US Pat. No. 10,137,576

TRANSPORT APPARATUS

Brooks Automation, Inc., ...

1. A substrate transport apparatus for transporting substrates, the substrate transport apparatus comprising:a frame;
at least one transfer arm connected to the frame;
at least one end effector mounted to the at least one transfer arm; and
at least one passive substrate support pad disposed on the at least one end effector so that the at least one passive substrate support pad is fixed to the at least one end effector in a fixed position relative to the at least one end effector so as to hold a substrate on the at least one passive substrate support pad, the at least one passive substrate support pad has a configuration that passively effects, substantially coincident with the substrate coming in contact with the at least one end effector by coming into contact with at least one predetermined contact area of the at least one passive substrate support pad along a common contact plane defined by the substrate on the at least one passive substrate support pad, a substantially predetermined coefficient of friction, passively determined by and substantially coincident with the substrate coming in contact with the at least one end effector and the at least one predetermined contact area, that is directionally variable so that the predetermined coefficient of friction, on a common portion of the at least one predetermined contact area contacting the common contact plane, has a predetermined passive variance in magnitude with respect to different coplanar directions coincident with the common contact plane to provide an increased friction force, independently and passively affixing the substrate to the at least one passive substrate support pad along the common contact plane, resulting from an increased friction coefficient, in at least one predetermined direction of the different coplanar directions that is larger than a coefficient of friction in another predetermined direction of the coplanar directions.

US Pat. No. 10,137,574

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Keyence Corporation, Osa...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a communication device capable of performing data communication with a robot controller that controls a motion of an end effector of the robot, wherein the robot controller is external from the image processing apparatus;
an imaging device that captures an image of a calibration target grasped by the end effector;
a command transmitting unit for transmitting to the robot controller a movement command in a common format to move the end effector to a plurality of predetermined positions so as to change a relative position of the calibration target, which becomes an imaging target, with respect to the imaging device, wherein the movement command in the common format is interpreted and converted to the movement command to the end effector in accordance with a type of the robot by a conversion program installed in the robot controller and wherein the movement command includes an order code and positions of movement destinations;
a movement coordinate acquiring unit for acquiring first coordinate values being each of position coordinates of the end effector having moved in accordance with the movement command to the end effector;
an imaging controlling unit for controlling an operation of the imaging device so as to capture an image of the calibration target at each movement destination, to which the end effector has moved;
an image detecting unit for detecting second coordinate values being position coordinates of the calibration target based on the image of the calibration target captured at each movement destination; and
a calibration executing unit for calculating a conversion rule between both of the coordinates based on the plurality of acquired first coordinate values and the plurality of detected second coordinate values;
wherein the conversion program is provided for each type of the robot, and when the movement command is received and the order code is detected in the movement command, the conversion program converts the positions of movement destinations to a movement command to the end effector in accordance with the type of the robot.

US Pat. No. 10,137,571

OPERATION CONTROL SYSTEM AND OPERATION CONTROL METHOD

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

1. An operation control system comprising:a movable member having a first mechanical element;
an actuator which moves the movable member at a variable velocity;
a second mechanical element which is configured separately from the movable member and which is fixed at a position so as to be capable of making contact with the first mechanical element;
an operation state recognizing unit which recognizes an operation state including a position and a velocity of the first mechanical element; and
an actuator control unit that outputs, to the actuator, a stop instruction for stopping an operation of the actuator in a case where the position and the velocity of the first mechanical element recognized by the operation state recognizing unit depart from a predetermined allowable range in a two-dimensional coordinate system, the two-dimensional coordinate system expressed by a position and a velocity,
wherein in a case where a predetermined conditional expression is established which uses a position and a velocity of the first mechanical element, a collision time, a component indicating an allowable force which is allowable for the first mechanical element or the second mechanical element, a component indicating a resistance force applied to the movable member by the actuator, and a component indicating an inertia force applied to the first mechanical element, the actuator control unit determines that the position and the velocity of the first mechanical element are within the allowable range.

US Pat. No. 10,137,568

ROBOT SYSTEM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A robot system comprising:a robot which includes a movable base and robot arm,
wherein the robot arm includes a first arm, a second arm, a third arm, a fourth arm, a fifth arm, and a sixth arm,
the first arm rotates around a first rotating axis,
the second arm rotates around a second rotating axis which has an axial direction different from an axial direction of the first rotating axis, the second rotating axis being orthogonal to the first rotating axis when viewed from a direction orthogonal to both the first rotating axis and the second rotating axis,
the third arm rotates around a third rotating axis, the third rotating axis being parallel to the second rotating axis,
the fourth arm is connected to the third arm and rotates around a fourth rotating axis, the fourth rotating axis being orthogonal to the third rotating axis when viewed from a direction orthogonal to both the third rotating axis and the fourth rotating axis,
the fifth arm is connected to the fourth arm and rotates around a fifth rotating axis, the fifth rotating axis being orthogonal to the fourth rotating axis when viewed from a direction orthogonal to both the fourth rotating axis and the fifth rotating axis,
the sixth arm is connected to the fifth arm and rotates around a sixth rotating axis, the sixth rotating axis being orthogonal to the fifth rotating axis when viewed from a direction orthogonal to the fifth rotating axis and the sixth rotating axis,
when viewed along the axial direction of the second rotating axis, the first arm, the second arm, and the third arm are configured to overlap each other in a folded state,
the third arm is closer to the first rotating axis than the second arm when the first arm, the second arm, and the third arm are in the folded state,
the first arm includes a first leg extending parallel to the second rotating axis and a second leg extending parallel to the first rotating axis, the first leg and the second leg being a single monolithic piece such that a position of the first leg relative to the second leg is fixed and the first leg and the second leg, together, rotate about the first rotating axis, and
the second leg connects to the second arm in a connection portion which positions the second arm spaced apart from the second leg such that the second arm rotates around the second rotating axis without contacting the second leg.

US Pat. No. 10,137,528

BLANK ETCHING FIXTURE

AUTODIE LLC, Grand Rapid...

1. A blank etching apparatus that positions an etching screen relative to a blank comprising:a worktable including a table top and a base that supports said table top;
said table top having a top surface that supports the blank in a support plane that defines an x-axis and a y-axis;
said table top having a pair of lateral sides and a pair of longitudinal sides that extend between said pair of lateral sides;
a first jig that is movable with respect to said table top along said x-axis and that is fixed with respect to said table top along said y-axis, said first jig including a first pair of lateral segments that are disposed adjacent said pair of lateral sides of said table top and a first pair of longitudinal segments that extend between said first pair of lateral segments; and
a screen frame received between said first pair of longitudinal segments and said first pair of lateral segments of said first jig that is moveable along said y-axis relative to said first jig and said table top and that receives and carries the etching screen where said first jig and said screen frame cooperate to accurately and repeatably position the etching screen relative to the blank.

US Pat. No. 10,137,520

INITIATION OF WELDING ARC BY RESTRICTING OUTPUT

Thermal Dynamics Corporat...

1. A method for generating a weld during a start of a welding process, the method comprising:initially generating a welding output power by a control circuit, wherein the control circuit is configured to simultaneously limit a current and increase an inductance from an initial start of the welding process;
continuously determining a welding energy output or a first period of time that the welding output power is provided;
determining a second period of time for providing a current pulse, the second period of time is based on a run-in percentage of a wire feed speed and an output voltage, and a magnitude of the current pulse varies during the second period of time; and
providing a normal welding parameter after either: the welding energy output exceeds an energy output threshold, or the first period of time exceeds a time threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,137,510

ROTARY CUTTING TOOL HAVING AXIALLY SUPPORTED LEAD CUTTING INSERT AND A CONTINUOUS CUTTING EDGE

Ingersoll Cutting Tool Co...

1. A cutting tool (20) rotatable about a tool axis (AT) defining a forward-rearward direction (DF, DR) and having a direction of rotation (R), the cutting tool (20) comprising:a cutting body (22) having:
a forward end surface (32);
a first insert receiving pocket (28) opening out to the forward end surface (32) and having a first insert seat surface (56) with a first insert axial support wall (58) transverse thereto;
a second insert receiving pocket (30) located axially rearward of the first insert receiving pocket (28) and having a second insert seat surface (62); and
a raised shoulder surface (84) adjacent the first insert axial support wall (58);
a first cutting insert (24) removably secured in the first insert receiving pocket (28), the first cutting insert (24) having opposing first insert front and back end surfaces (36, 38) with a first insert peripheral side surface (40) extending therebetween and a first insert axis (A1) extending therethrough, and at least one first insert front major cutting edge (42) formed at the intersection of the first insert front end surface (36) and the first insert peripheral side surface (40), and
a second cutting insert (26) removably secured in the second insert receiving pocket (30), the second cutting insert (26) having opposing second insert front and back end surfaces (46, 48) with a second insert peripheral side surface (50) extending therebetween and a second insert axis (A2) extending therethrough, and at least one second insert front major cutting edge (52) formed at the intersection of the second insert front end surface (46) and the second insert peripheral side surface (50),
wherein:
the first insert seat surface (56) contacts a first portion of the first insert peripheral side surface (40),
the first insert axial support wall (58) contacts a second portion of the first insert peripheral side surface (40),
one of the at least one first insert front major cutting edge (42) is operative and one of the at least one second insert front major cutting edge (52) is operative,
a second tool plane (PT2) perpendicular to the tool axis (AT) intersects the operative first insert front major cutting edge (42) and the operative second insert front major cutting edge (52), and
in a side view of the cutting tool (20) perpendicular to the tool axis (AT), the raised shoulder surface (84) is at least partially obscured by the second cutting insert (26).

US Pat. No. 10,137,509

ROTARY CUTTING TOOL

Kyocera SGS Precision Too...

1. A rotary cutting tool comprising:a body having a cutting portion and a shank portion, the cutting portion having a length;
a plurality of helical flutes formed in the cutting portion of the body,
wherein adjacent helical flutes form an index angle therebetween in each radial plane along the axial length of the flutes,
a plurality of peripheral cutting edges formed along an intersection of a circumferential surface of the cutting portion of the body and a portion of an inner surface of a respective one of the helical flutes facing in a direction of rotation of the body, each peripheral cutting edge having a radial rake angle,
the index angle between at least two adjacent helical flutes being different from the index angle between at least one other pair of adjacent helical flutes in at least one of the radial planes.

US Pat. No. 10,137,504

PIPE END MACHINING DEVICE WITH AXIAL AUTOFEED

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A device for cutting a compound bevel at an end of a length of pipe, said device comprisingan elongate mandrel,
a sleeve rotatable mounted on said mandrel, a radially extending arm on said sleeve,
a cutting tool on said arm for machining said end of length of pipe as said arm rotates,
a motor for rotating said sleeve and said arm,
a first gearing for radially moving said cutting tool along said arm at a fixed rate relative to rotation of said sleeve about said mandrel,
said sleeve axially moveable along said mandrel, a threading on said mandrel,
a feed nut engaging said threading for axially advancing said sleeve along said mandrel,
a cam on said sleeve,
a cam follower rotatable about a shaft,
an adjustable stop for limiting an angle of rotation of said cam follower about said shaft, and
a second gearing between said shaft and said feed nut wherein an axial feed rate along said mandrel is adjustable for cutting said compound bevel.

US Pat. No. 10,137,489

ROTARY STAMPER

FORMTEK, INC., Westfield...

1. A method for rotary stamping of a workpiece, said method comprising the steps of:providing a drive assembly to a support frame;
operatively connecting an upper die plate assembly to said drive assembly for horizontal and vertical movement; and
operatively connecting a lower die plate to said drive assembly for movement in a linear horizontal direction only;
defining opposed side clearance cutouts in said lower die plate wherein said lower die plate includes opposed cam plates positioned within said opposed side clearance cutouts, said cam plates having a pair of opposing legs;
slidably connecting said upper die plate assembly to said lower die plate via opposed alignment rods for maintaining a substantially constant alignment therewith as said upper die plate assembly moves vertically towards and away from said lower die plate, said alignment rods extending through said legs; and
passing said workpiece between said upper die plate assembly and said lower die plate during operation of said drive assembly;
wherein said upper die plate assembly has at least a pair of holes permitting said alignment rods to slidably pass through said holes during said vertical movement of said upper die plate assembly;
wherein said horizontal and vertical movements of said upper die plate are directly driven by said drive assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,137,479

TEMPORAL MULTIPLEXED EXCITATION FOR MINIATURIZED, PLANAR FLUORESCENCE ACTIVATED CELL SORTING

Verily Life Sciences LLC,...

1. A system comprising:at least two excitation lasers;
an objective that directs light from the at least two excitation lasers to a common point in an interrogation region of a fluidic channel via a first optical path, wherein the fluidic channel directs a flow of a plurality of fluorescently labeled particles through the interrogation region;
a beamsplitter that provides a side scatter beam comprising light from one of the at least two excitation lasers, wherein the side scatter beam is directed to the fluidic channel via a second optical path, and wherein the second optical path is different than the first optical path;
a side scatter detector for detecting side scattered light from particles in the fluidic channel passing through the side scatter beam;
at least one modulator that temporally multiplexes light from the at least two excitation lasers such that pulses of light from different lasers intersect the common point in the interrogation region of the fluidic channel at different times;
at least one fluorescence detector; and
at least one optical element optically coupled to the objective and the at least one fluorescence detector to direct light emitted from the plurality of fluorescently labeled particles and transmitted through the objective to the at least one fluorescence detector.

US Pat. No. 10,137,473

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR APPLICATION OF POLYSILAZANE AND FLUOROACRYLATE COATING COMPOSITIONS

Newtech LLC, Cincinnati,...

1. A method comprising:receiving into a sprayer a curable coating comprised of a polysilazane and a fluoroacrylate copolymer;
receiving an air flow control signal;
receiving a position control signal;
enabling a Venturi spray head in accordance with the air flow control signal;
positioning a work piece relative to the Venturi spray head in accordance with the position control signal; and
applying the coating to the work piece via the Venturi spray head.

US Pat. No. 10,137,471

SYSTEMS FOR REINFORCING A MULTI-PANEL SUPPORT MAT

29. An automated system for providing a reinforcement weld over at least one seam formed between upper and lower panels of a support mat, the upper and lower panels having similar or dissimilar shapes and dimensions, the automated system comprising:at least one extruder configured to apply weld-forming material over the at least one seam to form at least one weld atop the at least one seam;
at least one automated robot configured to carry said at least one extruder and control the rate said at least one extruder applies weld-forming material atop the at least one seam;
at least one controller electronically coupled to said at least one robot and configured to direct said at least one robot to vary and/or maintain the rate said at least one extruder applies weld-forming material atop the at least one seam; and
at least one force sensor associated with said at least one extruder and electronically coupled to said at least one controller, said at least one force sensor being configured to measure at least one among back-pressure resistance caused by said at least one extruder and push and pull on said at least one extruder during use of the system and communicate such data to said at least one controller,
wherein said at least one controller is configured to receive data from said at least one force sensor and determine, based upon such data, whether said at least one extruder is too close or too far from the mat and/or dispensing too much or too little weld-forming material as said at least one extruder reinforces the mat, and whether said at least one robot needs to make corrective adjustments to at least one among the position of said at least one extruder, the speed of movement of said at least one extruder and the rate of application of weld-forming material from said at least one extruder to the mat and, if so, determine the corrective adjustment(s) and direct said at least one robot to make such corrective adjustment(s).

US Pat. No. 10,137,469

COATING DEVICE AND WASHING METHOD FOR ITS NOZZLE

BOE Technology Group Co.,...

1. A coating device comprising a barrel, a nozzle connected with the barrel, a waste sump and a washing bath and a washing component, wherein:the washing bath is provided at a side of the waste sump, and the nozzle is configured such that it can be positioned above the washing bath or the waste sump;
the washing component is provided in the washing bath, and is configured to discharge washing liquid and cleaning gas to the nozzle to wash the nozzle when the nozzle is moved to a position above the washing bath;
the washing component comprises a fork shaped bracket with two fingers, wherein the two fingers are provided with liquid outlets and gas outlets at ends thereof, wherein the liquid outlets are configured to discharge dilute liquid, and wherein the gas outlets are configured to discharge the cleaning gas; and
wherein the washing bath is provided with a guide rail therein, the guide rail is extended in a same direction as the washing bath, the fork shaped bracket is connected with the guide rail by a connection component, and the connection component is configured so that the fork shaped bracket is reciprocated along the guide rail.

US Pat. No. 10,137,468

DEVICE FOR SUPPLYING A SPRAYER WITH A LIQUID COATING PRODUCT AND TOOL FOR MOUNTING/DISMOUNTING SUCH A DEVICE

SAMES KREMLIN, Meylan (F...

1. A tool for mounting/dismounting a device for supplying at least one sprayer with a liquid coating product, the device comprising at least one valve controlling the flow of the coating product toward the sprayer, the valve comprising:a moving needle,
a valve body that defines a circulation volume for the coating product and a bearing seat for the needle in the closed configuration of the valve,
pneumatic driving means for translating the needle along an axis of separation/approach relative to the seat, the pneumatic driving means comprising a piston secured in translation to the needle and mounted sliding in a guide body,
a head mounted on the guide body and defining, with the latter and a face of the piston, a variable volume chamber in which an elastic return member is provided for returning the piston to its position,
wherein the head and the guide body are secured in rotation
using corresponding reliefs arranged on the head and on the guide body and that comprise slots arranged on one edge of the guide body opposite the needle, and protruding elements arranged on an outer radial surface of the head, and received in spaces defined between the slots or
using corresponding reliefs that comprise slots arranged on one edge of the head and protruding elements arranged on the guide body and received in spaces defined between the slots, and
wherein the guide body is screwed on the valve body, with its screwing axis combined with the axis of separation/approach, and wherein the head is equipped with reliefs driving rotation around the screwing axis of the guide body on the valve body,
wherein it comprises an end-piece, equipped with reliefs complementary to the driving reliefs equipping the head, as well as a maneuvering handle,
wherein the end-piece is equipped with axial retaining means of a subassembly comprising the guide body, and
wherein the axial retaining means comprise an O-ring mounted in a peripheral groove arranged around the end-piece and in that the O-ring is in contact with part of the subassembly, when the driving reliefs and the complementary reliefs cooperate.

US Pat. No. 10,137,467

TRIGGER-DISPENSING DEVICE FOR TWO OR MORE LIQUIDS

The Clorox Company, Oakl...

1. A trigger head for a dispensing device comprising:a trigger;
at least one pump;
a first delivery duct;
a second delivery duct; and
a nozzle group;
wherein the at least one pump is operable by the trigger and suitable for carrying out a predetermined pre-compression of at least two substances, separately and simultaneously before dispensing;
wherein both the first delivery duct and the second delivery duct comprise a flexible tube, and each of the flexible tubes are directly connected to the nozzle group to minimize any premixing of the at least two substances and the flexible tubes have a length suitable to compensate for movement with respect to the nozzle group; and
wherein each of the at least one pump comprises at least one pre-compression valve suitable to pass the respective substance from a pressure chamber to the respective delivery duct when the pressure of the respective substance in the pressure chamber exceeds a predefined threshold pressure and suitable to prevent transit of the respective substance from the pressure chamber to the first delivery duct when the pressure of the respective substance in the pressure chamber is less than the predefined threshold pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,137,466

DISCHARGE HEAD

APTAR RADOLFZELL GMBH, R...

1. A discharge head for a dispenser, comprising a securing element for coupling the discharge head to the dispenser, a housing having an outlet opening and a valve body, wherein the valve body closes the outlet opening when the pressure of a medium in the discharge head is below a threshold value, and, in a ready-for-use state, the valve body releases the outlet opening when the pressure of the medium in the discharge head is above the threshold value, and wherein the valve body, in the ready-for-use state, is displaceable along an adjustment path for releasing and closing the outlet opening, whereina locking handle is provided which is movable relative to the securing element, in order to transfer the discharge head to a locked state in which the adjustment path of the valve body is reduced to zero, and/or in order to transfer the discharge head from the locked state to the ready-for-use state, and
the housing is coupled to the securing element so as to be rotationally fixed and movable in the direction of the adjustment path, wherein the adjustment path of the valve body is dependent on a distance between the housing and the securing element.

US Pat. No. 10,137,464

MULTI-FUEL-CANISTER INSECT REPELLENT SYSTEM

Thermacell Repellents, In...

1. A gas-fueled, portable device for dispensing a heat-volatilizable substance, comprising:(a) a plurality of canister receiving cavities, each of which is configured to receive and reversibly engage with a fuel canister, wherein engagement of each fuel canister with the canister receiving cavity opens an outlet valve in the fuel canister, opens a receiving valve in the canister receiving cavity, and thereby admits gaseous fuel into a pressure regulator valve;
(b) a valve switch operably connected to the pressure regulator valve and operable by a user, the valve switch having an off position and an on position, wherein movement of the valve switch by the user from the off position to the on position opens the pressure regulator valve, thereby permitting the gaseous fuel to flow into a pressure regulator in fluid communication with the pressure regulator valve;
(c) wherein the pressure regulator operates the pressure regulator valve so as to maintain a predetermined gas pressure downstream of the pressure regulator valve;
(d) a fuel combustion chamber downstream of and in fluid communication with the pressure regulator; and
(e) a sole plate in thermal communication with the fuel combustion chamber and having a heated surface;wherein the pressure regulator valve meters the flow of the gaseous fuel to the fuel combustion chamber at a predetermined pressure, so as to sustain a predetermined rate of fuel combustion which heats the sole plate to a predetermined temperature sufficient to dispense the heat-volatilizable substance from the heated surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,463

COATING AGENT LINE WITH GROUNDING ELEMENT

Durr Systems GmbH, Bieti...

1. A painting booth comprising: a booth wall that separates a booth interior from a booth exterior; a painting robot located in the booth interior and including a voltage cascade and a voltage connecting element to directly charge a coating agent before the coating agent is atomized; wherein said painting robot is a multi axis painting robot;a paint supply located in the paint booth exterior and having a ground side connecting element located in the paint booth exterior;
a coating agent line connected to the paint supply and the coating agent line is led through the painting robot, the coating agent line includes an inner space for conveying the coating agent and a line wall which encompasses the inner space; wherein the coating agent line runs from the booth exterior through the booth wall into the booth interior, the coating agent line directly connected to the voltage connecting element, said inner space is hollow, further wherein:
the coating agent line includes potential compensating element which is electrically conductive, located entirely in the hollow inner space, and connected to the ground side connecting element at one end and the potential compensating element at an opposite end having a free end; said free end extending axially into the inner space of the coating agent line providing a grounding interface and dividing the coating agent line into a voltage-side section and a around-side section,
the potential compensating element extends in an axial direction along the coating agent line,
the potential compensating element in the inner space is arranged separately from the line wall, and
the potential compensating element extends from the booth exterior through the booth wall so that the free end of the potential compensating element is located in the booth interior and upstream from the voltage connecting element.

US Pat. No. 10,137,461

STATOR FOR FLOTATION MACHINES

1. A flotation machine comprising:a tank sized to retain a slurry;
a rotor having openings through which at least one gas is emitted; and,
a stator positioned in the tank adjacent the rotor, the stator having a plurality of vanes, each of the vanes having a plurality of slots formed therein; each of the vanes having a height (H) extending in an axial direction of the stator, a width (W) extending in a radial direction (R) of the stator, and a thickness which is transverse to said radial direction (R); each of the slots having a shape that is elongated in the radial direction (R) along the width (W) of its respective vane, each of the vanes of the stator being spaced apart from the other vanes to which that vane is adjacent,
the vanes being positioned in series adjacent a periphery of the stator to define a central opening within the stator which is configured to receive the rotor, each vane extending radially with respect to a center of the stator; the rotor being positioned in the central opening, the rotor being rotatable within the central opening of the stator;
wherein upper portions of the vanes are supported by a top member which is annular and connected to the vanes, and wherein lower portions of the vanes are supported by a base which is connected to the vanes wherein an outer diameter or inner diameter of the top member is different than a respective outer diameter or inner diameter of the base.

US Pat. No. 10,137,459

ION GENERATOR DEVICE

Naturion PTE. LTD., Buki...

1. An ion generating device comprising:a housing with at least one conductive surface and an opening;
an anode and a cathode disposed within the housing and having a space between them in fluid communication with the opening, and wherein the cathode is physically spaced from the at least one conductive surface;
a power source having a negative terminal and a positive terminal with a first connection between the negative terminal and the anode and a second connection between the positive terminal and the cathode;
an air mover disposed to direct air through the space toward the at least one conductive surface; and
a resistive element connected to the second connection and associated with the at least one conductive surface wherein when the power source is energized, an electrical field with negative ions is generated in the space and the negative ions are directed through the opening by the air mover with minimal charge build up.

US Pat. No. 10,137,458

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ENTRAPPING MAGNETIC MATERIAL

Active Magnetics Research...

