US Pat. No. 10,363,606

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR THE GENERATIVE PRODUCTION OF A COMPONENT

MTU Aero Engines AG, Mun...

1. A device for the generative production of a component of a gas turbine engine, comprising:a frame and a platform defining at least a portion of a working chamber;
a laser for the layerwise local hardening of an initial material disposed in a portion of the working chamber, configured and arranged to produce the component layerwise in a direction of layer construction; and
a movable induction heating arrangement with a first inductor having a first electrical loop and a second inductor having a second electrical loop for induction tempering regions of the working chamber;
wherein the first electrical loop of the first inductor is nested inside the second electrical loop of the second inductor, at least in one operating position, and
wherein the second inductor is disposed on a slider, the slider being adjustably mounted on the frame, and the first inductor is disposed on a carriage, the carriage being slidably mounted on the slider; and
wherein the slider disposes layerwise initial material in the working chamber and displaces horizontally the second inductor.

US Pat. No. 10,363,605

MOLD HALVES WITH METAL-MATRIX COMPOSITE AT FEATURE AREAS

National Research Council...

1. A mold half comprising a mold body defined at least in part by a single piece of aluminum or aluminum alloy mold material, the single piece defining a mold cavity by a cavity surface having a shape for imparting to a part of a molded article, the cavity surface including a feature area comprising a layer of a metal-matrix composite (MMC) formed integrally therein, the MMC comprising an aluminum-nickel alloy matrix having WC particles embedded therein or an aluminum matrix having TiC particles embedded therein, and the cavity surface defined by the aluminum or aluminum alloy away from the feature area.

US Pat. No. 10,363,603

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A COMPONENT AND AN APPARATUS FOR WORKING THE METHOD

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

14. A powder deposition apparatus for producing a component, the apparatus comprising:an annular stack of heating elements, the annular stack of heating elements forming an enclosed chamber, each heating element of the annular stack of heating elements comprising a heater embedded in a thermally conductive matrix;
a base plate accommodated within the annular stack of heating elements;
a plurality of insulating elements interleaved between the heating elements, such that each insulating element of the plurality of insulating elements is positioned between axial ends of the thermally conductive matrix of adjoining heating elements, the plurality of insulating elements being positioned such that a radially inner surface of the conductive matrix of each heating element is not insulated;
a mechanism operable to deposit a plurality of layers of a powder material onto the base plate, the radially inner surface of the conductive matrix of each heating element is configured to directly contact the powder material contained within the enclosed chamber; and
a laser energy source operable to selectively fuse a portion of the deposited layer,
wherein successive layers of the powder material are deposited onto the base plate, with a predetermined clearance being maintained between the annular stack of heating elements and the component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,600

MOLD ASSEMBLY, MANUFACTURING METHOD AND ROTATING ELECTRICAL MACHINE HOUSINGS

6. A method of manufacturing a rotating electrical machine housing produced from a mold comprising:forming a mold comprising a top part, a bottom part, a first side part, a second side part and a center part;
attaching a bracket portion extending from a peripheral surface of the center part to a top part recess formed in an inner surface of the top part;
assembling the bottom part to the center part;
engaging two sets of first and second shoulders extending from the peripheral surface of the center part into first and second side part recesses, respectively, formed in an inner surface of each of the first side part and the second side part;
positioning box-shaped extensions formed in inner surfaces of the first and second side parts, respectively, over the peripheral surface of the center part; and
depositing cast metal in the formed mold;
wherein the first side and the second side parts have a symmetric profile; and
wherein the first side part and the second side part are mounted laterally and externally onto the peripheral surface of the center part.

US Pat. No. 10,363,595

CEMENTED CARBIDE NECKING TOOL

1. A necking tool for manufacturing of metal beverage cans, the necking tool being a cemented carbide comprising in wt % about 18 WC, about 30 TiC, about 27 TiN, about 12 NbC, from 1 Cr3C2 to 2 Cr3C2 and about 14 Co.

US Pat. No. 10,363,591

BENDING AID FOR A PRESS BRAKE

1. A support device for a press brake, comprising:(a) a base frame;
(b) at least one connecting plate arranged on the base frame for securing the support device on the press brake and defining a perpendicular connecting plane;
(c) a drive unit comprising a crank;
(d) a lever linkage system connected to the drive unit and comprising a parallel kinematic system, the lever linkage system comprising
a first main lever arm with a first rotary joint and a second rotary joint separated from the first rotary joint by a first standard interval and
a second main lever arm with a third rotary joint and a fourth rotary joint arranged parallel to the first main lever arm, the third rotary joint being separated from the fourth rotary joint by a second standard interval,
wherein the first main lever arm and the second main lever arm are mounted on the base frame by the first rotary joint and the third rotary joint,
wherein the first rotary joint and the third rotary joint lie in a main bearing plane;
(e) a support plate arranged on the lever linkage system and comprising a bearing surface positionable between a first end position and a second end position;
(f) a first support arm parallel to the main bearing plane and mounted on the first main lever arm and the second main lever arm by the second rotary joint and the fourth rotary joint, the first support arm comprising a part projecting over the fourth rotary joint;
(g) a second support arm;
(h) a positioning drive comprising a rotary drive connected to the crank;
(i) a rocker joined to the rotary drive;
(j) a fifth rotary joint arranged on the part of the first support arm projecting over the fourth rotary joint; and
(k) a sixth rotary joint, a seventh rotary joint, an eighth rotary joint, and a ninth rotary joint;
wherein the first standard interval between the first rotary joint and the second rotary joint is equal to the second standard interval between the third rotary joint and the fourth rotary joint and the second rotary joint and the fourth rotary joint are spaced further from the perpendicular connecting plane than the first rotary joint and the third rotary joint;
wherein the support plate is mounted on the first support arm by the fifth rotary joint;
wherein the support plate is connected by the sixth rotary joint to the second support arm;
wherein the second support arm is connected parallel to the first support arm by the seventh rotary joint to the first main lever arm or the second main lever arm and the seventh rotary joint is arranged along a straight line extending through the first rotary joint and the second rotary joint or extending through the third rotary joint and the fourth rotary joint; and
wherein the rocker is connected by the eighth rotary joint to the crank and by the ninth rotary joint to the lever linkage system.

US Pat. No. 10,363,590

SHAPE CORRECTION LEVELER DRIVE SYSTEMS

1. A shape-correction leveler drive system, comprising:a lower work roll drive system, the lower work roll drive system further comprising:
a lower work roll drive motor associated with a set of lower work rolls of a shape-correction leveler, the set of lower work rolls divided into an entry work roll cluster and an exit work roll cluster,
distribution gearing interposed between the lower work roll drive motor and the set of lower work rolls, the distribution gearing having an entry side output shaft and an exit side output shaft,
a pinion gear box interposed between the distribution gearing and the set of lower work rolls, the pinion gearbox adapted to engage the output shafts of the distribution gearing and to drive the entry work roll cluster separately from the exit work roll cluster, and
a variable clutch associated with the entry side work roll cluster;
an upper work roll drive system, the upper work roll drive system further comprising:
an upper work roll drive motor associated with a set of upper work rolls of the shape-correction leveler, the set of upper work rolls divided into an entry work roll cluster and an exit work roll cluster,
distribution gearing interposed between the upper work roll drive motor and the set of upper work rolls, the distribution gearing having an entry side output shaft and an exit side output shaft,
a pinion gear box interposed between the distribution gearing and the set of upper work rolls, the pinion gearbox adapted to engage the output shafts of the distribution gearing and drive the entry work roll cluster separately from the exit work roll cluster, and
a variable clutch associated with the entry side work roll cluster; and
a controller in communication with the variable clutch associated with each of the lower work roll drive system and the upper work roll drive system, the controller programmed to monitor an amount of total input torque provided by each of the respective drive motors and to adjust an amount of slippage of the associated variable clutches, so as to control a torque load applied to the entry work roll cluster of each set of lower and upper work rolls of the shape-correction leveler and thereby produce an equal sharing of load between the entry work roll cluster and exit work roll cluster of each set of lower and upper work rolls.

US Pat. No. 10,363,588

EXTRUSION APPARATUS

Aisin Keikinzoku Co., Ltd...

1. An extrusion apparatus comprising:an extruder;
a run-out table that supports an extruded material that has been extruded from the extruder;
a feed roller that is provided so as to be able to come in rolling contact with the extruded material that is situated on the run-out table;
a pulling roller that is provided at a given interval from the feed roller so as to be able to come in rolling contact with the extruded material that has been fed by the pulling roller on the run-out table and pulls the extruded material; and
a cooling section that cools the extruded material at a position between the feed roller and the pulling roller and applies a tensile force to the extruded material while the extruded material advances from the feed roller to the pulling roller.

US Pat. No. 10,363,586

LARGE-AREA SELECTIVE ABLATION METHODS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of using a laser ablation system to clean an area of a surface with a laser beam, having a target fluence and a target irradiance, the area comprising scan regions, each having a scan width, the method comprising:using a controller of the laser ablation system to determine, based on one or more characteristics of the area of the surface, a traverse scan speed, a laser-beam average power, a laser pulse repetition rate, a laser pulse width, and a laser-beam spot area of the laser beam for each one of the scan regions to achieve the target fluence and the target irradiance of the laser beam when scanning each one of the scan regions with the laser beam, wherein a first scan width of at least one of the scan regions is different from a second scan width of another one of the scan regions; and
using the controller to cause a scanning head of the laser ablation system to sequentially scan each one of the scan regions of the area with the laser beam at the target fluence and the target irradiance, and wherein the controller causes the scanning head to:
scan the at least one of the scan regions with the first scan width, wherein the scanning head achieves the target fluence and the target irradiance when scanning the at least one of the scan regions; and
subsequently scan a different one of the scan regions with the second scan width, wherein the controller causes an adjustment in at least one of the traverse scan speed, the laser-beam average power, the laser pulse repetition rate, the laser pulse width, and the laser-beam spot area so that the scanning head achieves the target fluence and the target irradiance when scanning the different one of the scan regions.

US Pat. No. 10,363,585

CLEANING SOLUTION, METHOD OF REMOVING A REMOVAL TARGET AND METHOD OF ETCHING A SUBSTRATE USING SAID CLEANING SOLUTION

TOKYO OHKA KOGYO CO., LTD...

1. A cleaning liquid comprising:(A1) 3-methoxy-3-methyl-1-butanol
(A2) diethylene glycol monomethyl ether;
(B) tetramethyl ammonium hydroxide; and
water,
wherein the content [a1] of (A1) 3 methoxy-3-methyl-1-butanol is greater than 40% by mass and 65% by mass or less with respect to the mass of the cleaning liquid,
and wherein a ratio [a1/(a1+a2)] of the content [a1] of the (A1) 3 methoxy-3-methyl-1-butanol to a total of the content [a1] and the content [a2] of the (A2) diethylene glycol monomethyl ether compound is 65% to 95% by mass.

US Pat. No. 10,363,583

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PARTICULATE CONTROL FROM MOVING WEBS

1. A method of controlling dust from a moving web, the method comprising:traversing a web in a machine direction, wherein the traversing web generates dust;
providing a dust control platform positioned adjacent the web, wherein the dust control platform comprises:
an accumulation surface, wherein the accumulation surface comprises a plurality of apertures extending through the accumulation surface, and wherein the accumulation surface comprises an external surface and an internal surface;
an accumulation chamber positioned adjacent the accumulation surface, wherein the accumulation chamber comprises a first end portion and a second end portion;
a collection chamber positioned adjacent the second end portion of the accumulation chamber;
a plurality of vanes positioned adjacent the internal surface of the accumulation surface;
a drive member operatively engaged with the plurality of vanes;
wherein the dust generated by the traversing web passes through the apertures of the accumulation surface of the dust control platform;
accumulating the dust in the collection chamber;
activating the plurality of vanes such that the plurality of vanes are positioned in a closed configuration;
activating a vacuum source operatively connected to the accumulation chamber; and
removing the dust from the accumulation chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,363,582

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SORTING

Key Technology, Inc., Wa...

1. A method of sorting comprising:providing a source of a product to be sorted, which includes of a plurality of individual items each having a multitude of internal and external characteristics, and wherein the multitude of internal and external characteristics are selected from a group including color; light polarization; light fluorescence; light reflectance; light scatter; light transmittance; light absorbance; surface texture; translucence; density; composition; structure and constituents, and wherein the multitude of internal and external characteristics can be detected and identified, at least in part, with electromagnetic radiation which is spectrally reflected, refracted, fluoresced, emitted, absorbed, scattered or transmitted by the multitude of internal and external characteristics of each of the plurality of individual items;
conveying the plurality of individual items along a path of travel, and through an inspection station, and selectively illuminating and irradiating the plurality of individual items with electromagnetic radiation and contemporaneously collecting the electromagnetic radiation which is reflected, refracted, fluoresced, emitted, absorbed, scattered and/or transmitted from or by each of the plurality of individual items;
providing a plurality of selectively energizable illumination sources and orienting the illumination sources along a single focal plane within the inspection station, and selectively energizing the illumination sources so that the selectively energized illumination sources emit electromagnetic radiation that illuminates and irradiates the individual items passing through the inspection station;
providing a plurality of selectively actuated electromagnetic radiation detection devices, and positioning the respective electromagnetic radiation detection devices along the single focal plane within the inspection station, and collecting the electromagnetic radiation which is reflected, refracted, fluoresced, emitted, absorbed, scattered and/or transmitted from or by each of the plurality of individual items passing through the inspection station, and wherein each of the plurality of selectively actuated electromagnetic radiation detection devices, upon collection of the electromagnetic radiation generates an interrogation signal, and wherein the plurality of selectively energizable illumination devices, when energized simultaneously, emit electromagnetic radiation which interferes in the operation of at least one of the plurality of selectively actuated electromagnetic radiation detection devices, and enhances a contrast, as the individual items pass through the inspection station.

US Pat. No. 10,363,580

RECOVERY HOPPER TROUGH FOR VIBRATORY SEPARATOR AND METHOD

M-I L.L.C., Houston, TX ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a vibratory separator having a top deck, a middle deck, and a bottom deck; and
a collection trough coupled to at least one of the top deck, the middle deck, and the bottom deck, the collection trough comprising:
a collection container having an inlet configured to receive a material retained on the at least one of the top deck, the middle deck, and the bottom deck and a sloped surface configured to guide the material from the inlet to an outlet of the collection container;
a discharge end opposite with respect to the inlet of the collection container such that a flow path is provided from the outlet of the collection container to the discharge end and through the discharge end, wherein the discharge end is configured to convey guided material from the outlet of the collection container; and
a pressure differential generator, having a tapered nozzle with an exit end, positioned below the outlet of the collection container such that the exit end of the tapered nozzle is provided directly below the outlet of the collection container and within the flow path between the outlet of the collection container and the discharge end, when the collection trough is coupled to the at least one of the top deck, the middle deck, and the bottom deck.

US Pat. No. 10,363,579

APPARATUS FOR SEPARATING USABLE CROP FROM INTERMIXED DEBRIS

Crary Industries, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus for separating usable crop from intermixed debris, the apparatus comprising:a movable support;
a conveying system on the movable support configured to convey usable crop in a processing path from an upstream input location to a downstream output location;
at least a first separating system on the movable support configured to cause separation of debris intermixed with usable crop in a first manner as usable crop is conveyed in the processing path;
a vacuum system on the movable support downstream of the first separating system and configured to generate a low pressure volume which causes additional debris intermixed with the usable crop to be drawn away from the usable crop by vacuum; and
a collection container on the movable support configured to accumulate debris drawn away from the conveying usable crop,
wherein the movable support, conveying system, at least first separating system, vacuum system, and collection container define a unit that can be advanced over an underlying surface through the movable support to relocate the apparatus,
wherein the apparatus further comprises an evacuating system on the movable support, the evacuating system configured to create a low pressure volume in a space in the collection container.

US Pat. No. 10,363,574

PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, PROBE, AND ULTRASONIC MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A piezoelectric element comprising:a vibrating film;
a piezoelectric body disposed on one surface of the vibrating film; and
a horizontal electrode structure in which electrodes are disposed at a predetermined gap therebetween on the piezoelectric body and extend across an upper and side surface of the piezoelectric body such that the electrodes are disposed directly on the one surface of the vibrating film,
wherein the vibrating film includes a recess portion in a portion corresponding to the predetermined gap in plan view, and
wherein the recess portion is formed in a second surface of the vibrating film from the one surface of the vibrating film where the piezoelectric body is disposed.

US Pat. No. 10,363,573

VIBRATION MOTOR WITH DUAL U-SHAPED ELASTIC MEMBERS WITH FIXING PORTIONS TO A YOKE

AAC TECHNOLOGIES PTE. LTD...

1. A vibration motor, comprising:a shell,
a vibrator accommodated in the shell,
a stator accommodated in the shell, and
an elastic member suspending the vibrator in the shell;
wherein one of the vibrator and the stator comprises a magnetic circuit unit, and the other one of the vibrator and the stator comprises a coil,
wherein the elastic member is a sheet-like spring, and a plane where the elastic member is located is perpendicular to a vibrating direction of the vibrator; the elastic member is of a U-shape, and comprises a first fixing portion and a second fixing portion which are respectively fixed to the vibrator and spaced from each other, a third fixing portion located between the first fixing portion and the second fixing portion and fixed to the shell, a first deforming portion which connects the third fixing portion with the first fixing portion, and a second deforming portion which connects the third fixing portion with the second fixing portion, two elastic members are provided, the third fixing portions corresponding to the two elastic members are arranged directly facing each other, and the first deforming portion and the second deforming portion of two elastic members are parallel to and spaced from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,363,571

SELF-VENTING NOZZLE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A self-venting nozzle adapted to vent a gas entrained in a fluid to an atmosphere, the nozzle comprising:a nozzle inlet end;
a nozzle outlet end;
a nozzle wall extending between the nozzle inlet end and nozzle outlet end and having an interior surface defining a fluid channel surrounding a nozzle flow axis; and
one or more vent passageways providing fluid communication between the fluid channel and the atmosphere, wherein the one or more vent passageways comprise grooves in the interior surface, and
wherein the nozzle comprises a mating portion adapted to connect to a dispenser and wherein the one or more vent passageways extend along at least a portion of the mating portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,570

PAINT BAKING METHOD AND DOOR OFFSET DEVICE FOR VEHICLE BODY COATING PROCESS

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A paint baking method for a vehicle body including a main shell body and a side door, wherein a hinge is attached to a hinge fastening part of the side door and a hinge fastening part of the main shell body in a finished vehicle state, the paint baking method comprising:attaching a door offset member to the hinge and one of either the hinge fastening part of the main shell body or the hinge fastening part of the side door so that a distance between the hinge fastening part of the main shell body and the hinge fastening part of the side door in a state in which the door offset member is attached is longer than a distance between the hinge fastening part of the main shell body and the hinge fastening part of the side door in the finished vehicle state; and
while in the state in which the door offset member is attached, conveying the vehicle body while exposing the vehicle body to a hot air atmosphere to bake a wet coating film applied to the vehicle body.

US Pat. No. 10,363,569

APPLICATORS AND SYSTEMS FOR DELIVERING A GLUTINOUS SUBSTANCE TO A WORKPIECE FROM AN END-EFFECTOR

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An applicator for delivering a glutinous substance to a workpiece from an end-effector, the applicator comprising:a body, comprising:
a first channel that comprises an inlet portion, comprising an inlet through which the glutinous substance enters the applicator, and an outlet portion, comprising an outlet, through which the glutinous substance exits the outlet portion, wherein the inlet portion is communicatively coupled with the outlet portion and at least a part of the inlet portion is oriented at an angle to the outlet portion, wherein the angle is other than 180 degrees;
a second channel, having an interior surface and communicatively coupled with the first channel and coaxial with the outlet portion of the first channel; and
a sensor port, communicatively coupled with the first channel; a plunger, comprising:
a gate, wherein the gate is movable within the outlet portion of the first channel between, inclusively, an open position, allowing the glutinous substance to flow from the inlet of the first channel to the outlet of the first channel and a closed position, preventing the glutinous substance from flowing from the inlet of the first channel to the outlet of the first channel; and
a plug, movable within the second channel, so that the plug is slidable against the interior surface of the second channel, and configured to prevent the glutinous substance from flowing from the first channel into the second channel when the plug is in a first position, corresponding with the open position of the gate, and to allow the glutinous substance to flow into the second channel from the first channel when the plug is in a second position, corresponding with the closed position of the gate;
an actuator, selectively operable to move the plunger such that the gate moves between, inclusively, the open position and the closed position and the plug moves between, inclusively, the first position and the second position; and
a sensor, communicatively coupled with the first channel via the sensor port and configured to detect at least one characteristic of the glutinous substance in the first channel.

US Pat. No. 10,363,568

JETTING DISCRETE VOLUMES OF HIGH VISCOSITY LIQUID

Nordson Corporation, Wes...

1. An adhesive dispensing system, comprising:an adhesive dispensing module having an inlet and an outlet, the adhesive dispensing module receiving hot melt adhesive having a viscosity between 100 centipoise to 20,000 centipoise through the inlet at a low pressure between 5 psi to 40 psi and rapidly developing high pressure between 100 psi and 2500 psi at the outlet;
a pressure container containing a supply of hot melt adhesive and configured to melt or maintain a heated temperature of the hot melt adhesive, and further configured to provide the hot melt adhesive to the adhesive dispensing module at the low pressure;
a low pressure liquid passageway communicating between the adhesive dispensing module and the pressure container; and
a piston configured to impact a recess of a nozzle to jet hot melt adhesive from an outlet of the nozzle as a discrete volume toward a substrate due to the momentum of the impact between the piston and the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,363,567

APPARATUSES FOR APPLYING A GLUTINOUS SUBSTANCE

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A nozzle for applying a bead of a glutinous substance to a surface of an object, the nozzle comprising:a body, comprising an inlet opening and an outlet opening, wherein the inlet opening and the outlet opening are joined by a channel, the body comprising rail guides;
a first guide, coupled to the body;
a gate, translatably coupled to the body, the gate comprising rails, wherein the rails of the gate are slidingly received by the rail guides of the body, wherein movement of the gate relative to the body controls:
flow of the glutinous substance through the outlet opening, and
width of the bead;
a second guide, coupled to the gate; and
a biasing member, coupled to the body and to the gate, wherein the biasing member urges the gate toward the first guide.

US Pat. No. 10,363,564

SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING THE FLOW DISTRIBUTION OF SOLID PARTICLES

General Electric Technolo...

1. A coal pulverizer, comprising:a grinding mechanism configured to transform raw coal into pulverized coal;
a classifier configured to receive the pulverized coal from the grinding mechanism and to generate a swirling flow of coal, the classifier being further configured to reject coarse particles of the pulverized coal from the swirling flow;
a turret arranged generally above the classifier, the turret having a frusto-conical body and a plurality of static vanes arranged interior to the body and extending inwardly from an interior sidewall of the body; and
a plurality of coal outlet pipes in fluid communication with the interior of the turret;
wherein a body of each of the vanes has a twisted shape, a leading edge, and a trailing edge, the twisted shape of the body of the vanes at the leading edge being configured to generally match the flow of coal at a bottom of the turret, wherein the leading edge is narrower than the trailing edge, and wherein a pitch angle of each of the vanes is set to coincide with a coal particle flow within the turret,
wherein the vanes are configured to guide the swirling flow of coal as it enters the turret, and to divide the swirling flow into a plurality of controlled flows that are communicated to a plurality of coal outlet pipes, wherein the number of vanes is equal to the number of coal outlet pipes in the pulverizer and wherein each of the leading edges is located adjacent to the bottom of the turret and each of the trailing edges is located adjacent to a top of the turret and a respective one of the coal outlet pipes.

