-(2-propanol-1,3-polysulfide),
(11) 3,3?-tetrathiodipropionitrile,
(12) nicotinamide,
(13) zinc and sodium salts of salicylic acid,
(14) diamompdorpsomate salt, and
(15) bisaniline PD bismaleimide
wherein said cement contains from about 2 to about 70 phr of rubber reinforcing carbon black, and
wherein said cement contains at least one of zinc oxide and fatty acid comprised of at least one of stearic, palmitic and
oleic acid.

US Pat. No. 9,290,425

PRODUCTION OF MIXED ALCOHOLS FROM SYNTHESIS GAS

STANDARD ALCOHOL COMPANY ...

1. A process for producing a mixture of alcohols from a syngas comprising the steps of:
a) establishing a catalyst comprising crystalline molybdenum sulfide, crystalline cobalt sulfide and vanadium sulfide in a
reactor;

b) pressurizing said reactor to 100-10,000 psig;
c) passing said syngas over said catalyst, the syngas comprising an amount of hydrogen to carbon monoxide of at least 0.5
hydrogen to 5.0 of carbon monoxide;

d) heating said catalyst and said syngas to 200-375 degrees C.; and
e)producing said mixed alcohols.
US Pat. No. 9,290,692

POLYMER LIGHT-EMITTING MATERIAL, METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME, AND ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENT DEVICE

1. A method for producing a polymer light-emitting material for an organic electroluminescent device which comprises:
mixing a thermoplastic resin having a weight average molecular weight of 2,000-1,000,000 and containing a reactive functional
group in a unit constituting the backbone and a metal-containing phosphorescent dopant compound comprising an organic metal
complex containing at least one metal selected from ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, silver, rhenium, osmium, iridium, platinum,
and gold and containing a reactive group capable of reacting with the said functional group to form a linkage and

allowing the said functional group to react with the said reactive group so as to link a phosphorescent dopant moiety derived
from the metal-containing phosphorescent dopant compound to the unit constituting the backbone of the thermoplastic resin;

wherein the content of the metal in the said polymer light-emitting material is 0.001-20 wt %; and
wherein the thermoplastic resin is a polyhaloalkylaromatic vinyl resin and the reactive functional group is a haloalkyl group.
US Pat. No. 9,289,432

METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR THE DELIVERY OF A THERAPEUTIC AGENT

HANANJA EHF and UNIVERSIT...

1. A liquid pharmaceutical composition formulated for intranasal administration comprising:
a) a therapeutically effective amount of a therapeutic agent selected from a benzodiazepine, a pharmaceutically acceptable
salt thereof or combinations thereof; and

b) a methoxy-polyethylene glycol of Formula I
H3C—O—(CH2CH2O)n—H  (I)

wherein n is a number in the range of 2 to 12.
US Pat. No. 9,289,437

METHOD FOR PREPARATION OF A CONTROLLED RELEASE SYSTEM

CRISTAL DELIVERY B.V., M...

1. A controlled release system which is a three-dimensionally cross-linked intertwined polymer network comprising active ingredient
molecules covalently coupled through a biodegradable linker to, and entrapped in, said three-dimensionally cross-linked polymer
network, wherein said intertwined network results from crosslinking polymer chains containing polymerisable moieties and polymerisable
moieties linked to said active ingredient in a free radical-initiated reaction, wherein the active ingredient is a therapeutic
agent, an imaging agent, or combinations thereof.
US Pat. No. 9,291,535

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR THE EXTRACTION OF VITAMIN D METABOLITES FROM HUMAN PLASMA

Orochem Technologies, Inc...

1. An apparatus for isolating metabolites of vitamin D or small molecules from a non-acidized serum or plasma sample comprising
proteins, metabolites of vitamin D, small molecules, phospholipids and interfering compounds in an aqueous media, said apparatus
comprising:
at least one well having a generally tubular side wall defining an interior well space having an upper inlet and a lower outlet;
a first protein crash frit disposed in the interior well space between the upper inlet and the lower outlet defining an introduction
zone above the first protein crash frit and between the upper inlet and the first protein crash frit;

a first sorbent zone comprising a cation exchanged silica sorbent disposed adjacent to and below the first protein crash frit;
a second sorbent zone disposed below said first adsorbent zone comprising an acidized alumina sorbent;
a second protein crash frit disposed in the interior well space between the first sorbent zone and the second sorbent zone;
and,

a lower membrane zone being a hydrophobic protein crash plate disposed adjacent to and below the second sorbent zone, wherein
the hydrophobic protein crash plate is a multi-layer protein crash plate constructed of at least three layers selected from
the group consisting of polypropylene, polyethylene (PE), polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF), polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE),
glass, and combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,288,983

COMPOSITIONS OF DIBROMOMALONAMIDE AND THEIR USE AS BIOCIDES

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A synergistic biocidal composition for controlling microorganisms in an aqueous or water-containing system, the composition
comprising: 2,2-dibromomalonamide and 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol, wherein the weight ratio of 2,2-dibromomalonamide to
2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol is from 32:1 to 1:2.
US Pat. No. 9,289,499

CONTINUOUS FLOW PRODUCTION OF GELATIN NANOPARTICLES

FUTURECHEMISTRY HOLDING B...

1. A continuous process for the preparation of gelatin based nanoparticles in a reactor comprising a process channel comprising
a mixing element therein, the process comprising the following steps:
A) feeding separately an aqueous gelatin solution at a first rate and a water-miscible organic solvent at a second rate to
the process channel of the reactor to be mixed therein, to form a suspension of non-crosslinked gelatin based nanoparticles
and

B) crosslinking the non-crosslinked gelatin based nanoparticles,
wherein a sum of the first rate and the second rate is chosen such that the reactor has a mixing efficiency as determined
by a Villermaux/Dushman method of between 0.1 and 1.5 and

a period from a time point at which the aqueous gelatin solution is fed to the reactor to a later, second time point at which
the mixture of the aqueous gelatin solution and the organic solvent contacts the mixing element is at most 15 seconds.

US Pat. No. 9,289,507

CARRIERS FOR IMPROVED DRUG DELIVERY

Extend Biosciences, Inc.,...

1. A carrier-drug conjugate, comprising a targeting group comprising vitamin D that is not hydroxylated at the Carbon 1 position
stably linked to a therapeutic peptide.
US Pat. No. 9,288,998

EDIBLE NUTRITIVE COMPOSITE

Medwell Foods, Inc., Mas...

1. A nutritive edible composite food product, comprising:
a protein-containing ingredient comprising modified wheat protein isolate;
a fat ingredient comprising a percent fat greater than 33% measured on a dry basis; and
a liquid ingredient;
wherein the ingredients are mixed together to form an extensible composite material, the extensible composite material possessing
an average extensibility of from about 100% to about 400% such that the composite material can be processed by extrusion,
sheeting or molding operations that require extensibility; and

wherein the processed composite material is a nutritive edible composite product comprising greater than 25% protein and less
than 25% moisture.

US Pat. No. 9,289,513

TARGETED CYTOKINE FOR TREATMENT OF MUSCULOSKELETAL DISEASES

OPTION PHARMACEUTICALS, L...