1. A mat assembly to remove magnetic material from shoes of a wearer passing over and engaging the mat assembly, the mat assembly comprising:an assembly base providing,
a base plate having an upper surface,
at least one magnetic cell fixed with respect to the base plate so as to be above the upper surface, and
a protective cover made of non-magnetic material and positioned above the cell to at least aid in protecting the cell; and
a mat portion of rectangular configuration so as to provide a pair of spaced longitudinal side edges and a pair of spaced transverse edges, the mat portion providing,
a non-magnetic trap base to be positioned above the assembly base and removably resting on the assembly base, the trap base having a working surface to be engaged by the shoes and in which the magnetic material can become embedded, with the cell attracting magnetic material from the shoes so that the magnetic material becomes embedded in the working surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,457

CRUSHING MACHINES

Terex GB Limited, Dungan...

1. An aggregate crushing machine comprising a base on which are mounted a feed conveyor, a screening unit, a crusher and a main conveyor, an arrangement of the machine being such that a material comprising an aggregate to be crushed will be fed from the feed conveyor to the screening unit for separation so that a finer material will be passed onto the main conveyor without passing through the crusher and a coarser material will be fed via the crusher to the main conveyor, the screening unit comprising a screen that vibrates when operative, the screening unit comprising a frame on which the screen is mounted, the frame being movable between an inoperative position in which the frame is substantially horizontal and an operative position in which the frame is angled relative to the substantially horizontal inoperative position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,456

REACTOR CONFIGURED TO FACILITATE CHEMICAL REACTIONS AND/OR COMMINUTION OF SOLID FEED MATERIALS

LLT International (Irelan...

1. An apparatus comprising:a chamber having a longitudinal axis;
a gas inlet configured to introduce a high-velocity stream of gas into the chamber, the gas inlet being disposed and arranged so as to effectuate a vortex of the stream of gas circulating within the chamber, the vortex rotating at a supersonic speed about the longitudinal axis of the chamber;
a material inlet configured to introduce a material to be processed into the chamber, the material inlet being disposed proximal to the gas inlet, the material being processed within the chamber by nonabrasive mechanisms facilitated by shockwaves within the chamber; and
an outlet configured to emit the gas and processed material from the chamber, the outlet being disposed at one end of the chamber that is opposite to a second end of the chamber where the gas inlet and the material inlet are disposed.

US Pat. No. 10,137,455

LOOSEFILL INSULATION BLOWING MACHINE WITH REDUCED SOUND RATINGS

Owens Corning Intellectua...

1. A machine for distributing loosefill insulation material from a package of compressed loosefill insulation material, the machine comprising:a chute having an inlet end and an outlet end, the inlet end configured to receive compressed loosefill insulation material;
a lower unit having:
a shredding chamber configured to receive the compressed loosefill insulation material from the outlet end of the chute, the shredding chamber including a plurality of shredders configured to shred, pick apart and condition the loosefill insulation material thereby forming conditioned loosefill insulation material, the plurality of shredders driven by one or more motors;
a discharge mechanism mounted to receive the conditioned loosefill insulation material exiting the shredding chamber, the discharge mechanism configured to distribute the conditioned loosefill insulation material into an airstream;
a blower configured to provide the airstream flowing through the discharge mechanism; and
a sound chamber configured to receive the one or more motors and further configured to reduce the sound rating emanating from the machine, wherein the sound chamber is defined by an outer surface of a first low speed shredder of the plurality of shredders, an outer surface of an agitator guide, a floor, an inside surface of a left side panel, an inside surface of a front panel and an inside surface of a back panel.

US Pat. No. 10,137,454

MAINTENANCE PLATFORM OF JAW CRUSHER

Metso Minerals, Inc., He...

1. A maintenance platform of a jaw crusher, comprising:an adapter part configured to engage against a first wear part of the jaw crusher when the maintenance platform is in place in a jaw crusher cavity;
a support part configured to engage against a second wear part of the jaw crusher when the maintenance platform is in place in the jaw crusher cavity; and
a platform part for standing thereon, the platform part positioned between the adapter part and the support part, the platform part comprising a face section and a central section that is perpendicular to the face section, wherein the face section and the central section together define at least two grooves extending therebetween;
at least two hand-tightenable couplers configured to engage with the adapter part, wherein the at least two grooves are shaped such that the platform part is separable from the adapter part while the at least two hand-tightenable couplers are engaged with the adapter part, and wherein the adapter part is rigidly joinable to the platform part by positioning the at least two hand-tightenable couplers within the at least two grooves and tightening the at least to hand-tightenable couplers; and
an extension part that is coupled to the support part, wherein the extension part is slideably attachable to the platform part to adjust a distance between the adapter part and the support part,
wherein the maintenance platform is usable without the extension part in smaller jaw crushers or at lower platform position and is usable with the extension part in greater jaw crushers or at higher platform position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,450

MICROFLUIDICS CARTRIDGE WITH PIPETTING GUIDE

TECAN TRADING AG, Manned...

1. A disposable cartridge (1) for use in a digital microfluidics system (3) for manipulating samples in liquid portions or droplets (4); the digital microfluidics system (3) comprising a cartridge accommodation site (2) and a central control unit (7) for controlling the selection of individual electrodes (8) of an electrode array (5) located at said cartridge accommodation site (2) and for providing a number of said electrodes (8) with individual voltage pulses for manipulating liquid portions or droplets (4) by electrowetting; the disposable cartridge (1) comprising a hydrophobic working surface (10) and a rigid cover (11) with a second hydrophobic surface (12); said hydrophobic surfaces (10,12) facing each other and being separated or being separable in essentially parallel planes by a gap (13) with a gap height (14):wherein the disposable cartridge (1) further comprises a number of pipetting guides (17) for safe entering and/or withdrawing liquids into and/or from the gap (13) of the disposable cartridge (1) with a tip (18) of a pipette (19); at least one of the pipetting guides (17):
being located at a pipetting orifice (22) that reaches through the rigid cover (11), and
being configured to prevent a pipette tip (18) from touching the hydrophobic working surface (10), and
providing an abutting surface (20) that is sealingly admittable by a counter surface (21) of a pipette tip (18),
wherein the pipetting guide comprises a shoulder and a first conical wall with a narrow end at the shoulder that provides the abutting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,448

MICROFLUIDIC CHIP WITH COATING TO REDUCE FLUID DIFFUSION AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

FluxErgy, LLC, Irvine, C...

1. A microfluidic chip comprising:a body including at least one microfluidic pathway configured to receive a fluid sample, the at least one microfluidic pathway including a coating configured to reduce fluid diffusion and seal a surface of the at least one microfluidic pathway; and
a heating device located on the body and forming a heating zone within a portion of the at least one microfluidic pathway.

US Pat. No. 10,137,447

ERGONOMIC FLUID HANDLING TUBES

BIOTIX, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A fluid handling tube, comprising a tube body and a cap, wherein:the tube body comprises an exterior surface and an interior surface;
the cap comprises a proximal surface, a distal surface, a rim, a rim exterior surface, and a tubular sealing member protruding from the distal surface;
the sealing member comprises a distal terminus opposite the distal surface of the cap, an interior surface, and a substantially smooth exterior surface configured to seal with the interior surface of the tube body;
the cap comprises an anterior tube fastener member comprising an operator engagement surface;
the cap comprises a bore, which bore comprises a first bore interior side surface and an opposing second bore interior side surface;
the cap comprises two co-linear channels disposed on each side of the bore and disposed between the sealing member and the fastener member;
each of the channels comprises:
a latitudinal opening disposed on the proximal surface of the cap;
a channel floor;
a first channel terminus disposed at a rim exterior surface;
a second channel terminus disposed at the first bore interior side surface or the second bore interior side surface; and
a major length along the channel floor from the first channel terminus to the second channel terminus;
the fastener member of the cap comprises a protrusion configured to contact a surface of a fastener member counterpart of the tube body and releasably attach to the fastener member counterpart; and
the channels reduce the amount of force required for disassociation of the protrusion and the fastener member counterpart of the tube body, compared to the force required for the disassociation for a cap that does not include the channels.

US Pat. No. 10,137,445

SINGLE USE CAPILLARY MICROPIPETTE FOR DISPENSING A DEFINED VOLUME OF A LIQUID

1. A single use capillary micropipette for dispensing a defined volume of a liquid, the capillary micropipette comprising:(a) a housing comprising
an upper holding chamber having an open top, a chamber wall having at least one set of chamber snap fit elements on an inner side thereof, one or more piston stops, and a bottom with a central opening; and
a tubular member extending downward from the central opening on the bottom of the upper holding chamber;
(b) a piston comprising
a push cap disposed at least partially in the upper holding chamber, the push cap including a top pusher and at least one set of snap fit arms extending downward from an underside of the top pusher; each of the at least one set of snap fit arms comprising at least one hook complementary to a corresponding chamber snap fit element; and in an assembled position of the capillary micropipette the at least one hook on each of the at least one set of snap fit arms being situated on top of corresponding chamber snap fit element; and
a piston rod having a piston head at a distal end thereof, the piston rod extending downward from the underside of the top pusher, coaxial with the central opening on the bottom of the upper holding chamber and the tubular member; in the assembled position of the capillary micropipette, a venting space between the piston head and the central opening on the bottom of the upper holding chamber permitting air communication between the tubular member and atmosphere through the upper holding chamber; and
(c) a capillary tube having a proximal open end connected to the tubular member and an opposing distal open end; the capillary tube capable of aspirating a liquid through the distal open end by capillary action to the proximal open end thereof while the capillary micropipette permitting venting through the venting space during aspiration;
the push cap movable downward in response to a force applied thereon to an extent at which at least one part of the push cap abuts against the one or more piston stops of the upper holding chamber, and downward movement of the push cap causing the at least one hook on each of the snap fit arms of the push cap to irreversibly snap over corresponding chamber snap fit element and the piston head to slide in the tubular member in the absence of venting thereby resulting in dispensing a defined volume of the liquid aspirated in the capillary tube.

US Pat. No. 10,137,444

NANOLITER PIPETTING DEVICE

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A nanoliter pipette assembly, comprising:a housing having a working fluid chamber, the working fluid chamber being configured to contain a working fluid therein;
a tip portion having a diaphragm disposed therein, an adjustable interior cavity defined by a volume disposed between the diaphragm and a distal interior wall of the tip portion, and an orifice for aspirating and dispensing fluid, the orifice being located at and distal of the distal interior wall; and
a piston moveable within the housing to apply a force to a working fluid contained in the working fluid chamber to selectively move the diaphragm towards and away from the distal interior wall of the tip portion,
wherein the assembly is configured to operate to cause the diaphragm to contact fluid disposed at a location outside of the tip portion and subsequently draw the diaphragm away from the distal interior wall of the tip portion to draw at least a portion of the contacted fluid through the orifice and into the adjustable interior cavity, and
wherein the assembly is further configured to operate to advance the diaphragm towards the distal interior wall of the tip portion to displace at least a portion of the fluid previously passed into the adjustable interior cavity to a dispensing location outside of the tip portion, the at least a portion of the fluid previously passed into the adjustable interior cavity that is advanced to the dispensing location being as small as one nanoliter.

US Pat. No. 10,137,440

CORE-SHELL COBALT CATALYSTS FOR FISCHER-TROPSCH SYNTHESIS REACTION AND PREPARING METHOD THEREOF

KOREA INSTITUTE OF SCIENC...

1. A core-shell cobalt catalyst for a Fischer-Tropsch synthesis reaction, which comprisesa core composed of a spherical, cobalt-supported and sintered alumina particle having a diameter of 1-5 mm;
a shell composed of a zeolite powder having a SiO2/Al2O3 molar ratio of 5-40 coated on the surface of the core to a thickness of 50-300 ?m through a mechanical alloying process; and
a bimodal porous structure with the core having mesopores with an average pore size of 10.5-21.1 nm and a pore volume of 0.18-0.37 cm3/g, and the shell having micropores with an average pore size of 0.6-0.82 nm and with a pore volume of 0.057-0.116 cm3/g.

US Pat. No. 10,137,435

METHOD FOR PREPARING A CATALYST MEDIATING H2 EVOLUTION, SAID CATALYST AND USES THEREOF

UNIVERSITE JOSEPH FOURIER...

1. A method for the preparation of a catalyst onto a solid support of a conductive or semiconductive material, the method comprising:depositing said catalyst onto said solid support from a near-neutral aqueous solution containing at least one nickel or cobalt organic complex and at least one basic oxoanion, using a method selected from the group consisting of reductive electrodeposition, photochemical electrodeposition, and photoelectrochemical deposition,
wherein the catalyst consists of elemental cobalt/nickel covered or coated by a cobalt/nickel oxo/hydroxo-oxoanion layer.

US Pat. No. 10,137,434

METHOD TO STABILIZE BASE METAL CATALYSTS BY OVERCOATING VIA ATOMIC LAYER DEPOSITION AND RESULTING PRODUCT

Wisconsin Alumni Research...

1. A method of performing a heterogeneous catalytic reaction, the method comprising:conducting a condensed-phase, heterogeneously catalyzed reaction in the presence of a supported catalyst, wherein the supported catalyst comprises:
a metal or metal-containing particle supported on a surface; and
a protective thin film of a material of sufficient thickness to overcoat the metal or metal-containing particle and the surface, thereby yielding an armored surface, wherein the protective surface defines channels that expose a portion of the metal- or metal-containing particle to the surrounding environment; and
wherein the protective thin film comprises a material selected from the group consisting of AlOx HfOx, HfSiOx, LaOx, STO, TaOx, TiOx, ZnOx, ZrOx, WOx, CeOx, MgOx, AlNx, HfNx, SiNx, TaNx, TiNx, AlCx, ZrCx, TiCx, WCx, CeCx, and MgCx, wherein subscript “x” is a real, rational number greater than zero.

US Pat. No. 10,137,432

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING WATER-ABSORBING POLYMER PARTICLES

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen (D...

1. A process for producing water-absorbing polymer particles, comprising:processing an aqueous polymer gel from polymerization of a monomer solution or suspension,
drying the aqueous polymer gel in a conveyer dryer, wherein
the conveyer dryer has a circulating conveyer belt and the aqueous polymer gel is conveyed on the circulating conveyer belt, and wherein
the circulating conveyer belt is formed as a circulating plate conveyer belt, comprising a number of belt plates separated by a hinge line of a hinge assembly and each belt plate having a surface for receiving the aqueous polymer gel,
wherein
said hinge assembly comprises a knuckle joint with the hinge line in form of a straight hinge line, and
a separate circulating plate conveyer belt in form of the circulating plate conveyer belt is assigned to a drying zone of the conveyer dryer and wherein the separate circulating plate conveyer belt has a first return end and a second return end wherein the first and/or second return end is located outside of the drying zone.

US Pat. No. 10,137,431

MULTICAPILLARY MONOLITH

1. A process for preparing a monolithic porous material based on amorphous silica or activated alumina comprising rectilinear capillary channels parallel to one another, comprising the steps of:providing a bundle of channel precursor fibres whose diameter is equal to the diameter of the capillary channels,
forming a porous matrix of amorphous silica or activated alumina around the fibres,
eliminating the fibres so as to form the capillary channels extending through the porous matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,137,430

ALKYLAMINE FUNCTIONALIZED METAL-ORGANIC FRAMEWORKS FOR COMPOSITE GAS SEPARATIONS

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A method of composite gas separations, the method comprising:(a) providing a mixture of gases for separation;
(b) adsorbing acid gases from the mixture of gases on a porous metal-organic framework (MOF) adsorbent, the framework comprising:
(i) a framework of M2(dobpdc) where M is selected from the group of metals consisting of Mg, Ca, Mn, Cr, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu and Zn, the framework having coordinatively unsaturated metal centers; and
(ii) a plurality of ligands disposed within pores of the metal-organic framework to produce a functionalized framework, said ligands having a ligand bridge with at least one first functional group capable of adsorbing a gas and at least one second functional group coupled to at least one metal center of said metal-organic framework;
(iii) wherein contact of the functionalized framework with a volume of gases produces a stepped adsorption isotherm; and
(iv) wherein gas adsorption properties before and after each step cannot be modeled as a continuous Langmuir function;
(c) separating residual gases with reduced acid gas concentrations; and (d) releasing the adsorbed acid gases from the framework.

US Pat. No. 10,137,427

NANOPARTICLE PREPARATION DEVICE USING LASER

SHONANO CO., LTD, Ulsan ...

1. A nanoparticle preparation device using laser, comprising;a laser emitter;
a reaction chamber where nanoparticles are prepared by a laser beam irradiated from said laser emitter to a source material gas;
a glove box for collecting the nanoparticles flowed in from said reaction chamber, the glove box including:
a collecting box disposed inside the glove box; and
a collector for collecting the nanoparticles, disposed inside the collecting box, and including an upper cap, a lower cap, a plurality of grid frames disposed between the upper and lower caps, and a filter covering outside surfaces of the plurality of grid frames; and
a transfer tube connected to the reaction chamber and the collector for a flow of the nanoparticles and a carrier gas.

US Pat. No. 10,137,426

SCREENING ASSAYS AND METHODS

President and Fellows of ...

1. A method of producing a microarray of cell-derived products comprising:(a) reversibly sealing a moldable slab to a surface of a substrate, said moldable slab comprising an array of microwells, each microwell having a side or diameter of less than 100 microns and containing not more than a single or a few cell(s), at least one of said microwells containing the single or few cell(s), wherein the single or few cell(s) produce a cell-derived product in a volume of 10 nanoliters or less of fluid in each said microwell containing the single or a few cell(s); wherein the surface of the substrate facing each said microwell is modified such that it acts to retain the cell-derived product on the surface of the substrate; and
(b) allowing said single or few cell(s) to produce said cell-derived product in said volume such that the cell-derived product produced by the single or few cell(s) in said volume is retained in a detectable amount on the surface of the substrate sealed to the moldable slab.

US Pat. No. 10,137,424

DISTRIBUTOR AND DOWN FLOW CATALYTIC REACTOR COMPRISING SAME

LG CHEM, LTD., Seoul (KR...

1. A distributor comprising an inside downcomer which has a first flow space;an outside downcomer which is disposed so as to surround at least some area of the inside downcomer and has a second flow space partitioned from the first flow space of the inside downcomer;
an outside cap which has a plurality of first slots and is mounted on said inside downcomer so that a fluid passing through the first slots can flow into the first flow space; and
an inside cap which has a plurality of second slots and is mounted on said outside downcomer so that a fluid passing through the second slots can flow into the second flow space.

US Pat. No. 10,137,422

SHAKER

WISTRON CORP., New Taipe...

1. A shaker, comprising:a base;
a holder movably disposed on the base; and
a drive assembly, comprising:
a first eccentric shaft, comprising a first part and a second part which are non-coaxial, and the first part pivoted on the holder;
a second eccentric shaft, comprising a third part and a fourth part which are non-coaxial, and the third part pivoted on the holder;
a drive shaft, two opposite ends of the drive shaft respectively corresponding to the second part and the fourth part;
a plurality of magnetic members respectively disposed on the second part, the fourth part and two opposite ends of the drive shaft; and
a power source used for rotating the first eccentric shaft, and rotating the second eccentric shaft through the magnetic members and the drive shaft,
wherein a rotational axis of each of the magnetic members disposed on the drive shaft is orthogonal to both a rotational axis of the magnetic member disposed on the second part of the first eccentric shaft and a rotational axis of the magnetic member disposed on the fourth part of the second eccentric shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,137,421

STATIC MIXER

Doosan Heavy Industries C...

1. A static mixer for mixing exhaust gases to be supplied to a selective catalytic reduction device located at the back of a boiler, the static mixer comprising:a gas accommodation part having a first inlet and a plurality of second inlets partitioned from each other to introduce gases having different temperatures thereinto so that the gases introduced through the first inlet and the plurality of second inlets flow to a plurality of divided sections;
a discharge part communicating with the gas accommodation part to collect and discharge the gases, the discharge part including a hollow portion; and
a mixing plate part having a plurality of unit plates disposed on the upper and lower portions of the hollow portion of the discharge part in such a manner as to have a predetermined angle with respect to flow directions of the exhaust gases discharged,
wherein the plurality of second inlets are formed independently of each other in a length direction of the gas accommodation part, the length direction being perpendicular to a direction of gas flow.

US Pat. No. 10,137,420

MIXING APPARATUS WITH STATOR AND METHOD

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A mixer, comprising:a shaft for driving the mixer, the shaft disposed within and extending through a housing, the housing comprising a fluid inlet adjacent one axial end of the shaft, an additive inlet adjacent an opposite axial end of the shaft, and a tangential outlet intermediate the fluid inlet and the additive inlet, the housing defining a mixing chamber in fluid communication with the fluid inlet, the additive inlet, and the outlet;
an impeller disposed on the shaft in the mixing chamber, wherein, when rotated, the impeller draws fluid through the fluid inlet in an axial direction;
a slinger disposed on the shaft in the mixing chamber and configured to receive the fluid from the impeller and to receive an additive inlet from the additive inlet in an axial direction opposite the axial direction of the fluid, wherein, when rotated, the slinger slings the fluid and the additive radially outwards toward the tangential outlet of the housing; and
a shearing ring stator disposed at least partially around the slinger, the stator comprising first and second annular portions stacked together and vanes spaced circumferentially apart so as to define flowpaths therebetween;
wherein the housing, the impeller, the slinger and the stator are configured to prevent air received through the additive inlet from entrainment in the fluid received from the impeller.

US Pat. No. 10,137,419

METHOD FOR PURIFYING WATER

King Fahd University of P...

1. A method for membrane and desalinating salt water for water purification, comprising:the step of filtering the salt water through a polygraphene membrane to form purified water, wherein the polygraphene membrane is porous and is prepared by a process comprising the steps of:
mixing graphite and sodium nitrate into sulfuric acid to form a first mixture;
adding potassium permanganate solution into the first mixture to form a second mixture;
adding hydrogen peroxide solution to the second mixture to form a mixture including soluble manganese ions;
filtering the mixture including soluble manganese ions to form an aqueous suspension;
centrifuging the aqueous suspension;
performing ultrasonication of the suspension to obtain graphene oxide sheets;
acylating the graphene oxide sheets with thionyl chloride to prepare an acylated graphene oxide sheet;
polymerizing the acylated graphene oxide sheet to prepare a polygraphene material, wherein the acylated graphene oxide sheet is polymerized by mixing with at least one of an amine, an amine derivative, a thiol, a thiol derivative, an amide, and an amide derivative; and
further comprising polymerizing the polygraphene material with a second polymer to form the polygraphene membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,137,417

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING POROUS BODY

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A method for manufacturing a porous body comprising:heating a raw material solution including a metal ion and an organic ligand to synthesize an interpenetrated metal-organic framework layer; and
after synthesizing the interpenetrated metal-organic framework layer, synthesizing a non-interpenetrated metal-organic framework layer under conditions in which concentrations of the metal ion and the organic ligand in the raw material solution and/or a heat temperature are lower than that in synthesizing the interpenetrated metal-organic framework, to obtain a porous body including the interpenetrated metal-organic framework layer and the non-interpenetrated metal-organic framework layer stacked together.

US Pat. No. 10,137,416

FILTER ASSEMBLY INCLUDING SPIRAL WOUND MEMBRANE MODULE AND BRINE SEAL

DOW GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES L...

1. A filter assembly adapted for insertion into an inner chamber of a pressure vessel, wherein the assembly comprises: a spiral wound membrane module (2) comprising at least one membrane envelope (4) and feed spacer sheet (6) concentrically wound about a central permeate tube (8) extending along an axis (X) forming an inlet scroll face (30) and outlet scroll face (32) and a cylindrical outer peripheral surface (38), and a brine seal (65) disposed concentrically about a portion of the outer peripheral surface (38); characterized by the brine seal (65) comprising:i) a radially extending flexible lip (70) defining a maximum outer diameter adapted to engage the inner chamber of the pressure vessel,
ii) an end cap surface (72) sealed to the inlet scroll face (30) which restricts flow through a majority of the inlet scroll face (30), and
iii) at least one opening (76) in the end cap surface (72) adjacent the permeate collection tube (8) for permitting fluid to flow through the inlet scroll face (30) and into the feed spacer sheet (6) of the module (2) wherein the end cap surface (72) covers at least 75% of the inlet scroll face (30) and restricts feed flow to areas located near the permeate collection tube (8) and spaced away from the outer peripheral surface (38); and
iv) an outward radial flow path extending through the feed spacer sheet (6) wherein the majority of feed flow enters the module (2) near the permeate tube (8), flows in a radial direction relative to the permeate collection tube (8) and exits the module (2) from: i) the outer peripheral surface (38) or ii) outlet scroll face (32) near the outer peripheral surface (38) of the module (2).

