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. 10,137,390

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. 10,137,378

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. 10,137,375

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. 10,137,363

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. 10,137,356

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. 10,137,340

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. 10,137,322

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. 10,137,319

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. 10,137,303

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. 10,137,294

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. 10,137,290

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. 10,137,284

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. 10,137,233

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. 10,137,230

SKIN INTERFACE DEVICE HAVING A SKIN ATTACHMENT DEVICE AND METHOD TO IMPLANT SAME

NuPulseCV, Inc., Raleigh...

1. A skin attachment device, comprising:a) an annular ring having a central aperture extending therethrough and defining an inside surface;
b) a fixturing assembly,
wherein the fixturing assembly is adapted to couple to the annular ring via one or more threaded screws which extend through apertures disposed in the fixture assembly and are received by one or more threaded apertures disposed in the annular ring,
wherein the annular ring further comprises a groove extending annularly around an outside surface of the ring thereby defining upper and lower lips,
wherein the upper lip comprises one or more vertical apertures extending therethrough adapted to accept a suture, and
wherein the groove is texturized to promote tissue ingrowth upon implantation of the skin attachment device.

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. 10,137,207

METHODS OF USING OPTICAL AGENTS

MediBeacon, Inc., St. Lo...

1. A process for using a fluorescent agent in a surgical procedure, the process comprising:administering a renally excretable fluorescent agent into the bloodstream of a patient, wherein the renally excretable optical agent is selected from the group consisting of phenylxanthenes, phenothiazines, phenoselenazines, cyanines, indocyanines, squaraines, dipyrrolo pyrimidones, anthraquinones, tetracenes, quinolines, pyrazines, acridines, acridones, phenanthridines, azo dyes, rhodamines, phenoxazines, azulenes, azaazulenes, triphenyl methane dyes, indoles, benzoindoles, indocarbocyanines, benzoindocarbocyanines, derivatives having the general structure of 4,4-difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene, and conjugates thereof and derivatives thereof;
irradiating a ureter of the patient's renal system with infrared radiation, visible radiation, ultraviolet radiation or combinations thereof to excite the agent in the patient's urine and cause the agent to fluoresce; and
detecting the agent's fluorescence in the irradiated ureter to demarcate the position of the ureter and distinguish the ureter from the surrounding tissue during the surgical procedure, wherein the surgical procedure is selected from an abdominal surgery and a pelvic surgery.

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. 10,137,120

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. 10,137,052

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. 10,137,049

DRIVING MODULE, MOTION ASSISTANCE APPARATUS INCLUDING THE DRIVING MODULE, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE MOTION ASSISTANCE APPARATUS

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A driving module comprising:a driving source adapted to be on one side of a user, and configured to provide power;
a first decelerator including a first input terminal coupled to the driving source, and a first output terminal and a second output terminal configured to receive power from the first input terminal;
a second decelerator including a second input terminal coupled to the first output terminal, and a third output terminal and a fourth output terminal configured to receive power from the second input terminal; and
a third decelerator including a third input terminal coupled to the second output terminal, and a fifth output terminal and a sixth output terminal configured to receive power from the third input terminal,
wherein the first decelerator is coupled to the second decelerator such that the first output terminal transmits power to the second input terminal,
the first decelerator is coupled to the third decelerator such that the second output terminal transmits power to the third input terminal, and
the first decelerator is between the second decelerator and the third decelerator.

US Pat. No. 10,137,045

PATIENT REPOSITIONING SYSTEM

Hillenbrand Management Co...

1. A patient repositioning system comprising:a mattress having a head end and a foot end and an upper surface and opposing longitudinal sides;
a sheet residing on the upper surface;
a pulling device operatively connected to the sheet and adapted to pull the sheet toward the head end with a patient residing thereon, thereby to reposition the patient;
a housing holding the pulling device;
an arrestor operatively connected to the pulling device and adapted to normally hold the sheet in place so as to prevent movement of the sheet toward the foot end of the mattress, and operable to selectively enable the sheet to be repositioned, reversed, or removed from the housing; and
a hand held device operable to selectively cooperate with the housing so as to actuate the pulling device from outside the housing, thereby to enable the patient to be repositioned from outside the housing.

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. 10,137,016

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. 10,137,001

EXPANDABLE FUSION DEVICE AND METHOD OF INSTALLATION THEREOF

Globus Medical, Inc., Au...

1. A surgical method comprising:creating an access path to an intervertebral disc space;
inserting an expandable implant into the disc space, wherein the expandable implant comprises:
a first endplate having a pair of first tongues;
a second endplate opposed to the first endplate, the second endplate having a pair of second tongues;
a central ramp positioned between the first endplate and the second endplate, wherein the central ramp comprises a first end and a second end, wherein the second end includes a first ramped portion configured to engage a portion of the first endplate and a second ramped portion configured to engage a portion of the second endplate, and a third ramped portion configured to engage a portion of the first endplate and a fourth ramped portion configured to engage a portion of the second endplate positioned between the first and second ends, wherein the central ramp has a longitudinal bore, and wherein the first ramped portion has a pair of first grooves, each of the first grooves sized to receive one of the first tongues, and wherein the second ramped portion has a pair of second grooves, each of the second grooves sized to receive one of the second tongues;
a driving ramp positioned between the first endplate and the second endplate, wherein the driving ramp comprises a first end and a second end, wherein the second end includes a first angled portion configured to engage a portion of the first endplate and a second angled portion configured to engage a portion of the second endplate, wherein the driving ramp has a non-threaded longitudinal through bore extending from the first end to the second end of the driving ramp, the longitudinal bore of the of the central ramp and the non-threaded longitudinal through bore of the driving ramp are coaxially aligned;
an actuator insertable through the driving ramp, wherein a portion of the actuator extends through the non-threaded longitudinal through bore of the driving ramp and the longitudinal bore of the central ramp, the actuator is disposed and remains within the non-threaded longitudinal bore, and the actuator is movable with respect to the central ramp and the driving ramp, and wherein the actuator is configured to translate the driving ramp such that the second end of the driving ramp is moved closer to the second end of the central ramp to thereby cause expansion of the first endplate and the second endplate;
wherein the first tongues and the second tongues are configured to move within corresponding first grooves and second grooves to expand and compress the expandable implant;
wherein the third ramped portion and the fourth ramped portions extend outwardly from a rod receiving extension of the central ramp; andintroducing bone graft material adjacent the expandable implant.

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. 10,136,949

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. 10,136,841

MULTI-FUNCTIONAL SMART MOBILITY AID DEVICES AND METHODS OF USE

CAN Mobilities, Inc., Sa...

1. A multifunctional smart cane, comprising:a handle adapted to be gripped by a hand of a user;
a body having a base on one end and coupled to the handle on the other;
a light operable by a light sensor;
a display built into the handle wherein the display is visible to the user while gripping the handle;
one or more activity tracking components carried by the smart cane for collecting information about the user's daily activity;
an electronic memory for storing the collected information about the user's daily activity; and
one or more electronic communication components to transmit the user's daily activity from the electronic memory in the smart cane to another electronic device.

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.

US Pat. No. 10,136,828

MAPPING OF ATRIAL FIBRILLATION

Biosense Webster (Israel)...

13. An apparatus, comprising:a probe having a plurality of electrodes and adapted for insertion into a heart of a living subject; and
a processor configured to receive electrical signals from the electrodes and to perform the acts of:
recording electrograms from the electrodes concurrently at respective locations in the heart, the electrograms comprising readings of the electrodes;
generating an activation map from the readings, the activation map having fixed local activation times and adjustable local activation times for respective electrodes based on respective readings;
delimiting activation time intervals for respective adjustable local activation times;
transforming the activation map into a map of electrical propagation waves, comprising:
segmenting the electrograms into a series of frames at respective times, wherein each frame includes a matrix comprising assignments of the fixed local activation times and the adjustable local activation times to the respective electrodes;
modeling at least a portion of the heart as a mesh having vertices, each vertex corresponding to location of a respective electrode;
selecting a vertex, the vertex having connected conduction velocities of electrical propagation, wherein at least one of the connected conduction velocity has a respective adjustable local activation time and a respective activation time interval; and
determining coherence of the waves at the vertex based on the connected conduction velocities;
maximizing coherence of the waves by adjusting at least one of the adjustable local activation times of the connected conduction velocities to at least one adjusted local activation time within the respective activation time intervals;
reporting the at least one adjusted local activation time;
generating an electroanatomical map with at least one coherent wave based on the at least one adjusted local activation time; and
an ablation power generator connected to the probe for ablating tissue in the heart to modify the electrical propagation waves represented in the electroanatomical map.