US Pat. No. 10,363,563

GRINDER PLATE AND TOOL FOR REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION THEREOF

1. A system for a food grinder, the system comprising:a grinder plate configured to be installed within a food grinder, the grinder plate having a disk-shaped body with a first face, a second face, and a side, the disk-shaped body defining:
a central cylindrical aperture extending from the first face to the second face, the central aperture coaxial with a central axis of the disk-shaped body;
a plurality of material-passing apertures extending from the first face to the second face, the material-passing apertures disposed between the central aperture and the side; and
a first one or more screw threads defined in the central aperture; and
a tool for removing the grinder plate from or installing the grinder plate into a food grinder, the tool having an elongated body defining:
a first end having a cylindrical geometry;
a second one or more screw threads on an external surface proximate the first end, wherein an axis of the second one or more screw threads is aligned with a central longitudinal axis of the elongated body; and
at least one of:
a head defining a plurality of flat surfaces disposed as sides of a regular polygon, the regular polygon having a center aligned with the central axis of the elongated body; or
one or more handles extending from the elongated body, the one or more handles projecting outward in a perpendicular direction to the central axis of the elongated body,
wherein the first one or more screw threads are configured to mate with the second one or more screw threads.

US Pat. No. 10,363,562

APPARATUS TO REDUCE SIZE OF MATERIAL

1. An apparatus to reduce size of a light, dry, fibrous material comprisinga ring element arranged around an axis and configured to rotate about the axis, the ring element including a plurality of tool modules detachably coupled to the ring element around an inner circumference of the ring element,
an impeller mounted for rotation about the axis and spaced radially inward of the ring element to form a shearing area between the ring element and the impeller, the impeller including a plurality of tool modules detachably coupled to the impeller around an outer circumference of the impeller, and
identical size reduction tools detachably connected to the tool modules of the ring element and tool modules of the impeller, each of the size reduction tools (i) including a tangential leg extending primarily along a tangent plane relative to inner circumference of the ring element and the outer circumference of the impeller and facing the shearing area and (ii) a radial leg extending from the tangential leg radially away from the shearing area relative to the axis to form a L-shape,
wherein each of the tangential legs is sized to have an arc length along the tangent plane that is greater than 3° (i) of the inner circumference of the ring element to which it is coupled or (ii) of the outer circumference of the impeller to which it is coupled, and
wherein each of the tangential legs is sized to have an arc length along the tangent plane less than 18° (i) of the inner circumference of the ring element to which it is coupled or (ii) of the outer circumference of the impeller to which it is coupled.

US Pat. No. 10,363,561

APPARATUS FOR SHREDDING OF WASTE

1. An apparatus for shredding a pre-defined amount of waste, the apparatus comprising:a main frame that supports a body of the apparatus, wherein the main frame having a plurality of balance points and the body including a single through-chamber for shredding waste;
a single rotating core for shredding, masticating and grinding the pre-defined amount of waste,
the rotating core is mounted on the main frame and is horizontally positioned for rotation along a longitudinal axis of the rotating core, the rotating core comprising:
a single main shaft symmetrically positioned along the longitudinal axis of the rotating core,
the main shaft is mechanically coupled to a motor shaft of an electric motor through a radial bearing and double row mobile pulley assembly, such that the main shaft includes a first and a second flywheel;
the main shaft comprises a first distal end and a second distal end symmetrically distanced from a center of the main shaft;
one or more support blocks radially extended to form an exterior surface of the rotating core, and the one or more support blocks radially extended to form an exterior surface of the rotating core, and the one or more support blocks are transverse to the longitudinal axis of the rotating core and are aligned along the longitudinal axis of the rotating core with a gradual first pre-defined range of angular separation; and
one or more blades adjustably mounted to a mounting surface of the one or more support blocks,
each blade of the one or more blade is positioned in a staggered orientation about the longitudinal axis of the rotating core and
each blade of the one or more blade is staggered at a second pre-defined range of angular separation;
the body is mechanically linked to the main frame through a linkage plate,
the linkage plate is horizontally positioned on a main plate, and includes a plurality of openings;
a plurality of rubber spacers are positioned between the linkage plate and the main frame at each of the plurality of balance points
the body is configured to support the rotation of the rotating core, the body comprising:
a plurality of vertical blades mounted within the body, wherein each of the plurality of vertical blades is curved to symmetrically contour the rotating core along a vertical axis;
a plurality of horizontal blades mounted on the body, wherein each of the plurality of horizontal blades being aligned with the one or more shaft blades along a horizontal axis;
a first cooling chamber mechanically connected to a first end of the body; and
a second cooling chamber mechanically connected to a second end of the body, wherein the first cooling chamber and the second cooling chamber being mechanically coupled to a cooling system;
a hopper mounted vertically mounted on the body, wherein the hopper comprises an ingress cross-sectional opening for receiving the pre-defined amount of waste, and an egress cross-sectional opening for transferring the pre-defined amount of waste inside the rotating core and wherein the ingress cross-sectional opening of the hopper is wider than the egress cross-sectional opening of the hopper;
a first set of mash double row ball bearings symmetrically positioned near the first distal end of the main shaft, wherein the first set of mash double row ball bearings being enclosed in a first bearing cover coincidently placed around the longitudinal axis; and
a second set of mash double row ball bearings symmetrically positioned near the second distal end of the main shaft, wherein the second set of double row ball bearings being enclosed in a second bearing cover coincidently placed around the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,560

SYSTEM AND METHODS OF PRESERVING INTEGRITY AND SECURELY TRANSPORTING BIOLOGICAL SPECIMENS TO A DEPOSITORY AND DEVICES FOR SECURELY STORING BIOLOGICAL SPECIMENS

1. A storage unit for securely holding one or more enclosures enclosing one or more biological specimens until said enclosures are removed from said storage unit for transport to a depository wherein subsequent analysis of said biological specimens can transpire; said storage unit comprising:a) a lower section and an upper section, wherein said upper section comprises a pivotable deposit-only gate for receiving temporary deposits of said enclosures such that after deposit onto and closure of said pivotable deposit-only gate, said enclosures drops into said lower section;
b) a door and lock combination allowing removal of said enclosures from said storage unit;
c) a communications module;
d) one or more hardware components in communication with said communications module; said one or more hardware components selected from the group consisting of an enclosure detection sensor capable of detecting entry of said enclosures into said lower section, an internal temperature sensor, said door lock and lock combination comprising an energy source status monitor, an open/close sensor for said door, a door opening signal receiver, an electrically or manually actuated lock for said door, a gate movement sensor and/or a holder for temporarily holding said enclosures detector positioned about a lower section for detecting said holder;
e) an energy source; and
f) an ultraviolet light positioned within said storage unit and operably connected to said door, wherein, when said storage unit does not contain any of said enclosures, and said door is closed, said ultraviolet light is activated, for a predetermined time, to reduce microbial growth.

US Pat. No. 10,363,559

APPARATUS FOR THE SEPARATION OF PLASMA

Boehringer Ingelheim Inte...

1. An apparatus (1) for absorbing blood (19) and separating blood components as a sample liquid (2), comprising:a carrier (6) defining a base of the apparatus and having a lower boundary surface,
a feed device (13) spaced away from the lower boundary surface of the carrier (6) in a direction opposite to an input direction for receiving the blood (19) into the feed device (13),
a separating device (15) for separating the blood components as the sample liquid (2), the separating device (15) being spaced away from the carrier (6) in the direction opposite to the input direction, the separating device (15) including a first surface facing the blood (19) as the blood (19) is received into the feed device (13) and a second surface opposite to the first surface and facing towards the lower boundary surface, where a volume is defined between the second surface of the separating device (15) and the lower boundary surface of the carrier (6),
a channel (3), in fluid communication with the volume, which takes up the sample liquid (2) exclusively by capillary forces,
a filling device for filling the channel (3) with the sample liquid (2) in an inlet or feed region (18) of the channel (3), and
an insert (35) disposed in the volume between the second surface of the separating device (15) and the lower boundary surface of the carrier (6), where the insert (35): (i) is at least partially annular about an axis defined by the input direction, (ii) includes respective inner and outer cylindrical surfaces about the axis, and (iii) includes longitudinally disposed notches running on at least one of the inner and outer surfaces of the cylinder in directions parallel to the input direction of introducing the blood.

US Pat. No. 10,363,558

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SERIAL PROCESSING OF MULTIPLE NUCLEIC ACID ASSAYS

Canon U.S. Life Sciences,...

1. A system for serial processing of nucleic acid assays, comprising:a microfluidic cartridge comprising an interface chip having at least one inlet port and microfluidic channel and a separate reaction chip coupled to the interface chip, the reaction chip having at least one microfluidic channel ending in a T-junction, the T-junction in fluid communication with an associated microfluidic channel of the interface chip;
a flow control module comprising a first pumping system configured to selectively apply pneumatic pressures to the at least one microfluidic channel of the interface chip and a second pumping system to apply a pneumatic pressure to control assay fluid flow through the reaction chip;
the flow control module being configured to:
(a) draw a first fluid into the microfluidic channel of the interface chip via the inlet port of the interface chip and stop the first fluid in the interface chip when the T-junction is loaded with the first fluid;
(b) create a first fluid segment in the microfluidic channel of the reaction chip by drawing the first fluid from the associated microfluidic channel of the interface chip into the microfluidic channel of the reaction chip;
(c) draw a second fluid into the microfluidic channel of the interface chip via the inlet port of the interface chip while maintaining the position of the first fluid segment in the reaction chip and stop the second fluid in the interface chip when the T-junction is loaded with the second fluid; and
(d) create a second fluid segment in the microfluidic channel of the reaction chip by drawing the second fluid from the associated microfluidic channel of the interface chip into the microfluidic channel of the reaction chip;
a temperature measurement and control system configured to control and measure a temperature of one or more portions of the at least one microfluidic channel of the reaction chip; and
a fluorescence imaging system comprising one or more illumination elements and an imaging sensor and configured to create images of fluorescent emissions from materials within the at least one microfluidic channel of the reaction chip.

US Pat. No. 10,363,557

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PREPARING A BIOLOGICAL SAMPLE FOR ANALYSIS

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a body comprising a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the body comprising:
a plurality of processing chambers comprising a first processing chamber and a second processing chamber, each processing chamber comprising an opening proximate the first end;
a first reservoir disposed in selective fluid communication with the first processing chamber via a first fluid pathway;
a second reservoir disposed in selective fluid communication with the first processing chamber via a second fluid pathway and in selective fluid communication with the second processing chamber via a third fluid pathway;
a first filter disposed in the body between at least a portion of the first processing chamber and the second reservoir;
wherein the first fluid pathway and the second fluid pathway pass through the first filter;
wherein the first filter has a first surface oriented in the first and second fluid pathways toward the first processing chamber;
a second filter disposed in the body between at least a portion of the second processing chamber and the second reservoir;
wherein the third pathway passes through the second filter;
wherein the first filter has a first surface oriented in the third fluid pathway;
a first one-way valve disposed between the first filter and the first reservoir, the first one-way valve providing selective fluid communication between the first processing chamber and the first reservoir; and
a second one-way valve disposed in the second fluid pathway between the first filter and the second reservoir, the second one-way valve providing selective fluid communication between the first processing chamber and the second reservoir; and
a third one-way valve disposed in the third fluid pathway between the second filter and the first reservoir, the third one-way valve providing selective fluid communication between the second processing chamber and the first reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,363,556

AUTOMATED EXPERIMENT APPARATUS AND AUTOMATED EXPERIMENT METHOD USING THE SAME

1. An automated experiment apparatus, comprising:a pressure vessel having an opening to define a sample receiving chamber therein, the pressure vessel including a vessel flange having a circular outer shape with a radius about a central axis of the pressure vessel;
a sample holding member configured to hold a sample to be accommodated in the sample receiving chamber, the sample holding member including a holder flange having an outer circular shape of the same radius as the vessel flange and configured to make contact with the vessel flange to close the opening;
a sensing unit configured to sense at least one of an upper position and a lower position of the sample holding member;
a plurality of clamps configured to air-tightly engage the holder flange of the sample holding member and the vessel flange of the pressure vessel wherein each of the plurality of clamps includes a clamp head having a groove configured to engage with the holder flange and the vessel flange and an actuator connected to the clamp head;
a clamping sensor configured to sense a top dead point of the clamp head at which the clamp head is fully pushed out by the actuator to air-tightly engage the holding flange;
a gas transfer unit having a gas supplier and a gas discharger connected to the sample holding member and configured to supply or discharge a gas into or from the pressure vessel;
a heating unit configured to heat the sample receiving chamber;
a pressure sensor configured to measure an internal pressure of the pressure vessel;
a user interface configured to receive an input from an user; and
a controller configured to receive the input signal from the user interface and the sensing signal from a sensing unit to control in response to the input signal and the sensing signal, the actuator of each of the clamps to cause the clamp head to make a transverse movement in a radial direction of the vessel flange to engage the holder flange and the vessel flange to engage the holder flange and the vessel flange, to control in response to a clamping sensor signal received from the clamping sensor, the gas transfer unit to supply the gas to the pressure vessel until the internal pressure of the pressure vessel reaches a predetermined reaction pressure as indicated by a pressure sensor signal from the pressure sensor, to control in response to the pressure sensor signal from the pressure sensor, the heating unit to heat the sample receiving chamber, and to control the gas transfer unit to discharge the gas from the sample receiving chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,363,555

POLYMER COMPOUND FOR CONDUCTIVE POLYMER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., L...

1. A dopant polymer for a conductive polymer, having(i) one or more repeating units “a” represented by the following general formula (1),

wherein R1 represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, R2 represents a fluorine atom or a trifluoromethyl group, “m” represents an integer of 2 to 4, and a number of “a” repeating units as a proportion of a total number of all repeating units in the dopant polymer satisfies 0 (ii) at least one repeating unit “b” represented by the following general formula (2),

wherein a number of “b” repeating units as a proportion of the total number of all repeating units in the dopant polymer satisfies 0 wherein the dopant polymer for the conductive polymer has a weight average molecular weight in the range of 1,000 to 500,000.

US Pat. No. 10,363,552

HONEYCOMB FIRED BODY, HONEYCOMB FILTER, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING HONEYCOMB FIRED BODY

IBIDEN CO., LTD., Ogaki-...

1. A honeycomb fired body comprising:a plurality of cells in each of which one end is plugged and which serve as channels of exhaust gas; and
porous cell partition walls defining the cells
wherein the honeycomb fired body is formed of SiC,
the plurality of cells include peripheral cells located at an outermost peripheral region of the honeycomb fired body and inner cells located more inward than the peripheral cells,
all the inner cells have the same cross-sectional shape that is a rectangle in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal direction thereof,
each peripheral cell is defined by the cell partition walls and an outer wall forming a periphery of the honeycomb fired body,
the cell partition walls in contact with the outer wall each have a thick wall region where the wall thickness gradually increases toward the outer wall,
the cross-sectional shape of the peripheral cells in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal direction thereof is a shape formed by reducing the rectangular cross-sectional shape of the inner cells to obtain a reduced rectangle and chamfering or rounding two corners of the reduced rectangle,
the cross-sectional area of each peripheral cell in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal direction thereof is 60 to 69.5% of the cross-sectional area of each inner cell in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal direction thereof,
the cell partition walls include inter-peripheral-cell cell partition walls each located between the peripheral cells and inter-inner-cell cell partition walls each located between the inner cells, and
the minimum thickness of the inter-peripheral-cell cell partition walls is greater than the thickness of the inter-inner-cell cell partition walls.

US Pat. No. 10,363,550

MESOPOROUS MATERIAL-COATED COBALT-BASED CATALYST FOR FISCHER-TROPSCH SYNTHESIS AND METHOD FOR PREPARING THE SAME

WUHAN KAIDI ENGINEERING T...

1. A catalyst, comprising:elemental cobalt;
a carrier, the carrier comprising silica; and
a selective promoter, the selective promoter comprising zirconium; wherein:
the elemental cobalt and the selective promoter are disposed on a surface of the carrier;
outer surfaces of the elemental cobalt and the selective promoter are coated with a shell layer comprising a mesoporous material; and
a hydrophobic organic compound is disposed on an exterior surface of the shell layer.

US Pat. No. 10,363,545

POROUS COORDINATION POLYMER AND HYDROGEN MOLECULE STORAGE METHOD, HYDROGEN STORAGE DEVICE, HYDROGEN MOLECULE SEPARATION METHOD AND HYDROGEN PURIFIER USING THE SAME

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A porous coordination polymer, whereinthe porous coordination polymer is formed of unit lattices;
each of the unit lattices has a shape of a cube having eight vertexes and twelve sides;
each of the vertexes of the unit lattices consists of a Zn4O cluster;
each of the sides of the unit lattices consists of a ?OOC—C?C—COO? group; and
the inside of at least a part of the unit lattices is empty.

US Pat. No. 10,363,543

GAS DRIVEN FLUID TRANSPORT

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A fluid transport system comprising:a gas pressure source;
a reservoir pressure vessel having a first volume with a first fraction of a liquid and a gas disposed therein and pressurized by the gas pressure source;
a first valve disposed in a first interruptible flow path connecting fluidly the gas pressure source and the reservoir pressure vessel to selectively control a flow of the gas between the gas pressure source and the reservoir pressure vessel;
a metered pressure vessel having a second volume with a second fraction of the liquid and the gas disposed therein and pressurized by the reservoir pressure vessel;
an outlet;
a second interruptible flow path connecting fluidly the reservoir pressure vessel and the metered pressure vessel providing liquid from the reservoir pressure vessel to the metered pressure vessel;
a third interruptible flow path connecting fluidly the metered pressure vessel and the outlet providing a metered liquid flow from the metered pressure vessel to the outlet;
a second metered pressure vessel having a third volume pressurized by the reservoir pressure vessel with a third fraction of the liquid and the gas provided by the reservoir pressure vessel; and
a fourth interruptible flow path connecting fluidly the reservoir pressure vessel and the second metered pressure vessel; and
a fifth interruptible flow path connecting fluidly the second metered pressure vessel and the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,363,532

MODULE FOR A COATING APPARATUS FOR GRANULAR BODIES

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A module for a coating apparatus for granular bodies (1), the module comprising:a rotatable, hollow cylindrical drum (2) that is an accommodation unit for accommodating the granular bodies (1),
wherein within the drum (2) at least one moveable separating element (8) is disposed on an end side of the drum (2) such that transfer of the granular bodies (1) into the drum (2) and/or out of the drum (2) is achievable in a defined manner by a movement of the at least one moveable separating element (8);
wherein the at least one moveable separating element (8) is movable from a closed position to an open position, wherein, in the closed position, a closed subregion of an underside of the at least one moveable separating element (8) lies radially flush against an inner wall of the drum (2) or is arranged radially offset at a distance from the inner wall of the drum (2) via a gap measuring less than an external diameter of each of the granular bodies (1), and in the open position, the closed subregion on the underside is spaced apart from the inner wall of the drum (2) and, in this said open position of the at least one moveable separating element (8), there is an opening in the lower region between the underside of the respective at least one moveable separating element (8) and the inner wall of the drum (2), through which said opening the granular bodies (1) are arranged to pass, and
wherein the at least one moveable separating element (8) is configured to rotate about an axis of rotation (54) to bring the at least one moveable separating element (8) from the closed position into the open position, and the at least one moveable separating element (8) is configured so as to leave a clear space above the closed subregion, and on the end sides of the drum (2) there are elements (6, 7) to which a second drum (2) of at least one second module (3, 5) is connectable in order to form the coating apparatus, and/or to which a closure element (59) is connectable.

US Pat. No. 10,363,531

BEVERAGE PRODUCING SYSTEM COMPRISING A DISPOSABLE CONTAINER

1. A beverage preparation system for providing hot or cold beverages comprising:a beverage dispenser having at least one electromagnet and a control unit for controlling said electromagnet;
at least one disposable container for beverage ingredients which are adapted for being replaceable and insertable into the beverage dispenser, wherein the disposable container includes a reservoir and a dispensing means having an anchor which is arranged to be movable between an open position and a closed position on the dispensing means, and
wherein the anchor is moveable between the open position and the closed position by a magnetic field generated by the at least one electromagnet,
wherein the anchor is arranged on the dispensing means and the anchor opens the dispensing means when in the open position for a continuous through flow of beverage ingredients out of the reservoir and through the dispensing means, and
wherein the disposable container includes an unmovable counter anchor for the anchor whereby magnetic field lines flow in a bundled arrangement and orientate over a front face of the counter anchor in a longitudinal direction of the anchor, and
wherein the counter anchor is fixed within the dispensing means.

US Pat. No. 10,363,530

WIRELESS BLENDING DEVICE AND SYSTEM

VITA-MIX MANAGEMENT CORPO...

1. A blending device comprising:a blender base comprising a housing, a motor having a drive shaft, at least one sensor, and a wireless controller disposed within the housing and operatively communicating via a wireless signal, and wherein the at least one sensor is disposed within or on the housing; and
a container operatively coupled to the blender base, wherein the container is coupled with a blade assembly comprising a splined coupler that is operatively driven by the drive shaft, and
wherein the at least one sensor measures a weight of an ingredient added to the container when the container is coupled to the blender base, and
wherein the wireless controller operatively sends, receives, or sends and receives the wireless signal to or from a wireless device according to a communications protocol.

US Pat. No. 10,363,529

METHOD OF MIXING CROSSLINKING BLENDS IN TOTES FOR USE TO CROSSLINK POLYMER MODIFIED ASPHALTS

1. A method of mixing a crosslinking blend in a portable tote for use to crosslink polymer modified asphalts comprising the steps of providing a portable tote, said tote comprising a rigid tank having a top portion, a bottom portion and a sidewall, defining a tank interior, and having an air mixing system fixedly attached to the tank, said air mixing system containing a hollow wand partially disposed in the interior of the tank, said wand having a proximal end and a distal end, said proximal end exiting the tank but fixedly attached to tank, said tote further comprising a bottom frame supporting said tank, said bottom frame configured to be lifted by a fork lift, said distal end of said wand having at least one accumulator plate positioned thereon, said accumulator plate positioned adjacent the interior bottom portion; said tank having stored therein a crosslinking blend suitable for use to crosslink polymer modified asphalt;said method further comprising the steps of attaching a pulsed gas controller to said proximal end of said wand; attaching a source of compressed gas to said controller; activating said controller to thereby cause mixing of said crosslinking blend by pulsing gases out of the accumulator into the crosslinking blend for a sufficient period of time; discharging said crosslinking blend from the interior of said tank, and removing said controller from said wand, thereby leaving said wand attached to said tank.

US Pat. No. 10,363,526

ENTRY MIXING ELEMENTS AND RELATED STATIC MIXERS AND METHODS OF MIXING

Nordson Corporation, Wes...

1. An entry mixing element for mixing an incoming fluid flow having first and second unmixed components arranged to define a transverse flow cross-section perpendicular to a flow direction of the incoming fluid flow, the entry mixing element having a central axis aligned with the flow direction of the incoming fluid flow, the entry mixing element comprising:an entry dividing wall extending parallel to the central axis; and
a planar front panel comprising an upper front panel portion and a lower front panel portion, the planar front panel being arranged at a leading edge of the entry dividing wall and extending generally transverse to the central axis,
wherein the entry dividing wall and the planar front panel are positioned to divide the incoming fluid flow into a first fluid flow portion and a second fluid flow portion, each of the first and second fluid flow portions containing an amount of the first component and an amount of the second component,
wherein the planar front panel and the entry dividing wall define an upper fluid gate in a first quadrant of the planar front panel through which the first fluid flow portion is directed, and define a lower fluid gate in a second quadrant of the planar front panel through which the second fluid flow portion is directed,
wherein the upper front panel portion has a first edge that partially defines the lower fluid gate and a second edge opposite the first edge that partially defines an upper fluid slot that extends from the upper fluid gate,
wherein the lower front panel portion has a first edge that partially defines the upper fluid gate and a second edge opposite the first edge that partially defines a lower fluid slot that extends from the lower fluid gate, and
wherein the entry dividing wall and the planar front panel are configured to divide the incoming fluid flow into the first and second fluid flow portions in any rotational orientation of the entry mixing element about its central axis relative to the transverse flow cross-section of the incoming fluid flow.