US Pat. No. 10,137,415

RECLAIMING DEVICE, METHOD, AND RECOVERY UNIT OF CO2, H2S, OR BOTH OF CO2 AND H2S

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A reclaiming device comprising:a reclaimer configured to introduce and store a part of an absorbent regenerated in an absorbent regenerator of a recovery unit that recovers CO2 or H2S in a gas;
a first alkaline agent supply section configured to supply an alkaline agent to the reclaimer;
a heating section configured to heat the absorbent stored in the reclaimer and to which the alkaline agent has been mixed to obtain recovered vapor;
a second vapor cooler configured to cool the recovered vapor discharged from the reclaimer through a vapor line;
a first gas-liquid separator configured to separate a coexisting substance entrained in the cooled recovered vapor into recovered absorption agent vapor and a liquid coexisting substance by gas-liquid separation;
a cooler configured to cool the separated recovered absorption agent vapor;
a second gas-liquid separator configured to separate the recovered absorption agent vapor after cooling into a low-boiling point substance flue gas and a recovered absorbent by gas-liquid separation;
a heat exchanger configured to perform heat exchange of the liquid coexisting substance separated in the first gas-liquid separator with vapor condensed water from vapor supplied to the reclaimer to increase a temperature;
a CO2 absorber configured to bring the liquid coexisting substance after increase in the temperature and a CO2 gas in contact;
a second alkaline agent supply section configured to supply the alkaline agent to the liquid coexisting substance after absorption of CO2; and
a distiller configured to distill the liquid coexisting substance to which the alkaline agent has been supplied while introducing the CO2 gas thereinto.

US Pat. No. 10,137,413

DIESEL OXIDATION CATALYST HAVING A CAPTURE REGION FOR SULFUR CONTAINING IMPURITIES

Johnson Matthey Public Li...

1. An oxidation catalyst for treating an exhaust gas produced by a diesel engine, wherein the oxidation catalyst comprises:a substrate;
a capture material for capturing at least one sulfur containing impurity in the exhaust gas produced by the diesel engine; wherein the capture material comprises a metal for reacting with an oxide of sulfur in the exhaust gas and particles of a refractory oxide, and
wherein the particles of the refractory oxide have a mean specific surface area less than or equal to 50 m2/g; and
a catalytic region disposed on the substrate;
wherein the catalytic region comprises a catalytic material comprising a platinum group metal (PGM) selected from the group consisting of platinum (Pt), palladium (Pd) and a combination of platinum (Pt) and palladium (Pd).

US Pat. No. 10,137,411

METHOD OF PREPARING AN STT-TYPE ZEOLITE FOR USE AS A CATALYST IN SELECTIVE CATALYTIC REDUCTION REACTIONS

Pacific Industrial Develo...

1. A method for preparing a metal containing catalyst that includes a crystalline STT-type zeolite having a mole ratio of an oxide of a tetravalent element to an oxide of a trivalent element between 10:1 and 30:1, said method comprising:forming an aqueous reaction mixture comprising a source of the oxide of tetravalent element; a source of the oxide of the trivalent element; a source of alkali metal; an organic structure directing agent comprising N,N,N-trimethyl-1-adamantammonium hydroxide;
stirring the aqueous reaction mixture to form a homogeneous aqueous slurry;
subjecting the homogeneous aqueous slurry to crystallization conditions that include heating the slurry under pressure at a temperature between 150° C. and 160° C. for a period of 4 to 7 days;
maintaining the homogeneous aqueous slurry under crystallization conditions sufficient to crystallize crystals of the STT-type zeolite having an x-ray diffraction pattern with 2 theta peaks at: 8.26, 8.58, 9.28, 9.54, 10.58, 14.52, 15.60, 16.43, 17.13, 17.74, 18.08, 18.46, 19.01, 19.70, 20.12, 20.38, 20.68, 21.10, 21.56, 22.20, 22.50, 22.78, 23.36, 23.76, 23.99, 24.54, 24.92, 25.16, 25.58, 25.80, 26.12, 26.94, 27.38, 27.92, 28.30, 28.60, 29.24, 29.48, 30.08, 30.64, 31.20, 31.46, 31.80, 32.02, 32.60, 33.60, and 34.43;
recovering the STT-type zeolite crystals;
dealuminating the STT-type zeolite with nitric acid;
impregnating or ion-exchanging the dealuminated STT-type zeolite with an aqueous metal salt solution; and
incorporating a metal selected as one from the group of Cu, Fe, Co, Zr, Ti, or a mixture thereof into the framework sites of dealuminated STT-type zeolite to form a metal-containing catalyst.

US Pat. No. 10,137,410

METHOD OF DEACIDIZING A GASEOUS EFFLUENT BY AN ABSORBENT SOLUTION WITH VAPOR INJECTION INTO THE REGENERATED ABSORBENT SOLUTION AND DEVICE FOR IMPLEMENTING SAME

IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES, ...

1. A method of deacidizing a gaseous effluent containing acid compounds, comprising:a) contacting the gaseous effluent with an absorbent solution in an absorption column to obtain a gaseous effluent depleted of acid compounds and an absorbent solution laden with acid compounds, the absorbent solution forming two separable liquid phases when an amount of acid compounds have been absorbed and is heated;
b) separating the absorbent solution laden with acid compounds into a first liquid fraction depleted of acid compounds and a second liquid fraction enriched with acid compounds;
c) regenerating the second liquid fraction in a regeneration column to release part of the acid compounds and to obtain a regenerated absorbent solution, by injecting vapor resulting from a partial vaporization in a reboiler of a first part of the regenerated absorbent solution withdrawn from the regeneration column, the vapor injection being in a liquid reserve including a second part of the regenerated absorbent solution located in a bottom of the regeneration column to provide stirring of the second part of the regenerated absorbent solution; and
d) recycling the first liquid fraction obtained in b) and the regenerated absorbent solution obtained in c) as the absorbent solution in a); and wherein the vapor is injected into the liquid reserve at a superficial velocity and the superficial velocity is controlled by separating the partly vaporized absorbent solution from the reboiler into a first stream forming the vapor injected into the liquid reserve and into a second vapor stream injected above the liquid reserve which controls the first and second streams to prevent decanting of the liquid reserve.

US Pat. No. 10,137,409

SYSTEM, DEVICE AND METHOD FOR GENERATING ION CONCENTRATION GRADIENT, AND TEMPERATURE-RESPONSIVE ELECTROLYTE MATERIAL

Kyushu University, Nation...

1. A system for producing an ion concentration gradient, comprising a temperature-responsive electrolyte, a first source and a second source, wherein the first source and the second source give, to the temperature-responsive electrolyte, different temperatures that are respectively on both sides of the phase transition temperature of the temperature-responsive electrolyte.

US Pat. No. 10,137,408

EQUIPMENT AND METHOD FOR CIRCULATING FLUIDIZED BED SEMIDRY SIMULTANEOUS DESULFURIZATION AND DENITRATION OF SINTERING FLUE GAS

INSTITUTE OF PROCESS ENGI...

1. An equipment for combined desulfurization and denitration of sintering flue duct gas by circulating fluidized bed semidry process, comprising: an ozone generator (2), a diluting blower (1), a mixing buffer tank (3), an ozone distributor (4) and a circulating fluidized bed reaction tower (9);the ozone generator (2) and diluting blower (1) are connected to an inlet of the mixing buffer tank (3);
the ozone distributor (4) is mounted in a flue duct (4?), and a connection port is set outside the flue duct (4?) and connected to an outlet of the mixing buffer tank (3), wherein the connection port is contacted with the flue duct (4?);
a flue duct gas inlet (5) of the circulating fluidized bed reaction tower (9) is connected to the flue duct (4?) arranged with the ozone distributor (4), wherein the length of the flue duct (4?) between the position of the ozone distributor (4) and the flue duct gas inlet (5) of the circulating fluidized bed reaction tower (9) is 15-30 m.

US Pat. No. 10,137,407

COMPLEX AMINE ABSORBENT, AND DEVICE AND METHOD FOR REMOVING ONE OR BOTH OF CO2 AND H2S

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A complex amine absorbent for absorbing one or both of CO2 and H2S in a gas, the complex amine absorbent comprising1) monoethanolamine (MEA),
2) 2-amino-2-methyl-1-propanol, and
3) at least one selected from the group consisting of N,N?-dimethylethylenediamine, N,N?-diethylethylenediamine, and N,N?-dimethylpropanediamine.

US Pat. No. 10,137,404

METHOD OF ABSORBING ACID COMPOUNDS CONTAINED IN A GASEOUS EFFLUENT USING AN AMINE-BASED AQUEOUS SOLUTION

IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES, ...

1. A method of absorbing acid compounds contained in a gaseous effluent comprising the following stages:contacting the gaseous effluent with an aqueous solution comprising at least one amine and at least one amine degradation inhibiting compound,
determining a corrosion resistance of each of a plurality of stainless steels of grades 1.4462 or 1.4410 or 1.4547 upon contact with a triazole or tetrazole derivative comprising at least one substituent having a sulfur atom,
selecting a stainless steel of grade 1.4462 or 1.4410 or 1.4547 based on the determination of the corrosion resistances of the plurality of stainless, and
using equipments whose surfaces in contact with said aqueous solution are made from the selected stainless steel.

US Pat. No. 10,137,403

METHOD FOR THE TREATMENT OF A FLUE GAS STREAM

ADA Carbon Solutions, LLC...

1. A method for the treatment of flue gas stream to remove heavy metals therefrom, comprising the steps of:pneumatically conveying a sorbent composition from a storage unit to a point of injection; and
injecting the sorbent composition into a flue gas stream;
wherein the sorbent composition comprises powered activated carbon and an effective amount of a solid particulate additive such that the sorbent composition has a Basic Flow Energy of not greater than about 350 mJ.

US Pat. No. 10,137,402

GAS CONCENTRATION DEVICE

OXUS CO., LTD., Gyeonggi...

1. A gas concentration device comprising:an air supplier supplying pressurized air;
a plurality of adsorption beds which separate pressurized air supplied from the air supplier into product gas and purge gas by a pressure swing adsorption method and discharge the separated product gas and purge gas;
a flow passage regulating valve unit which regulates flow passages so as to allow the pressurized air to be supplied to the adsorption bed from the air supplier and so as to reduce pressure of the adsorption bed so that a nitrogen adsorption process and a nitrogen desorption process are alternately performed; and
a pressure boosting unit which is configured to be fed with the purge gas and the product gas discharged from the adsorption bed and is configured to pressurize the product gas in multi-stage sequentially using the purge gas and the product gas.

US Pat. No. 10,137,401

OXYGEN SEPARATOR WITH RAPID DIAGNOSTIC

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

11. A method for separating oxygen from an oxygen comprising gas, the method comprising the steps of:operating an oxygen separator for generating an oxygen-enriched gas, the oxygen separator comprising at least two oxygen separation devices to separate oxygen from an oxygen comprising gas, wherein the at least two oxygen separation devices each comprise a first end for receiving the oxygen comprising gas and a second end for delivering the oxygen-enriched gas;
equalizing the oxygen separator by generating an equalization flow of oxygen-enriched gas in an equalization duct, the equalization duct fluidically coupling each of the second ends of the at least two separation devices to one another to equilibrate an internal pressure of the at least two oxygen separation devices;
monitoring with a first gas sensor provided in the equalization duct a concentration of at least one component of the oxygen-enriched gas in the equalization duct; and
controlling the oxygen separator based on the determination by the first gas sensor via a control device.

US Pat. No. 10,137,400

RECYCLING PROCESS FOR ADSORBER REGENERATION

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen (D...

1. A process for regenerating an adsorber, the process comprising:a) converting a liquid stream (S2l) comprising at least one alkane from liquid phase into gaseous phase, to obtain a gaseous stream (S2g);
b) regenerating an adsorber by contacting the adsorber with the gaseous stream (S2g) in a range of 230 to 270° C.;
c) cooling the adsorber by contacting the adsorber with a portion of the gaseous stream (S2g) obtained in a) to a temperature in a range of 90 to 15° C.;
d) optionally cooling the adsorber to a temperature below 80° C. by contacting the adsorber with the liquid stream (S2l) without prior conversion into gaseous phase; and
e) recycling an outflow (S2*) of the adsorber as obtained in c) or optionally in d), wherein the outflow (S2*) is at least partially recycled to at least one of a) to d).

US Pat. No. 10,137,399

VENTILATION SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED OPERATING METHOD FOR USE DURING A SERIOUS ACCIDENT IN A NUCLEAR INSTALLATION

AREVA GmbH, Erlangen (DE...

1. A ventilation system for an operating space accessible to operators in a nuclear installation, the ventilation system comprising:an external inlet;
a supply air line guided from said external inlet to the operating space;
a first fan connected in said supply air line;
a first inert gas adsorber column connected in said supply air line;
an external outlet;
an exhaust air line guided from the operating space to said external outlet;
a second fan connected in said exhaust air line;
a second inert gas adsorber column connected in said exhaust air line;
a switching device for interchanging roles of said first and second inert gas adsorber columns;
a circulating-air line;
a CO2 adsorber column connected in said circulating-air line; and
a circulating-air fan connected in said circulating-air line, said circulating-air line leading away from and back to the operating space, said second fan being able to be connected into said circulating-air line as said circulating-air fan.

US Pat. No. 10,137,398

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TREATMENT OF EXHAUST GAS

7. A method of scrubbing exhaust gas, the method comprising:passing an exhaust gas into a venturi section;
mixing a primary wash liquid with the exhaust gas in the venturi section and in a downcomer which is fluidly coupled thereto;
discharging a partially scrubbed gas from the downcomer into a primary collection tank;
creating a vortical gas flow from the partially scrubbed gas by injecting a high pressure secondary wash liquid through a plurality of secondary mixing throats, which are arranged at an inclination to the vertical direction, to forcibly draw the partially scrubbed gas from the primary collection tank into a polishing section;
polishing the vortical gas flow to remove residual pollutants therefrom; and
removing entrained wash liquid mist from the polished gas.

US Pat. No. 10,137,397

FILTER SYSTEMS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

4. A system, comprising:at least two piezoelectric pressure sensors mounted between a filter and a support member of a filter housing,
wherein the filter housing supports the at least two piezoelectric pressure sensors and the filter, the at least two piezoelectric pressure sensors are provided between the filter housing and the filter, and
wherein the at least two piezoelectric pressure sensors sense a direct measurement of an increased force applied by the filter on the support member of the filter housing, as the filter becomes blocked,
each of the at least two piezoelectric pressure sensors comprises crystals which generate piezoelectricity when their static structure is deformed from their original dimension, and
the at least two piezoelectric pressure sensors are directly mounted to the filter.

US Pat. No. 10,137,396

FILTER ELEMENT, DUST COLLECTOR, AND METHODS

Donaldson Company, Inc., ...

1. A filter element retainer for a filter element having opposite, axial flow faces; the retainer comprising:(a) a base plate defining an opening sized to expose a flow face of the filter element;
(b) a fastener arrangement configured to attach to a tube sheet; the fastener arrangement constructed and arranged to exert an axial force against the base plate and form a seal between the filter element and the tube sheet, when the filter element is operably positioned therein; and
(c) an accumulator secured to the base plate and oriented to retain a pulse of gas over the flow face of the filter element, when the filter element is operably positioned therein; the accumulator including a hood secured to the base plate of the filter element retainer; the hood including a wall extending above the opening in the base plate; the wall having an end secured to the base plate and defining an open mouth.

US Pat. No. 10,137,394

INTERLACED FILTRATION BARRIER

Nano and Advanced Materia...

19. A filtration barrier, comprising:a barrier layer that includes a plurality of nanofibers that are interlaced with a plurality of microfibers in the barrier layer; and
a substrate layer that is attached to the barrier layer and that includes polypropylene,
wherein the nanofibers and the microfibers are made of a combination of cellulose acetate (CA) and polyethylene oxide (PEO), the barrier layer includes the combination of the CA and the PEO at a weight of 0.8 gsm, the nanofibers account for 60%-70% by weight of the barrier layer, the nanofibers are electrospun nanofibers, the microfibers are electrospun microfibers, and the nanofibers and the microfibers are interlaced to form the barrier layer having a pore size of 100-10000 nanometers.

US Pat. No. 10,137,393

METHODS FOR FABRICATING POROUS MEDIA WITH CONTROLLABLE CHARACTERISTICS

1. A method of making porous media with controllable characteristics for use in enhanced oil recovery, the method comprising:removing humidity from glass beads by placing them in an oven for 30 minutes at 100 degrees Celsius;
cooling the glass beads to room temperature and categorizing the glass beads according to size, rock porosity and permeability;
selecting a cylindrical container capable of withstanding temperature up to 1200 degrees Celsius;
sealing one end of the cylindrical container and packing the cooled glass beads into the container so as to achieve predetermined porosity and permeability;
fastening the sealed end of the cylindrical container with a metal network sheet;
connecting the sealed end of the cylindrical container to a vacuum pump via a plurality of plastic tubes of different sizes;
applying a vacuum to the cylindrical container with the vacuum pump;
placing the container in a furnace until a retention time is reached at a predefined rate of temperature enhancement to thereby convert the glass beads packed into the cylindrical container into fabricated porous media;
removing the container from the furnace after the retention time is reached;
separating the fabricated porous media from the container; and
cutting top and bottom ends of the fabricated porous media.

US Pat. No. 10,137,392

FIBER WEBS COATED WITH FIBER-CONTAINING RESINS

1. An article, comprising:a non-woven web comprising a plurality of fibers; and
a resin comprising a plurality of fibrillated fibers distributed therein, wherein the plurality of fibrillated fibers distributed within the resin coats at least a portion of the plurality of fibers within an interior of the non-woven web, and wherein the weight percent of the plurality of fibrillated fibers within the resin is greater than or equal to about 0.5 wt % and less than or equal to about 5 wt %, and the weight percentage of the plurality of fibrillated fibers within the resin is based on dry resin solids.

US Pat. No. 10,137,391

ENHANCED FILTER SUPPORT BASKET

PECOFacet (US), Inc., Fr...

1. A filtration vessel, comprising:an outer housing defining a filtration chamber, the housing having an inlet port and an outlet port;
a partition plate in the housing dividing the filtration chamber into an inlet chamber communicating with the inlet port and an outlet chamber communicating with the outlet port;
a hole defined in the partition plate;
a sleeve mounted in the hole in the partition plate, the sleeve having a solid ring portion lining the hole to provide a radial seal surface, the solid ring portion lining the hole such that the radial seal surface extends through the hole in the partition plate, and the sleeve further having an apertured portion with a plurality of flow apertures, the solid ring portion securing the apertured portion to the partition;
a filter element removably installed into the sleeve, the filter element having a seal sealing radially against the radial seal surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,390

FILTER DEVICE, ESPECIALLY LIQUID FILTER

1. A liquid filter device for filtering oil or fuel, comprising:a hollow cylindrical filter element for arrangement in a filter housing that is radially to be flowed through by the oil or fuel to be purified;
wherein an open interior of said filter element forms an axial flow space for said oil or fuel in said open interior;
said filter element further comprising
a terminal disk arranged on an axial end face of the filter element, the terminal disk having an open central portion opening through said terminal disk into said open interior;
a first axially projecting annular socket having a first axial end secured onto said terminal disk and projecting axially outwardly to an opposing free end of the first axially projecting annular socket, said first axially projecting annular socket including an axially outwardly projecting annular wall circumferentially surrounding the open central portion;
a second axially projecting annular socket having a second axial end secured onto said terminal disk and arranged concentrically to and surrounded by said first axially projecting annular socket, said second axially projecting annular socket including a second axially outwardly projecting annular wall surrounding the open central portion, said second axially projecting annular socket projecting axially outwardly to an opposing second free end of the second axially projecting annular socket, wherein the second axially projecting annular socket projects axially outwardly a smaller axial distance than the first axially projecting annular socket;
a U-shaped sealing element of a sealing material, having:
a first bulbous sealing member formed by a first end of the U-shaped sealing element, the first bulbous sealing member arranged directly on and covering an axial end face of the opposing free end of the first axially projecting annular socket;
a second bulbous sealing member formed by an opposite second end of the U-shaped sealing element, the second bulbous sealing member arranged directly on and covering an axial end face of the opposing second free end of the second axially projecting annular socket;
wherein the U-shaped sealing element extends from the first bulbous sealing member, axially inwardly on a radially inner surface of the first axially projection annular socket, continuing across an intermediate outer surface of the terminal disk, extending axially outwardly on a radially outer surface of the second axially projection annular socket to terminate at the second bulbous sealing member;
wherein the first bulbous sealing member projects radially inwardly from the first axially projecting annular socket towards the second bulbous sealing member;
wherein the second bulbous sealing member projects radially inwardly from the second axially projecting annular socket;
wherein the bulbous sealing members have a greater wall thickness than other portions of the U-shaped sealing element;
wherein the U-shaped sealing element ends at the first and second bulbous sealing members, the U-shaped sealing element covering only one radial side of each axially projecting annular socket;
wherein the U-shaped sealing element is operative to form a seal between said terminal disk and said filter housing to seal between a raw side and a clean side of said filter element.

US Pat. No. 10,137,389

HIGH CAPACITY FILTERING SCREEN

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

14. A filtering assembly comprising:a screen housing having two sidewalls and two end walls, defining a perimeter with a length and a width, a top face and a bottom face;
a plurality of screen segments disposed on the top face of the screen housing, the plurality of screen segments on the top face providing a screening surface area less than a total surface area of the top face;
a plurality of screen segments disposed on the bottom face of the screen housing, the plurality of screen segments on the bottom face providing a screening surface area less than a total surface area of the bottom face;
a first opening located on the top face of the screen housing defined by a first pair of ribs; and
a second opening located on the bottom face of the screen housing defined by the first pair of ribs,
wherein a width of the first opening is different from a width of the second opening or a perimeter of the first opening is different from a perimeter of the second opening.

US Pat. No. 10,137,387

DEAERATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DEAERATION

1. A method for deaerating a liquid, comprising the steps of:pressurizing the liquid to a pressure P0,
depressurizing the liquid to a pressure P1, above the boiling point of the liquid,
injecting the liquid through a liquid inlet into a separation vessel along a trajectory, such that the liquid impacts a stop plate arranged in the separation vessel,
guiding the liquid from the liquid inlet arranged in a first end of the separation vessel towards a liquid outlet arranged in a second end of the separation vessel, the second end being in an opposed end of the separation vessel as compared to the inlet,
subjecting the liquid to the pressure P1 while the liquid is in the separation vessel, such that the liquid is prevented from boiling, and
by using a recovery system:
deaerating liquid leaving through a gas outlet arranged in the separation vessel to recover liquid from the gas outlet, and
guiding the recovered liquid via a recovery line back to the deaerated liquid, upstream or downstream the liquid outlet,
wherein the pressure drop, P0-P1, is in the range of 2 to 5 bar.

US Pat. No. 10,137,386

SEPARATION OF IONIC LIQUIDS IN COALESCING DEVICES

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen am...

1. A process for separating a phase (A) comprising at least one ionic liquid from a phase (B), wherein the phase (A) has a higher viscosity than the phase (B) and wherein the phase (B) comprises at least one hydrocarbon, which comprises the following steps:a) providing a stream (S1) comprising a dispersion (D1) in which the phase (A) is dispersed in the phase (B);
b) introducing the stream (S1) into a coalescing filter (KV), wherein the inflow rate of the stream (S1) is from 0.05 to 150 kg/(cm2*h) based on the average cross-sectional area of the coalescing filter (KV), wherein the packing density of the coalescing filter (KV) is from 50 to 500 kg/m3, wherein the coalescing filter (KV) contains filter material wherein the filter material comprises at least 50% by weight of acrylic phenolic resin;
c) separating the phase (A) from the phase (B) in the coalescing filter (KV);
d) discharging a stream (S2) comprising at least 70% by weight of phase (A) from the coalescing filter (KV); and
e) discharging a stream (S3) comprising at least 70% by weight of phase (B) from the coalescing filter (KV).