US Pat. No. 10,136,815

PATIENT MONITORING DEVICE WITH REMOTE ALERT

PHYSIO-CONTROL, INC., Re...

1. A patient monitoring system, comprising:a main patient monitor configured to:
receive and collect one or more patient physiological parameters of a patient, and
provide an alarm in response, at least in part, to an alarm trigger, the alarm trigger including a determination that at least one of the collected patient physiological parameters has reached a predetermined value; and
one or more of remote patient monitors, each of the one or more of remote patient monitors having an alarm reset configured to:
terminate the alarm,
be carried by a caregiver,
receive a signal from the main patient monitor in response to the alarm, and
transmit, by the remote patient monitor carried by the caregiver, feedback on the alarm trigger by the caregiver to other caregivers via the main patient monitor, the feedback comprising one or more of a notification that the patient is being attended, a request by the caregiver for additional help, or a message about resolution of the alarm trigger.

US Pat. No. 10,136,807

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography system comprising:an interferometer which includes single mode fibers and a plurality of polarization controllers, wherein at least one of the plurality of polarization controllers is disposed on each of the fibers of the interferometer, which include a fiber for a sample light beam, a fiber for a reference light beam, and a fiber for a detection light beam; and
an image forming unit which determines a pixel value from a data set consisting of two orthogonal polarization components simultaneously obtained at substantially identical spatial positions of an object,
wherein a measurement light beam has a static single polarization state.

US Pat. No. 10,136,777

STOOL FOR USE WITH A TOILET

NadiaLabs, Inc., Sunnyva...

1. A foot stool, comprising:a platform, wherein the platform includes front and rear edges;
a first ramp element and a second ramp element, the first and second ramp elements each coupled to the rear edge of the platform and each extending away from the platform at a first angle, the ramp elements extending away from the platform at the same first angle, the first and second ramp elements coupled to the platform such that toes of the users feet rest on the platform, a heel of one of the user's feet rest on the first ramp, and a heel of the other user's foot rest on the second ramp, the first and second ramp displaced apart by a distance which allows at least a portion of a front of a toilet to protrude between the first ramp and the second ramp; and
a first holder located at a location on the platform that is closer to the front edge of the platform than the rear edge of the platform to receive a first attachment, wherein the first holder comprises a lower end and an opened top end.

US Pat. No. 10,136,776

TOILET APPARATUS

TOTO LTD., Kitakyushu-Sh...

1. A toilet apparatus mounted to a toilet, the apparatus comprising:a human body detector capable of radiating a radio wave, the human body detector detecting a human body based on an obtained signal, the human body detector outputting a control signal based on a result of the detecting; and
a controlled part, the controlled part being controlled based on the control signal,
the human body detector having two or more establishment times from when the signal is obtained until when the detection result based on the signal is established,
the human body detector having a plurality of sensitivities,
the plurality of sensitivities corresponding respectively to two or more of the establishment times, and
the human body detector performing the detecting of the human body by using one of the plurality of establishment times and using one of the plurality of sensitivities corresponding to the one of the plurality of establishment times.

US Pat. No. 10,136,775

TOILET BOWL APPARATUS AND SEAL MEMBER

Lixil Corporation, Tokyo...

1. A toilet bowl apparatus comprising:a toilet bowl main body;
a functional part installed at an upper section of the toilet bowl main body;
a seal member attached to at least one of the toilet bowl main body and the functional part and disposed in a gap between the toilet bowl main body and the functional part,
wherein the seal member has a soft seal body and an elastic body covered by the soft seal body, and
the elastic body is disposed on an inner side of the soft seal body.

US Pat. No. 10,136,774

COZY COMFORT TOILET SEAT COVER: THE FLEECE SEAT

Kerri Anne Blanchard, Ra...

1. A seat cover for a toilet seat configured to hingedly connect to a toilet base via two spaced apart hinges, the toilet seat comprising an inner rim defining an opening of the toilet seat, an opposing outer rim including a rear portion proximate the two spaced apart hinges, a top side spanning between the inner and outer rims, and an opposing bottom side spanning between the inner and outer rims, the seat cover comprising:a seat surface comprising a ring of material having a top surface and an opposing bottom surface, the top and bottom surfaces spanning between an inner peripheral edge and an outer peripheral edge, the inner peripheral edge defining a center opening of the seat cover;
a plurality of outer flaps along the outer peripheral edge, the plurality of outer flaps including a rear outer flap disposed along a rear outer peripheral edge of the seat cover and configured to fit between the two spaced apart hinges; and
a plurality of inner flaps along the inner peripheral edge;
first and second hinge flaps along the outer peripheral edge, said first hinge flap disposed between the rear outer flap and one of the plurality of outer flaps adjacent the rear outer flap, and said second hinge flap disposed between the rear outer flap and another of the plurality of outer flaps adjacent the rear outer flap;
wherein each outer flap is configured to extend around the outer rim of the toilet seat and each inner flap is configured to extend around the inner rim of the toilet seat such that each inner flap secures to a corresponding outer flap at the bottom side of the toilet seat to secure the bottom surface of the seat cover to the top side of the toilet seat; and
wherein each of the first and second hinge flaps is configured to extend around the outer rim of the toilet seat, and wherein a distal end of each of the first and second hinge flaps is configured to secure to the corresponding outer flap adjacent the rear outer flap.

US Pat. No. 10,136,773

TOILET DEVICE

TOTO LTD., Kitakyushu-Sh...

1. A toilet device comprising:a toilet seat device provided on a toilet bowl;
a radio wave sensor; and
a controller configured to operate the toilet seat device based on a signal outputted from the radio wave sensor,
the radio wave sensor being operable for:
detecting presence of a human body in a first area including front of the toilet seat device,
detecting motion of the human body in a second area including the front of the toilet seat device and a region outside the first area, and
determining sensing of the human body based on detection result of the motion of the human body and detection result of the presence of the human body, and
determining that the sensed human body has an intention of using the toilet seat device.

US Pat. No. 10,136,772

TOILET SEAT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A TOILET SEAT

TOTO LTD., Kitakyushu-sh...

1. A toilet seat, comprising:a body including a seating part and a side wall part, the side wall part extending from each of an inner end and an outer end of the seating part;
a bottom plate including a bottom plate part and a protrusion part, the bottom plate part and the seating part facing each other, and the protrusion part protruding laterally from the bottom plate part and being configured to be pressed by an end of the side wall part; and
a joining member joining the body and the bottom plate, the joining member being formed of a filling material poured to closely contact a side surface of the bottom plate part and a non-pressing surface other than a surface pressing the protrusion part on the end of the side wall part, at least a part of a side surface of the joining member being exposed to an exterior, wherein
the body includes a groove formed on the non-pressing surface of the side wall part.

US Pat. No. 10,136,771

SHOWER HEATER SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A shower heater system comprising:a housing having an exterior housing wall, a housing inlet and a housing outlet, the housing disposed on a shower wall;
a fan disposed within the housing;
a fan motor associated with a fan, wherein the fan motor includes a fan inlet that is coupled to the housing inlet;
a fan control component disposed on the exterior housing wall, wherein the fan control component includes a first fan setting that operatively controls the fan motor;
a fan outlet that is coupled to a heater element inlet;
a main temperature control component that includes a heater control component disposed on the exterior housing wall, the heater control component having a first heater setting, wherein the main temperature control component adjusts a heater element according to the first heater setting, the heater element coupled to the heater element inlet;
a heater element outlet coupled to the heater element, the heater element outlet is coupled to the housing outlet; and
a flexible hose coupled to the housing outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,136,770

DUAL PAPER ROLL HOLDER

1. A holder for a rolls of paper comprisinga) a body comprising a two or more elongate arms;
b) wherein each of said two or more elongate arms have a first end and a second end distal from said first end and an axis extending through said elongate arm;
i) wherein said second end of each of said two or more elongate arms are conjoined at a central point;
c) a pair of cylindrical lateral members extending laterally outward from two elongate arms
i) wherein each of said pair of cylindrical lateral members are disposed at an oblique angle from said axis of said elongate arm;
ii) said cylindrical member being configured to complement a recess in a wall holder arm for mounting said holder in a pair of premounted wall holder arms.