US Pat. No. 10,363,523

EXHAUST GAS PURIFYING APPARATUS

FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD., ...

1. An exhaust gas purifying apparatus for installation in a vessel,comprising:
a seawater introduction pipe configured to introduce, via a pump interposed therein, unprocessed seawater;
an electrolyzed alkaline water generator which is connected to the seawater introduction pipe and includes a cathode and an anode, the electrolyzed alkaline water generator being configured to electrolyze the unprocessed seawater introduced therein by the seawater introduction pipe through application of a voltage across the cathode and the anode so as to generate electrolyzed alkaline water from the unprocessed seawater;
an exhaust gas absorption tower, exhaust gas being introduced into, and exhausted from, the exhaust gas absorption tower;
an electrolyzed alkaline water supply line through which the electrolyzed alkaline water is supplied from the electrolyzed alkaline water generator to the exhaust gas absorption tower; and
a spray nozzle connected with the electrolyzed alkaline water supply line to receive the electrolyzed alkaline water and being provided inside the exhaust gas absorption tower, the exhaust gas purifying apparatus being configured to spray the electrolyzed alkaline water through the spray nozzle to purify the exhaust gas through gas-liquid contact between the sprayed electrolyzed alkaline water and the exhaust gas introduced into the exhaust gas absorption tower.

US Pat. No. 10,363,522

AIR IONIZATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

IONaer International Ariz...

1. A method of removing contaminants from air, the method comprising the steps of:(a) activating an ion generator to generate more negative ions than positive ions, wherein the ion generator comprises: (i) a stainless steel ion dispenser configured to receive electrical current responsive to operation of a control system, (ii) an inner electrode electrically coupled to the ion dispenser, the inner electrode comprising a perforated aluminum sheet, (iii) a glass tube disposed at least partially around the inner electrode, and (iv) an outer electrode disposed at least partially around the glass tube, the outer electrode comprising a tubular stainless steel mesh screen;
(b) operating a fan to move air past the ion generator so the air acquires negative ions; and
(c) passing the air with acquired negative ions through an ozone removal catalyst at least partially surrounding the ion generator to remove ozone from the air.

US Pat. No. 10,363,520

DRYING CARTRIDGE FOR OUTDOOR ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS

Tesla, Inc., Palo Alto, ...

1. A gas drying device comprisinga two-piece housing comprising a fixed portion and a detachable portion;
a threaded male connector built into the fixed portion, the threaded male connector having a female restraining nut operable to restrain the fixed portion against the wall of an electric box when the threaded mail connector is inserted into a knockout formed in a wall of the box;
a gasket positioned between the restraining nut and the wall of the box;
a molecular sieve contained within the two-piece housing so that openings in the sieve are open to the ambient atmosphere within the two-piece housing when the housing is closed; and
a volume of desiccant contained within the molecular sieve, wherein at least a portion of the detachable portion comprises a window allowing viewing of the molecular sieve without detaching it from the fixed portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,519

AQUEOUS ALKANOLAMINE COMPOSITION AND PROCESS FOR THE SELECTIVE REMOVAL OF HYDROGEN SULFIDE FROM GASEOUS MIXTURES

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A process for selectively removing hydrogen sulfide from a gas mixture comprising hydrogen sulfide comprising the step of contacting the gaseous mixture with a lean aqueous alkanolamine solution that excludes an acid or acid-forming material characterized as a strong acid that includes an organic or inorganic acid having a pKa of 8 or less and that consists of:(i) an amino compound with the formula:
R1R2NCH2CH(OH)CH2OH
wherein R1 and R2 independently represent methyl, ethyl, propyl, or isopropyl groups,
(ii) bis(2-hydroxyethyl)methylamine,
(iii) water,
and
(iv) optionally an additive that is one or more of a physical solvent, an antifoaming agent, an antioxidant; a corrosion inhibitor, a film former, a chelating agent, or a pH adjuster, provided that the additive is not the acid or an acid-forming material.

US Pat. No. 10,363,517

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO DEHYDRATE HIGH ACID GAS STREAMS USING MEMBRANES IN AN OIL AND GAS PROCESSING PLANT

CHEVRON U.S.A. INC., San...

1. A system for de-bottlenecking an integrated oil and gas production plant including hydrogen sulfide removal and sour-gas injection, comprising:a water-selective membrane for receiving a teed stream comprising water-saturated sour gas containing 1-50% hydrogen sulfide by volume and forming a first retentate stream depleted in water and a first permeate stream enriched in water;
a hydrogen sulfide-selective membrane for receiving the first retentate stream to form a second retentate stream depleted in hydrogen sulfide and a second permeate stream enriched in hydrogen sulfide;
one or more gas processing plants for receiving the second retentate stream and further processing the second retentate stream to produce sales gases; and
a permeate compressor for compressing the second permeate stream and injecting the second permeate stream into an underground formation.

US Pat. No. 10,363,516

FLEXIBLE ADSORBENTS FOR LOW PRESSURE DROP GAS SEPARATIONS

ExxonMobil Research and E...

7. A cyclical pressure swing adsorption process comprising;providing a first adsorbent bed and a second adsorbent bed;
providing a third adsorbent bed disposed between the first adsorbent bed and the second adsorbent bed; wherein the third adsorbent bed shares a first flexible boundary with the first adsorbent bed and a second flexible boundary with the second adsorbent bed; wherein the first adsorbent bed and second adsorbent beds, respectively, have a first and second rigid boundary opposite the first and second flexible boundary;
feeding the first adsorbent bed and the second adsorbent bed with a feed gas comprising a contaminant gas and a product gas at a feed pressure of 10 bara (1.0 MPaa) to 40 bara (4.0 MPaa);
adsorbing the contaminant gas onto the first and second adsorbent beds to produce an effluent stream with a higher concentration of the product gas and a lower concentration of the contaminant gas than the feed gas;
reducing the pressure in the first and second adsorbent beds to a pressure from about 1.0 bara (about 0.1 MPaa) to about 4.0 bara (about 0.4 MPaa);
purging the first and second adsorbent beds with a purge stream to produce a purge stream comprising a higher concentration of the contaminant gas and a lower concentration of the product gas than the feed gas; and
repressurizing the first and second adsorbent beds to a pressure of 10 bara (1.0 MPaa) to 40 bara (4.0 MPaa);
wherein at the conclusion of the feeding, adsorbing, and repressurizing acts, the third adsorbent bed is at a lower pressure than the first and second adsorbent beds; and wherein at the conclusion of the reducing and purging acts, the third adsorbent bed is at a higher pressure than the first and second adsorbent beds.

US Pat. No. 10,363,515

ATMOSPHERIC NEGATIVE IONIZER

1. A system, for removal pollutants from air in environment, the system comprising:an upper half portion;
a lower half portion forming an interior of the system together with an upper half;
hoses, connected to one or more of the upper half and the lower half and configured to flow the air from the environment to the interior;
tourmaline filters, positioned in the lower half and comprising tourmaline; transparent solar windows, positioned in the upper half and configured to receive sunlight from the environment and to direct the sunlight at the tourmaline filters in an adjustable manner, thereby controlling temperature of the tourmaline inside the tourmaline filters; and
water nozzles, positioned in the interior and configured to dispense water within the interior and onto the tourmaline filters at a controlled speed and a controlled direction, wherein the water nozzles have a controllably adjustable diameter,
wherein the system is configured
to form negative ions and artificial precipitation scavenging within the interior and using a combination of the sunlight, the water, and the tourmaline when the tourmaline is at least heated by the sunlight or pressurized by the water disposed from the water nozzles, and
using the negative ions and the artificial precipitation scavenging, to attract the pollutants from the air thereby removing the pollutants from the air in accordance with a natural air remediation, while the air passes through the interior.

US Pat. No. 10,363,514

PROTECTING AN OPTICAL PARTICLE SENSOR FROM PARTICULATE DESPOSITS BY THERMOPHORESIS

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A particle sensor comprising:an input flow channel for receiving a gas flow with entrained matter to be sensed;
a thermophoretic arrangement to induce a thermophoretic particle movement from a first region of the input flow channel to a second region of the input flow channel, the first region being warmer than the second region; and
a sensor comprising a particle sensor component which is located in, or downstream of the first region of the input flow channel;
wherein the first region of the input flow channel couples to a first output flow region and the second region of the input flow channel couples to a second output flow region.

US Pat. No. 10,363,513

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING FLUTED FILTRATION MEDIA HAVING TAPERED FLUTES

Donaldson Company, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus for forming fluted media comprising:(a) a first roll comprising a plurality of first roll projections and first roll recesses wherein the first roll provides alternating first roll projections and first roll recesses and wherein at least one of the first roll projections comprises at least two media contact areas separated by a media relaxation area;
(b) a second roll comprising a plurality of second roll recesses and second roll projections wherein the second roll provides alternating second roll recesses and second roll projections; and
(c) the first roll projections, the first roll recesses, the second roll recesses, and the second roll projections are constructed to interact to provide a bite, that, when filtration media passes through the bite, provides the filtration media with a repeating pattern of flutes wherein the repeating pattern of flutes comprises a tapered cross sectional area;
wherein the media contact areas of the first roll comprise a peak contact area configured to form a sharp peak in the fluted media and a ridge contact area configured to form a ridge in the fluted media, the peak being the highest point on the flute and the ridge having a height less than the height of the peak, the peak contact area and ridge contact area providing a coining force between second roll projections on the second roll; and
wherein the media relaxation area of the first roll is defined by the distance between the media contact areas having a gap between the first and second rolls that is greater than the thickness of the media to be fluted.

US Pat. No. 10,363,510

CLIMATE CONTROL FILTER MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MONITORING THE USEFUL LIFE OF A CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM FILTER

Ford Global Technologies,...

10. A method of monitoring useful life of a climate control system filter of a motor vehicle, comprising:periodically setting, by a control module having a control software or a dedicated microprocessor, a climate control system to a filter test configuration;
testing, by said control module, said useful life of said climate control system filter; and
indicating, by an indicator, when said climate control system filter needs changing/cleaning.

US Pat. No. 10,363,509

AIR FILTER CONDITION SENSING

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An air filter comprising:filter media comprising a downstream side and an upstream side;
an absolute pressure sensor attached to the downstream side of the filter media adapted to measure downstream pressure while air is moved through the filter media; and
circuitry coupled to the sensor, the circuitry configured to receive pressure data from the sensor representative of the condition of the filter media and wirelessly transmit such data, wherein the sensor does not rely on the monitoring of airflow through a bypass through or around the filter media.

US Pat. No. 10,363,506

FILTER ELEMENT AND FILTER ARRANGEMENT

1. A filter element (3), comprising:an oval filter body (4) of filter medium elongated in a longitudinal direction (LR) having a central axis (MA) arranged extending through a center of the oval filter body (4), the oval filter body having:
an outer circumferential contour (29) of the oval filter body (4) of filter medium is formed by curvature contour sections and straight contour sections;
wherein the curvature contour sections include:
a first curvature contour section and a second curvature contour section are convex and have a first radius curvature,
wherein the first curvature contour section and the second curvature contour section form opposite sides of the outer circumferential contour of the oval filter body (4) of filter medium;
wherein the straight contour sections include:
a first straight contour section and a second straight contour section,
wherein the first straight contour section and the second straight contour section form opposite sides of the outer circumferential contour of the oval filter body (4) of filter medium;
a first end plate (7) having radially inner contour forming a receiving opening (11) extending through the first end plate (7), the first end plate (7) secured to a first axial end of the oval filter body (4),
wherein a radially outer contour of the first end plate (7) runs parallel to the outer circumferential contour of the oval filter body (4);
a circumferential sealing device (4) arranged on outer surface (9) of the first end plate, between the radially outer contour of the first end plate and the radially inner contour of the first end plate, the circumferential sealing device (4) configured to radially seal the filter element (10) off from a filter holder (2) into which the filter element (3) is receivable,
wherein the sealing device (3) has two first sealing device curvature sections (35, 36) arranged one facing the other; and
two second sealing device curvature sections (38, 39) arranged one facing the other,
wherein the first sealing device curvature sections (35, 36) each have a first radius of curvature (R35, R36),
wherein the second sealing device curvature sections (38, 39) each have a second radius of curvature (R38, R39),
wherein the second radius of curvature of the second sealing device curvature sections is larger than the first radius of curvature of the first sealing device curvature sections (35, 36), and
wherein the two second sealing device curvature sections are each arranged between and connected at opposing ends to adjacent ones of the two first sealing device curvature sections, forming a continuous materially integral oval sealing device surrounding the radially inner contour of the first end plate.

US Pat. No. 10,363,504

FILTER DEVICE FOR FILTERING LIQUIDS

1. A filter device for filtration of a freeze susceptible liquid, comprising:a cylindrical filter element comprising:
a ring-shaped filter bellows having an open central interior extending axially along and encircling a central axis of the cylindrical filter element, wherein a radially outer wall of the ring-shaped filter bellows is a radially outer wall of the cylindrical filter element;
an annular upper end disk fixed onto an axial end face of the ring-shaped filter bellows, the annular upper end disk having a central flow opening extending through the annular upper end disk into the open central interior;
a lower end disk fixed onto an opposite axial end face of the ring-shaped filter bellows, the lower end disk closing off the open central interior at the lower end disk;
a tubular support body arranged within the open central interior, the tubular support body elongated along the central axis;
the tubular support body arranged within the open central interior, the tubular support body having a circumferential wall in the form of a cage having a plurality of web members;
a cylindrical, non-tubular body having a circumferentially closed radial outer surface and opposing closed axial end surfaces together defining and enclosing a continuous cylindrical block of elastically deformable material forming a cylindrical body of elastically deformable material;
wherein the cylindrical body of elastically deformable material is arranged on the central axis, entirely between the annular upper end disk and the lower end disk, and entirely within the open central interior, the cylindrical body of elastically deformable material filling a central interior portion of the open central interior along the central axis, the cylindrical body of elastically deformable material having a material volume filling at least 40% of the open central interior when in an undeformed state;
wherein the cylindrical body of elastically deformable material is arranged entirely within the open central interior, the cylindrical body of elastically deformable material spaced axially away from both the annular upper end disk and the lower end disk;
wherein the cylindrical body of elastically deformable material has an outer diameter that substantially matches an interior diameter of the tubular support body, such that the cylindrical body of elastically deformable material is supported on and directly against a radially inner side of the tubular support body;
wherein an annular gap for liquid flow is formed between a radial outer surface of the cylindrical body of elastically deformable material and a radial inner side of the cylindrical filter element;
wherein the tubular support body is arranged within the annular gap;
wherein the cylindrical body of elastically deformable material forms a compensation element which is adapted to compress in volume as the freeze susceptible liquid in the open central interior freezes and expands.

US Pat. No. 10,363,503

FOLDABLE MULTI-STAGE WATER FILTER SYSTEM

1. A reconfigurable foldable water filtration system, comprising:a plurality of filter cartridge receivers, each filter cartridge receiver having a rectangular horizontal cross section having two opposing long sides and two opposing short sides, and each one of the plurality of filter cartridge receivers being configured to receive a filter cartridge at a bottom of the filter cartridge receiver in a vertical direction;
the plurality of filter cartridge receivers being joined in a series at corresponding corners of adjacent filter cartridge receiver wells, wherein the filter cartridge receivers are joined in a manner that allows the filter cartridge receivers to move horizontally relative to each other about a joint at the corresponding corners; and
the plurality of filter cartridge receivers being alternatively configurable in a flat configuration and a folded configuration and moveable between the flat and folded configurations, wherein in the flat configuration the plurality of filter cartridge receivers are arranged in a line with their long sides parallel to the line, and wherein in the folded configuration the plurality of filter cartridge receivers are arranged in line with their short sides parallel to the line.

US Pat. No. 10,363,502

ELECTROMAGNETIC SENSOR FOR ACTIVE MONITORING OF FILTER MEDIA WITHIN A FILTRATION SYSTEM

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A filter sensor to be used with a filter media contained in a filter housing, comprising:an antenna;
a controller electrically coupled to the antenna and configured to drive an electric signal through the antenna to generate an electromagnetic signal,
wherein the antenna is configured to electromagnetically couple to the filter media via near-field coupling and configured to encompass the filter media,
wherein the controller is configured to detect a characteristic of the antenna, wherein the characteristic of the antenna varies in response to a change of the filter media, and wherein the controller is further configured to determine an indicator indicative of a remaining filter capacity of the filter media based on the characteristic of the antenna.

US Pat. No. 10,363,498

SYSTEM FOR BIOLOGICAL AEROBIC ACTIVATED SLUDGE PROCESS WITH HYDRODYNAMIC SOLID SEPARATION

1. A system for biological aerobic activated sludge treatment with hydrodynamic solid separation, comprising:a) a biological reaction system, wherein contact of an effluent occurs with microorganisms and dissolved oxygen, and subsequent absorption and metabolization of dissolved pollutants, the biological reaction system using a biological reactor (2) comprising a container and a system for the dissolution of air or oxygen, comprising equipment for jet aeration in a liquid, the equipment for jet aeration further comprising:
a liquid ejector (30) having at least one nozzle, that generates hydraulic turbulence by increasing velocity of the liquid per nozzle, wherein a gas is dissolved in the liquid;
a gas ejector (23) receiving the gas and the liquid, under pressure, generating partitioning of the gas and producing gas microbubbles, the gas microbubbles subsequently being discharged into a mixed liquid present in the biological reactor (2), dissolving oxygen in the liquid via diffusion; and
a gas generator (24) comprising an atmospheric air blower, the gas generator having an oxygen concentration greater than atmospheric concentration, or a liquid oxygen-containing cryogenic tank, wherein the oxygen is converted into gas by an atmospheric vaporizer to supply a dissolution system;
b) a hydrodynamic solid separation system, wherein an effluent containing dissolved solids from the biological reactor (2) is transferred to and separated using a hydrodynamic solid separator device (4) installed within the biological reactor (2) and upstream of a gravitational settlor tank (9), wherein a resulting sludge is recycled to the biological reactor, the hydrodynamic solid separator device comprising:
a collector housing (3) comprising a walled structure delimiting an interior of the hydrodynamic separator and allowing installation of at least a second system of the separator, wherein the effluent to the hydrodynamic separator from the biological reactor (2) passes through the collector housing (3), through a multiplicity of holes (5) on a side of the collector housing bordering the biological reactor;
a decanted water liquor collector system (7) that collects a mixed decanted liquid from the hydrodynamic separator while having a minimal hydraulic dragging upon a mass of suspended solids;
a system for collecting of mixed liquor with sedimented solids, collecting a maximum possible mass of suspended solids within the hydrodynamic separator (4), the system comprising a sludge collector (6) having a multiplicity of tubes, the tubes having a multiplicity of sludge collection holes (21) distributed throughout a cross-section of a bottom of the hydrodynamic separator (4); and
a centrifugal hydraulic pump (200), comprising a suctioning element for suctioning the mixed liquor from the mixed liquor with sedimented solids collecting system through a first discharge pipeline (22), discharging the liquor through a second discharge pipeline (11) connected to the biological reactor (2) and passing through the system for the dissolution of air or oxygen; and
c) a gravitational sedimentation of solids system, comprising the sedimentation of solids not separated in the hydrodynamic separator, wherein solids not separated in the hydrodynamic separator are sedimented through gravity using the gravitational settlor tank, and the sludge remaining recycled to the biological reactor, the gravitational settlor tank comprising:
a liquor distribution system connected to the hydrodynamic separator, comprising a tubular device (32) receiving flow from the decanted water liquor collection system through a connected pipeline (10), reducing velocity of the flow and distributing an inlet flow downwardly;
a bottom sludge collector comprising a sloping wall (13) having a maximum angle of 60° to an opposite wall, wherein the sludge sedimented within the sludge collector slides by gravity to a point of collection;
a sludge storage and pumping system, comprising a sludge storage compartment (20) interconnected to a bottom of the gravitational settler by a pipeline (14) and equipped with a centrifugal pump (15) to collect and recycle the sludge to the biological reactor, simultaneously discarding a portion of the sludge through another pipeline (18) having a flow rate controlled by a valve (19); and
a decanting water collection system, comprising a spillway (16) and a decanted and treated water disposal pipeline (17).

US Pat. No. 10,363,495

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTO DISTILLING LIQUIDS AT STRICTLY DEFINED CONDITIONS REGARDLESS OF COMPOSITION

1. A distillation assembly for distillation of liquid samples at atmospheric pressure, said distillation assembly comprising:a flask having a round bottom, a neck portion and a top opening;
a stopper for covering the top opening of said flask;
a heating element in thermal communication with said flask for heating said flask;
a first thermal radiation detector in optical connection with said flask;
a second thermal radiation detector in optical connection with said flask;
a temperature detector traversing said stopper;
a plurality of collimators having an aperture there through, said plurality of collimators housing said first and said second thermal radiation detectors;
a condenser connected to said flask at one end of said condenser;
a receiving vessel/collector in communication with said condenser, said receiving vessel/collector for receiving distillate; and
a base plate for supporting said flask, said base plate having an aperture in the center thereof and positioned between said flask and said heating element.

US Pat. No. 10,363,494

DEVICE FOR DISTRIBUTING GAS AND LIQUID IN CATALYTIC DISTILLATION COLUMNS

IFP Energies nouvelles, ...

1. A reactive distillation column comprising alternating catalytic zones (8) and distillation zones (B) in which:at each of the catalytic zones (8), a liquid is introduced upstream of said catalytic zones (8) via a central liquid collector comprising a cylindrical or parallelepipedal portion (3) followed by a tubular portion (4) which brings the liquid into a liquid distribution zone (5) located below the catalytic zones (8), said distribution zone (5) having a cross-section that is the same as said catalytic zone,
the liquid then passing through the catalytic zone in upflow mode and being evacuated from said catalytic zone via a peripheral zone (6) abutting a wall of the column or via a system of vents (10) passing through the catalytic zone,
a gas bypasses a catalytic zone (C) via a dedicated peripheral zone (7) or via an array of vertical vents (9) which discharge above an upper level of liquid weirs (12),
the central collector (3) being provided with an overflow device the height H of which, precisely defined as the maximum height of liquid between a level in the weirs (12) of a liquid layer (11) and the top of the overflow device of the central collector (3), has a value of 0.2 m to 2 m.

US Pat. No. 10,363,491

MODULAR TOY VEHICLE WITH DRIVE MECHANISM

Mattel, Inc., El Segundo...

1. A modular toy vehicle comprising:a first body portion having a first end and a second end, and defining a first chamber between the first end and the second end of the first body portion, the first body portion including a first elastic member in the first chamber;
a second body portion having a first end and a second end, and defining a second chamber between the first end and the second end of the second body portion, the second body portion including a second elastic member in the second chamber, the first end of the second body portion being releasably coupled to the second end of the first body portion to orient the first chamber and the second chamber in series, and releasably couple the first elastic member and the second elastic member in series;
a front portion coupled to the first end of the first body portion, the front portion including at least one wheel coupled thereto; and
a rear portion coupled to the second end of the second body portion, the rear portion including at least one wheel coupled thereto, the rear portion including an actuator operably connected to the first elastic member disposed within the first chamber and the second elastic member disposed within the second chamber and configured to wind the first and second elastic members to store energy, wherein the energy stored in the elastic members drives the toy vehicle along a support surface when released.