1. A method for promoting cartilage growth in a subject having osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease, comprising administering
a therapeutically effective amount of a pharmaceutical composition comprising a Transforming Growth Factor-beta-bound IgG
(TIGG) to the subject,
wherein the TIGG comprises an immunoglobulin (Ig) portion and a transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) portion,
wherein the TGF-beta portion contains a TGF-beta protein having at least 95% sequence identity to the sequence of amino acids
set forth in SEQ ID NO: 1, and the TGF-beta portion binds to a TGF-beta type II receptor (TGF-beta RII);

the Ig portion contains an Ig protein with an Fc region having at least 95% sequence identity to the sequence of amino acids
set forth in SEQ ID NO: 2, SEQ ID NO: 3, SEQ ID NO: 4, or SEQ ID NO: 5, and the Ig portion binds to an Fc gamma receptor (Fc?R);
and

the Ig protein and TGF-beta protein are associated via a non-covalent bond between the constant region of the Ig protein and
the TGF-beta protein.

US Pat. No. 9,290,794

MUTANT PROTEASE BIOSENSORS WITH ENHANCED DETECTION CHARACTERISTICS

PROMEGA CORPORATION, Mad...

1. A polynucleotide encoding a circularly-permuted thermostable luciferase comprising a peptide linker linking the original
N- and C-termini of the non-permuted thermostable luciferase, wherein the peptide linker comprises a granzyme B recognition
site, wherein the circularly-permuted thermostable luciferase has increased luminescence following cleavage by granzyme B
when compared to an uncleaved circularly-permuted thermostable luciferase, wherein the granzyme B recognition site is selected
from the group consisting of GRIEADSE (SEQ ID NO:80), KSVGPDFG (SEQ ID NO:81), and GIETDSG (SEQ ID NO:82), and wherein the
non-permuted thermostable luciferase has at least 90% identity to the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO:2 or at least 90% identity
to the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO:4.
US Pat. No. 9,289,538

METHOD OF FORMING AND THE RESULTING MEMBRANE COMPOSITION FOR SURGICAL SITE PRESERVATION

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A membrane for securement to a patient's bone or soft tissue to reduce the formation of tissue adhesions following a surgical
procedure comprising a hydrogel including poly(vinyl alcohol) crosslinked to a second polymer, wherein a ratio of the poly(vinyl
alcohol) to the second polymer ranges from about 75:1 to about 200:1, wherein the membrane has a static coefficient of friction
between about one hundredth (0.01) and about one-half (0.5), a kinetic coefficient of friction between about one hundredth
(0.01) and about one-half (0.5), and flexibility of less than thirty millimeters (30 mm) bend length, and wherein the membrane
is formed into a single, planar sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,295,118

METHOD FOR OPERATING A CIRCUIT CONFIGURATION WITH A CONTROL AND/OR REGULATING MEANS FOR A LIGHT DIODE FIELD

1. A method for operating a circuit configuration which includes a power source, a light diode field switched serially with
the power source in which the light diode field comprises at least two serial circuits which include at least one light diode
and a controllable switch, a control regulation means for the light diode field, and a voltage sensor, the method comprising
the steps of:
controlling the controllable switches and the power source with the control regulating means,
wherein the control regulation means addresses the controllable switch of at least one serial circuit of the light diode field
during a clock cycle for a pulse duration determined by the control regulation means using a control pulse at the control
input of the controllable switch for closing, and

wherein the control regulation means address the power source shortly before or at the latest simultaneous with the end of
the pulse duration such that the power is reduced, namely by the amount of current through the serial circuit, with its controllable
switch at the end of the pulse duration being addressed by the control regulation means for opening, and

wherein during subsequent clock cycles the control regulation means address exclusively one of the controllable switches of
the serial circuits for a period identified as diagnostics period for closing.

US Pat. No. 9,294,934

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MONITORING CONTROL CHANNEL IN A WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A method for monitoring a control channel in a wireless communication system, the method comprising:
receiving a control format indicator (CFI) on a physical control format indicator channel (PCFICH) in a subframe including
a control region and a data region, the CFI on the PCFICH indicating a number of orthogonal frequency division multiplexing
(OFDM) symbols for the control region of the subframe,

wherein remaining OFDM symbols are used for the data region;
determining whether an extended control region is present in the remaining OFDM symbols used for the data region of the subframe
based on whether the CFI on the PCFICH indicates a maximum number of OFDM symbols or not,

wherein if the CFI on the PCFICH indicates the maximum number of OFDM symbols used for the control region, the extended control
region is determined to be present in the remaining OFDM symbols used for the data region of the subframe; and

if the extended control region is determined to be present in the remaining OFDM symbols used for the data region of the subframe,
monitoring a physical downlink control channel (PDCCH) in the control region and the extended control region; and

receiving extended control information regarding the extended control region in the subframe through a second downlink control
channel.

US Pat. No. 9,294,854

INFORMATION PROCESSOR, AUDIO PROCESSOR, AUDIO PROCESSING SYSTEM AND PROGRAM

YAMAHA CORPORATION, Hama...

1. An audio processor connectable to a sound emission device that emits a sound according to supplied data, the audio processor
comprising:
an acquisition unit having an interface configured to acquire:
processed sound data, which is original sound data having been processed according to a content of processing defined so that
determined first sound is emitted under a standard sound emission condition, wherein the processed sound data is acquired
in association with the sound emission device; and

a control signal including at least one of a parameter indicating the content of processing on the original sound data or
information indicating a configuration of the processed sound data corresponding to the original sound data processed using
the parameter;

a connection unit having a detector configured to detect a device sound emission condition of the sound emission device connected
to the audio processor; and

a control unit connected to a memory and configured to execute:
a sound emission condition acquiring task that acquires, from the connection unit, the device sound emission condition based
on the detected device sound emission condition from the detector;

a processed sound data acquiring task that acquires the processed sound data from the acquisition unit;
a control signal acquiring task that acquires the control signal from the acquisition unit;
an identifying task that identifies a correction content of the processed sound data based on (i) a difference between the
acquired device sound emission condition and the standard sound emission condition, (ii) the control signal acquired by the
control signal acquiring task, and (iii) the processed sound data acquired in association with the sound emission device by
the processed sound data acquiring task to generate a second sound, which is to be emitted by the sound emission device under
the acquired device sound emission condition, close to the determined first sound or a third sound defined to be different
from the determined first sound;

a correction task that corrects the processed sound data according to the correction content identified by the identifying
task; and

a supplying task that supplies the processed sound data corrected by the correcting task to the sound emission device via
the connection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,294,818

TELEVISION RECEIVER, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE RECEIVER, AND NETWORK CONSTRUCTION DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A television receiver comprising:
a tuner for receiving a digital broadcasting signal;
a transport decoder for selecting a television program from the received digital broadcasting signal;
an initial setup module, operating within a controller, for making an initial setup of the television receiver by cooperating
with a menu control module and an on-screen display (OSD) controller to display a menu screen from which a user selects a
menu language from a variety of languages as initial setup information and to maintain the initial setup information as being
initially set up;

a network control module, operating within the controller, for accessing a server of the World Wide Web and transmit a language
request signal to the server in an Accept-Language header of the HTTP request when accessing the server to determine a content
language; and

a setup information association process module, operating within the controller, for determining said language request signal
to request the same language as the selected menu language indicated in the initial setup information, wherein the language
request signal is automatically determined when the menu language is decided by the user during the initial setup of the television
receiver, wherein the language request signal is configured to cause the server to deliver content in the selected menu language.