US Pat. No. 10,136,769

ELECTRONIC RESIDENTIAL TISSUE DISPENSER

Valve Solutions, Inc., A...

1. An dispenser assembly for dispensing sheet material, the dispenser assembly comprising:a dispenser housing including a discharge;
a supply of sheet material that is supported at least partially along the dispenser housing;
a dispensing mechanism arranged adjacent the supply of sheet material and comprising at least one driving roller for driving sheet material from the supply of sheet material along a feed path through the dispenser housing and to the discharge thereof;
a plurality of pressing rollers at least partially contacting the sheet material such that the sheet material is engaged against the at least one driving roller to cause the sheet material to be drawn between the plurality of pressing rollers and the at least one driving roller as the at least one driving roller is rotated; and
a drive mechanism including at least one motor coupled to a transmission assembly operable to transfer power from the at least one motor to the at least one driving roller, and to the plurality of pressing rollers so as to drive the pressing rollers substantially in cooperation with the driving roller for drawing of the sheet material therebetween; at least one drive belt operatively connected to the transmission assembly and to the plurality of pressing rollers.

US Pat. No. 10,136,768

DISPENSER WITH METAL SHEET OUTER SURFACE, SUPPORT STRUCTURE, METAL SHEET AND MANUFACTURING METHOD

1. A dispenser for storing and dispensing a hygiene product, comprising:at least one wall having a support structure made at least mainly of plastic material; and
at least one metal sheet attached on an outer side of the support structure, including:
a rim extending along at least a part of a peripheral side edge of the at least one metal sheet; and
a plurality of fastening tabs distributed around the peripheral side edge of the at least one metal sheet,
wherein the support structure includes at least one groove arranged to receive the rim and a plurality of apertures configured to receive the fastening tabs.

US Pat. No. 10,136,767

PERSONAL CARE ACCESSORY SUPPORT SYSTEM

LIBERTY HARDWARE MFG. COR...

1. A personal care accessory support system comprising:a rail with an aperture to fasten the rail to an upright support surface, and a plurality of receptacles formed in the rail;
at least two accessory holders, each of the at least two accessory holders comprising a base to receive and support an accessory, and a retainer sized to mount and support the accessory holder on the rail;
a spacer with a recess with at least one flat and an aperture aligned with the rail aperture;
a bolt with a head received in the spacer recess in engagement with the at least one flat to limit rotation of the bolt in the spacer, and a shank extending through the spacer aperture and the rail aperture;
a nut engaged with the bolt shank; and
an adhesive to adhere the spacer to the upright support surface;
wherein the at least two accessory holders comprise at least one of a hair dryer holder, a flat iron holder, a hair brush holder, a tumbler, and a toothbrush holder; and
wherein the rail is formed from stamped sheet metal.

US Pat. No. 10,136,766

SHOWER BENCH SEAT

1. A shower bench seat configured for use in a shower area, the shower bench seat comprising:an inboard assembly configured for placement within the shower area;
an outboard assembly configured for placement adjacent the shower area, the outboard assembly having a plurality of legs extending therefrom and the plurality of legs are in contact with a floor section adjacent the shower area; and
an intermediate assembly configured to connect the inboard assembly to the outboard assembly, wherein the intermediate assembly extends in a downward direction away from the outboard assembly, the intermediate assembly forming an angle with the inboard assembly in a range of about 40° to about 60°, and wherein the intermediate assembly further includes an elongated gap configured to receive a shower curtain within the shower area thereby facilitating use of the shower bench seat by a user in a seated position and simultaneously facilitating retention of water within the shower area.

US Pat. No. 10,136,761

GRILL ATTACHMENT FOR PORTABLE HEATERS

1. A combined portable heater and grill attachment comprising:a portable radiant heater having ceramic burners located within said portable radiant heater and a protection screen covering said ceramic burners;
a plurality of heat vent openings located on an upper end of said portable radiant heater and above of said protection screen;
a grill attachment having a support frame having a first end and a second end;
a pair of legs directly extending from said first end of said support frame perpendicular downward from said support frame;
a pair of arms extending forwardly of said first end of said support frame with each arm connected to a corresponding leg of said pair of legs forming an S-shape, each of said arms releasably fastenable to a corresponding heat vent opening of said upper end of said portable radiant heater;
at least two locking pins located on an underside of said support frame and proximal to said pair of legs and said first end of said support frame, said locking pins engaging behind an end of said protection screen proximal said upper end surface of said portable radiant heater to lock said grill attachment to the portable radiant heater and provide additional support of the connection between said grill attachment and said portable radiant heater;
a rack assembly disposed on the support frame, said rack assembly comprising a plurality of cross members and a plate member with said support frame, said pair of legs, said pair of arms and said rack assembly comprising a one-piece integral unit; and
said forwardly extending arms releasably coupling said support frame to a portable heater via a cantilevered connection.

US Pat. No. 10,136,758

FOOD PAN COVER WITH INDICIA HOLDER AND SELF-CLOSING HINGES

Spirit Specialty Solution...

1. A cover for a food container, said cover having an open position and a closed position, said cover comprising:a cover plate comprising an upper and a lower surface; a C-shaped flange that rises above said cover plate upper surface; an aperture to provide unobstructed access to said food container when said cover is positioned on said food container; and a pair of hinge apertures;
a hinged lid comprising an upper and a lower surface; a C-shaped flange that rises above said hinged lid upper surface; a notch; one or more support ribs positioned on said lower surface of said hinged lid and spanning the width of said hinged lid; wherein said rib provides enhanced rigidity to said hinged lid and prevents sagging caused by said notch;
a pair of self-closing hinges comprising tabs extending from said hinged lid; wherein said tabs further comprise a J-shaped configuration with T-shaped heads extending from said tabs, said T-shaped heads passing through said hinge apertures in said cover plate;
a pair of hinge stops comprising a three-sided structure that shrouds said tabs, said hinge stops being angled towards said hinges and preventing said hinged lid from remaining in an open position without an external force holding said hinged lid open
a first indicia insert comprising a pair of cutouts to accept said self-closing hinges and said hinge stops when said insert rests on said upper surface of said cover plate; an aperture to provide unobstructed access to said food container when said cover is positioned on said food container; wherein said first indicia insert is secured to said upper surface of said cover plate by placing said cover plate upper C-shaped flange over the edge of said first indicia insert; and
a second indicia insert comprising a notch that matches said notch on said hinged lid to enable said second indicia insert to rest on said hinged lid; wherein said second indicia insert is secured to said upper surface of said hinged lid by placing said hinged lid upper C-shaped flange over the edge of said second indicia insert.