US Pat. No. 10,363,490

INTERACTIVE PAPER BIRD TOY AND FOLDING METHOD

1. A folding method for forming a toy bird character comprising the steps of:a. providing a carrier sheet with a toy bird character design, wherein the toy character design includes:
i) a body panel having a first end and a second opposite end,
ii) a triangular neck panel coupled to the body panel about a first fold indicating line, and
iii) a head element having a first head panel coupled to the neck panel about a second fold indicating line and a second head panel coupled to the neck panel about a third fold indicating line, wherein each head panel includes a proximal top feather portion and a distal beak portion;
b. separating the toy character design from the carrier sheet;
c: folding the toy character design to form the toy bird character by bending the neck panel rearwardly relative to the body panel about the first fold indicating line, bending the first and second head panels about the second and third fold indicating lines, respectively, such that the panels cross each other at the proximal top feather portions and then bringing the distal beak portions into alignment and affixing them together to form a movable head of the toy bird character and bending the body panel forwardly relative to the bending of the neck panel and affixing the first and second ends to define a body of the toy bird character, and
d. providing an aperture in the body configured to receive fingers of a user.

US Pat. No. 10,363,488

DETERMINING HIGHLIGHTS IN A GAME SPECTATING SYSTEM

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A system, comprising:one or more computing devices configured to implement a game spectating service configured to stream a plurality of broadcasts received from a plurality of broadcaster devices to a plurality of spectator devices, wherein each broadcast includes video showing game play of a respective broadcaster participating as a player in a game executing on one of a plurality of game systems;
one or more computing devices configured to implement a highlight service configured to:
receive game event data from the plurality of game systems according to an application programming interface (API) to the highlight service, wherein the game event data received from a given game system indicates one or more notable events in a game executing on the respective game system as determined from the respective game event data, and wherein the game event data includes participant highlight tags that indicate one or more participant-specified notable events in the game;
determine a plurality of highlight segments from the plurality of broadcasts, wherein one or more of the plurality of highlight segments are determined according to the received game event data and the participant highlight tags, wherein each highlight segment includes a portion of a respective broadcast showing a notable event from a respective game, and wherein the one or more highlight segments are determined based at least in part on a corresponding participant highlight tag and satisfying a spectator voting threshold; and
provide access to at least some of the plurality of highlight segments for viewing by spectators via game spectating clients executing on the plurality of spectator devices.

US Pat. No. 10,363,487

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING GAME LEVEL ATTRIBUTES BASED ON PLAYER SKILL LEVEL PRIOR TO GAME PLAY IN THE LEVEL

Zynga Inc., San Francisc...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:calculating, via at least one hardware processor, a player skill level for a player based at least on a plurality of game moves in a first game level completed by the player;
prior to detecting game play of the player in a second game level that allows a finite number of second level game moves, modifying, based on the player skill level, a first attribute of the second game level, the first attribute comprising a rate of appearance of a particular type of virtual object;
detecting game play of the player in the second game level;
while the player has played an amount of game moves less than the finite number of allowed second level game moves:
identifying a difference between a current rate of progression of the player through the second game level and a reference rate of progression for the second game level; and
due to the difference, causing display during game play of the player in the second game level of at least one of a number of instances of the particular type of virtual object according to the rate of appearance.

US Pat. No. 10,363,485

OPACITY METHOD AND DEVICE THEREFOR

KING.COM LTD., St. Julia...

1. A method comprising the following implemented by at least one processor of a device, said at least one processor being in communication with a user interface and at least one memory:displaying on a display of said device a display area for a game having a plurality of game objects displayed at game object positions;
displaying a first object having a transparency factor at a first location, said first object overlying at least one of said plurality of game objects;
detecting a trigger event;
modifying at least one of said transparency factor of said first object, a transparency factor of a game pointer, and a transparency factor of at least one game object; and
displaying at least one of said first object, said game pointer, and said at least one game object with said at least one modified transparency factor;
wherein the transparency factor of the first object is set to a transparency level such that at least one of the game objects is visible through the first object; and
wherein the first object comprises a message offering one or more game objects or elements to a player of the game for use in the game.

US Pat. No. 10,363,484

GENERATING GAME CONFIGURATIONS

Zynga Inc., San Francisc...

1. A computer system comprising:a processor;
a memory device holding an instruction set executable on the processor to cause the computer system to perform operations comprising:
generating a new game configuration by:
accessing, in a game configuration library, a set of rules for a prior game configuration of a word forming game, the set of rules defining operations for composing a gameboard comprising a set of selectable tiles, the set of rules being applicable to the set of selectable letter tiles; and
changing at least a portion of the set of rules based at least in part on a range of scores of a group of players that previously played the virtual game according to the prior game configuration;
generating a game configuration quality score for the new game configuration, the generating of the game configuration quality score comprising calculating a game configuration heuristic based at least in part on the range of scores of the group of players and based at least in part on a plurality of word counts for respective words, wherein each word count represents how many times the group of players have played the corresponding word; and
adding the new game configuration to a set of game configurations in the game configuration library data structure.

US Pat. No. 10,363,482

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CLOUD EXECUTING MINI-GAMES AND SOCIAL TAGGING

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A method for processing mini-games executed in a game cloud system, comprising:providing, on a server, a plurality of mini-games, created based on a video recording of a game play for a game title, wherein and each of the plurality of mini-games is defined from a portion selected from the video recording, the portion is associated with state data produced during said game play of the game title, the state data identifies actions taken to produce scenes present in the video recording from the game title,
identifying, for each of the mini-game, the state data to enable functionality in each mini-game, the portion is is used to identify parts of the executable code of the game title, and each part of the executable code for each mini-game is identified using pointers to access code from the executable code of the game title, wherein the plurality of mini-games are sharable to a social network; and
detecting user interactions with ones of the plurality of mini-games that are shared in the social network, wherein user interaction with each mini-game causes construction of the mini-game using the executable code of the game title and the state data;
ranking the mini-games based on the user interactions;
wherein user interactions include game play of said ones of the plurality of mini-games via streaming execution by the game cloud system.

US Pat. No. 10,363,481

SYSTEM FOR MULTI-USER COMMUNICATIONS USING DISCRETE VIDEO GAME PLATFORMS

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. A game-playing system comprising:a plurality of game-playing devices, each game-playing device being configured to execute, using a processor thereof, game software, the game software including instructions to establish a unique gaming environment for the game-playing device on which it is being executed, the respective gaming environments each including resident characters and being based at least in part on random data; and
at least one physically movable, portable handheld object including non-volatile read/write memory that tangibly stores game character-related data usable in connection with the game software, the at least one object being intermittently coupleable to individual ones of the game-playing devices, wherein the at least one object is not a game-playing device in the plurality of game-playing devices;
wherein a first game-playing device from the plurality of game-playing devices executing game software thereon is configured to present a first gaming environment and, consistent with player-interaction with the game software being executed thereon:
read character-related data from the at least one object to activate an avatar in the first gaming environment, the avatar having attributes defined at least in part by the read character-related data and being usable in the first gaming environment conditioned on the at least one object being coupled to the first game-playing device,
modify the character-related data,
write the modified character-related data to the at least one object, and
make the avatar unavailable in the first gaming environment, responsive to decoupling of the at least one object from the first game-playing device, the first game-playing device still permitting player-interaction with the first gaming environment even though the at least one object is no longer coupled thereto;
wherein a second game-playing device from the plurality of game-playing devices, different from the first game-playing device, executing game software thereon, is configured to present a second gaming environment that is different from the first gaming environment and:
responsive to the at least one object being coupled to the second game-playing device after the modified character-related data has been written to the at least one object, read the modified character-related data from the at least one object to activate the avatar in the second gaming environment, the avatar now having modified attributes defined at least in part by the read modified character-related data and now being usable in the second gaming environment conditioned on the at least one object being coupled to the second game-playing device, and
further modify the modified character-related data, consistent with player-interaction with the game software being executed on the second game-playing device;
wherein the at least one object is manufactured to include a human-perceivable visual appearance that correlates with how the avatar is to be displayed in the gaming environments presented by the respective game-playing devices;
wherein successive coupling operations involving the at least one object enable a further character, different from the avatar, to be made available in the gaming environments of successively coupled-to game-playing devices without human game-player knowledge of at least the initial transfer to the at least one portable object.

US Pat. No. 10,363,480

GAMING MACHINE WITH A CURVED DISPLAY

Video Gaming Technologies...

1. A gaming machine comprising:a cabinet;
a curved video display device comprising at least one display portion, the at least one display portion including an opening within the at least one display portion, wherein a peripheral device is mounted within the opening and accessible by a user of the gaming machine; and
a processor programmed to display, on the at least one display portion of the curved video display device, a graphic adjacent to the peripheral device.

US Pat. No. 10,363,479

METHODS FOR CONTROLLER PAIRING WITH ASSIGNED DIFFERENTIATING COLOR/PLAYER

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A method of pairing controllers to a base computing device comprising:establishing communication between a first and second controller and the base computing device, the communication identifying each of the first and second controllers as active;
receiving a pairing initiation signal, at the base computing device, from each of the first and second controllers, the pairing initiation signal from each of the first and second controllers being generated respectively in response to physical contact between the first and second controllers, the physical contact being a tap between the first and second controllers and the tap is detected respectively by an accelerometer of each of the first and second controllers;
determining, at the base computing device, that the pairing initiation signal from each of the first and second controllers correlate in time to each other and responsively setting the first and second controllers as paired to a first player; and
transmitting, from the base computing device, instructions to one of the first or second controllers to cause a light of the first controller to illuminate in a first color and a light of the second controller to illuminate in the first color.

US Pat. No. 10,363,478

MOBILE FREEWHEELING PLAYING CARD CART

1. A freewheeling playing card cart, comprising: a base, wherein said base comprises a tray having at least two playing card compartments on a top of said tray, wherein said playing card compartments are configured to accept and retain a stack of playing cards, wherein said playing card compartments comprise a generally rectangular shape; at least three swivel wheels attached to said base such that said base is configured to roll on said wheels in any direction in a 360 degree radius; and wherein said playing card cart is free-wheeling, wherein said playing cart is configured to be used on a table top; wherein said cart comprises one or more handles, and wherein said base defines a plane and said one or more handles are located at opposing ends of said base and extend vertically and normal to said plane.

US Pat. No. 10,363,477

BODY PROTECTIVE PADDING WITH NON-BURSTING GAS CELLS

1. A hip protective pad comprising:a brief for retention on a waist and legs of a user;
a left base hard shell is attached to an outside surface of a left side of said brief;
a left inside padding is retained behind said left base hard shell on an inside surface of said brief;
a right base hard shell is attached to an outside surface of a right side of said brief;
a right inside padding is retained behind said right base hard shell on an inside surface of said brief;
an inside surface of at least one left outside gas cell layer is attached to an outside surface of said left base hard shell, said at least one left outside gas cell layer includes a left base sheet and a left cell sheet, a plurality of left gas cells are created by joining said left cell sheet to said left base sheet; and
an inside surface of at least one right outside gas cell layer is attached to an outside surface of said right base hard shell, said at least one right outside gas cell layer includes a right base sheet and a right cell sheet, a plurality of right gas cells are created by joining said right cell sheet to said right base sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,363,476

OBJECT TRACKING SYSTEM PERFORMANCE DISPLAY

ISOLYNX, LLC, Haverhill,...

1. A computer-implemented tool that displays performance of an athlete tracking system that receives signals from a tracking tag located within a tracking area to determine locations of the tracking tag and an error condition due to at least one of a hardware error of the tracking system, a hardware error of the tracking tag, and a configuration error of the tracking system, the tool comprising:a processor;
a non-transitory memory communicatively coupled with the processor; and
a visual plotting module implemented as machine-readable instructions stored within the memory and executable by the processor to display on a graphical representation of at least part of the tracking area: (a) a sequence of non-error symbols corresponding to the determined locations of the tracking tag, and (b) an error symbol corresponding to a last-known location, of the determined locations, immediately prior to the error condition, the error symbol indicating the error condition.

US Pat. No. 10,363,475

ATHLETICISM RATING AND PERFORMANCE MEASURING SYSTEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of processing athletic sensor data comprising:receiving through a first wireless communication link of a first portable base unit, performance data of a first athlete collected by at least one sensor during the first athlete's performance of an athletic activity during a first time frame, wherein the receiving is conducted during at least a portion of the first time frame;
processing the performance data of the first athlete at the first base unit by seamlessly integrating the collected performance data into an automatically calculated athletic performance score for the first athlete for the performance of the athletic activity utilizing performance data received from the at least one sensor collected during the first time frame of the athletic performance;
receiving through a first wireless communication link of a second portable base unit, performance data of a second athlete collected by at least one sensor during the second athlete's performance of the athletic activity during a second time frame, wherein the receiving is conducted during at least a portion of the second time frame;
processing the performance data of the second athlete at the second base unit by seamlessly integrating the collected performance data into an automatically calculated athletic performance score for the second athlete for the performance of the athletic activity utilizing performance data received from the at least one sensor collected during the second time frame of the athletic performance;
automatically applying performance data from the first time frame and the second time frame to a sport-specific athleticism rating equation to generate a sport-specific performance score for each of the first athlete and the second athlete;
receiving performance data from a third athlete during performance of a sport-specific activity during a third time frame, and in response, processing the performance scores of the first athlete and the second athlete to determine which of the first and the second athlete should replace the third athlete in the sport-specific activity; and
outputting a determination of a selection of either the first athlete or the second athlete to replace the third athlete in the sport-specific activity occurring during the third time frame.

US Pat. No. 10,363,474

INFORMATION-PRESENTATION STRUCTURE WITH IMPACT-SENSITIVE COLOR CHANGE BY LIGHT EMISSION

1. An information-presentation (“IP”) structure comprising an object-impact (“OI”) structure having an exposed surface for being impacted by an object during an activity, the OI structure comprising a variable-color (“VC”) region which extends to the exposed surface at a surface zone and normally appears along it largely as a principal color during the activity, an impact-dependent (“ID”) portion of the VC region responding to the object impacting the surface zone at an ID object-contact (“OC”) area spanning where the object contacts the surface zone by temporarily emitting light suitable for forming color different from the principal color if the impact meets threshold impact criteria such that the ID portion temporarily appears along an ID print area of the surface zone largely as changed color materially different from the principal color, the OC area being capable of being of substantially arbitrary shape, the print area at least partly encompassing, at least mostly outwardly conforming largely to, and being largely concentric with the OC area.

US Pat. No. 10,363,472

TRAINING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CUING A JUMPER ON A JUMP OVER A CROSSBAR

1. A training system for a jumper on a jump path over a crossbar comprising:a sensor near the crossbar for sensing the jumper along a direction paralleling the crossbar and for producing a plurality of data points representative of the lowest edge of the jumper in the vicinity of the crossbar at a given time;
a computer coupled to said sensor for receiving the plurality of data points and programmed for calculating therefrom an extrapolated curved flight path for the sensed lowest edge of the jumper and for producing a cuing signal if the extrapolated flight path of the sensed lowest edge of the jumper reaches a predetermined minimum distance from the crossbar; and
a cuing device coupled to said computer for receiving the cuing signal and for cuing the jumper during the jump that the predetermined distance has been reached such that the jumper can react during the jump.

US Pat. No. 10,363,468

SPORTS SHAFT WITH STIFFENING BUMPER

SPORT MASKA INC., Montre...

1. A sports shaft comprising:an elongated body having a perimeter defined by four main walls defining a rectangular cross-section and interconnected through four edge walls, the edge walls being spaced apart around the perimeter;
a respective bumper covering and extending along at least part of a length of the edge walls, a cross-sectional area of the respective bumper being less than or equal to that of the elongated body, and the respective bumper having a crescent cross-sectional shape;
wherein the main and edge walls without the respective bumper have a first stiffness along the at least part of the length of the at least one of the edge walls;
wherein a combination of the respective bumper with the at least one of the edge walls has a second stiffness along the at least part of the length of the at least one of the edge walls which is greater than the first stiffness; and
wherein the respective bumper has a stiffness along the at least part of the length of the at least one of the edge walls which is greater than the first stiffness.

US Pat. No. 10,363,467

TETHERABLE GOLF TEE AND TEEING SYSTEM

1. A golf tee, comprising:a body including a first end for inserting into an external surface and a second end opposite the first end; and
a crown located on the second end, the crown configured for resting a golf ball thereon,
wherein:
the body further includes a first aperture and a second aperture located between the first end and the second end for tethering the golf tee to another object,
the first aperture is located at a first position on the body,
the second aperture is located at a second position on the body,
the second position is closer to the first end than the first position,
the body includes a hollow portion extending from the second end to at least the second position, and
the crown includes a third aperture to access the hollow portion of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,363,466

GOLF CLUB HEADS WITH CAVITIES AND INSERTS AND RELATED METHODS

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club head comprising:a body comprising:
a strikeface at a front of the golf club head;
a backface opposite the strikeface;
a heel region;
a toe region opposite the heel region;
a sole;
a rear portion at a rear of the golf club head; and
a cavity located between the backface and the rear portion, the cavity comprising:
a face side wall comprising a portion of the backface;
a rear side wall opposite the face side wall, the rear side wall comprising a recess extending from the heel region to the toe region;
a bottom wall between the face side wall and the rear side wall; and
a width measured from the face side wall to the rear side wall;
and
an insert received within the cavity;
wherein:
the insert comprises:
a first component comprising a back surface configured to be adjacent to the rear side wall of the golf club head, a front surface opposite the back surface, a bottom surface, a top surface opposite the bottom surface, a toe-region side, a heel region side opposite the toe-region side, and an elastically deformable material; and
a retainer comprising a top surface, a bottom surface and a plastically deformable material, the retainer is configured to be removably received within the first component of the insert without the use of threads;
wherein the retainer of the insert comprises a width greater than the width of the cavity and a width of the first component of the insert;
wherein when the insert is received in the cavity, the retainer is bent to create a U-shape within the cavity;
wherein the bent retainer exerts a retaining force on the face side wall and the rear side wall to retain the insert in the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,363,465

GOLF CLUB AND GOLF CLUB HEAD STRUCTURES

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club head comprising:a golf club head body having a crown,
a sole,
a toe portion,
a heel portion,
a rear portion, and
a ball striking face configured for striking a golf ball,
the club head body defining an interior chamber,
a first receptacle connected to the golf club head body,
the first receptacle comprising a first tube having an opening on the sole and a first length extending from the sole toward the crown,
wherein the first tube has a portion that is exposed to an exterior of the club head;
and a first weight member configured to be received by the first receptacle, the first weight member being elongated and having a first end and a second end,
with a second length defined between the first and second ends,
wherein the first end is heavier than the second end, and the second length generally corresponds to the first length,
wherein the first receptacle has internal threads configured to secure the first weight member within the first receptacle, and
wherein the first weight member is configured to be inserted into and removed from the first receptacle, and
the first weight member is further configured to be flipped such that the heavier first end can be located proximal the crown or proximal the sole to adjust a spin rate of the golf ball generated after the ball striking face strikes the golf ball; and
a second receptacle connected to the golf club head body,
the second receptacle comprising a second tube having an opening on the sole and a third length extending from the sole toward the crown,
wherein the second tube has a portion that is exposed to an exterior of the club head;
and a second weight member configured to be received by the second receptacle, the second weight member being elongated and having a third end and a fourth end,
with a fourth length defined between the third and fourth ends,
wherein the third end is heavier than the fourth end, and the fourth length generally corresponds to the third length,
wherein the second receptacle has internal threads configured to secure the second weight member within the second receptacle, and
wherein the second weight member is configured to be inserted into and removed from the second receptacle, and
the second weight member is further configured to be flipped such that the heavier third end can be located proximal the ball striking face or proximal the rear portion to adjust the spin rate of the golf ball generated after the ball striking face strikes the golf ball.

US Pat. No. 10,363,464

PUTTER WITH INTEGRAL SIGHTLINE AND SOLE PLATE

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A putter comprising:a putter body having a striking face member, a body comprised of a plurality of spaced apart body portions extending rearward from a back surface of the striking face member that form an upper surface that is visible to a player when in the address position and a bottom surface that is not visible to the player when in the address position, and
a sole plate that is coupled to the bottom surface of the body,
wherein the body comprises at least one aperture between the spaced apart body portions and the sole plate includes a plurality of integral sightlines that protrude vertically from the sole plate through the aperture such that they are above the upper surface of the spaced apart body portions and are visible to the player in the address position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,462

GOLF BALLS HAVING FOAM, HOLLOW, OR METAL CENTER AND PLASTICIZED THERMOPLASTIC CORE LAYER

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball, comprising a core assembly and cover having at least one layer, the core assembly comprising:i) an inner core layer comprising a metal material, the inner core having an outer surface hardness (Hinner core surface) and a center hardness (Hinner core center), the Hinner core surface being greater than the Hinner core center to provide a positive hardness gradient, the inner core having a diameter in the range of about 0.100 to about 1.100 inches; and
ii) an outer core layer formed from a plasticized thermoplastic composition comprising;
a) an acid copolymer of ethylene and an ?,?-unsaturated carboxylic acid, optionally including a softening monomer selected from the group consisting of alkyl acrylates and methacrylates;
b) a plasticizer; and
c) a cation source present in an amount sufficient to neutralize from about 0 to about 100% of all acid groups present in the composition; and
d) a rubber compound present in an amount greater than 50% by weight based on the combined weight of the acid copolymer and rubber;
the outer core layer being disposed about the inner core layer and having a thickness in the range of about 0.200 to about 1.200 inches and having an outer surface hardness (Houter surface of OC) and a midpoint hardness (Hmidpoint of OC), the Houter surface of OC being greater than the Hmidpoint of OC to provide a positive hardness gradient,
wherein the diameter of the inner core is less than the thickness of the outer core layer and the center hardness of the inner core (Hinner core center) is in the range of about 30 Shore C to about 65 Shore C and the outer surface hardness of the outer core layer (Houter surface of OC) is in the range of about 40 Shore C to about 85 Shore C to provide a positive hardness gradient across the core assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,363,461

MULTI-PIECE SOLID GOLF BALL

Bridgestone Sports Co., L...

1. A multi-piece solid golf ball comprising a core, a cover and an intermediate layer therebetween,wherein the core, a sphere composed of the core and the intermediate layer which peripherally encases the core (intermediate layer-encased sphere), and the ball have respective surface hardnesses, expressed in terms of Shore D hardness, which satisfy the relationship
ball surface hardness?surface hardness of intermediate layer-encased sphere?core surface hardness;
the thickness of the cover is not more than 1.2 mm, and
the core has a hardness profile which, expressed in terms of JIS-C hardness, satisfies the following relationships:
20?core surface hardness (Cs)?core center hardness (Cc),
5?[hardness at a position 5 mm from core center (C5)?core center hardness (Cc)]>0, and
[core surface hardness (Cs)?core center hardness (Cc)]/[hardness at a position midway between core surface and core center (Cm)?core center hardness (Cc)]?4.

US Pat. No. 10,363,460

MULTI-PIECE SOLID GOLF BALL

Bridgestone Sports Co., L...