US Pat. No. 9,294,759

DISPLAY DEVICE, METHOD AND PROGRAM CAPABLE OF PROVIDING A HIGH-QUALITY STEREOSCOPIC (3D) IMAGE, INDEPENDENTLY OF THE EYE-POINT LOCATION OF THE VIEWER

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A display device comprising:
a display section displaying a plurality of images intended for different eye-points;
a separation section optically separating the plurality of images intended for the different eye-points;
a travel distance calculation section calculating a plurality of directional travel distances of the separation section relative
to the display section, in accordance with a change in an eye-point location of a viewer observing the display section; and

a plurality of drive sections being driven on the basis of the directional travel distances and moving the separation section
relative to the display section;

wherein the drive sections move the separation section in a direction perpendicular to a display surface of the display section;
and

wherein the travel distance calculation section calculates a travel distance of the separation section in the direction perpendicular
to the display surface;

wherein the travel distance calculation section calculates a travel distance of the separation section, on the basis of a
distance between the separation section and the viewer's eye-point location, a viewer's eye interval, and a pitch between
each adjacent pair of pixels provided in the display section.

US Pat. No. 9,294,724

METHOD OF OPERATING A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Intaglio, LLC, Grand Rap...

6. A method of operating a communication system that can be integrated with a piece of furniture, comprising the steps of:
(a) providing a communication system having a plurality of user modules, a control module, and a display module, each of the
user modules can be connected to a separate portable computing device as well as the control module and each of the user modules
has a button;

(b) receiving a signal at the control module from a first user module indicating that a user has engaged a button on the first
user module and, in response to receiving the signal, using the control module to display content on the display module from
a portable computing device connected to the first user module; and

(c) receiving another signal at the control module from a second user module indicating that a user has engaged a button on
the second user module and, in response to receiving the another signal, using the control module to display content on the
display module from a portable computing device connected to the second user module, wherein users can control the content
displayed on the display module by engaging the buttons on the plurality of user modules, and wherein at least one of step
(b) or step (c) further comprises detecting a plurality of portable computing devices connected to a single user module when
a user has engaged the button on the same user module, and using a priority hierarchy to determine which portable computing
device will provide content to the display module.

US Pat. No. 9,294,644

POWER-SUPPLY CONTROL DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, POWER-SUPPLY CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

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

1. A method comprising:
selectively switching an image processing apparatus between a power supply mode and a power saving mode in response to results
received from at least one detector configured to detect that a person stands still near the image processing apparatus and
that the person moves away from the image processing apparatus,

wherein if the results indicate that the person stands still, then the selectively switching comprises switching the image
processing apparatus from the power saving mode to the power supply mode, and

wherein the selectively switching comprises switching the image processing apparatus from the power saving mode to the power
supply mode in response to receiving the results indicating that the at least one detector detects that the person stands
still.

US Pat. No. 9,294,617

IDENTIFYING A CONTACT BASED ON A VOICE COMMUNICATION SESSION

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method, comprising:
identifying a voice communication session established between a first communication device and a second communication device;
based on the voice communication session established between the first communication device and the second communication device,
identifying, using a processor, a plurality of contacts who potentially is a second user by performing voice processing on
voice signals generated by at least the second user using the second communication device to identify at least one utterance
spoken by the second user and analyzing the at least one utterance spoken by the second user, identifying the at least one
spoken utterance as being a name, querying a social networking system for information of users of the social networking system
who match the name, and receiving from the social networking system the information of the users of the social networking
system who match the name; and

presenting to a first user using the first communication device a list including at least a name of each of the plurality
of contacts who potentially is the second user.

US Pat. No. 9,294,604

SERIAL WRAP-AROUND REDUNDANCY SYSTEM

C-Marine Dynamics, Inc., ...

1. A network system comprising:
a first data source device having a primary interface;
one or more second data source device(s) disposed in electrical communication with the first data source device and having
a secondary interface;

a common data source device disposed in communication with the first data source device and the one or more second data source
device; and

a serial string comprising:
a backbone electrically connected to the primary interface of the first data source device and to the secondary interface
of one of the one or more second data source device(s);

a plurality of endpoint devices each electrically connected to the backbone via an endpoint interface;
wherein the primary interface is constructed and arranged initially as a master communication source for the serial string
connected thereto;

wherein the secondary interface connected to the backbone is constructed and arranged to monitor messages transmitted by the
primary interface and to take over as the master communication source for one or more of the plurality of endpoint devices
of the serial string connected thereto if the secondary interface does not detect messages from the primary interface after
a predetermined amount of time, thereby configuring the network system in which the secondary data source is the master data
source for the one or more of the plurality of endpoint devices of the serial string and the first data source continues as
the master communication source for remaining ones of the plurality of endpoint devices;

wherein the predetermined amount of time is assigned based on a time required for the secondary data source to take over as
the master communication source for one or more of the plurality of endpoint devices of the serial string; and

wherein the network system complies with RS-422 protocol in that one and only one master communication source communicates
at one time with any of the plurality of endpoint devices.

US Pat. No. 9,294,532

PERFORMING AN ACTION ON A SOCIAL NETWORKING SYSTEM BASED ON A CONTENT IDENTIFIER EMBEDDED IN PROVIDED CONTENT

Facebook, Inc., Menlo Pa...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:
receiving, at a social networking system, metadata associated with content from a content source;
generating a content identifier associated with the metadata;
associating an action with the content identifier;
providing the content identifier to the content source;
storing an association between the metadata and the content identifier at the social networking system;
receiving the content identifier from a client device associated with a user of the social networking system;
retrieving the metadata associated with the content identifier; and
responsive to receiving the content identifier from the client device, performing the action associated with the content identifier
in connection with the user.

US Pat. No. 9,294,526

MANAGING MULTIPLE DYNAMIC MEDIA STREAMS

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A computer-implemented method for monitoring multiple dynamic media streams playing concurrently on a client computer system
having a processor, the method comprising:
receiving, by the processor, media information that describes multiple multi-bitrate streams available from a network, wherein
each of the multi-bitrate streams is encoded at multiple bitrates and carries content from a media source different than media
sources associated with the other multi-bitrate streams;

receiving, by the processor, a priority indication for each of the multi-bitrate streams, the priority indication indicates
a priority of one of the multi-bitrate streams relative to other multi-bitrate streams;

receiving, by the processor, from the network at least two of the multi-bitrate streams described by the received media information
and performing concurrent playback of the at least two multi-bitrate streams in the client computer system;

monitoring, by the processor, the at least two multi-bitrate streams during playback; and
upon detecting over utilization of client resources in the client computer system during playback of the at least two multi-bitrate
streams, reducing, by the processor, a bitrate of playback of one of the multi-bitrate streams with a lower priority to a
lower bitrate value so that at least one multi-bitrate stream with a higher priority can use at least some of the client resources
concurrently consumed by the multi-bitrate stream with the lower priority.