US Pat. No. 10,136,756

HEATING UNIT FOR A BEVERAGE PREPARATION MACHINE

Nestec S.A., Vevey (CH)

1. A heating unit for a beverage preparation machine, the machine suitable for preparing a beverage by mixing a beverage ingredient with a fluid, the machine comprising a pump for circulating the beverage preparation fluid through the machine at least from a fluid source to the heating unit, the heating unit suitable for heating the fluid and comprising:(i) a housing defining a fluid heating chamber;
(ii) a heating element located inside the housing and adapted to heat the fluid therein; the heating unit further comprises a pre-heating tube for conveying the fluid received from the pump through the heating unit, the pre-heating tube comprising a tube inlet and a tube outlet, the tube outlet connecting with the heating chamber; and wherein the pre-heating tube is located at least partly within the housing such that the heating element will at least partially heat the fluid in the pre-heating tube before the pre-heating tube ends and the pre-heated fluid is released into the heating chamber through the outlet, the pre-heating tube is located at a distance from the heating element that is less than 10 mm, and the heating unit has a single configuration selected from the group consisting of (a) a first configuration in which an outer diameter of a cylindrical coil shape of the heating element is smaller than an inner diameter of a cylindrical coil shape of the pre-heating tube, and the cylindrical coil shape of the heating element is positioned within the cylindrical coil shape of the pre-heating tube, and (b) a second configuration in which an outer diameter of a cylindrical coil shape of the pre-heating tube is smaller than an inner diameter of a cylindrical coil shape of the heating element, and the cylindrical coil shape of the pre-heating tube is positioned within the cylindrical coil shape of the heating element; and
(iii) a central opening defined by a wall extending from the housing into an interior of the cylindrical coil shape of the heating element such that, in the first configuration, the central opening positions a portion of the pre-heated fluid between the wall and the inner diameter of the cylindrical coil shape of the heating element, and each coil of the pre-heating tube abuts the housing, or in the second configuration, the central opening positions a portion of the pre-heated fluid between the wall and the inner diameter of the cylindrical coil shape of the pre-heating tube, and each coil of the heating element abuts the housing, and at least one feature of the central opening selected from the group consisting of (i) a volume and (ii) a shape enables an optimization of a volume of fluid in the heating chamber in relation to the heating element.

US Pat. No. 10,136,751

ELECTRIC KETTLE

1. A electric kettle comprising a container body comprising electric heating means adapted to heat water contained in said container body, and comprising a base, configured to support said container body and to supply electric power at least to said electric heating means when said container body is supported by said base, said container body comprising a longitudinal extension axis and being able to rotate about said longitudinal extension axis, with respect to said base, further comprising means for detecting the angular movement of said container body with respect to said base, the extent to said angular movement detected by said means for detecting angular movement determining the degree of activation of said electric heating means necessary in order to bring said water to a desired temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,136,750

PLASTIC CONTAINER FOR BOILING WATER

1. An apparatus for boiling water, said apparatus comprising:a food grade plastic container having an open end for receiving objects therein and a capacity sufficient for boiling food in water, the plastic container being defined by a body comprising a bottom wall and a peripheral wall extending upwardly from the bottom wall, the bottom wall and the peripheral wall each being made of a plastic having a melting point of at least 120 degrees Celsius; and
an electric water heater comprising a heating element disposed within the plastic container, wherein the body has a single opening therein through which the heating element is configured to pass through.

US Pat. No. 10,136,748

HOLIDAY TREE WITH CENTRAL SUPPORT, ROPE LIGHT AND STAND

1. A holiday tree kit comprising:a central support armature, a rope light, a stand and a top ornament;
wherein the holiday tree kit is a decorative item suggestive of a tree shape;
wherein the rope light spirals down from a top of the central support armature;
where the rope light spiral widens as it progresses downward;
wherein the stand holds the holiday tree kit upright;
wherein the colors of the rope light are chosen to be suggestive of the occasion for which the holiday tree kit is displayed;
wherein the central support armature provides the main vertical support for the holiday tree kit;
wherein the central support armature comprises one or more armature tubes;
wherein each of the one or more armature tubes comprise a top opening and a bottom sleeve;
wherein the one or more armature tubes interconnect by sliding the bottom sleeve of one of the one or more armature tubes into the top opening of the one or more armature tube below it;
wherein the central support armature is oriented vertically;
wherein a bottom of the central support armature is placed into the stand;
wherein a length of the one or more armature tube in conjunction with a count of the number of the central support armature determine the overall height of the holiday tree kit;
wherein the rope light comprises a hollow flexible tubing, LEDs, wiring, an AC plug and a first lighting connector;
wherein the hollow flexible tubing is transparent or translucent tubing;
wherein the hollow flexible tubing encloses the wiring and the LEDs;
wherein the LEDs are distributed throughout the length of the hollow flexible tubing;
wherein the wiring is electrically connected to the AC plug on one end of the rope light, to the LEDs, and to the first lighting connector on the other end of the rope light;
wherein when electricity is applied to the AC plug, the LEDs illuminate the rope light;
wherein the first lighting connector allows the top ornament to be connected to the rope light;
wherein the LEDs in the rope light are one or more colors which are selected to be suggestive of the occasion for which the holiday tree kit is displayed;
wherein the stiffness of the hollow flexible tubing is selected to provide a gradual drop of the rope light as it spirals down from the top of the central support armature;
where for the rope light that completes N revolutions around the central support armature as it spirals down, the stiffness of the hollow flexible tubing is selected such that the rope light drops approximately 1/Nth of the distance from the top of the central support armature to the bottom of the central support armature on each revolution.

US Pat. No. 10,136,746

EATING UTENSIL ASSEMBLY INCLUDING THROUGH-OPENING CARRIED PAIR OF STICKS AND RELATED METHODS

Snap Out Solutions, LLC, ...

1. An eating utensil assembly comprising:a first eating utensil comprising
a first handle having a through-opening therein, said first handle and the through-opening each having a proximal end and enlarged width distal end that is enlarged relative to the proximal end to define a first handle contour and a through-opening contour, respectively, the first handle contour matching the through-opening contour, and
a first eating utensil head coupled to one of the proximal and distal ends of said first handle;
a second eating utensil removably carried by said first eating utensil within the through-opening in said first handle, said second eating utensil having a distal end and an enlarged proximal end that is enlarged relative to the distal end of said second eating utensil to define a second eating utensil contour, the second eating utensil contour matching the first handle and through-opening contours, said second eating utensil comprising a pair of sticks each having a tapered shape; and
a plurality of breakaway tabs removably coupling said second eating utensil to said first eating utensil.

US Pat. No. 10,136,745

EATING UTENSIL

VISTA MOUNTAIN GEAR, LLC,...

1. An eating utensil operable with one hand and capable of scooping under food from opposing directions, the eating utensil comprising:a lower elongated member having a lower tine end;
an upper elongated member comprising a stationary portion, a movable portion with an upper tine end, and a hinge between the stationary portion and the movable portion; and
a cross member connecting the lower elongated member to the stationary portion of the upper elongated member,
wherein the hinge has a spring force configured to maintain the eating utensil in a closed position with the upper tine end of the movable portion of the upper elongated member in contact with the lower tine end of the lower elongated member to form a fork end when the eating utensil is in the closed position, and
wherein the movable portion of the upper elongated member is movable relative to the lower elongated member by actuation of the hinge, thereby allowing the eating utensil to transition between an open position and the closed position and thereby grasp food between the upper and lower tine ends and scoop under food from opposing directions.

US Pat. No. 10,136,744

ELECTRICALLY HEATED FOOT CANOPY FOR BED TOP SHEETS, BLANKETS, QUILTS, BEDS OR SLEEPING BAGS AND THE LIKE

Harold P. Mintz, Fort Le...

1. A sleeping bag, comprising:a top portion;
a bottom portion; and
the bottom portion including a back-folded foot canopy therein configured to allow expansion when feet of a user are extended in an upward direction therewithin and providing room and maneuverability for the feet of the user;
wherein the sides of the foot canopy comprise walls formed by back folds each extending substantially across a width of the bottom portion and said walls and back folds are opposite and spaced apart from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,136,743

RACK AND FRAME SYSTEMS FOR DISPLAYING EQUIPMENT/MEMORABILIA AND A PLURALITY OF PHOTOGRAPHS

1. A rack and frame system for displaying equipment/memorabilia and photographs, said system comprising:(a) a base, said base comprising;
(i) a base spine;
(ii) a plurality of base ribs extending from said base spine, each base rib having a first rib end and a second rib end, said first rib end remote from said second rib end;
(iii) a plurality of base mounts; and
(iv) for each base rib of said plurality of base ribs, said first rib end associated with said base spine and said second rib end associated with one of said plurality of base mounts;
(b) a rack subsystem comprising at least one attachment device and said base spine, said at least one attachment device for removably securing said equipment/memorabilia to said base spine; and
(c) a frame subsystem comprising a plurality of frames and said plurality of base mounts, each of said plurality of frames connectable to a respective base mount.