1. A multi-piece solid golf ball comprising a core of at least one layer, a cover of at least one layer, and at least one intermediate layer interposed between the core and the cover, wherein the core has a deflection when compressed under a final load of 1,275 N (130 kgf) from an initial load state of 98 N (10 kgf) of at least 4.0 mm, the intermediate layer material has a melt flow rate (MFR) of at least 2.5 g/10 min, the intermediate layer has a thickness of from 1.0 to 1.8 mm, the cover is composed primarily of polyurethane, the cover has a thickness of from 0.5 to 1.0 mm, the cover has a Shore D hardness of at least 55, the sum of the intermediate layer thickness and the cover thickness is not more than 2.2 mm, and the value obtained by subtracting the Shore D hardness of the intermediate layer material from the Shore D hardness of the cover material is from ?10 to 0, andwherein the core is formed of a rubber composition comprising:
(a) a base rubber,
(b) an ?,?-unsaturated carboxylic acid and/or a metal salt thereof,
(c) a crosslinking initiator, and
(d) a metal carboxylate in which the carboxylic acid bonded to metal is of two or more different types and at least one of the carboxylic acids has 8 or more carbon atoms, the component (d) being selected from the group consisting of zinc monostearate monopalmitate, zinc monostearate monomyristate, zinc monostearate monolaurate, zinc monopalmitate monomyristate, zinc monopalmitate monolaurate, zinc monostearate monoacrylate, zinc monostearate monomethacrylate, zinc monostearate monomaleate, zinc monostearate monofumarate, zinc monopalmitate monoacrylate, zinc monopalmitate monomethacrylate, zinc monopalmitate monomaleate, zinc monopalmitate monofumarate, zinc monomyristate monoacrylate, zinc monomyristate monomethacrylate, zinc monomyristate monomaleate, zinc monomyristate monofumarate, zinc monolaurate monoacrylate, zinc monolaurate monomethacrylate, zinc monolaurate monomaleate and zinc monolaurate monofumarate.

US Pat. No. 10,363,458

METHODS FOR TREATING GOLF BALLS HAVING A THERMOPLASTIC POLYURETHANE COVER

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A method for forming a coated golf ball, comprising the steps of:providing a golf ball comprising at least one core layer and an outer cover layer, wherein the outer cover layer is formed from a thermoplastic polyurethane composition;
applying a mixture comprising: i) at least one compound selected from the group consisting of multi-functional amines, imines, and isocyanates; and ii) solvent, to the outer cover layer;
applying a first polyurethane coating comprising unreacted isocyanate groups and having an isocyanate index of at least about 115 to the outer cover layer;
treating the golf ball with heat; and
applying a second polyurethane coating to the outer cover of the golf ball to form a coated golf ball.

US Pat. No. 10,363,457

GOLF BALLS WITH AERODYNAMIC SUBSURFACES

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball comprising:a core;
a cover surrounding the core;
an exterior surface provided on the cover having an exterior radius R0;
at least a first subsurface having a first perimeter and a subsurface radius R1 and at least two dimples located solely within the first subsurface,
wherein the first subsurface is offset from the exterior surface by a value ?1 such that R1=R0??1 and ?1 is between about 0.009 and about 0.020 inches.

US Pat. No. 10,363,455

EXERCISE MACHINE AND CROSS TRAINER

1. An exercise system to provide a full body cardiovascular and upper body work out comprising:at least one piece of adjustable weight training apparatus;
a mountable cardiovascular machine;
wherein the at least one piece of adjustable weight training machine is configured with and directly connected to the mountable cardiovascular machine;
wherein the adjustable weight training apparatus comprises, support equipment, resistance cables, cable pulleys, weight handles and weight plates wherein the weight training apparatus is adjusted by a user whom has mounted the mountable cardiovascular machine;
wherein the user adjusts the amount of weight the user desires to undertake in upper body exercise by selecting the number of weight plates the user desires;
wherein the adjustable weight training apparatus is adjusted by the user so that the apparatus is positioned over the user's head, at a midway position or in a lowered position;
wherein the exercise system apparatus further comprises weight trays designed to hold at least two free weights;
wherein the weight trays are configured in the front section of the mountable cardiovascular machine in front of the user within reach of the user;
wherein weight trays are also attached to the mountable cardiovascular machine and positioned on both sides of the user within reach of the user;
wherein the exercise system further comprises an “app” uploaded onto a smart or mobile device;
wherein the “app” provides the user with a rate that the user engages in cardiovascular exercise and also directs the user as to the upper body exercises to be undertaken using the adjustable weight training apparatus;
wherein the user engages in cardiovascular exercise while simultaneously engaging in upper body weight training thereby engaging in a full body workout including both cardiovascular and upper body exercises.

US Pat. No. 10,363,454

PORTABLE FITNESS MONITORING METHODS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for providing audible output to a user during an athletic activity using a portable fitness monitoring device, comprising the steps of:the portable fitness monitoring device receiving user input comprising selecting a tone indicating a desired style of audio feedback;
the portable fitness monitoring device generating a data array based on the user input;
the portable fitness monitoring device selecting an audio feedback file package based on the user input, and processing the selected audio feedback file package to provide audible output to the user during the athletic activity, wherein the processing comprises generating an audio feedback phrase based on an association between the data array and an index source;
the portable fitness monitoring device providing preliminary audio coaching prior to commencement of the athletic activity in a first tone of audio feedback; and
the portable fitness monitoring device providing coaching feedback during the athletic activity in a second tone of audio feedback that differs from the first tone.

US Pat. No. 10,363,452

ELASTIC EXERCISE DEVICE

1. An arm and chest exercise device comprising:first and second arm cuffs configured to respectively encircle an upper portion of a user's left and right arms; and
a central elastic member of generally rectangular shape, the first and second arm cuffs being attached to opposite ends in a longitudinal direction of the central elastic member, the central elastic member having a length sufficient to extend across a chest of the user, the central elastic member comprising a rubber sheet having a width, length and thickness where the width and length are at least ten times the thickness;
wherein the rubber sheet is expansible in a first direction between the first and second arm cuffs and expansible in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, expansibility of the rubber sheet in the first direction being substantially equal to expansibility of the rubber sheet in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,451

CROSS-TRAINING TREADMILL

1. A cross-training treadmill comprises:a treadmill;
a first weight-engaging pulley mechanism;
a second weight-engaging pulley mechanism;
a first guide channel;
a second guide channel;
a power source;
the treadmill comprises a processing unit, a first lateral edge, a treadmill belt track, and a second lateral edge;
the first weight-engaging pulley mechanism and the second weight-engaging pulley mechanism each comprise a slidable base;
the treadmill belt track being positioned in between the first lateral edge and the second lateral edge;
the first guide channel being positioned adjacent the first lateral edge;
the second guide channel being positioned adjacent the second lateral edge;
the slidable base of the first weight-engaging mechanism being slidably positioned along the first guide channel;
the slidable base of the second weight-engaging pulley mechanism being slidably positioned along the second guide channel;
the power source being electrically connected to the processing unit;
the treadmill further comprises a control housing;
the first guide channel and the second guide channel each comprise a proximal end, a channel body, and a distal end;
the first lateral edge and the second lateral edge each comprise a terminal end;
the channel body extending from the proximal end to the distal end;
the terminal end of the first lateral edge being positioned adjacent the distal end of the first guide channel;
the terminal end of the second lateral edge being positioned adjacent the distal end of the second guide channel; and
the control housing being connected to the terminal ends.

US Pat. No. 10,363,448

LIQUID BUOYANCE MUSCLE TRAINING DEVICE

1. A liquid buoyancy muscle training device, comprising:a liquid receiving tank;
a buoyantly submergible member, which is provided therein with a regulation chamber, which selectively receives and holds liquid and gas to allow the buoyantly submergible member to selectively float in liquid contained in the liquid receiving tank;
at least one bottom pulley, which is mounted inside the liquid receiving tank such that the buoyantly submergible member is floating above the bottom pulley;
a rope, which has a first end, a second end, and an intermediate section connected between the first end and the second end, the first end being connected to a bottom of the buoyantly submergible member, the intermediate section being wrapped around the bottom pulley, the second end being arranged to extend upward to project outside the liquid receiving tank;
a liquid regulation tank, which is connected through a liquid supply tube to the regulation chamber of the buoyantly submergible member such that liquid is allowed to flow between the liquid regulation tank and the regulation chamber through the liquid supply tube; and
a gas supplier, which is connected through a gas supply tube to the regulation chamber of the buoyantly submergible member, the gas supply tube comprising a gas valve mounted thereto, the gas supplier being operable to supply gas through the gas supply tube into the regulation chamber, the gas valve being operable to selectively open and close in order to selectively discharge the gas from the regulation chamber through the gas supply tube to adjust a ratio between the liquid and gas contained in the regulation chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,363,447

ELECTRIC-PNEUMATIC ACTUATOR ASSEMBLY

Tyco Fire Products LP, L...

1. An actuator assembly configured for rupturing a seal of a cartridge of pressurized gas, the assembly comprising:a housing having a proximal end and a distal end with a passageway extending axially from the proximal end to the distal end along an actuator axis, the passageway defining a first chamber and a second chamber with the second chamber disposed distally of the first chamber, with the first and second chambers centered along the actuator axis, the housing including at least one inlet port formed between the first and second chambers in communication with the passageway for coupling to a pressurized gas source;
an electrically operated protracting actuation device having an electrical connector and a rod member, the protracting actuation device being disposed within the housing such that the electrical connector is disposed in the first chamber and the rod member is disposed in the second chamber with the first chamber being sealed from the second chamber and the at least one inlet port; and
a puncturing assembly including a head with a puncturing pin extending axially from the head, the puncturing assembly having an actuated position and a retracted position within the passageway with the head in the second chamber biased in a proximal direction to the retracted position for translation from the retracted position to the actuated position upon either electrical operation of the protracting actuation device or delivery of the pressurized gas to the at least one inlet port acting on the head.

US Pat. No. 10,363,446

CONTROL STATION AND METHOD FOR ACTUATING TWO EXTINGUISHING AGENT SUPPLY DEVICES

1. A fire detection and extinguishing control panel for actuating a first extinguishing agent supply device (17) containing a first extinguishing agent and a second extinguishing agent supply device (18) containing a second extinguishing agent different than the first extinguishing agent, the fire detection and extinguishing control panel comprising:a control unit (24) configured to generate a first signal to actuate the first extinguishing agent supply device (17) when the control unit receives a first fire signal of a fire characteristic detected at a time t1 and to generate a second signal to actuate the second extinguishing agent supply device (18) when the control unit receives a second fire signal of the fire characteristic detected at a time t2 after actuating the first extinguishing agent supply device (17) if the control unit has examined whether the inequality (t1+tc)

US Pat. No. 10,363,445

EXTINGUISHING METHOD AND SYSTEM USING A LIQUID SYNTHETIC EXTINGUISHING AGENT AND WATER

1. A method for extinguishing objects or devices, comprising the following method steps preferably carried out in succession:(a) detecting a first fire signal of a fire characteristic by at least one event detector (11) and at least one of a fire alarm or an extinguishing control panel (12), at the time t1,
(b) actuating a first extinguishing agent supply device (17) by the at least one of a fire alarm or an extinguishing control panel (12) for discharging a liquid synthetic extinguishing agent (14) by way of a common pipe (9) and at least one nozzle (10),
(c) detecting a second fire signal of the fire characteristic at the time t2 and
(d) actuating a second extinguishing agent supply device (18) and delivering one of a water (3) or a water-based extinguishing agent via the common pipe (9) and at least one nozzle (10) for extinguishing purposes,
wherein the discharge of the liquid synthetic extinguishing agent (14) and the delivery of the water (3) or the water-based extinguishing agent is carried out by a separation apparatus (8) and wherein, furthermore, there is an actuation of the separation apparatus (8) by the at least one of a fire alarm or an extinguishing control panel (12), prior to method step (b), for generating a switching position, which releases a transport path of the liquid synthetic extinguishing agent (14) in the direction of the common pipe (9) and the at least one nozzle (10) and completely blocks the transport path of the one of a water (3) or the water-based extinguishing agent from the second extinguishing agent supply device (18) in the direction of the common pipe (9) and the at least one nozzle (10) and there is an actuation of the separation apparatus (8) by the at least one of a fire alarm or an extinguishing agent control panel (12), prior to method step (d) and complete discharge of the liquid synthetic extinguishing agent (14), for generating a switching position of the separation apparatus (8) which releases the transport path of the at least one of a water or the water based extinguishing agent (3) in the direction of the common pipe (9) and the at least one nozzle (10) and completely blocks the transport path of the liquid synthetic extinguishing agent (14) from the first extinguishing agent supply device (17) in the direction of the common pipe (9) and the at least one nozzle (10).

US Pat. No. 10,363,442

CONNECTING AND ANCHORING DEVICE

1. A connecting and anchoring device, comprising:a flexible elongate member element terminating at opposite ends thereof in respective gate and spine termination structures; and
a gate housing for housing a gating portion of the flexible elongate member element, the gate housing including a manually manipulable locking element, the gate and spine termination structures having a first set of complementary mating shapes or structures, the device configured to provide for changing between a first configuration of the connecting and anchoring device in which the complementary mating shapes or structures are locked together so as to inhibit separation thereof, and a second configuration in which the complementary mating shapes or structures can be freely separated from one another as a consequence of manipulating the locking element, and wherein the device, in at least the first configuration, defines a closed aperture therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,363,439

ION ACCELERATION COMPLEX FOR THE TREATMENT OF ATRIAL FIBRILLATIONS

1. An accelerator complex (12) comprising:an ion source (1) configured for producing beam pulses of ions with an atomic number between 1 (protons) and 10 (neon ions),
a pre-accelerator (3) configured for accelerating rates of the beam pulses,
a high-energy section (13) configured to receive beam pulses from the pre-accelerator (3), the high-energy section (13) containing at least one linac (5; 6; 7) comprising a plurality of units and configured to:
(i) run at a frequency larger than 1 GHz with a repetition rate between 10 Hz and 400 Hz, and
(ii) vary energy of outgoing accelerated ions by acting on the radiofrequency sources of at least one linac (7) to switch off a number of units, and to vary the power and the phase of the radiofrequency power pulses sent to the final active units of a last section of the linac,
said outgoing accelerated ions of beam pulses forming a spot that deliver a dose of beam pulses to a target area of a patient's body,
a three-dimensional feedback system configured to vary, before sending every spot, two transverse positions and a depth in the patient's body so as to compensate for the movements of a targeted area such that the dose of beam pulses delivered by every spot is limited to a targeted area in order to reduce unwanted irradiation to non-targeted areas, and
a High Energy Beam Transport channel (HEBT) with an associated magnet system that transports the beam pulses forming every spot from the high-energy section (13) to a treatment room of said patient,
wherein the configuration of the units and the configuration of the three-dimensional feedback system is such that the variation of the depth by the three-dimensional feedback system corresponds to the variation of energy of outgoing accelerated ions.

US Pat. No. 10,363,435

CRYOGENIC MAGNET STRUCTURE WITH SPLIT CRYOSTAT

1. A cryogenic magnet structure, comprising:at least two superconducting coils that are substantially symmetric about a central axis, wherein the superconducting coils are on opposite sides of a median plane;
a magnetic yoke surrounding the superconducting coils and containing at least a portion of a chamber, wherein the median plane extends through the chamber;
a first cryostat containing a first of the superconducting coils; and
a second cryostat containing a second of the superconducting coils, wherein the second cryostat is distinct from the first cryostat, and wherein the first and second cryostats are on opposite sides of the median plane in the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,363,434

LED THERAPY BED

1. A LED therapy bed comprising:a plurality of LED modules;
the plurality of LED modules each having upstanding walls;
an acrylic cover over the plurality of LED modules;
the acrylic cover resting on and supported by the upstanding walls of the modules;
a first frame supporting each of the LED modules of the LED therapy bed;
wherein the frame is separate from the upstanding walls of the modules;
each LED module having a plurality of different LEDs regulated by one or more current limiting circuits;
the plurality of different LEDs configured to be overdriven to increase light output beyond normal operating intensity and to further produce thermal heat from the plurality of LEDs in order to produce a skin temperature of a user between 101 and 108 degrees Fahrenheit from direct thermal conduction;
each of the LED modules further including at least one thermal sensor placed between the LEDs and is in conductive contact with the acrylic cover; the at least one thermal sensor in each module being supported by and resting within a recess in a flexible arm that is located between the LEDs of each module; the flexible arm being mounted on a second frame that sits between the LEDs; the at least one thermal sensor within each module locally senses a temperature adjacent the underside of the acrylic cover which is over the LEDs of each module;
each of the LED modules further including at least one fan wherein the fan speed is regulated directly or indirectly by said at least one thermal sensor; and
a master controller that controls the LEDs; the at least one fan and the at least one thermal sensor in each said module; wherein the temperature of each module, LED or cluster of LEDs is separately controlled while each module or LED or cluster of LEDs is providing treatment;
wherein the LEDs, the thermal sensor, the current limiting circuit, and the fan are controlled by the master controller to raise and maintain the skin temperature of all areas of the user's body being treated by the LED therapy bed from a starting temperature to a same therapeutic temperature in the range of 101 to 108 degrees Fahrenheit.

US Pat. No. 10,363,433

DRUSEN TREATMENT METHOD AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DRUSEN TREATMENT DEVICE

LUTRONIC VISION INC, Bur...

1. A drusen treatment method, comprising:identifying a position of drusen located in a patient's fundus;
determining a treatment area considering the position where the drusen are located; and
decreasing the drusen by transferring energy to the treatment area,
wherein determining the treatment area includes setting a boundary of the treatment area outside of an outer boundary of the drusen, a plurality of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells being disposed between the outer boundary of the drusen and the boundary of the treatment area, a number of the plurality of RPE cells being in a range from two to fifteen, the outer boundary of the drusen and the boundary of the treatment area being on a surface that is perpendicular to a thickness of an RPE layer,
wherein transferring energy to the treatment area includes sequentially radiating light on a plurality of spots located within the treatment area, and
wherein transferring the energy to the treatment area includes transferring the energy to the entire treatment area that includes the plurality of RPE cells outside of the outer boundary of the drusen.

US Pat. No. 10,363,431

PHOTOTHERAPY APPARATUS, METHOD FOR OPERATING SAME, AND TREATMENT METHOD USING SAME

LUTRONIC CORPORATION, Go...

1. A phototherapy apparatus, comprising:a body having a first resonator generating light of a first wavelength, the first resonator including a laser medium;
a first hand piece detachably provided in the body, receiving the light of the first wavelength generated from the first resonator and radiating the light of the first wavelength to an outside; and
a second hand piece detachably provided in the body, generating light of a second wavelength using the light of the first wavelength generated from the first resonator, and radiating the light of the second wavelength to the outside, wherein the first wavelength is 1064 nm and the second wavelength is shorter than the first wavelength,
wherein the second hand piece comprises a second resonator generating the light of the second wavelength and the second resonator is excited by the light of the first wavelength transferred from the body to generate the light of the second wavelength, the second resonator comprising a laser dye, a first reflector through which the light of the first wavelength passes to excite the laser dye, and a second reflector through the light of the second wavelength passes, the first and second reflectors being disposed at both sides of the laser dye,
wherein manipulators for manipulating light radiation are respectively provided on outer surfaces of the first hand piece and the second hand piece,
wherein the second hand piece comprises a proximal part and a distal part, the proximal part including a first portion and the distal part including a second portion, the first portion and the second portion accommodating the laser dye, the proximal part and the distal part detachably coupled to each other so as to replace the laser dye,
wherein each of the proximal part and the distal part comprises at least one optical element and optical axes of the optical elements in the proximal part and the distal part and the laser dye are aligned when the proximal part and the distal part are coupled to each other, and
wherein the body includes a first path along which the light of the first wavelength generated from the first resonator is transferred to the first hand piece, a second path along which the light of the first wavelength generated from the first resonator is transferred to the second hand piece, and a path adjuster allowing the light of the first wavelength to be transferred through one of the first path and the second path.

US Pat. No. 10,363,430

THERAPEUTIC LASER TREATMENT AND TRANSDERMAL STIMULATION OF STEM CELL DIFFERENTIATION

1. A method for promoting stem cell differentiation and/or stem cell generation in bone marrow tissue, the method comprising:providing a laser light source that delivers a beam of monochromatic coherent light having a wavelength of about 1064 nm;
directing the beam of monochromatic coherent light towards a skin surface to transdermally aim the beam of monochromatic coherent light at bone marrow tissue that is underlying the skin surface;
collimating the beam of monochromatic coherent light into a beam of collimated monochromatic coherent light having a cross-sectional area greater than 12.5 cm2; and
transdermally exposing the bone marrow tissue with the beam of collimated monochromatic coherent light, the bone marrow tissue being located at a depth of at least 2.7 mm below the skin surface, and the collimated monochromatic coherent light having a power density greater than approximately 500 mW/cm2 for a time sufficient to deliver greater than 5 Joules/cm2 to the bone marrow tissue being treated as measured at the skin surface.

US Pat. No. 10,363,429

DEVICE FOR THE PLASMA TREATMENT OF HUMAN, ANIMAL OR PLANT SURFACES, IN PARTICULAR OF SKIN OR MUCOUS MEMBRANE AREAS

1. A device for a treatment of a zone of a human or an animal or a plant surface or area by a cold atmospheric-pressure plasma by generation of a dielectrically hindered surface discharge, the device comprising:at least one high-voltage cable,
at least one ground cable,
at least one grounded electrode, and
at least one high-voltage electrode,
wherein the at least one high-voltage electrode consists of a single sheathed flexible wire or a single sheathed electrically conductive filament having an elastic insulating layer as a sheath, and
wherein the sheathing insulation layer is used as a dielectric to generate a dielectrically hindered discharge which at the same time conforms to the contour of the surface or area to be treated and has a dielectric strength of at least 2 kV.

US Pat. No. 10,363,428

MODULAR ANTITACHYARRHYTHMIA THERAPY SYSTEM

CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC.,...

1. An implantable cardiac rhythm management system comprising:an implantable defibrillator module (IDM) comprising a controller, battery, a capacitor, and circuitry for charging the capacitor and delivering a defibrillation therapy, and IDM communication circuitry capable of communicating with at least an external device and another implantable device, the implantable defibrillator adapted for use with a lead; and
an implantable pacing module (IPM) having at least two electrodes coupled to pacing circuitry for delivery of pacing therapy, the IPM including IPM communications circuitry for communicating with at least the IDM;
wherein the IDM is configured to identify a tachyarrhythmia and direct the IPM to deliver antitachyarrhythmia therapy.

US Pat. No. 10,363,427

ELECTRICAL SAFETY SYSTEM

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:measuring impedance between a rescuer and a patient while the rescuer is performing a hands-on CPR operation while a defibrillation system delivers one or more electrical shocks to the patient, wherein the defibrillation system comprises;
an electrical insulation configured to drape over at least a portion of the patient and placed between the rescuer and the patient;
a first pad in electrical communication with a power source through a first power cable to deliver an electrical shock to the patient, the first pad in electrical communication with the patient,
a second pad in electrical communication with the power source through a second power cable to deliver the electrical shock to the patient, the second pad in electrical communication with the patient; and
the power source to apply a shock voltage to the patient;
detecting a low impedance condition between the rescuer and the patient while the rescuer is performing the hands-on CPR operation; and
activating an indicator in response to detecting the low impedance condition.

US Pat. No. 10,363,426

EXTERNAL CHARGER FOR AN IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE FOR DETERMINING POSITION USING PHASE ANGLE OR A PLURALITY OF PARAMETERS AS DETERMINED FROM AT LEAST ONE SENSE COIL

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. An external charger for wirelessly providing energy to an implantable medical device (IMD), comprising:a charging coil configured when energized by a drive signal to produce a magnetic field to wirelessly provide energy to the IMD;
a sense coil, wherein the sense coil is configured to be induced by the magnetic field with an induced signal affected by a position of the charging coil with respect to the IMD; and
control circuitry configured to
determine a phase angle between the induced signal and the drive signal, and
determine using the phase angle the position of the charging coil with respect to the IMD.

