US Pat. No. 10,363,172

OPHTHALMIC LASER TREATMENT APPARATUS

NIDEK CO., LTD., Gamagor...

1. An ophthalmic laser treatment apparatus comprising:an aiming optical system configured to irradiate an aiming beam to a patient's eye;
a laser irradiation optical system configured to irradiate a laser beam for treatment to the patient's eye;
a shift unit configured to shift a focus shift position, which corresponds to a focus position of the laser beam, between maximum posterior and maximum anterior positions with respect to a focus position of the aiming beam;
a drive unit configured to drive the shift unit to shift the focus shift position;
a selection receiving unit configured to receive an instruction to select any one of a plurality of treatment modes; and
a processor and associated memory configured to control operations of the ophthalmic laser treatment apparatus, wherein:
the processor sets, according to the treatment mode selected with the selection receiving unit, a value of at least one parameter related to irradiation of the laser beam, and
the at least one parameter includes a parameter that includes an adjustment range of the focus shift position, the adjustment range being within and different from a maximum range of the focus shift position that is bounded by the maximum posterior and maximum anterior positions.

US Pat. No. 10,363,171

SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR RETINA PHOTOTHERAPY

Ojai Retinal Technology, ...

1. A process for performing retinal photostimulation, comprising the steps of:generating a laser light comprised of a plurality of treatment light beams that creates a therapeutic effect to retinal tissue exposed to the laser light beams without destroying the retinal tissue;
simultaneously applying the treatment laser light beams to a first treatment area of the retina;
moving the laser light from the first treatment area to a second treatment area of the retina that is spaced apart from the first treatment area and simultaneously applying the treatment laser light beams to the second treatment area; and
within a predetermined period of time comprising less than one second, within a single treatment session, returning the laser light to the first treatment area and simultaneously reapplying the treatment laser light beams to the first treatment area.

US Pat. No. 10,363,169

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TREATING AN EYE

TEL HASHOMER MEDICAL RESE...

1. A method, comprising:providing a system that comprises a laser source and a hardware-implemented beam-shaping device comprising one or more optical elements;
generating electromagnetic radiation by the laser source; and
irradiating one or more regions of a trabecular meshwork of an eye with the electromagnetic radiation generated by the laser source, by directing the electromagnetic radiation using the beam-shaping device through an entire thickness of a scleral limbus of the eye without any contact with the eye.

US Pat. No. 10,363,166

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A TRANSVERSE PHACOEMULSIFICATION SYSTEM USING SENSED DATA

1. An apparatus configured for use in an ocular surgical procedure, comprising:a handpiece having a tip configured to ultrasonically vibrate, the handpiece configured to support a plurality of operating modes comprising a first operating mode and a second operating mode, wherein the plurality of operating modes are selected from the group consisting of transversal, longitudinal, and torsional;
a user interface configured to receive a relationship between a change in a system parameter and a change in a ratio between the first operating mode and the second operating mode, from a user;
a sensor configured to provide the change in the system parameter; and
a controller connected to the handpiece, the user interface, and the sensor, wherein the controller is configured to:
receive the relationship,
receive the change in the system parameter,
determine an operational ratio between the first operating mode and the second operating mode based on the change in the system parameter and the relationship;
dynamically select at least one operational parameter associated with the first operating mode and at least one operational parameter associated with the second operating mode, and
concurrently modify the at least one operational parameter associated with the first operating mode and the at least one operational parameter associated with the second operating mode to obtain the operational ratio between the first operating mode and the second operating mode.

US Pat. No. 10,363,165

INDEPENDENT SURGICAL CENTER

DOHENY EYE INSTITUTE, Lo...

1. A self-powered surgical system for a surgical procedure, comprising:a surgical tray;
a plurality of handheld instruments;
a power source in at least one of the surgical tray and a handheld instrument;
and a processing unit;
wherein the processing unit is configured to execute program instructions, the program instructions including instructions for:
detecting power from the at least one power source;
directing power to the plurality of handheld instruments from the at least one power source;
wirelessly detect identification information from at least one of the plurality of handheld instruments;
establishing communication with each of the plurality of handheld instruments; and
transmit an initial configuration setting to at least one of the plurality of handheld instruments based on the identification information.

US Pat. No. 10,363,164

TOOL AND TOOL SYSTEM HAVING INDEPENDENT AXIAL AND TRANSVERSE FORCE SENSING

The Johns Hopkins Univers...

1. A force-sensing tool, comprising:a tool shaft comprising a proximal end and a distal end;
a flexure section attached at a first end to said distal end of said tool shaft;
a tool tip operatively connected to said flexure section such that axial forces applied to said tool tip are coupled primarily to a first portion of said flexure section and transverse forces applied to said tool tip are coupled primarily to a second portion of said flexure section;
an axial force sensor coupled to said first portion of said flexure section; and
a transverse force sensor coupled to said second portion of said flexure section,
wherein said first portion of said flexure section is substantially free to move in an axial direction relative to said second portion of said flexure section,
wherein said axial force sensor responds to axial forces applied to said tool tip substantially independently of said transverse forces applied to said tool tip under a designed operating range of forces, and
wherein said transverse force sensor responds to transverse forces applied to said tool tip substantially independently of said axial forces applied to said tool tip under said designed operating range of forces.

US Pat. No. 10,363,161

SLEEP APNEA ORAL APPLIANCE FOR USE DURING ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT

SELANE PRODUCTS, INC., C...

1. A method for accomplishing an orthodontic treatment while treating snoring and/or sleep apnea in a subject, comprising:applying a first orthodontic tray to maxillary dentition of a subject, wherein the first orthodontic tray has an anterior portion, a posterior portion, a right side, a left side, an inner surface, and an outer surface, wherein the inner surface of the first orthodontic tray contacts at least some of the subject's maxillary dentition;
applying a second orthodontic tray to mandibular dentition of the subject, wherein the second orthodontic tray has an anterior portion, a posterior portion, a right side, a left side, an inner surface, and an outer surface, wherein the inner surface of the second orthodontic tray contacts at least some of the subject's mandibular dentition;
applying a first appliance tray over the first orthodontic tray, the first appliance tray having an anterior portion, a posterior portion, a right side, a left side, a buccal side, a lingual side, an inner surface, and an outer surface, wherein a receptacle formed in the inner surface of the first appliance tray contacts and surrounds at least a portion of the outer surface of the first orthodontic appliance; and
applying a second appliance tray over the second orthodontic tray, the second appliance tray having an anterior portion, a posterior portion, a right side, a left side, a buccal side, a lingual side, an inner surface, and an outer surface, wherein a receptacle formed in the inner surface of the second appliance tray contacts and surrounds at least a portion of the outer surface of the second orthodontic appliance,
wherein the first appliance tray and second appliance tray cooperate to maintain the mandible of the subject in a relatively forward position during use, thereby treating snoring and/or sleep apnea in the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,363,159

PAIN MANAGEMENT AND POST-OPERATIVE HIP ORTHOSIS

1. An orthosis comprising:a waist strap having opposed first and second ends and a lateral portion therebetween, the first and second ends having coupling means for coupling the first and second ends;
a lower strap having opposed first and second ends and a lateral portion therebetween, the first and second ends of the lower strap having coupling means for coupling the first and second ends of the lower strap;
a pocket extending between the waist strap and the lower strap, the pocket comprising an inner panel and an outer panel fastened to each other to define an upper opening at a top of the pocket and a lower opening at a bottom of the pocket, the upper opening larger than the lower opening; and
an abduction harness, for laterally abducting a leg, comprising two upper straps and a lower strap coupled to each other at a central union, wherein the upper straps are secured to the top of the pocket, and the lower strap is secured to the bottom of the pocket;
wherein the top of the pocket is secured to the lateral portion of the waist strap, and the first and second ends of the lower strap are secured on the bottom of the pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,363,158

ATHLETE FINGER GUARD

1. A guard configured to protect a finger while allowing finger mobility during athletic activity, the injured finger having a distal part, a proximal part, a fingertip on the distal part, a fingernail near the fingertip, a nail bed just proximal of the fingernail, a proximal interphalangeal joint between the distal part and proximal part, a superior surface and an inferior surface, the guard comprising:a core having a distal segment and a proximal segment, the proximal segment and distal segment each having a top surface and a bottom surface, the core adapted for receiving the superior surface of the finger along the bottom surfaces of the proximal and distal segments, the proximal segment has side extensions having rear side edges that substantially oppose each other, the proximal segment curves transversely downwardly toward the rear side edges, the distal segment has a distal end and a distal end edge at the distal end, the distal segment has forward side edges extending proximally from the distal end edge, the rear side edges at the proximal segment extend wider than the forward side edges at the distal segment, the distal segment adapted for receiving the distal part of said finger and the proximal segment adapted for receiving the proximal part of said finger, the distal segment extending on top of but not alongside the distal part of the finger, and extending toward the fingertip to substantially the nail bed; and
a hinge assembly, located above the top surfaces of the proximal and distal segments, and positioned just distal of the proximal interphalangeal joint and the side edges of the proximal segment extending alongside the proximal part of the finger, the hinge assembly including a pair of brackets on the proximal segment having a flat bridge surface therebetween, and a fin rib attached to the distal segment and extending distally thereon, the fin rib extends between the brackets and protrudes upwardly from the top surface of the distal segment, centered between the forward side edges and tapering downwardly toward the top surface as it extends distally, the fin rib has a tongue that interacts with the bridge surface to limit movement of the hinge assembly such that the distal part reaches a maximum position where the bottom surfaces of the proximal part and distal part do not fully align but instead form an obtuse angle that thereby is adapted to prevent the finger from fully straightening.

US Pat. No. 10,363,149

HIP REPLACEMENT NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

OrthAlign, Inc., Aliso V...

1. A method of performing a hip joint replacement procedure, the hip joint comprises a pelvis and a femur that is movable relative to the pelvis, the method comprising:placing a patient in a position with the femur of the hip joint in an extended position;
mounting a laser projecting device to the pelvis adjacent to the hip joint;
projecting a laser light onto a target to illuminate a portion of the target away from the hip joint;
recording a position of an incidence of the laser light;
positioning an acetabular shell after recording the position;
projecting the laser light onto the target after positioning the acetabular shell; and
aligning the femur with the pelvis by aligning the recorded position with the incidence of laser light.

US Pat. No. 10,363,146

OSTEOTOMY PROTECTIVE COVER

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A cover for use in protecting a resected surface of a long bone for use in joint arthroplasty, comprising:a body;
a plurality of independently moveable members moveably attached to the body, two of the plurality of independently movable members configured to move linearly with respect to the body along a first plane and along a first axis, the body and the plurality of independently moveable members having a first configuration and a second configuration, the first configuration defining a first periphery of the cover along the first plane, the second configuration defining a second periphery of the cover along the first plane, wherein the first periphery encompasses a first area when projected onto the first plane and the second periphery encompasses a second area when projected onto the first plane, the second area larger than the first area and including all of the first area; and
a lip fixedly extending downwardly along an outer radial periphery of one of the body and the plurality of independently moveable members in a direction not co-planar with the first plane, the lip having an inwardly facing portion, the inwardly facing portion configured such that when the cover is positioned on the resected surface of the long bone, the inwardly facing portion can abut a surface of the long bone extending about the resected surface.

US Pat. No. 10,363,145

LATERAL PLATE AND SPINAL IMPLANT SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A lateral plate assembly comprising:an elongated lateral plate for attachment to adjacent vertebrae having a first closed end portion and a second closed end portion, a top surface and a bottom surface, and a pair of apertures, a first aperture extending through the top surface and the bottom surface, a second aperture communicating with a slot and positioned in a first surface below the top surface and extending through the bottom surface, the first aperture having an opening positioned in the first closed end portion for receiving a first bone screw and the second aperture communicating with the slot to receive a second bone screw, the slot extending toward the second closed end portion, the second closed end portion being defined by an open end above the second closed end portion; and
wherein the open end and a pair of sides with grooves and overhanging lips is configured for receiving and holding a moveable washer on top of the second aperture communicating with the slot, the washer after being slid through the open end being configured to move along a length of the second aperture communicating with the slot, the moveable washer having an inner surface defining an opening, a head of the second bone screw held by the inner surface, movement of the washer relative to the second aperture communicating with the slot increases or decreases the distance between locations of a head of the first bone screw and the head of the second bone screw.

US Pat. No. 10,363,144

EXPANDABLE SPINAL IMPLANT

41MEDICAL AG, Bettlach (...

1. An expandable spinal implant assembly for insertion between two adjacent vertebral bodies, comprising:a) a substantially hollow first body with a first superior endplate with a first top inside face and a first inferior endplate with a first bottom inside face, said first superior endplate and said first inferior endplate being connected together on at least one side by a lateral wall;
b) at least one strut being arranged within said first body and connecting the first top inside face of said superior endplate with the first bottom inside face of said inferior endplate, said strut comprising a first threaded through bore with a central axis;
c) a substantially hollow second body with a second superior endplate and a second inferior endplate, said second body being at least partially inserted within said first body;
d) a central screw with a first end comprising a ball-head and a drive, said central screw further having a threaded shaft which is engaged within said first threaded through bore,
wherein
at least one track is arranged on a second top inside face of said second superior endplate and/or on a second bottom inside face of said second inferior endplate, said at least one track being oriented at an acute angle relative to the central axis of said first threaded through bore when said substantially hollow second body is at least partially inserted into said substantially hollow first body and wherein said ball-head of said central screw is engaged into said at least one track.

US Pat. No. 10,363,143

HARVESTING BONE GRAFT MATERIAL FOR USE IN SPINAL AND OTHER BONE FUSION SURGERIES

1. A bone cutter assembly for harvesting bone graft material for use in fusion surgery, comprising:an elongated cannula extending from a proximal end to a distal end along a longitudinal axis, said elongated cannula having a bend formed at the distal end or a distal tip of the cannula, and having a through bore extending along said longitudinal axis through said proximal end and said distal tip of the cannula, wherein the cannula is constructed and arranged to be supported at inserted to a desired position in a space between bones to be fused; and
an elongated wire having a cutting distal tip, wherein the wire is inserted through the through bore of the cannula so that the cutting distal tip is configured to extend a desired distance distally beyond the distal tip of the elongated cannula for contacting the bones to be fused, and the cutting tip is operative to cut grooves in the bones when the cannula is rotated about its axis by an outside drive so that a slurry of morselized bone and blood effuses from the grooved bones to promote fusion of the bones;
the cannula has an elongated side slot opens the through bore into an outside of the elongated cannula and a proximal end of the wire in the cannula is bent to project radially through the slot, and including a first proximal knob mounted coaxially on the cannula for sliding movement over the slot, wherein the proximal end of the wire is captured by the first knob so that the cutting tip of the wire is configured to be set to extend a desired distance from the distal end of the cannula according to the position of the first knob over the slot;
a second distal knob mounted coaxially for sliding movement over the elongated cannula and for rotation about the longitudinal axis relative to the cannula, wherein the second distal knob comprises a retaining collar mounted coaxially over the elongated cannula and having radially extending ears configured to engage by friction a fixed surface of a device in the region of the bones to be fused for supporting the cannula at the desired position in the space between the bones;
two stop rings mounted coaxially on a distal portion of the elongated cannula and at corresponding distal and proximal sides of the second distal knob, for limiting the axial sliding of the elongated cannula relative to the second distal knob when the distal end is inserted into the space between the bones to be fused and the retaining collar is engaged to the fixed surface, so that a surgeon can define the location and the overall width of a series of cuts to be made by the cutting tip of the wire into bone above and below the distal end of the cannula by adjusting the axial positions of the stop rings over the length of the cannula at the sides of the second knob; and
wherein the axial sliding of the second distal knob along the elongated cannula causes the retaining collar to slide axially along the elongated cannula, and the rotation of the second distal knob about the longitudinal axis relative to the elongated cannula causes the retaining collar to rotate about the longitudinal axis relative to the elongated cannula.

US Pat. No. 10,363,142

EXPANDABLE SPINAL IMPLANTS

K2M, Inc., Leesburg, VA ...

1. A spinal implant having a proximal region and a distal region, the spinal implant comprising:an upper body including an outer surface and an inner surface;
a lower body including an outer surface and an inner surface, the inner surfaces of the upper and lower bodies disposed in opposed relation relative to each other;
a proximal adjustment assembly disposed between the upper and lower bodies at the proximal region of the spinal implant and adjustably coupled to the upper and lower bodies; and
a distal adjustment assembly disposed between the upper and lower bodies at the distal region of the spinal implant and adjustably coupled to the upper and lower bodies, the proximal and distal adjustment assemblies independently movable to change a vertical height of at least one of the proximal region or the distal region of the spinal implant, the distal adjustment assembly including:
a pivot linkage assembly including an upper pivot linkage pivotably connected to the inner surface of the upper body and a lower pivot linkage pivotably connected to the inner surface of the lower body, the upper and lower pivot linkages pivotably connected to each other and movable with respect to each other to change the vertical height of the distal region of the spinal implant;
a threaded post including a distal end movable into and out of contact with the pivot linkage assembly to effect movement of the upper and lower pivot linkages with respect to each other; and
an expander including a body portion defining a cavity therein and a distal end including a double ramped inner surface, wherein the pivot linkage assembly extends through the cavity of the expander such that the upper and lower pivot linkages contact the double ramped inner surface of the expander when moved by the threaded post.

US Pat. No. 10,363,139

BALL AND SOCKET ASSEMBLY

MOXIMED, INC., Fremont, ...

1. A ball and socket assembly, comprising:a generally non-deformable ball component having a surface forming a portion of a sphere;
an elongated shaft coupled to said ball component;
a single piece, generally non-deformable socket component, the socket including a bearing surface defining a contour assuming a portion of a sphere and an opening that is smaller than the diameter of the ball component in at least one diameter;
wherein the ball component includes a cavity formed therein; and
wherein the assembly includes a filler component sized to fit the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,363,138

DEVICES FOR ADJUSTING THE CURVATURE OF CARDIAC VALVE STRUCTURES

EVALVE, INC., Santa Clar...

1. An interventional system for temporarily adjusting the structure of a heart, the system comprising:a curvature device moveable between a collapsed configuration having a profile suitable for delivery of the device to a coronary sinus and great cardiac vein of a patient and an expanded configuration having a profile suitable for lodging of the device at the coronary sinus and great cardiac vein, the curvature device including:
a distal end section, at least a portion of the distal end section being configured to anchor within the great cardiac vein when deployed to the expanded position at the great cardiac vein;
a proximal end section, at least a portion of the proximal end section being configured to anchor within the coronary sinus when deployed to the expanded position at the coronary sinus; and
a tether disposed at the distal end section and extending through and past the proximal end section, the tether being tensionable such that an increase in tension increases the curvature of the device, and a release of tension lessens the curvature of the device,
a delivery catheter having a proximal end and a distal end, the delivery catheter including a sheath at the distal end configured to house the curvature device to maintain the curvature device in the collapsed configuration while housed within the sheath; and
a handle coupled to the proximal end of the delivery catheter, the tether extending to the handle, the handle including a tether control operatively coupled to the tether to enable adjusting of tension in the tether through actuation of the control and including a deployment control operatively coupled to the sheath or curvature device to enable proximal retraction of the sheath or distal pushing of the curvature device.

US Pat. No. 10,363,137

IMPLANTATION OF REPAIR DEVICES IN THE HEART

Valtech Cardio, Ltd., Or...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a plurality of helical tissue anchors; and
an annuloplasty structure for placement on an annulus of a heart valve, the annuloplasty structure comprising:
a plurality of compressible subunits, and
a plurality of anchor mounts alternately disposed with respect to the plurality of compressible subunits, each anchor mount defining a path for passage of a respective one of the plurality of helical tissue anchors;
wherein the annuloplasty structure can be transitioned from a first configuration having a first diameter to a second configuration having a second diameter different from the first diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,363,136

IMPLANT HAVING MULTIPLE ADJUSTMENT MECHANISMS

Valtech Cardio, Ltd., Or...

1. A method for use with an implant structure, a first tool, a second tool, and a longitudinal guide member, the implant structure including (i) a body portion, (ii) a first implant-adjustment mechanism coupled to the body portion and configured to adjust the implant structure, and (iii) a second implant-adjustment mechanism coupled to the body portion, the method comprising:delivering the implant structure to a heart of a subject while the first implant-adjustment mechanism is coupled to the first tool, and the second implant-adjustment mechanism is coupled to the longitudinal guide member;
subsequently, coupling the implant structure to tissue of the heart; and
subsequently, advancing the second tool along the longitudinal guide member to the second implant-adjustment mechanism, the second tool configured to actuate the second implant-adjustment mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,363,135

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR DELIVERY OF TRANSCATHETER PROSTHETIC VALVES

Tendyne Holdings, Inc., ...

12. A method, comprising:inserting a prosthetic heart valve into an interior region of a valve loading device while in a biased expanded configuration;
moving the prosthetic heart valve from the biased expanded configuration to a compressed configuration while disposed within the valve loading device;
transferring the prosthetic heart valve while in the compressed configuration from the valve loading device to a valve holding tube;
after transferring the prosthetic heart valve to the valve holding tube, coupling the valve holding tube with the prosthetic heart valve disposed therein in the compressed configuration to a distal end portion of a handle assembly; and inserting a sheath of a catheter assembly into a heart.

US Pat. No. 10,363,134

DEVICE FOR THE IMPLANTATION AND FIXATION OF PROSTHETIC VALVES

JenaValve Technology, Inc...

1. A method of treating a native aortic valve, the method comprising:positioning a first expandable stent component adjacent the native aortic valve, the first stent component including three struts, wherein the three struts include exactly one strut for placement between each leaflet of the native aortic valve and a wall of an aorta, wherein each strut includes an apex pointing in a proximal direction towards a native heart;
expanding the struts of the first stent component;
after expanding the struts, positioning each strut between the respective leaflet and the wall of the aorta, wherein the struts align the first stent component with the native aortic valve in an axial direction;
positioning a second expandable stent component radially inward of the leaflets of the native aortic valve and of the first stent component, wherein the second stent component includes a prosthetic heart valve; and
expanding the second stent component to press the leaflets of the native aortic valve radially outward toward the first stent component, such that the leaflets of the native aortic valve are positioned between the first stent component and the second stent component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,132

PROSTHETIC HEART VALVE HAVING IMPROVED COMMISSURE SUPPORTS

Edwards Lifesciences Corp...