US Pat. No. 10,136,742

FOOD ITEM ASSEMBLY LINE

1. A food assembly line for assembling a food item according to an order, the food assembly line comprising:multiple work stations at which the food item may be positioned; and
a display system including an image-display device at each of the multiple work stations, wherein the display system is configured to display information associated with the order at the image-display devices, and wherein the display system is configured to update the display devices during assembly of the food item so that each image display device displays at least a portion of the information when the food item is positioned proximate the image display device.

US Pat. No. 10,136,741

FRESH FOOD AND DRY GOODS FOODSERVICE MERCHANDISING DISPLAY CASE WITH INTERCHANGEABLE KIT UTILITY SYSTEM

1. A mobile table for use as a meat cutting station, the mobile table comprising:a bent tubular steel frame supported by a plurality of casters;
one side of a support platform is pivotally connected to a first side of the bent tubular steel frame and at the opposite second side the support platform is connected to the bent tubular steel frame via a 3 position adjustable tilting mechanism;
wherein one of the positions causes the support platform to be in a substantial horizontal orientation;
the support platform has a flat planar base with upward extending sides that supports the edges of a removable poly chopping block so that the chopping block is spaced above the base of the support platform;
a drain is located in the flat planar base and combined with the upward extending sides creates a basin that is configured for fluid to drain from the basin through an insulated drain hose connected to the drain;
a plurality of knife retention safety slots each pass through the poly chopping block in one corner of the poly chopping block;
the knife retention safety slots are sized and configured to receive the blade of a chef knife;
a removable stainless steel drip pan with a poly liner is positioned on the support platform below the plurality of knife retention slots for collecting runoff through the plurality of knife retention safety slots;
the removable poly chopping block has a scrap chute opening that passes through the poly chopping block in an opposite corner;
a removable stainless steel scrap tray is positioned on the support platform below the scrap chute opening for collecting scrap through the scrap chute opening.

US Pat. No. 10,136,738

HOOK-ON CHAIR

1. A hook-on chair, comprising:a seat which comprises a seat body, the seat body is provided with an upper clamping arm extending forwards and a vertical support tube extending downwards;
a lower clamping arm installed on the vertical support tube and moving vertically along the same; a front portion of the lower clamping arm is provided with a lower clamping unit below the upper clamping arm, the lower clamping arm can work with the upper clamping arm to clamp or release from the tabletop between the lower clamping unit and the upper clamping arm as the lower clamping arm moves vertically along the vertical support tube;
a height adjustment mechanism comprising an adjustment part arranged on the vertical support tube and a primary locking device used for locking the lower clamping arm on the adjustment part;
a height fine-adjustment mechanism arranged on the lower portion of the vertical support tube and used for driving the adjustment part to move vertically along the vertical support tube so as to adjust the height of the lower clamping arm;
a rear portion of the lower clamping arm is provided with a lifting base movably sleeved with the vertical support tube and vertically moving along the vertical support tube; the primary locking device comprises a clamping part arranged on the lifting base and a driving assembly used for driving the clamping part to move between positions horizontally distant from and near the adjustment part; the clamping part is provided with a fixture block extending towards the adjustment part, one side of the adjustment part facing the fixture block is provided with a plurality of first grooves matched with the fixture block vertically, the vertical support tube is provided with guide grooves allowing the fixture block to extend in and be fastened in the first grooves, and after the fixture block is fastened into one of the first grooves, the lifting base is locked on the adjustment part.

US Pat. No. 10,136,736

UNDER MATTRESS SUPPORT

1. An under mattress support for positioning between a box spring support and a sagging area of an overlying mattress, the box spring support and overlying mattress having corresponding sides extending longitudinally between upper and lower laterally-extending ends of the respective box spring and mattress, the under mattress support comprising:a series of parallel spaced-apart laterally-extending elongated resilient unitary slats, each slat having a predetermined width and height, and a predetermined slat length adequate to extend laterally from a portion of one of the sides of the mattress to be supported to a portion of the opposite side of the mattress to be supported;
a unitary bottom pliable fabric cover disposed beneath the slats such that the bottom pliable fabric cover extends completely beneath the entire series of slats; and
a top pliable fabric cover disposed above the slats such that the top pliable fabric cover extends completely above all of said slats, the top pliable fabric cover selectively fixedly attached to said bottom pliable fabric cover in a manner forming a permanent encasement of each of said resilient slats within a corresponding unique slat enclosure such that each individual encased slat has a contiguous exterior surface completely surrounded by, and directly adjacent to, a corresponding contiguous interior surface of the corresponding unique slat enclosure, thereby completely permanently encasing each unitary resilient slat within a corresponding unique enclosure rendering the slat inaccessible; and
said selectively fixedly attached top and bottom pliable fabric covers further comprising first and second laterally-extending linear cover attachment portions each permanently affixing the top and bottom fabric covers to one another along the length of the respective attachment portion, the cover attachment portions disposed in a predetermined desired spaced-apart relationship to one another within an area between adjacently positioned first and second enclosed slats having opposing corresponding first and second slat lateral sides, a first one of the attachment portions running adjacent to the first slat lateral side, and a second one of the attachment portions running adjacent to the second slat lateral side, forming a pliable fabric strip having a strip width of at least approximately one inch and having a fabric strip length equal to a corresponding length of each slat enclosure as measured from the opposite edges of adjoined top and bottom pliable fabric covers enclosing opposite ends of each resilient slat, such that opposite ends of each pliable fabric strip extend laterally for a length directly corresponding to opposite edges of the adjoined top and bottom pliable fabric covers enclosing the slat ends and thereby creating an under mattress support periphery defined by linear edges, wherein each of said formed pliable fabric strips enable and facilitate lateral compression of said under mattress support when the under mattress support is in use supporting said mattress, each said formed pliable fabric strip having adequate resiliency to enable selective rolling of said under mattress support longitudinally along the respective lengths of each of said pliable fabric strips to enable the under mattress support to be easily rolled up into a compact configuration, thereby facilitating compact packaging of said under mattress support prior to initial use, and subsequent compact storage of said under mattress support when not in use.

US Pat. No. 10,136,734

ELECTRICALLY-HEATED WEARABLE BLANKET WITH AUTO SHUT-OFF SWITCH

1. An electrically-heated wearable blanket with auto shut-off switch comprising:a blanket portion having a rectangular shape, the blanket portion comprising:
a front surface;
a back surface;
a first edge;
a second edge;
a third edge;
a fourth edge;
a boustrophedonic heating element disposed within the blanket portion;
a first cord disposed from the front surface, the first cord in circuit with the heating element;
a control pad disposed endwise on the first cord, the control pad in operational communication with the heating element;
a temperature control disposed on the control pad, the temperature control operationally activating the heating element between a minimum setting and a maximum setting;
an on-off switch disposed on the control pad, the on-off switch alternately activating and deactivating the heating element;
a second cord disposed form the first surface;
a plug disposed endwise on the second cord;
a pair of sleeves disposed on the front surface, the pair of sleeves being configured to extend through the thickness of the blanket portion from the back surface of the front surface;
a first hook and loop fastener disposed on the front surface, the first hook and loop fastener disposed proximal the first edge and the third edge, substantially in a first corner of the rectangular shape;
a second hook and loop fastener disposed on the back surface, the second hook and loop fastener disposed proximal the first edge and the fourth edge, substantially in a second corner of the rectangular shape; and
wherein the first hook and loop fastener is wholly positioned flat on the front surface without protruding outside of the front surface;
wherein the second hook and loop fastener is wholly positioned flat on the back surface without protruding outside the back surface;
wherein the first hook and loop fastener and the second hook and loop fastener releasably secure behind a nape of a neck of a user; and
wherein the plug interconnects the blanket with an external power source and the control panel operationally activates the heating element between a minimum and maximum temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,136,733

PAPER TOWELING OR TISSUE DISPENSING APPARATUS INCLUDING ROLL OVERSPIN CONTROL

Dispensing Dynamics Inter...