US Pat. No. 10,137,384

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR WATER DESALINIZATION

MICRONIC TECHNOLOGIES, IN...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a housing having an inlet portion and an outlet portion, the housing defining a flow path between the inlet portion and the outlet portion configured to receive a flow of a gas;
a first atomizer at least partially disposed in the housing and in fluid communication with the flow path of the housing at a first position, the first atomizer configured to receive an inlet flow of a solution and to output an atomized flow of the solution, the atomized flow of the solution from the first atomizer being mixed with the flow of the gas to produce a first mixture of the gas and the solution;
a second atomizer at least partially disposed in the housing and in fluid communication with the flow path at a second position, downstream of the first position in a direction of flow in the flow path, the second atomizer configured to receive an inlet flow of the solution and to output an atomized flow of the solution, the atomized flow of the solution from the second atomizer being mixed with the flow of the first mixture to produce a second mixture of the gas and the solution, the housing, the first atomizer, and the second atomizer being constructed and arranged such that the flow path proceeds, in order, from the first position to the second position, and from the second position to the outlet portion; and
a separator configured to be fluidically coupled to the outlet portion of the housing, the separator configured to (1) receive the second mixture of the gas and the solution and (2) produce a first outlet flow and a second outlet flow, the first outlet flow including a portion of the gas and a vaporized portion of a solvent from the solution, the second outlet flow including a liquid portion of the solvent from the solution and a solute from the solution; wherein a surface of the housing is configured such that, in use, the gas flowing at the first position within the flow path has an axial velocity component having a first direction and the gas flowing at the second position within the flow path has an axial velocity component having a second direction, the second direction substantially opposite the first direction; wherein the surface comprises a wall portion extending into an interior of the housing and positioned in the flow path between the first atomizer and the second atomizer, the wall portion being configured and arranged to define a bend in the flow path to result in a reversal of a direction of the axial velocity component; wherein the flow path is a serpentine path; wherein the serpentine path is defined by at least one baffle positioned between the first atomizer and the second atomizer; and further comprising a condenser, configured and arranged to receive and condense the first outlet flow.

US Pat. No. 10,137,383

LAWN ORNAMENT HAVING FLUID AND/OR WIND DRIVEN INNER AND OUTER FRAMES

1. A lawn ornament, comprising:an inner frame; and
an outer frame that is orbitally-arranged with respect to the inner frame, the outer frame being in fluidic communication with a fluid source to receive the fluid, wherein the outer frame has:
at least one first orifice to discharge a portion of the fluid in a first direction outwardly therefrom to cause rotation of the outer frame about a longitudinal axis; and
at least one second orifice to discharge a portion of the fluid in a second direction inwardly therefrom and external to the outer frame to contact an outer surface of and thereby cause rotation of the inner frame about the same longitudinal axis as the outer frame.

US Pat. No. 10,137,382

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FORMING REULEAUX SHAPES

1. A method of forming a Reuleaux shape from a material comprising:placing the material into a container;
moving the container along an orbit a plurality of times until the motion of the container along the orbit causes the material to assume a Reuleaux shape; and
removing the Reuleaux shape from the container, wherein the Reuleaux shape is a Reuleaux triangle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,381

TOY COMPRISING A ROTOR

1. A toy comprising:a rotor; and
a centrally arranged capsule;
wherein the capsule comprises an actuator mechanism configured to cooperate with a launch element and an actuator means;
wherein the actuator means is configured for engaging with the actuator mechanism to transfer a momentum to the rotor, whereby the rotor can rotate and be launched from the launch element;
wherein the capsule is a separate part relative to the rotor; and
wherein the capsule comprises at least two capsule parts, a first capsule part connecting on one end to the launch element and on another end to a second capsule part, whereby the two capsule parts can be opened when the rotor and the capsule are separated, and wherein the rotor, the capsule and the actuator mechanism are connected to each other to the effect that the momentum from the actuator means is transferred to the actuator mechanism that conveys the momentum from the capsule to the rotor, when the at least two capsule parts are closed.

US Pat. No. 10,137,380

TOP

Shin-Kyu Choi, Seoul (KR...

1. A top comprising:a metal wheel;
a rotary force generating part configured to generate a rotary force to rotate the metal wheel;
a fixing part fixing the metal wheel to the rotary force generating part;
a bush disposed inside the fixing part;
a shaft disposed inside the metal wheel; and
a resonating part installed at a lower part of the metal wheel to be fixed on the fixing part and having an outer diameter that is smaller than the inner diameter of the metal wheel,
wherein the bush is configured to prevent the shaft from idling, in response to the shaft being coupled to the fixing part.

US Pat. No. 10,137,379

SIX DEGREE OF FREEDOM (DOF) MOTION PLATFORM WITHOUT NON-REDUNDANT LOAD PATHS

DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.,...

1. A motion platform apparatus for supporting an object and for moving the supported object with six degree of freedom (DOF) motion, the apparatus comprising:a motion platform;
a base with an upper surface facing and spaced apart from a lower surface of the motion platform; and
an actuation system coupled with the lower surface of the motion platform and with the upper surface of the base,
wherein the actuation system operates to move the motion platform with six DOF motion,
wherein the actuation system is free of non-redundant load paths,
wherein the actuation system is pivotally coupled, via four platform coupling components, with the lower surface of the motion platform at four coupling locations that are arranged in a rectangular pattern, and
wherein the actuation system comprises four actuator assemblies that are independently and concurrently operable to provide the six DOF motion.

US Pat. No. 10,137,378

MIST PRODUCING DEVICE FOR PLAYGROUND WITH SUN SHADE APPARATUS

1. A mist device for a play set which comprises a framework on a playground area, comprising:a mist frame unit for coupling at and extending along said framework of said play set, wherein said mist frame unit has a water channel;
a water inlet provided at a first end of said mist frame unit arranged for connecting to a water source and enabling water flowing from said water source through said water channel of said mist frame unit;
a plurality of mist producing units provided along said mist frame unit defining a mist surrounding area for producing mist over the playground;
means for coupling said mist frame unit to said framework of said play set in such a manner that mist is produced by said mist producing units at said mist surrounding area over the playground,
a sunshade unit mounted onto said play set for shading said play set; and
at least a mist control for adjusting a mist pattern produced by said mist producing units, wherein said mist frame unit comprises a flexible hose member detachably mounted onto the framework of the play set, thereby said mist frame unit is detachable from and repositionable in the framework of the play set, wherein said means comprises a plurality of connector units connecting said flexible hose member and the framework of the play set, thereby said flexible hose member is universal and applicable to any play set through securing into position by said connector unit, wherein each said connector unit comprises a hose receiving member at a center of said connector unit arranged for receiving said flexible hose member; and a framework biasing member extended from said hose receiving member at the center outwardly to two sides defining two end portions of said framework biasing member such that said framework biasing member is capable of biasing a rod-like body of the framework of the play set to anchor and secure said flexible hose member in said hose receiving member onto said framework through a biasing effect provided by said two sides of said framework biasing member and a clipping effect provided by said two end portions of said framework biasing member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,376

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CREATING AND STREAMING AUGMENTED GAME SESSIONS

Activision Publishing, In...

1. A system for facilitating streaming of augmented game sessions created via augmentation during reproduction of previous game sessions, the system comprising:one or more physical processors programmed with one or more computer program instructions which, when executed, cause the one or more physical processors to:
obtain game play information associated with a previous game session of a game, wherein the game play information defines previous game play of the previous game session, and the previous game play includes one or more first in-game actions that were executed on behalf of a first player in the previous game session based on one or more first user inputs received from the first player;
execute the one or more first in-game actions to reproduce the previous game play of the previous game session after the previous game session, wherein execution of the one or more first in-game actions creates a reproduced game session;
add augmentation content to the reproduced game session based on one or more second user inputs received from a user during the reproduced game session, wherein the addition of the augmentation content to the reproduced game session creates an augmented game session; and
stream one or more views of the augmented game session, wherein the one or more views of the augmented game session are streamed, in real-time, to one or more viewers as the augmentation content is added to the reproduced game session.

US Pat. No. 10,137,375

CENTER DEVICE

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a network interface operating to communicate in respective paired relationships with one or more controller devices operated by one or more users, respectively, via wired communication or wireless communication selected by the one or more users; and
circuitry configured to output light emission controls to the paired one or more controller devices, wherein the one or more controller devices each include at least one light emitter that responds to the light emission controls by emitting a selected one of a plurality of colors,
wherein the circuitry configured to output light emission controls outputs a first light emission control to a first of the one or more controller devices that first achieves the paired relationship, and wherein the first light emission control operates to cause a particular first color among the plurality of colors to emit, and
wherein the circuitry configured to output light emission controls outputs a second light emission control to a second of the one or more controller devices that next achieves the paired relationship after the first of the one or more controller devices, and wherein the second light emission control operates to cause a particular second color among the plurality of colors to emit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,374

METHOD FOR AN AUGMENTED REALITY CHARACTER TO MAINTAIN AND EXHIBIT AWARENESS OF AN OBSERVER

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A method for causing a virtual character to demonstrate awareness of a portable device's position or activity, the method comprising, detecting a position of a portable device, the portable device including a camera that captures a real-world scene, and identifying an anchor within the real-world scene, the anchor being tracked during movement of the portable device;generating an augmented reality scene formed by inserting a virtual character into the real-world scene as captured by the camera, the virtual character being positioned in the augmented reality scene in relation to the identified anchor, the virtual character configured to perform an action indicating awareness of the position or activity of the portable device;
displaying the augmented reality scene on a display;
wherein the action indicating awareness comprises adjusting a view direction, in the augmented reality scene, of the virtual character;
wherein the adjustment of the view direction of the virtual character is in the direction of the position of the portable device and is defined by adjustment from a current view direction to an adjusted view direction towards the portable device, and wherein the adjustment of the view direction of the virtual character changes a relationship of the view direction to the anchor, wherein the adjustment of the view direction of the virtual character includes adjustment of a head of the virtual character so as to look in the direction of the portable device.

US Pat. No. 10,137,373

RECORDING MEDIUM, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

NINTENDO CO., LTD., Kyot...

1. A non-transitory recording medium in which an information processing program is recorded, the program causing an information processing device including a display, a hardware key and a touch panel on the display to provide operation comprising:a display processing for performing processing of displaying, on the display, an image concerning a processing result of an application and an operation receiving image for receiving an operation related to the application;
a first operation reception for receiving an operation associated with the operation receiving image by detecting contact with the operation receiving image through the touch panel;
a second operation reception for receiving an operation equivalent to the operation associated with the operation receiving image through operation for the hardware key; and
an information processing for performing information processing concerning the application in response to operation received by the first operation reception or the second operation reception, wherein:
the display processing makes the operation receiving image non-display when the second operation reception receives an operation; and
the display processing displays the operation receiving image at a time of activating the application.

US Pat. No. 10,137,371

METHOD OF RECORDING AND REPLAYING GAME VIDEO BY USING OBJECT STATE RECORDING METHOD

MINKONET CORPORATION, Se...

1. A method of recording and replaying a game video by using an object state recording method in a computer system, wherein the game video is a video of a game developed using a game development tool whereby things, characters, and backgrounds appearing in virtual space defined three-dimensionally within the game are defined as objects and states of the objects displayed on a screen in the virtual space are created as image frames at predetermined time intervals and displayed on the screen, the method comprising:(a) while the game is being played, when a new object appears in the virtual space, recording an identification number of the object, numerical data of position coordinates and a direction of the object in the virtual space, and a serial number of an image frame in which the object appeared, in a replay data file as appearance information;
(b) when the object that appeared in step (a) moves in the virtual space, recording numerical data defining a motion of the object for each serial number of the image frame, in the replay data file as motion state information;
(c) when the object that appeared in step (a) exits from the virtual space, recording the identification number of the exiting object and a serial number of an image frame in which the object exits, in the replay data file as exit information; and
(d) searching for shape information of the object corresponding to the identification number of the object recorded in the replay data file, in a library of the game so as to dispose the object in the virtual space based on the appearance information corresponding to the serial number of the image frame, constructing the object moving based on the motion state information, in the virtual space, and creating a replay image frame in which the object is removed from the virtual space based on the exit information and rendering the replay image frame on the screen.

US Pat. No. 10,137,370

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, CORRECTION METHOD, CONTROL METHOD, CORRECTION PROGRAM, CONTROL PROGRAM AND RECORDING MEDIUM

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. An information processing device, comprising:an operation acquisition unit configured to acquire an input value in accordance with an inputting operation from an operation apparatus;
a correction value calculation unit configured to calculate a correction value on a basis of an input amount which is an integrated value of the input value acquired by the operation acquisition unit when the inputting operation for rotating a point of view of rendering in a virtual space by a given angle is performed and a reference amount set in advance as an input amount for rotating the point of view by the given angle;
an operation correction unit configured to correct a rotation angle corresponding to the acquired input value on a basis of a correction value retained in advance;
and
a processing unit configured to rotate a point of view of rendering in a virtual space in accordance with the corrected rotation angle,
wherein the operation apparatus detects an acceleration value upon an inputting operation,
the operation acquisition unit acquires the acceleration value as the input value, and
the correction value calculation unit acquires an integration value of a speed based on the acceleration value acquired within a time period of an inputting operation within which the point of view is rotated by the given angle as the input amount when the inputting operation for rotating the point of view by the given angle is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,137,368

BILLING A SUBSET OF MOBILE DEVICES ASSOCIATED WITH AN ONLINE GAMING ENVIRONMENT RENDERED ON THE SUBSET OF MOBILE DEVICES

1. A system, comprising:a processor; and
a memory that stores executable instructions that, when executed by the processor, facilitate performance of operations, comprising:
selecting a group of mobile devices for a session of an online application associated with a gaming environment based on first data received from the online application and second data received from the group of the mobile devices;
updating, based on the session of the online application, the first data and the second data to generate updated first data and updated second data; and
billing the group of the mobile devices based on the updated first data, the updated second data, and advertisement data representative of an advertisement that is generated based on condition data representative of a condition associated with the session of the online application.

US Pat. No. 10,137,367

CAPTURE NOTIFICATION SYSTEM, CAPTURE NOTIFICATION METHOD, PROGRAM, INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A capture notification system comprising:a capture request receiving section configured to receive a capture request of an image indicating content of execution of a program from a capture requesting user requesting capture of the image; and
a notifying section configured, when a capture object user who is not the capture requesting user has denied approval to the capture object user's image being included in the image, to notify the capture object user that the image is to be captured in response to the receipt of the capture request.

US Pat. No. 10,137,366

DUAL JOYSTICK CONTROLLER

1. A joystick system for operating a main electronic controller, the joystick system comprising:(a) a first joystick device comprising:
(i) a casing configured to be gripped by a hand;
(ii) at least one trigger switch on the casing configured to operable by a forefinger;
(iii) a thumb activated switch on an upper end of the casing;
(iv) a first switch cluster on a side of the casing configured to be operable by a thumb, the first switch cluster being arranged on an end face of a first cylindrical structure, the first cylindrical structure having a cylindrical edge wall attached adjacently to the casing; and
(v) at least one microprocessor within the first joystick device configured to process signals from the switches on the first joystick device; and
(b) a second joystick device comprising:
(i) a casing configured to be gripped by a hand;
(ii) at least one trigger switch on the casing configured to operable by a forefinger;
(iii) a thumb activated switch on an upper end of the casing;
(iv) a second switch cluster on a side of the casing configured to be operable by a thumb, the second switch cluster being arranged on an end face of a second cylindrical structure, the second cylindrical structure having a cylindrical edge wall attached adjacently to the casing; and
(v) at least one microprocessor within the second joystick device configured to process signals from the switches on the second joystick device;
wherein the first joystick device is in communication with the second joystick device; and wherein at least one of the joystick devices is configured to communicate remotely with the main electronic controller.

US Pat. No. 10,137,365

GAME CONTROLLER AND GAME SYSTEM

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. A game system, comprising:an information processing apparatus having a processing system that includes at least one processor and communication circuitry configured to wirelessly communicate data; and
a controller arrangement, comprising:
a first controller having a housing that is dimensioned and shaped in order to be held by a first hand of a user, the first controller including:
a first inertial sensor configured to output data related to motion and/or attitude of the first controller,
first communication circuitry configured to conduct wireless communication, the first communication circuitry further configured to wirelessly communicate data between the first controller and the information processing apparatus, and
a first button located on a first surface of the housing of the first controller, the first button configured to be operated by the user while the user holds the housing of the first controller; and
a second controller having a housing that is dimensioned and shaped in order to be held by a second hand of the user, the second controller including:
a second inertial sensor configured to output data related to motion and/or attitude of the second controller,
second communication circuitry configured to conduct wireless communication, the second communication circuitry further configured to wirelessly communicate data between the second controller and the information processing apparatus, and
a second button located on a first surface of the housing of the second controller, the second button configured to be operated by the user while the user holds the housing of the second controller.

US Pat. No. 10,137,364

GAME CONTROLLER WITH REMOVABLE MAGNETIC BUTTON

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. A game controller comprising:an electronic input sensor; and
a moveable mounting platform including a magnet, the moveable mounting platform configured to removably affix a selected button accessory to the game controller through a magnetic attraction between the magnet and the selected button accessory, the selected button accessory being one of a plurality of differently configured button accessories removably affixable to the game controller through magnetic attraction to the magnet, the moveable mounting platform sandwiched between the selected button accessory and the electronic input sensor when the selected button accessory is removably affixed to the moveable mounting platform, wherein the movable mounting platform including the magnet moves together with the selected button accessory relative to the electronic input sensor when the selected button accessory is pressed, and wherein the electronic input sensor generates an activation signal responsive to the movement of the moveable mounting platform.

US Pat. No. 10,137,363

GESTURE BASED USER INTERFACES, APPARATUSES AND CONTROL SYSTEMS

1. A computer implemented method of controlling an electronic device by a user, the computer implemented method comprising:receiving facial expression information (FE Info) indicative of one or more facial expressions on the face of the user;
receiving body information (Body Info) indicative of at least one of motion and position of one or more body parts of the user, wherein the Body Info is different from the FE Info, and wherein the one or more body parts of the user are at least one of arm, hand, finger, thumb, leg, foot, toe, head, jaw, tongue, torso, chest, abdomen and shoulder of the user;
waiting for detection of a period of limited activity (POLA) based on the Body Info, wherein the POLA comprises the Body Info being steady within a specified range-for at least a specified minimum time duration;
after detection of the POLA:
(1) start comparing at least one of the FE Info and the Body Info with one or more predefined user gestures to detect a first matching portion of a recognized user gesture, wherein the recognized user gesture is one of the one or more predefined user gestures, and wherein the first matching portion is disposed at the start of the recognized user gesture and the first matching portion comprises all or part of the recognized user gesture;
(2) if the first matching portion of the recognized user gesture is detected, generating command signals for the electronic device based on at least one of the FE Info and the Body Info until the recognized user gesture is no longer detected; and
(3) if the first matching portion is not detected within a waiting period, restart the waiting for detection of a POLA.

US Pat. No. 10,137,362

EXO-TENDON MOTION CAPTURE GLOVE DEVICE WITH HAPTIC GRIP RESPONSE

1. A motion capture and haptic glove system comprising:a. A glove portion to be worn on top of a user's hand, the glove having finger portions for the fingers and thumb of the user;
b. a plurality of anchoring finger caps circumscribed around the extremities of the finger portions;
c. a plurality of anchor points configured to generate sensor data identifying a flexion/extension and an abduction/adduction of the finger portions;
d. a plurality of tendon-like cables configured to transmit the flexion/extension and the abduction/adduction data to a plurality of measuring devices for processing;
e. a plurality of return force providers to ensure flexion and tension in the tendon-like cable elements;
f. a housing structure residing on the forearm and connected to the glove portion via the plurality of tendon-like cables; and
g. at least one vibrating motor to be placed within at least one of the anchoring finger caps to relay the sensations of shape and structure of an object within the hand upon the alignment of the finger caps in the palm.

US Pat. No. 10,137,361

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USING REDUCED HOPS TO GENERATE AN AUGMENTED VIRTUAL REALITY SCENE WITHIN A HEAD MOUNTED SYSTEM

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A head mounted display for game play via a game cloud system, the head mounted display comprising:a communications circuit of the head-mounted display for sending real-world media to a game program via the Internet, the game program being executed by the game cloud system and the real-world media is captured via a camera of the head mounted display, the communications circuit of the head-mounted display is configured to communicate with the game cloud system via a router that connects to the Internet without using a computer to communicate with the router and the Internet;
a decoder in the head-mounted display coupled to the communications circuit, wherein the decoder is configured to decode compressed computer-generated interactive media received from a compressor of the game cloud system via the Internet and the router to provide decoded computer-generated interactive media; and
a game processing circuit driving a portion of interactivity associated with the game program by superimposing a portion of the decoded computer-generated interactive media on the real-world media, the compressed computer-generated interactive media generated based on the real-world media.

US Pat. No. 10,137,360

TABLETOP DISC GAME ASSEMBLY

Wild Sales, LLC, Westfie...

1. A tabletop disc game assembly arranged to be positioned upright on a flat surface, comprising:a first target, said first target comprising:
a first side edge;
a second side edge displaced from and substantially parallel with said first side edge;
a fastening means operatively arranged to abut said first side edge against said second side edge;
a top side edge connecting said first side edge and said second side edge;
a bottom side edge displaced from and substantially parallel with said top side edge, said bottom side edge including a cut out;
a disc operatively arranged to be received within said first target; and,
a flexible member arranged to direct said disc into said first target; said flexible member being substantially planar.

US Pat. No. 10,137,358

METHODS OF ADMINISTERING A WAGERING GAME INCLUDING A DEALER PAYOUT

Bally Gaming, Inc., Las ...

1. A method of administering a wagering game performed in the following order, comprising:accepting an ante wager from a player to participate in a poker game by receiving at least one tangible, monetarily valuable gaming chip in a designated ante wager area on a play surface of a play table;
accepting an optional bonus wager from the player to participate in a bonus game by receiving at least another tangible, monetarily valuable gaming chip in a designated bonus wager area on the play surface of the play table;
delivering a set of player cards to the player in a player card receiving area on the play surface of the play table from a deck of physical cards comprising a set of at least one 52-card deck of standard playing cards utilizing a card-handling device configured to present randomized cards for delivery;
delivering a set of dealer cards to the dealer at a dealer card receiving area on the play surface of the play table from the card-handling device;
accepting a play wager from the player in response to offering the player a choice whether to place the play wager or fold;
paying the player a payout on the bonus wager when the player obtains a winning outcome according to rules of the bonus game;
paying a dealer payout to at least one of a dealer and a dealer pool when the player obtains one of a plurality of predetermined winning outcomes according to the rules of the bonus game, wherein the dealer does not make a wager to receive the dealer payout; and
paying the player a payout on the ante wager when the player obtains a winning outcome according to rules of the poker game and taking each gaming chip associated with the ante wager when the player does not obtain a winning outcome according to the rules of the poker game.

US Pat. No. 10,137,356

TRANSPORTATION DEVICE WITH PIVOTING AXLE

LEVERAGE DESIGN LTD., Un...

1. A device for transportation comprising:a platform comprising:
a forward portion;
an intermediate portion;
a rearward portion;
an upper surface; and
a lower surface;
wherein the platform tapers inwardly along the intermediate portion from the forward portion to the rearward portion, wherein the forward portion has a first width and the rearward portion has a second width, the first width being larger the second width;
a plurality of wheels connected with the platform, the plurality of wheels comprising a first wheel and a second wheel adjacent the forward portion and a third wheel disposed at least partially within the rearward portion; and
a brake configured to engage with at least one of the plurality of wheels, the brake comprising:
a contact portion; and
an actuation portion, the actuation portion extending at least partially through the upper surface of the platform;
the brake configured to move between a first position and a second position, wherein:
in the first position the contact portion engages at least one of the plurality of wheels, thereby exerting a braking force on the at least one of the plurality of wheels; and
in the second position the contact portion does not engage the at least one of the plurality of wheels;
the brake being biased toward the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,355

LAND PADDLE

Brennan Innovation Inc., ...

1. A land paddle apparatus for support and propulsion, the apparatus comprising:a shaft comprising an upper portion and a lower portion;
a spring element with an upper and a lower end, the upper end of the spring element coupled to the lower portion of the shaft; and
a swing arm comprising an upper end and a lower end, the upper end of the swing arm coupled to the lower portion of the shaft, and the lower end of the swing arm coupled to an intermediate portion of the spring element.

US Pat. No. 10,137,354

GOLF GLOVES

1. A glove comprising:a body comprising a palmar portion, a dorsal portion and a distal lateral edge, wherein the palmar portion and the dorsal portion meet at the distal lateral edge; and
a plurality of digital segments projecting from the distal lateral edge of the body, the plurality of digital segments including a first digital segment designed to cover a middle finger and comprising an aperture located along a proximal phalanx portion of the digital segment when the glove is worn; and,
wherein said plurality of digital segments further comprises a second digital segment, a third digital segment and a fourth digital segment;
wherein said second digital segment is adapted to cover and enclose an entire ring finger, and wherein said third digital segment is adapted to cover and enclose an entire pinkie finger, and wherein said fourth digital segment is adapted to cover and enclose an entire thumb when the glove is worn; and
wherein said glove further comprises a terminal edge at the distal lateral edge of the body designed to allow a forefinger to extend past the terminal edge to completely expose the forefinger when the glove is worn, thereby providing a glove without a digital segment for a forefinger.

US Pat. No. 10,137,353

SYSTEM FOR TIMING AND SCORING AQUATIC SPORTS IN POOLS

EVERLAST CLIMBING INDUSTR...