1. A prosthetic valve comprising:a radially collapsible and expandable annular frame, the frame comprising an inlet end and an outlet end, the frame comprising a plurality of angularly spaced, commissure attachment portions, each comprising two inner struts and two outer struts; and
a leaflet structure comprising a plurality of leaflets, each leaflet comprising opposing side portions, an upper edge extending between the side portions, and a lower edge extending between the side portions;
wherein each side portion of a leaflet is paired with an adjacent side portion of another leaflet to form commissures of the leaflet structure supported by respective commissure attachment portions, wherein each pair of adjacent side portions extends through a gap between the inner struts of a corresponding commissure attachment portion and one side portion of the pair is folded to form a first fold layer that extends through a gap between one of the inner struts and one of the outer struts of a corresponding commissure attachment portion and the other side portion of the pair is folded to form a second fold layer that extends through a gap between the other inner strut and the other outer strut of the corresponding commissure attachment portion;
wherein the leaflets are movable between an open position to allow blood to flow through the prosthetic valve from the inlet end to the outlet end and a closed position to inhibit the flow of blood through the prosthetic valve from the outlet end to the inlet end.

US Pat. No. 10,363,131

AORTIC INSUFFICIENCY VALVE PERCUTANEOUS VALVE ANCHORING

St. Jude Medical, Cardiol...

1. A method of implanting a stented device in a cardiovascular system of a mammalian subject, the method comprising:guiding a delivery device having an anchoring device connected to a distal end thereof within the cardiovascular system to a target location, the anchoring device having a body and a mooring feature extending from the body;
anchoring the anchoring device at the target location by penetrating tissue at the target location with the mooring feature, the mooring feature being configured to anchor the body to the tissue when penetrated therein;
guiding the stented device through the cardiovascular system to the target location; and
deploying the stented device such that a native valve leaflet is positioned between a stent of the stented device and the anchoring device and so that, when the native valve leaflet is positioned between the stented device and the anchoring device, the stented device and the anchoring device together pinch the native valve leaflet to create a pinching effect on the native valve leaflet so as to restrict movement of the stented device within the cardiovascular system.

US Pat. No. 10,363,130

DEVICES AND SYSTEMS FOR DOCKING A HEART VALVE

Edwards Lifesciences Corp...

1. An expandable docking station for an expandable valve comprising:a valve seat that is substantially unexpandable beyond a deployed size;
one or more sealing portions connected to the valve seat that are constructed to expand radially outward of the valve seat and provide a seal over a range of sizes; and
one or more retaining portions connected to the one or more sealing portions that are configured to retain the docking station at a deployed position;
wherein the valve seat and the one or more sealing portions act as an isolator that reduces or prevents radial outward forces of an expandable valve in the valve seat from being transferred to the one or more sealing portions or the one or more retaining portions.

US Pat. No. 10,363,128

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROSTHETIC REHABILITATION OF THE RETINA

1. A device for prosthetic vision rehabilitation, the device comprising:a scleral explant with a shape that is suitable for being in contact with at least one portion of the sclera of an eye;
at least one inducer arranged on the scleral explant, and
an insulating layer arranged on the at least one inducer, the at least one inducer constructed and arranged to create an electromagnetic field for neuronal stimulation of ganglionic neurons of the eye, the insulating layer galvanically insulating the at least one inducer from an excitation zone where the ganglionic neurons are located.

US Pat. No. 10,363,126

ARTHROSCOPIC TENODESIS TOOL

1. A method for performing arthroscopic tenodesis on a joint having a tendon, comprising the steps of:a. severing the tendon;
b. using a guide comprising an elongate member having a length with a distal portion having one or more spring arms configured to open toward a free end of the distal portion of the guide to directly and releasably engage a tendon, and directly engaging the tendon with one or more of the spring arms;
c. forming a tunnel or channel into the joint from a location at the outside of the joint to a bone within the joint;
d. using the guide to urge the tendon down the tunnel or channel to the bone;
e. applying force to the guide to imbed an end of the guide into the bone;
f. sliding a cannulated fixation screw along the guide to the bone and rotating the fixation screw to seat the fixation screw into the bone and fix the tendon to the bone;
g. releasing the tendon from the guide; and
h. removing the guide in its entirety from the bone and withdrawing the guide in its entirety from the joint.

US Pat. No. 10,363,125

METHOD OF MAKING IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICES HAVING CONTROLLED SURFACE PROPERTIES

Vactronix Scientific, LLC...

1. A method for controlling surface properties of an implantable medical device, comprising:a. vacuum depositing at least one device forming metal selected from one of elemental nickel, elemental titanium, chromium-cobalt alloy, nickel-titanium alloy and nickel-titanium ternary alloy onto a cylindrical substrate maintained at a temperature range between about 300 to 1100 degrees Centigrade, to form a tubular device forming biomaterial on the cylindrical substrate;
b. controlling the formation of heterogeneities at a blood or tissue contacting surface of the tubular device forming biomaterial during the vacuum depositing step, such that controlled heterogeneities are formed at the blood or tissue contacting surface; and
c. removing the formed biomaterial from the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,363,122

COMPOSITE MATERIAL FOR MEDICAL DEVICES AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A medical device comprising:one of a stent, a guide wire, an embolization coil, an inferior vena cava filter, and an orthodontics wire made of a composite material comprising a superelastic shape memory alloy matrix in which a metal oxide is dispersed;
wherein the superelastic shape memory alloy matrix is a sintered body made from a superelastic shape memory alloy powder, and the metal oxide is metal oxide particles dispersed in the superelastic shape memory alloy powder in an amount from 0.10% by volume to 0.5% by volume, and wherein the metal oxide particles are any one of 0.15% by volume to 0.5% by volume of TiO2 and 0.10% by volume to 0.2% by volume of Al2O3; and
wherein the superelastic shape memory alloy powder is a TiNi-based alloy powder.

US Pat. No. 10,363,121

KIT FOR MEASURING VERTICAL DIMENSION FOR DENTAL RESTORATION

King Saud University, Ri...

1. A kit for measuring vertical dimension for dental restoration, the kit consisting of:a base consisting of:
a planar member having first and second longitudinally opposed ends, transversely opposed side edges and opposed upper and lower surfaces, the upper surface having a plurality of longitudinally extending parallel grooves defined therein; and
first and second legs extending from the first and second longitudinally opposed ends of the planar member and projecting downward from the lower surface, the first and second legs defining a gap therebetween; and
a plurality of measurement sheets, each of the measurement sheets consisting of opposed upper and lower surfaces and a plurality of longitudinally extending ribs projecting from the lower surface of the sheet and a plurality of longitudinally extending grooves defined in the upper surface of the sheet, each of the plurality of ribs projecting from the sheet being dimensioned and configured for alternately seating in the corresponding groove defined in the upper surface of the base and the upper surface of the measurement sheets in order to interchangeably stack a variable number of the measurement sheets on the upper surface of the base, each of the plurality of measurement sheets having an equal thickness and being dimensioned and configured to extend coextensively with the entire upper surface of the base from end to end and side edge to side edge,
whereby the base is adapted for removable placement about at least one tooth of a patient in need of dental restoration such that the at least one tooth is positioned in the gap between the first and second legs, at least one coronal face of the at least one tooth being positioned below the lower surface of the planar member, so that the vertical dimension needed to compensate for worn teeth may be estimated by stacking the measurement sheets on the base to a height desired for the dental restoration.

US Pat. No. 10,363,117

OVERLOAD FAILURE REDUCING DENTAL IMPLANTS

Board of Supervisors of L...

1. A dental implant comprising:a base;
a central shaft having an external tooth attachment portion adjacent a first end thereof, for engagement with a dental prostheses, and a strut portion, located adjacent a second end of the central shaft, supporting a shock absorber;
the shock absorber coupling the second end of the central shaft to the base and allowing limited movement between and spacing the base and the central shaft;
the shock absorber including a plurality of arcuate flex struts;
wherein a first end of each of the plurality of flex struts are directly attached to the central shaft and a second end of each of the plurality of flex struts are directly attached to the base; and
each one of the arcuate flex struts initially projects toward the second end of the central shaft before bending back toward the first end of the central shaft and then directly attaching to the base.

US Pat. No. 10,363,116

DIRECT FABRICATION OF POWER ARMS

Align Technology, Inc., ...

1. An appliance for placement on teeth of a patient, the appliance comprising:a plurality of power arms comprising a first power arm having a first connection point for connecting to a shell or tooth and a second power arm having a second connection point for connecting to a shell or tooth;
a connecting structure coupled to the first and second power arms to apply a first force to each of the first and second power arms; and
a counter-force connector coupled to the first power arm and extending toward the second power arm to apply a second force to each of the first and second power arms opposing the first force when engaging the second power arm,
wherein the connecting structure and the counter-force connector are coupled to the first power arm at respective locations separate from the first connection point, the connecting structure is coupled to the second power arm at a location separate from the second connection point, and the counter-force connector, when engaging the second power arm, contacts the second power arm at a location separate from the second connection point.

US Pat. No. 10,363,115

METHOD OF USING AN ENDENTULOUS SURGICAL GUIDE

IBUR, LLC, Troy, MI (US)...

1. A method comprising:receiving a digitally stored scan of a preoperative dental model including preoperative scan coordinates of at least a subset of at least one of a tomography of an oral structure of a patient, a topography of the oral structure, a dental impression of the oral structure, and a removable prosthesis of the patient as applied to the oral structure;
designing digitally a guide appliance with design coordinates using the preoperative dental model, the guide appliance comprising at least one opening configured to provide a view of a surgical site on the oral structure;
storing the design coordinates of the guide appliance as part of the preoperative dental model;
receiving a digitally stored postoperative scan including postoperative scan coordinates of at least a subset of a physical representation of the guide appliance manufactured using the design coordinates positioned on the oral structure and at least a portion of at least one of (i) an installed implant installed at the surgical site and (ii) an implant component associated with the installed implant, thereby locating the at least one implant in the postoperative scan;
superimposing the postoperative scan coordinates onto the preoperative dental model represented by the preoperative scan coordinates; and
aligning common coordinates of at least the guide appliance stored as part of the preoperative dental model and the postoperative scan, thereby forming a postoperative dental model including the location of the at least one implant.

US Pat. No. 10,363,112

SKIN TEAR KIT, INSTRUCTIONAL LABELING SYSTEM, AND METHODS THEREFOR

Medline Industries, Inc.,...

1. A medical assembly, comprising:a package comprising a housing and a peelable lid having a major face; and
one or more medical implements for treating a wound, arranged in a stacked configuration within the package;
the peelable lid comprising:
an identification of a wound type the one or more medical implements are designed to treat;
a description of the wound type; and
printed instructions defining one or more steps instructing when to use each medical implement within the package to treat the wound.

US Pat. No. 10,363,109

SIGNAL CONNECTOR FOR STERILE BARRIER BETWEEN SURGICAL INSTRUMENT AND TELEOPERATED ACTUATOR

Intuitive Surgical Operat...

1. An instrument sterile drape comprising:a plastic sheet;
an instrument sterile adapter (ISA) coupled to the plastic sheet, the ISA including a bottom plate located on a first side of the plastic sheet and a top plate located on a second side of the plastic sheet and joined to the bottom plate, the bottom plate including a passage that allows a flux connection of an instrument carriage to pass through the plastic sheet and the bottom plate to be placed adjacent to the top plate, the top plate including a signal transmission area that will be adjacent to an upper surface of the flux connection of the instrument carriage; and
a flux connector that closes an opening in the signal transmission area of the top plate and provides a path for one of an electrical signal and an optical signal.

US Pat. No. 10,363,108

SURGICAL DRAPE WITH SEPARABLE ELEMENTS

Creative Surgical Solutio...

1. A surgical drape to temporarily cover a surgical table while maintaining a sterile field during a surgical procedure to lower a risk of infection, comprising:a drape having a generally rectangular shape and an area defined by a predetermined length and a predetermined width, the drape having an upper portion and an under-table wrapping element;
a selectively separable portion on the upper portion and extending along a substantial portion of the predetermined length of the drape, the selectively separable portion having a pleat extending the entirety of the predetermined length of the drape, the selectively separable portion having a single longitudinal score line disposed below the pleat, said selectively separable portion adapted to be positioned on top of the surgical table;
said pleat having a closed position and an unclosed position wherein said pleat covers said single longitudinal score line when in said closed position; and wherein said pleat is adapted to be opened when said pleat is in said unclosed position to allow said drape to be separated along said single longitudinal score line, so that longitudinal effaced lateral sides of said drape separate and fall away from respective sides of the surgical table in a sterile fashion;
wherein the single longitudinal score line comprises a serration; and
wherein at least a portion of the drape is substantially transmissive to a radiographic signal.

US Pat. No. 10,363,107

WIRELESS FORCE SENSOR ON A DISTAL PORTION OF A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT AND METHOD

Intuitive Surgical Operat...

1. A surgical instrument comprising:a shaft having an exterior surface:
a wrist joint coupled to the shaft; and
a surgical end effector mounted distal to said wrist joint, the surgical instrument comprising a jaw portion,
the jaw portion having an external non-contact surface bounding a contact surface, wherein a force sensor is mounted on the non-contact external surface, the force sensor comprising:
a wireless package comprising a surface acoustic wave strain sensor and a folded antenna, the folded antenna being electrically coupled to the surface acoustic wave strain sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,363,106

SURGICAL ROBOT FOR STEREOTACTIC SURGERY AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING STEREOTACTIC SURGERY ROBOT

KOH YOUNG TECHNOLOGY INC....

1. A stereotactic surgery robot comprising:a rotating unit configured to have a surgical instrument that is able to be attached thereto, and configured to rotate the surgical instrument on at least one of two rotational axes according to an entry posture of the surgical instrument;
a moving unit configured to move the rotating unit in a direction of at least one of three linear axes according to a position of a surgical target; and
a surgical portion support unit configured to be connected to the moving unit, and configured to be detachable with respect to an operating table,
wherein the moving unit moves the rotating unit such that an intersection point of the two rotational axes matches the surgical target, wherein the moving unit comprises: wherein the moving unit comprises: a first direction driving unit configured to move along a first linear axial direction; a second direction driving unit configured to move along a second linear axial direction while being connected to the first direction driving unit; and a third direction driving unit configured to move along a third linear axial direction while being connected to the second direction driving unit, and wherein the rotating unit comprises: a first rotational driving unit configured to rotate on a first rotational axis of the at least two rotational axes, while one end of the first rotational driving unit is connected to the third direction driving unit; and a second rotational driving unit configured to rotate on a second rotational axis of the at least two rotational axes, while one end of the second rotational driving unit is connected to the other end of the first rotational driving unit and while the surgical instrument is attached to the other end of the second rotational driving unit.

US Pat. No. 10,363,104

INTERFACES FOR SURGICAL SYSTEMS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An interface for a surgical system, comprising:an instrument drive unit including:
a connection hub; and
at least one drive shaft rotatably supported in the connection hub, the at least one drive shaft extending between and having a first end configured for connection with a motor and a second end having an oblique end surface; and
a surgical instrument releasably connectable to the instrument drive unit, the surgical instrument including:
a connecting member; and
at least one driven shaft rotatably supported in the connecting member, the at least one driven shaft extending between and having a first end and a second end, the second end having an oblique end surface corresponding to the oblique end surface of the at least one drive shaft of the instrument drive unit,
wherein the oblique end surfaces are configured such that the oblique end surface of the at least one driven shaft of the surgical instrument is connectible with the oblique end surface of the at least one drive shaft of the instrument drive unit via a first connection pathway and a second connection pathway, the second connection pathway oriented transversely relative to the first connection pathway.

US Pat. No. 10,363,101

OPTICAL SHAPE SENSING SYSTEM, MEDICAL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OPTICAL SHAPE SENSING

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A system for sensing a shape of a medical device, comprising:an input polarization controller for setting an input polarization state of an input light signal,
at least one interferometer unit for dividing input light signal into a medical device signal and a reference signal, guiding said device signal to be scattered within an optical fiber inserted into said medical device and coupling said scattered device signal with said reference signal to form an output light signal, and
at least one measurement branch comprising an output polarization controller arrangement for setting an output polarization state of said output light signal, a polarizing beam splitter for splitting said output light signal into two signal portions, each being in a corresponding one of two signal portion polarization states, and a detector arrangement, comprising two detectors, each for detecting a corresponding one of said two signal portions, said input polarization controller being configured to set two pairs of input polarization states, or said output polarization controller arrangement is configured to set two output polarization states each for enabling a corresponding one of two pairs of signal portion polarization states, wherein: each pair of input or signal portion polarization states are representable by a corresponding one of two axes in a Poincaré sphere different from each other; and said input polarization controller is configured to set a reference polarization state of said reference signal, said reference polarization state corresponding to an eigen polarization mode of an optical fiber guiding said reference signal.

US Pat. No. 10,363,100

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PATIENT-SPECIFIC MODELING OF THE HEART FOR PREDICTION OF TARGETS FOR CATHETER ABLATION OF VENTRICULAR TACHYCARDIA IN PATIENTS WITH IMPLANTABLE CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATORS

The Johns Hopkins Univers...

1. A computer implemented method of non-invasively simulating a subject-specific cardiac procedure, comprising:receiving three-dimensional imaging data of a subject's heart, the subject having an ICD, wherein said ICD causes an imaging artifact in said three-dimensional imaging data of said subject's heart, said three-dimensional imaging data including regions that are free of said artifact and regions that are affected by said artifact;
segmenting said regions of said three-dimensional imaging data that are free of said artifact into a plurality of normal tissue regions and remodeled tissue regions for said subject;
extrapolating from said regions of said three-dimensional imaging data that are free of said artifact to provide extrapolated three-dimensional imaging data corresponding to said regions that are affected by said artifact; and
simulating at least one of electrophysiological or electromechanical activity of at least a portion of said subject's heart using said segmented and extrapolated three-dimensional imaging data, said simulating including providing a preselected alteration of at least one of electrophysiological or electromechanical behavior of said subject's heart for a target of said subject-specific cardiac ablation procedure.

US Pat. No. 10,363,099

HYBRID CATHETER FOR VASCULAR INTERVENTION

1. An atherectomy catheter for removing an undesired tissue from a vessel wall, said catheter having a tip section comprising:a wall forming a lumen, wherein a distal extremity of said wall form an end opening;
a tissue debulking element configured to debulk at least part of said undesired tissue; and
a drug delivering element configured to administer a drug to the undesired tissue or the vessel wall; wherein the drug delivering element is constructed and positioned to abut the undesired tissue or the vessel wall when applying the drug and wherein the drug delivering element comprises a roller configured to roll over the tissue, thereby delivering the drug to the tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,363,098

MICROWAVE ENERGY-DELIVERY DEVICE AND SYSTEM

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An ablation system, comprising:a microwave ablation device including:
a feedline including an outer conductor;
a balun operably coupled to the outer conductor of the feedline; and
a temperature sensor directly coupled to the feedline and disposed in proximity to the balun to sense a temperature of a portion of the feedline;
a fluid delivery system configured to operably couple to the microwave ablation device and provide a fluid to the microwave ablation device; and
an energy source configured to operably couple to the microwave ablation device and provide microwave energy to the microwave ablation device.

US Pat. No. 10,363,096

METHOD FOR CONSTRUCTING A DIPOLE ANTENNA

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A method of constructing an antenna, comprising:providing a mold including a cavity;
placing an antenna element within the cavity, the antenna element including a proximal portion and a distal portion separated from the proximal portion; and
injecting a material into the cavity to adhere a ceramic layer of the distal portion of the antenna element to the proximal portion of the antenna element.

US Pat. No. 10,363,095

MICROWAVE THERMOMETRY FOR MICROWAVE ABLATION SYSTEMS

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A microwave ablation system comprising:a microwave applicator including an antenna configured to deliver microwave energy to ablate tissue;
a microwave generator coupled to the microwave applicator via a transmission network and configured to generate a microwave signal and transmit the microwave signal to the antenna;
a radiometer configured to measure a noise temperature from a signal propagating through the transmission network;
a controller configured to turn off the microwave signal generated by the microwave generator for a predetermined period and to control the radiometer to measure the noise temperature during the predetermined period; and
at a first thermocouple configured to measure a first temperature of a cooling fluid and a second thermocouple configured to measure a second temperature of the cooling fluid, the radiometer configured to measure the noise temperature when the first temperature is substantially the same as the second temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,363,093

SYSTEM AND METHODS OF TREATMENT USING ELECTROMAGNETIC ILLUMINATION

Old Dominion University R...

1. A method for treatment of patient tissue, the method comprising:generating a first radiation and a second radiation, the first radiation configured to cause a distribution of temperatures in the patient tissue, and the second radiation configured to produce a distribution of electric fields in the patient tissue configured to affect cell functions in patient tissue non-thermally; and
directing the first radiation and the second radiation to the patient tissue so that the relative position of a peak of the distribution of temperatures and a peak of the distribution of electric fields provides a pre-determined target combination of temperatures and electric fields in a target volume of the patient tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,363,086

POWER MONITORING CIRCUITRY AND METHOD FOR REDUCING LEAKAGE CURRENT IN RF GENERATORS

Medtronic Advanced Energy...

1. An electrosurgical unit comprising:a power source configured to produce direct current;
a radiofrequency (RF) waveform generator configured to convert the direct current (DC) into an RF signal;
a voltage sensor configured to measure a DC input voltage to the RF waveform generator;
a current sensor configured to measure an output alternating current (AC) current feedback; and
a processor configured to:
estimate output AC voltage feedback based at least upon the measured DC input voltage and the measured output AC current feedback, the estimated output AC voltage feedback is not based at least in part on measurement of the output AC voltage feedback; and
output a control signal to control the DC input voltage to the RF waveform generator, the control signal based at least upon the estimated output AC voltage feedback.

US Pat. No. 10,363,083

ENERGY TREATMENT SYSTEM, ENERGY CONTROL DEVICE, AND ENERGY TREATMENT INSTRUMENT

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An energy treatment system comprising:an end effector that includes a pair of clamps that are openable and closable relative to each other, the end effector being configured to grasp a treated target between the clamps;
a pair of electrodes that is provided in the end effector, first electric energy being supplied to the electrodes so as to pass a high-frequency current between the electrodes and through the treated target that is grasped between the clamps;
an electric element that is connected to the end effector, second electric energy being supplied to the electric element to actuate the end effector by generating heat in the end effector; and
a controller that is configured to:
output the second electric energy to the electric element from a first time point so as to denature, from the first time point, the treated target by the heat generated by the actuation of the end effector,
judge whether or not the treated target entered a predetermined state after the first time point, the judgment being based on a dehydration state of the treated target, and
execute one of:
(i) starting an output of the first electric energy to the electrodes at a second time point, which is at the same time as or after the first time point, and then increasing the output of the first electric energy after the second point based on judging that the treated target entered the predetermined state, and
(ii) starting an output of the first electric energy to the electrodes after the first time point based on judging that the treated target entered the predetermined state.