US Pat. No. 9,294,483

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MITIGATION OF DISTRIBUTED DENIAL OF SERVICE (DDOS) ATTACKS

1. A system for mitigating malicious network traffic, comprising: a protected server within a domain; at least one Authoritative
Domain Name System (DNS) server of the domain; at least one DNS Traffic Analyzer and Firewall (DTAF), wherein network traffic
must pass through the at least one DTAF Firewall before accessing the at least one Authoritative DNS server, and wherein the
at least one DTAF Firewall analyzes the network traffic attempting to pass through the at least one DTAF Firewall; and a Central
Master DTAF, wherein the at least one DTAF Firewall send network traffic data to the Central Master DTAF, and wherein the
Central Master DTAF sends at least one access control list to the at least one DTAF Firewall.

US Pat. No. 9,294,447

ACCESS CONTROL

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A communication access control system, comprising:
a computing entity comprising a processor and memory;
at least one access control cell, implemented on the computing entity, for computing random input addresses and random output
addresses upon a request of a system user;

wherein said input and output addresses are based on a cryptographic key held by a service facility associated with said at
least one access control cell,

wherein the at least one access control cell generates each random output address using a cryptographically secure pseudo-random
number generator, and computes each random input address as a symmetrical encryption function of a corresponding random output
address and an encryption key,

and wherein the access control cell receives a message from a first user containing an input address and routes that message
to a second users after converting the input address into the corresponding output address using the cryptography key.

US Pat. No. 9,294,431

LOCATION-BASED CONTENT AGGREGATION AND DISTRIBUTION

Facebook, Inc., Menlo Pa...

1. A method comprising:
storing, by one or more computing devices, one or more content postings that each comprise data representative of one or more
content instances, wherein each content posting is associated with one or more first users;

storing, by one or more computing devices, one or more data records associating one or more geographic locations with accessing
of the content instances; and

selectively sending, by one or more computing devices, one or more of the content postings for display on an access device
based on a past or present geographic location of the access device, wherein:

the access device is connected by a wireless network;
the access device is associated with a second user; and
for each content posting selectively sent for display on the access device:
the first users associated with the content posting are members of a group;
the second user is a member of the group;
the second user being a member of the group with the first users associated with the content posting is requisite to the content
posting being sent for display on the access device; and

one or more of the geographic locations associated with the accessing of one or more of the content instances that data comprised
by the content posting are representative of being within a predefined proximity of the past or present geographic location
of the access device is further requisite to the content posting being sent for display on the access device.

US Pat. No. 9,294,428

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ESTABLISHING COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN MOBILE DEVICE USERS

Kinectus, LLC, Boston, M...

1. A method for establishing a communication between mobile devices, comprising:
registering a plurality of mobile devices with a collaboration system, each mobile device including profile data;
determining, by the collaboration system, a match between profile data of a first registered mobile device and profile data
of a second registered mobile device;

displaying at the first registered mobile device in response to the match a first list of user identifications, the first
list including an identification of a user of the second registered mobile device;

displaying at the second registered mobile device in response to the match a second list of user identifications, the second
list including an identification of a user of the first registered mobile device;

providing at the first registered mobile device an option for the user of the first registered mobile device to select or
not to select the identification of the second registered mobile device user from the first list;

providing at the second registered mobile device an option for the user of the second registered mobile device to select or
not to select the identification of the first registered mobile device user from the second list;

selecting the identification of the second registered mobile device user from the first list;
selecting the identification of the first registered mobile device user from the second list;
generating a notification at the first registered mobile device of at least one of a location or an element of the profile
data of the second registered mobile device; and generating a notification at the second registered mobile device of at least
one of a location, or an element of the profile data of the first registered mobile device, wherein the profile data of the
first registered mobile device or the second registered mobile device includes at least one of a location, an attribute, a
status, personal information, a social relationship between the first and second registered mobile device users, a common
interest, current or historical location data, previously or currently selected user identifications, or a scanning preference
or search criteria.

US Pat. No. 9,294,390

HASH TABLE STORAGE AND SEARCH METHODS AND DEVICES

Huawei Technologies Co., ...

1. A hash table storage method, comprising:
receiving a packet;
acquiring a first field from the packet, wherein the first field corresponds to attribute information of a first hash table;
acquiring a second field from the packet, wherein the second field corresponds to attribute information of a second hash table,
the attribute information of the first hash table is different from the attribute information of the second hash table and
the first field is different from the second field;

determining whether the first field matches with the first hash table;
in response to the first field matching with the first hash table, determining whether the second field matches with the second
hash table; and in response to the second field failing to match with the second hash table, storing the second field into
the second hash table;

wherein the step of determining whether the second field matches with the second hash table comprises: determining that the
second field and an identifier of the first hash table fail to match with the second hash table; and the step of storing the
second field into the second hash table comprises: storing the second field and an identifier of the first field into the
second hash table.

US Pat. No. 9,294,382

COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ENHANCING ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method for increasing energy efficiency of a communication device, the method comprising:
adaptively determining a clipping ratio (CR) of a signal input to the communication device based on a modulation scheme of
the communication device;

the adaptively determining comprising:
determining to perform clipping with respect to the input signal in response to a neighboring modulation scheme and a self
modulation scheme are low dimensional modulation schemes; and

determining to perform clipping with respect to the input signal in response to the neighboring modulation scheme is a high
dimensional modulation scheme and the self modulation scheme is a low dimensional modulation scheme;

performing an inverse fast Fourier transform (IFFT) on the input signal; and
in response to determining to perform clipping with respect to the input signal, clipping the IFFT signal based on the adaptively
determined CR,

wherein the CR is determined to be higher as a maximum allowable single amplitude increases, and the CR is determined to be
lower as a power of the input signal increases.

US Pat. No. 9,294,372

STATUS DETERMINATION IN COMPUTER NETWORK-BASED COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM

International Business Ma...

1. A computer implemented method for determining a status of a presentity, the method comprising:
determining, by a translation auditor of the computer, an initiation of a transaction of a transaction type by an entity in
a first collaboration system related to the presentity in a second collaboration system;

determining, by the transaction auditor, a success rate for a plurality of transactions of the transaction type initiated
from the first collaboration system to the second collaboration system;

determining, by a status determiner of the computer, a status descriptor specific to the first collaboration system with a
predefined association with the transaction type;

determining, by the status determiner, a condition with a predefined association with the status descriptor specific to the
first collaboration system and the transaction type, wherein the condition comprises a threshold success rate with regard
to the presentity;

determining, by the status determiner, whether the success rate for the plurality of transactions of the transaction type
meets the threshold success rate of the condition;

determining, by the status determiner, a current status descriptor for the presentity is sent from the second collaboration
system to the first collaboration system, the current status descriptor being specific to the second collaboration system;
and

in response to determining that the success rate for the plurality of transactions of the transaction type meets the threshold
success rate, replacing, by a status translator of the computer, the current status descriptor for the presentity with the
status descriptor specific to the first collaboration system for use in the first collaboration system.

US Pat. No. 9,294,295

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING MULTIMEDIA BROADCAST DATA IN WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method by a base station in a wireless communication system, the method comprising:
receiving a plurality of service data unit (SDUs) from a core network node;
receiving a control message including a plurality of length information respectively corresponding to the plurality of SDUs
from the core network node;

identifying a loss of at least one SDU;
determining a subframe impacted by the loss of the at least one SDU, based on the length information in the control message;
and

muting the determined subframe,
wherein the plurality of SDUs and the control message are received separately.