1. A system configured to provide timing and scoring for aquatic sports in pools, the system comprising:a plurality of nodes, each of the plurality of nodes comprising a location relative to a pool; and
at least one control device node having a display screen, the at least one control device node connected to at least one of the plurality of nodes, the at least one control device node configured to:
access spatial knowledge related to at least one of:
the location of the plurality of nodes,
a position of the pool, and
reference points of the pool;
generate and display at the display screen at least one representation of the plurality of nodes and the pool based on the spatial knowledge;
receive a selection of a plurality of the plurality of nodes to set up at least one event based on the at least one representation;
configure the selected plurality of nodes for the at least one event; and
execute the at least one event based on the configured plurality of nodes.

US Pat. No. 10,137,351

ENHANCED GOLF SIMULATION SYSTEM

Full-Swing Golf, Inc., C...

1. A green simulation apparatus having a configurable upper surface with a changeable contour, the apparatus comprising:a covering forming the upper surface;
a covering support assembly configured to support the covering, the support assembly comprising:
a plurality of movable positioning elements having the covering resting thereon, the plurality of positioning elements being positioned in an array extending in a reference plane; and
a movement actuator configured to move at least one of the positioning elements independently of other positioning elements in the array;
wherein at least one of the positioning elements comprises a head contacting an inner surface of the covering forming the upper surface and a support frame supporting the head in manner permitting movement of the head movable along an axis extending substantially perpendicular to the reference plane, the support frame including at least two frame members pivotally connected together such that convergence of the frame members produces movement of the head in a first direction with respect to the reference plane and divergence of the frame members produces movement of the head in a second direction with respect to the reference plane.

US Pat. No. 10,137,349

GOLF TRAINING AID

1. A golf training aid comprising:an adjustable upper arm band adapted to releasably fasten;
a linear flexible strip having a first closed end and a second closed end, wherein the flexible strip is attached to the adjustable upper arm band at substantially a midpoint between the first end and the second end;
a first band of a first predetermined length, having a first closed end and a second closed end;
a second band of a second predetermined length, having a first closed end and a second closed end
a plurality of connector secured to the first closed end, the second closed end of the first band and the first closed end, and the second closed end of the second band, wherein the connectors secured to the first closed end of the first band and the first closed end of the second band are detachably connected to the first closed end and the second closed end of the linear flexible strip
a belt clip, wherein the connector secured to the second closed end of the first band and a connector secured to the second closed end of the second band are connected to the belt clip.

US Pat. No. 10,137,346

BALL PITCHING TRAINING DEVICE

Claybon Williams, Smyrna...

1. A ball pitching training device comprising:a flexible cylindrical inner rod having a top end and a bottom end;
a handle disposed on the bottom end;
an adjustable connection head protruding from the top end, the connection head having an exterior edge and an interior edge, wherein the connection head is attached to the top end at the interior edge;
a plurality of adjustment apertures vertically aligned on the connection head, the plurality of adjustment apertures extending from a position proximal the exterior edge to a position proximal the interior edge;
a support cushion centrally disposed and encircling a portion of the inner rod;
a body strap attachably disposed on the inner rod, the body strap having a first end and a second end, the body strap having a pair of rings, wherein one of the pair of rings is attached to a respective one of the first end and the second end, wherein the rings secure the body strap to the inner rod;
an adjustment clip disposed on the body strap, the adjustment clip being configured to adjust a length of the body strap; and
an attachable ball comprising:
a resistance band having a clip attachment portion and a ball attachment portion;
a circular attachment clip disposed on the clip attachment portion; and
a throwing ball disposed on the ball attachment portion of the resistance band;
wherein the attachment clip is configured to engage one of the plurality of apertures, wherein a user wears the body strap to secure the device on the user's body, wherein the user grasps the throwing ball and simulates a throwing movement, wherein the resistance band and flexible inner rod provide resistance against the throwing movement.

US Pat. No. 10,137,345

GOLF CLUBS WITH HOSEL INSERTS AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING GOLF CLUBS WITH HOSEL INSERTS

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club comprising:a golf club head comprising:
a club head body comprising a first metallic material having a first density and further comprising:
a hollow interior;
a strike face;
a crown portion comprising a crown hole opening into the hollow interior;
a sole portion; and
a support structure located between the crown portion and the sole portion, the support structure comprising a structure hole aligned with the crown hole, and the structure hole having a first aperture opening into the hollow interior toward the crown hole and a second aperture opposite the first aperture and opening into the hollow interior away from the crown hole;
a shaft comprising a shaft tip; and
a hosel insert comprising a second metallic material having a second density;
a hollow tubular body;
a first hosel portion configured to receive the shaft tip; and
a second hosel portion adjacent to the first hosel portion; and
a barrier;
wherein the barrier separates and isolates the first hosel portion from the second hosel portion;
such that the shaft tip abuts the barrier when the shaft is inserted into the hosel insert;
wherein:
the second density is less than the first density;
the crown hole is configured to receive the first hosel portion; and
the structure hole is configured to receive the second hosel portion;
wherein the hosel insert has a first end proximate the crown hole and a second end proximate the support structure and a sidewall located between the first end and the second end;
wherein the hosel insert comprises a plurality of voids in non-end portions of the sidewall of a hosel insert surface;
wherein the hosel insert is fixedly attached to the club head body.

US Pat. No. 10,137,343

GOLF BALL ELEVATOR WITH FLAGSTICK AND MEDIA DISPLAY

1. A system to facilitate retrieval of a golf ball after the ball is stroked by a golfer into a cylindrical golf hole cup comprising a webbing structure formed by web elements projecting inwardly from an inner cylindrical cup wall and having voids formed between the web elements and comprising a center cylindrical aperture formed in the webbing structure to retain a flagstick assembly wherein the flagstick assembly comprises a ferrule that may be slid into and out of the center cylindrical aperture, the system comprising:a golf ball elevator mounted to the golf hole cup, comprising:
a motorized telescoping shaft assembly, the motorized telescoping shaft assembly having a telescoping shaft and a motor coupled to the telescoping shaft;
a cylindrical cup element to receive and retain a golf ball stroked into the golf hole cup, the cylindrical cup element having an aperture through which the ferrule of the flagstick assembly may be extended into the center cylindrical aperture formed in the webbing structure to retain the flagstick assembly in the golf hole cup;
a plate attached to the telescoping shaft, wherein the telescoping shaft extends through one of the voids in the webbing structure for attachment to the plate the plate having an aperture through which the ferrule of the flagstick assembly may be extended into the center cylindrical aperture formed in the webbing structure to retain the flagstick assembly in the golf hole cup;
at least one spring interconnected between the cylindrical cup element and the plate to mount the cylindrical cup element to the plate; and
a switch mounted to the plate and connected to the motorized telescoping shaft assembly, wherein the switch is actuated when the weight of a golf ball in the cylindrical cup element causes the at least one spring to be compressed to actuate the switch to activate the motor to cause the motor to extend the telescoping shaft to raise the cylindrical cup element containing the golf ball until the telescoping shaft is fully extended and wherein the switch is deactuated when the golf ball is retrieved from the cylindrical cup element to cause the at least one spring to decompress to deactuate the switch to activate the motor to cause the motor to retract the telescoping shaft to lower the cylindrical cup element into the golf hole cup until the telescoping shaft is fully retracted; wherein the golf ball may fall into the cylindrical cup element while the flagstick assembly is retained in the golf hole cup; and
wherein the motorized telescoping shaft assembly causes the aperture in the cylindrical cup element and the plate to move axially with respect to the flagstick assembly when the flagstick assembly is retained in the center cylindrical aperture of the golf hole cup without raising or lowering the flagstick assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,137,340

GOLF PUTTER WITH ANIMAL BONE INSERT

1. A putter head comprising:a striking face formed from a first material, the striking face including a central cavity; and
an insert formed from a second material that is different from the first material, wherein the second material comprises animal bone, the insert including a front face and a back face, the back face fittingly engaged within the central cavity to align the front face with the striking face surrounding the central cavity thereby establishing a continuous surface along the striking face.

US Pat. No. 10,137,339

GOLF CLUB HAVING REMOVABLE FACE

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf club head, comprising:a body including a recess having a heel side wall, a toe side wall, and a sole side wall defining a face support slot that is opened to a top line portion of the body, wherein the body defines a threaded bore in a toe portion of the body;
a face member disposed in the face support slot and defining a ball striking surface, wherein a plurality of score lines are recessed into the face member from the ball striking surface;
a top line key that forms a portion of a top line of the golf club head and extends in a heel to toe direction, wherein the top line key defines an aperture in a toe portion of the top line key that aligns with the threaded bore of the body; and
a threaded fastener that extends through the aperture of the top line key and is threaded into the threaded bore of the body,
wherein the fastener extends through the top line key and into the body to couple the top line key to the body, and
wherein the top line key closes the opening of the face support slot, so that the face member is circumscribed by the heel side wall, the toe side wall, the sole side wall and the top line key.

US Pat. No. 10,137,337

GOLF CLUB HEAD

BRIDGESTONE SPORTS CO., L...

1. A golf club head, comprising:a head body including
a body face;
a sole; and
a crown; and
a face member joined to an opening formed in the body face,
wherein a depression is provided between the opening and the sole in the head body, wherein a minimum thickness of a portion of the sole between the depression and a bottom surface of the head body is greater than a minimum thickness of an entirety of the sole.

US Pat. No. 10,137,335

EMBEDDED HIGH DENSITY CASTING

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A method of manufacturing a golf club head comprising:forming a high density metal piece;
placing the high density metal piece in a wax injection mold;
positioning a tool in abutment with the high density metal piece, the tool including a lip that receives at least a portion of the high density metal piece;
injecting wax into the wax injection mold to at least partially embed the high density metal piece within the wax, wherein the portion of the high density metal piece received by the lip is exposed outside of the wax;
removing the tool from the wax injection mold such that a gap is formed between the portion of the high density metal piece that was received by the lip and the wax;
coating the wax and at least one portion of the high density metal piece with a ceramic material forming a ceramic shell, wherein the gap is occupied by the ceramic material;
melting the wax to form a hollow region between the ceramic shell and the high density metal piece, wherein the high density metal piece is held rigidly in place via the ceramic filled gap;
pouring metal into the hollow region, the metal forming a body of the golf club head and at least partially surrounding the high density metal piece wherein the ceramic filled gap prevents the high density metal piece from translating along or in an x or y-axis and from rotating about a z-axis; and
removing the ceramic, such that the high density metal piece and a portion of the body of the golf club head again form the gap,
wherein the high density metal piece is made of a material selected from a group consisting of tungsten, tantalum, rhenium, osmium, iridium, and platinum.

US Pat. No. 10,137,333

CORES MADE FROM THERMOSET AND PLASTICIZED THERMOPLASTIC MATERIALS FOR GOLF BALLS

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A core assembly for a golf ball, comprising:i) an inner core layer comprising a first thermoplastic material, the inner core having an outer surface hardness (Hinner core surface) and a center hardness (Hinner core center), the Hinner core surface being greater than the Hinner core center to provide a positive hardness gradient;
ii) an outer core layer comprising a second thermoplastic material, the outer core layer being disposed about the inner core layer and having an outer surface hardness (Houter surface of OC) and a midpoint hardness (Hmidpoint of OC), the Houter surface of OC being greater than the Hmidpoint of OC to provide a positive hardness gradient, the second thermoplastic material comprising:
a) an add copolymer of ethylene and an ?,?-unsaturated carboxylic acid, optionally including a softening monomer selected from the group consisting of alkyl acrylates and methacrylates;
b) a plasticizer; and
c) a cation source present in an amount sufficient to neutralize from about 0 to about 100% of all acid groups present in the material; and
iii) an intermediate core layer comprising a thermoset rubber material, the intermediate layer being disposed between the inner core and outer core and having an outer surface hardness (Houter surface of Inter Core) and a midpoint hardness (Hmidpoint of Inter Core), the Houter surface of the Inter Core being greater than the Hmidpoint of the Inter Core to provide a positive hardness gradient;
wherein the center hardness of the inner core (Hinner core surface) is in the range of about 10 Shore C to about 70 Shore C and the outer surface hardness of the outer core layer (Houter surface of OC) is in the range of about 20 Shore C to about 95 Shore C to provide a positive hardness gradient across the core assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,137,332

USE OF HIGH MOLECULAR WEIGHT POLYSILOXANE FOR GOLF BALLS

Callaway Golf Company, C...

1. A golf ball comprising:a center core;
an outer core disposed over the center core;
an inner mantle layer disposed over the outer core, the inner mantle layer having a thickness ranging from 0.025 inch to 0.040 inch, the inner mantle layer composed of an ionomer material, the inner mantle layer material having a plaque Shore D hardness ranging from 65 to 71;
an outer mantle layer disposed over the inner mantle layer, the outer mantle layer having a thickness ranging from 0.070 inch to 0.090 inch;
and
a cover layer composed of a blend of (a) 20 to 99 wt % of a thermoplastic resin, (b) 1 to 80 wt % of a high molecular weight polydimethylsiloxane having a molecular weight (Mn) of at least 10,000 and not more than about 1,000,000 (Mn,), wherein the high molecular weight polydimethylsiloxane is blended with 3 to 35 weight percent of a silica, wherein the high molecular weight polydimethylsiloxane has pendant groups, terminal groups or mixtures of pendant groups and terminal groups selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, trimethyl, dimethyl, methyl, phenyl, fluoro, amino, vinyl, hydroxyl, and methacrylate;
wherein the cover layer is disposed over the outer mantle layer, the cover layer has a thickness ranging from 0.025 inch to 0.040 inch;
wherein the cover layer has a lower Shore D hardness than the outer mantle layer, the outer mantle layer has a higher Shore D hardness than the inner mantle layer, the outer core has a higher Shore D hardness than the inner mantle layer and the center core.

US Pat. No. 10,137,331

SWIMMING FIN FOR THE DISABLED

1. A swimming fin for a disabled person, comprising:a flipper having:
a bottom fin portion; and
a boot portion having an upper attached to the bottom fin portion, the upper having a heel portion and defining an opening for inserting a disabled person's foot into the boot portion and defining a toe hole, the bottom fin portion having a width fanning outward extending away from the boot portion;
a post having an upper end and a lower end, the lower end being pivotally attached to the flipper near the heel portion of the boot;
a leg strap pivotally attached to the post, the leg strap being adapted for being fastened around a leg of a disabled person; and
a handle attached to the upper end of the post;
wherein using the handle to move the upper end of the post away from the disabled person followed by pulling the upper end of the post back towards the disabled person pivots the disabled person's leg in a leg kick motion while swimming.

US Pat. No. 10,137,330

SIX-WEBBED GLOVE

1. A six-webbed glove comprising:a main body having
a palm segment, two opposite ends of the palm segment being respectively a finger end and an arm end;
five finger segments mounted on the finger end of the palm segment, arranged apart from each other along a horizontal direction, communicating with the palm segment, and the five finger segments including three inner finger segments and two outer finger segments; the three inner finger segments disposed between the two outer finger segments;
an arm segment mounted on the arm end of the palm segment, communicating with the palm segment, and having
a wearing opening formed on an end of the arm segment away from the palm segment;
four middle webs respectively mounted between every two adjacent said finger segments and each filling up a gap between said two finger segments;
two outer webs respectively mounted on two opposite sides of the main body, and respectively connected to the two outer finger segments; one of two ends of each one of the two outer webs connected to an end of the corresponding outer finger segment, the other end of said outer web connected to a side of the arm segment, and said outer web connected to the corresponding outer forger segment, the palm segment, and the arm segment along a contour of the corresponding side of the main body;
two finger-supporting boards respectively mounted inside the two outer finger segments, each one of the two finger-supporting boards extending to the end of the corresponding outer finger segment;
an arm-supporting board mounted inside the arm segment.

US Pat. No. 10,137,329

SMART WALKING RECOMMENDATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A smart walking recommendation apparatus, comprising:an information obtaining module configured to obtain destination information and appointed arrival time information;
a positioning module configured to obtain a start position of a user;
a central processing module configured to:
calculate a distance for a selected walk from the start position to a destination based on the start position and the destination information; and
determine whether to recommend walking the selected walk based on the distance from the start position to the destination, an empirical speed, and the appointed arrival time information, wherein the empirical speed is updated based on the user's health data associated with previous walks, and deviations in said user's health data from normal standard range data; and
an output module configured to output a walking recommendation to the user in response to the central processing module determining to recommend walking the selected walk.

US Pat. No. 10,137,328

PROGRAMMED EXERCISE BICYCLE WITH COMPUTER AIDED GUIDANCE

Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc.,...

1. A stationary bike, comprising:a frame that is configured to allow a rider to ride in sitting and standing positions;
a direct drive mechanism that couples a pedal assembly and a flywheel and that facilitates a smooth transition between sitting and standing positions;
a set of handlebars that is coupled to the frame and that provides the rider with at least one hand position;
a mechanism that provides resistance to the flywheel and that is manually adjustable by the rider to vary the pedaling resistance;
a computer that is coupled to the stationary bike, that is configured to connect with the internet or other computer network to access a collection of exercise routines, wherein the exercise routines include instructions regarding cadence, pedaling resistance, and riding position including sitting and standing positions;
wherein the computer is configured to measure the pedaling resistance and the rider's cadence and is configured to calculate power exerted by the rider based on the pedaling resistance and the rider's cadence; and
a display that is coupled to the computer, that displays an exercise routine from the collection of exercise routines so that the rider is provided with instructions for the rider to manually adjust pedaling resistance, and instructions for the rider to vary cadence and riding positions including sitting and standing positions;
wherein the display displays cadence, pedaling resistance and the power exerted by the rider.

US Pat. No. 10,137,326

EXERCISE DEVICE

1. An exercise device comprising:a vertical support tube;
a base section operatively attached at a bottom end of the vertical support tube, the base section further comprising:
a base brace attachable to the vertical support tube;
a base mounting plate attachable to the base brace; and
a leg operatively attached to the base mounting plate, the leg being at least partially rotatable about a leg mounting bolt connected to the base mounting plate;
a middle section removably attachable to the vertical support tube, the middle section being movable about the vertical support tube, the middle section further comprising:
a middle brace adjustably positionable about the vertical support tube;
a middle mounting plate attached to the middle brace;
a front bar operatively attached to the middle mounting plate, the front bar being at least partially rotatable about a front bar mounting bolt connected to the middle mounting plate; and
an arm support operatively attached to the middle mounting plate, the arm support being at least partially rotatable about an arm support mounting bolt connected to the middle mounting plate; and
an upper section attachable to a top end of the vertical support tube, the upper section further comprising:
an upper handle;
a first securement tube attached to a first side of the vertical support tube; and
a second securement tube attached to a second side of the vertical support tube;
wherein the leg, the front bar, and the arm support are rotatable to at least a down position and an up position;
wherein the upper section further comprises an upper support tube extending from a first upper support tube end to a second upper support tube end;
wherein the upper support tube comprises an upper support tube bend between the first upper support tube end and the second upper support tube end;
wherein the first upper support tube end is approximately orthogonal to the second upper support tube end;
wherein the first upper support tube end of the upper support tube is attachable to the vertical support tube;
wherein the first securement tube receives the first upper support tube end of the upper handle by insertion into the first securement tube, and the second upper support tube end receives the second upper support tube end of the upper handle by insertion into the second securement tube;
wherein the upper handle extends from an upper handle support end to an upper handle distal end;
wherein the upper handle is bent between the upper handle support end and the upper handle distal end; and
wherein the upper handle support end is approximately orthogonal to the upper handle distal end.

US Pat. No. 10,137,323

GUIDED TYPE FALL ARRESTER—BODY CONTROL SYSTEM

Honeywell International I...

1. A fall arrester for use in a climbing protection system to protect a user of a ladder, a platform or the like from falls wherein the fall arrester is adapted to be used with, and to be movable along, a guide rail having catching stops engageable by the fall arrester in response to a fall by the user, the fall arrester comprising:a body;
a pawl comprising a pawl tooth, the pawl mounted to the body for movement relative to the body between an engaging position wherein the pawl tooth will engage a catching stop in the guide rail and a disengaged position wherein the pawl tooth will not engage the catching stops in the guide rail;
a first connecting element comprising a first connecting feature configured to receive an attachment to a user, the first connecting element operably connected to the pawl to transmit force to the pawl from a user attached to the first connecting feature; and
a second connecting element comprising a second connecting feature configured to receive an attachment to a user, the second connecting feature spaced from the first connecting feature, the second connecting element operably connected to the pawl to transmit force to the pawl from a user attached to the second connecting feature; wherein
the pawl is configured to move from the disengaged position to the engaging position in response to a first predetermined force applied to the first connecting element in a first direction, and the pawl is configured to move from the disengaged position to the engaging position in response to a second predetermined force applied to the second connecting element in a second direction that is different than the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,137,322

SAFETY HARNESS

D B Industries, LLC, Map...

1. A safety harness configured to arrest a user during a fall event, said safety harness comprising:shoulder straps;
a dorsal D-ring connected to the shoulder straps;
a waist strap; and
a weight distribution assembly interconnecting the shoulder straps proximate the dorsal D-ring and the waist strap, the weight distribution assembly being positioned proximate a user's spine when in use, the weight distribution assembly configured to be loaded in compression and transfer a significant weight from a load suspended from the dorsal D-ring from proximate the shoulder straps to proximate the waist strap.

US Pat. No. 10,137,321

FILTERING FACE-PIECE RESPIRATOR HAVING AN INTEGRALLY-JOINED EXHALATION VALVE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A filtering face-piece respirator that comprises:a harness;
a mask body that comprises:
a filtering structure; and
a support structure comprising a longitudinally-movable, transversely-extending member that extends from a first living hinge disposed on a first side of the mask body to a second living hinge disposed on a second side of the mask body; and
an exhalation valve that comprises a valve seat that is integral to the support structure.

US Pat. No. 10,137,320

RESPIRATOR FLOW CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An air flow control system for a respirator, the control system comprising:a shell defining a breathable air zone for a user;
a plurality of air delivery conduits within the shell of the respirator and having an air flow inlet end extending through an air inlet opening of the shell, wherein the conduits are separable from the shell, wherein each air delivery conduit of the plurality of air delivery conduits defines an air flow outlet within the shell to provide air flow into the breathable air zone, and wherein each air delivery conduit receives air flow from a common air flow inlet;
a valve member moveable relative to the plurality of air delivery conduits and within the shell to vary the amount of air flow through the air flow outlet of each air delivery conduit to the breathable air zone; and
a valve actuator outside of the shell of the respirator that is manipulatable by a user of the respirator while wearing the respirator to control movement of the valve member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,319

CARRYING SYSTEM FOR BREATHING APPARATUS

1. A carrying system for use with breathing apparatus, the carrying system comprising:a backplate configured to receive a breathing apparatus mounted thereto, the backplate comprising a unitary, one-piece plate formed of a plastic material, the plate having a predetermined shape including an upper end region and a lower end region, the plate having an inner side and an opposite outer side, the inner side facing a user when the carrying system is worn by the user, the plate being configured to provide impact protection to the user during use by at least one of absorbing or dispersing impact forces, the plate being configured to deform resiliently in response to external forces imposed by at least one of bending or twisting of the user during use and return substantially to its predetermined shape when not subjected to an external force;
an attachment member mounted on the outer side of the plate, the attachment member configured to releasably mount a breathing apparatus that includes an air cylinder along the outer side such that the plate is disposed between the breathing apparatus and the user;
two shoulder straps attached to the plate of the backplate at the upper end region; and
a waist strap attached to the plate of the backplate at the lower end region, the waist strap including an attachment segment thereof, the attachment segment being attached to the plate and overlying the lower end region of the plate, the waist strap and the shoulder straps configured to hold the backplate on a back of the user when the carrying system is worn by the user such that when the user's back undergoes a twisting movement, the waist strap and the shoulder straps impose a torsional force on the plate causing the plate to deform torsionally.

US Pat. No. 10,137,317

AIRCRAFT AIR SUPPLY SYSTEMS FOR REDUCING EFFECTIVE ALTITUDE EXPERIENCED AT SELECTED LOCATIONS

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

15. A method for delivering oxygen enriched air to a flight deck on an aircraft and to a selected location on the aircraft, the method comprising:outputting a flow of the oxygen enriched air from a gas separation system;
outputting a flow of conditioned air from an environmental control system;
directing the flow of the oxygen enriched air, using a first duct, to a third duct;
directing a first portion of the flow of the conditioned air, using a second duct, to the third duct;
directing a second portion of the flow of the conditioned air, using a fourth duct, to a main cabin of the aircraft;
mixing the first portion of the flow of the conditioned air and the flow of the oxygen enriched air in the third duct;
directing the mixed conditioned and oxygen enriched air to the flight deck and to at least one dispensing station at the selected location;
dispensing the mixed conditioned and oxygen enriched air to users of the at least one dispensing station; and
controlling the flow of the oxygen enriched air to the third duct in order to reduce an effective altitude of the flight deck and of the at least one dispensing station.