US Pat. No. 10,363,076

BONE FASTENING SYSTEM

1. A bone fastening system comprising:a single cannulated screw component;
a seating component; and
a holding component;
wherein the single cannulated screw component comprises
a screw head adjacent a proximal end of the single cannulated screw component, and
an elongate screw shaft extending from the screw head along a longitudinal axis towards a distal end of the single cannulated screw component,
the screw head comprising a proximal surface on a front side facing the proximal end and a distal surface on a back side facing the distal end, at least a portion of said distal surface forming a contact surface,
wherein the seating component is disc-shaped and comprises a central opening having an opening diameter larger than a maximum diameter of the elongate screw shaft and smaller than a maximum diameter of the screw head, said seating component comprising
a seating surface to abut against the contact surface and a bottom surface to abut against a bone when the bone fasting system is in a fully engaged state,
wherein the holding component cooperates with the seating component and defines an accommodation portion for accommodating the screw head such that the single cannulated screw component and the seating component are connected in a non-detachable manner while at the same time allowing axial rotation of the seating component with respect of the single cannulated screw component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,074

DYNAMIC AXIAL NAIL FOR INTRAMEDULLARY TREATMENT OF LONG BONE FRACTURES

1. An intramedullary nail configured for insertion across a fracture site of a bone, the fracture site comprising first and second portions, comprising:a distal portion having a distal end having a first diameter and a proximal end having a second diameter smaller than the first diameter, the distal end also having a first land formed at an intersection of the proximal and distal ends of the distal portion;
a proximal portion having a proximal end and distal end, the distal end of the proximal portion configured to moveably receive the proximal end of the distal portion, the first land, and a portion of the distal end of the distal portion, the distal end of the proximal portion having a first bore having a first diameter extending from the distal end of the proximal portion to a second land formed by an intersection of the first bore with a second bore having a second diameter less than the first diameter of the first bore;
a space fined by the first land and second land;
a reversibly compressible bias member disposed in the space for biasing the distal and proximal portions apart along a longitudinal axis; and
an adjusting assembly configured to engage the distal and proximal portions such that actuation of the adjusting assembly alters a longitudinal length of the space so that an overall length of the intramedullary nail results in separation of the first and second portions of the fractured bone when the intramedullary nail is disposed across the fracture site.

US Pat. No. 10,363,070

PIVOTAL BONE ANCHOR ASSEMBLIES WITH PRESSURE INSERTS AND SNAP ON ARTICULATING RETAINERS

Roger P. Jackson, Prairi...

1. A pivoting bone anchor assembly, comprising:a receiver defining a chamber communicating with a first channel, the first channel sized and shaped for receiving a portion of a longitudinal connecting member, the chamber communicating with a receiver bottom opening, the receiver chamber having a spherical seating surface adjacent the bottom opening and an upper expansion region, the first channel opening onto a top of the receiver;
a shank having a lower portion integral with an upper portion extending along a longitudinal axis, the upper portion including a circumferential capture recess with an external interface surface, the upper portion further including a first radiused surface above the recess and a second radiused surface below the recess;
an insert positioned within the receiver and configured to engage the shank upper portion; and
a resilient open retainer having an internal interface surface and a third radiused surface, the retainer being expandable over the first radiused surface and snapping into the shank capture recess within the upper expansion region of the receiver chamber, with the retainer internal interface surface frictionally engaging the shank external interface surface to maintain the retainer in an expanded state, when the shank upper portion is bottom loaded into the receiver chamber through the receiver bottom opening,
wherein the second radiused surface and the third radiused surface align to define a partially spherical bearing surface to pivotably engage the spherical seating surface when the retainer internal interface surface is frictionally engaged with the shank external interface surface, and
wherein both the insert and the retainer are top-loaded into the receiver before the shank upper portion is bottom-loaded into the receiver chamber through the bottom opening.

US Pat. No. 10,363,069

SPINAL CORRECTION CONSTRUCT AND METHOD

Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., ...

1. A spinal construct comprising:a longitudinal element
at least one body including a follower and a first biasing member disposed about the body, the longitudinal element being movably disposed in the body, the follower being connected to the longitudinal element by a pin that extends through the follower and the longitudinal element, the first biasing member applying a force to the follower such that the follower translates the longitudinal element relative to the body in a first direction; and
a second biasing member engageable with a lock disposed with the at least one body, the second biasing member including a sheath and a flange fixed to the sheath, the second biasing member comprising a first end directly engaging the flange and an opposite second end directly engaging an end wall of the body, the lock being connected with the longitudinal element to resist and/or prevent translation of the longitudinal element relative to the body in a second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,062

ATHERECTOMY CATHETERS AND NON-CONTACT ACTUATION MECHANISM FOR CATHETERS

Avinger, Inc., Redwood C...

1. An atherectomy catheter comprising:an elongate catheter shaft;
a deflectable distal tip coupled to the elongate shaft at a hinge;
a rotatable cutter proximal to the distal tip;
a cutter drive shaft configured to rotate the rotatable cutter wherein the drive shaft is hollow, and wherein an optical fiber for optical coherence tomography imaging extends within the drive shaft;
a pull shaft positioned radially inwards of the elongate catheter shaft and concentric with the drive shaft; and
a pull-wire eccentric with the drive shaft and having a proximal end and a distal end, the distal end coupled to the distal tip at a location distal to the hinge and the proximal end coupled to a distal end of the pull shaft at a location proximal of the hinge such that the pull-wire axially spans the hinge, wherein the pull shaft is configured to proximally pull the pull-wire to deflect the distal tip at the hinge, thereby exposing the rotatable cutter.

US Pat. No. 10,363,054

CLOT RETRIEVAL DEVICE FOR REMOVING OCCLUSIVE CLOT FROM A BLOOD VESSEL

Neuravi Limited, Galway ...

1. A clot retrieval device for removing an occlusive clot from a blood vessel comprising:a planar clot engaging element having a constrained delivery configuration and an expanded deployed configuration, the clot engaging element having a mesh between a plurality of longitudinally extending undulating edges, the clot engaging element comprising:
a first peripheral portion comprising a peak,
a second peripheral portion extended distally from the first peripheral portion, the second peripheral portion comprising a peak, and
a clot engaging section between the peaks of the first and second peripheral portions,
wherein, in the expanded configuration, the peaks of the peripheral portions are laterally spaced-apart and when under tension, configured to pinch the occlusive clot from the blood vessel between the peaks of the peripheral portions in the clot engaging section.

US Pat. No. 10,363,053

CUSTOM RADIOGRAPHICALLY DESIGNED CUTTING GUIDES AND INSTRUMENTS FOR USE IN TOTAL ANKLE REPLACEMENT SURGERY

1. A custom radiographically designed cutting guide system for use in total ankle replacement surgery, said system comprising:a talar cutting guide comprised of a dome member and a neck member;
said dome member having an inferior surface portion with a topography that is a preoperatively defined negative of a topography of at least a portion of a dome surface of a dome of a talus of a patient to fit said inferior surface portion of said dome member to at least the portion of the dome surface of the dome of the talus in one unique position; and
said neck member having a posterior surface portion with a topography that is a preoperatively defined negative of a topography of at least a portion of a dorsum surface of a talar neck of the talus to fit said posterior surface portion of said neck member to at least the portion of the dorsum surface of the talar neck of the talus in one unique position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,052

SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING AN ARTHROPLASTY PROCEDURE ON A PATIENT BONE

Howmedica Osteonics Corpo...

1. A system for use with an anchor and for performing an arthroplasty procedure on a patient bone having a surface feature, the bone having an axis associated with the bone, the axis identified in an analysis of the bone prior to using the jig assembly on the bone, the system comprising:a first component of a jig assembly comprising a mating surface and a guide hole, the mating surface being a surface negative of the surface feature of the patient bone, the mating surface configured to matingly engage the surface feature of the patient bone, the guide hole operably coupled to the mating surface of the positioning component and configured to guide the anchor into the patient bone when the mating surface matingly engages with the surface feature of the patient bone; and
a second component of the jig assembly comprising a resection guide surface configured to guide a planar resection of the patient bone that is in a pre-planned orientation relative to the axis, the second component configured to couple to the first component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,051

METHOD AND ORTHOPAEDIC SURGICAL INSTRUMENT SYSTEM FOR SURGICALLY PREPARING A PATIENT'S BONE

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A method of preparing a proximal end of a patient's tibia to receive a tibial component, the method comprising:positioning a cutting guide block on the proximal end of the patient's tibia, the cutting guide block comprising:
a substantially planar superior surface,
a substantially planar inferior surface positioned opposite the superior surface, the superior and inferior surfaces extending parallel to one another, the inferior surface being a tibial-contacting surface and defining an imaginary plane, and
a continuous slot extending through the superior surface and the inferior surface, the slot defining a cutting guide that is sized and shaped to receive a cutting tool, the slot extending from a first end to a second end,
wherein when the slot is viewed in a cross-sectional plane extending perpendicular to the imaginary plane at each of a plurality of points between the first end and the second end, (i) the slot has a central axis that extends through the superior surface and the inferior surface, and (ii) a cutting angle is defined between the central axis and the imaginary plane,
inserting the cutting tool into the slot, the cutting tool including (i) a shank, (ii) a shaft extending distally from the shank, the shaft having a plurality of cutting flutes defined at its distal end, and (iii) an outer sleeve pivotally coupled to the shaft such that the shaft and the shank are permitted to rotate relative to the outer sleeve, and
advancing the cutting tool along the slot to resect a portion of the proximal end of the patient's tibia, wherein the shape of the slot causes the cutting angle to change as the cutting tool is advanced along the slot,
wherein the slot varies in pitch relative to the imaginary plane between the first end of the slot and the second end of the slot to cause the cutting angle to change as the cutting tool is advanced along the slot from the first end to the second end, and
wherein the cutting tool is configured to be advanced along the slot, from the first end of the slot to the second end of the slot, to define a cavity in the proximal end of the patient's tibia, the cavity being defined by a number of walls that are shaped to match the outer geometry of the tibial component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,047

GLENOID REAMER

Biomet Manufacturing, LLC...

1. A glenoid reamer comprising:a first member having a first elongated hub that extends along a first axis and a first pair of elongated cutting arms fixed to the first elongated hub and extending along a second axis generally perpendicular relative to the first axis, wherein the first elongated hub defines a track thereon; wherein the track is a separate distinct slot extending transverse to the first elongated hub; and
a second member having a second elongated hub that extends along a third axis and a second pair of elongated cutting arms fixed to the second elongated hub and extending along a fourth axis generally perpendicular relative to the third axis,
wherein the first elongated hub encircles a portion of the second elongated hub for rotatable movement with the second elongated hub, the second member having a track follower extending thereon, wherein the track follower is a pin extending transverse to the second elongated hub, the track follower configured to slidably advance along the track causing the first and second members to move between a collapsed position and an expanded position,
wherein in the collapsed position, the first and second pair of cutting arms occupy a position where the second and fourth axes are substantially parallel and
wherein in the expanded position, the first and second pair of cutting arms occupy a position where the second and fourth axes are non-parallel,
wherein the first pair of elongated cutting arms and the second pair of elongated cutting arms curve in a rotational direction of the glenoid reamer.

US Pat. No. 10,363,046

EXTREMITY TOURNIQUET WITH LOCKING BUCKLE

The Seaberg Company, Inc....

1. A buckle, comprising:(a) a frame having a base portion and a pair of opposite sides and defining an opening through the frame from one to the other of the opposite sides;
(b) a movable member disposed within the opening through the frame and movable between a first position with respect to the frame, in which the movable member shields an engagement member, and a second position with respect to the frame, in which at least a portion of the engagement member is exposed and extends proud of a surface of the movable member;
(c) a resiliently compressible member urging the movable member toward the first position; and
(d) a latch capable of overcoming the urging of the compressible member entirely without assistance, and arranged to be engaged automatically and thus to hold the movable member in the second position with respect to the frame, in response to the movable member moving into the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,042

TILTING ANVIL FOR ANNULAR SURGICAL STAPLER

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An anvil assembly comprising:an anvil shaft having proximal and distal portions and defining a longitudinal axis, the proximal portion being configured for releasable connection with an actuation device;
an anvil head secured to the distal portion of the anvil shaft; and
an anvil member pivotally connected to the anvil head and having a tissue contacting surface that defines staple forming recesses, the anvil member being pivotable about an axis that is laterally spaced from and transverse to the longitudinal axis of the anvil shaft from a first position in which the tissue contacting surface is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis and a second position in which the tissue contacting surface is at an angle relative to the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,041

IMPLANTABLE NERVE GUIDANCE CONDUITS HAVING POLYMER FIBER GUIDANCE CHANNEL

THE TRUSTEES OF THE STEVE...

1. A nerve guidance conduit for promoting regeneration of a severed nerve, comprising:a fibrous tube, said fibrous tube defining a lumen within said fibrous tube, and said fibrous tube having a longitudinal axis, an inner surface, an outer surface, a first end, a second end opposite said first end along said longitudinal axis, and a first length from said first end of said fibrous tube to said second end of said fibrous tube;
a plurality of individual tubular members of a spiral cross-sectional shape positioned entirely within said lumen of said fibrous tube, each tubular member of said plurality of tubular members being porous and having a respective outer wall, a respective inner wall, a respective internal guidance channel defined by said respective inner wall, a respective longitudinal axis in substantially parallel alignment with said longitudinal axis of said fibrous tube, a respective first end, a respective second end opposite said respective first end along said respective longitudinal axis, and a respective second length from said respective first end to said respective second end, said respective second length being less than said first length of said fibrous tube, a first one of said plurality of tubular members bordering a first portion of said inner surface of said fibrous tube and a second one of said plurality of tubular members bordering a second portion of said inner surface of said fibrous tube in close proximity to said first tubular member such that said first and second tubular members cooperate with each other and with said inner surface of said fibrous tube to define at least one peripheral guidance channel external of said first and second tubular members but internal of said fibrous tube;
a first plurality of nanofibers randomly distributed on said outer surface of said fibrous tube;
a second plurality of nanofibers arranged on said inner surface of said fibrous tube substantially parallel to said longitudinal axis of said fibrous tube;
a third plurality of nanofibers arranged on said respective inner wall of at least one of said plurality of tubular members substantially parallel to said longitudinal axis of said fibrous tube; and
a fourth plurality of nanofibers arranged on said respective outer wall of at least one of said plurality of tubular members substantially parallel to said longitudinal axis of said fibrous tube, wherein at least some of said fourth plurality of nanofibers are situated in said at least one peripheral guidance channel.

US Pat. No. 10,363,040

ANASTOMOSIS DEVICES

1. An implantable medical device comprising:a barrel portion comprising a rigid frame having a first end and a second end;
a first flange portion, said first flange portion comprising a plurality of first flange members having a first length and a plurality of second flange members having a second length, said first length being less than said second length, said plurality of first flange members being discrete and separate from said plurality of second flange members;
a first hinge member formed of a cover material and flexibly coupling said first end of said barrel portion and said first flange portion, said cover material allowing said first flange portion to pivot with respect to said barrel portion;
a second flange portion, said second flange portion comprising a plurality of said first flange members and a plurality of said second flange members;
a second hinge member formed of said cover material and flexibly coupling said second end of said barrel portion and said second flange portion, said cover material allowing said second flange portion to pivot with respect to said barrel portion; and
a plurality of elongate members forming part of the rigid frame of the barrel portion, part of the first flange portion, and part of the second flange portion without the plurality of elongate members extending from the barrel portion through the first hinge member to the first flange portion and from the barrel portion through the second hinge member to the second flange portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,034

GRASPING JAW MECHANISM

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical device comprising:a handle assembly including an actuation shaft and a movable handle, the movable handle being operably associated with the actuation shaft such that movement of the movable handle effects axial movement of the actuation shaft;
a switch on the movable handle, the switch having an original position;
a grasping pawl on the movable handle, the switch moving the grasping pawl between a first position engaging the actuation shaft and a second position disengaged from the actuation shaft, the actuation shaft moving with movement of the movable handle; and
a yoke for moving the position of the switch to its original position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,032

SURGICAL STAPLER WITH HYDRAULIC DECK CONTROL

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

15. A staple cartridge for a surgical instrument, comprising:(a) a tray configured to be received by the surgical instrument;
(b) a plurality of staples;
(c) a deck offset from the tray and having a plurality of staple pockets such that the plurality of staples are respectively positioned within the plurality of staple pockets, wherein the deck is defined by a first deck piece and a second deck piece that are movable relative to each other and the tray such that the deck is configured to conform to a tissue compressed thereagainst; and
(d) a deck support system operatively connected to the first and second deck pieces and configured to independently move the first and second deck pieces respectively to a first adjustable deck height and a different, second adjustable deck height upon compression while conforming to the tissue, and
wherein the deck support system is further configured to support the first and second deck pieces when compressed against the tissue at the differing first and second adjustable deck heights for equalizing compression along the tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,363,031

TISSUE THICKNESS COMPENSATORS FOR SURGICAL STAPLERS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A circular surgical stapler, comprising:a stapler head, comprising:
a staple cartridge comprising at least one annular row of staples;
an anvil configured to be positioned opposite said staple cartridge;
an anvil shaft removably attachable to said stapler head; and
a tissue thickness compensator comprising an annular compressible biocompatible body configured to be supported on said anvil shaft between said staple cartridge and said anvil, wherein said annular compressible biocompatible body comprises at least one annular pocket, and wherein said at least one annular pocket comprises a healing agent released upon the firing of said staples.

US Pat. No. 10,363,025

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RE-ATTACHING THE LABRUM TO THE ACETABULUM, INCLUDING THE PROVISION AND USE OF A NOVEL SUTURE ANCHOR SYSTEM

Pivot Medical, Inc., Sun...

1. An inserter for deploying an anchor assembly in bone, wherein the anchor assembly comprises an anchor and an actuation element extending from the anchor, and further wherein deploying the anchor assembly in bone comprises positioning the anchor assembly in a hole formed in the bone and applying a force to the actuation element so as to secure the anchor to the bone, the inserter comprising:a shaft for releasably engaging the anchor; and
a force delivery mechanism mounted to the shaft and connected to the actuation element, the force delivery mechanism being constructed so as to receive an input force from an external source and to selectively apply an output force to the actuation element, with the force delivery mechanism being constructed so that the magnitude of the output force is limited regardless of the magnitude of the input force;
wherein the force delivery mechanism is constructed so that the magnitude of the output force becomes substantially zero when the magnitude of the input force reaches a threshold level;
wherein the force delivery mechanism comprises an input element for receiving the input force from the external source, an output element for selectively applying the output force to the actuation element, and a connection element for transferring force from the input element to the output element as long as the magnitude of the input force is less than the threshold level;
wherein the connection element comprises a releasable grip between the input element and the output element;
wherein the releasable grip comprises an outwardly biased element releasably retained in a recess.

US Pat. No. 10,363,018

MEDICAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND MEDICAL PROCESSING METHOD

Toshiba Medical Systems C...

21. A medical processing method, comprising:adding incidental information including information regarding each of a plurality of regions in a heart to an analysis result of each of the regions, the analysis result being obtained by analyzing medical data, and
determining a display position of the analysis result of each of the regions based on the incidental information,
adding first incidental information including information that identifies a first region among the regions to a first analysis result corresponding to the first region,
adding second incidental information including information that identifies a second region among the regions to a second analysis result corresponding to the second region,
displaying the first analysis result in a first section among a plurality of sections in a screen of a display based on the first incidental information, and
displaying the second analysis result in a second section among the sections based on the second incidental information.

US Pat. No. 10,363,017

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DELIVERING A STENT TO A SELECTED POSITION WITHIN A LUMEN

1. A method for determining and graphically marking a position within a lumen of the body of a patient indicative of occlusion, said method comprising:providing a user interface, using a processor, configured to allow a user to select an occlusion percentage threshold;
determining, using the processor, a percentage of occlusion of a cross-sectional area of the lumen comprising determining a total internal cross-sectional area of said lumen and determining a cross-sectional area of a duct portion of said lumen wherein the duct portion is open for blood flow, said determining the percentage of occlusion being based on at least said determined total internal cross-sectional area of said lumen and said determined cross-sectional area of the duct portion;
comparing, using the processor, the determined percentage of occlusion with the selected occlusion percentage threshold and identifying a region of the lumen that is occluded more than the selected occlusion percentage threshold; and
the processor designating the identified region on an image of the lumen with at least one mark to produce a marked region superimposed on the image where the marked region is differentiated from the rest of the portions of the image.

US Pat. No. 10,363,013

ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS AND MEDICAL IMAGE DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS

Toshiba Medical Systems C...

1. An ultrasound diagnosis apparatus, comprising:an ultrasound probe configured to transmit and receive ultrasound waves to and from a subject, the ultrasound probe including a first sensor;
a reference position member arranged on the ultrasound probe;
processing circuitry configured to
acquire position information of the first sensor and of a second sensor located in a position having a predetermined positional relationship to a puncture needle,
determine position information of the reference position member based on the acquired position information of the first sensor and a distance between the first sensor and the reference position member, and
determine a needle length indicating a length of the puncture needle, based on the position information of the reference position member and the second sensor at a time when a tip of the puncture needle is in contact with the reference position member; and
a display to display information to guide a puncture by the puncture needle based on the determined needle length.

US Pat. No. 10,363,012

ULTRASOUND SYSTEM FOR CEREBRAL BLOOD FLOW IMAGING AND MICROBUBBLE-ENHANCED BLOOD CLOT LYSIS

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

11. A method for treating stroke comprising:applying a headset containing first transducer array and the second transducer array to a head of a subject with the transducer arrays in acoustic contact with opposite sides of the head;
securing the headset to maintain the first transducer array and the seconds transducer array in acoustic contact with the head;
infusing the blood stream of the subject with microbubbles; producing, based on an imaging ultrasound beam comprising a first dimension, a first ultrasound image and a second ultrasound image of cranial flow containing microbubbles using signals received from the first transducer array and the second of the transducer array, respectively;
detecting a stenosis by comparing the relative symmetry of the first ultrasound image and the second ultrasound image and locating an asymmetry; and
directing, to the microbubbles from at least one of the transducer arrays, a therapeutic ultrasound beam comprising a second dimension,
wherein the second dimension of the therapeutic beam is less than the first dimension of the imaging beam such that the therapeutic ultrasound beam is configured to dissolve a blood clot at the site of the stenosis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,010

METHOD FOR BREAST SCREENING IN FUSED MAMMOGRAPHY

HOLOGIC, INC., Bedford, ...