1. Dispenser apparatus for holding a roll of paper toweling or tissue sheet material having a roll core with an inner core surface defining a core interior and centrally disposed first and second roll support openings in communication with the core interior at opposed first and second roll ends of the roll, and said dispenser apparatus for dispensing the sheet material during rotation of said roll, said dispenser apparatus including:a first roll support positioned in the first roll support opening, said first roll support operable to support the first roll end of said roll and allow rotation of said roll relative thereto to unwind said sheet material when a pulling force is applied to said sheet material, said first roll support configured to exert frictional drag forces on said roll to reduce overspin of said roll when said pulling force is terminated, said first roll support including a hub projection having at least one roll core contact point positioned in the interior of the roll and frictionally engaging the inner core surface when said roll rotates about said hub projection, said at least one contact point located at an upper surface of said hub projection, and said first roll support additionally comprising a hub projection support, said hub projection being pivotally mounted on said hub projection support and movable between a substantially non-inclined orientation and an inclined orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,136,731

STAIRCASE MOUNTABLE CHAIR ASSEMBLY

8. A chair assembly configured for usage while working on a staircase comprising:a pair of supports, said supports being attached together and said supports having a shape to retain said supports in an upright position, each of said supports including
a leg portion having a top end and a bottom end, said leg portion being telescopic such that said leg portion has an adjustable height, said leg portion including a lower section and an upper section wherein said upper section is vertically movable relative to said lower section, said base being attached to said upper section, and
a foot portion being attached to and extending outwardly from said leg portion, said foot portion being positioned adjacent to said bottom end, said foot portion of one of said supports being angled away from said foot portion of another one of said supports;
a base being attached to and extending outwardly from said supports, said base lying in a horizontal plane when said supports are positioned in said upright position, said base being configured to be positioned on an upper step when said supports are on a next adjacent lower step; and
a post being attached to and extending upwardly from said base, said post having an upper end, a seat being attached to said upper end.

US Pat. No. 10,136,730

CHAIR, STOOL ASSEMBLY, AND SYSTEM

Purdue Research Foundatio...

1. A collapsible chair configured to be selectively arranged into collapsed and expanded configurations, the collapsible chair comprising:multiple rigid structural members having hinge joints at ends thereof pivotally coupling each of the structural members to one or more adjoining structural members, the hinge joints defining parallel axes so that the structural members pivot relative to each other about the parallel axes; and
a flexible material encasing each of the structural members, the hinge joints being provided solely by the flexible material between the ends of the structural members;
wherein the collapsible chair is configured to be arranged in the collapsed configuration wherein all of the structural members are in the same plane and define a substantially planar shape, and configured to be arranged in the expanded configuration wherein a first group of the structural members define a seat, a front set of support legs, and armrests of the collapsible chair and expand in a first outward direction relative to the plane of the structural members in the collapsed configuration, and a second group of the structural members that define a rear set of support legs and leg braces connecting the front and rear set of support legs of the collapsible chair and expand in a second direction that is generally opposite the first outward direction, wherein the hinge joints enable the structural members to pivot about the parallel axes relative to the one or more adjoining structural members so that the collapsible chair can be selectively collapsed and expanded between the collapsed and expanded configurations.

US Pat. No. 10,136,728

ADJUSTABLE FURNITURE

1. An adjustable chair comprising:a pair of substantially parallel support frames disposed at a distance therebetween, the support frames having a rear portion, mid-portion, and a front portion;
a seat disposed between the support frames;
a backrest pivotable relative to the seat, the backrest is disposed rearwardly of the seat and pivotable at least partially over the rear portion;
a control actuator coupled directly or indirectly to the seat or to at least one of the support frames, and disposed forward of the point at which the backrest hinges relative to the seat;
at least one longitudinally extending support track coupled to the seat and having a slide section disposed at least partially about the rear portion;
at least one track runner slideable over or in the support track, the at least one track runner being directly or indirectly coupled to a backrest support having an upper portion hingedly coupled to the backrest; and,
a positioner having an engagement end coupled to the at least one track runner, and a longitudinally opposing control end, the control end being coupled to the control actuator, such that the engagement end is constructed to limit the extent of rearward movement of at least one track runner about the support track.

US Pat. No. 10,136,725

OUTDOOR CONVERTIBLE TABLE-LIKE FURNITURE WITH MULTIPLE LEVELS

Plank and Hide, Cincinna...

1. A convertible outdoor patio table, comprising:a metallic frame configured to be mounted on wheels, the frame defining a top end, a bottom end configured to be connected to the wheels, and side portions extending between the top end and the bottom end, the frame surrounding a generally hollow interior;
an outer body member which is coupled to and substantially surrounds the side portions of the frame, the outer body member being at least partially made of a weather resistant material;
a railing coupled to the frame proximate the top end and defining a shoulder positioned adjacent the outer body member at the generally hollow interior;
a tabletop lid member which removably engages with at least one of the shoulder or the outer body member adjacent the top end of the frame to close the generally hollow interior from an external environment and provide a generally planar tabletop surface for supporting various articles, the tabletop lid member being at least partially made of a weather resistant material; and
a functional/storage device which is revealed for access and use when the tabletop lid member is disengaged from the outer body member, wherein the functional/storage device removably engages with the shoulder and substantially covers a surface area bounded by the railing to maximize usage of space within the generally hollow interior, wherein the functional/storage device is inserted and removed by moving in a vertical direction through the opening created by removing the tabletop lid, and wherein the shoulder is positioned underneath the functional/storage device and supports the weight of the functional/storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,136,724

BRACKET FOR MOUNTING ADJUSTABLE-HEIGHT LEG

1. An assembly comprising:a panel forming part of a modular wall for dividing workspaces in an office, said panel having first and second horizontal channels formed therein;
a desk surface;
an adjustable-height leg, said adjustable height leg having an outer shell, a top casting for engagement with the desk surface and an actuator disposed within the outer shell for adjusting the height of the leg; and
first and second brackets, said first bracket having a generally L-shaped body, a lip with hole for engagement in the first horizontal channel and a rib for engagement with an upper end of the outer shell of the adjustable height leg and said second bracket having a generally L-shaped body with a curved end for engagement with in the second horizontal channel and a bumper for engagement in a slot at a lower end of the outer shell of the adjustable height leg and wherein the adjustable-height leg is supported by the first and second brackets and does not contact a floor surface underlying the panel.

US Pat. No. 10,136,723

ORAL CARE IMPLEMENT

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. An oral care implement comprising:a handle and a head having a front surface and an opposing rear surface, the head comprising a support structure and a monolithic cleaning unit, the monolithic cleaning unit comprising:
a base portion coupled to the support structure and forming a portion of the front surface of the head; and
a plurality of bristles extending from the base portion and protruding from the front surface of the head;
wherein at least one of the plurality of bristles comprises:
a body having an outer surface that extends along a longitudinal axis from a proximal end that is adjacent the base portion of the monolithic cleaning unit to a distal end that is spaced from the front surface of the head, the body comprising a rounded tip at the distal end and a shaft extending between the rounded tip and the proximal end; and
a plurality of longitudinally elongated ribs extending from the outer surface of the body in a circumferentially spaced apart manner;
wherein the plurality of longitudinally elongated ribs extend from a top end that is spaced a first distance from the rounded tip of the body along the shaft to a bottom end that is spaced a second distance from the proximal end of the body along the shaft; and wherein a tip portion comprising the rounded tip and a portion of the shaft of the body is free of the longitudinally elongated ribs.