US Pat. No. 10,137,316

CHARGED PARTICLE TREATMENT, RAPID PATIENT POSITIONING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

6. A method for using a charged particle cancer therapy system to treat a tumor of a patient, comprising the steps of:positioning the patient relative to a support, wherein a longitudinal axis of said support comprises a first angle less than thirty degrees off of a vertical axis; and
co-transitioning the support and the patient through an angle forty-five degrees off of a vertical axis; and
orientating the support and the patient at a second angle less than thirty degrees off of a horizontal axis;
using an actuator system to move: (1) a first foil, comprising a first thickness of 10 to 150 micrometers, toward a beam path of positively charged particles at a first time to extract first charged particles from an accelerator at a first energy and (2) a second foil, comprising a second thickness of 150 to 250 micrometers, toward the beam path at a second time to extract second charged particles from said accelerator at a second energy, the second energy higher than the first energy; and
after said step of orientating, using the positively charged particles from said accelerator to treat a tumor of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,137,315

DETERMINING AN IRRADIATION REGION FOR RADIOTHERAPY BASED ON MODEL PATIENT DATA AND PATIENT IMAGE DATA

Brainlab AG, Munich (DE)...

1. A method of determining a radiotherapy treatment plan for radiotherapy treatment of a treatment body part of a patient's body, the method being executed by a computer and comprising the following steps:a) acquiring treatment body part position data indicating a position of the treatment body part and treatment target position data comprising treatment target position information describing the position of a treatment target to be treated by radiotherapy in the treatment body part;
b) acquiring statistic model target region position data comprising statistic model target region position information describing the position of a model target region in a model body part corresponding to the treatment body part,
wherein the statistic model target region position data has been generated based on model target position data comprising model target position information describing the positions of model treatment targets in a plurality of model bodies which display a medical condition corresponding to the medical condition to be treated,
wherein the statistic model target region position data comprises spatial target region cluster data comprising spatial target region cluster information describing at least one spatial cluster that defines a geometric concentration of the model treatment targets in at least one specific anatomic region in all of the plurality of model bodies, and
wherein the spatial target region cluster data is determined based on combining sets of medical image data comprising the model target region position information for each individual one of the plurality of model bodies;
c) determining, by mapping the statistic model target region position data to the treatment body part position data irradiation region position data comprising irradiation region position information describing the position of an irradiation region to be treated by irradiation with treatment radiation in the treatment body part; and
d) controlling activation of an irradiation unit based on the irradiation region position data.

US Pat. No. 10,137,309

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROLIFERATION OF STEM CELLS IN CELLULAR TISSUE

1. A system for proliferation of stem cells, in cellular tissue in vivo or grown in vitro in repositories or cellular cultures laboratories, by local application of an extremely low frequency magnetic field, said system comprising a generator for producing a constant sinusoidal extremely low frequency current signal, and at least one resonating medium connected to the generator, wherein:the generator comprises:
a quartz oscillator which generates a rectangular signal, initially of a high precision frequency,
a first integrated circuit which successively divides the rectangular signal to output a desired frequency between 3 and 30 Hz,
an 8 order Butterworth filter integrated circuit which converts the divided rectangular signal into a sinusoidal signal, and
a multi-stage attenuator which provides a current value to produce an induction of the magnetic field in a range from 0.25 mT-2 mT at an emitter of the at least one resonating medium, each stage of the attenuator leading to an increase of 0.25 mT of the induction of the magnetic field;
the at least one resonance medium comprising the emitter and at least one coil member having a number of loops wound about the emitter, the emitter being made of magnetic material, the at least one resonance medium being subjected to said sinusoidal extremely low frequency current signal produced by the generator;
the sinusoidal extremely low frequency current signal having a value of IRMs=0.195 A and a predetermined frequency chosen from a range between 7.65 Hz and 7.75 Hz with harmonics inferior to 0.2%, and an induction of the magnetic field having a value BRMs=0.75 mT at a distance of 3 mm from a solenoid surface of the at least one resonating medium; and
said magnetic field being applied in a transversal direction to a localized region of the stem cells.

US Pat. No. 10,137,303

CORTICAL INTERFACE FOR MOTOR SIGNAL RECORDING AND SENSORY SIGNAL STIMULATION

Second Sight Medical Prod...

1. An implantation system comprising:an implantable device comprising:
a hermetic package enclosing an electronic circuit suitable to be implanted within a head,
a flat flexible circuit, including a polymer base layer, conductive traces and a polymer top layer, and including a plurality of electrodes electrically coupled to the electronic circuit suitable to record neural activity, the flexible circuit forming a plurality of flexible fingers with electrodes disposed directly on each of the flexible fingers, each flexible finger including a tip at an opposite end of the flexible circuit from the hermetic package, and a flexible feature, defining a void, at the tip suitable to accept an implantation tool, and
a wireless transceiver electrically coupled to the electronic circuit for sending data derived from the neural activity and receiving sensory data; and
the implantation tool including a plurality of features configured to engage the voids in each of the fingers and press the plurality of fingers into tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,137,302

HEARING SYSTEM

1. A method for operating a hearing system comprising an implantable device and an external device configured to transmit an encoded signal to the implantable device, the external device comprising a microphone system and a processor system, the method comprising:receiving at the microphone system acoustic signals,
converting the acoustic signals to electrical signals via the microphone system, where the conversion includes dividing the signal into a plurality of bands,
determining for each of the plurality of bands an energy level and generating a wireless signal based on the plurality of energy bands,
transmitting the wireless signal from the external device to the implantable device,
wherein the generation of the wireless signal further comprises creating a compressed signal having reduced data for at least one energy level.

US Pat. No. 10,137,298

HAND-HELD DEVICE FOR ELECTRICALLY POWERED SKIN TREATMENT

Swiss Spa System Ltd., H...

1. A hand-held device for electrically powered skin treatment, comprising:a first outer electrode which is contactable with a hand of a user when the device is held in the hand for use;
a second outer electrode which is placeable on an area of skin to be treated;
at least one battery, wherein the at least one battery is electrically connected to the first outer electrode and the second outer electrode during operation of the device and wherein the at least one battery is rechargeable;
a compartment, wherein the at least one battery is disposed in the compartment, wherein the compartment is covered by a shell-like housing cover, and wherein an outside of the housing cover is a section of an exterior area of the device housing;
wherein the compartment is covered by a removable compartment cover, wherein an inner side of the compartment cover is directed toward the at least one battery in the compartment and wherein a connector socket with at least two poles is disposed on an outer side of the compartment cover;
wherein the compartment cover is located within the housing cover; and
a charging circuit coupled between the at least one battery and the at least two poles of the connector socket.

US Pat. No. 10,137,296

ACTIVE CARDIAC ELECTRICAL LEAD

SHANGHAI MICROPORT MEDICA...

1. An intermediate connection mount for use with a distal end of an active cardiac lead and connectable with a ring electrode located proximally of the intermediate connection mount, the intermediate connection mount comprisinga medial separator;
a distal fitting extending from the medial separator in a distal direction; and
a proximal fitting extending from the medial separator in a proximal direction and connectable to a ring electrode, the proximal fitting including a plurality of radially-extending tabs spaced from the medial separator to define an annular recess between at least one tab and the medial separator, wherein
at least two of the plurality of radially-extending tabs each includes a first side surface having a width extending at a tangent from a surface of the proximal fitting and the first side surfaces of the at least two of the plurality of radially-extending tabs are parallel to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,137,294

FLOW BASED PRESSURE ISOLATION AND FLUID DELIVERY SYSTEM INCLUDING FLOW BASED PRESSURE ISOLATION AND FLOW INITIATING MECHANISM

BAYER HEALTHCARE LLC, Wh...

1. A method of protecting a pressure transducer from fluid pressure damage using a pressure isolation mechanism comprising an inlet port, an isolation port, and an internal cavity wherein a free floating, fluid flow responsive valve member is disposed and adapted to engage a seal seat in the internal cavity, and a flow initiating mechanism is associated with the isolation port, the method comprising:associating the pressure transducer with the isolation port;
placing a pressurizing device for delivering fluid under pressure in fluid connection with the inlet port;
actuating the pressurizing device to cause fluid flow in the inlet port such that the free floating, fluid flow responsive valve member engages the seal seat to attain a closed position, to prevent fluid flow between the inlet port and the isolation port, and to prevent overpressure in the isolation port; and
reading hemodynamic pressure signals with the pressure transducer transmitted at least in part through a body of the valve member or a portion thereof in the closed position,
wherein upon actuation of the pressurizing device, the flow initiating mechanism initiates flow around the valve member such that the valve member operates to the closed position upon fluid flow initiation.

US Pat. No. 10,137,293

MEDICAL STOPCOCK VALVE

Board of Supervisors of L...

1. A medical stopcock valve comprising:a hollow body having a plurality of through holes around a perimeter of the hollow body;
an outer ring encapsulating the perimeter, the outer ring having a plurality of external ports;
the outer ring being rotatable around the perimeter to open and close access between the external ports and the through holes;
at least three through hole;
at least three exterior ports;
eight possible stable on/off positions of the outer ring as the outer ring rotates around the perimeter; and
eight unstable intermediate positions between the stable on/off positions.

US Pat. No. 10,137,290

ULTRASONIC DISPERSION OF COMPOSITIONS IN TISSUE

Sonescence, Inc., Santa ...

1. A method of treating an infection comprising:identifying a treatment field associated with the infection;
subcutaneously injecting a solution comprising a therapeutic dose of a drug dissolved therein to the treatment field and in a vicinity of the infected tissue, wherein the infection comprises a methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus infection with a minimum inhibitory concentration of at least 64 micrograms/ml with respect to Cefazolin and wherein the drug comprises Cefazolin; and
applying ultrasound transcutaneously toward the treatment field associated with the infected tissue and the subcutaneously injected solution, wherein the transcutaneously applied ultrasound is applied for 5 minutes or less at a power density of 2.5 to 4 W/cm2 and at a frequency of less than 5 MHz such that the ultrasound interacts with the subcutaneously injected solution to disperse the solution with the therapeutic dose of drug dissolved therein through the treatment field and into the infected tissue via microstreaming or by cavitation, the therapeutic dose of drug dissolved in the solution being dispersed through the infected tissue at therapeutically effective concentrations for treating the infection; and wherein the concentration of drug in the infected tissue is therapeutically effective against the infection while maintaining serum concentration of the drug to less than 10 micrograms/ml one hour after the application of transcutaneous ultrasound; and
monitoring a temperature during application of the transcutaneous ultrasound with a temperature monitor to identify a need to cease the broadcast of ultrasound toward the treatment field when a monitored temperature exceeds a temperature threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,137,289

MICRONEEDLE CARTRIDGE AND NOSECONE ASSEMBLY

Esthetic Education LLC, ...

1. A microneedle cartridge comprisinga first cylinder component comprising an upper cylindrical section forming an outer cartridge cylinder, a lower cylindrical section of smaller radius than the upper cylindrical section forming a connection cylinder for connecting the cartridge to a microneedling device, and an inner baffle cylinder section; and
a second cylinder component comprising an outer baffle cylinder having an upper platform for holding a microneedle array and a connecting rod extending downward from the platform;
wherein the first and second cylinder components are concentric, the outer baffle cylinder surrounds the inner baffle cylinder, and the cylinders are dimensioned to a close fit that permits reciprocal movement of the outer baffle cylinder between the outer cartridge cylinder and the inner baffle cylinder; and
a piston rod attachment cradle comprising an inverted cup configured to receive a polymer piston rod and housing and provide a shroud over the piston rod housing.

US Pat. No. 10,137,288

DRUG DEVICE CONFIGURED FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATION

Pop Test Abuse Deterrent ...

1. An ingestible drug delivery device, formed by a device manufacturer, and configured for wireless communication, said drug delivery device comprising:a capsule body comprising:
a sensor for sensing at least one biologic condition within a patient;
a bioactive substance module comprising a container for holding a volume and/or quantity of bioactive substance therein and a microactuator for dispensing said bioactive substance from said container to a location outside of said capsule body;
an electronics module, coupled to said sensor and said bioactive substance module, said electronics module comprising a processor, a transponder and a memory, said memory configured for storing data related to a unique device ID and to a patient identification and configured for storing respective flags set by the device manufacturer and a pharmacist;
a power source coupled to said sensor, said bioactive substance module and said electronics module; and
wherein said processor activates said microactuator to dispense said bioactive substance only if said processor verifies the following conditions:
(a) a first flag is set by the device manufacturer;
(b) a second flag is set by the pharmacist; and
(c) a match exists between said patient identification stored in said memory and a patient identification transmitted from an external patient interface device that communicates with said ingested drug device; andwherein said processor does not activate said microactuator to dispense said bioactive substance if any one of said conditions (a) (c) is not verified.

US Pat. No. 10,137,284

PLEURAL SPACE DRAINING ASSEMBLY

1. A pleural space draining assembly comprising:a catheter;
a plurality of walls coupled to and positioned in said catheter defining a first channel, a second channel, and a third channel within said catheter;
a first port positioned through said catheter proximate to a first end of said catheter, said first port being fluidically coupled to said first channel;
a stylet having a tip, said tip being blunt, said stylet being complementary to said first channel;
a second port positioned through said catheter between said first port and a midpoint of said catheter, said second port being fluidically coupled to said second channel;
a balloon sealably positioned in said second channel, said balloon having an open end protruding from said first end of said catheter, said balloon being configured for reversible and selective inflation;
a plurality of holes positioned through said catheter, said holes being fluidically coupled to said third channel;
a valve fluidically coupled to said third channel at said first end of said catheter; and
wherein said first port is positioned in said catheter such that said first port is positioned for insertion of said stylet into said first channel, wherein said catheter is configured for insertion into a pleural space of a patient, wherein said balloon is positioned in said second channel such that said balloon is configured for inflation such that an inflated portion of said balloon protrudes from said catheter to fixedly position said catheter between a lung and an internal chest wall of the patient, wherein said holes are positioned in said catheter such that said holes are configured for gas and fluid to enter said third channel, and wherein said valve is positioned on said catheter such that said valve is configured for coupling to an accessory utilized in removing air and liquid from the pleural space through said third channel.

US Pat. No. 10,137,283

TEXTILE-REINFORCED HIGH-PRESSURE BALLOON

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A textile-reinforced medical dilation balloon, comprising:a seamlessly woven tubular textile sleeve including substantially longitudinal warp threads that are substantially parallel to a central longitudinal axis of the sleeve and at least one weft thread having a high modulus, high tensile strength yarn, the at least one weft thread woven helically along a winding pitch that is substantially perpendicular relative to the warp threads without crossing over itself nor crossing over any other at least one weft thread between a proximal neck portion and a distal neck portion, wherein the sleeve defines a sleeve lumen; and
a medical dilation balloon disposed within the sleeve lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,137,282

STRETCH VALVE BALLOON CATHETER AND METHODS FOR PRODUCING AND USING SAME

Mayser, LLC, Fort Lauder...

1. A safety catheter, comprising:a flexible, multi-lumen shaft having an outer diameter, a distal tip, and a proximal catheter end with a drain end, the multi-lumen shaft defining:
a drain lumen extending through the shaft and shaped to drain fluid adjacent the distal tip proximally through the drain lumen and out the drain end;
a distal hollow balloon portion defining a balloon interior and having at least one inflation port fluidically connected to the balloon interior, the balloon portion inflating outwardly to a diameter greater than the outer diameter of the shaft when inflated with inflation fluid;
at least one inflation lumen parallel to the drain lumen and fluidically connected to the balloon interior through the at least one inflation port, the at least one inflation lumen shaped to inflate the balloon interior with the inflation fluid; and
a balloon drainage port fluidically connecting the balloon interior to the drain lumen; and
a stretch valve having:
a body removably disposed in the balloon drainage port and shaped to prevent fluid from passing through the balloon drainage port when disposed in the balloon drainage port; and
a connector:
fixedly attached to the body;
fixedly attached at a location adjacent the proximal catheter end; and
extending proximally from the body such that:
in a steady state, the stretch valve prevents the inflation fluid from passing through the balloon drainage port; and
in a stretched state when the proximal catheter end is stretched, the connector causes the body to remove from the balloon drainage port to permit the inflation fluid in the balloon interior to pass through the balloon drainage port and into the drain lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,137,243

INFUSION DEVICES WITH DISTRIBUTED MOTOR CONTROL AND RELATED OPERATING METHODS

Medtronic MiniMed, Inc., ...

1. An infusion device comprising:a motor operable to deliver fluid to a body of a user;
a driver module coupled to the motor;
a first switching arrangement coupled between the driver module and an energy source;
a second switching arrangement coupled between the driver module and the motor;
a first control module coupled to the first switching arrangement; and
a second control module coupled to the first control module, the driver module, and the second switching arrangement, the first control module operating the first switching arrangement to provide a path for input power from the energy source to the driver module in accordance with a handshaking sequence of communications between the first control module and the second control module and providing a dosage command to the second control module, the second control module operating the second switching arrangement to provide a path for output power from the driver module to the motor in accordance with the handshaking sequence of communications and operating the driver module to deliver the output power comprising a portion of the input power to the motor based at least in part on the dosage command.

US Pat. No. 10,137,238

METHOD OF STORING BOTH NEW AND USED PEN NEEDLES

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A method for storing both new and used pen needles of an injection apparatus in a single storage assembly, comprising the steps of:removing a cover to access a new pen needle secured within an opening of said assembly;
attaching said new pen needle to a drug delivery pen, wherein said new pen needle is releasably secured within said opening and prevented from rotating; and
pulling the new pen needle from one end of said opening to remove the new pen needle, wherein such removal motion serves to pull a slidable internal holder within the assembly forward, thereby creating a space at an opposite end of said opening for a used pen needle to be inserted and stored.

US Pat. No. 10,137,235

AUTOMATED PERITONEAL DIALYSIS SYSTEM USING STEPPER MOTOR

Baxter International Inc....

1. A peritoneal dialysis system comprising:an enclosure;
a stepper motor housed by the enclosure;
a solid pump piston including a solid piston shaft attached to or integrally formed with a solid pump head, the solid pump piston in operable communication with the stepper motor;
a disposable unit including at least one flexible membrane attached to a rigid piece, the enclosure and the disposable unit structured and arranged to allow the flexible membrane to move beyond a relaxed position of the flexible membrane, the enclosure structured and arranged to receive the disposable unit such that the stepper motor can move the solid pump head towards and away from the disposable unit to allow (i) the flexible membrane adjacent to the solid pump head to move outwardly beyond the rigid piece as the solid pump head is moved away from the disposable unit, and (ii) the flexible membrane adjacent to the solid pump head to move within the rigid piece as the solid pump head is moved towards the disposable unit; and
an encoder operable with the stepper motor, the encoder configured to provide an output indicative of a position of the solid pump head after the solid pump head has moved towards or away from the disposable unit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,233

DETECTING PRESSURE PULSES IN A BLOOD PROCESSING APPARATUS

GAMBRO LUNDIA AB, Lund (...

1. An apparatus for extracorporeal blood processing comprising:an extracorporeal blood circuit for connection to the vascular system of a subject;
a blood processing unit in the extracorporeal blood circuit;
a blood pumping device in the extracorporeal blood circuit operable to pump blood through the blood processing unit;
a treatment fluid supply system operable to pump treatment fluid through the blood processing unit;
a first pressure sensor arranged in the extracorporeal blood circuit to detect pressure variations in the blood which is pumped through the blood processing unit;
a second pressure sensor arranged in the treatment fluid supply system to detect pressure variations in the treatment fluid which is pumped through the blood processing unit; and
a monitoring device including
a first input block configured to obtain a first pressure signal (y) from the first pressure sensor, wherein the extracorporeal blood circuit is connected to a vascular system of a subject,
a second input block configured to obtain a second pressure signal (u) from the second pressure sensor,
an emulation block configured to generate, as a function of the second pressure signal (u), an emulated first pressure signal (?) which emulates a signal response of the first pressure sensor concurrently over a period of time of the first pressure signal of the first pressure sensor,
a filtering block configured to generate a filtered signal (yf) as a function of the first pressure signal (y) and the emulated first pressure signal (?), so as to suppress, in the filtered signal (yf) compared to the first pressure signal (y), signal interferences originating from the treatment fluid supply system, and
a pulse detection block configured to process the filtered signal (yf) for detection of subject pulses originating from the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,137,217

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR STERILIZING PREFORM

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

1. A method of sterilizing a preform, comprising the steps of:sterilizing bacteria adhering to the preform made of resin by gasifying a sterilizer, discharging a sterilizer gas toward the preform in a chamber whose pressure is lower than atmospheric pressure, now traveling, so as to adhere to the preform by discharging the sterilizer gas from a nozzle;
activating the sterilizer adhering to the preform by blasting hot air to the preform; and
sterilizing the bacteria adhering to the preform, and removing the sterilizer adhering to the preform,
wherein the above-mentioned steps are performed subsequently in order.

US Pat. No. 10,137,211

PROBES FOR IMAGING HUNTINGTIN PROTEIN

CHDI Foundation, Inc., N...

1. An imaging agent comprising a compound of Formula I,or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, whereinm is 0, 1, or 2;
n is 1 or 2;
J is C(?O) or —CH2-;
X is S or N;
Y is CH or N;
Z is CH or N;
W is N;
for each occurrence, R1 is independently chosen from halo, lower alkoxy, hydroxy, aryl, heteroaryl, cycloalkoxy, or lower alkyl, wherein the lower alkoxy, cycloalkoxy, lower alkyl, aryl, or heteroaryl are each optionally substituted with one, two, or three groups independently selected from lower alkoxy, alkenyl, —NR4R5, halo, or heteroaryl optionally substituted with one to three lower alkoxy;
R2 is hydrogen or lower alkyl; and
R3 is alkyl, aryl, aralkyl, heterocycloalkyl, heterocycloalkenyl, heteroaryl, or heteroaralkyl, each of which is optionally substituted with one, two, or three groups independently chosen from hydroxy, lower alkoxy optionally substituted with lower alkoxy or halo, lower alkyl optionally substituted with halo, halo, heteroaryl, —(CH2)tNR4R5, oxo, cyano, or —C(O)—NR4R5, or
R2 and R3 taken together with the nitrogen to which they are bound form a heterocycloalkyl ring, optionally substituted with one, two, or three groups independently chosen from hydroxy, lower alkoxy, lower alkyl, halo, or —C(O)—NR4R5;
t is 0, 1, or 2;
each R4 is independently chosen from hydrogen or lower alkyl;
each R5 is independently chosen from hydrogen or lower alkyl; or
R4 and R5 taken together with the nitrogen to which they are bound form a heterocycloalkyl ring, optionally substituted with one, two, or three groups independently chosen from hydroxy, lower alkoxy, lower alkyl, halo, or —C(O)—NR6R7;
each R6 is independently chosen from hydrogen or lower alkyl; and
each R7 is independently chosen from hydrogen or lower alkyl;
wherein the compound of Formula I, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, is labeled with one or more positron-emitting radionuclides.

US Pat. No. 10,137,133

METHODS FOR TREATMENT OF DISEASES

GALERA LABS, LLC, Creve ...

1. A method of treating an inflammatory disease or condition selected from the group consisting of pancreatitis, colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) and asthma in a human patient, the method comprising administering to the patient 25 mg to 450 mg of a superoxide dismutase mimetic at a rate of at least 100 mg/hr, wherein the superoxide dismutase mimetic corresponds to Formula (GC4419):and X and Y are independently halo ligands.

US Pat. No. 10,137,127

LIQUID FORMULATIONS OF (S)-N-(5-((R)-2-(2,5-DIFLUOROPHENYL)-PYRROLIDIN-1-YL)-PYRAZOLO[1,5-A]PYRIMIDIN-3-YL)-3-HYDROXYPYRROLIDINE-1-CARBOXAMIDE

Loxo Oncology, Inc., Sta...

1. A liquid formulation comprising:(S)—N-(5-((R)-2-(2,5-difluorophenyl)-pyrrolidin-1-yl)-pyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidin-3-yl)-3-hydroxypyrrolidine-1-carboxamide having the formula (I):
a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, or a combination thereof;a ?-cyclodextrin; and
a base;
wherein:
the formulation has a pH of about 2.5 to about 5; and
the compound of formula (I), the pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, or the combination thereof, has a concentration of about 15 mg/mL to about 35 mg/mL in the liquid formulation.

US Pat. No. 10,137,122

KINASE INHIBITORS AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

The Broad Institute, Inc....