US Pat. No. 9,294,291

ADAPTIVE CONNECTIVITY IN NETWORK-BASED COLLABORATION

ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATE...

1. A computer implemented method comprising:
connecting to a collaboration session, hosted by a collaboration server, over a network;
evaluating data comprising peer-to-peer connectivity factors regarding a connection to the collaboration server to generate
factor data;

transmitting the factor data over the network to the collaboration server to allow the collaboration server to make a peer-to-peer
connection determination for the collaboration session;

when a peer-to-connection is to be established, receiving, from the collaboration server, peer-to-peer connectivity data to
establish a peer-to-peer connection with at least one collaboration session participant;

establishing a peer-to-peer connection using the peer-to-peer connectivity data with the at least one collaboration session
participant; and

participating in the collaboration session with at least a portion of collaboration session data to be exchanged with the
at least one collaboration session participant over the peer-to-peer connection while at least one other portion of collaboration
session data is to be exchanged via the collaboration server.

US Pat. No. 9,294,280

LOCATION VERIFICATION IN QUANTUM COMMUNICATIONS

1. A method of verifying the location of a communication transceiver at a location to be verified, said method comprising:
using quantum communication channels;
differentiating a first set of signals and a second set of signals;
wherein the differentiating includes using a plurality of communications transceivers at a plurality of different known locations
along with a set of states of particles and applying unitary transforms within said states of particles said transforms having
the significance of ensuring that a random sequence encoded within the said set of states of particles can only be received
and responded to correctly within a certain time bound by a receiver at the location to be verified;

with at least two communications transceivers at different known locations having a secure channel therebetween;
transmitting said set of states of particles, with at least some states of particles being transmitted using said quantum
communication channels;

verifying the location of said communication transceiver at a location to be verified based on receiving the first set of
signals at at-least one of the plurality of communication transceivers, with the first set of signals not having a delay or
content being inconsistent with the communication transceiver at a location to be verified actually being at the location
to be verified, said first set of signals being related to the said states of particles;

wherein the differentiating further includes receiving the second set of signals at the at-least one of the plurality of communication
transceivers based on the second set of signals having at least one of delay and content being inconsistent with the communication
transceiver at a location to be verified actually being at the location to be verified; recognizing the second set of signals
as representing a risk of malicious behavior.

US Pat. No. 9,294,209

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING MULTIPLEXED DATA FRAME

Electronics and Telecommu...

1. An apparatus for transmitting through multiplexing a data frame, the apparatus comprising:
a frame generating unit to generate at least one super frame including at least one slice configured in a unit of a plurality
of PLframes; and

a transmitting unit to transmit the at least one super frame,
wherein the frame generating unit generates a multiplexing super frame by rotating the at least one super frame by a predetermined
phase value.

US Pat. No. 9,294,190

LOW COST DIRECT MODULATION AND COHERENT DETECTION OPTICAL OFDM

BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF ...

1. A method for compensating distortions introduced by an optical channel and by at least one directly modulated transmitting
laser that transmits a modulated optical signal that carries data to a receiving end over said optical channel, comprising:
at said receiving end, receiving the transmitted signal by a coherent receiver;
at said coherent receiver, processing the received signal by:
compensating the distortions introduced by said optical channel by applying, on the received signal, an operator being capable
of essentially compensating for all fiber distortions in said optical channel;

compensating the non-linear phase distortions and/or statistical phase distortions introduced by said directly modulated transmitting
laser by applying, on the processed signal obtained after compensating said fiber distortion, a non-linear operator being
the extraction of the absolute value of the compensated signal; and

extracting said data carried by the processed signal, from the absolute value of the processed signal obtained after compensating
said non-linear phase distortions and/or statistical phase distortions, thereby demodulating the processed signal.

US Pat. No. 9,294,161

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTERFERENCE COORDINATION

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., ...

1. A method for operating an interference coordinating entity (ICE), the method comprising:
partitioning, by the ICE, a cloud radio access network (CRAN) cluster by:
grouping, according to a partitioning criterion, transmission points (TPs) serving user equipments (UEs) into at least one
virtual transmission point (V-TP) to produce a V-TP set, wherein the UEs to be served are preferably offset from a V-TP boundary;

adjusting the partitioning criterion; and
repeating the partitioning to produce a plurality of V-TP sets;
saving, by the ICE, V-TP information to a memory;
for each V-TP set,
scheduling the UEs that can be served by the TPs for the V-TP set, and
determining a merit measurement for the UEs that have been scheduled for the V-TP set;
selecting one of the merit measurements to determine a V-TP configuration for the CRAN cluster; and
causing, by the ICE, at least one of the TPs to communicate to at least one of the UEs according to parameters of the V-TP
configuration.

US Pat. No. 9,294,076

SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY DEVICE AND PULSE WIDTH MODULATION CIRCUIT USED THEREIN

OITA UNIVERSITY, Oita (J...

1. A pulse width modulation circuit for generating a square-wave voltage taking two states at L and H levels to drive switching
elements included in a converter portion, the circuit comprising:
square-wave voltage output means for shifting the square-wave voltage to L level when an integrated voltage obtained by integrating
the square-wave voltage rises to an upper threshold voltage or more, or shifting the square-wave voltage to H level when the
integrated voltage falls to a lower threshold voltage or less; and

clock means for outputting a first clock signal and a second clock signal to the square-wave voltage output means, the first
clock signal and the second clock signal being 180° out of phase from each other, wherein,

the square-wave voltage output means is adapted to: (1) when the first clock signal changes while the integrated voltage is
dropping, shift the square-wave voltage to H level even if the integrated voltage has not yet reached the lower threshold
voltage; and (2) when the second clock signal changes while the integrated voltage is rising, shift the square-wave voltage
to L level even if the integrated voltage has not yet reached the upper threshold voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,294,033

MODULAR, SELF SUPPORTING EXTERIOR ENCLOSURE SYSTEM WITH INSULATING, EVACUATED TUBES HAVING SOLAR COLLECTOR RODS

1. A modular wall system, comprising:
a plurality of thermally isolated glass tubes, the thermally isolated glass tubes comprising:
a glass tubular outer layer thermally isolated from a corresponding glass tubular inner layer and an interior space defined
by a top end plate and a bottom end plate and the glass tubular inner and outer layers,

a plurality of horizontal and vertical connectors;
wherein the plurality of thermally isolated glass tubes are directly interconnected in the horizontal and vertical directions
to form the modular exterior wall via the plurality of horizontal and vertical connectors.

US Pat. No. 9,293,936

POWER RELAY ASSEMBLY DRIVING APPARATUS AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF

YURA CORPORATION CO., LTD...