US Pat. No. 10,136,722

IMPACT-ABSORBING TETHERING ATTACHMENT

1. A power tool comprising:a housing; and
a tethering attachment assembly attached to the housing and adapted to facilitate connection of a lanyard to the power tool, the tethering attachment assembly comprising:
a U-shaped hook portion including a coil element comprising metallic material that elastically retains its state with application of force up to a limit, and is permanently plastically deformable upon application of force exceeding the limit; and
two extended portions extending from ends of the coil element and attached to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,136,719

FLUID APPLICATOR SYSTEMS

1. A bottle and applicator system, comprising:a bottle designed to contain a fluid to be dispensed, wherein the bottle comprises a platform that is movable with respect to a bottle base;
a cap comprising an applicator secured thereto, wherein the applicator is moveable with respect to the cap, further comprising a cap twistable feature configured to cause the applicator to extend or retract with respect to the cap.

US Pat. No. 10,136,718

VALVE MECHANISM WITH APPLICATOR TIP FOR COSMETIC CONTAINERS

1. An assembly having a valve mechanism with an applicator tip for cosmetic containers, comprising:a circular mounting base (1) having an external attaching element (2) for leakproof attachment to a bottleneck (3) of a suitable container (4), and having an internal attaching element (5), wherein the internal attaching element defines a product passage (6) for a product, with the internal attaching element also comprising an integral part of a first valve (7) that slides upwards and downwards, a lower end of the first valve oriented to open and close the product passage (6);
a sleeve (8), centrally housing a terminal end of the first valve, wherein the sleeve also receives internally from above a base of an applicator tip (9), and an outer part of the sleeve receives an overcap (10) surrounding the applicator tip (9), and wherein the mounting base is coupled to rotate inside the sleeve (8);
an actuation mechanism (11) providing a means for moving the first valve (7) upwards and downwards in order to open and close the product passage (6), wherein the actuation mechanism is formed between the mounting base and the sleeve;
wherein the applicator tip is axially attached inside the sleeve (8) and also to a corresponding part of the first valve (7), and the applicator tip is able to freely twist in both directions, causing the actuation mechanism (11) to move the first valve (7) upwards and downwards in order to open or close the product passage (6); and
wherein a second slit valve is located in the applicator tip, the second slit valve allowing for control of outflow of the product onto a surface of the applicator tip upon opening and closing of the slit valve.

US Pat. No. 10,136,716

PROTECTIVE ENCLOSURE FOR AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Otter Products, LLC, For...

1. A protective enclosure for an electronic device, the electronic device including a front surface, a back surface, and a plurality of side surfaces, the protective enclosure comprising:a structural member having a back portion and a plurality of side portions, the back portion including an inner surface configured to face the electronic device when the electronic device is installed in the protective enclosure and an outer surface;
a cushioning member permanently affixed to the structural member, the cushioning member having a top section, a bottom section, and one or more side sections, the cushioning member including an upper edge configured to extend beyond the front surface of the electronic device when the electronic device is installed in the protective enclosure, the cushioning member further including a protective rim configured to extend beyond the back surface of the electronic device and be in direct contact with a portion of the back surface of the electronic device when the electronic device is installed in the protective enclosure; and
a cavity at least partially bounded by the protective rim of the cushioning member, the cavity configured to extend between the inner surface of the structural member to the back surface of the installed electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,136,715

WEARABLE SLED SYSTEM FOR A MOBILE COMPUTER DEVICE

Hand Held Products, Inc.,...

1. A device, comprising: a housing having a front side, a back side, a bottom end, and a top end that cooperatively form a cavity to slidably receive an electronic device when inserted into the cavity at the top end of the housing; and a mounting assembly comprising a mounting plate having a front side and a back side, said front side of said mounting plate being configured and arranged to receive said back side of said housing, said mounting plate and said housing including corresponding interfitting locking formations for securing said housing to said mounting plate via the formations; wherein said interfitting locking formations comprise spring latches formed on said mounting plate and corresponding tabs formed on said housing.

US Pat. No. 10,136,714

TABLET CASE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

Spinbrook Limited, Dubli...

1. A protective case for a portable electronic device, the case comprising:a receptacle defining a viewing aperture and configured to releasably retain the device so that a screen of the device is exposed at the viewing aperture; and
a cover including:
a plurality of boards, each board having major, length and breadth dimensions and a minor thickness dimension, and defining two generally flat, parallel surfaces separated by the thickness dimension;
a front portion and a rear portion, the front portion including at least a first said board and the rear portion including at least a second said board, the front and rear portions being connected together by at least one hinge region and foldable about the hinge region to define an open configuration and a closed configuration, wherein in the closed configuration the front and rear portions are arranged in parallel superposed relation and the receptacle is received between the front and rear portions; and
a flexible outer sheet bonded to each of the first and second boards;
wherein the receptacle is coupled to the rear portion of the cover by an adjustable joint, the adjustable joint including a first coupling element, the first coupling element being fixedly contained substantially within the thickness dimension of the second board.

US Pat. No. 10,136,711

METAL PURSE

1. A purse comprising:two metal shells interconnected by a hinge for rotation with respect to one another about the hinge, between an open and a closed position, and defining a storage cavity therebetween;
each metal shell further comprises a mated peripheral edge;
one or more spacers (200) on at least one peripheral edge;
wherein in the closed position, the two metal shells form a gap along substantially the entire peripheral edge of a desired gap distance therebetween, such that the gap distance is sufficient to allow the passage of cellular or wireless signals into and out of the purse, when closed.

US Pat. No. 10,136,710

CRANKLESS CANTILEVERED UMBRELLA

SOL UMBRA, LLC, Ann Arbo...

1. A cantilevered umbrella (10) comprising:a mast (30) extending substantially vertical;
a cantilevered arm (40) extending from the mast (30);
a canopy (60) extending from the cantilevered arm (40), wherein the canopy (60) is moveable between an open position, wherein the canopy (60) is extended, and a collapsed position, wherein the canopy (60) is collapsed;
a carriage (102) connected to the cantilevered arm (40) and vertically moveable along the mast (30) to move the canopy (60) between the open position and the collapsed position;
at least one of a constant force spring (103) or a gas spring (112) is connected to the mast (30), wherein the at least one of the constant force spring (103) or the gas spring (112) is operable with the carriage (102) to assist with moving the canopy (60) between the open position and the collapsed position and to counterbalance the weight of the cantilevered arm (40) and the canopy (60); and
an over-center spring assembly (150) disposed within an internal cavity (31) of the mast (30) and having a gas spring (151) and a forked lever arm (152), wherein the forked lever arm (152) is pivotally connected to the gas spring (151) and engages a roller (105) of the carriage (102) when the canopy (60) is in the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,136,709

CANTILEVER UMBRELLA

1. A cantilever umbrella, comprising:a canopy configured to shelter an area;
a first umbrella frame pole supporting the canopy, the first umbrella frame pole including a channel disposed between top and bottom portions of the first umbrella frame pole along a side thereof;
a runner disposed about the first umbrella frame pole, the runner having a housing and a clamp mounted to the housing, the clamp configured to apply pressure to the first umbrella frame pole at positions along the length of the first umbrella frame;
a second umbrella frame pole disposed transverse to the first umbrella frame pole, the second pole having a first end coupled with the housing of the runner and a second end coupled with the canopy, the first end of the second umbrella frame pole disposed between the second end of the second umbrella frame pole and the first umbrella frame pole;
a canopy control module disposed on the second umbrella frame pole adjacent to the runner and not within the runner, the canopy control module including a crank disposed outside of the runner and within the second umbrella frame pole to provide for opening of the canopy;
wherein the control module includes a spool and a tension member coupled with the spool, the spool being journaled within the second umbrella frame pole to wind and unwind the tension member from the spool without also tilting the second umbrella frame pole or the canopy.

US Pat. No. 10,136,707

FASTENER ELEMENT, FASTENER STRINGER AND SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A fastener element for a slide fastener made of synthetic resin which is injection molded at tape side edge parts of fastener tapes, having a central land portion fixed to the fastener tape and first and second bulging portions bulging from the central land portion to a tape front surface side and a tape rear surface side in an element thickness direction, wherein the central land portion has a body portion fixed to the fastener tape with a predetermined dimension in an element width direction, a neck portion extending from the body portion to a tape outward side in an element length direction and a coupling head portion further extending from the neck portion in the element length direction, wherein;the first and second bulging portions have a bulging end surface facing upward or downward in the element thickness direction and a pair of top and bottom side wall surfaces formed from top and bottom side edges of the bulging end surface to the central land portion respectively,
the bulging end surface has a quadrilateral-shaped base end surface which is composed of four sides of a tip end edge on the coupling head portion side, a tail end edge of the body portion side and the pair of side edges connecting both ends of the tip end edge and both ends of the tail end edge and is long in the element length direction and also has a protrusion end surface protruding from only a part of one of the side edge out of the pair of top and bottom side edges of the base end surface in the element width direction, and
the protrusion end surface is formed on the coupling head portion and has a shape which tapers gradually toward a protrusion direction from the base end surface.