US Pat. No. 10,363,424

METHODS OF MANUFACTURING A HERMETIC LEAD CONNECTOR

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A method of manufacturing a hermetic lead connector comprising:fixing hermetically an electrically insulating ring between an electrically conducting contact ring and an electrically conducting spacer ring using brazing at a temperature of at least 1000 degrees centigrade to form a hermetic ring subassembly;
fixing a plurality of the hermetic ring subassemblies in axial alignment to form a hermetic lead connector, the hermetic lead connector comprising an open end, an outer surface, and an inner surface defining a lead aperture configured to accept one of a lead and a lead extension, wherein the hermetic lead connector is airtight between each of the electrically insulating rings and the electrically conducting contact and spacer rings, between the lead connector outer surface and the lead connector inner surface, even when neither of the lead and the lead extension is disposed within the lead aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,363,423

PULSE-BY-PULSE COMPLIANCE VOLTAGE GENERATION FOR AN IMPLANTABLE STIMULATOR

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. Circuitry configured to adjust a compliance voltage in an implantable stimulator device, comprising:a current generator configured to provide a current pulse to at least one electrode;
minimum determining circuitry configured to monitor a voltage across the current generator at different points in time during the current pulse and to determine a minimum value of the monitored voltages; and
regulator circuitry configured to adjust the compliance voltage that powers the current generator, wherein the regulator circuitry is controlled by a control signal derived from the minimum value.

US Pat. No. 10,363,422

ARCHITECTURES FOR AN IMPLANTABLE STIMULATOR DEVICE HAVING A PLURALITY OF ELECTRODE DRIVER INTEGRATED CIRCUITS WITH SHORTED ELECTRODE OUTPUTS

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. An implantable stimulator device, comprising:a plurality of electrode nodes;
a first timing channel dedicated to operate with first stimulation circuitry, wherein the first timing channel is configured to program the first stimulation circuitry to provide first current pulses, and to select a first plurality of the plurality of electrode nodes to receive the first current pulses; and
a second timing channel dedicated to operate with second stimulation circuitry, wherein the second timing channel is configured to program the second stimulation circuitry to provide second current pulses, and to select a second plurality of the plurality of electrode nodes to receive the second current pulses,
wherein if an electrode node is common to both the selected first plurality of electrode nodes and the second plurality of electrode nodes, the first and second current pulses are added at the common electrode node when they overlap.

US Pat. No. 10,363,421

ELECTRODE PLACEMENT AND STIMULATION BASED ON BROWN ADIPOSE TISSUE TEMPERATURE

1. A method for placement of a spinal cord stimulation electrode and regulation of spinal cord stimulation in a patient, comprising:initially inserting a spinal cord stimulation electrode in a spinal cord region;
delivering spinal cord stimulation directly via the spinal cord stimulation electrode directly to a first location in a target region of the spinal cord by positioning the spinal cord stimulation electrode in the first location in the target region in response to the initial insertion of the spinal cord stimulation electrode to the first location in the target region;
receiving temperature measurements from a brown adipose tissue temperature sensor;
in response to an increasing brown adipose tissue temperature condition, outputting an indication to secure the spinal cord stimulation electrode for delivery of spinal cord stimulation directly to the first location; and
in response to a non-increasing brown adipose tissue temperature condition, outputting an indication to adjust the spinal cord stimulation electrode by positioning the spinal cord stimulation electrode in an adjusted location in the target region until an increasing brown adipose tissue temperature condition occurs during delivery of spinal cord stimulation directly to the adjusted location in the target region, and then outputting an indication to secure the spinal cord stimulation electrode for delivery of spinal cord stimulation directly to the adjusted location.

US Pat. No. 10,363,419

NERVE STIMULATOR SYSTEM

Electrocore, Inc., Baski...

20. A stimulation device for treating a condition or symptom of a patient, the stimulation device comprising:an enclosure configured for positioning adjacent to or near a nerve within the patient;
an antenna coupled to the enclosure and configured to receive an input signal from a power source located remotely from the enclosure, wherein the input signal comprises electrical energy;
a storage device coupled to the antenna and configured to store the electrical energy, wherein the electrical energy is delivered to the storage device only during a period of time at least one of when an electrical impulse is not being applied to the nerve, during a refractory period of the nerve, or between electrical impulses;
a pulse generator coupled to the storage device and configured to generate the electrical impulse upon release of the electrical energy from the storage device; and
an electrodes coupled to the pulse generator and configured to conduct the electrical impulse to the nerve sufficient to modulate the nerve.

US Pat. No. 10,363,418

ACTIVE TELEMETRY RESPONSIVE FOR HEARING IMPLANTS

MED-EL Elektromedizinisch...

1. An implantable processor arrangement for an active implantable medical device (AIMD) system implanted under the skin of a patient, the arrangement comprising:an implantable communications coil arrangement configured for transdermal transfer of an implant communications signal at a given transmission frequency; and
an implantable processor coupled to and controlling the implantable communications coil arrangement so as to operate in two different communications modes:
i. a normal operation mode wherein the processor configures the communications coil arrangement for peridermal communication with an external communications coil placed on the skin of the patient immediately over the implantable communications coil arrangement using load modulation of the communications coil arrangement, wherein the implantable communications coil has a resonance frequency matching the transmission frequency, and
ii. a long range telemetry mode wherein the processor configures the communications coil arrangement for extradermal communication with an external telemetry coil located distant from the skin of the patient immediately over the implantable communications coil arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,363,417

IMPLANT FIXATION AND IMPACT DISPLACEMENT PROTECTION SYSTEMS

MED-EL Elektromedizinisch...

1. A cochlear implant arrangement comprising:an implant housing containing a stimulation processor for processing externally produced communications signals to generate electrical stimulation signals for the cochlea of an implant patient, the implant housing lying substantially in a plane and having an outer perimeter adapted to fit within a surgically prepared housing recess in skull bone of the implant patient; and
a plurality of housing fixation features located on the outer perimeter, the housing fixation features being adapted to cooperate to develop lateral force in the plane of the implant housing between the implant housing and radially adjacent skull bone of the housing recess to fixedly secure the implant housing within the housing recess,
wherein the housing fixation features include one or more fixed contact features located toward one side of the outer perimeter and one or more elastic spring features located towards another side of the outer perimeter.

US Pat. No. 10,363,416

ELECTROSTIMULATION TO INCREASE PERFUSION

Hill-Rom Services, Inc., ...

1. An electrostimulation system for encouraging perfusion in a patient's body, the system comprising:a number of first stimulation pods providing a first polarity, each first stimulation pod engaging the patient's body,
a number of second stimulation pods providing a second polarity, each second stimulation pod engaging the patient's body and being arranged with proximity to the first stimulation pods to create a directed electric field to encourage perfusion in nearby areas of the patient's body, and
a controller connected with each of the first and second stimulation pods to communicate at least one stimulation signal to produce the first and second polarities, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,363,415

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR NON-INVASIVE ELECTRICAL STIMULATION AND THEIR USE FOR VAGAL NERVE STIMULATION

Electrocore, Inc., Baski...

1. A device comprising:an enclosure hosting a contact surface;
a power source positioned within the enclosure and configured to generate an electric field comprising bursts of pulses having a frequency from about 5 bursts per second to about 100 bursts per second with each of the pulses generated from a signal that is not modulated by another signal;
an electrode coupled to the power source and positioned within the enclosure;
an electrically conductive medium positioned between the electrode and the contact surface, wherein the power source is configured to transmit the electric field from the electrode through the electrically conductive medium and the contact surface transcutaneously through an outer skin surface of a patient to a nerve within the patient at a target region within the patient beneath the outer skin surface such that the electric field is able to modulate the nerve and thereby treat at least one of a disorder or a disease of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,363,413

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR TREMOR REDUCTION

1. A tremor-reduction system comprising:a stimulation device configured to deliver electric current to a body region;
at least one sensor; and
a computing device comprising a first processor and a non-transitory computer-readable medium configured to store program instructions thereon executable by the first processor to cause the computing device to perform functions comprising:
determining, through a first evaluation, whether data received from the at least one sensor indicating movement of the body region corresponds to a spatial movement coherent to a tremor;
for data that is determined to be coherent to a bidimensional tremor, responsively storing the data, the stored data comprising measurements for at least one movement characteristic;
comparing a measurement associated with a latest movement of the body region to an average measurement calculated from at least one prior movement of the body region; and
responsively changing characteristics of the applied electric current if the measurement associated with the latest movement is the same as or greater than the average measurement associated with the at least one prior movement.

US Pat. No. 10,363,412

SYSTEM FOR STIMULATING BONE GROWTH, TISSUE HEALING AND/OR PAIN CONTROL, AND METHOD OF USE

Washington University, S...

1. A screw for directing a current flow from a power source through an area of interest of a patient, the screw comprising:an elongate shaft configured to electrically couple to the power source and to direct the current flow from the power source to the area of interest, the elongate shaft having a length extending between opposite ends, the elongate shaft comprising an exterior surface and a screw thread formed on the exterior surface, the screw thread extending along at least a portion of the length of the elongate shaft; and
an insulating coating formed over at least a portion of the exterior surface and the screw thread and extending along at least a portion of the length of the elongate shaft, the insulating coating comprising:
a first coating portion and a second coating portion each having a first thickness, the first and second coating portions disposed adjacent to each of the opposite ends of the elongate shaft; and
a third coating portion having a second thickness, the third coating portion disposed between the opposite ends of the elongate shaft;
wherein the first coating thickness is greater than the second coating thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,363,411

MICROELECTRODE AND MULTIPLE MICROELECTRODES

NEURONANO AB, (SE)

1. Medical microelectrode for insertion into soft tissue, comprising an electrically conducting elongate electrode body having a first, proximal end and a second, distal end, the electrode body comprising a tip section extending from its distal end, a main body section extending in a proximal direction from the tip section, and, optionally, a coupling section extending in a proximal direction from the main body section, wherein the tip section, the main body section and, optionally, the coupling section are embedded in a first electrode matrix element, which is substantially rigid, biocompatible and soluble or biodegradable in a body fluid, further comprising one or both of:a dissolution retarding layer on the first electrode matrix element;
a second electrode matrix element disposed between the first electrode matrix element and the electrode;
wherein a drug capable of being released upon dissolution or biodegradation of the first electrode matrix element is comprised by the first electrode matrix element or the second electrode matrix element; and
an anchor positioned at the tip section.

US Pat. No. 10,363,409

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT ELECTRODES

ZOLL Medical Corporation,...

1. A medical device comprising:an electrode assembly including at least a first defibrillation electrode and a defibrillation second electrode for delivering one or more defibrillating shocks to a patient;
a camera disposed on at least one of the first defibrillation electrode of the electrode assembly and the second defibrillation electrode of the electrode assembly, the camera configured to acquire image information of external features of the patient;
a chest compression sensor coupled to the electrode assembly and configured to acquire chest compression information based on chest compressions being applied to the chest of the patient;
an output device configured to generate feedback indicative of the chest compression information and the image information; and
at least one processor communicatively coupled to the electrode assembly, the camera, the chest compression sensor, and the output device, the at least one processor configured to:
receive the image information of the external features of the patient from the camera,
estimate a location of the electrode assembly relative to the external features of the patient based on the received image information,
receive the chest compression information from the chest compression sensor,
estimate one or more chest compression parameters based on the received chest compression information,
control the output device to provide electrode position feedback based on the estimated location of the electrode assembly, and
control the output device to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) feedback based on the estimated one or more chest compression parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,363,408

SCREW CONNECTOR FOR MEDICAL HOSE SYSTEMS AND MEDICAL HOSE SYSTEMS HAVING A SCREW CONNECTOR

FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE DE...

1. A screw connector for a medical hose system, comprisingat least one connecting element having a first lumen and an outside thread and
at least one second connecting element having a second lumen and an elastically deformable union nut having an inside thread,
the inside thread and the outside thread being configured to be screwed to one another,
with the outside thread having at least one first formation and the inside thread having at least one second formation, and
the inside thread and the outside thread being configured for mutual screw connection with elastic deformation of the union nut via the first formation in at least one predetermined first angle-of-rotation range without the first formation engaging in the second formation, and
the inside thread and the outside thread and the first formation and the second formation being configured for catch engagement of the first formation in the second formation when the inside thread and the outside thread are screwed together in a predetermined second angle-of-rotation range to establish a half-open sterilization position, which provides for gas permeability between an outer environment of the screw connector and an interior of the screw connector.

US Pat. No. 10,363,407

PLUNGER-DRIVEN COLLET HANDLE AND SYSTEM FOR FIDUCIAL DEPLOYMENT

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A fiducial deployment system, said system comprising:a fiducial deployment needle retaining for distal deployment, in a controlled serial manner, a plurality of fiducials;
a plunger driven collet handle configured for said fiducial needle deployment, the plunger driven collet handle comprising:
an elongate handle member of the plunger driven collet handle, said elongate handle member defining a central longitudinal axis and an inner handle wall;
a central collet member longitudinally movable in the elongate handle member, the collet member comprising:
a distal end including collet jaws that surround and define a collet lumen, and
a proximal end;
a stylet disposed longitudinally through the deployment needle, extending proximally into the elongate handle member and through the collet lumen of the collet member;
a collar member slidably engaged around the distal end of the collet member so that,
in a first state, the stylet is releasably gripped by the collet jaws as the collet jaws are more constrainedly engaged by the collar member and that,
in a second state wherein the collet jaws are less constrainedly engaged by the collar member, the collet is configured to slide proximally along the stylet; and
a plunger actuation member extending distally into the elongate handle member and affixed to the proximal end of the central collet member, said plunger actuation member longitudinally movable within at least a portion of the elongate handle member in a manner configured to advance the collet member distally and to provide reciprocal proximal movement of the collet member with the plunger actuation member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,406

METHOD FOR PRODUCING ACICULAR BODY

TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD....

1. A method for producing an acicular body having a support base and an acicular protrusion on one surface of the support base, comprising:supplying an acicular body-forming liquid, in which an acicular body-forming material is dissolved or dispersed in a solvent, onto an intaglio plate having a recess corresponding to a protrusion, inside a chamber having a first pressure environment of not more than 0.05 MPa;
introducing air into the chamber after the supplying such that the first pressure environment of the chamber is changed to a second pressure environment in a range of higher than 0.05 MPa to 0.08 MPa or less;
drying the acicular body-forming liquid supplied to the intaglio plate under a pressure environment in a range of 0.04 MPa to 0.08 MPa such that the acicular body-forming liquid is solidified and that an acicular body is formed; and
peeling the acicular body from the intaglio plate.

US Pat. No. 10,363,405

DISPENSING APPLICATOR FOR FLUIDS

BIOMED PACKAGING SYSTEMS,...

1. A dispensing applicator, comprising:a container configured to contain a fluid, the container including an inlet end having an opening and an outlet end, the container containing a predetermined volume of fluid;
an end cap on the inlet end of the container;
a gasket between the inlet end and the end cap, the gasket being secured to the inlet end and covering the opening;
an attachment member received within and secured to the container, the attachment member including a length portion including a frangible section, the frangible section including a tongue element; and
a fracture anvil having an interior interference geometry configured to slidaby receive the tongue element during an assembly and wherein a rotational movement of the fracture anvil relative to the tongue element causing the interior geometry to interfere with said tongue element such that fluid is released from the container while said tongue element remains attached to the frangible section.

US Pat. No. 10,363,404

DISPENSING APPLICATOR FOR FLUIDS

BIOMED PACKAGING SYSTEMS,...

1. A dispensing applicator comprising a frangible applicator tip, said applicator comprising:a substantially rigid unitary body having a substantially cylindrical fluid source region, a fracture member region and a rigid tongue element, said tongue element extending outwardly from said fracture control region;
an applicator head comprising a generally triangular cross-section base provided with an inner cavity for receiving at least said tongue element;
a frangible region defined as a region at the juncture of said fracture member region and said tongue element;
a fin member including a first half and a second half, the first and second halves being configured to secure to one another and to be disposed about the tongue element during a use;
the fin member including at least one pair of side portions extending from opposing sides of the fin member; and
wherein fracture of said frangible region allows partial fluid release from said fracture member region to said applicator head.

US Pat. No. 10,363,403

SYSTEM FOR REDUCING LOCAL DISCOMFORT

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A kit for targeted delivery of a substance to an airway in conjunction with deploying a medical device to the airway, the kit comprising:a conduit comprising a proximal end and a bifurcated distal portion having a first distal end and a second distal end, the first and second distal ends being separate with a space positioned therebetween, wherein the proximal end is configured to be coupled with a source of the substance; and a first applicator and a second applicator, each of the first and second applicators coupled with a respective one of the first and second distal ends of the conduit, wherein each of the first and second applicators is configured to direct the substance out of the applicator toward different sides of an airway, and wherein the first and second applicators are made at least partially of a material configured to allow the substance to weep out of the first and second applicators, and
an endotracheal tube.

US Pat. No. 10,363,399

DUAL-LAYER BALLOON DESIGN AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. An expandable medical balloon, the expandable medical balloon comprising:a first balloon wall, the first balloon wall comprising a first balloon layer of polyethylene terephthalate having a first intrinsic viscosity, the first layer is outer to a second balloon wall, the second balloon wall comprising a second balloon layer of polyethylene terephthalate, the second balloon layer of polyethylene terephthalate having a second intrinsic viscosity, the second layer is an inner layer, wherein the intrinsic viscosity of the first balloon layer is higher than the intrinsic viscosity of the second balloon layer by about 0.05 dl/g or more;
wherein a volume ratio of the first balloon wall outer layer to the second balloon wall inner layer is about 1:1 to about 1:3.

US Pat. No. 10,363,395

DIRECTION-CONTROLLABLE CATHETER USING DRUG INJECTION CHANNEL

KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE ...

1. A catheter extending along a central axis “A”, the catheter comprising:a drug injection part in which a drug injection channel has been formed;a channel opening and closing means which opens and closes the drug injection channel; anda steering structure which is rotationally asymmetric with respect to the central axis “A” and varies according to a pressure change of the drug injection channel for the purpose of steering.

US Pat. No. 10,363,388

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENHANCING SLEEP SLOW WAVE ACTIVITY BASED ON CARDIAC CHARACTERISTICS OR RESPIRATORY CHARACTERISTICS

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A system configured to provide sensory stimuli to enhance sleep of a subject, the system comprising:one or more sensory stimulators configured to provide sensory stimuli to the subject;
one or more sensors configured to generate output signals conveying information related to a cardiac attribute of the subject during sleep; and
one or more processors configured to execute computer program components, the computer program components comprising:
a parameter component configured to determine a cardiac parameter of the subject, wherein such determination is based on the generated output signals from the one or more sensors, and wherein the cardiac parameter is based on cardiac interbeat intervals (IBIs);
a neural component configured to determine whether the subject generates a target level of neural activity based on the cardiac parameter; and
a control component configured to control a timing of delivery of the one or more sensory stimulators to provide the sensory stimuli to enhance sleep of the subject, wherein the timing is based on a criterion associated with the target level of neural activity.

US Pat. No. 10,363,387

PATIENT INTERFACE AND ASPECTS THEREOF

1. A patient interface comprising:a mask assembly comprising a seal and a frame;
the seal comprising a pair of protruding nostril locators, each nasal locator including an outlet aperture and being configured to seal against at least a nostril of a user, the seal also comprising an oval air supply aperture with a larger dimension of the oval air supply aperture extending in a lateral direction;
the frame comprising a distal side comprising a round connector connected to a flexible breathing gas supply tube, the round connector comprising a convex right side surface and a convex left side surface, the frame further comprising a left side portion disposed on a left side of the round connector and having a convex left lateral edge disposed laterally outwardly from the left convex side surface of the round connector and a right side portion disposed on a right side of the round connector and having a convex right lateral edge disposed laterally outwardly from the convex right side surface of the round connector;
the frame further comprising a left side arm extending from an apex of the convex left lateral edge of the frame at a transverse angle to an outer surface of the convex left lateral edge of the frame and to a location beyond an extreme width of the seal, the left side arm including a left side headstrap connector portion disposed at a location beyond the extreme width of the seal;
the frame further comprising a right side arm extending from an apex of the convex right lateral edge of the frame at a transverse angle to an outer surface of the convex right lateral edge of the frame and to a location beyond the extreme width of the seal, the right side arm including a right side headstrap connector portion disposed at a location beyond the extreme width of the seal, wherein the convex left lateral edge of the frame and the convex right lateral edge of the frame are connected to each other with portions of the frame extending across upper and lower sides of the round connector;
wherein the frame also comprises a left side semi-oval portion bordered by the convex left side surface of the round connector and the convex left lateral edge and a right side semi-oval portion bordered by the convex right side surface of the round connector and the convex right lateral edge, the left and right side semi-oval portions defining left and right convex outer surfaces of the frame, respectively, wherein the left and right side semi-oval portions are convex along directions extending from the round connector toward the left and right arms, respectively; and
first and second pluralities of apertures each arranged in a semi-oval group of apertures disposed respectively on the left and right side semi-oval portions forming first and second gas washout vents, wherein the semi-oval groups of apertures include concave sides defined by the convex left and right side surfaces of the round connector.

US Pat. No. 10,363,384

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF REMOTELY MONITORING AND/OR MANAGING THE TREATMENT OF A PLURALITY OF SUBJECTS WITH AEROSOLIZED MEDICAMENT

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A system configured to remotely monitor the therapy of at least one subject, wherein the therapy includes the delivery of a plurality of aerosolized medicaments with at least one drug delivery device and wherein at least one of the plurality of aerosolized medicaments is delivered following an on/off cycle of a predetermined duration of said at least one drug delivery device, said on/off cycle including a delivery period during which said at least one aerosolized medicament is delivered to said subject and a non-delivery period during which said at least one aerosolized medicament is not delivered to said subject, the system comprising:the at least one drug delivery device; and
a server in communication with the at least one drug delivery device comprising one or more processors configured to execute computer program modules, the computer program modules comprising:
(a) an information acquisition module configured to obtain, over a communications network, therapy information for said subject, wherein therapy information for said subject includes information related to a respiratory capacity of said subject and information conveying one or more breathing parameters of the respiration of said subject during the delivery of the plurality of aerosolized medicaments;
(b) a user interface module configured to generate a definition of a user interface that enables a user to selectively view said therapy information and to enter prescription data relating to said plurality of medicaments, wherein the user interface module is configured to define a treatment view of the user interface, the treatment view comprising information about a frequency and duration of treatments received by said subject during a previous period of time;
(c) a treatment calculation module configured to calculate
(i) a total number of daily treatments to be delivered to said subject, with said at least one drug delivery device, based on said prescription data for individual ones of said plurality of aerosolized medicaments, wherein said calculation module is configured to automatically determine a change of the total number of daily treatments for the individual ones of said plurality of aerosolized medicaments when the therapy enters the delivery period and/or the non-delivery period of the on/off cycle of said at least one drug delivery device,
(ii) a daily actuation time required to aerosolize the individual ones of said plurality of aerosolized medicaments in the at least one drug delivery device, and
(iii) a treatment time target based on the daily actuation time and a nebulization factor corresponding to the individual ones of said plurality of aerosolized medicaments and the at least one drug delivery device, and cause the treatment view to display the treatment time target; and
(d) an alert module configured to cause the treatment view to display information that indicates the change of the total number of daily treatments for the individual ones of said plurality of aerosolized medicaments for a future period of time when the therapy enters the delivery period and/or the non-delivery period of the on/off cycle with the information about the frequency and duration of treatments received by said subject during the previous period of time, wherein the display of information comprises one or more fields in the treatment view, the one or more fields
displaying the total number of daily treatments for the individual ones of said plurality of aerosolized medicaments for the future period of time and the previous period of time, and
displaying the change of the total number of daily treatments for the individual ones of said plurality of aerosolized medicaments for the future period of time, simultaneously with the total number of daily treatments for the individual ones of said plurality of aerosolized medicaments for the future period of time and the previous period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,363,383

PRESSURE INDICATOR FOR AN OSCILLATING POSITIVE EXPIRATORY PRESSURE DEVICE

Trudell Medical Internati...