1. A power relay assembly driving apparatus, comprising:
a first relay unit which switches a connection between a first terminal of a battery unit and a first terminal of an inverter
unit having a capacitor;

a second relay unit which switches a connection between a second terminal of the battery unit and a second terminal of the
inverter unit;

a first switching unit connected in parallel to the second relay unit between the second terminal of the battery unit and
the second terminal of the inverter unit;

a second switching unit connected in parallel to the second relay unit between the second terminal of the battery unit and
the second terminal of the inverter unit; and

a battery management system which controls the first relay unit and the first switching unit in order to pre-charge the capacitor
with the power of the battery unit, controls the second relay unit in order to normal-charge the capacitor with the power
of the battery unit and then controls the first switching unit in order to end the pre-charging of the capacitor, controls
the second switching unit upon a power cutoff of the battery unit in order to form an equipotential between the second relay
unit and the second terminal of the inverter unit, and controls the second relay unit in order to electrically separate the
second terminal of the battery unit and the second terminal of the inverter unit from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,293,885

ULTRAVIOLET TRIPLY-OPTICALLY-PUMPED ATOMIC LASERS (TOPAL)

1. A triply-optically-pumped atomic laser (TOPAL), comprising:
an optical cavity that has a resonance at a predetermined wavelength within a range from ˜230 nm to ˜370 nm;
a gain medium within said optical cavity, said gain medium comprising a mixture of at least one buffer gas and an atomic vapor;
wherein said gain medium has at least one ultraviolet (UV), parity allowed, electric dipole transition in said range that
terminates on the ground level of said atomic vapor,

wherein said predetermined wavelength is resonant with said UV, parity allowed, electric dipole transition, wherein said buffer
gas collisionally rapidly transfers pump-excited electron population between excited n 2 P1 or n 2D1 spin-orbit pair levels of atoms of said atomic vapor;

an oven configured to maintain said gain medium at a predetermined temperature;
a continuous wave (CW) first pump laser configured for emitting a first pump beam having a wavelength ?pump1, that is fully resonant with a first parity allowed, electric dipole transition whose initial energy level is the n 2S1/2 ground level and whose terminal energy level is the energetically lowest lying n 2P3/2 level when the said atomic vapor is an alkali vapor, or whose initial energy level is the 2P1/2 ground level and whose terminal level is the energetically lowest lying 2S1/2 level when said atomic vapor is a Thallium, or indium, or Gallium atomic vapor;

a CW second pump laser configured for emitting a second pump beam having a wavelength ?pump2, that is fully resonant with a second parity allowed, electric dipole transition whose initial level is said energetically
lowest lying n 2P1/2 level and whose terminal level is either the energetically second lowest lying n+1 2S1/2 level, or the energetically lowest lying m 2D3/2 level when said atomic vapor is an alkali vapor, or whose initial level is the said energetically lowest lying 2S1/2 level and whose terminal level is the energetically second lowest lying 2P3/2 level when said atomic vapor is a Thallium, or Indium, or Gallium atomic vapor;

a CW third pump laser configured for emitting a third pump beam having a wavelength ?pump3, that is fully resonant with a third parity allowed, electric dipole transition whose initial level is said energetically
second lowest lying n+1 2S1/2 level and whose terminal level is the n+2 or energetically higher lying 2P3/2 level when said atomic vapor is an alkali vapor, or whose initial level is the said m 2D3/2 leveland whose terminal level is the n+2 or energetically higher lying 2P3/2 level when said atomic vapor is an alkali atomic vapor, or whose initial level is the energetically second lowest lying 2P1/2 level and whose terminal level is the energetically second lowest or higher lying 2S1/2 level when said atomic vapor is a Thallium, or Indium, or Gallium atomic vapor; and

means for directing said first pump beam, said second pump beam and said third pump beam into said gain medium.

US Pat. No. 9,293,863

MOUNTABLE OPEN TOP CONNECTOR HAVING A RETAINER

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A connector receptacle, comprising:
a body having a base, a first side located at a first end of the base, a second side located at a second end of the base,
and an open top above the base extending from the first side to the second side, wherein the first and second sides extend
above the base of the body and with the base of the body define a receptacle channel;

a plurality of electrical contacts located between the first and second sides; and
a retainer pivotally coupled to the body and configured to exert a force oriented away from the base for securing a connector
insert between the first and second sides of the body.

US Pat. No. 9,293,851

ELECTRONIC CONNECTOR HAVING FLEXIBLE REGION

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An electronic connector, the electronic connector being configured for removable insertion into an electronic receptacle,
comprising:
a housing; and
a plug extending from the housing,
the plug including: (a) a flexible region formed of a flexible material and (b) a rigid region, wherein the flexible region
comprises a flexible beam and the rigid region comprises a contact carrier, wherein the flexible beam extends between the
housing and the contact carrier, wherein the contact carrier comprises a plurality of platforms separated by a plurality of
recesses that are recessed with respect to the platforms, wherein the flexible material at least partially fills the recesses,
and wherein the flexible region is configured to provide flexing of the plug up to an angle of at least +/?10 degrees from
a natural state.

US Pat. No. 9,293,693

MEMORY ELEMENT AND MEMORY DEVICE

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An information storage element comprising:
a first layer including a ferromagnetic layer with a magnetization direction perpendicular to a film face and including Co,
Fe, and B;

an insulation layer coupled to the first layer; and
a second layer coupled to the insulation layer opposite the first layer, the second layer including a fixed magnetization
so as to be capable of serving as a reference of the first layer and having a magnetization direction perpendicular to the
film face,

wherein the first layer is capable of storing information according to a magnetization state of a magnetic material, and the
magnetization state is configured to be changed by a spin injection,

wherein a magnitude of an effective diamagnetic field which the first layer receives is smaller than a saturated magnetization
amount of the first layer,

wherein each of the first layer, the insulation layer and the second layer are free of a magnetization parallel to the film
face, and

wherein a composition of the Co—Fe—B is (Cox—Fey)100-z—Bz,

and, 0?x?40,
60?y?100, and
20

US Pat. No. 9,293,608

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A PHOTOVOLTAIC CELL HAVING A HETEROJUNCTION

1. A method for producing a heterojunction photovoltaic cell comprising at least one anti-reflection layer on which at least
one metal track is formed, said method comprising heat treatment to establish an electric contact between the track and the
anti-reflection layer by selectively applying a laser beam on said track so as to generate a heat input up to the anti-reflection
layer,
wherein the anti-reflection layer is made from a conducting transparent oxide, and
wherein the laser beam has a wavelength between 248 nm and 1025 nm, a pulsation time between 15 ns and 300 ns and a fluence
between 1 J/cm2 and 4 J/cm2.

US Pat. No. 9,293,569

BIPOLAR TRANSISTOR

X-FAB SEMICONDUCTOR FOUND...

1. A bipolar junction transistor comprising:
an emitter region;
an oxide region;
a base region located between the emitter region and the oxide region and having a junction with the emitter region and an
interface with the oxide region;

a collector region; and
an at least partially conductive element positioned to overlap with at least part of the junction between the base region
and the emitter region,

wherein said element also overlaps with at least part of the interface between the base region and the oxide region,
wherein said transistor comprises a conducive contact on the base region and a conductive contact on the at least partially
conductive element, the at least partially conductive element comprising at least a first region and a second region;

wherein said oxide region comprises a field oxide region, and the transistor further comprises a gate oxide region being closer
to the emitter than the field oxide, the gate oxide region having a thickness which is less than the thickness of the field
oxide region,

wherein the first region of said element being separated from the base region by the gate oxide region, and the second region
of said element being separated from the base region by the filed oxide region, the field oxide region having a transitional
region with a thinner end adjacent the gate oxide region and the transitional region increasing gradually in thickness at
increasing distances from the emitter; and

wherein the base region extends from the emitter on a first side of the oxide region and the gate oxide region such that it
overlaps at least part of the field oxide region and the element extends on a second side of the oxide region and the gate
oxide region, such that it overlaps at least part of the field oxide region.