1. A method for use in medical imaging of a patient, with the patientimmobilized with respect to an imaging reference frame, comprising:
acquiring a first medical image of the patient using a first imaging modality;
identifying a feature for analysis by computer-processing a region of interest in the first medical image;
using a second imaging modality to acquire targeted imaging information for the region of interest;
wherein said first medical image and said targeted imaging information are acquired with the patient immobilized relative to the same imaging reference frame; and
displaying results related to the targeted imaging information acquired with the second imaging modality;
wherein one of the modalities is x-ray imaging and the other is ultrasound imaging.

US Pat. No. 10,363,007

X-RAY DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING X-RAY IRRADIATION AREA USING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An X-ray imaging system comprising:a camera configured to acquire a camera image of an object;
an X-ray imaging device configured to acquire X-ray image data of the object; and
a touch screen device configured to:
display the camera image in a region of a display, along with a list of icons corresponding to parts to be X-ray imaged, in another region of the display, the region and the other region being different;
receive a selection of one of the icons from the list of the icons that is displayed;
based on the selection of the one of the icons being received, display, in the region of the display, an indicator indicating an imaging region with respect to the object in the camera image, to which X-rays are to be irradiated by the X-ray imaging device for acquiring the X-ray image data, wherein the imaging region corresponds to the one of the icons that is selected;
receive, via the indicator, a first input for adjusting a size of the imaging region; and
adjust a size of the indicator, based on the first input that is received via the indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,363,003

X-RAY COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY IMAGING APPARATUS AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

Toshiba Medical Systems C...

1. An X ray computed tomography imaging apparatus, comprising:an X ray source configured to generate X rays;
an X ray detector configured to detect the X rays transmitted through a subject;
a gantry configured to hold the X ray source and the X ray detector;
a column configured to maintain a center axis of a bore of the gantry perpendicular to a floor surface and support the gantry movably in a vertical direction with respect to the floor surface; and
a display configured to display, on the floor surface, a graphic corresponding to one of a range in which a field of view formed by the X ray source and the X ray detector is projected onto the floor surface from the vertical direction of the gantry and a range in which an outer edge of the bore included the field of view is projected onto the floor surface from the vertical direction of the gantry, wherein the display displays one of a predetermined standing position and a predetermined sitting position of the subject in the field of view,
wherein the apparatus further comprises
a first sensor provided at one of the predetermined standing position and the predetermined sitting position and configured to detect whether the subject is located at one of the predetermined standing position and the predetermined sitting position; and
a second sensor provided in the field of view and configured to detect whether the subject is located in the field of view.

US Pat. No. 10,363,002

X-RAY CT IMAGE RECONSTRUCTION DEVICE, X-RAY CT IMAGE RECONSTRUCTION METHOD, AND X-RAY CT APPARATUS

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. An X-ray CT image reconstruction device that is connected to an X-ray detector that measures a detection count value of X-ray transmitted through a subject, in response to each of N different energy spectra (N is an integer satisfying a relationship of N?2), the device comprising:storing means for storing the detection count value of X-ray which is measured by the X-ray detector, in association with each of X-ray transmission paths and each of the energy spectra when the X-ray is transmitted through the subject;
base substance thickness estimating means for estimating, for each of the X-ray transmission paths, a thickness of each of M base substances (M is a positive integer satisfying a relationship of M?N) constituting the subject, based on the detection count value of X-ray stored in the storing means;
error estimating means for estimating an error value regarding the thickness of each of the base substances, based on the detection count value of X-ray;
likelihood calculating means for calculating a likelihood which is an index of a probability of an assumed value of a thickness of each of the base substances for each of the X-ray transmission paths with the thickness of each of the base substances for each of the X-ray transmission paths, which has been estimated by the base substance thickness estimating means, as an initial value, based on the error value regarding the thickness of each of the base substances for each of the X-ray transmission paths, which has been estimated by the error estimating means;
base substance thickness updating means for updating the assumed value of the thickness of each of the base substances for each of the X-ray transmission paths such that a likelihood that is to be calculated by the likelihood calculating means increases; and
base substance concentration image reconstructing means for reconstructing a base substance concentration image regarding the M base substances of the subject by performing back projection of the assumed value of the thickness of each of the base substances for each of the X-ray transmission paths, which has been updated by the base substance thickness updating means.

US Pat. No. 10,362,998

SENSOR-BASED DETECTION OF CHANGES IN HEALTH AND VENTILATION THRESHOLD

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An apparatus for monitoring health status of a user, comprising:a photoplethysmography sensor adapted to generate photoplethysmography sensor data;
a memory adapted to store a baseline biological marker for the user, wherein the baseline biological marker includes respiratory rhythm, heart rate, and a rating of perceived exertion corresponding to an occurrence of ventilation threshold;
a processor coupled to the memory and the sensor, wherein the processor is adapted to:
in response to receiving a user input specifying that a maximum rating of perceived exertion for the user is reached indicating a subsequent occurrence of ventilation threshold, determine a biological marker from the photoplethysmography sensor data, wherein the biological marker includes respiratory rhythm and heart rate corresponding to the subsequent occurrence of ventilation threshold;
compare the biological marker determined from the photoplethysmography sensor data with the baseline biological marker stored in the memory; and
in response to detecting a difference between the biological marker and the baseline biological marker, provide a notification indicating a change in health status.

US Pat. No. 10,362,996

DEVICE FOR CORRECTING LIGHT ABSORPTION SPECTRUM, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE DEVICE, AND METHOD OF CORRECTING LIGHT ABSORPTION SPECTRUM

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A light absorption spectrum correction device comprising:a light source configured to emit light;
an attenuated total reflectance (ATR) crystal layer configured to contact a subject and provide an optical passage along which the light emitted by the light source travels to the subject;
a pressure sensor configured to detect a contact pressure applied to the ATR crystal layer by the subject;
a spectrum detector and analyzer configured to detect light emitted from the ATR crystal layer, form a light absorption spectrum based on the detected light, and determine an intensity of the light emitted from the ATR crystal layer;
a spectrum correction device configured to correct the light absorption spectrum based on the contact pressure; and
a material layer disposed between the ATR crystal layer and the pressure sensor,
wherein a refractive index of the material layer is less than a refractive index of the ATR crystal layer.

US Pat. No. 10,362,994

BIO-SENSING DEVICE WITH AMBIENT LIGHT CANCELLATION

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A bio-sensing device, comprising:a light source circuit;
a first photodetector;
a transimpedance amplifier coupled to the first photodetector and configured to convert a current produced by the photodetector to a voltage;
an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) coupled to the transimpedance amplifier and configured to convert the voltage from the first photodetector to a digital value; and
a controller coupled to the ADC and the light source circuit and configured to:
initiate a light source sense phase followed by a first ambient sense phase and a second ambient sense phase, wherein in the light source sense phase, the controller is configured to receive a digital value from the ADC while the light source circuit is enabled and wherein in each of the first and second ambient sense phases, the controller is configured to receive a digital value from the ADC while the light source circuit is disabled, wherein a first time period between the light source sense phase and the first ambient sense phase is equal to a second time period between the first and second ambient sense phases; and
iteratively vary the second time period, while maintaining the first and second time periods equal, until the digital value received during the first ambient sense phase is within a threshold of the digital value received during the second ambient sense phase.

US Pat. No. 10,362,991

CONVERTIBLE BASKET CATHETER

BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL)...

1. A catheter comprising an elongated catheter body having proximal and distal ends and at least one lumen therethrough and a basket-shaped electrode assembly at the distal end of the catheter body, the basket-shaped electrode assembly comprising a plurality of spines having proximal ends connected by a proximal structural element and distal ends connected by a distal structural element, each spine comprising a plurality of electrodes, wherein the basket-shaped electrode assembly has an expanded arrangement in which the spines bow radially outward and a collapsed arrangement in which the spines are arranged generally along a longitudinal axis of the catheter body, a pulling member having proximal and distal ends, the pulling member slidably disposed within the lumen and aligned with the longitudinal axis of the catheter body, such that the basket-shaped electrode assembly has the collapsed arrangement when the pulling member is at a most distal position along the longitudinal axis relative to the catheter body and wherein the basket-shaped electrode assembly has the expanded arrangement when the pulling member is proximal to the most distal position, wherein the distal structural element comprises a cap configured to couple the pulling member to the distal ends of the plurality of spines, the cap having an interior recess defining a shoulder that engages a stop at a distal end of the pulling member, the shoulder positioned proximal to the distal ends of the plurality of spines.

US Pat. No. 10,362,990

PASSIVE CATHETER IDENTIFICATION AND SELF-CONFIGURATION SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

1. A catheter identification system for providing information about one or more attributes of a catheter connectable to an electrophysiology (EP) recording or mapping system, the identification system comprising:a) a catheter;
b) a resistor network operably connected to the catheter, the resistor network including at least one identification resistor and a return connected to the at least one identification resistor; and
c) an identification resistor measurement circuit operably connected to the catheter and configured to send an identification signal through the at least one resistor in the resistor network to retrieve an altered identification signal from the identification resistor, where the altered identification signal provides information on an attribute of the catheter.

US Pat. No. 10,362,989

SENSOR SYSTEM INTEGRATED WITH A GLOVE

BeBop Sensors, Inc., Ber...

1. A sensor system for integration with a glove, comprising:a plurality of digit assemblies, each digit assembly being configured for alignment with a corresponding finger of the glove, each digit assembly including a flexible dielectric substrate, a plurality of sensor trace groups on a first surface of the flexible dielectric substrate, routing traces connected to each sensor trace group, the routing traces being adjacent a second surface of the flexible dielectric substrate opposite the first surface, and a plurality of patches of piezoresistive fabric, each patch being in direct contact with and forming a knuckle sensor with a corresponding one of the sensor trace groups; and
circuitry configured to activate and receive a knuckle signal from each knuckle sensor on each digit assembly using the corresponding routing traces, each knuckle signal representing lateral stretching of the corresponding patch of piezoresistive fabric caused by bending of a knuckle in the corresponding finger of the glove, the circuitry also being configured to generate digital information using the knuckle signals, the digital information representing movement of a hand in the glove.

US Pat. No. 10,362,985

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ANALYZING SKIN LESIONS

STMicroelectronics S.r.l....

1. A method of analyzing digital images of skin lesions, the images including pixels distributed over a lesion area, the method including using at least one processor to process pixels in an analyzed image by:calculating a first set of values indicative of a distribution of the image pixels, wherein the first set of values includes a first discrimination value indicative of a weighted average of the image pixels with weighing at a border of the lesion;
calculating a second set of values indicative of lesion shape, wherein the second set of values includes a second discrimination value indicative of skewness and kurtosis of the distribution of the image pixels;
calculating a third set of values indicative of lesion symmetry, wherein the third set of values includes a third discrimination value indicative of a ratio of symmetry and gray-level power of the distribution of the image pixels;
providing a total additive score of the values in the first, second and third sets of values;
comparing the total additive score with a total score threshold;
comparing the first, second and third discrimination values with respective first, second and third discrimination threshold values; and
providing an output classification for the image analyzed as a function of results of comparing the total additive score with the total score threshold and comparing the first, second and third discrimination values with respective first, second and third discrimination threshold values.

US Pat. No. 10,362,982

SPINAL IMPLANT SYSTEM AND METHOD

Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., ...

1. A spinal implant system comprising:a link including a first surface and a second surface connectable with a spinal construct, the spinal construct being attachable with one or more vertebral levels, the link extending between a first end and an opposite second end, the second end being integrally formed with the first end, the first end and the second end each comprising an attachment mechanism configured to matingly engage the spinal construct;
a plurality of electrodes including at least one electrode disposed with the first surface and at least one electrode disposed with the second surface, the electrodes being configured to conduct an electric current to stimulate tissue growth adjacent the spinal construct; and
a spinal implant,
wherein the link is configured to act as a power hub to the spinal implant to allow the spinal implant to apply electrical stimulation.

US Pat. No. 10,362,975

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FACTORY CALIBRATION OR REDUCED CALIBRATION OF AN INDWELLING SENSOR BASED ON SENSITIVITY PROFILE AND BASELINE MODEL OF SENSORS

DexCom, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A method of calibrating an analyte concentration sensor, the sensor as a member of a manufactured lot of sensors, the lot of a given type of sensor, in which one or more operating parameters of the type of sensor of the lot have been determined, the determining of the operating parameters based on retrospective data, the operating parameters corresponding to at least a sensitivity of the sensor, the operating parameters representing in vivo values, the method comprising steps of:measuring one or more long term drift characteristics of sensitivity of a subset of sensors in the lot;
for a subject sensor, measuring a value of an initial measurable parameter;
correlating the measured value of the initial measurable parameter of the subject sensor to the measured one or more long term drift characteristics via a first set of coefficients;
correlating at least a subset of the one or more determined operating parameters to the measured value of the initial measurable parameter via a second set of coefficients; and
using the first and second set of coefficients to determine an estimated value of at least an in vivo final sensitivity of the subject sensor prospectively, wherein given a measured value of the initial measurable parameter of the subject sensor, an in vivo sensitivity value for the subject sensor can be estimated.

US Pat. No. 10,362,972

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING AN INTEGRATED ANALYTE SENSOR INSERTION DEVICE AND DATA PROCESSING UNIT

ABBOTT DIABETES CARE INC....

1. A method, comprising:piercing a body of a subject with a sharp distal end of an introducer, the introducer having a portion disposed within a housing;
positioning a first portion of an analyte sensor in the body of the subject, wherein the first portion of the analyte sensor is at least partially disposed within the introducer prior to positioning the first portion of the analyte sensor, and wherein the analyte sensor includes a second portion coupled in electrical contact with a data processing unit disposed within the housing prior to positioning the first portion of the analyte sensor; and
removing the introducer from the housing after positioning the first portion of the analyte sensor such that the first portion of the analyte sensor remains positioned in the body of the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,362,970

PHASE-TO-AMPLITUDE/SLOPE MAPPING

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V, ...

1. A system, comprising:a processor configured to:
identify a set of motion signal timestamps, for a plurality of motion cycles in a continuous cyclical motion signal indicative of cyclic motion of a moving object, based on a predetermined motion phase of interest and a phase-to-amplitude/slope mapping, wherein the set of motion signal timestamps correspond to a common signal amplitude, wherein each descending amplitude region and each ascending amplitude region of the continuous cyclical motion signal is mapped using a lesser of a mean maximum and a local maximum, and a greater of a mean minimum and a local minimum, and divided for at least one of the local maximum less than the mean maximum or the local minimum greater than the mean minimum; and
generate volumetric image data based on data acquired by a scanner and the identified set of motion signal timestamps.

US Pat. No. 10,362,964

METHOD, APPARATUS, AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING MEDICAL IMAGE

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A method of providing a medical image by using a medical imaging apparatus, the method comprising:determining a start point and a target point in the medical image;
acquiring blood vessel information comprising a diameter and an angle of a blood vessel, which is included in the medical image, from the start point; and
displaying the medical image and a traveling path from the start point to the target point based on the blood vessel information,
wherein
the acquiring of the blood vessel information comprises:
acquiring first blood vessel information of the blood vessel in a region of interest (ROI) with respect to a first position in the medical image;
if there is a point in which a plurality of blood vessels including the blood vessel meet each other in the ROI with respect to the first position, determining whether the point is a bifurcation point or a crossover point based on pixel values of a plurality of points near the point or diameters of the plurality of blood vessels at the plurality of points;
if the point is the bifurcation point, moving a position of the ROI in each direction along bifurcated blood vessels according to the first blood vessel information;
if the point is the crossover point, moving a position of the ROI in a direction along the blood vessel according to the first blood vessel information;
acquiring second blood vessel information of the blood vessel in the ROI with respect to a second position which is moved from the first position; and
determining the traveling path based on a moving path of the ROI.

US Pat. No. 10,362,960

MULTI POINT TREATMENT PROBES AND METHODS OF USING THEREOF

Renal Dynamics Ltd., Roa...

1. A system of intrabody treatment, comprising:a multi point probe transported by a catheter to a lumen of a body of a treated patient, the multi point probe having at least two transmission points; and
a processor configured to:
select a transmission pattern including for each of the at least two transmission points, a respective signal of a plurality of radio frequency transmission signals, said transmission pattern forms at least one interaction between the respective signals from the at least two transmission points, the at least one interaction defines at least one hot spot at the treatment location; and
control delivery of the respective signals from the transmission points;wherein the processor determines a timing for each of said respective signals.

US Pat. No. 10,362,956

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ROTOR DETECTION IN CARDIAC FIBRILLATION

1. A method of detecting a rotor at a location of a heart that experiences cardiac fibrillation, where the method comprises:obtaining, by a processor, an electrogram (EGM) dataset, where the EGM dataset was recorded using a circular bipolar electrode array positioned at the location of the heart, the circular bipolar electrode array having a plurality of bipolar electrodes for simultaneously recording a plurality of bipolar EGMs for the EGM dataset for a recording duration;
detecting, by the processor, a dominant periodicity Cycle Length (CL) and identifying periodic activations for each bipolar EGM associated with the dominant periodicity CL;
tracking, by the processor, the identified periodic activations across each bipolar EGM to define rotational activations and determining when a path taken by the tracked rotational activations corresponds to a rotational activation pattern of a rotor;
detecting, by the processor, the rotor when a number and completeness of the tracked rotational activations meet predefined rotor criteria including that the tracked rotational activations are greater than at least two complete rotations around the circular bipolar electrode array and the completeness of the tracked rotational activations occurs when a time interval spanned by the rotational activations span across the bipolar EGMs with a time duration where a proportion of the time duration relative to the dominant periodicity CL associated with the rotor is greater than a periodic activation duration threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,362,954

HIGH DENSITY ELECTRODE MAPPING CATHETER

ST. JUDE MEDICAL, CARDIOL...

1. A flexible catheter tip, comprising:an inboard understructure that defines a tip longitudinal axis, wherein the inboard understructure is formed from a first continuous element that includes a first rectangular cross-section; and
an outboard understructure that extends along the tip longitudinal axis, wherein the outboard understructure is formed from a second continuous element that includes a second rectangular cross-section, wherein:
the inboard understructure includes a first proximal inboard mounting arm and second proximal inboard mounting arm that extend generally parallel to the tip longitudinal axis;
the outboard understructure includes a first proximal outboard mounting arm and a second proximal outboard mounting arm that extend generally parallel to the tip longitudinal axis;
opposing faces of the first proximal inboard mounting arm and the first proximal outboard mounting arm include a first set of frame locks; and
opposing faces of the second proximal inboard mounting arm and the second proximal outboard mounting arm include a second set of frame locks corresponding to the first set of frame locks, wherein the first set of frame locks and the second set of frame locks are configured to interlock with one another.

US Pat. No. 10,362,953

ELECTRODE ARRAY CATHETER WITH INTERCONNECTED FRAMEWORK

Biosense Webster (Israel)...

1. A catheter comprising:an elongated catheter body having a proximal end, a distal end; and
an electrode array assembly having a plurality of electrodes, a proximal end and a distal end mounted at the distal end of the catheter body and comprising an interconnected framework having a plurality of elements interconnected by a plurality of junctions at locations intermediate the proximal and distal ends of the electrode array assembly, the interconnected framework comprising a polymeric layer and a plurality of printed electrodes positioned on all connected elements of at least some of the junctions, wherein the interconnected framework has a collapsed configuration in which the elements are arranged generally along a longitudinal axis of the catheter body and an expanded configuration in which the elements are positioned radially outwards from the longitudinal axis to deploy the array of electrodes mounted on the interconnected framework.

US Pat. No. 10,362,952

STABILIZED SPINE ELECTROPHYSIOLOGIC CATHETER

BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL)...

1. A catheter comprising:an elongated catheter body having a proximal end, a distal end; and
a stabilized spine electrode assembly mounted at the distal end of the catheter body and comprising at least two spines and at least two tethers, each spine having at least one electrode and a proximal end attached at the distal end of the catheter body, wherein the at least two tethers are secured to one location on one spine and to a plurality of locations on an adjacent spine and are secured between locations distal of the proximal ends of adjacent spines and wherein each spine has a collapsed arrangement in which the spines are arranged generally along a longitudinal axis of the catheter body and an expanded arrangement in which at least a portion of each spine bows radially outwards from the longitudinal axis and the at least two tethers exert tension on the adjacent spines, the stabilized spine electrode assembly being further configured to move from a first expanded configuration to a second expanded configuration when in the expanded arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,362,947

PRESSURE SENSING DEVICES

INTEGRA LIFESCIENCES SWIT...

1. A pressure sensing catheter, comprising:an elongate body having
a sidewall defining an inner lumen extending at least partially therethrough,
a distal portion configured to be disposed in a ventricle of a brain, the distal portion including a microchip embedded in the sidewall and having a pressure sensor formed therein, at least a portion of the pressure sensor being exposed to an external environment surrounding the elongate body such that the pressure sensor is effective to measure a pressure of the external environment,
at least one fluid-entry port formed in the elongate body proximal to the pressure sensor, the at least one fluid-entry port being in fluid communication with the inner lumen,
an antenna located at a proximal portion of the elongate body and coupled to the microchip, the antenna being adapted to wirelessly communicate the measured pressure from the pressure sensor to an external device,
an elongate slot formed in an exterior surface of the sidewall of the elongate body, the elongate slot having a proximal terminal end in the sidewall at a location that is distal to a proximal end of the elongate body, and
a connector seated in the elongate slot, the connector having a first terminal end at the microchip and a second terminal end at the antenna, the connector between its first and second terminal ends being exposed to the external environment surrounding the elongate body, the antenna and the connector being removable from the elongate body.