1. A method of treating Fragile X syndrome comprising administering to a subject suffering from Fragile X syndrome an effective amount of a compound of formula I:
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof,
wherein:
R1 is selected from the group consisting of optionally substituted phenyl and optionally substituted heteroaryl;
R2 is unsubstituted C1-6 aliphatic or C1-6 aliphatic substituted with one or more instances of halogen;
or R1 and R2 are taken together with their intervening atoms to form optionally substituted, 3- to 7-membered, monocyclic, saturated, carbocyclyl or heterocyclyl, wherein the carbocyclyl or heterocyclyl formed by taking together R1 and R2 is optionally fused to optionally substituted phenyl or optionally substituted heteroaryl;
R3 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, halogen, —CN, —NO2, optionally substituted C1-6 aliphatic, —ORA, —N(RB)2, and —SRA;
each RA is independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen and optionally substituted C1-6 aliphatic;
each RB is independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen and optionally substituted C1-6 aliphatic;
R4a and R4b are each hydrogen;
R5a and R5b are each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, halogen, —CN, —ORA, —N(RB)2, unsubstituted C1-6 aliphatic, and C1-6 aliphatic substituted with one or more instances of halogen, or R5a and R5b are taken together with their intervening atoms to form unsubstituted, 3- to 7-membered, monocyclic, saturated, carbocyclyl or heterocyclyl; and
R6a and R6b are each hydrogen;
wherein:
each instance of the heteroaryl is independently 5- or 6-membered, monocyclic heteroaryl comprising 1 to 4 ring heteroatoms independently selected from the group consisting of nitrogen, oxygen, and sulfur, as valency allows;
each instance of the heterocyclyl independently comprises 1 to 4 ring heteroatoms independently selected from the group consisting of nitrogen, oxygen, and sulfur, as valency allows;
when any one of the aliphatic, carbocyclyl, heterocyclyl, phenyl, and heteroaryl referred to above is substituted with one or more substituents at a carbon atom, the one or more substituents at the carbon atom are independently selected from Group (i);
when any one of the heterocyclyl and heteroaryl referred to above is substituted with one or more substituents at a nitrogen atoms, the one or more substituents at the nitrogen atom are independently selected from Group (ii);
Group (i) consists of halogen, —CN, —NO2, —N3, —SO2H, —SO3H, —OH, —ORaa, —ON(Rbb)2, —N(Rbb)2, —N(Rbb)3+X?, —N(ORcc)Rbb, —SH, —SRaa, —SSRcc, —C(?O)Raa, —CO2H, —CHO, —C(ORcc)2, —CO2Raa, —OC(?O)Raa, —OCO2Raa, —C(?O)N(Rbb)2, —OC(?O)N(Rbb)2, —NRbbC(?O)Raa, —NRbbCO2Raa, —NRbbC(?O)N(Rbb)2, —C(?NRbb)Raa, —C(?NRbb)ORaa, —OC(?NRbb)Raa, —OC(?NRbb)ORaa, —C(?NRbb)N(Rbb)2, —OC(?NRbb)N(Rbb)2, —NRbbC(?NRbb)N(Rbb)2, —C(?O)NRbbSO2Raa, —NRbbSO2Raa, —SO2N(Rbb)2, —SO2Raa, —SO2ORaa, —OSO2Raa, —S(?O)Raa, —OS(?O)Raa, —Si(Raa)3, —OSi(Raa)3—C(?S)N(Rbb)2, —C(?O)SRaa, —C(?S)SRaa, —SC(?S)SRaa, —SC(?O)SRaa, —OC(?O)SRaa, —SC(?O)ORaa, —SC(?O)Raa, —P(?O)(Raa)2, —OP(?O)(Raa)2, —OP(?O)(ORcc)2, —P(?O)(NRbb)2, —OP(?O)(NRbb)2, —NRbbP(?O)(ORcc)2, —NRbbP(?O)(NRbb)2, —P(Rcc)2, —OP(Rcc)2, —B(Raa)2, —B(ORcc)2, —BRaa(ORcc), C1-10 alkyl, C1-10 perhaloalkyl, C2-10 alkenyl, C2-10 alkynyl, C3-10 carbocyclyl, 3-14 membered heterocyclyl, C6-14 aryl, and 5-14 membered heteroaryl, wherein each alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, carbocyclyl, heterocyclyl, aryl, and heteroaryl is independently substituted with 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 Rdd groups; or two geminal hydrogens on a carbon atom are replaced with the group ?O, ?S, ?NN(Rbb)2, ?NNRbbC(?O)Raa, ?NNRbbC(?O)ORaa, ?NNRbbS(?O)2Raa, ?NRbb, or ?NORcc; and
Group (ii) consists of hydrogen, —OH, —ORaa, —N(Rcc)2, —CN, —C(?O)Raa, —C(?O)N(Rcc)2, —CO2Raa, —SO2Raa, —C(?NRbb)Raa, —C(?NRcc)ORaa, —C(?NRcc)N(Rcc)2, —SO2N(Rcc)2, —SO2Rcc, —SO2ORcc, —SORaa, —C(?S)N(Rcc)2, —C(?O)SRcc, —C(?S)SRcc, —P(?O)(Raa)2, —P(?O)(NRcc)2, C1-10 alkyl, C1-10 perhaloalkyl, C2-10 alkenyl, C2-10 alkynyl, C3-10 carbocyclyl, 3-14 membered heterocyclyl, C6-14 aryl, and 5-14 membered heteroaryl, wherein each alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, carbocyclyl, heterocyclyl, aryl, and heteroaryl is independently substituted with 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 Rdd groups;
wherein:
each instance of Raa is, independently, selected from C1-10 alkyl, C1-10 perhaloalkyl, C2-10 alkenyl, C2-10 alkynyl, C3-10 carbocyclyl, 3-14 membered heterocyclyl, C6-14 aryl, and 5-14 membered heteroaryl, or two Raa groups are joined to form a 3-14 membered heterocyclyl or 5-14 membered heteroaryl ring, wherein each alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, carbocyclyl, heterocyclyl, aryl, and heteroaryl is independently substituted with 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 Rdd groups;
each instance of Rbb is, independently, selected from hydrogen, —OH, —ORaa, —N(Rcc)2, —CN, —C(?O)Raa, —C(?O)N(Rcc)2, —CO2Raa, —SO2Raa, —C(?NRcc)ORaa, —C(?NRcc)N(Rcc)2, —SO2N(Rcc)2, —SO2Rcc, —SO2OR, —SORaa, —C(?S)N(Rcc)2, —C(?O)SRcc, —C(?S)SRcc, —P(?O)(Raa)2, —P(?O)(NRcc)2, C1-10 alkyl, C1-10 perhaloalkyl, C2-10 alkenyl, C2-10 alkynyl, C3-10 carbocyclyl, 3-14 membered heterocyclyl, C6-14 aryl, and 5-14 membered heteroaryl, or two Rbb groups are joined to form a 3-14 membered heterocyclyl or 5-14 membered heteroaryl ring, wherein each alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, carbocyclyl, heterocyclyl, aryl, and heteroaryl is independently substituted with 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 Rdd groups;
each instance of Rcc is, independently, selected from hydrogen, C1-10 alkyl, C1-10 perhaloalkyl, C2-10 alkenyl, C2-10 alkynyl, C3-10 carbocyclyl, 3-14 membered heterocyclyl, C6-14 aryl, and 5-14 membered heteroaryl, or two Rcc groups are joined to form a 3-14 membered heterocyclyl or 5-14 membered heteroaryl ring, wherein each alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, carbocyclyl, heterocyclyl, aryl, and heteroaryl is independently substituted with 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 Rdd groups;
each instance of Rdd is, independently, selected from halogen, —CN, —NO2, —N3, —SO2H, —SO3H, —OH, —ORee, —ON(Rff)2, —N(Rff)2, —N(Rff)3+X?, —N(ORee)Rff, —SH, —SRee, —SSRee, —C(?O)Ree, —CO2H, —CO2Ree, —OC(?O)Ree, —OCO2Ree, —C(?O)N(Rff)2, —OC(?O)N(Rff)2, —NRffC(?O)Ree, —NRffCO2Ree, —NRffC(?O)N(Rff)2, —C(?NRff)ORee, —OC(?NRff)Ree, —OC(?NRff)ORee, —C(?NRff)N(Rff)2, —OC(?NRff)N(Rff)2, —NRffC(?NRff)N(Rff)2, —NRffSO2Ree, —SO2N(Rff)2, —SO2Ree, —SO2ORee, —OSO2Ree, —S(?O)Ree, —Si(Ree)3, —OSi(Ree)3, —C(?S)N(Rff)2, —C(?O)SRee, —C(?S)SRee, —SC(?S)SRee, —P(?O)(Ree)2, —OP(?O)(Ree)2, —OP(?O)(ORee)2, C1-6 alkyl, C1-6 perhaloalkyl, C2-6 alkenyl, C2-6 alkynyl, C3-10 carbocyclyl, 3-10 membered heterocyclyl, C6-10 aryl, 5-10 membered heteroaryl, wherein each alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, carbocyclyl, heterocyclyl, aryl, and heteroaryl is independently substituted with 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 Rgg groups, or two geminal Rdd substituents can be joined to form ?O or ?S;
each instance of Ree is, independently, selected from C1-6 alkyl, C1-6 perhaloalkyl, C2-6 alkenyl, C2-6 alkynyl, C3-10 carbocyclyl, C6-10 aryl, 3-10 membered heterocyclyl, and 3-10 membered heteroaryl, wherein each alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, carbocyclyl, heterocyclyl, aryl, and heteroaryl is independently substituted with 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 Rgg groups;
each instance of Rff is, independently, selected from hydrogen, C1-6 alkyl, C1-6 perhaloalkyl, C2-6 alkenyl, C2-6 alkynyl, C3-10 carbocyclyl, 3-10 membered heterocyclyl, C6-10 aryl and 5-10 membered heteroaryl, or two Rff groups are joined to form a 3-14 membered heterocyclyl or 5-14 membered heteroaryl ring, wherein each alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, carbocyclyl, heterocyclyl, aryl, and heteroaryl is independently substituted with 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 Rgg groups;
each instance of Rgg is, independently, halogen, —CN, —NO2, —N3, —SO2H, —SO3H, —OH, —OC1-6 alkyl, —ON(C1-6 alkyl)2, —N(C1-6 alkyl)2, —N(C1-6 alkyl)3+X?, —NH(C1-6 alkyl)2+X?, —NH2(C1-6 alkyl)+X?, —NH3+X?, —N(OC1-6 alkyl)(C1-6 alkyl), —N(OH)(C1-6 alkyl), —NH(OH), —SH, —SC1-6 alkyl, —SS(C1-6 alkyl), —C(?O)(C1-6 alkyl), —CO2H, —CO2(C1-6 alkyl), —OC(?O)(C1-6 alkyl), —OCO2(C1-6 alkyl), —C(?O)NH2, —C(?O)N(C1-6 alkyl)2, —OC(?O)NH(C1-6 alkyl), —NHC(?O)(C1-6 alkyl), —N(C1-6 alkyl)C(?O)(C1-6 alkyl), —NHCO2(C1-6 alkyl), —NHC(?O)N(C1-6 alkyl)2, —NHC(?O)NH(C1-6 alkyl), —NHC(?O)NH2, —C(?NH)O(C1-6 alkyl), —OC(?NH)(C1-6 alkyl), —OC(?NH)OC1-6 alkyl, —C(?NH)N(C1-6 alkyl)2, —C(?NH)NH(C1-6 alkyl), —C(?NH)NH2, —OC(?NH)N(C1-6 alkyl)2, —OC(NH)NH(C1-6 alkyl), —OC(NH)NH2, —NHC(NH)N(C1-6 alkyl)2, —NHC(?NH)NH2, —NHSO2(C1-6 alkyl), —SO2N(C1-6 alkyl)2, —SO2NH(C1-6 alkyl), —SO2NH2, —SO2C1-6 alkyl, —SO2OC1-6 alkyl, —OSO2C1-6 alkyl, —SOC1-6 alkyl, —Si(C1-6 alkyl)3, —OSi(C1-6 alkyl)3 —C(?S)N(C1-6 alkyl)2, C(?S)NH(C1-6 alkyl), C(?S)NH2, —C(?O)S(C1-6 alkyl), —C(?S)SC1-6 alkyl, —SC(?S)SC1-6 alkyl, —P(?O)(C1-6 alkyl)2, —OP(?O)(C1-6 alkyl)2, —OP(?)(OC1-6 alkyl)2, C1-6 alkyl, C1-6 perhaloalkyl, C2-6 alkenyl, C2-6 alkynyl, C3-10 carbocyclyl, C6-10 aryl, 3-10 membered heterocyclyl, 5-10 membered heteroaryl; or two geminal Rgg substituents can be joined to form ?O or ?S; and
X? is a counterion, wherein the counterion is a halide ion, NO3?, ClO4?, OH?, H2PO4?, HSO4?, a sulfonate ion, or a carboxylate ion.

US Pat. No. 10,137,120

AZA-ARYL 1H-PYRAZOL-1-YL BENZENE SULFONAMIDES

ChemoCentryx, Inc., Moun...

1. A compound of the following formula:

US Pat. No. 10,137,088

THERAPEUTIC NANOPARTICLES HAVING EGFR LIGANDS AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING SAME

Pfizer Inc., New York, N...

1. A therapeutic nanoparticle, comprising:about 0.2 to about 35 weight percent of a therapeutic agent; and
about 50 to about 98 weight percent of a diblock poly(lactic)acid-poly(ethylene)glycol copolymer or a diblock poly(lactic)-co-poly(glycolic)acid-poly(ethylene)glycol copolymer; and
about 2% to about 12% PLA-PEG-EGFR ligand density, wherein the EGFR ligand is bound or associated to an azide functionalized PEG-PLA, wherein PLA is poly(lactic)acid and PEG is poly(ethylene)glycol; and wherein the EGFR ligand is a peptidyl ligand comprising a sequence selected from the group consisting of: Ac-DPCTWEVWGRECLQGGK(PEG4-DBCO)-CONH2 (SEQ ID NO: 185), Ac-DACTWEVWGRECLQGGK(PEG4-DBCO)-CONH2 (SEQ ID NO: 186), Ac-DPCT(2Ind)GEV(5MeO)WGRECLQGGK(PEG4-DBCO)-CONH2(SEQ ID NO: 187), Ac-DPPenTWEVWGREPenLQGGK(PEG4-DBCO)-CONH2 (SEQ ID NO: 188), AcDAPenTWEVWGREPenLQGGK(DBCO)-CONH2 (SEQ ID NO: 189), Ac-DACT(2Ind)GEV(5MeO)WGRECLQGGK(DBCO)-CONH2 (SEQ ID NO: 190), Ac-DPPenT(2Ind)GEV(5MeO)WGREPenLQGGK(DBCO)-CONH2 (SEQ ID NO: 191), Ac-DAPenT(2Ind)GEV(5MeO)WGREPenLQGGK(DBCO)-CONH2 (SEQ ID NO: 192), Ac-DAPenTWEVWGREPenLQGGK(DBCO)-CONH2 (SEQ ID NO: 193), Ac-DPCTWEVWGRECLQGGK(PEGS-DBCO)-CONH2 (SEQ ID NO: 194), Ac-DACT (2Ind)GEV(5MeO)WGRECLQGGK(DBCO)-CONH2 (SEQ ID NO: 195), AcDPPenT(2Ind)GEV(5MeO)WGREPenLQGGK(DBCO)-CONH2 (SEQ ID NO: 196), and AcDAPenT(2Ind)GEV(5MeO)WGREPenLQGGK(DBCO)-CONH2 (SEQ ID NO: 197), Ac-DPCTWEVWGRECLQGGK(PEG5-DBCO)-CONH2 (SEQ ID NO: 198), or modifications thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,137,057

TABLET CASSETTE

YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD., O...

1. A rotor for a tablet cassette rotatably disposed in a cassette body, the rotor comprising:a plurality of tablet guide grooves extending in a rotation axial direction so that the tablets contained in the cassette body are discharged through the tablet guide grooves, wherein:
first and second side surfaces of each of the plurality of tablet guide grooves are formed by first and second movable plates which are movable relative to one another in a circumferential direction of the rotor, the first movable plate defining a first adjustment hole and a second adjustment hole, the second movable plate defining a third adjustment hole and a fourth adjustment hole; and
a groove width adjustment mechanism configured to move the movable plates in the circumferential direction of the rotor relative to one another to adjust a width of each of the plurality of tablet guide grooves in response to a size of the tablet, the groove width adjustment mechanism including an operating member having a first adjustment pin, a second adjustment pin, and a base interconnecting the first and second adjustment pins, the first adjustment pin passing through the first and third adjustment holes, the second adjustment pin passing through the second and fourth adjustment holes.

US Pat. No. 10,137,052

COMPRESSION DEVICE WITH WEAR AREA

KPR U.S., LLC, Mansfield...

1. A device for applying compression treatment to a part of a wearer's body, the device having an inner face for being placed adjacent to the part of the wearer's body in use and an outer face opposite the inner face, the device comprising:a pressure applicator to apply compression to the wearer's body part when the device is placed on the wearer's body part;
a plurality of patches of hook material on the inner face of the device; and
loop material mounted on the entirety of the outer face of the device and adapted for releasably connecting to at least one of said plurality of patches of hook material for use in holding the device on the wearer's body part, the loop material including a plurality of colored areas spaced apart from each other along a longitudinal axis of the device indicating areas of engagement for at least one of said plurality of patches of hook material, the colored areas having a different color from loop material immediately adjacent the colored areas, the colored areas and the loop material immediately adjacent the colored areas form a continuous loop material section.

US Pat. No. 10,137,050

GAIT DEVICE WITH A CRUTCH

ReWalk Robotics Ltd., Yo...

1. A system comprising:a motorized gait device for facilitating a gait of a person over a surface;
two crutches, separate from the motorized gait device and configured to be mechanically coupled to the motorized gait device via a limiter; and
a processing unit configured to set and/or maintain a limit on angular motion on the limiter,
the crutches being manipulable to move forward or backward through an angular range that is limited by the limiter, the two crutches being coupled to one another to prevent substantially different forward or backward motions of the two crutches, the crutches comprising a locomotion facilitator to enhance locomotion of the crutches over the surface and a mechanism to modify the locomotion of the crutches over the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,043

TILT-TIP MOLDABLE TOTAL CARE BED

Utopix Medical, LLC, Fri...

1. A moldable mattress comprising:a casing comprising a bladder defining an inner volume and a top compliant surface over a top surface of the bladder, the compliant surface configured to conform to a shape of a displacing structure;
a plurality of beads within the inner volume; wherein:
the casing is configured so that the inner volume can be inflated and evacuated with a fluid medium, such that the casing is moldable when inflated, and maintains a resilient shape when an actuating volume of the fluid medium is evacuated;
the plurality of beads are distributed in the fluid medium within the inner volume;
in use, with the inner volume of the casing inflated the displacing structure disposed on the compliant surface causes a displacement of at least a portion of the fluid medium and at least a portion of the plurality of beads in the inner volume of the casing and the casing compresses the plurality of beads to maintain a shape of the displacement by the displacing structure when an actuating volume of the fluid medium is evacuated; and
wherein the casing in a plan view has a hemispheric egg-shape.

US Pat. No. 10,137,041

HANDY TYPE ELECTRIC CARRIAGE

KUIANDA COMPANY LIMITED, ...

1. A handy type electric carriage, comprising:a vehicle body, comprising a main vehicle frame, two driving wheels individually pivoted to said main vehicle frame at two sides thereof, and two front wheel sets individually and correspondingly provided at two sides in front of said two driving wheels as well as pivoted to said main vehicle frame, wherein said two front wheel sets and said main vehicle frame are pivoted in a manner of quick-release structure; and
a footrest unit connected to said vehicle body, said footrest unit comprising a foot board connected to said main vehicle frame, and two first auxiliary wheels individually provided at left and right sides of said foot board.

US Pat. No. 10,137,037

REDUCED-PRESSURE, TUNNEL-WOUND DRESSINGS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

KCI Licensing, Inc., San...

1. A method to treat a tunnel wound or fistula, the method comprising:providing a dressing, wherein the dressing comprises:
a distal end, a proximal end, and a longitudinal profile between the distal end and the proximal end, wherein a length of the dressing between the distal end and the proximal end is greater than a width of the dressing,
a longitudinal core member formed from a closed-cell foam and configured to expand under reduced pressure, and
a first longitudinal concentric member formed from an open-cell foam, wherein the first longitudinal concentric member is concentrically disposed on a circumference of the longitudinal core member;
inserting the distal end of the dressing into the tunnel wound or the fistula such that the distal end is positioned proximate to a bottom of the tunnel wound or the fistula and the proximal end of the dressing is positioned proximate to an opening of the tunnel wound or the fistula, wherein a gap is formed between the dressing and an inner wall of the tunnel wound or the fistula;
delivering the reduced pressure to the dressing to expand the longitudinal core member and to cause an outer circumference of the dressing to contact the inner wall of the tunnel wound or the fistula, wherein the first longitudinal concentric member compresses upon contact with the inner wall of the tunnel wound or the fistula; and
removing the reduced pressure to retract the dressing away from the inner wall of the tunnel wound or the fistula.

US Pat. No. 10,137,016

HOLLOW DRUG-FILLED STENT AND METHOD OF FORMING HOLLOW DRUG-FILLED STENT

Medtronic Vascular, Inc.,...

1. A stent comprising:a wire formed into stent pattern, wherein the wire includes,
an outer member having an outer member outer surface and an outer member inner surface, the outer member inner surface defining an outer member inner dimension,
a radiopaque core member disposed within at least a portion of the outer member, the radiopaque core member having a radiopaque core member outer surface defining a radiopaque core member outer dimension, wherein the radiopaque core member outer dimension is smaller than the outer member inner dimension,
an annular lumen defined between the outer member inner surface and the radiopaque core member outer surface,
a biologically or pharmacologically active substance disposed in the annular lumen, and
at least one opening disposed through the outer member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,015

KNITTED STENT JACKETS

INSPIREMD LTD., Tel Aviv...

1. An assembly for opening a vessel lumen comprising:a radially expandable stent configured to open the vessel lumen, said radially expandable stent comprising a curved wall having a proximal portion, a distal portion, and a lumen connecting said proximal portion and said distal portion;
a knitted stent jacket comprising a tubular wall that substantially surrounds an exterior surface of said radially expandable stent; and
a plurality of buffering element cords having an external surface placed against an external surface of said knitted stent jacket, covering only a minor portion of a surface of the knitted stent jacket, in a manner which spaces the knitted stent jacket from an adjacent element of the assembly to buffer the knitted stent jacket from movement of the adjacent element, wherein each of the plurality of buffering element cords has a thickness greater than the knitted stent jacket and an entire length of each of the plurality of buffering element cords overlays the knitted stent jacket,
wherein said knitted stent jacket comprises at least three interconnected loops at its distal end, at least one first loop, at least one second loop and at least one third loop; andwherein the assembly comprises at least one separate retainer belt having at least one portion woven through said at least one first loop, past said at least one second loop and through said at least one third loop;said at least one second loop configured to create a run in said knitted stent jacket upon expansion of said radially expandable stent, wherein the distal end forms a terminal end of the knitted stent jacket and the at least three interconnected loops are arranged circumferentially at the terminal end.

US Pat. No. 10,137,013

ENDOLUMINAL DEVICE AND METHOD

Intact Vascular, Inc., W...