US Pat. No. 9,293,546

VERTICAL TUNNELING NEGATIVE DIFFERENTIAL RESISTANCE DEVICES

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A microelectronic device, comprising:
a microelectronic substrate;
a buffer layer on the microelectronic substrate
a bottom barrier layer on the buffer layer;
a lower quantum well on the bottom barrier layer;
a barrier layer on the lower quantum well;
an upper quantum well on the barrier layer;
a top barrier layer on the upper quantum well;
a gate on the top barrier layer comprising a gate electrode and a gate dielectric between the gate electrode and the top barrier
layer;

an upper quantum well contact extending through the top barrier layer and coupled to the upper quantum well; and
a lower quantum well contact coupled to the lower quantum well, wherein the lower quantum well contact extends through the
top barrier layer, the upper quantum well, and the barrier layer, and wherein the lower quantum well contact is electrically
isolated from the top barrier layer and the upper quantum well with a dielectric material.

US Pat. No. 9,293,522

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING CAPACITOR AND DISPLAY APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A method of manufacturing a capacitor of a display apparatus, the display apparatus being on a substrate and comprising
a thin film transistor, which comprises an active layer, a gate electrode, a source electrode, and a drain electrode, a display
device electrically connected to the thin film transistor, and the capacitor, the method comprising:
forming an electrode layer on the substrate;
forming a passivation layer on the electrode layer;
forming a photo-resist on a partial area of the passivation layer corresponding to a first pattern and a second pattern;
patterning the passivation layer to form the first pattern comprising first branch patterns parallel to each other and to
form the second pattern comprising second branch patterns parallel to each other and respectively interposed between the first
branch patterns; and

forming a first electrode and a second electrode of the capacitor by etching the electrode layer using the first pattern and
the second pattern as masks.

US Pat. No. 9,293,518

THIN FILM TRANSISTOR, AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DISPLAY DEVICE THEREWITH

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A thin film transistor, comprising:
a substrate;
a gate electrode on the substrate, the gate electrode including a wire grid pattern;
an active layer on the substrate;
a gate insulating film between the gate electrode and the active layer; and
a source electrode and a drain electrode connected to the active layer,
wherein the wire grid pattern of the gate electrode extends in a same direction as that of a crystal growth.

US Pat. No. 9,293,507

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING THE SAME

SK hynix Inc., Icheon-Si...

1. An electronic device comprising a semiconductor memory unit that includes:
a substrate including a switching element having a buried gate electrode; a buried decoupling capacitor having a line width
same as a line width of the buried gate electrode;

a variable resistance element electrically coupled to the switching element and formed over the substrate; and
wherein the buried gate electrode and the buried decoupling capacitor are formed on a same horizontal plane.

US Pat. No. 9,293,501

PIXEL HAVING TWO SEMICONDUCTOR LAYERS, IMAGE SENSOR INCLUDING THE PIXEL, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM INCLUDING THE IMAGE SENSOR

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An image sensor comprising:
a first semiconductor layer having at least one transistor;
a second semiconductor layer having a photodiode that includes an N-type region and a P-type region enclosing the N-type region;
an interlayer insulating layer including:
a first conductive plug;
a second conductive plug; and
a conductive pattern electrically connected to the first and second plugs,
wherein the first semiconductor layer is electrically connected to the conductive pattern through the first plug and the second
semiconductor layer is electrically connected to the conductive pattern through the second plug,

wherein the second semiconductor layer further comprises a transfer transistor, and at least a portion of the transfer transistor
overlaps the N-type region in a plan view.

US Pat. No. 9,293,478

METHOD OF FABRICATING ARRAY SUBSTRATE

LG DISPLAY CO., LTD., Se...

1. A method of fabrication an array substrate, the method comprising:
forming an oxide semiconductor layer on a substrate;
sequentially forming a gate insulating layer and a gate electrode corresponding to a central portion of the oxide semiconductor
layer;

forming source and drain areas having conductive properties in the oxide semiconductor layer by performing hydrogen plasma
treatment;

forming barrier layers on the source and drain areas, the barrier layer having a first thickness;
forming an inter insulating layer on the gate electrode and having first contact holes that expose the barrier layers; and
forming source and drain electrodes on the inter insulating layer and contacting the barrier layers through the first contact
holes, respectively,

wherein the barrier layers are formed in direct contact with sides and upper surfaces of the gate electrode and the source
and drain areas.

US Pat. No. 9,293,470

NON-VOLATILE SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A non-volatile semiconductor memory device comprising:
a semiconductor substrate;
stack structures arranged in a first direction horizontal to a surface of the semiconductor substrate, one of the stack structures
having a longitudinal direction, the longitudinal direction being a second direction horizontal to the surface of the semiconductor
substrate and crossing the first direction, one of the stack structures having a plurality of semiconductor layers functioning
as a channel of a memory cell, the semiconductor layers being stacked between interlayer insulating layers in a third direction
perpendicular to the first and second directions, and the semiconductor layers having a longitudinal direction in the second
direction;

a memory film provided on side surfaces on the first direction of the stack structures, the memory film comprising a charge
accumulation film of the memory cell; and

conductive films provided on side surfaces on the first direction of the stack structures via the memory film, the conductive
films functioning as control electrodes of the memory cell,

one of the stack structures having a shape increasing in width from a side away from the semiconductor substrate to the semiconductor
substrate in a cross-section comprising the first and third directions,

one of the conductive films having a shape increasing in width from the side away from the semiconductor substrate to the
semiconductor substrate in a cross-section comprising the second and third directions, and

predetermined portions in the semiconductor layers having different impurity concentrations between upper and lower semiconductor
layers.

US Pat. No. 9,293,425

THIN FILM TRANSISTOR SUBSTRATE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE USING THE SAME

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A thin film transistor substrate comprising:
a plurality of pixels disposed in a display area and connected to gate lines and data lines crossing the gate lines;
a gate driver disposed in a non-display area adjacent to the display area and connected to the gate lines;
a plurality of signal pad parts disposed in the non-display area and connected to the gate driver and the data lines;
a plurality of test pad parts disposed in a cutting area adjacent to the non-display area and connected to the signal pad
parts;

a plurality of static electricity dispersion parts disposed in the cutting area and connected to the plurality of test pad
parts; and

a guard line disposed in the cutting area and connected to the static electricity dispersion parts, wherein the static electricity
dispersion parts disperse a static electricity inflowing from the signal pad parts and the plurality of test pad parts to
the guard line.

US Pat. No. 9,293,412

GRAPHENE AND METAL INTERCONNECTS WITH REDUCED CONTACT RESISTANCE

International Business Ma...

1. A structure comprising:
a first metal line in a first interconnect level, the first metal line comprising one or more graphene portions;
a second metal line in a second interconnect level above the first interconnect level, the second metal line comprising one
or more graphene portions;

a metal via comprising a palladium liner extending vertically and electrically connecting the first metal line with the second
metal line, the metal via is at least partially embedded in the first metal line such that the palladium liner is in direct
contact with at least an end portion of the one or more graphene portions of the first metal line; and

a palladium cap in direct contact with a conductive interconnect material of the metal via and an end portion of the one or
more graphene portions of the second metal line.