21. A pressure indicator for an oscillating positive expiratory pressure (“OPEP”) device, the pressure indicator comprising:a manometer;
a conduit configured to transmit a pressure from a mouthpiece of the OPEP device to the manometer, the conduit having a first portion angled outward from the mouthpiece and a second portion extending parallel to the mouthpiece; and,
a pressure stabilizing orifice positioned within the conduit, the pressure stabilizing orifice being configured to dampen oscillations in the pressure transmitted from the OPEP device to the manometer;
wherein an entire length of the conduit does not exceed a combined length of the pressure indicator and the OPEP device, when the pressure indicator is connected to the OPEP device, as measured from the mouthpiece to an opposite end of the OPEP device.

US Pat. No. 10,363,382

WIRE HEATED TUBE WITH TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR HUMIDIFIER FOR RESPIRATORY APPARATUS

ResMed Pty Ltd, Bella Vi...

1. A sensing circuit for a heated conduit for use in a respiratory apparatus, the sensing circuit comprising:a sensing wire coupled to a heating circuit for the heated conduit;
a temperature sensor coupled to the sensing wire and configured to measure the temperature of the heated conduit;
a sensing resistor coupled to the sensing wire and configured to provide an output to indicate the temperature measured by the temperature sensor; and
a bias generator circuit configured to provide a reference voltage to the sensing resistor to allow determination of the output as a function of a voltage drop across the sensing resistor during both heating on and heating off cycles of the heating circuit,
wherein the reference voltage is adjustable so that the reference voltage remains greater than a measured voltage across the sensing wire by a fixed value.

US Pat. No. 10,363,379

SAFETY DEVICE FOR A MEDICAMENT CONTAINER

Sanofi, Paris (FR)

1. A medicament delivery device comprising:a medicament container carrying a needle; and
a safety device comprising:
a first sheath through which the needle is movable in a distal direction to enter the safety device, the first sheath comprising a first ledge and a second ledge,
a second sheath telescopically arranged with the first sheath and releasably coupled to the first ledge of the first sheath, and
a finger flange comprising at least one resilient clip adapted to engage the second ledge of the first sheath, the at least one resilient clip comprising:
a transverse beam extending in a radially inward direction relative to a longitudinal axis of the first sheath,
a longitudinal beam extending from the transverse beam in a proximal direction opposite to the distal direction, and
a hook comprising a slope surface and a block surface extending from the longitudinal beam in the radially inward direction,
wherein the second ledge is configured to engage the slope surface such that the at least one resilient clip increasingly deflects in a radially outward direction relative to the longitudinal axis of the first sheath during insertion of the second ledge in the distal direction into the finger flange, and
wherein the second ledge is configured to engage the block surface after the second ledge has passed the slope surface such that the block surface prevents the second ledge from moving in the proximal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,378

CAP ASSEMBLY FOR MEDICAMENT DELIVERY DEVICE

SHL Medical AG, Zug (CH)...

1. A cap assembly for a medicament delivery device, the cap assembly comprising:a cap body arranged to be mounted to a proximal end of a medicament delivery device for protecting and for removing a medicament delivery member shield, which cap body has an inner cap structure defining a channel extending along the central axis of the cap body, and
a gripping member configured to be received in the channel with a friction fit and to receive the medicament delivery member shield,
wherein the gripping member has a first leg, a second leg, and a connecting portion extending between the first leg and the second leg, which connecting portion defines a leading edge of the gripping member when received by the channel,
the first leg and the second leg having a respective proximal portion that are radially flexible and extending distally from the connecting portion, each proximal portion having an inclined section extending radially inwards in an axial direction away from the connecting portion, and a respective distal portion extending from the inclined section,
the distal portions being radially flexible and extending radially outwards in an axial direction away from the proximal portions to allow the gripping member to receive the medicament delivery member shield between the distal portions,
the gripping member and an inner wall of the channel being configured to engage to retain the gripping member in the inner cap structure, and
each distal portion being provided with a medicament delivery member shield gripper configured to engage with the medicament delivery member shield when the gripping member engages with the inner wall of the channel and the gripping member has received the medicament delivery member shield causing the distal portions to flex radially inwards,
the medicament delivery member shield grippers being configured to engage with a distal end of the medicament delivery member shield.

US Pat. No. 10,363,376

SAFETY DEVICE FOR A MEDICAL NEEDLE

1. A safety device for shielding a medical needle, comprising:a hand grip element;
a cannula, which is held at the hand grip element;
a base with laterally protruding, flat wings, wherein the base has an underside which extends over the wings and is essentially flat and wherein the base has a guide opening which is spaced apart from the underside and in which the cannula is guided; and
a connecting structure which connects the hand grip element with the base and comprises two elongated sections, connected in a row with one another by at least one joint, wherein the connecting structure is connected at one end by at least one joint with the hand grip element and, at an opposite end, by at least one joint with the base,
wherein at least one said elongated section of the connecting structure is connected with the base by the at least one joint, the at least one said elongated section of the connecting structure has a wall element which protrudes transversely at a base end of the at least one said elongated section, and
wherein the two elongated sections and the at least one joint which connects the two elongated sections is disposed so that the connecting structure is adapted to be unfolded from a first state, in which the cannula, which is guided in the guide opening of the base, protrudes with a part of its length and a tip thereof from the underside of the base with the wall element positioned in side by side adjacent relation with said cannula, into a second extended state, in which the cannula is disposed along the connecting structure, the wall element is disposed transverse to a longitudinal axis of said part of the length of the cannula in a blocking position along said longitudinal axis in front of the tip of the cannula with said longitudinal axis passing through said wall element, and a side wall of the base protectively surrounds the tip between the guide opening and the wall element and shields the tip against access,
wherein the wall element protrudes transversely from a lower end of the at least one elongated section, is coupled directly with a lower section of at least one elongated section of the two elongated sections, and is firmly connected with a lower end of at least one elongated section of the two elongated sections to form an L-shaped arrangement with the lower end of the elongated section in the first state and in the second, at least one elongated state, and to be swiveled together with the lower end of the elongated section when unfolding the connecting structure from the first state into the second, at least one elongated state.

US Pat. No. 10,363,373

MEDICAMENT DELIVERY DEVICE

SHL MEDICAL AG, Zug (CH)...

1. A medicament delivery device comprising an elongated housing extending in a longitudinal direction, which housing is arranged to accommodate a medicament container,an end cap arranged with a first attachment element designed to engage with a second attachment element on said housing for attaching said end cap to said housing,
a rotator rotatably arranged inside said housing,
an activator axially slidable with respect to the housing from an extended position to a retracted position and operably connected to said rotator such as to rotate said rotator from an initial non-activated rotational position and an activated rotational position when the activator is moved from the extended to the retracted position,
a plunger rod having a distal end comprising radially extending wings that releasably engage the rotator when in the non-activated rotational position,
said rotator further comprises a blocking element arranged to cooperate with said first attachment element for preventing disengagement of said first attachment element from said second attachment element when the rotator is in the activated rotational position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,371

MEDICAL SYRINGE, GASKET TO BE USED FOR SYRINGE, AND GASKET PRODUCTION METHOD

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A gasket to be used for a medical syringe, the gasket comprising:a main body made of an elastic material; and
a film provided on a surface of the main body;
the gasket having a circumferential surface portion to be brought into contact with an inner peripheral surface of a syringe barrel of the syringe;
wherein said circumferential surface portion has a predetermined and fixed diameter along the gasket longitudinal direction, and has at least one projection provided thereon which projects circumferentially from a surface portion of the film, wherein said at least one projection has a height of not less than 15 ?m and not greater than 55 ?m and has a width of not less than 30 ?m and not greater than 75 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,363,367

FILLING DEVICE FOR A DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE AND SYSTEM WITH A FILLING DEVICE AND DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschlan...

1. A filling device for filling a drug reservoir of a pump device, the filling device comprising:a housing configured to hold a container for a liquid;
a conduit arranged for fluid engagement with the container;
a drive unit configured to expel the liquid from the container through the conduit;
a connector configured to be attachable to the reservoir and comprising at least one contact element positioned at a distal end of the connector, wherein the at least one contact element is configured to enable transmission of signals to and from the filling device when the connector is attached to the reservoir and configured to disable transmission of signals to and from the filling device when the connector is detached from the reservoir;
a trigger assembly arranged to act on the drive unit such that when the trigger assembly is activated, the liquid is expelled from the container through the conduit; and
a controller configured to control activation of the drive unit, wherein the at least one contact element is electrically connected to the controller,
wherein the drive unit is configured to expel the liquid from the container through the conduit dependent on a signal received from the pump device such that the amount of the liquid expelled from the container is based on a fill level of the drug reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,363,366

ADVANCE DIAGNOSIS OF INFUSION DEVICE OPERATING MODE VIABILITY

Medtronic MiniMed, Inc., ...

1. A method of operating an infusion device to deliver fluid to a user in accordance with an operating mode of a plurality of operating modes supported by the infusion device, the method comprising:obtaining, by a control system associated with the infusion device, operational information pertaining to one or more prior instances of the operating mode;
obtaining, by the control system, status information pertaining to the infusion device;
determining, by the control system, an expected start time for a subsequent instance of the operating mode based on the operational information;
determining, by the control system, a buffer time based at least in part on the operating mode of the plurality of operating modes;
determining, by the control system, a diagnosis time as the buffer time prior to the expected start time, the diagnosis time being prior to the subsequent instance of the operating mode;
automatically determining, by the control system, viability of the subsequent instance of the operating mode based at least in part on the status information at the diagnosis time; and
automatically generating, by the control system, a notification indicative of a recommended action for the user based at least in part on the viability.

US Pat. No. 10,363,365

INFUSION DEVICES AND RELATED CONSUMABLE CALIBRATION METHODS

Medtronic Minimed, Inc., ...

1. A system comprising:a consumable comprising a housing containing a reservoir, a piston pump pumping mechanism for dispensing a fluid from the reservoir, and a readable element maintaining calibration data characterizing a relationship between delivery of the fluid and actuation of the piston pump pumping mechanism, the piston pump pumping mechanism comprising a mechanism for translating rotation to a linear displacement of a piston coupled to the mechanism, the calibration data comprising an amount of the fluid deliverable from the consumable per stroke of the piston; and
an infusion device having a portion to receive the housing and including an interface to obtain the calibration data from the readable element, an actuation arrangement configured to actuate the piston pump pumping mechanism and a control module coupled to the interface and the actuation arrangement to determine a delivery command based at least in part on the amount of the fluid deliverable from the consumable per stroke of the piston and operate a motor of the actuation arrangement in accordance with the delivery command, wherein the actuation arrangement includes an element configured to rotate the mechanism of the piston pump pumping mechanism and thereby displace the piston in response to rotation of the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,363,363

FLEXIBLE PATCH FOR FLUID DELIVERY AND MONITORING BODY ANALYTES

ABBOTT DIABETES CARE INC....

1. A body analyte monitoring system comprising:a flexible patch having a first axis and a second axis and configured to be adhered to an area of skin along the first axis and the second axis, wherein the flexible patch is more compliant along the first axis than along the second axis;
a percutaneous analyte sensor integrated with the flexible patch;
a power source integrated with the flexible patch;
an antenna coupled with the flexible patch, wherein the antenna is adapted for wireless communication of information from or to an external device; and
a controller integrated with the flexible patch, the controller being powered by the power source and configured to control the analyte sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,363,362

EPILEPTIC SEIZURE PREVENTION OR TREATMENT VIA HEART RATE CLAMPING

1. A non-transitory computer readable program storage unit encoded with instructions that, when executed by a computer, perform a method of treating an epileptic seizure in a patient, comprising:detecting via one or more processors the epileptic seizure, based on body data from the patient; and
reducing a flow of blood to a brain of the patient in response to the detected epileptic seizure;
wherein a reduction of the flow of blood to the brain of the patient is effected by increasing a parasympathetic input to a heart, by performing at least one of
administering electrical stimulation to a parasympathetic nervous structure;
delivering a cholinergic drug or a drug with sympatho-blocking actions; or
applying a cooling to a sympathetic nervous structure; and
stopping or modifying the administering, the delivering, or the applying in response to an unsafe drop in blood pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,363,361

DEVICE FOR THE DOSED DISPENSING OF A FLUIDIC MEDIUM

Roche Diabetes Care, Inc....

1. A device for the dosed dispensing of a fluidic medium, the device comprising:a housing;
at least one transporting and transferring container, wherein the at least one transporting and transferring container has at least one reservoir for receiving the fluidic medium, the at least one reservoir has at least one displaceable element, wherein the at least one reservoir is movably mounted in relation to the at least one displaceable element, and wherein a relative positioning of the at least one displaceable element in relation to the at least one reservoir determines an interior space of the at least one reservoir available for receiving the fluidic medium;
at least one energy unit, wherein the at least one energy unit subjects the at least one reservoir to a force so that the fluidic medium is under increased pressure, wherein the energy unit is configured to move the at least one reservoir;
at least one measuring element, wherein the at least one measuring element is configured to sense the relative positioning of the displaceable element in relation to the reservoir and configured to sense a relative positioning of the reservoir in the housing; and
at least one adjusting element for influencing the dispensing of the fluidic medium by way of at least one fluid connection to the interior space;
wherein the at least one measuring element and the at least one adjusting element interact so that the dispensing of the fluidic medium is influenced by both of the relative positionings sensed by the at least one measuring element; and
wherein the at least one reservoir is movably mounted in the housing and wherein the at least one displaceable element is fixedly coupled to the housing;
wherein the at least one reservoir is disposed inside the housing;
wherein the at least one displaceable element is secured at a fixed location relative to the housing;
wherein the at least one energy unit is configured to move the at least one reservoir relative to the housing;
wherein the at least one measuring element is configured to sense the position of the at least one reservoir relative to the housing;
wherein the at least one reservoir includes a rim; and
wherein the at least one measuring element is configured to sense the position of the rim relative to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,363,359

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REGULATING ORGAN AND/OR TUMOR GROWTH RATES, FUNCTION, AND/OR DEVELOPMENT

AUTONOMIX MEDICAL, INC., ...

1. An apparatus comprising:an elongate member comprising a distal tip, the distal tip configured to fit within a lumen of a body of a subject, the elongate member configured to extend from outside the body, through an entry site on the body, and into the lumen;
wherein the distal tip comprises a plurality of elements, the plurality of elements arranged on the distal tip such that biasing the distal tip engages one or more of the plurality of elements with a wall of the lumen;
wherein the plurality of elements comprises at least one chemical delivery element and at least one sensory circuit, the at least one chemical delivery element comprising one or more probes, at least one of the one or more probes being configured to penetrate through the wall responsive to actuation by a controller;
wherein at least one of the one or more probes is configured, responsive to feedback from the at least one sensory circuit, to deliver a composition of matter to a tissue site beyond the wall of the lumen to apply a block to a target region of the subject; and
wherein the composition of matter comprises at least one of a neurolytic agent and an inflammatory agent for use in blocking at least one of one or more nerves and one or more lymphatic ducts in the target region;
wherein the feedback from the at least one sensory circuit comprises a quantification of nerve activity of the one or more nerves in the target region.

US Pat. No. 10,363,357

SYSTEM FOR CONTRAST AGENT-BASED MEDICAL IMAGING

SIEMENS HEALTHCARE GMBH, ...

1. A system for contrast agent-based medical imaging, comprising:a gantry of a medical imaging device;
a contrast agent injection device; and
a support arm including a frame element, a first connecting element and a second connecting element,
wherein the frame element is connected to a stationary support frame of the gantry via the first connecting element such that at least part of the frame element is mounted to be movable relative to the stationary support frame of the gantry, and wherein the contrast agent injection device is connected to at least part of the frame element via the second connecting element such that the contrast agent injection device is mounted to be movable relative to at least part of the frame element, wherein at least one of
the first connecting element includes a first mounting region,
the frame element is mounted by way of the first mounting region so as to be rotatable about a first axis of rotation relative to the stationary support frame of the gantry, and
the first connecting element includes a second mounting region, wherein the frame element is mountable by way of the second mounting region so as to be tiltable about a first tilt axis relative to the stationary support frame of the gantry.

US Pat. No. 10,363,353

MULTI-CONTAINER SYSTEMS AND USES THEREOF

1. A multi-container system apparatus for preparing a final liquid dialysate for filling the peritoneal cavity of a patient for conducting peritoneal dialysis, the apparatus comprising:at least two independent supply containers, each container of said at least two containers containing at least one component of the final dialysate, a first container of said at least two containers containing a first component of the final dialysate, and a second container of said at least two containers containing a second component of the final dialysate, wherein the first component is in a solid or a semi-solid form and the second component is in a liquid form, wherein, prior to mixing the first component with the second component, the first container contains the first component but does not contain the second component, and the second container contains the second component but does not contain the first component;
a connector configured to connect to a transfer set of the patient;
a connecting tubing line connected to the connector; and
at least two output tubing lines, the first and second output tubing lines of said at least two output tubing lines connecting the first and second containers, respectively, to the connecting tubing line,
wherein the second container is configured to allow at least a portion of the second component in liquid form to flow into the first container and mix with the first component in solid or semi-solid form to form at least a portion of the final dialysate and wherein at least one container of the at least two containers is configured as a drain container to receive used dialysate from the peritoneal cavity of the patient once at least a portion of the at least one component contained therein has been transferred out therefrom.

US Pat. No. 10,363,352

DISPOSABLE SET AND SYSTEM FOR DIALYSIS

Baxter International Inc....

1. A peritoneal dialysis system comprising:a peritoneal dialysis machine including
a fluid pumping mechanism,
a concentrate pumping mechanism, and
a sensor configured to measure a property of peritoneal dialysis fluid; and
a disposable cassette operable with the peritoneal dialysis machine, the disposable cassette including
a fluid source inlet for accepting fluid from a fluid source,
a fluid flow path in fluid communication with the fluid source inlet, the fluid flow path including a fluid pump chamber operable with the fluid pumping mechanism to pump fluid through the fluid flow path,
a concentrate inlet for fluidly communicating concentrate to the fluid flow path,
a concentrate pump chamber operable with the concentrate pumping mechanism to pump concentrate from the concentrate inlet to the fluid flow path, and
a sensor chamber located along the fluid flow path and operable with the sensor, wherein the sensor is configured to provide feedback to the peritoneal dialysis machine, and wherein the peritoneal dialysis machine is configured to use the feedback to mix the concentrate for forming peritoneal dialysis fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,363,351

THERAPY PREDICTION AND OPTIMIZATION FOR RENAL FAILURE BLOOD THERAPY, ESPECIALLY HOME HEMODIALYSIS

Baxter International Inc....

1. A renal failure blood therapy system comprising:a renal failure blood therapy machine;
results from a test including multiple blood samples taken at multiple times during a test renal failure blood treatment, the results including concentration levels for each of a plurality of solutes removed from a patient's blood at each of the multiple times;
a display device configured to display for selection at least one removed blood solute from the plurality of removed blood solutes; and
a device programmed to (i) estimate at least one renal failure blood therapy patient parameter using the determined concentration levels for the at least one selected removed blood solute, (ii) determine a plurality of acceptable renal failure blood therapy treatments that meet a predetermined removed blood solute clearance for the at least one selected removed blood solute using the at least one renal failure blood therapy patient parameter, and (iii) enable selection of at least one of the plurality of acceptable renal failure blood therapy treatments for operation at the renal failure blood therapy machine.

US Pat. No. 10,363,348

CENTRIFUGAL PUMP

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A centrifugal blood pump comprising:a housing having a main body enclosing a pumping chamber, wherein the main body defines a blood inlet port which is formed so as to protrude from the housing main body and which communicates with the pumping chamber, and wherein the main body defines a blood outlet port which is provided at a position radial different from that of the blood inlet port;
a centrifugal force applying member that is rotatably accommodated inside the pumping chamber and rotates to apply centrifugal force to blood; and
a support mechanism that supports the centrifugal force applying member such that the centrifugal force applying member can rotate with respect to the housing;
wherein the support mechanism comprises a shaft member which is installed along a rotational center axis of the centrifugal force applying member, a first bearing which is installed inside the blood inlet port and rotatably supports one end portion of the shaft member, and a second bearing which rotatably supports the other end portion of the shaft member; and
wherein the first bearing is provided with a protruding portion which extends in an eccentric manner with respect to an end of the shaft member supported by the first bearing when viewed from an upstream position within the inlet port, wherein the protruding portion forms a semi-columnar shape which covers one half of a circumference of the shaft member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,347

BREAST PUMP SYSTEM

1. A breast pump system to express breast milk, wherein the breast pump system comprises a suction tubing, a milk tubing, a pump, a vent valve, a suction and milk separator device, a milk bottle, an isolation valve and a breast shield;wherein the suction tubing has a first and second end and the milk tubing has a first and second end;
wherein the first end of the suction tubing and the first end of the milk tubing are fluidly connected to the pump;
wherein the second end of the suction tubing and the second end of the milk tubing are fluidly connected to the suction and milk separator device;
wherein the breast shield is fluidly connected to the suction and milk separator device, the suction tubing and the milk tubing;
wherein the suction and milk separator device has a check valve positioned at the connection to the milk tubing;
wherein the check valve has an open and a closed position and the check valve is in the closed position when the suction on the suction and milk separator device is greater than the suction on the milk tubing;
wherein the vent valve is fluidly connected to the suction tubing and is positioned between the pump and the suction and milk separator device;
wherein the vent valve is fluidly connected to a vent and the suction tubing;
wherein the milk bottle is fluidly connected on the milk tubing between the suction and milk separator device and the isolation valve; and
wherein the isolation valve is fluidly connected on the milk tubing between the milk bottle and the pump.

US Pat. No. 10,363,346

FLEXIBLE REDUCED PRESSURE TREATMENT APPLIANCE

1. A device for compressing a tissue surface comprising:a vacuum cup including an outer perimeter adapted to attach to the tissue surface when a negative pressure is applied in the vacuum cup, a top and a wall including a plurality of parallel ridges configured to face the tissue surface, the plurality of parallel ridges extending lengthwise from the top of the cup toward the outer perimeter, where the outer perimeter, the wall and the top define two or more cavities, where the outer perimeter is adapted to be positioned proximal to the tissue surface; and
a vacuum source adapted to apply the negative pressure in the vacuum cup, where activation of the vacuum source evacuates air out of the vacuum cup such that when the outer perimeter is brought into contact with the tissue surface a negative pressure is generated in the vacuum cup which results in one or both the deformation and collapse of the wall and results in compression of the tissue surface.

US Pat. No. 10,363,345

WOUND PACKING

14. A method of preparing a wound packing material, the method comprising:providing a wound packing material comprising a body of porous material, the body comprising a plurality of outer surfaces and a plurality of outer edges, each of the plurality of outer edges disposed at an interface of a pair of adjacent outer surfaces, each of the outer surfaces delimited by a subset of the plurality of outer edges, the body comprising frangible regions defining a plurality of portions, the frangible regions allowing the portions to be selectively removed from the body, wherein the frangible regions are arranged so that the body can be reduced in each of three orthogonal dimensions by removing a subset of the plurality of the portions at the frangible regions, wherein the wound packing material comprises a first partial pre-cut that extends in a first direction from a first outer surface of the body to a second outer surface of the body, wherein the wound packing material comprises a second partial pre-cut that extends in the first direction from the first outer surface of the body to the second outer surface of the body, wherein each of the first and second partial pre-cuts is spaced apart from each outer edge of the subset of outer edges that delimits the first outer surface, and wherein the wound packing material comprises a third partial pre-cut that extends in a second direction from a third outer surface of the body to a fourth outer surface of the body, wherein the third partial pre-cut is spaced apart from each outer edge of the subset of outer edges that delimits the third outer surface; and
removing portions of the body of said wound packing material such that the body is a desired shape to fit within said wound.