1. A self-expanding intravascular implant comprising:a proximal sinusoidal ring forming a proximal end of the self-expanding intravascular implant, the proximal sinusoidal ring comprising:
a plurality of proximal ring struts, each proximal ring strut of the plurality of proximal ring struts having a proximal end and a distal end;
a plurality of proximal ring proximal apices, wherein each proximal ring proximal apex of the plurality of proximal ring proximal apices connects two proximal ends of two proximal ring struts of the plurality of proximal ring struts; and
a plurality of proximal ring distal apices, wherein each proximal ring distal apex of the plurality of proximal distal apices connects two distal ends of two proximal ring struts of the plurality of proximal ring struts;
a distal sinusoidal ring forming a distal end of the self-expanding intravascular implant, the distal sinusoidal ring comprising:
a plurality of distal ring struts, each distal ring strut of the plurality of distal ring struts having a proximal end and a distal end;
a plurality of distal ring distal apices, wherein each distal ring distal apex of the plurality of distal ring distal apices connects two distal ends of two distal ring struts of the plurality of distal ring struts; and
a plurality of proximal ring distal apices, wherein each distal ring proximal apex of the plurality of proximal ring distal apices connects two proximal ends of two distal ring struts of the plurality of distal ring struts;
a plurality of bridge members, each bridge member of the plurality of bridge members comprising a proximal end, a distal end, and a bridge midpoint, wherein the proximal end of each bridge member of the plurality of bridge members is connected to the proximal sinusoidal ring and the distal end of each bridge member of the plurality of bridge members is connected to the distal sinusoidal ring;
a plurality of anchors, the plurality of anchors being located on the plurality of bridge members;
wherein an outer surface of the proximal sinusoidal ring, an outer surface of the distal sinusoidal ring, an outer surface of each bridge member of the plurality of bridge members, and an outer surface of each anchor of the plurality of anchors forms a generally cylindrical shape when the self-expanding intravascular implant is in an unconstrained state, wherein the plurality of anchors remain in-plane when the self-expanding intravascular implant is in a generally cylindrical configuration, and wherein the plurality of anchors is configured to project out of plane when the self-expanding intravascular implant is forced into a non-round configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,137,012

ANTI-THROMBOGENIC MEDICAL DEVICES AND METHODS

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A method comprising:forming an expandable tubular body comprising a plurality of braided filaments, wherein the expandable tubular body is configured to be implanted in a blood vessel, the plurality of braided filaments comprising a first filament comprising platinum or platinum alloy and a second filament comprising cobalt-chromium alloy;
applying a first phosphorylcholine material directly on the platinum or platinum alloy of the first filament;
applying a silane material to the second filament comprising the cobalt-chromium alloy, wherein the silane material comprises a silane selected from the group consisting of 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane, 2-(3,4-epoxycyclohexyl)ethyltriethoxysilane, 2-(3,4-epoxycyclohexyl)ethyl-trimethoxysilane, (3-glycidoxypropyl)trimethoxysilane, (3-glycidoxypropyl)triethoxysilane, 5,6-epoxyhexyltriethoxysilane, (3-glycidoxypropyl)methyldiethoxysilane, (3-glycidoxypropyl)methyldimethoxysilane, (3-glycidoxypropyl)dimethylethoxysilane, 3-isocyanatopropyltriethoxysilane, (isocyanatomethyl)methyldimethoxysilane, 3-isocyanatopropyltrimethoxysilane, tris(3-trimethoxysilylpropyl)isocyanurate, (3-triethoxysilylpropyl)-t-butylcarbamate, triethoxysilylpropylethylcarbamate, 3-thiocyanatopropyltriethoxysilane, and combinations thereof; and
applying a second phosphorylcholine material on the silane material on the second filament,
wherein the first and second phosphorylcholine materials each define a thickness of less than 100 nanometers.

US Pat. No. 10,136,988

APPARATUS AND PROCESS FOR DELIVERING A SILICONE PROSTHESIS INTO A SURGICAL POCKET

KELLER MEDICAL, INC., St...

1. An apparatus for inserting an implant into a surgical pocket comprising:a conical sleeve defining an interior cavity having a first terminus and a second terminus and an interconnecting main body, said first terminus having a larger diameter than said second terminus, said conical sleeve being tapered to a reduced diameter outlet of said second terminus, said conical sleeve further comprising a series of indicia for predetermined dimensions and a lubricant on an interior surface of said conical sleeve;
said interconnecting main body comprising a flexible, non-elastic sheath selected from a material consisting of fabric, plastic, Mylar®, nylon, and combinations thereof;
wherein when an implant is positioned within the interior cavity of said conical sleeve through said first terminus, said main body is adapted to be manually manipulated to apply a directional pressure to said implant, forcing the implant along the length of the conical sleeve and exiting through said second terminus into the surgical pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,136,985

METHOD OF RECONFIGURING A MITRAL VALVE ANNULUS

Millipede, Inc., Santa R...

1. A method of reconfiguring a mitral valve annulus, comprising:positioning an implant having a first diameter into a left atrium, the implant comprising a frame having a proximal end, a distal end, a pair of struts joined at an apex, a restraint positioned on the pair of struts, and a plurality of anchors near the distal end;
expanding the positioned implant to a second diameter that is larger than the first diameter;
connecting the expanded implant to tissue surrounding a mitral valve by embedding the plurality of anchors into the tissue;
moving the restraint axially relative to the apex along the pair of struts by rotating a shaft in threaded engagement with the restraint to cause the restraint to move axially along the pair of struts thereby adjusting an angle between the pair of struts to contract the implant.

US Pat. No. 10,136,972

HISTORICAL SCAN REFERENCE FOR INTRAORAL SCANS

Align Technology, Inc., ...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a processing device, a plurality of intraoral images of a dental site during an intraoral scan session;
determining, by the processing device, that a first intraoral image of the plurality of intraoral images does not satisfy a registration criterion with regards to any other intraoral oral image of the plurality of intraoral images;
determining, by the processing device, that a historical template of the dental site is existent, wherein the historical template is a virtual model of the dental site as generated from additional intraoral images taken during a previous intraoral scan session;
registering, by the processing device, the first intraoral image to one or more remaining intraoral images of the plurality of intraoral images in a three-dimensional space according to the historical template, wherein the first intraoral image is associated with a first region of the dental site that does not overlap with a second region of the dental site associated with the one or more remaining intraoral images;
generating a first surface of the first region based on the first intraoral image;
generating a second surface of the second region based on the one or more remaining intraoral images; and
displaying, by the processing device, relative positions and orientations of the first surface and the second surface, wherein the historical template is not displayed.

US Pat. No. 10,136,965

CUSTOMIZED ORTHODONTIC BRACKET SYSTEM

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A custom orthodontic bracket system comprising:a bracket body having a bracket slot;
a bracket bonding pad including a tooth-facing surface and a surface opposite the tooth-facing surface for bonding the bracket body to a specific 3-dimensional surface of a tooth of a predetermined patient, wherein the tooth-facing surface includes a contour that is a negative of and matches the 3-dimensional surface of the predetermined patient's tooth, and the opposite surface includes a contour that matches the 3-dimensional surface of the patient's tooth; and
an archwire positioned in the bracket slot forming a bracket slot-archwire interface and having a first cross-sectional dimension and a second cross-sectional dimension perpendicular to the first cross-sectional dimension, wherein a surface of the archwire or a major axis of the cross-section of the archwire is adapted to be oriented substantially parallel to the predetermined patient's tooth surface and to be canted with respect to the occlusal plane.

US Pat. No. 10,136,958

TISSUE PROTECTOR AND METHOD OF USE

Amendia, Inc., Marietta,...

1. A tissue protector comprises:a body structure having a first proximal end and a second distal end with a longitudinal extending thin flexible web with a pair of rigid or solid rails between said ends, the body structure having an unconstrained first shape with a length and a width configured to form the tissue protector, the body structure being a solid single piece of material compressible along the entire length of the web and configured to wrap or roll about a longitudinal axis of the body structure to a smaller constrained second shape sized to fit into a lumen of a cannula, the pair of rigid rails being longitudinal extending rails extending longitudinally along the length of web on each side of the web wherein the two rails of the body structure are parallel enlarged longitudinally extending projections extending the entire length of the body structure in both the constrained second shape and unconstrained first shape, the web having a constant width and being interposed between said parallel longitudinally extending rails to form a shallow channel extending the entire length from the first proximal end to the second distal end in the unconstrained first shape and wherein the body structure when placed inside the lumen of the cannula is configured to be positioned between two adjacent vertebral bodies and is configured to return to the unconstrained first shape when the cannula is withdrawn from between the two adjacent vertebral bodies while leaving the body structure between the two adjacent vertebral bodies, the web and the two rails are configured to shield a nerve root wherein the unconstrained first shape of the web is sized with the constant width to receive a spinal implant for insertion at the first proximal end in the shallow channel sliding along the web between the rigid rails to the second distal end between the two vertebral bodies as the web between the two rigid rails forms a guide for the spinal implant and a shield for the nerve root as the spinal implant is inserted.

US Pat. No. 10,136,952

SOFT TISSUE BALANCING IN ARTICULAR SURGERY

Zimmer, Inc., Warsaw, IN...

1. A robot-aided knee arthroplasty system comprising:an end effector of a robotic arm to couple to a femur of a knee joint with a soft tissue balancing component that permits the femur to freely rotate while coupled to the end effector;
a robotic controller to:
cause the robotic arm to apply a pulling force to the femur using the end effector to increase a gap distance between the femur and a tibia of the knee joint;
measure the gap distance between the femur and the tibia and a rotation of the femur as the robotic arm applies the pulling force to the femur using the end effector;
determine whether a gap configuration of the knee joint is equal to a predetermined gap configuration at the measured gap distance; and
store, when the gap configuration is equal to the predetermined gap configuration at the measured gap distance, the rotation of the femur as a target femoral implant rotation; and
a surgical planning system to plan a position and orientation of a resection of the femur for implantation of a femoral implant at the target femoral implant rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,136,949

GATHERING AND ANALYZING DATA FOR ROBOTIC SURGICAL SYSTEMS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A system for facilitating performance of surgical procedures, comprising:a memory configured to store a model profile indicating a suggested setup of a model robotic surgical system for a model surgical procedure, wherein the suggested setup includes a recommendation of an attachment location of each of a plurality of moveable arms of a robotic surgical system to a stationary item, the robotic surgical system to be used in performance of a surgical procedure after the storing of the model profile, wherein the suggested setup includes a recommendation of an initial position of each of the arms of the robotic surgical system, and wherein the arms are each configured to couple to one of a plurality of surgical instruments; and
a processor configured to, after the plurality of movable arms have been attached to the stationary item in accordance with the recommendation of the attachment location, drive one or more motors of the robotic surgical system to be used in performance of the surgical procedure on a patient and thereby move one or more of the plurality of movable arms such that the one or more of the plurality of movable arms are automatically positioned in accordance with the recommendation of the initial position of each of the arms;
wherein the processor is also configured to:
receive movement data indicative of movement of the arms during performance of the surgical procedure on the patient,
after performance of the surgical procedure, modify the model profile based on the received movement data, and
store the modified model profile in the memory.

US Pat. No. 10,136,939

ENERGY DELIVERY DEVICE HAVING A TRANSLATING OUTER SHEATH

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical device, comprising:an end effector having a proximal end, a distal end, and an elongate shaft extending between the proximal and distal ends, the distal end being configured to deliver energy;
a cannulated outer sheath having a proximal end, a distal end, and an intermediate length extending between the proximal and distal ends, the end effector being disposed within the outer sheath, and the distal end having a plurality of holes formed in an outer surface thereof, the holes being in fluid communication with the remainder of the cannulated outer sheath to provide at least one of suction and irrigation to a surgical site;
a nozzle coupled to the proximal end of the outer sheath and configured to translate along a longitudinal axis of the cannulated outer sheath;
a carrier coupled to the nozzle;
a handle portion coupled to the proximal end of the end effector, the handle portion having a switch,
wherein the carrier is coupled to the switch such that operation of the switch distally advances the carrier to distally advance the nozzle with respect to the handle portion to selectively cover the distal end of the end effector with the distal end of the outer sheath, and operation of the switch proximally retracts the carrier to proximally retract the nozzle with respect to the handle portion to selectively expose the distal end of the end effector.

US Pat. No. 10,136,933

ORTHOPEDIC CONNECTIONS

Zimmer, Inc., Warsaw, IN...

1. An orthopedic connection connecting a first orthopedic component to a second orthopedic component, the orthopedic connection comprising:a male-type connecting member projecting from the first orthopedic component and having a general longitudinal axis; and
a female-type aperture situated in the second orthopedic component and in forcible receipt of the male-type connecting member so as to create a securing zone in which a portion of the male-type connecting member makes forcible contact with walls of the female-type aperture and maintains said forcible contact to securely connect the first orthopedic component to the second orthopedic component,
wherein the male-type connecting member includes a distal longitudinal segment and a proximal longitudinal segment,
wherein in a single reference plane that includes said general longitudinal axis the distal longitudinal segment extends in a linear fashion and the proximal longitudinal segment extends in a curvilinear fashion, wherein the distal longitudinal segment adjoins the proximal longitudinal segment at a first location along the male-type connecting member,
wherein the portion of the male-type connecting member that makes forcible contact with walls of the female-type aperture and maintains said forcible contact encompasses the first location and extends distally and proximally of the first location along the male-type connecting member so that the portion includes a part of the distal longitudinal segment and a part of the proximal longitudinal segment,
wherein the female-type aperture being in forcible receipt of the male-type connecting member includes a first non-securing zone in which the distal longitudinal segment of the male-type connecting member is present but the walls of the female-type aperture are not contacted by the distal longitudinal segment, the first non-securing zone located distally of the securing zone,
wherein the female-type aperture being in forcible receipt of the male-type connecting member also includes a second non-securing zone in which the proximal longitudinal segment of the male-type connecting member is present but the walls of the female-type aperture are not contacted by the proximal longitudinal segment, the second non-securing zone located proximally of the securing zone.

US Pat. No. 10,136,912

METHOD, APPARATUS, AND SYSTEM FOR GENERATING ULTRASOUND

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method to generate a therapeutic ultrasound wave from a therapeutic ultrasound irradiation device, the method comprising:acquiring a medical image comprising anatomical information about a subject using a processor;
calculating one or more characteristics of a heterogeneous tissue in the subject affecting propagation of the therapeutic ultrasound wave based on the medical image using the processor;
determining a parameter of the therapeutic ultrasound wave, using the processor, to create a focal point on the subject using the one or more calculated characteristics; and
generating the therapeutic ultrasound wave at the therapeutic ultrasound irradiation device, using a signal from the processor, the signal determined according to the determined parameter,
wherein the determining of the parameter comprises:
setting a particle velocity of the therapeutic ultrasound wave;
calculating, using the processor, a sound pressure at the focal point that the therapeutic ultrasound wave propagates through the heterogeneous tissue, based on the one or more calculated characteristics of the heterogeneous tissue;
determining, using the processor, whether the sound pressure satisfies a predetermined pressure condition; and
resetting, using the processor, the particle velocity of the therapeutic ultrasound wave, in response to the sound pressure not satisfying the predetermined pressure condition.

US Pat. No. 10,136,910

SURGICAL DEVICE WITH ANTI-BINDING FEATURES

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical device, comprising:a handle having an elongate shaft extending distally therefrom;
an end effector at a distal end of the elongate shaft and having first and second jaws that are movable between an open configuration and a closed configuration in which the first and second jaws are configured to engage tissue therebetween;
a closure tube extending through the handle and the elongate shaft and configured to move the first and second jaws between the open configuration and the closed configuration;
a knife pusher shaft disposed at least partially around the closure tube and configured to move a cutting element through the first and second jaws for cutting tissue engaged therebetween; and
a rack coupled to the knife pusher shaft by a ball-and-socket joint such that the knife pusher shaft can pivot relative to the rack, wherein movement of the rack is effective to drive the knife pusher shaft and thereby move the cutting element through the first and second jaws.

US Pat. No. 10,136,892

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RESECTIONING GASTRO-ESOPHAGEAL TISSUE

REX Medical, L.P., Radno...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a head having a first jaw and a second jaw, at least one of the first jaw and the second jaw being movable with respect to the other of the first jaw and the second jaw from a first configuration in which the first jaw and the second jaw are spaced apart at a first distance and a second configuration in which the first jaw and the second jaw are spaced apart at a second distance, a stapling assembly of the first jaw having slots through which staples are configured to be passed in one or more rows extending from a proximal end of the first jaw to a distal end of the first jaw, and an anvil surface of the second jaw being configured to form a staple;
a first adjustment assembly configured for gross movement of the first jaw or the second jaw;
a second adjustment assembly including a beam configured for fine movement of the first jaw or the second jaw to maintain a fixed distance there between, wherein the beam is operatively coupled to a pusher and includes a central web portion connecting an upper beam portion and a lower beam portion, the central web portion including a cutting blade which is generally more distal than at least one of a trailing edge of the upper beam portion and a trailing edge of the lower beam portion, and the pusher being configured to cause a staple pusher to move for firing as the beam moves distally;
a handle having one or more actuators configured to move at least one of the first jaw and the second jaw from the first configuration to the second configuration, and to actuate the stapling assembly; and
a shaft coupling the handle to the head; wherein
at least one of the upper beam portion and the lower beam portion is a generally flat plate orthogonally attached to an end of the central web portion and is configured to engage the first jaw or the second jaw entirely from within the first jaw or the second jaw for clamping and alignment; and
the pusher and the central web portion are coplanar with a channel defined in a tissue contacting surface of each of the first jaw and the second jaw when the beam moves distally.

US Pat. No. 10,136,886

KNOTLESS SOFT TISSUE DEVICES AND TECHNIQUES

Biomet Sports Medicine, L...

1. A tissue fixation system, comprising:a tissue fixation device, comprising:
a self-locking construct including a first loop, a second loop, and a first free end;
a first flexible tail coupled to and extending from the first loop;
a second flexible tail coupled to and extending from the second loop; and
a first flexible anchor coupled to the first flexible tail such that the first flexible tail extends through the first flexible anchor;
wherein the self-locking construct is configured such that pulling the first flexible tail opens the first loop and pulling the second flexible tail opens the second loop; and
an arthroscopic cannula,
wherein an elongated free tail portion of the first flexible tail extends longitudinally through the arthroscopic cannula from a first open end of the arthroscopic cannula to a second open end of the arthroscopic cannula.

US Pat. No. 10,136,876

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LOCAL ESTIMATION OF NONLINEAR TISSUE ELASTICITY WITH ACOUSTIC RADIATION FORCE

MAYO FOUNDATION FOR MEDIC...

1. A method for forming an image representing a locally determined nonlinear elastic parameter of a subject with an ultrasound system, the method comprising:a) irradiating the subject with a first ultrasound beam generated by a transducer of the ultrasound system to form a target acoustic radiation force in an origin region of the subject,
wherein the target radiation force has a component that is non-linear with respect to an amplitude of said first ultrasound beam;
b) transforming said first ultrasound beam into a second ultrasound beam generated by said transducer and focused at a detection point of the subject, said detection point being spatially separated from the origin region in a direction transverse to the first ultrasound beam;
c) with said ultrasound system, detecting ultrasound energy reflected from at least two detection points of the subject by irradiating said at least two detection points with the second ultrasound beam while temporally multiplexing said first and second ultrasound beams without mechanical repositioning of said transducer to avoid using another transducer in said ultrasound system,
d) with a programmable processor, operably cooperated with the ultrasound system, determining, from the detected ultrasound energy, echo data indicative of a target shear wave induced in said subject locally, at the origin region, by said target acoustic radiation force,
said target shear wave propagating from said origin region towards said at least two detection points;
determining, from said echo data, a target shear wave displacement;
determining, from the echo data, target parameters of the target shear wave,
said target parameters including at least one of speed and attenuation of the target shear wave;
calculating a normalized shear wave displacement induced in said subject locally, at the origin region, by a normalized acoustic radiation force formed by irradiating said origin region with said first ultrasound beam under normalization conditions,
wherein said normalization conditions are defined by having a unit peak intensity of said first ultrasound beam at a boundary of said transducer;
wherein said calculating includes calculating the normalized shear wave displacement ?sim(x,x0) according to
?sim(x,x0)=?D(x?y)ARF(y,x0)dy,
wherein ARF(y,x0) is normalized radiation force evaluated at point y with x0 being a position of a focal point of the transducer, G is an elastodynamic Green's function, and a volume integral is computed over the origin region D;
e) with the ultrasound system, measuring said nonlinear elastic parameter at the origin region of the subject based on a mean ratio of said target shear-wave displacement to said normalized shear wave displacement, said mean ratio SC(x0) expressed according to a product

wherein S is a peak input intensity, |uobs(xk,x0)| is a measured peak of the normalized shear wave displacement at a measurement point xk, C is a nonlinearity parameter, and a variable x0 denotes a position of the origin region D and a point in a tissue at which the nonlinearity parameter C is evaluated, k is an index of summation, and n is an upper bound of summation;
and
based on the measured nonlinear elastic parameter, spatially differentiating a malignant tissue of the subject from a benign tissue of the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,136,874

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS

Vieworks Co., Ltd., Anya...

1. An X-ray imaging apparatus comprising:a bias voltage source that provides a bias voltage to pixels that detect X-rays; and
an automatic exposure control (AEC) processing unit that detects a current flowing between the bias voltage source and the pixels and outputs an AEC signal,
wherein the bias voltage source provides the bias voltage to photodiodes included in the pixels through a common electrode, and the AEC processing unit detects a current flowing between the common electrode and the bias voltage source,
wherein the AEC processing unit includes:
a detector that detects the current and converts into a voltage signal; and
an output unit that outputs an AEC signal depending on a voltage output by the detector,
wherein the detector includes a switch that allows bypassing the current, and
wherein the switch is configured to be open when the X-ray imaging apparatus performs an integration process and closed when the X-ray imaging apparatus performs a readout process.

US Pat. No. 10,136,865

RADIOIMAGING USING LOW DOSE ISOTOPE

Spectrum Dynamics Medical...

23. A nuclear medicine imaging system, comprising:a radioactive-emission camera, comprising:
a plurality of independently moveable detecting units;
a plurality of motion transfer systems, equal in number to a number of said detecting units, each of the motion transfer systems being in mechanical communication with one of the detecting unit, for moving each said detecting unit; and
a controller for optimizing said radioactive-emission camera configured to:
model a body structure, based on its geometry;
model anatomical constraints, which limit accessibility to the body structure;
optimize a camera design using said modeled body-structure and said modeled anatomical constraints.

US Pat. No. 10,136,857

ADJUSTABLE WEARABLE SYSTEM HAVING A MODULAR SENSOR PLATFORM

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A wearable system for measuring physiological data from a device worn about a body part of a user comprising:a base module, the base module comprising a display and a base computing unit, and being positioned on a first side of the body part;
a first sensor module configured to measure a gravitational force experienced by the device;
a second sensor module spatially positioned relative to the base module on a second side opposite to the first side of the body part and over a portion of the body part for measuring one or more physiological characteristics calibrated based on the gravitational force measured with the first sensor module; and
the base module being adjustably positioned on the body part relative to the second sensor module so that the second sensor module maintains its positioning over the body part for sufficient contact with the body part regardless of an anthropometric size of the body part.

US Pat. No. 10,136,849

BIOLOGICAL FLUID COLLECTION DEVICE AND BIOLOGICAL FLUID SEPARATION AND TESTING SYSTEM

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A biological fluid separation device, comprising:a rotatable body having a center of rotation and an outer periphery, the rotatable body having a body inlet adapted to receive a multi-component blood sample;
a separation chamber defined within the rotatable body and in fluid communication with the body inlet and having a chamber outlet spaced apart from the body inlet, the separation chamber adapted to receive both the multi-component blood sample; and
a blood component chamber defined within the rotatable body and in fluid communication with the chamber outlet, wherein when the separation chamber contains the multi-component blood sample and a rotational force is applied to the rotatable body, a blood component of the multi-component blood sample passes from the separation chamber into the blood component chamber and a second component of the multi-component blood sample is retained within the separation chamber,
wherein the blood component chamber is disposed adjacent the center of rotation and the separation chamber is disposed adjacent the outer periphery of the rotatable body.

US Pat. No. 10,136,844

DUAL ELECTRODE SYSTEM FOR A CONTINUOUS ANALYTE SENSOR

DexCom, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A continuous glucose sensor configured and arranged for insertion into a host for and detecting glucose in the host, the sensor comprising:a first working electrode comprising a first resistance domain, wherein the first working electrode is configured to generate a first signal having a first noise component related to a noise-causing species;
a second working electrode comprising a second resistance domain, wherein the second working electrode is configured to generate a second signal having a second noise component related to the noise-causing species; and
a third resistance domain disposed continuously over the first resistance domain and the second resistance domain,
wherein each of the first resistance domain and the second resistance domain is independently formed on the first working electrode and the second working electrode, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,136,840

FITNESS TRAINING SYSTEM FOR MERGING ENERGY EXPENDITURE CALCULATIONS FROM MULTIPLE DEVICES

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An apparatus for use with a user performing an exercise comprising:at least one processor;
a first sensor configured to monitor a first exercise performed by the user;
a communication circuit configured to communicate at least energy expenditure information between the apparatus and at least a second device, the energy expenditure information including at least a first energy expenditure estimate corresponding to the first exercise monitored by the first sensor and a second energy expenditure estimate corresponding to a second exercise monitored by at least the second device;
at least one tangible memory storing computer-executable instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the apparatus at least to:
monitor, with the sensor, the first exercise performed by the user;
receive, from an imaging device, an image of the user performing the first exercise wherein the image includes at least one measurement position on a body of the user;
identify, based on the image, a user movement being performed during the first exercise;
automatically communicate the energy expenditure information between the apparatus and at least the second device after determining a completion of at least one of the first exercise and the second exercise;
determine, by the at least one processor, the first energy expenditure estimate of the user corresponding to the monitored first exercise and the identified user movement;
communicate, by the communication circuit, energy expenditure information between the apparatus and at least the second device after expiration of a specified time interval, the energy expenditure information including the first energy expenditure estimate and the second energy expenditure estimate; and
determine, by the at least one processor, a combined energy expenditure estimate of the user based, at least in part, on the first energy expenditure estimate and the second energy expenditure estimate.