US Pat. No. 10,362,941

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING REGISTRATION OF MEDICAL IMAGES

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method of performing registration of medical images, comprising:mapping, by a processor, a virtual coordinate system used by a first medical apparatus and a virtual coordinate system used by a second medical apparatus to each other, wherein a real-time medical image is captured in a first position of a patient by the first medical apparatus and a three-dimensional (3D) medical image is previously captured in a second position of the patient by the second medical apparatus;
detecting, by the processor, a position of a probe of the first medical apparatus in the virtual coordinate system used by the second medical apparatus, based on a result of the mapping;
determining, by the processor, a volume image, corresponding to the detected position of the probe, from the previously captured 3D medical image;
selecting a reference cross-section from the determined volume image using the detected position of the probe;
estimating a relative movement range of a scanning plane of the probe from the reference cross-section according to a patient's physical movement with the probe being static relative to the virtual coordinate system used by the second medical apparatus and by using previously stored information about a range in which an organ can be moved by the patient's physical movement;
selecting neighboring cross-sections that exist in the estimated relative movement range of the scanning plane;
reconstructing a volume image by accumulating the reference cross-section and the neighboring cross-sections; and
extracting, by the processor, from the reconstructed volume image a cross-sectional image corresponding to the real-time medical image, wherein the cross-sectional image changes according to the patient's physical movement, and
wherein the determined volume image comprises a volume image smaller than the previously captured 3D medical image and has a dimension determined by the estimated relative movement range of the scanning plane of the probe from the reference cross-section.

US Pat. No. 10,362,939

FUNDUS ANALYSIS APPARATUS AND FUNDUS OBSERVATION APPARATUS

TOHOKU UNIVERSITY, Senda...

1. A fundus analysis apparatus, comprising:a memory that stores OCT information acquired by applying optical coherence tomography to a fundus of an eye; and
a processing circuitry configured to:
set a front area corresponding to a front surface of a lamina cribrosa and a rear area corresponding to a rear surface of the lamina cribrosa in the OCT information,
specify an image area that corresponds to an orientation of holes of the lamina cribrosa based on the OCT information, the orientation of the holes determined in accordance with a (i) B-scan image of the lamina cribrosa and (ii) an approximation of a direction of the holes from the front surface to the rear surface, and
 generate morphological information indicating the holes of the lamina cribrosa based on at least (i) the front area, (ii) the rear area, and (iii) the orientation of the specified image area.

US Pat. No. 10,362,937

CORNEA TRANSPLANTATION

Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, J...

10. A method for transplanting corneal material from a donor cornea of an eye of a donor to a patient cornea of an eye of a patient, and for correcting refractive deficiencies of the patient cornea, comprising:using a measurement device to measure parameters of the eye of the patient and obtain measurement data relating to parameters of the cornea, including measurement data defining a geometry of the eye of the patient, the geometry including a pre-transplantation shape of a front surface of the patient cornea,
transmitting the measurement data to a computer interface of a planning device;
based on the measurement data received from the computer interface of the planning device, using a computer of the planning device to automatically determine:
a previously-present refractive deficiency of the eye, and a change of the pre-transplantation shape of the front surface of the patient cornea, the change being required to correct the previously-present refractive deficiency of the eye,
boundary surfaces in the patient cornea, the boundary surfaces in the patient cornea defining a patient corneal volume to be removed from the patient cornea, the boundary surfaces in the patient cornea including an anterior cut surface lying beneath the front surface of the patient cornea, and a posterior cut surface lying beneath the front surface of the patient cornea, the boundary surfaces in the patient cornea defined such that the patient corneal volume is initially surrounded by corneal tissue of the patient cornea and is beneath the front surface of the patient cornea,
boundary surfaces in the donor cornea, the boundary surfaces in the donor cornea defining a transplant corneal volume to be removed from the donor cornea, the boundary surfaces in the donor cornea including an anterior boundary surface lying beneath a front surface of the donor cornea, and a posterior cut surface lying beneath the front surface of the donor cornea, the boundary surfaces in the donor cornea defined such that the transplant corneal volume is initially surrounded by corneal tissue of the donor cornea and is beneath the front surface of the donor cornea, and wherein a size of the transplant corneal volume differs from a size of the patient corneal volume;
generating control data sets for controlling a laser device of a treatment apparatus, including generating a transplant control data set, and generating a patient control data set,
transmitting the control data sets to the treatment apparatus,
generating the boundary surfaces in the donor cornea;
separating the transplant donor volume from the donor cornea;
generating the boundary surfaces in the patient cornea by controlling the laser device using the patient control data set, thereby isolating the patient corneal volume,
removing the patient corneal volume, and
inserting the transplant corneal volume, which has a different size as compared to the patient corneal volume, into the eye of the patient;
wherein automatically determining the boundary surfaces defining the patient corneal volume and the transplant corneal volume includes defining a deviation between the size of the patient corneal volume and the size of the transplant corneal volume, the deviation causing a change in the geometry of the eye of the patient, including a change in the pre-transplantation shape of the front surface of the patient cornea once the transplant corneal volume replaces the patient corneal volume, to correct the previously-present refractive deficiency.

US Pat. No. 10,362,935

USER INTERFACE FOR EFFICIENTLY DISPLAYING RELEVANT OCT IMAGING DATA

CARL ZEISS MEDITEC, INC.,...

1. A method of automatically aligning a depth range for obtaining a volume cube scan of a retina of an eye using an optical coherence tomography (OCT) system, said method comprising:acquiring two or more B-scans using the OCT system at a first set of system alignment conditions;
performing image processing on the two or more B-scans to determine a location where the retina would appear in the volume cube scan if the volume cube scan was acquired at the first set of system alignment conditions;
adjusting the system alignment conditions to optimize placement of the retina within the scan volume;
acquiring an OCT volume cube scan at the optimized system alignment conditions; and
storing or displaying the OCT volume cube scan or storing or displaying a further analysis thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,362,932

MEDICAL DEVICE ILLUMINATOR AND CHARGING SYSTEM

Welch Allyn, Inc., Skane...

1. A method for enabling a medical examination, the method comprising:providing a medical device; and
providing an illuminator that is releasably attachable to the medical device, the illuminator comprising a housing containing a light source, a rechargeable battery that powers the light source, and an inductive charging coil, the inductive charging coil being in stacked arrangement with the rechargeable battery, the inductive charging coil permitting the battery of the illuminator to be recharged using a non-contact charging device,
wherein the medical device is a vaginal speculum and in which the method further comprises:
attaching the illuminator housing to an inner surface of a blade of the vaginal speculum.

US Pat. No. 10,362,931

OPTICAL DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An optical device, comprising:an excitation light source that emits excitation light;
a first optical fiber that guides the excitation light emitted from the excitation light source; and
a wavelength-conversion plate that includes: a wavelength converter that receives the excitation light guided by the first optical fiber and emits wavelength-converted light; and a reflective film on a side of the wavelength converter that receives the excitation light,
wherein the reflective film is spaced from a light exit surface of the first optical fiber, transmits the excitation light, and reflects the wavelength-converted light.

US Pat. No. 10,362,929

IMAGING UNIT, IMAGING MODULE, AND ENDOSCOPE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An imaging unit comprising:a semiconductor package being a chip size package, the semiconductor package including:
an image sensor, and
a connection electrode formed on a back surface of the semiconductor package;
a circuit board being accommodated in a projection plane in an optical axis direction of the semiconductor package, the circuit board including:
a main body including a connection land formed on a front surface, the connection land being electrically and mechanically connected to the connection electrode via a bump, and
an attachment portion protruding on a back surface of the main body and including cable connection electrodes formed on at least two opposing side surfaces among protruding side surfaces;
a plurality of electronic components mounted on an electronic component mounting area on the back surface of the main body of the circuit board; and
a plurality of cables electrically and mechanically connected to the cable connection electrodes of the attachment portion,
wherein the attachment portion protrudes from the main body such that a center plane of the two side surfaces on which the cable connection electrodes are formed to oppose each other is shifted from a center plane of side surfaces of the semiconductor package which are parallel to the two side surfaces of the attachment portion, and at least one side surface is perpendicular to the back surface of the main body,
the electronic component mounting area is arranged side-by-side with the attachment portion on a same plane as the attachment portion,
each of the two opposing side surfaces of the attachment portion including the cable connection electrode formed thereon includes:
a first step portion on the main body side; and
a second step portion on the proximal end side in the optical axis direction of the image sensor; and
the cable connection electrodes are formed on:
a side surface of the second step portion on the electronic component mounting area side;
a side surface of the second step portion opposing the side surface on the electronic component mounting area side; and
the side surface of the first step portion opposing the side surface on the electronic component mounting area side.

US Pat. No. 10,362,920

SURFACE CLEANING MACHINE

1. A surface cleaning machine, comprising:a cleaning roller holder;
at least one cleaning roller which is arranged on the cleaning roller holder;
a drive device for driving the at least one cleaning roller in rotation; and
a sweeping element which is associated with the at least one cleaning roller and which feeds swept material to the at least one cleaning roller;
wherein the sweeping element, at least during a cleaning operation, is in contact with a surface to be cleaned and projects with a front region into a jacket of the at least one cleaning roller; and
wherein a front face end of the sweeping element is arranged on the front region.

US Pat. No. 10,362,917

CLEANING ROBOT

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A cleaning robot comprising a main body and a drive unit to move the main body, further comprising:an input unit to input a motion instruction for the cleaning robot;
a tilt sensor to measure an inclination of the cleaning robot moving in accordance with the input motion instruction; and
a controller to determine a stuck state of the cleaning robot by using an angle value obtained by measuring an angle the cleaning robot has moved based on sensor information of the tilt sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,362,916

AUTONOMOUS CLEANER

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. An autonomous cleaner comprising:a cleaner body including a plurality of wheels and a controller that manages driving of at least one of the wheels;
a dust container dock recessed in the cleaner body and being opened at a rear end of the cleaner body;
a dust container removable from the dust container dock, the dust container having a portion protruding beyond the rear end of the cleaner body when the dust container is set into the dust container dock; and
a dust container cover hinged to the cleaner body and configured to cover the dust container,
wherein when the dust container cover is closed onto the dust container, which is set into the dust container dock, a portion of the dust container cover protrudes beyond the rear end of the cleaner body, and
wherein the dust container cover includes:
a top cover that is at least partially transparent;
a bottom cover coupled to the top cover to form, together with the top cover, an appearance of the dust container cover; and
a plurality of infrared receivers provided in an internal space provided between the top cover and the bottom cover and spaced apart from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,362,914

CLEANER AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

11. A cleaner comprising:a power supply;
a suction unit including a main suction port;
a driving unit including a motor including a rotor and a stator;
a sensing unit including a hall sensor to detect a position of the rotor; and
a controller configured to control the power supply to supply predetermined rotor rearrangement power, which is power supplied for rearrangement of the position of the rotor, to the motor for a predetermined time period until cogging torque of the motor reaches a maximum, ending the supply of the predetermined rotor rearrangement power to the motor when the cogging torque of the motor reaches the maximum, supply start-up power to the motor according to the position of the rotor detected by the hall sensor, and supply stopping power to the motor after the cogging torque of the motor reaches the maximum,
wherein the stopping power is supplied in an opposite direction to that of the rotor rearrangement power, or the stopping power is a zero voltage, and
wherein the rotor rearrangement power is supplied such that torque that is generated by the rotor rearrangement power is greater than cogging torque of the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,362,912

VACUUM CLEANER

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A vacuum cleaner comprising:a cleaner body; and
a dust collector received in the cleaner body, wherein the dust collector includes:
an external case having a first dust storage space therein;
an upper cover installed to cover an upper opening of the external case;
a lower cover coupled to a lower opening of the external case;
a first cyclone installed within the external case, having a mesh filter to filter first contaminants from air sucked from outside the dust collector, and configured to introduce the filtered air inside the first cyclone;
a second cyclone provided in the first cyclone and configured to separate second contaminants from the filtered air introduced inside of the first cyclone;
one or more cleaning extensions configured to remove a portion of the first contaminants clinging on an outer circumferential surface of the mesh filter; and
a rotary case coupled to the mesh filter and relatively rotating the mesh filter with respect to the cleaning extensions.

US Pat. No. 10,362,910

HAND DRYER DEVICE

CHICONY POWER TECHNOLOGY ...

1. A hand dryer device used to cooperate with a home appliance having an airflow driver, comprising:a first housing having a first body and a first extension portion, wherein the first extension portion is connected to the first body;
a second housing disposed corresponding to the first housing and having a second body and a second extension portion, wherein the second extension portion is connected to the second body, the second body is connected to the first body for defining an accommodating space, the second extension portion and the first extension portion together form a concave annular structure, the concave annular structure has an extension space therein, and the home appliance is received in the accommodating space; and
an airflow driving unit disposed in the accommodating space and the extension space, and comprises:
a sensor disposed on an outer surface of the first housing and/or the second housing, wherein the sensor detects and outputs a sensing signal,
a control module receiving the sensing signal and outputting a control signal to enable the airflow driver of the home appliance to output a strong airflow, and
an airflow guiding structure disposed adjacent to an air outlet of the airflow driver and extending to the extension space.

US Pat. No. 10,362,908

WEIGHTED TOWEL WITH HANDLES

1. A towel for drying a person having an extremity and a lap comprising a rectangle-shaped flexible absorbent material comprising a top end, a bottom end, a left side, a right side and a center portion;wherein two weights are inserted into pockets positioned at the bottom end;
wherein the weights comprise non-magnetized material;
wherein the top end and the center portion are both un-weighted;
wherein located in the center portion of the towel is at least one loop handle;
wherein the at least one loop handle is located in one position;
wherein there are no opposing handles; and
wherein the un-weighted top end acts as a covering for the lap and the weighted bottom end of the towel wraps around the extremity.

US Pat. No. 10,362,907

SOLID SOAP HOLDER

1. A soap holder comprising an elastic wristband, the wristband having a face having a first side and a second side, the first side of the face having an indentation for receiving a piece of solid soap, a plurality of prongs being provided inside the indentation for penetrating and retaining a piece of soap pressed into the indentation, the wristband being reversible so that either one of the first side or the second side faces outwards.

US Pat. No. 10,362,905

WHISK AND DIGITAL THERMOMETER

1. A whisk and digital thermometer comprising:a handle, a plurality of wire loops and a temperature probe;
wherein the whisk and digital thermometer is able to stir food that is cooking in a pot and simultaneously monitor and report a temperature of the food;
wherein the handle is adapted to provide a grasping surface that allows a cook to carry and manipulate the whisk and digital thermometer;
wherein the handle provides a housing for a circuit board of electronics that measure and report the temperature;
wherein the handle comprises a handle body and a cap;
wherein a top of the handle body is open to accept the cap;
wherein the top of the handle body provides a threaded interior interface for coupling with the cap;
wherein a bottom of the handle body is closed except for a central hole for passage of the temperature probe and except for a plurality of holes that accept ends of the plurality of wire loops;
wherein the cap is an enclosed cylinder that houses the electronics and one or more batteries;
wherein the top surface of the cap comprises an operator control panel;
wherein the bottom surface of the cap comprises a threaded interface that couples to the handle body;
wherein the temperature probe is coupled to the bottom of the cap and extends downwards from the center of the cap;
wherein the plurality of wire loops comprise the whisk portion of the whisk and digital thermometer;
wherein an individual loop selected from the plurality of wire loops is a straight piece of wire that has been bent into a horseshoe shape;
wherein the loose ends of the individual loop are inserted into the bottom of the handle body;
wherein each of the plurality of wire loops extend into the handle body by a different distance so that the bent portion of the individual loops pass each other without interference at the bottom of the whisk and digital thermometer;
wherein the temperature probe comprises a metal shaft located at the longitudinal center of the whisk and digital thermometer;
wherein the temperature probe couples to the circuit board located within the cap and runs through the center of the handle, emerging from the bottom of the handle and running towards the bottom of the whisk and digital thermometer;
wherein the temperature probe stops before reaching the plurality of wire loops at the bottom of the whisk and digital thermometer;
wherein the temperature probe comprises a temperature sensor which is located at the bottom of the temperature probe and which is coupled to the circuit board via wiring.

US Pat. No. 10,362,902

HAND-SHIELD FOR COOKWARE AND KITCHEN UTENSILS

1. A hand-shield for protecting a user's hand from flying hot liquid droplets and from convective and/or radiative heat while cooking in a basket having opposed wire-mesh side walls, opposed wire-mesh front and rear walls, a wire-mesh bottom, and an open top, the shield comprising a single-piece or a multiple-piece curved or flat plate of material configured to permanently or detachably attach to an edge or a wall of the basket and form a protective wall on a path of a droplet of splashing fluid, flying towards the user's hand.

US Pat. No. 10,362,901

AIR-BASED FRYER PAN

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A pan for a hot air apparatus for preparing food, comprising:a pan bottom providing a pan surface area for receiving food to be prepared;
side-walls at least partly surrounding the pan surface area;
a mounting connector for mounting the pan inside a food preparation chamber of an apparatus for preparing food; and
an air movement device configured to create an air flow that is vertically oriented downward streaming in outer circumferential portions of the food preparation chamber and is vertically oriented upward streaming though the pan;
wherein the air movement device is arranged to extend perpendicular and to a side of the pan or the air movement device is arranged to extend parallel and during use, is oriented above the pan;
wherein the pan bottom is provided with a plurality of through-holes as a hot air passage;
wherein the through-holes cover approximately 3 to 50% of the pan surface area; and
wherein a heat capacity per area of a bottom surface of the pan bottom is between 10 and 75 JK?1 dm?2.

US Pat. No. 10,362,900

TOASTER

1. A toaster with a housing, in which housing there is provided a first cavity for toasting bread and a second cavity outside of and separate from the first cavity, a baffle plate being provided between and separating the first cavity and the second cavity, the housing having at least one slot for receiving bread into the first cavity, wherein the first cavity is provided with heating elements adapted to toast bread in use, the toaster being provided with control circuitry for the heating elements that includes a thermal fuse,wherein there is a first saturation temperature range for toasting bread in the at least one slot, wherein the first saturation temperature range, in normal use, does not increase significantly with time after a period of continuous use of the toaster, and wherein a graph of recorded temperature against time during the first saturation temperature range shows a saw tooth pattern,
wherein there is a second saturation temperature range, which second saturation temperature range corresponds to a runaway condition,
wherein there is a difference in temperature in the second cavity between the first saturation temperature range and the second saturation temperature range,
wherein the thermal fuse is positioned in the second cavity, and
wherein the thermal fuse has an actuation temperature between the first saturation temperature range and the second saturation temperature range, as measured in the second cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,362,897

CONTROL CIRCUIT FOR SELF-TURN-OFF OF AN AUTOMATIC MACHINE

1. An automatic coffee machine having a control circuit for self-turn-off and a brewing water circulation pump, the automatic coffee machine being connectable to a domestic voltage power line and comprising:a logic controller having a low supply electric voltage;
a power supply of the logic controller;
at least one control switch to control at least the brewing water circulation pump, said at least one control switch being connected to the logic controller, and being activatable by a manual activation button of the automatic coffee machine;
an electrically actuated deviator connected to the logic controller and switchable between:
a machine activation status, where the electronically actuated deviator connects a main electric power line of the power supply of the logic controller to the domestic voltage power line, where at least the brewing water circulation pump is operated by the at least one control switch, and
a machine deactivation status, where the electrically actuated deviator connects a secondary electric power line of the power supply of the logic controller to the domestic voltage power line, said secondary electric power line having a reactivation switch, separate from the at least one control switch, activatable by a manual reactivation button of the automatic coffee machine, separate from the manual activation button, the reactivation switch being normally open when the automatic coffee machine is turned on, the reactivation switch being connected to the logic controller,
where, in the machine deactivation status, the control circuit, the brewing water circulation pump, the logic controller, and the power supply for the logic controller, of the automatic coffee machine are disconnected from the domestic voltage power line when the reactivation switch is open, whether the manual activation switch is open or closed, and where the manual reactivation button of the automatic coffee machine is activatable to turn the automatic coffee machine on and off; and
at least one condenser to maintain the power supply of the logic controller for an entire operating time of a switching of the electrically actuated deviator from the machine deactivation status of the machine activation status, said switching of the electrically actuated deviator being automatically generated by closure of the reactivation switch.

US Pat. No. 10,362,896

BEVERAGE DISPENSING SYSTEMS

Starbucks Corporation, S...

1. A beverage dispensing system comprising:a base comprising an upper surface and a first check valve;
tubing connected with the first check valve and with a source of a liquid dairy product; and
a container comprising an interior, an upper end, and a lower end, the lower end comprising a second check valve, the container removably engageable with the upper surface of the base;
the container and the base being configured such that:
when the container is engaged with the base and a flow of the dairy product passes through the tubing, the first and second check valves are open, and the interior cavity of the container is in fluid communication with the tubing though the first and second check valves, thereby allowing the flow of the liquid dairy product to flow from the liquid dairy product source and into the interior of the container; and
when the container is disengaged from the base, at least the second check valve is closed, thereby inhibiting liquid dairy product in the interior of the container from exiting the container through the second check valve.

US Pat. No. 10,362,895

DEVICE TO PRODUCE MILK-BASED DRINKS WITH A CONNECTION SYSTEM AND A COFFEE MAKER CONTAINING SUCH A DEVICE

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A milk-based drink production device designed to work with a steam output nozzle tip of a coffee maker, the milk-based drink production device comprising a steam input conduit and a connection system comprising at least one mobile jaw and fixed jaw in which the connection system is connected to the steam output nozzle tip wherein the at least one mobile jaw alternates between a connected position in which a watertight connection is formed between the steam output nozzle tip and the steam input conduit and in which the milk-based drink production device cannot be separated from the steam output nozzle tip, and a disconnected position in which the milk-based drink production device may be separated from the steam output nozzle tip,wherein the mobile jaw is formed from a receptacle having an upper opening and a lateral conduit that extends from the receptacle to the steam input conduit,
wherein the steam output nozzle tip is inserted into the upper opening of the receptacle of the mobile jaw to connect the connection system to the coffee maker and, when making the connection to the coffee maker, the mobile jaw moves vertically against the fixed jaw that is positioned above the mobile jaw in a cover of the milk-based drink production device, and
wherein the mobile jaw contains at least two trunnions, and the connection system further comprises a transfer piece that is mounted to rotate on the cover and which comprises at least two parallel, lateral partitions and at least two housings that match the trunnions formed on the mobile jaw.