US Pat. No. 9,293,401

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FORMING A LOW PROFILE EMBEDDED WAFER LEVEL BALL GRID ARRAY MOLDED LASER PACKAGE (EWLP-MLP)

STATS ChipPAC, Ltd., Sin...

1. A method of making a semiconductor device, comprising:
providing a semiconductor die;
depositing an encapsulant over and around the semiconductor die including a first surface of the encapsulant coplanar with
an active surface of the semiconductor die;

planarizing the encapsulant to form a planar second surface of the encapsulant opposite the first surface of the encapsulant;
forming an interconnect structure under the first surface of the encapsulant and in physical contact with the active surface
of the semiconductor die after depositing the encapsulant;

forming an opening from the planar second surface of the encapsulant extending to and terminating at the first surface of
the encapsulant coplanar with the active surface of the semiconductor die;

depositing a bump material over the opening of the encapsulant; and
reflowing the bump material to form a bump recessed within the opening and contacting the interconnect structure.

US Pat. No. 9,293,327

METHOD FOR PRODUCING SEMICONDUCTOR THIN FILMS ON FOREIGN SUBSTRATES

1. A method for producing semiconductor thin films, characterized by the combination of the following steps:
a) on a foreign substrate, a thin layer of polycrystalline semiconductor material is applied;
b) the foreign substrate is heated to such an extent that the semiconductor thin film melts at a temperature above the melting
temperature of the semiconductor thin film, whereafter the temperature is slowly decreased to below the melting temperature
of the semiconductor thin film and until solidification of the semiconductor thin film, and then further down to normal temperature;

c) when the temperature is decreased to below the melting temperature of the semiconductor thin film, the foreign substrate
is heated, wherein a heat source is attached in a planar fashion directly to the uncoated surface of the foreign substrate,
or wherein the foreign substrate is heated by direct electric current passage, so that the temperature, starting from the
contact surface of the foreign substrate with the thin film, continuously decreases in the vertical direction straight through
the semiconductor thin film up to the surface of the thin film.

US Pat. No. 9,293,303

LOW CONTAMINATION CHAMBER FOR SURFACE ACTIVATION

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A method comprising:
disposing a wafer between a top and a bottom electrodes in a chamber;
activating a surface of the wafer by:
introducing gas into the chamber using a gas inlet showerhead;
ionizing the gas over the surface of the wafer into plasma using the top and the bottom electrodes; and
adjusting a distance between the top and the bottom electrodes in response to a measured value of a plasma density during
the ionizing the gas to maintain a desired plasma density level; and

exhausting gas and plasma from the chamber during the activating the surface of the wafer.

US Pat. No. 9,293,238

ACOUSTIC-SENSING UNDERWATER TOW CABLE

The United States of Amer...

1. An acoustic-sensing tow cable comprising:
a cable core having a plurality of power and signal transmission lines encased by an outer jacket;
armor wires longitudinally and helically encasing said outer jacket, said armor wires selected from a group consisting of
metal wires and synthetic fibers;

a first jacket having an inner surface encasing said armor wires with said first jacket extending along a length of said tow
cable wherein said first jacket is selected from the group consisting of polyurethane, nylon, and polyethylene;

a first layer, said first layer comprising contiguous carbon nanotubes partially encasing said first jacket with an effect
of said first layer strengthening said first jacket;

discrete regions containing a plurality of carbon nanotubes with each of said discrete regions positioned on sections of said
first jacket not encased by said first layer, wherein said carbon nanotubes at each of said discrete regions define an acoustic
sensor with a size and shape of each of said discrete regions configured to tuning of a specified acoustic frequency;

at least one electrical conductor coupled to each said acoustic sensor with said at least one electrical conductor positioned
on said first layer and having an end capable of coupling to a tow vessel;

acoustic isolation material disposed between each said acoustic sensor and said first jacket wherein a planar area of said
isolation material at each said acoustic sensor exceeds a planar area of each said acoustic sensor; and

a second jacket encasing said acoustic sensors, said at least one electrical conductor, said acoustic isolation material and
said first layer wherein said second jacket is selected from the group consisting of polyurethane, nylon, and polyethylene;

wherein said tow cable is capable of acoustic detection thru a water column of said tow cable when said tow cable is being
towed.

US Pat. No. 9,293,226

MEMORY TEST DEVICE AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A memory test device for testing a memory device, the memory test device comprising:
a sequencer configured to generate first and second sequencer outputs that are different from each other based on a sequencer
address and a number of pattern commands corresponding to the sequencer address;

a first pattern generator coupled to the sequencer and configured to output a first test pattern according to the first sequencer
output;

a second pattern generator coupled to the sequencer and configured to output a second test pattern according to the second
sequencer output; and

a selector coupled to the first and second pattern generators and configured to output write data according to the first test
pattern and the second test pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,293,206

MEMORY SYSTEM INCLUDING NONVOLATILE MEMORY DEVICE AND ERASE METHOD THEREOF

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

9. A memory system comprising:
a nonvolatile memory device configured to apply an erase voltage for a specific time to a selected memory region in response
to an erase command and to remove the erase voltage without an external control after the specific time has elapsed; and

a memory controller configured to provide the nonvolatile memory device with at least one resume command for providing the
erase voltage for the specific time with reference to a state of the nonvolatile memory device after providing the erase command
to the nonvolatile memory device.

US Pat. No. 9,293,199

PHASE-CHANGE MEMORY CELLS

GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC., Gr...

1. A phase-change memory cell for storing information in a plurality of programmable cell states, the memory cell comprising:
a phase-change material located between a first electrode and a second electrode for applying a read voltage to the phase-change
material to read a programmed cell state; and

an electrically-conductive component extending in a direction between the first and second electrodes in contact with the
phase-change material and arranged to present, to a cell current produced by the read voltage, a lower-resistance current
path than an amorphous phase of the phase-change material in any of the plurality of programmable cell states, said current
path having a length dependent on a size of said amorphous phase, wherein the electrically-conductive component forms a sheath
around the phase-change material, and the phase-change material forms an elongate core within said sheath,

wherein a volume of the electrically-conductive component is greater than about half that of said phase-change material.

US Pat. No. 9,293,185

APPARATUS INCLUDING A CAPACITOR-LESS MEMORY CELL AND RELATED METHODS

Micron Technology, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:
a capacitor-less memory cell including a vertically-oriented transistor and a horizontally-oriented transistor formed on an
active area of a bulk substrate, the horizontally-oriented transistor having a source region common with a drain region of
the vertically-oriented transistor in the active area.

US Pat. No. 9,293,174

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Semiconductor Energy Labo...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
a substrate;
an oxide semiconductor layer over the substrate, the oxide semiconductor layer including a channel formation region, a source
region, a drain region and a region;

a gate electrode overlapping with the channel formation region with a gate insulating layer therebetween;
a side wall adjacent to a side surface of the gate electrode, the side wall overlapping with the region; and
an electrode overlapping with the source region and a side surface of the sidewall,
wherein the region is provided between the channel formation region and one of the source region and the drain region, and
wherein top surfaces of the gate electrode and the electrode are substantially in conformity to each other.