US Pat. No. 10,363,344

EXTERNALLY-APPLIED PATIENT INTERFACE SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH A CONTROLLED REGION FOR IMPLANTED OR BURIED BIO-REACTOR

KCI Licensing, Inc., San...

1. A dressing for promoting healing of a closed, incisional wound with opposed wound edges including:a foam core having a perimeter and upper and lower surfaces;
a fabric wick covering the foam core;
an overdrape draped over the wick-covered foam core and configured for placement over a patient's skin and around the wound;
a drain in the overdrape;
a vacuum configured for applying negative pressure to the wound site, the vacuum connected to the overdrape drain;
the wick configured for spreading patient fluid from the wound around and through the foam core;
the vacuum configured for removing patient fluid from the wick and out of the dressing through the drain;
said overdrape configured for trapping liquid in and around said foam core;
said overdrape configured for transferring air to said foam core;
said overdrape including a cover return ring extending outwardly and underneath the foam core; and
said cover return ring including adhesive for releasably attaching said foam core to the patient's skin around the wound below said foam core perimeter.

US Pat. No. 10,363,342

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY CANNULA

INSULET CORPORATION, Act...

1. A wearable fluid delivery device, comprising:a chamber containing a fluid to be delivered into a body of a patient; and
a cannula in fluid connection with the chamber, the cannula comprising an exterior surface, an inner surface, a lumen and a distal end extending into the patient, wherein the cannula comprises a first material and a second material mixed with the first material, the second material disposed in discrete regions of the cannula, the second material comprising at least one of a hydrophilic material, an anti-microbial material, an anti-inflammatory material, and an anti-thombogenic material, wherein a first coating at least partially covers the exterior surface of the cannula, the first coating comprising an anti-inflammatory agent, wherein a second coating at least partially covers the interior surface of the cannula, the second coating comprising at least one of the hydrophilic material, the anti-microbial material, the anti-inflammatory material, and the anti-thombogenic material,
wherein the second coating covers less than an entire length of the inner surface of the cannula,
wherein the first coating covers less than an entire length of the exterior surface of the cannula,
wherein the second coating coats less than an entire perimeter of the inner surface of the cannula,
wherein the first coating coats less than an entire perimeter of the exterior surface of the cannula,
wherein a third coating at least partially covers the exterior surface of the cannula, the third coating comprising at least one of the hydrophilic material, the anti-microbial material, the anti-inflammatory material, and the anti-thombogenic material, wherein the first and second coatings comprise different materials,
wherein the third coating is disposed in a concentration gradient throughout the first coating.

US Pat. No. 10,363,338

RESILIENT ABSORBENT COFORM NONWOVEN WEB

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A method of forming a resilient coform nonwoven web, the method comprising:merging together a stream of an absorbent material with a stream of semi-molten meltblown fibers to form a composite stream, wherein the meltblown fibers comprises from 45 wt % to about 99 wt % of the web and the absorbent material comprises from about 1 wt % to about 55 wt % of the web, and further wherein the meltblown fibers are formed from a thermoplastic composition that contains at least one propylene/?-olefin copolymer having a propylene content of from about 60 mole % to about 99.5 mole % and an ?-olefin content of from about 0.5 mole % to about 40 mole %, wherein the copolymer further has a density of from about 0.86 to about 0.90 grams per cubic centimeter and the thermoplastic composition has a melt flow rate of from about 120 to about 6000 grams per 10 minutes, determined at 230° C. in accordance with ASTM Test Method D1238-E; and
thereafter, collecting the composite stream on a forming surface to form a resilient coform nonwoven web.

US Pat. No. 10,363,337

TYPE OF THERMAL CATALYTIC OXIDATION MATERIAL FOR AIR PURIFICATION AND APPARATUS THEREFORE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An air purifier comprising:a catalytic converter that comprises a multifunctional material, wherein the multifunctional material includes a combination of at least:
(i) a catalytically active material, and
(ii) a heatable material, wherein the heatable material is heatable in response to one or more of an alternating electrical field and an alternating magnetic field; and
a field generator, configured free from electrical contact with the multifunctional material, for generating the one or more of the alternating electric field and the alternating magnetic field during operation of the air purifier, wherein the heatable material is heated by the one or more of the alternating electrical field and the alternating magnetic field,
wherein one or more of the catalytically active material and the heatable material of the multifunctional material are independently configured as one or more of (i) particulate material, (ii) a layer, and (iii) a wire, and wherein independently the one or more of (i) the particulate material, (ii) the layer, and (iii) the wire have at least one dimension of 50 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 10,363,333

WAX WARMER

1. A wax warmer, comprising:a reservoir module for receiving a wax melt;
a heater module including a heating element and a first electrical connector to provide electrical power to the heating element, wherein the heater module further includes at least one inlet vent and at least one outlet vent; and
a base module including a sidewall having a flange that is between an upper and a lower end of the sidewall and extending from an interior surface of the sidewall, and a second electrical connector configured to releasably couple to the first electrical connector of the heating module to provide electrical power to the heating element,
wherein the heater module is retained on the flange, and
wherein the reservoir module, the heater module, and the base module are removable from one another in the normal use of the wax warmer and may be replaced by a second reservoir module, a second heater module, or a second base module, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,363,332

AIR IONIZATION SYSTEM

IONaer International Ariz...

1. An air ionization system, comprising:(a) an ion generator that generates more negative ions than positive ions;
(b) an ozone removal assembly containing a catalyst for removal of ozone from the air, wherein the ion generator is disposed at least partially within the ozone removal assembly; and
(c) a control system that measures an ion count in the air and energizes the ion generator based at least in part on the measured ion count in the air,
wherein the ion generator comprises:
a stainless steel ion dispenser configured to receive electrical current responsive to operation of the control system;
an inner electrode electrically coupled to the ion dispenser, the inner electrode comprising a perforated aluminum sheet;
a glass tube disposed at least partially around the inner electrode; and
an outer electrode disposed at least partially around the glass tube, the outer electrode comprising a tubular stainless steel mesh screen.

US Pat. No. 10,363,331

STERILIZATION INDICATOR FOR A STERILE CONTAINER

Aesculap AG, (DE)

1. A sterile container for sterilization of medical instruments comprising an instrument holding body closable by a container cover for which at least one manually operable closing/locking mechanism is arranged on the holding body and/or on the container cover, the sterile container comprising a sterilization indicator, wherein the sterilization indicator comprises a shape-memory element in the form of an axially acting compression spring, made of memory material which, when a predetermined sterilization temperature is reached or exceeded, subjects an indicating unit to a defined axial compression force, said indicating unit in turn being biased by a restoring spring functioning independently of temperature, in a counter-direction of the shape-memory element by way of a restoring force which is smaller than the defined axial compressive force, and comprising a latching mechanism which is actuated by at least one of: (1) a manually operable closing or locking mechanism, (2) a container cover of the sterile container, and (3) an element attached thereto and designed such that by closing and/or locking of the sterile container it retains the indicating unit in a sterile position, once said unit has been moved into the sterile position by the shape-memory element, and by opening and/or unlocking of the sterile container below the sterilization temperature it releases the indicating unit, whereupon the restoring spring moves the indicating unit back into an unsterile position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,330

ELECTRONIC GADGET DISINFECTION

Sensor Electronic Technol...

1. A system comprising:an ultraviolet absorbent enclosure;
at least one ultraviolet radiation source embedded within the ultraviolet absorbent enclosure, the at least one ultraviolet radiation source configured to generate ultraviolet radiation within the ultraviolet absorbent enclosure;
a set of partially reflective, partially transmitting layers located adjacent to the ultraviolet absorbent enclosure, wherein the set of partially transmitting layers are configured to distribute the ultraviolet radiation over an object; and
a monitoring and control system for managing the ultraviolet radiation by performing a method comprising:
monitoring a plurality of attributes for the object; and
controlling, based on the monitoring, the ultraviolet radiation directed at the object.

US Pat. No. 10,363,326

SELF-CLEANING SENSOR SURFACE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A computer apparatus, programmed to:activate a self-cleaning glass surface by irradiating the self-cleaning glass surface with UV LED radiation based on a determined energy of environmental UV radiation and a schedule.

US Pat. No. 10,363,325

LIGHTING DEVICE THAT DEACTIVATES DANGEROUS PATHOGENS WHILE PROVIDING VISUALLY APPEALING LIGHT

KENALL MANUFACTURING COMP...

1. A system configured to provide light and disinfect air in an environment, the system comprising:an HVAC unit configured to provide air to the environment; and
a lighting device configured to deactivate microorganisms in the air, the lighting device comprising:
a housing;
means for mounting the housing to a surface in the environment;
one or more first light-emitting elements comprising one or more light-emitting diodes (LEDs) arranged in the housing and configured to each produce disinfecting light having a wavelength in a first range of wavelengths; and
one or more second light-emitting elements arranged in the housing and configured to each produce disinfecting light having a wavelength in a second range of wavelengths different from the first range of wavelengths;
wherein the disinfecting light produced by the one or more LEDs and the disinfecting light produced by the one or more second light-emitting elements mix to form a combined light, the combined light being visible light other than white light, and
wherein the visible light has u?, v? coordinates on the 1976 CIE Chromaticity Diagram that lie outside of an area that is bounded (i) vertically between 0.007 Duv below and 0.007 Duv above a planckian locus defined by the ANSI C78.377-2015 color standard, and (ii) horizontally between a correlated color temperature (CCT) isoline of between approximately 1500K and 7000K.

US Pat. No. 10,363,313

PSMA LIGANDS AND USES THEREOF

CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIV...

1. A method of treating cancer in a subject in need thereof, the method comprising:administering to the subject a therapeutically effective amount of a compound having the following formula (I):

wherein:
n and n1 are each independently 1, 2, 3, or 4;
L comprises at least one ring selected from the group consisting of an optionally substituted 4 to 7 membered nonaromatic heterocyclic ring and an optionally substituted C4-C7 cycloalkyl ring;
B comprises at least one glutamic acid residue; andY is a H of B or includes at least one of a detectable moiety, therapeutic agent, or a theranostic agent that is directly or indirectly linked to B.

US Pat. No. 10,363,289

MUTANT OPAA ENZYME WITH INCREASED CATALYTIC EFFICIENCY ON GP

The United States of Amer...

1. A mutant organophosphorus acid anhydrolase (OPAA), wherein said anhydrolase comprises a non-wild-type amino acid at each of sequence positions 212, 342 and 215 of SEQ ID NO: 1, and wherein said OPAA comprises Phenyalanine (F) at sequence position 212, Leucine (L) at sequence position 342, and Leucine (L) at sequence position 215 of SEQ ID NO: 1.

US Pat. No. 10,363,272

RAR SELECTIVE AGONISTS IN COMBINATION WITH IMMUNE MODULATORS FOR CANCER IMMUNOTHERAPY

Io Therapeutics, Inc., A...

1. A method of potentiating chimeric antigen receptor-modified immune cells (CAR-MIC) cancer immunotherapy comprising administering at least one differentiating retinoic acid receptor (RAR) active agent, wherein the differentiating RAR active agent is a RAR? agonist, to a cancer patient who is receiving, has received, or is scheduled to receive, CAR-MIC, wherein the RAR? agonist is a CYP26 metabolism-resistant, RAR? selective agonist having a structure of general formula (I)
wherein R1 is H or C1-6 alky, R2 and R3 are independently H or F, and R4 is a halogen.

US Pat. No. 10,363,268

PROTON-BINDING POLYMERS FOR ORAL ADMINISTRATION

TRICIDA, INC., South San...

1. A method of treating metabolic acidosis in a patient not yet on dialysis, the method comprising administering to the patient a pharmaceutical composition comprising a proton-binding, crosslinked amine polymer comprising the residue of an amine corresponding to Formula 1:
wherein R1, R2 and R3 are independently hydrogen, hydrocarbyl, substituted hydrocarbyl provided, however, at least one of R1, R2 and R3 is other than hydrogen, the crosslinked amine polymer has an equilibrium swelling ratio in deionized water of about 5 or less, and the crosslinked amine polymer binds a molar ratio of chloride ions to interfering ions of at least 0.35:1, respectively, in an interfering ion buffer at 37° C., wherein the interfering ions are phosphate ions and the interfering ion buffer is a buffered solution at pH 5.5 of 36 mM chloride and 20 mM phosphate.

US Pat. No. 10,363,261

ENOLASE INHIBITORS AND METHODS OF TREATMENT THEREWITH

Board of Regents, The Uni...

1. A compound of the formula:
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt, wherein:
R1 is hydrogen, acyl(C?12) or substituted acyl(C?12);
R2 is hydrogen, acyloxy(C?12), or substituted acyloxy(C?12);
X1 and X2 are each independently O, S, or NRa, wherein:
Ra is hydrogen, alkyl(C?6), or substituted alkyl(C?6);
R3 and R4 are each independently hydrogen or alkyl(C?12), aryl(C?12), aralkyl(C?12), heteroaryl(C?12), heteroaralkyl(C?12), or a substituted version of these groups; or a phosphate protecting group; or R3 and R4 are taken together and are alkanediyl(C?8) or substituted alkanediyl(C?8); or —X3—R5; wherein:
X3 is a covalent bond, alkanediyl(C?8), or substituted alkanediyl(C?8); and
R5 is acyl(C?18), alkoxy(C?18), —C(O)-alkoxy(C?18), acyloxy(C?18), or a substituted version of any of these groups;
A1 is alkanediyl(C1-3); and
Y1 is hydrogen, amino, halo, hydroxy, phosphate, alkyl(C?12), or substituted alkyl(C?12).

US Pat. No. 10,363,257

BICYCLIC BROMODOMAIN INHIBITORS

Zenith Epigenetics Ltd., ...

1. A compound of Formula IIIb?:
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof,
wherein:
Rings A and B may be optionally substituted with one or more groups independently selected from deuterium and halogen;
X is selected from —CH2— and —CH(CH3)—, wherein one or more hydrogens may be independently replaced with deuterium or halogen;
Z is selected from NH2 and amino; and
R4 is selected from 4-7 membered carbocycles and heterocycles optionally substituted with one or more groups independently selected from deuterium, alkyl(C1-C4), alkoxy(C1-C4), halogen, —CF3, —CN, and —thioalkyl(C1-C4), wherein each alkyl(C1-C4), alkoxy(C1-C4), and thioalkyl(C1-C4) may be optionally substituted with halogen.

US Pat. No. 10,363,254

METHODS FOR TREATING CRYPTOSPORIDIOSIS USING TRIAZOLOPYRIDAZINES

University of Vermont and...

1. A method for treating an individual diagnosed with or suspected of having a Cryptosporidium infection or prophylaxis in an individual who is at risk of having a Cryptosporidium infection comprising administering to the individual a composition comprising a therapeutically effective or a prophylactically effective amount of a compound having the following structure:
wherein R4 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen atom, C1-C9 alkyl group, and haloalkyl groups;
R5 is selected from the group consisting of substituted or unsubstituted benzyl group, substituted or unsubstituted phenyl group, substituted or unsubstituted phenoxy group, and substituted or unsubstituted aniline group.

US Pat. No. 10,363,252

TREATMENT OF PROSTATE CANCER USING HEDGEHOG PATHWAY INHIBITORS

HEDGEPATH PHARMACEUTICALS...

1. A method for treating prostate cancer in a subject that has undergone androgen deprivation therapy, is concurrently undergoing androgen deprivation therapy, or both, comprising orally administering a composition comprising a solid dispersion of a Hedgehog pathway (HhP) inhibitor and a polycarboxylic acid polymer, to the subject, wherein the HhP inhibitor comprises itraconazole, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt, prodrug, stereoisomer, or active metabolite thereof, and wherein: (a) the composition is orally administered in an effective amount to achieve a plasma trough level of at least about 1,000 ng/mL of the HhP inhibitor, or (b) the composition is orally administered at a dose in the range of 100 mg to 600 mg HhP inhibitor per day.

US Pat. No. 10,363,250

FOLATE RECEPTOR BINDING CONJUGATES OF ANTIFOLATES

Endocyte, Inc., West Laf...

1. A method for treating a population of cancer cells in a patient, the method comprising administering to the patient a therapeutically effective amount of a conjugate of formula ALDm, wherein A is an antifolate of the formula:
wherein:
(1) X?OH, R?H, and Y=Glu; or
(2) X?OCH3, R?H, and Y?Glu; or
(3) X?OH, R?H, and Y=Valine; or
(4) X?OH, R?H, and Y=Suberate; or
(5) X?OH, R?CH3, and Y=Glu;
m is 1 to 3;
D is an independently selected drug; and;
L is a linker comprising at least one releasable linker;
wherein the cancer cells overexpress a folate receptor, and wherein the cancer is chosen from carcinoma, sarcoma, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, melanoma, mesothelioma, Burkitt's lymphoma, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, leukemia, or myeloma.

US Pat. No. 10,363,249

FATTY ACID SYNTHASE INHIBITOR FOR USE IN THE TREATMENT OF DRUG RESISTANT CANCER

3-V Biosciences, Inc., S...

1. A method of treating a taxane-resistant tumor or cancer in a subject, the method comprising administering to the subject in need thereof a therapeutically effective amount of:(i) a fatty acid synthase inhibitor having the structure of:

 and
(ii) a taxane.

US Pat. No. 10,363,248

SALTS OF HETEROCYCLIC MODULATORS OF HIF ACTIVITY FOR TREATMENT OF DISEASE

Board of Regents, The Uni...

1. A method of treatment of cancer comprising administering to a patient with cancer a therapeutically effective amount of a compound of structural Formula III:
wherein:
M is selected from the group consisting of an inorganic acid, an organic acid, an amino acid;
with the proviso that M is not trifluoroacetic acid;
a is a fractional or whole number between about 0.5 and about 3.5 inclusive;
b is a fractional or whole number between about 0 and about 10 inclusive;
X2 and X4 are N and X5 is O; X4 and X5 are N and X2 is O; X2 and X5 are N and X4 is O; X2 is CH, X4 is N, and X5 is O; or X2 is CH, X4 is O, and X5 is N;
Z2 is selected from the group consisting of N and CR14;
R1 is selected from the group consisting of heterocycloalkyl, alkoxyalkoxy, alkylsulfonylalkoxy, heterocycloalkyloxy, heterocycloalkylcarbonyl, alkoxyalkylamido, heterocycloalkylsulfonyl, alkoxyalkylsulfonamido, wherein said heterocycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyloxy, heterocycloalkylcarbonyl, and heterocycloalkylsulfonyl can be optionally substituted with one or more substituents selected from the group consisting hydrogen, alkyl, and oxo;
R14, R39, and R40 are independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, deuterium, halogen, alkyl, haloalkyl, perhaloalkyl, cyano, hydroxy, alkoxy, haloalkoxy, perhaloalkoxy, alkylthio, amino, and saturated 3- to 7-membered cycloalkyl, any of which may be optionally substituted; andR18 is selected from the group consisting of alkyl, haloalkyl, perhaloalkyl, alkoxy, haloalkoxy, perhaloalkoxy, alkylthio, haloalkylthio, and perhaloalkylthio.

US Pat. No. 10,363,247

(S,E)-3-(6-AMINOPYRIDIN-3-YL)-N-((5-(4-(3-FLUORO-3-METHYLPYRROLIDINE-1-CARBONYL)PHENYL-7-(4-FLUOROPHENYL)BENZOFURAN-2-YL)METHYL)ACRYLAMIDE FOR THE TREATMENT OF CANCER

Karyopharm Therapeutics I...

1. A compound represented by Structural Formula Ia:or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,363,241

SUBSTITUTED IMIDAZOLE DERIVATIVES AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

vTv Therapeutics LLC, Hi...

1. A compound of Formula (X)
wherein
Q1 is selected from the group consisting of —CH2OCH2CH3 and —CH2CH2CH2CH3.

US Pat. No. 10,363,238

METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS TO ENHANCE BONE GROWTH COMPRISING A STATIN

Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., ...

1. A method of treating a bone defect in which the bone defect site possesses at least one cavity, the method comprising inserting an implantable medical device at, near or in the defect site, the implantable medical device comprising a biodegradable polymer and a therapeutically effective amount of a statin disposed throughout the medical device to facilitate bone growth, the statin comprising at least cerivastatin, atorvastatin, simvastatin, pravastatin, fluvastatin, lovastatin, rosuvastatin, eptastatin, pitavastatin, velostatin, fluindostatin, dalvastain, or pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof or a combination thereof, wherein the medical device allows influx of at least progenitor, and/or bone cells at, near or in the bone defect.

US Pat. No. 10,363,231

COMPOUNDS AND METHODS OF TREATING OCULAR DISORDERS

CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIV...

1. A method of treating an ocular disorder in a subject associated with increased all-trans-retinal in an ocular tissue, the method comprising:administering to the subject a therapeutically effective amount of a primary amine compound of formula (I):

wherein R1 is a cyclic or polycyclic ring, wherein the ring is a substituted or unsubstituted aryl, heteroaryl, cycloalkyl, or heterocyclyl; wherein the ring of R1 does not include a dimethyl substituent in the ortho position to the polyene chain;
n=1-3;
where R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, and R7, are each individually hydrogen, a substituted or unsubstituted C1-C24 alkyl, C2-C24 alkenyl, C2-C24 alkynyl, C3-C20 aryl, heteroaryl, heterocycloalkenyl containing from 5-6 ring atoms (wherein from 1-3 of the ring atoms is independently selected from N, NH, N(C1-C6 alkyl), NC(O)(C1-C6 alkyl), O, and S), C6-C24 alkaryl, C6-C24 aralkyl, halo, —Si(C1-C3 alkyl)3, hydroxyl, sulfhydryl, C1-C24 alkoxy, C2-C24 alkenyloxy, C2-C24 alkynyloxy, C5-C20 aryloxy, acyl, acyloxy, C2-C24 alkoxycarbonyl, C6-C20 aryloxycarbonyl, C2-C24 alkylcarbonato, C6-C20 arylcarbonato, carboxy, carboxylato, carbamoyl, C1-C24 alkyl-carbamoyl, arylcarbamoyl, thiocarbamoyl, carbamido, cyano, isocyano, cyanato, isocyanato, isothiocyanato, azido, formyl, thioformyl, amino, C1-C24 alkyl amino, C5-C20 aryl amino, C2-C24 alkylamido, C6-C20 arylamido, imino, alkylimino, arylimino, nitro, nitroso, sulfo, sulfonato, C1-C24 alkylsulfanyl, arylsulfanyl, C1-C24 alkylsulfinyl, C5-C20 arylsulfinyl, C1-C24 alkylsulfonyl, C5-C20 arylsulfonyl, phosphono, phosphonato, phosphinato, phospho, or phosphino or combinations thereof,
wherein, R2 and R4 may be linked to form a cyclic or polycyclic ring, wherein the ring is a substituted or unsubstituted aryl, heteroaryl, cycloalkyl, or heterocyclyl; and pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,363,216

FOAMABLE VEHICLES AND PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITIONS COMPRISING APROTIC POLAR SOLVENTS AND USES THEREOF

Foamix Pharmaceuticals Lt...

1. A method of treating a skin, mucosal, or body cavity disorder comprising administering to skin, mucosal, or body cavity a composition comprising:a) about 1% to about 5% of a minocycline;
b) one or more short chain alcohols comprising ethanol;
c) about 2% to about 50% by weight of the composition of one or more protic polar solvents comprising propylene glycol;
d) one or more polymeric agents comprising a cellulose ether; e) one or more modulating agents comprising an antioxidizing agent;
f) a metal; and
g) an essential oil;
wherein the composition is essentially free of fatty alcohol;
wherein the composition is surfactant free; and
wherein the composition is waterless.