US Pat. No. 10,362,894

GLOBALLY NETWORKED ON-DEMAND COFFEE BLENDING AND BREWING SYSTEM

1. An apparatus, comprising:a plurality of coffee varietal hoppers;
a brew chamber configured to brew measured amounts of one or more coffee varietals;
a transport system between the plurality of coffee varietal hoppers and the brew chamber configured to transport the measured amounts of one or more coffee varietals according to a coffee blend formula from the plurality of coffee varietal hoppers to the brew chamber;
a weight-based measurer configured to transfer a measured amount of coffee varietal material from the plurality of coffee varietal hoppers to the transport system;
a water supply configured to provide water to the brew chamber;
a processor configured to execute one or more processes to determine the coffee blend formula; and
a memory configured to store a process executable by the processor, the process when executed operable to:
receive a requested coffee blend formula having an associated flavor profile;
in response to the requested coffee blend formula being possible with the plurality of coffee varietals available, blend and brew one or more of the plurality of coffee varietals according to the requested coffee blend formula; and
in response to the requested coffee blend formula not being possible with the plurality of coffee varietals available:
determine a translated coffee blend formula from the plurality of coffee varietals available based on the associated flavor profile of the requested coffee blend formula; and
blend and brew one or more of the plurality of coffee varietals according to the translated coffee blend formula.

US Pat. No. 10,362,893

CAPSULE HOLDER FOR A BEVERAGE PREPARATION MACHINE

Nestec S.A., Vevey (CH)

1. A capsule holder for holding a closed capsule in a beverage preparation machine, the capsule containing a beverage precursor ingredient, the beverage preparation machine being able to inject a fluid under pressure through a top membrane of the capsule to an inside of the capsule such that the fluid and the precursor ingredient mix to make a beverage, the capsule holder comprising:a cup-shaped body adapted to retain and hold the capsule, the cup-shaped body comprises a dispensing hole through a bottom wall of the capsule holder opposite from and co-axial with an opening in the capsule holder through which the capsule is inserted into the capsule holder;
a rotationally movable handle;
a guide member for removably inserting the capsule holder within the beverage preparation machine; and
a pressure-releasing member for releasing fluid pressure inside the capsule, the pressure-releasing member comprising a piercer adapted to pierce at least one channel through a sidewall of the capsule, the piercer comprising a pin element movably linked to the rotationally movable handle through a cam element attached to or integrally formed with the rotationally movable handle, such that the pin element is slidable substantially perpendicular relative to a capsule sidewall surface when a rotation movement is applied to the rotationally movable handle, and the pin element movable through a first internal surface of the cup-shaped body between (i) a retracted position wherein the pin element does not protrude from the first internal surface of the cup-shaped body of the capsule holder and (ii) an extended position wherein the pin element protrudes from the first internal surface of the cup-shaped body to be able to perforate the at least one channel through the sidewall of the capsule, the pin element is perpendicular to the first internal surface, the cup-shaped body further comprises a second internal surface that together with the first internal surface defines part of a compartment in the cup-shaped body that receives the capsule, the dispensing hole opens into the compartment through the second internal surface, the first internal surface is located below a top of the capsule holder, the first internal surface is adjacent to the sidewall of the capsule in the retracted position and the extended position of the pin element, and the second internal surface is adjacent to a bottom end of the capsule in the retracted position and the extended position of the pin element.

US Pat. No. 10,362,888

POSTURE IMPROVEMENT PILLOW

1. A pillow comprising:(a) a body having a top surface, a flat bottom surface, a left upper region, a left central region, a right upper region, a right central region, a left leg, a right leg, and a main vertical end wall that connects to said top surface at a top edge and connects to said bottom surface at a bottom edge;
(b) said symmetrically shaped body having six contoured cutouts formed from said main vertical end wall connecting said left upper region, said left central region, said right upper region, said right central region, said left leg, and said right leg;
(c) said left leg and said right leg formed from said main vertical end wall transitioning from a thickness T1 to a thickness T2;
(d) a U-shaped first contoured cutout between said left leg and said right leg;
(e) a second contoured cutout between said right leg and said right central region, said right leg perpendicular to said right central region;
(f) a third contoured cutout between said right central region and said right upper region;
(g) a U-shaped fourth contoured cutout between said right upper region said left upper region;
(h) a fifth contoured cutout between said left upper region and said left central region;
(i) a sixth contoured cutout between said left central region and said left leg perpendicular to said left central region;
(j) said top surface having a centrally located pocket with said centrally located pocket sized to receive a temperature pack;
(k) said body is symmetrically shaped around a central axis;
(l) said bottom edge extends a perimeter of said pillow; and
(m) said third contoured cutout has a shape that is a mirror image opposite to the shape of said fifth contoured cutout and said second contoured cutout has a shape that is a mirror image opposite to the shape of said sixth contoured cutout;
(n) wherein each contoured cutout is sized and shaped to support a user's neck.

US Pat. No. 10,362,886

SMALL ITEM OVERSTOCK STORAGE SYSTEM

WALMART APOLLO, LLC, Ben...

6. A gondola storage system comprising:a vertical plane of a gondola shelf system;
a horizontal shelf connected to the vertical plane; and
a tiered shelf attachment made of wire, the tiered shelf attachment removeably attached to the horizontal shelf, the tiered shelf attachment comprising:
a support structure having gondola shelf connectors located at each corner of a base of the support structure, the gondola shelf connectors configured to removeably attach the support structure to the horizontal shelf by passing through a gondola shelf connector hole and a hole of the horizontal shelf, the respective gondola shelf connector hole being aligned with the hole of the horizontal shelf;
two or more tiers mounted on the support structure, each tier including a horizontal segment and a vertical segment, the horizontal segment being substantially perpendicular to the vertical segment, each tier in the two or more tiers having an identical width between tiers;
a side support piece which connects the two or more tiers to the support structure;
a plurality of dividers removeably attached to the horizontal segment of each tier in the two or more tiers, each divider in the plurality of dividers held in place by tabs which extend under the horizontal segment of the tier in which the divider is located.

US Pat. No. 10,362,885

DEVICES AND METHODS TO PROTECT NEONATES DURING BED-SHARING AND CO-SLEEPING

1. A frame for a protective enclosure to protect a neonate during bed-sharing and co-sleeping, comprising:a frame base portion sized to accommodate a neonate and adapted to rest upon a sleeping surface;
a roll-over bar attached to said frame base portion, wherein said roll-over bar is arched above the sleeping surface, wherein said frame base and roll-over bar includes one or more hinges, pivots, or rotational elements, configured so as to elevate said frame base portion above said sleeping surface when a force or pressure is applied by a co-sleeper to said roll-over bar, and to permit placement or removal of said neonate from underneath the protective enclosure.

US Pat. No. 10,362,884

CHILD-RESTRAINING HARNESS AND BIB

1. A safety harness comprising: a body harness and a bib; wherein the safety harness is further configured for use with a person; wherein the person is selected from the group consisting of an infant and a toddler; wherein the person is further defined with a pelvis; wherein the safety harness is configured for use with a chair; wherein the body harness attaches the person to the chair; wherein the bib is a protective garment; wherein the body harness comprises a pelvic strap, a plurality of harness straps, and a plurality of harness fasteners; wherein the plurality of harness fasteners attach to the plurality of harness straps; wherein the plurality of harness straps attach to the pelvic strap; wherein the plurality of harness fasteners comprises a first hook and loop fastener and a second hook and loop fastener; wherein the first hook and loop fastener is a hook and loop fastening device; wherein the first hook and loop fastener is further defined with a first hook/loop surface and a second hook/loop surface; wherein the second hook and loop fastener is a hook and loop fastening device; wherein the second hook and loop fastener is further defined with a third hook/loop surface and a fourth hook/loop surface; wherein the first hook and loop fastener attaches the first strap to the second strap; wherein the first hook/loop surface attaches to the second hook/loop surface to form the first hook and loop fastener; wherein the safety harness is assembled using a first seam, a second seam, a third seam, and a fourth seam; wherein the first seam attaches the second end of the first strap to the superior end of the pelvic strap such that the first strap lays flush with a fifteenth end of the pelvic strap; wherein the second seam attaches a third end of the second strap to the inferior end of the pelvic strap such that the second strap lays flush with the fifteenth end of the pelvic strap; wherein the third seam attaches a sixth end of the third strap to the superior end of the pelvic strap such that the third strap lays flush with a sixteenth end of the pelvic strap; wherein the fourth seam attaches a seventh end of the fourth strap to the inferior end of the pelvic strap such that the fourth strap lays flush with the sixteenth end of the pelvic strap.

US Pat. No. 10,362,880

ASSEMBLABLE MATTRESS SUPPORT WHOSE COMPONENTS FIT INSIDE THE HEADBOARD

Zinus Inc., Tracy, CA (U...

1. An apparatus comprising:a longitudinal bar having a total length, wherein the longitudinal bar comprises an upper portion and a lower portion, wherein the upper portion has a first connector and the lower portion has a second connector; and
a headboard with a compartment and an attachment location for the first connector, wherein the attachment location for the first connector is disposed on the headboard outside the compartment, wherein the compartment has a maximum dimension that is shorter than the total length of the longitudinal bar, wherein the compartment accommodates the longitudinal bar, and wherein the first connector is configured to attach directly to the headboard when the upper portion of the longitudinal bar is outside the compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,362,877

CUSHION WITH SUPPORTING FRAME FOR UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE

EDRA S.P.A., Perignano d...

1. A cushion for upholstered furniture for leaning or sitting such as beds, sofas or armchairs, including a cushion element, constituted by an upholstery of soft material stuffed in a flabby covering, the cushion element being configured so that two opposite main sides are defined that are peripherally joined by connection sides, comprising:an elongated fixed frame arranged so as to define in the cushion element an upper section located above the fixed frame;
at least two movable frames housed within the same cushion element in correspondence of the upper section, with each of the movable frames being hinged, independently from the other, to the fixed frame according to at least one hinge axis substantially parallel to a direction of elongation of the fixed frame, and arranged to take different positions, each of which is provided to determine a desired orientation of at least one portion of the upper section of the cushion element;
movement control means associated with the hinge axes, adapted to determine an amount of deformation action needed to rotate the at least one movable frame, so as to maintain a stable position when a deformation action is applied that is lower than a certain predetermined amount; and
connecting members for connecting the cushion element to an external structure;
wherein the fixed frame extends horizontally at a vertically intermediate level of the cushion element so as to define a lower section of the cushion element located below the fixed frame, the lower section being devoid of rigid frame elements.

US Pat. No. 10,362,874

SEATING DEVICE

HERMAN MILLER, INC., Zee...

1. A seating device comprising:a base;
a seat post extending from the base, the seat post having a first end adjacent the base, a second end opposite the first end, and a longitudinal axis extending between the first end and the second end;
a seat supported by the seat post above the base; and
a multiple-link rocking assembly coupled between the base and the first end of the seat post and operable to angularly displace the seat post relative to the base only forwardly and rearwardly relative to the base.

US Pat. No. 10,362,873

CHILD SAFETY ANTI-TIPOVER PROTECTION DEVICE

1. A child safety anti-tipover protection device, comprising:a. a first bracket extending between first and second ends and having first and second sides;
b. a second bracket hingedly connected to said first side of said first bracket at an intermediate position between said first and second ends, and having first and second sides;
c. a first strip of fastener material disposed on said second side of said first bracket, said first strip of fastener material extending between said first and second ends and crossing said intermediate position; and
d. a second strip of fastener material disposed on said first surface of said second bracket;
e. wherein said second bracket rotates around a fixed axis;
f. wherein said fixed axis is parallel to said first side of said first bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,362,870

UNIVERSAL DRAWER SLIDE

1. A drawer slide, comprising:an outer slide member and an inner slide member configured to move between a closed position and an extended position;
a lever is pivotally mounted to a front portion of the inner slide member;
a cam configured to mount to the outer slide member in a first position and a second position;
the lever includes an engaging end that engages with the cam to secure the inner slide member to the outer slide member; and,
wherein the lever moves in a first direction to engage the cam in the first position, and the lever moves in a second direction to engage the cam in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,362,869

DRAWER ARRANGEMENT

Julius Blum GmbH, Hoechs...

1. A drawer arrangement, comprising:a drawer side wall, the drawer side wall having a support portion for supporting a drawer bottom; and
a drawer pull-out guide having a carcass rail to be fixed to a furniture carcass, a drawer rail connected to the drawer side wall, and a central rail displaceable between the carcass rail and the drawer rail, the central rail having a side limb and a transverse limb connected therewith;
wherein at least a portion of the side limb of the central rail is arranged laterally besides the support portion,
wherein the transverse limb of the central rail and the carcass rail protrude at least partially below the support portion, and
wherein the transverse limb of the central rail has a free end region supported on the carcass rail by at least one rolling body.

US Pat. No. 10,362,868

COMPACT BROOM AND DUST MOP STORAGE RACK

1. A compact dust mop and broom storage rack comprising:two symmetrical parallel vertical end panels, facing one another enclosing three horizontal panels of equal length, the three horizontal panels include
an upper horizontal panel having a flat back side, and a perpendicular rail facing a front along the length of the upper horizontal panel, the perpendicular rail of the upper horizontal panel having a plurality of semi-circular notches spaced equal distance apart along the perpendicular rail, and bounded by one of the symmetrical vertical end panels at one end of the upper horizontal panel length, and the other symmetrical vertical end panel at the opposite end of the upper horizontal panel length;
a middle horizontal panel having a flat front side, and a perpendicular rail facing a back along the length of the middle horizontal panel, the perpendicular rail of the middle horizontal panel having a plurality of semi-circular notches spaced equal distance apart along the perpendicular rail, where each semi-circular notch on the perpendicular rail of the middle horizontal panel has an open end facing an opposite direction of a corresponding semi-circular notch on the perpendicular rail of the upper horizontal panel, and the middle horizontal panel is bounded by one of the symmetrical vertical end panels at one end of the middle horizontal panel length, and the other symmetrical vertical end panel at the opposite end of the middle horizontal panel length;
a lower horizontal panel that is sloped downwards toward the front of the compact dust mop and broom storage rack, and bounded by one of the symmetrical vertical end panels at one end of the lower panel length, and the other symmetrical vertical end panel at the opposite end of the lower horizontal panel length.

US Pat. No. 10,362,867

PILLOW RACK

1. A foldable rack for storing pillows comprising:(a) a first frame member and a second frame member, the first and second frame members each being generally planar and defined by a first end, a second end, and opposite lateral sides connecting the first end and the second end, the first and second frame members having an upper portion and a lower portion defined by a central axis;
(b) a plurality of rods extending between the first end and the second end of the first and second frame members;
(c) a plurality of hubs, each hub of the plurality of hubs being disposed on an associated rod of the plurality of rods at the central axis of both the first and second frame members, each hub having an axial bore formed therethrough, the axial bores being in registry with each other, wherein the hubs of the first and second frame members abut one another and form a stable substantially continuous sleeve with a substantially continuous bore; and
(d) an elongated pin extending through the axial bores of each hub thereby rotatably joining the first frame member to the second frame member at the central axis.

US Pat. No. 10,362,865

SECURABLE AND COLLAPSIBLE WORK STATION

JPL Investments, LLC, Sa...

1. A securable work station comprising:a base portion comprising a housing having a bottom, a first side, an opposing second side, a front, a back and a top, and a generally planar work surface located at said top of said housing;
an upper portion movably mounted relative to said base portion, said work-bench portion having a first side, an opposing second side, a front, a back and a top and defining an interior area, said work-bench portion configured to move between a first lowered position in which said first side, said opposing second side, said front, said back and said top of said upper portion extend over and cover said first side, said opposing second side, top front, said back and said top of said base portion whereby said housing of said base portion located within said interior area of said upper portion, whereby said securable work station has a first height, and a second raised position in which said upper portion is raised upwardly relative to said base portion and said securable work station has a second height which is greater than said first height and said interior area of said upper portion defines a generally open work space above said generally planar work surface; and
an upper portion lift assist mechanism, said lift assist mechanism comprising at least one biasing mechanism which biases said upper portion upwardly relative to said base portion, said biasing mechanism being user-adjustable whereby a biasing force generated by said at least one biasing mechanism is modifiable by a user.

US Pat. No. 10,362,864

CONVERTIBLE LED TABLE TRAY

1. A convertible LED table tray, comprising:a central compartment, wherein the central compartment further comprises a upper deck;
a drawer movable relatively in and out the central compartment;
a first side compartment connected to the central compartment;
a second side compartment opposed to the first side compartment connected to the central compartment;
at least one light-emitting diode light on the upper deck;
a charger plate;
a means for holding the charger plate on the upper deck of the central compartment; and
a means for joining the first side compartment and the second side compartment with the central compartment, and wherein the first side compartment and the second side compartment are detachable from the central compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,362,863

STOWABLE SENSORY LEARNING ASSEMBLY

1. A stowable sensory learning assembly, comprising:a horizontal base having a bottom surface and a top surface;
a vertical housing having a bottom end and a top end, the bottom end connected to the top surface of the horizontal base;
a system controller positioned on the vertical housing, the system controller configured to automatically control the stowable sensory learning assembly;
a canopy housing in communication with the system controller, the canopy housing configured to provide sensory stimulation, the canopy housing having a bottom end, a top end, and first and second sides extending between the top end and the bottom end defining a plane, the top end of the canopy housing pivotably coupled to the vertical housing at a first distance above the horizontal base;
a display housing in communication with the system controller, the display housing configured to provide sensory stimulation, the display housing having a bottom end, a top end, and first and second sides extending between the top end and the bottom end defining a display screen configured to provide sensory stimulation, the top end of the display housing pivotably coupled to the bottom end of the canopy housing, wherein the display screen is configured to provide a visual indication of progress towards completion of a task, wherein a green light indicates the beginning of the task, a yellow light indicates the task is coming to an end and a red light indicates completion of the task;
a desk housing in communication with the system controller, the desk housing configured to provide sensory stimulation, the desk housing having a bottom end, a top end, and first and second sides extending between the top end and the bottom end defining a writing surface configured to provide sensory stimulation, the top end of the desk housing pivotably coupled to the bottom end of the display housing;
wherein the display housing and the desk housing are automatically movable via the system controller relative to the canopy housing between a stowed position where the desk housing and display housing are substantially parallel to the canopy housing, and a deployed position where the display housing and the desk housing are angled relative to one another to define a work space;
an automated reward dispenser in communication with the system controller, the automated reward dispenser connected to the vertical housing at a second distance above the horizontal base, wherein the automated reward dispenser is configured to automatically provides a reward concurrently with completion of the task displayed on the display screen; and
a remote computer configured for remotely controlling the system controller via a wireless network.

US Pat. No. 10,362,861

LEG LATCHING DEVICE FOR A TABLE, AND A TABLE INCORPORATING SAME

Varidesk, LLC, Coppell, ...

1. A table, comprising:a table top;
a bracket secured to the table top;
a latching device coupled to the bracket, the latching device having a retaining wedge coupled to a draw latch via a cam device and a shaft; and
a table leg,
wherein the draw latch is configured to pivot with respect to a cam follower of the cam device to laterally move the shaft and the retaining wedge connected thereto between a first position securing the table leg to the bracket and a second position unsecuring the table leg from the bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,362,860

FLAT PACK END TABLE AND COFFEE TABLE

Zinus Inc., Tracy, CA (U...

1. A table comprising:a first straight bar, wherein the first straight bar has a width A and a length B;
a second straight bar having the width A and the length B;
a first U-shaped bar having the width A and a distance C between ends of the first U-shaped bar, and wherein C equals A plus B;
a second U-shaped bar having the width A and the distance C between ends of the second U-shaped bar; and
a rectangular table top having shorter sides each with the length B and longer sides each with a length D, wherein D equals C plus two times A, wherein in an assembled state the ends of the first U-shaped bar are connected to opposite ends of one of the longer sides of the rectangular table top, and the ends of the second U-shaped bar are connected to opposite ends of the other of the longer sides of the rectangular table top, wherein in a compact state the rectangular table top is disposed between the ends of the first U-shaped bar, and one of the ends of the second U-shaped bar is disposed between the rectangular table top and one of the ends of the first U-shaped bar, and wherein the ends of the first U-shaped bar and the ends of the second U-shaped bar extend in opposite directions.

US Pat. No. 10,362,857

DEVICE FOR REMOVING OBJECT ON ROAD SURFACE, GUIDE RAIL TYPE VEHICLE, AND METHOD FOR REMOVING OBJECT ON ROAD SURFACE

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A device for removing an object on a road surface, the device comprising:a brush section which is provided between an end portion in an advancing direction of a vehicle body of a guide rail type vehicle that travels on the road surface, and a traveling wheel provided below the vehicle body, wherein
the brush section comprises a brush body in which a plurality of linear members are bundled, and
a lower end of the brush body is positioned closer to the end portion of the vehicle body than an upper end of the brush body at a use position in which the lower end of the brush body is configured to come into contact with the road surface.

US Pat. No. 10,362,856

CARRYING CASE FOR POLICE OR MILITARY EQUIPMENT

Armament Systems and Proc...

1. An apparatus comprisingan elongated backer plate having a plurality of mutually parallel slots spaced-apart along a longitude of the backer plate from a midpoint towards one of the ends, each extending across the backer plate transverse to the longitudinal axis and having a constant cross section in longitude with a root end relatively wider than an opposing, open end;
an elongated cover plate;
a hinge that pivotally connects a first end of the backer plate to a first end of the cover plate;
a resilient lock that releasably connects a second end of the backer plate to the second end of the cover plate;
an adjustable spacer located between the backer plate and cover plate, the adjustable spacer having a slot engaging portion extending from the adjustable spacer that is complementary to the cross section of each of the plurality of slots wherein a space between the backer plate, the cover plate, the hinge and resilient lock is adapted to accept a range of different sizes of belts worn by a human user and wherein the adjustable spacer may be inserted into any of the plurality of slots to accommodate the different sizes of belts; and
a police or military holster fabricated from a flexible fabric, the holster further including an adapter plate rotatably attached to the backer plate and a diaphragm disposed between the adapter plate and mounting plate and sewn to the flexible fabric of the holster around a periphery of the adapter plate.

US Pat. No. 10,362,854

BOTTLE, RETAINING DEVICE AND ASSOCIATED ELEMENTS FOR CARRYING CONTAINERS AND OTHER ITEMS

Amphipod, Inc., Seattle,...

1. A bottle and retaining clip, comprising;a bottle having a bottom, a mouth, and sidewalls extending from the bottom to the mouth, the sidewalls comprising a first sidewall and an opposing second sidewall, and a third sidewall and an opposing fourth sidewall, the third and fourth sidewalls joining the first and second sidewalls, the first and second sidewalls each being wider than each of the third and fourth sidewalls, the third sidewall having a first shoulder and the fourth sidewall having a second shoulder;
a retaining clip comprising a base configured for removable attachment to a support member, the clip having:
(1) a first arm extending from the base and an opposing second arm extending from the base;
(2) a third arm extending from the base and an opposing fourth arm extending from the base;
(3) the first and the third arms engaging the first shoulder when the bottle is attached to the retaining clip; and
(4) the second and the fourth arms engaging the second shoulder when the bottle is attached to the retaining clip;
the base of the clip having a first elongated slot extending between the first arm and the second arm, the first elongated slot being formed by:
a first projection formed in the base and extending from a position adjacent a juncture of the first arm and the base; and
a second projection formed in the base and extending from a position adjacent a juncture of the second arm and the base;
the first projection extending toward the second projection and defining an opening between the first projection and the second projection to provide access to the first elongated slot;
the base of the clip having a second elongated slot extending between the third arm and the fourth arm, the second elongated slot being formed by:
a third projection formed in the base and extending from a position adjacent a juncture of the third arm and the base; and
a fourth projection formed in the base and extending from a position adjacent a juncture of the fourth arm and the base;
the third projection extending toward the fourth projection and defining an opening between the third projection and the fourth projection to provide access to the second elongated slot;
the bottle further having a central axis extending from the base of the bottle to the mouth;
the base being removably attachable to the support member via the first and second slots;
whereby the bottle is configured for mating engagement with the clip and further wherein at least one of the bottle and the clip is configured and formed from a material that is sufficiently flexible to readily release the bottle from the retaining clip.

US Pat. No. 10,362,851

SQUEEZABLE NAIL TREATMENT CONTAINER

1. An apparatus for providing nail or skin treatment, comprising:a container, formed of a compressible material;
an insert, disposed within the container formed of a compressible material, and configured to receive and surround at least one body part of a user; and
an opening at a first end of the container which provides access to an interior surface of the insert,
wherein the insert is configured to hold at least one substance configured to treat at least one of a nail and skin of the user,
wherein the insert is made of spongy material, and further includes:
an inner sponge; and
an outer sponge, wherein the inner sponge is disposed within the outer sponge, and an interface between an outer surface of the inner sponge and an inner surface of the outer sponge is configured to receive multiple fingers of the user simultaneously and allow movement of the multiple fingers along the interface,
the apparatus further comprising a lid assembly configured to connect to the container and cover the opening, and to hold a detail sponge that is disposed within the insert when the lid assembly is connected to the container,
the lid assembly further including an outer cap configured to be opened, without being disconnected from the container, to expose an inner cover which secures the detail sponge to the lid assembly, such that removal of the inner cover removes the detail sponge from the lid assembly and exposes a second opening which allows access to the insert and has a smaller width than the opening of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,362,849

LICE AND NIT REMOVAL TOOL AND METHOD

1. A method of removing lice nits from a person's hair, the method comprising:grasping a first fabric sheet having a plurality of projections on a first face of the first fabric sheet;
folding the first fabric sheet around a first lock of the person's hair such that the first face of the first fabric sheet contacts the first lock of the person's hair;
squeezing the first fabric sheet while folded around the first lock of the person's hair;
moving the first fabric sheet lengthwise along the first lock of the person's hair while squeezing the first fabric sheet around the first lock of the person's hair;
disposing of the first fabric sheet;
grasping a second fabric sheet having a plurality of projections on a first face of the second fabric sheet;
folding the second fabric sheet around a second lock of the person's hair such that the first face of the second fabric sheet contacts the second lock of the person's hair;
squeezing the second fabric sheet while folded around the second lock of the person's hair;
moving the second fabric sheet lengthwise along the second lock of the person's hair while squeezing the second fabric sheet around the second lock of the person's hair;
disposing of the second fabric sheet; and
inserting a first digit of the user's hand into a first pocket defined on a second face of the first fabric sheet prior to squeezing the first fabric sheet around the first lock of the person's hair, the first pocket located adjacent a first end of the first fabric sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,362,848

UNIVERSAL NO-SLIP HAIRPIN

1. A universal asymmetric hairpin, comprising:at least two legs of different length;
an interface configured to attach replaceable charms;
a layer of no-slip coating applied over the legs; and
at least two replaceable tips attached to ends of the legs,
wherein the ends of the legs comprise screws for screwing into the replaceable tips.

US Pat. No. 10,362,846

PROTECTIVE CASE WITH OVER-CENTER FLAP CLOSURE AND STYLUS HOLDER

1. A case for a device and a stylus comprising:a sleeve portion having a sleeve opening;
a stylus cavity located within the sleeve portion, the stylus cavity having a stylus cavity opening adjacent the sleeve opening;
a closure portion; and
a hinge connecting the closure portion to the sleeve portion adjacent the sleeve opening and the stylus cavity opening, the hinge adapted to allow the closure portion to move between a first position away from the sleeve opening and stylus cavity opening to allow the device to be inserted into the sleeve portion and the stylus to be inserted into the stylus cavity, and a second position where the closure portion is positioned over the sleeve opening and stylus cavity opening;
wherein the closure portion comprises:
a closure-portion front side configured to cover a portion of a front side of the device when arranged in the case with the closure being in the second position;
a closure-portion rear side configured to cover a portion of a rear side of the device when arranged in the case with the closure being in the second position;
a closure-portion top side that connects a top end of the closure-portion front side with a top end of the closure-portion rear side, and which is configured to cover a portion of a top side of the device when arranged in the case with the closure being in the second position;
a closure-portion left side that connects a left end of the closure-portion front side with a left end of the closure-portion rear side, and which is configured to cover a portion of a left side of the device when arranged in the case with the closure being in the second position; and
a closure-portion right side that connects a right end of the closure-portion front side with a right end of the closure-portion rear side, and which is configured to cover a portion of a right side of the device when arranged in the case with the closure being in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,362,845

THREE COMPONENT BINDER CLIP FOR USE IN PERSONAL ACCESSORY DESIGNS

1. A binder clip comprised of:a. a first and a second wire arm, identical to one another and each having two ends, and, each bent into a planar U-shape, the planar U-shape, having three closed sides formed from the wire arms and, and a fourth, open side, of the planar U-shape, including the two ends of the wire arms bent towards one another forming two wire tabs pointing towards one another leaving a gap between the wire tabs, and,
b. a metal spring formed from an essentially rectangular sheet of metal having first and second edges, each parallel to one another, and, third and fourth edges, each parallel to one another and perpendicular to the first and second edges, and, the metal spring formed by bending the third and fourth edges of the rectangular sheet of metal towards each other to form a U-shaped spring, and, the first and second edges rolled to form a first and a second cylinder, each cylinder having two ends and an opening at each of the ends, and, the openings having an edge, and,
c. the two wire tabs of the first wire arm are inserted into the two ends of the first cylinder, one per end, and the two wire tabs of the second wire arm are inserted into the two ends of the second cylinder, one per end, and,
d. a flexible cover that fits over the planar U-shape of the first and second wire arms and the flat metal spring, and,
e. when the U-shapes of each of the two wire arms are moved apart, the flexible cover contacts the U-shaped spring and acts as a fulcrum, pressing against the U-shaped spring to pry open the U-shaped metal spring, separating the first and second cylinders for insertion of an item to be held in the clip that, when the U-shapes of the arms are released, the item is then held in place between the rolled edges.

US Pat. No. 10,362,843

GEMSTONE AND METHOD FOR CUTTING THE SAME

1. A circular-cut gemstone comprising:a girdle having a top edge and a lower edge;
a crown extending from the girdle's top edge at a crown angle less than 23 degrees so that a substantial portion of light entering one side of the crown exits an opposite side of the crown; and
a pavilion extending downward from the girdle's bottom edge and having a pavilion angle the same as an ideal-cut-diamond.

US Pat. No. 10,362,842

VARIABLE MAGNETIC CONFIGURATION FOR JEWELRY

1. A jewelry article having a first configuration with an associated first wearable length and a second configuration with an associated second wearable length, the second wearable length being different than the first wearable length, said article comprising:a first chain and a second chain, each of the first chain and the second chain having two ends, a plurality of non-magnetizable links, a first end portion, a middle portion, and a second end portion, a plurality of magnetizable links, and a plurality of magnets, the plurality of magnets and the plurality of magnetizable links being interspersed within each of the first chain and the second chain so as to allow a user to selectively attach at least one of the plurality of magnets to at least one of the plurality of magnetizable links to change the jewelry article from the first configuration to the second configuration,
wherein the first chain comprises three magnetizable links of the plurality of magnetizable links (1, 2, 3) being interspersed on the first end portion of the first chain, two magnetizable links of the plurality of magnetizable links (5, 6) being interspersed on the second end portion of the first chain, two magnetizable links of the plurality of the magnetizable links (4, 7) being interspersed on the middle portion of the first chain, and a first and a second magnet of the plurality of magnets (C, D) being interspersed on the middle portion of the first chain,
wherein the second chain comprises three magnetizable links of the plurality of magnetizable links (8, 9, 10) being interspersed on the first end portion of the second chain, four magnetizable links of the plurality of magnetizable links (11, 12, 13, 14) being interspersed on the second end portion of the second chain, and a first and a second magnet of the plurality of magnets (A, B) being interspersed on the middle portion of the second chain; and
a clasp configured to releasably secure the two ends of the first chain relative to the two ends of the second chain,
wherein the first configuration is a necklace, and wherein none of the plurality of magnets selectively attaches to another of the plurality of magnets or to the plurality of magnetizable links, and
wherein the second configuration is a peter pan necklace, wherein the first magnet on the second chain selectively attaches to one of the magnetizable links on the first end portion of the first chain or to one of the magnetizable links on the first end portion of the second chain, and the second magnet on the first chain selectively attaches to one of the magnetizable links on the second end portion of the first chain or to one of the magnetizable links on the second end portion of the second chain.

US Pat. No. 10,362,840

DEPLOYABLE FLAG BRACELET

1. A deployable flag bracelet comprising:a medial longitudinal flap member having a first longitudinal edge, an opposing longitudinal edge, a medial flap member obverse surface, and a medial flap member reverse surface;
a first longitudinal flap member coextensive along the opposing longitudinal edge, said first longitudinal flap member having a first flap member obverse surface, and a first flap member reverse surface;
a deployable flag portion coextensive along the first longitudinal edge, said flag portion rollable for storage when not in use by rolling the flag portion into contact overlying the medial flap member obverse surface, where the flag portion is thereat concealable beneath the first longitudinal flap member by folding the first longitudinal flap member on top of the flag portion such that the first flap member obverse surface makes contact with and conceals the rolled flag portion, wherein a transverse length of the first longitudinal flap member is of sufficient length to conceal the entirety of the rolled flag portion; and
wherein said medial longitudinal flap member further has a first transverse edge and an opposing transverse edge for endwise attachment therebetween to form the bracelet wherein the deployable flag portion is maintainably concealed behind the first longitudinal flap member and wearable about a wrist of a user, whereby the user can deploy the flag portion to clean an optical surface by detaching the first transverse edge from the opposing transverse edge and unrolling the deployable flag portion.

US Pat. No. 10,362,839

SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

17. A fastening device comprising:a first tape portion; and
a first fastening portion joined to the first tape portion, the first fastening portion defining a first side surface and a second side surface opposite from the first side surface, the first fastening portion comprising a plurality of fastening elements extending from the first side surface, the plurality of fastening elements arranged lengthwise along a lengthwise direction of the fastening device, each adjacent pair of fastening elements offset by a pitch distance and defining a fastening gap therebetween, each of the plurality of fastening elements comprising an engagement portion extending in a direction parallel to the lengthwise direction of the fastening device, the second side surface of the first fastening portion defining a plurality of relief grooves, the fastening device being a first fastening device, the first fastening device configured to be joined to a second fastening device comprising a second fastening portion having the same geometry as the first fastening portion of the first fastening device.

US Pat. No. 10,362,838

HOOK AND EYE FASTENER

1. A hook and eye fastener for securing two pieces of a garment together, the fastener comprising:a hook part configured to be mounted on a face of one of the pieces of the garment, the hook part comprising a substantially planar body configured to lay flat on the face of the piece of the garment, and an arm extending outwardly from the body, the arm comprising an inner portion connected to the body at a first end, the inner portion extending outwardly substantially perpendicular to the body, and an outer portion connected to a second end of the inner portion, the outer portion extending substantially parallel to the planar body, and a side of the outer portion facing towards the planar body defining a hook part abutment surface;
an eye part configured to be mounted on a face of the other one of the pieces of the garment, the eye part comprising a substantially planar frame configured to lay flat on the face of the other of the pieces of the garment, the frame defining an open mouth with a circumferential lip, the open mouth dimensioned to receive the outer portion of the arm of the hook part, and having an eye part abutment surface on an underside of the frame, the eye part abutment surface shaped complementary to the hook part abutment surface for engagement therewith;
when the body of the hook part and the frame of the eye part are touching or closely juxtaposed, the eye part is slidably engageable with the hook part to bring the hook part abutment surface and the eye part abutment surface into engagement with each other and fasten the two pieces of the garment together when the hook part is mounted on one of the pieces and the eye part is mounted on the other one of the pieces; and,
wherein the open mouth of the eye part comprises a slot formed in the lip along a leading edge thereof, and the hook part comprises a divider wall located on an underside of the arm for engagement in the slot formed in the lip of the eye part, the divider wall extending downwardly and substantially perpendicular from the hook part abutment surface of the outer portion of the arm and forwardly and substantially perpendicular from a front surface of the inner portion of the arm.

US Pat. No. 10,362,836

REEL BASED CLOSURE SYSTEM

Boa Technology Inc., Den...

1. A closure system for tightening an article, the closure system comprising:a base member having an inner cavity and an outer peripheral wall that surrounds the inner cavity, the base member also having a first end and a second end;
a housing member that is releasably mounted within the inner cavity of the base member, the housing member having a first end that is aligned with the first end of the base member and a second end that is aligned with the second end of the base member;
a spool rotatably positioned within an interior of the housing member, the spool being rotatable in a first direction to wind a tension member about the spool and the spool being rotatable in a second direction to unwind the tension member from about the spool; and
a knob member that is rotatably coupled with the housing member and that is operationally coupled with the spool so that rotation of the knob member causes the spool to rotate in the first direction;
wherein the first end of the base member includes a recessed channel near a bottom surface thereof and the second end of the base member includes a tab member near a top surface thereof;
wherein the first end of the housing member includes a first extending tab member near a bottom surface thereof and the second end of the housing member includes a second extending tab that extends from near the bottom surface of the housing member in a direction opposite the first extending tab; and
wherein the housing member and the base member are coupleable to form a singular assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,362,835

STROBEL LASTED INJECTED FOOTWEAR

Fuerst Group, Inc., Menl...

1. A footwear article comprising:a footwear-structure bag encompassing an injected filler material, the footwear-structure bag forming an integrated footwear component, where the injected filler material is an injected foam;
a strobel sock of the footwear-structure bag that is made of a first material, the strobel sock forming an insole region of the footwear-structure bag, where the strobel sock is coupled to a second material of the footwear-structure bag by a stitched junction at the insole region that directly attaches the first material of the strobel sock to the second material of the footwear-structure bag, where the first material of the strobel sock is a highly stretchable material, and where the second material of the footwear-structure bag is a minimally stretching material that is different than the first material of the strobel sock; and
an outsole directly coupled to the footwear-structure bag forming a base of the footwear article,
wherein the stitched junction is a stitch and turn seam including stitches, and wherein the stitches are located within an interior of the footwear-structure bag, encompassed by the injected foam.

US Pat. No. 10,362,834

HYDROGEL CONNECTION

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of manufacture comprising: a substrate body having a first side; a hydrogel-containing material secured to the first side such that a portion of the hydrogel-containing material is embedded into the substrate body, the hydrogel-containing material defining at least a portion of a first external surface of the article, wherein the substrate body comprises one or more traction elements extending from the first side such that the embedded portion of the hydrogel-containing material is embedded into the one or more traction elements.

US Pat. No. 10,362,833

BLADDER ELEMENT FORMED FROM THREE SHEETS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A BLADDER ELEMENT

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of manufacturing a bladder element comprising:forming at least one of a first polymeric sheet, a second polymeric sheet, or a third polymeric sheet with a contoured surface profile;
after said forming, stacking the first polymeric sheet, the second polymeric sheet, and the third polymeric sheet in a mold assembly so that the second polymeric sheet is between the first polymeric sheet and the third polymeric sheet; and
applying fluid pressure in the mold assembly:
between the second polymeric sheet and the third polymeric sheet, forcing a first surface of the second polymeric sheet into contact with an inner surface of the first polymeric sheet, or
between the first polymeric sheet and second polymeric sheet, forcing a second surface of the second polymeric sheet into contact with an inner surface of the third polymeric sheet, or
between the first polymeric sheet and second polymeric sheet, and between the second polymeric sheet and the third polymeric sheet, forcing both the second surface of the second polymeric sheet into contact with the inner surface of the third polymeric sheet, and the first surface of the second polymeric sheet into contact with the inner surface of the first polymeric sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,362,830

PAIN REDUCING FOOTWEAR AND SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USING SAME

1. A system for reducing pain, the system comprising:an article of footwear comprising an upper connected to a sole;
at least one vibration device disposed within the upper, the at least one vibration device comprising: a casing comprising an application area, and at least one vibrational element contained within the casing, the at least one vibrational element configured to deliver vibrations directly to a surface on a top portion of a foot of a user of the footwear; wherein the casing comprises interior walls defining interior sections sized and shaped to contain the at least one vibrational element; wherein substantially all of the vibrational energy emitted from the at least one vibrational element is transmitted through the application area of the casing directly to the user's foot; and wherein the at least one vibration device is not disposed within or positioned on the sole;
a controller communicatively connected to the at least one vibration device and configured to control operation of the at least one vibration device based on instructions regarding operation of the at least one vibration device; and
a control unit communicatively connected to the controller and configured to transmit instructions regarding the operation of the at least one vibration device to the controller;
wherein the casing is manufactured from a pliant material comprising at least one of: natural or synthetic woven or non-woven fabrics, rubbers, polymer materials, and silicone-based materials; and
wherein there is an absence of open space between the interior casing walls and the at least one vibrational element.

US Pat. No. 10,362,829

MULTI-LAYER HELMET AND METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME

Bell Sports, Inc., Scott...

1. A protective helmet to be worn by a wearer while participating in a motor sports or power sports activity, the helmet comprising:a one-piece outer shell; and
a multi-layer liner assembly disposed within the one-piece outer shell and sized for receiving a wearer's head, the multi-layer liner assembly including an inner-layer, a middle-layer, and an outer-layer, said multi-layer liner assembly permits relative rotational movement between said layers where said movement results from an impact to the helmet while the helmet is being worn by the wearer:
the inner-layer comprising an inner surface oriented towards an inner area of the helmet, wherein the inner-layer comprises an energy management material that has a thickness that is (i) greater than a thickness of the middle-layer and (ii) less than a thickness of the outer-layer, and said inner-layer having: (i) a hardness that is greater than a hardness of the middle-layer and less than a hardness of the outer-layer and (ii) a plurality of channels, each channel extending upward from a lowermost edge of the inner-layer and being formed completely through the inner-layer whereby the inner-layer is segmented;
the middle-layer disposed adjacent an outer surface of the inner-layer, wherein the middle-layer comprises an energy management material that has a thickness that is less than both the inner-layer and the outer-layer, said middle-layer has a plurality of channels, each channel extending upward from a lowermost edge of the middle-layer and being formed completely through the middle-layer whereby the middle-layer is segmented; and
the outer-layer disposed adjacent an outer surface of the middle-layer, the outer-layer comprising an outer surface oriented towards the one-piece outer shell, wherein the outer-layer comprises an energy management material that has a thickness that both: (i) varies between a front region of the outer-layer and a crown region of the outer-layer and (ii) is greater than both the inner-layer and the middle-layer.

US Pat. No. 10,362,828

HEADBAND ARRANGEMENT AND WELDING HELMET EQUIPPED WITH THE SAME

Tecmen Electronics Co., L...

1. A headband arrangement for a welding helmet, comprising:a fixed attachment structure; and
a helmet mounting structure cooperating with the attachment structure and comprising a lockable component,
wherein:
at least two stopping positions are defined longitudinally between the attachment structure and the helmet mounting structure,
the helmet mounting structure is selectively switchable between an unlocking state and a locking state,
in the unlocking state, the helmet mounting structure is slidable between the at least two stopping positions relative to the attachment structure, and
in the locking state, the helmet mounting structure is locked to one of the at least two stopping positions relative to the attachment structure and is adapted to be held at one of the at least two stopping positions by a magnetic force generated between a pair of magnetic parts the pair of magnetic parts comprising a first magnetic part secured on the lockable component and a second magnetic part, the second magnetic part secured on the helmet mounting structure or the attachment structure.

US Pat. No. 10,362,825

ROTATABLE BRIM CAP WITH STABILIZED TRACK TRANSITION INTERFACE

1. A cap with a rotatable brim comprising a crown having a substantially circular circumferential lower edge to fit on a wearer's head and having an inner surface along said lower edge; a brim having an arcuate edge attached to said crown and extending substantially outwardly away from said crown; an elongate track extending along said circumferential lower edge attached to said inner surface and having opposing free ends or edges when formed along a generally circular path; an elongate slide having a length substantially equal to said arcuate edge and connected to said brim along said arcuate edge, said track and slide forming interlocking means for allowing movements of said elongate slide only along the entire length of said elongate track; first alignment means for aligning said opposing edges when brought into abutment to form a substantially continuous track with an interface parting line; and second alignment means extending across at least a portion of said interface parting line to prevent relative movements of said opposing edges about said first alignment means, whereby said first and second alignment means fix and stabilize said opposing free ends or edges at said interface parting line to maintain alignment and eliminate discontinuities of said opposing edges in said elongate track to insure smooth movements of said brim independently of the position of said brim along said elongate track.

US Pat. No. 10,362,824

ANGLED ARRAY OF AIRFLOW CHANNELS

1. An apparatus comprising:a head covering configured to be worn on a head of a wearer; and
a bill attached to the head covering, wherein the bill has a transversal curvature, the bill comprising an angled-array of air flow channels with a varying geometry relative to a mediator of the transversal curvature that is configured to enable air that is flowing from a direction in front or to the side of the head covering to enter into the channels from a bottom of the bill at a first angle relative to a longitudinal axis of the bill and be deflected upward so that the air continues traveling inside the channels through the bill at a second angle relative to the longitudinal axis of the bill until the air exits from the channels at a top of the bill, wherein each of the air flow channels is arranged at a fixed angle relative to the bill to prevent direct light, which is shining onto the top of the bill at a perpendicular angle relative to the bill, from passing through the bill and shining onto the wearer.

US Pat. No. 10,362,822

MULTI-POSITIONAL, LOCKING ARTIFICIAL TREE TRUNK

Willis Electric Co., Ltd....

1. An artificial tree, comprising:a first tree portion comprising a generally cylindrical, hollow first trunk portion including a first end and a second end, and a plurality of branches attached to the first trunk portion, the second end of the generally cylindrical, hollow first trunk portion defining a generally circular edge;
a second tree portion configured to be coupled to the first tree portion, the second tree portion comprising a generally cylindrical, hollow second trunk portion including a first end and a second end, and a plurality of branches attached to the second trunk portion; and
a coupling mechanism located substantially within the second end of the first trunk portion, the coupling mechanism comprising a body portion inserted into the second end of the first trunk portion and having an upper end, a lower end and an inside cavity defined by a cylindrical inner surface of the body portion, and a flange portion, the flange portion adjacent to and in contact with the generally circular edge of the first trunk portion, the body portion having a plurality of ribs on the cylindrical inner surface and extending axially in a direction from the upper end to the lower end and radially toward a central portion of the body portion, each of the plurality of ribs displaced axially from the flange portion;
wherein the second tree portion is configured to couple to the first tree portion in a plurality of discrete rotational alignments, and is configured to couple such that the second end of the first trunk portion overlaps with the first end of the second trunk portion.

US Pat. No. 10,362,820

COLD WEATHER VENTED GARMENT

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of making a garment comprising:aligning a first panel of material with a second panel of material, wherein the first panel of material and the second panel of material are shaped to form a back section of the garment, wherein a superior portion of the back section of the garment is configured to cover an upper portion of a wearer's back that is proximate to a neck of a wearer and wherein an inferior portion of the back section of the garment is configured to cover a lower portion of the wearer's back proximate to a waist of the wearer, when the garment is in an as worn configuration;
affixing the first panel of material and the second panel of material together at a first plurality of seams located in the superior portion of the back section and a second plurality of seams located in the inferior portion of the back section to form one or more chambers defined by the first panel of material, the second panel of material, and at least one seam in the first plurality of seams located in the superior portion of the back section of the garment, and at least one seam in the second plurality of seams located in the inferior portion of the back section of the garment;
perforating one or more of the first plurality of seams located in the superior portion of the back section of the garment to create at least one perforation on the one or more of the first plurality of seams located in the superior portion of the back section of the garment, wherein the at least one perforation extends through the one or more of the first plurality of seams, through the first panel of material, and through the second panel of material, and not creating any perforations on the second plurality of seams located in the inferior portion of the back section of the garment;
filling the one or more chambers with one or more of down and synthetic fibers; and
using the back section to form the garment.

US Pat. No. 10,362,819

LOW-PROFILE EDGE POCKET

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article comprising:a trim piece having a first layer and a second layer;
a panel comprising at least a first edge, the panel having an incised opening proximate to the first edge, wherein the first edge of the panel is secured between the first and second layers of the trim piece; and
a pocket having a pocket opening in communication with the incised opening of the panel and positioned directly adjacent to a bottom edge of the trim piece, the pocket opening releasably secured by a zipper comprising at least a first zipper tape and a second zipper tape, the first zipper tape being affixed to the panel and the second zipper tape being affixed between the first and second layers of the trim piece.

US Pat. No. 10,362,814

PANTS CONFIGURED FOR ENHANCING WORKER MOBILITY

VF IMAGEWEAR, INC., Nash...

1. A pant configured for enhanced mobility, comprising:a first leg portion and a second leg portion, each of the first leg portion and the second leg portion comprising a front panel and a rear panel;
at least one stretch panel located on the rear panel of the first leg portion; and
at least one stretch panel located on the rear panel of the second leg portion;
in which the rear panels of the first leg portion and second leg portion are each divided into an upper region and a lower region by a substantially diagonal seam, the substantially diagonal seam extending from a point at a rear seam of the pant downward to a point at the outer seam of the leg portion;
in which an upper edge of each of the first and second stretch panels coincides with each of the substantially diagonal seams and extends from the point at the rear seam of the pant downward to an outer point located on the rear panel of the leg portion; and
in which each of the stretch panels provides a wearer with enhanced mobility when performing one or more of the following motions: (a) bending over, (b) squatting, (c) kneeling and twisting, (d) reaching forward and up, and (e) big step.

US Pat. No. 10,362,813

ATHLETIC BAND WITH REMOVABLE MODULE

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A band comprising:a tubular body having an inner surface and an outer surface, with the inner surface defining a central passage, wherein the tubular body is configured to be worn on a user's body such that a portion of the user's body is received in the central passage, the tubular body comprising a first layer and a second layer comprising an elastic fabric material; and
a housing formed of a polymer material and connected to the tubular body such that a portion of the housing is received between the first and second layers, wherein the housing has an outer wall and an inner wall, a cavity defined between the outer wall and the inner wall of the housing, and an access opening providing access to the cavity, wherein the housing is configured to removably receive an electronic module in the cavity through the access opening, wherein the polymer material of the housing has greater rigidity than the elastic fabric material, and wherein the housing is positioned such that the access opening is open to the inner surface of the tubular body and accessible for insertion and removal of the electronic module from the inner surface of the tubular body,
wherein the housing further comprises a slot in communication with the cavity, the slot configured to permit passage of moisture away from the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,362,812

FABRIC DEVICE

1. A fabric device comprising:a fabric including a fabric body configured to contact or to be worn on an object, said fabric body having a first surface configured to contact the object, and a second surface opposite to said first surface, said fabric body being internally formed with a passage unit, said passage unit having a plurality of passages arranged in a grid structure and intersecting and communicating with each other; and
an electronic module disposed in said fabric body and including a plurality of electronic components, in the form of strips, extending into said passage unit, and a plurality of conductive pads formed on said first surface of said fabric body;
wherein the object is a human body,
wherein each of said electronic components is a conductive wire, and has a first end extending out of said second surface of said fabric body and a second end opposite to said first end; and
wherein each of said conductive pads is electrically connected to said second end of a corresponding one of said electronic components.

US Pat. No. 10,362,810

GARMENT WITH UNIVERSAL FLY

1. A garment comprising:a first modular portion having a substantially tubular first leg enclosure on a first side from a lowermost end up to a crotch position, a first torso portion contiguous with the first leg enclosure, the first torso portion having first front and back regions proceeding upward from the crotch position to a continuous waist circumference, providing a first waist opening, with the first front and back regions ending at first front and back edges at an angle from the crotch position up to just below the waist height, the first front and back edges forming a first side opening from the torso region above the crotch position; and
a second modular portion essentially a mirror image of the first modular portion, having a substantially tubular second leg enclosure on a second side from a lowermost end up to the crotch position, a second torso portion contiguous with the second leg enclosure, the second torso portion having second front and back regions proceeding upward from the crotch position to a continuous waist circumference, providing a second waist opening, with the second front and back regions ending at second front and back edges at an angle from the crotch position up to just below the waist height, the second front and back edges forming a second side opening from the torso region above the crotch position;
wherein the first modular portion, juxtaposed with the second modular portion by passing the first modular portion down through the second waist opening and the first leg enclosure through the second side opening with the first torso portion inside the second torso portion, aligning the first waist opening inside the second waist opening, provides the garment with leg enclosures for both of a wearer's legs, with a combined torso portion with the second front and back edges of the second side opening exposed, and the first front and back edges of the first side opening covered beneath fabric of the second torso region, enabling the wearer to grasp and pull the exposed second front edge in a first direction toward the first side opening to an extent to expose and grasp a part of the first front edge, and then to pull the first front edge in the opposite direction from the first direction to an extent to then expose a region of the wearers lower torso, and to also enable the wearer to grasp the exposed second back edge and to pull the exposed second back edge toward the first side opening to an extent to expose and grasp a part of the first back edge, and then to pull the first back edge in the opposite direction to an extent to then expose a region of the wearers crotch or buttocks area.

US Pat. No. 10,362,809

SMOKING ARTICLES AND USE THEREOF FOR YIELDING INHALATION MATERIALS

RAI Strategic Holdings, I...

1. A smoking article comprising:a cartridge body having a mouth end and an engaging end opposite the mouth end, the cartridge body including therein:
storage for an inhalable substance;
a resistive heating element; and
a first electrical contact coupled with the resistive heating element; and
a control housing having a receiving chamber with an open end defined by a wall with an inner surface and an outer surface, the control housing including:
a power source;
a puff-actuated sensor; and
a second electrical contact electrically coupled with the power source;
wherein the receiving chamber is configured to receive the engaging end of the cartridge such that the first electrical contact makes an electrical connection with the second electrical contact and electrical current can be provided from the power source to the resistive heating element so as to heat the inhalable substance to form an aerosol in response to the puff-actuated sensor sensing draw on the mouth end by a user of the smoking article;
wherein the control housing is configured for allowing entry of ambient air into the receiving chamber for passage into the cartridge body;
wherein the wall of the receiving chamber of the control housing comprises at least one opening therein; and
wherein the at least one opening in the wall of the receiving chamber of the control housing is configured so that a portion of the cartridge body is visible therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,362,808

E-CIGARETTE PERSONAL VAPORIZER

AYR LTD, London (GB)

1. A re-fillable and re-chargeable inhalable vapor dispensing system including (i) a user-replaceable e-liquid reservoir for dispensing e-liquid and (ii) an e-liquid filling device; in which the reservoir is inserted into, or otherwise attached to, the e-liquid filling device and engages with an electrical or electronic fluid transfer system in the e-liquid filling device, the fluid transfer system being configured to transfer e-liquid from the e-liquid reservoir to a fluid storage chamber configured to supply e-liquid to an atomizing unit;and in which the filling device is lockable to prevent use by unauthorized persons, including under-age persons.

US Pat. No. 10,362,806

ELECTRONIC VAPING DEVICE AND COMPONENTS THEREOF

ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LL...

1. An electronic vaping (e-vaping) device comprising:a pre-vapor formulation storage element connectable to a power supply, the pre-vapor formulation storage element configured to contain a pre-vapor formulation material and including a fibrous material, the pre-vapor formulation material being absorbed in the fibrous material, the pre-vapor formulation storage element further including,
an outer casing extending in a longitudinal direction,
an air inlet,
a vapor outlet,
an inner tube within the outer casing defining a central air passage communicating with the air inlet and the vapor outlet, and
a susceptor located adjacent the central air passage, the susceptor being operable to heat the pre-vapor formulation material to a temperature to vaporize the pre-vapor formulation material; and
the power supply including,
an outer casing extending in a longitudinal direction including a power source in electrical communication with an induction source, the induction source being axially spaced from the susceptor by a distance if the power supply is attached to the pre-vapor formulation storage element such that the induction source is operable to generate an inductive field to heat the susceptor if powered by the power source such that the susceptor heats the pre-vapor formulation material to a temperature to vaporize the pre-vapor formulation material.

US Pat. No. 10,362,804

AEROSOL-GENERATING DEVICE WITH SEALED COMPARTMENT

ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LL...

1. An aerosol-generating device comprising:a housing defining at least one internal compartment, the housing being waterproof with regard to the at least one internal compartment;
a power supply positioned within the at least one internal compartment;
an electric heater positioned within the at least one internal compartment; and
a haptic feedback device positioned within the at least one internal compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,362,803

ELECTRONIC VAPORIZER HAVING REDUCED PARTICLE SIZE

EVOLV, LLC, Ashtabula, O...

1. An electronic vaporizer device for simulating smoking, the device comprising:at least one aerosol generating structure, comprised of:
a first heating element;
a wick configured to supply a liquid to the first heating element, the first heating element aerosolizing the liquid into an aerosol;
an air channel configured to carry the aerosol generated at the first heating element away from the first heating element;
at least one second heating structure comprised of:
a second heating element;
the second heating element being downstream relative to the first heating element to apply heat to the aerosol,
wherein the at least one second heating structure does not receive the liquid from the wick;
a connector; and
a controller that is to be removably coupled to, and separable from the aerosol generating structure by the connector, the controller being further connected to a power source providing electrical power, the controller having at least two regulated outputs which can supply the electrical power to the first heating element and the second heating element concurrently with independent control of each output, wherein the controller independently controls at least the output that supplies electrical power to the second heating element based on one or more relationships between a measured resistance of the second heating element during operation, and a known resistance of the second heating element at one or more specific temperatures;
wherein the at least one aerosol generating structure forms the aerosol having a particle size distribution in a controllable manner; and wherein the at least one second heating structure is downstream of the first heating element, the second heating element applying additional heat to the aerosol to at least change the particle size distribution within the aerosol to generate an output aerosol in a controllable manner.

US Pat. No. 10,362,802

BURNING TYPE HEAT SOURCE, FLAVOR INHALER, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF BURNING TYPE HEAT SOURCE

JAPAN TOBACCO INC., Toky...

1. A manufacturing method of a burning type heat source extending along a first direction from an ignition end toward a non-ignition end, comprising:forming a first tubular member configured by an outer layer configured by a flammable substance through dual extrusion toward the first direction, an inner layer laminated inside the outer layer and configured by a nonflammable substance, and a hollow formed inside the inner layer; and
removing a section of the inner layer but not the outer layer along the first direction from one side of the first tubular member.

US Pat. No. 10,362,799

DEVICE FOR SEPARATING STALKS OF FRUITS GROUPED IN BUNCHES AND METHOD FOR SEPARATING STALKS OF FRUITS GROUPED IN BUNCHES

RODA IBERICA, S.L., Alzi...

1. A device for separating stalks of fruits grouped in bunches, the device comprising:a fruit reception compartment, where the fruits and a liquid are configured to be located, the fruit reception compartment being connected to a fruit suction area and a liquid suction area, the liquid suction area comprising an orifice connected to a pump for suction of at least a part of the liquid,
a narrowing comprising an outlet which feeds into a channel, and
a pipe configured to carry the at least the part of the liquid from the pump into the channel,
wherein the device is configured to:
produce a depression for dragging the fruits and the liquid located in the fruit suction area through the narrowing to the channel
such that the fruits and the liquid mix with the at least the part of the liquid flowing at a first speed from the pump, and a mixture of the at least the part of the liquid flowing at the first speed from the pump and the liquid flowing at a second speed from the fruit suction area generates turbulence that produces separation of the stalks from the fruits, and
wherein the first speed is higher than the second speed.

US Pat. No. 10,362,798

ROASTING SYSTEM WITH CLEAN EMISSIONS AND HIGH THERMAL EFFICIENCY

Bellwether Coffee Co., B...

1. A bean roasting system, comprising:a roasting chamber coupled to a recirculating gas flow path;
a blower coupled to the recirculating gas flow path, the blower configured to provide a flow stream of gas through the recirculating gas flow path;
a variable diverter coupled to the recirculating gas flow path, the variable diverter configured to split the gas flow path into at least two flow paths including a treated flow path and a bypass flow path, the treated flow path including a series arrangement of a gas heater and a catalytic converter, the variable diverter configured to control a percentage of a flow stream of gas that is diverted into the bypass flow path; and
a controller configured to activate a plurality of different predetermined operating modes for the bean roasting system by controlling a state of the variable diverter and a state of the heater, gas flows out of the roasting chamber through the variable diverter and through the treated flow path and bypass flow path before returning to the roasting chamber along the recirculating flow path, the variable diverter is configured such that (1) the percentage of the flow stream of gas that is diverted into the bypass flow path controls a temperature in the roasting chamber as compared to a temperature in the catalytic converter, and (2) the temperature in the roasting chamber decreases relative to the temperature in the catalytic converter as the percentage of the flow stream of gas that is diverted into the bypass flow path is increased.

US Pat. No. 10,362,797

STEVIA COMPOSITION

PureCircle Sdn Bhd, Kual...

1. A process for producing a steviol glycoside composition comprising about 84% rebaudioside A and about 16% rebaudioside B, comprising the steps of:providing a stevia sweetener comprising rebaudioside A having a carbohydrate residue at a C19 position;
providing an alkaline aqueous solution free of any co-solvents;
hydrolyzing the C19 carbohydrate residue of rebaudioside A to form rebaudioside B by dispersing the stevia sweetener in the alkaline aqueous solution and incubating for about 2 hours at about 50° C. to form a mixture;
cooling the mixture to about 10-30° C.;
adjusting the pH of the mixture with an acid to about pH 3.0-5.0 to obtain a precipitate;
separating the precipitate and washing it with water; and
drying the washed precipitate to obtain the steviol glycoside composition, wherein the steviol glycoside composition has decreased bitterness or decreased aftertaste in comparison to the stevia sweetener.

US Pat. No. 10,362,793

MUNG BEAN PROTEIN COMPOSITION

FUJI OIL HOLDINGS INC., ...

1. A method of producing a mung bean protein powder composition having a measurement value according to the Folin-Denis method of 1.39% by weight or less in terms of gallic acid on a dry matter basis, the method comprising:extracting mung bean protein from the mung bean of which 90% or more of husk is removed;
heat-treating a solution comprising the mung bean protein at 120° C. to 160° C. for 2 seconds to 60 minutes; and
spray drying the heat-treated solution.

US Pat. No. 10,362,777

INTERNAL BALLASTABLE RODENT BAIT STATION

Bell Laboratories, Inc., ...

1. A bait station which can accommodate an internal ballast weight, the bait station comprising:a base having a floor, and an upwardly extending peripheral wall which extends upwardly from the floor, wherein portions of the peripheral wall define at least one rodent access opening, and wherein portions of the floor extend upwardly from the at least one rodent access opening to form a ramp;
a tray spaced from the floor to define an interior volume between the base floor and the tray which is not accessible to a rodent, wherein the ramp extends from the at least one rodent access opening at least substantially to a height defined by the tray;
wherein the tray is arranged to support bait or a trap on the tray and above the interior volume between the base floor and the tray which is not accessible to a rodent;
wherein the interior volume between the base floor and the tray which is not accessible to a rodent has a volume at least sufficient to contain a weight of at least 7 pounds;
a plurality of tabs arranged along the peripheral wall, the plurality of tabs extending inwardly of the peripheral wall to support the tray spaced from the floor;
a cover having an upper wall and a cover side wall which extends downwardly from the upper wall to engage the peripheral wall, and a plurality of flanges which extend downwardly from the cover side wall to position the tray between the flanges and the tabs; and
a latch arranged between the base and the cover to retain the cover closed over the base.

US Pat. No. 10,362,764

CAT AMUSEMENT SYSTEM

Worldwise, Inc., Novato,...

1. A cat amusement system comprising:a user actuated transmitter sized to be held by hand, said transmitter comprising (1) an actuation signal generator for remotely controlling a pet activity toy and (2) a user actuated light generator for generating light at a wavelength and intensity to be visible to a pet proximate said pet activity toy; and
a pet toy comprising (1) a motor, (2) power source for powering said motor, (3) a receiver for receiving said actuation signal, and (4) an actuator for controlling said motor propelling said pet activity toy upon receipt of said actuation signal emanating from said transmitter,
said actuation signal generator and said user actuated light generator being operable independently of one another for attracting a pet cat to stimulate its hunt and pounce instincts.

US Pat. No. 10,362,763

EXCREMENT-TREATING MATERIAL AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

PEPARLET CO., LTD., Shiz...

1. An excrement-treating material, comprising:a water-absorbing core part; and
a surface layer covering the core part, wherein the surface layer exposes a color of a surface of the core part upon absorption of excreted urine,
wherein the core part is formed by wet-kneading and compression-granulating a compounding material containing a paper powder and organic or inorganic fine pieces as major materials, dents or/and protrusions are formed on the surface of the core part by deformation by the kneading or compression of the fine pieces or peeling-off of the fine pieces from the paper powder upon release of compression, the surface of the core part is discontinuously colored by utilizing the dents or/and the protrusions to form a colored part and a non-colored part, the discontinuously-colored surface of the core part is covered with the surface layer, and the color of the colored part of the surface of the core part is exposed through the surface layer during absorption of the excreted urine, whereas the non-colored part of the surface of the core part is stained by a color of the excreted urine, and the color of the excreted urine is exposed through the surface layer.

US Pat. No. 10,362,740

EMITTER AND DRIP IRRIGATION TUBE

Enplas Corporation, Sait...

1. An emitter configured to be joined to an inner wall surface of a tube for distributing irrigation liquid at a position corresponding to a discharging port that communicates between an interior and an exterior of the tube, the emitter being configured to quantitatively discharge the irrigation liquid in the tube out of the tube from the discharging port, the emitter comprising:a water intake part for intake of the irrigation liquid;
a discharging part disposed to face the discharging port and configured to discharge the irrigation liquid, the discharging part including a discharging, recess;
a first channel configured to connect the water intake part and the discharging recess together, and distribute the irrigation liquid;
a second channel configured to connect the water intake part and the discharging recess together, and distribute the irrigation liquid;
a flow rate reducing part disposed in the first channel and configured to reduce a flow rate of the irrigation liquid in accordance with a pressure of the irrigation liquid in the tube;
a channel opening/closing part disposed in the second channel, and configured to open and close the second channel in accordance with the pressure of the irrigation liquid in the tube;
a pressure reducing channel disposed in the first channel on an upstream side relative to the flow rate reducing part, and configured to reduce a pressure of the irrigation liquid taken from the water intake part and guide the irrigation liquid to the flow rate reducing part; and
a bypass channel disposed in the second channel on an upstream side relative to the channel opening/closing part, and configured to guide the irrigation liquid taken from the water intake part to the channel opening/closing part while maintaining the pressure of the irrigation liquid taken from the water intake part at a pressure higher than a pressure of the irrigation liquid having passed through the pressure reducing channel, wherein:
in response to the pressure of the irrigation liquid flowing through the tube is smaller than a first pressure, the irrigation liquid taken from the water intake part is guided to the discharging recess through the pressure reducing channel and the bypass channel, and
in response to the pressure of the irrigation liquid flowing through the tube is equal to or greater than the first pressure, the second channel is closed with the channel opening/closing part, and the irrigation liquid taken from the water intake part is guided to the discharging recess through the pressure reducing channel.