US Pat. No. 10,136,706

TOUCH SCREEN ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH AT LEAST ONE FASTENER MEMBER, AND THE KIT AND METHOD FOR PLACING, HOLDING AND MOUNTING SUCH DEVICES USING AT LEAST ONE HOOK AND ONE LOOP OF FASTENER TECHNOLOGY

1. A kit for holding and mounting portable touchscreen electronic devices using at least one hook and loop fastener member of temporary or permanent affixation (4) comprising;at least one cover or protective cover (1) that protects the portable electronic device (5) characterized in that it comprises at least one hook and loop fastener (4) which is permanently incorporated in any part of the outer surface of the body of the case or cover;
at least one adhesive accessory (2) comprising two bodies: the first body has hooks (4.1), the second incorporates loops (4.2);
and at least one double-sided strap (3) whose surface area of one of the faces comprises hooks (4.1), while the surface area of the other side of the belt (3) comprises loops (4.2).

US Pat. No. 10,136,705

MAGNETIC GATE FOR A CARIBINER

Ropes Courses, Inc., All...

1. A magnetic gate for a carabiner having a closed position and an open position, comprising:an outer cylinder having a sliding pin recess internally disposed into an inside surface of said outer cylinder;
an inner cylinder having a bore;
said outer cylinder rotatably disposed outside of said inner cylinder;
said bore containing a sliding pin; and
a biasing means to bias said sliding pin towards said sliding pin recess in the closed position;
wherein said sliding pin recess does not extend through to an outside surface of said outer cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,136,702

FOOTWEAR ACCESSORY BINDING SYSTEM

KAHTOOLA, INC., Flagstaf...

1. A crampon system adaptable to different widths of footwear, wherein the crampon system comprises:a base plate having a substantially rigid horizontal platform;
a first adjustable support having a substantially horizontal platform;
a second support having a substantially horizontal platform, and
a releasable fastener configured to connect the first adjustable support to the base plate and to prevent rotation of the first adjustable support relative to the base plate;
wherein the first adjustable support is configured such that it is able to rotate relative to the base plate upon release of the releasable fastener and not able to rotate relative to the base plate until the releasable fastener is released,
wherein the substantially horizontal platform of the first adjustable support and the substantially horizontal platform of the second support are in the substantially the same plane; and
wherein the horizontal platform of the base plate is disposed underneath the horizontal platforms of first adjustable support and the second support such that the horizontal platforms of each support are supported only by the base plate and
wherein each of the two substantially horizontal platforms defines a surface that faces inward, each surface having a first portion that is in a first plane and a second portion that is in a second plane that is different than the first plane, wherein the two substantially horizontal platforms are configured such that the first portions of each surface are in contact with each other and facing each other when the two adjustable supports are at a first position and the second portions of each surface are in contact with each other and facing each other when the two adjustable supports are at a second position that is different from the first position, thereby allowing for the distance between the lateral supports to be changed.

US Pat. No. 10,136,699

MASSAGING INSOLE FOR FOOTWEAR WITH MECHANIC AND MAGNETIC ENERGY

1. A flexible insole for providing improved balance, physical massaging motions and cushioning; the insole comprising a fluid tight bladder formed by a flexible top foil and a flexible bottom foil which are welded together about an outer periphery of the top foil and the bottom foil, the fluid tight bladder comprising two fluid filled reservoirs, wherein the two fluid reservoirs are in fluid communication with each other and wherein the fluid reservoirs contain a heavy and viscous fluid, wherein the fluid filled bladder comprises at least one weld seams within the bladder to control the fluid within, and a permanent magnet is disposed within the at least one weld seams so as to not be in contact with the fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,136,697

CONTOURED SUPPORT INSOLE

IMPLUS FOOTCARE, LLC, Du...

1. A contoured insole, comprising:a generally foot-shaped base having a base top surface and a base bottom surface and a length extending from a heel end to a toe end, said base contoured to define a heel receiving cupped area, a midfoot area, a medial arch area, and a forefoot area;
a forefoot pad indentation extending into said toe end and a heel pad indentation, said indentations on said base bottom surface;
a forefoot pad disposed in said forefoot pad indentation in said forefoot area adjacent to said medial arch area and said midfoot area;
a heel pad disposed in said heel pad indentation;
a plurality of collapsible longitudinal curvilinear indentations integrally formed on said medial arch area, each of said curvilinear indentations having a longitudinal axis extending lengthwise in a substantially longitudinal toe-to-heel direction along the bottom surface of the base; and
a resilient metatarsal support indentation integrated into said bottom surface of said base and located in said midfoot area adjacent to said medial arch area.

US Pat. No. 10,136,696

SKATE BOOT TONGUE

SPORT MASKA INC., Montre...

1. A skate boot comprising:a shell shaped to enclose a heel, portions of an Achilles tendon, and medial and lateral surfaces of a foot of a wearer of the skate boot when the skate is in use by the wearer;
a toe cap connected to the shell and shaped to cover toes of the wearer when the skate is in use by the wearer, the toe cap having an aperture defined therethrough;
a tongue shaped to cover at least a portion of a forefoot of the wearer when the skate is in use by the wearer, the tongue and the toe cap overlapping each other along at least a portion of the toe cap that defines the aperture therein;
a connector connecting the tongue and the toe cap, the connector having a bottom surface connected to the tongue and a top surface spaced apart from the bottom surface, the connector extending from the bottom surface to the top surface in a direction extending upwardly away from the tongue such that the connector protrudes from the tongue in said direction, the connector extending through the aperture of the toe cap with a portion of the connector including the top surface extending outwardly from the aperture of the toe cap, the portion having apertures defined therethrough; and
a lace engaged to the skate boot, the lace extending through the apertures of the connector to secure the tongue to the toe cap.

US Pat. No. 10,136,694

PROTECTIVE COVER FOR AN ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR

Fi-Ber Sports, Inc., Eag...

1. A protective cover for an article of footwear, comprising:a first portion having an upper surface, and two opposing side surfaces covering a top, a first side ankle portion, a second side ankle portion of the footwear, and a cupped portion to engage a bottom portion of the footwear and hold the protective cover in a substantially fixed position with respect to the footwear, wherein the first portion is provided with at least one location to receive at least a portion of a connecting mechanism, and wherein the first portion includes a plurality of extrusions and projections laterally disposed along the two opposing side surfaces, the plurality of extrusions and projections to alter a tensile strength of the first portion; and
a second portion covering the back of the footwear,
wherein the connecting mechanism comprises an adjustable strap that connects the first portion at the first side ankle portion to the second portion, and connects the first portion at the second side ankle portion to the second portion; and
wherein the connecting mechanism remains connected to the first portion and the second portion only at the first side ankle portion when the connecting mechanism is completely disconnected at the second ankle side portion of the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,136,692

SPORTS HELMET

Riddell, Inc., Des Plain...

1. A football helmet comprising:a plastic shell configured to receive a head of a wearer of the helmet, the shell having:
a front region;
a crown region;
a rear region;
two side regions wherein each side region has an ear flap with an ear opening;
a raised central band integrally formed as part of the shell and extending across the crown region;
a first plurality of elongated vent openings formed in the shell outside of the raised central band, wherein the first plurality of vent openings are aligned, and positioned along a first side of the raised central band; and
a second plurality of elongated vent openings formed in the shell outside of the raised central band, wherein the second plurality of vent openings are aligned, and positioned along a second side of the raised central band.

US Pat. No. 10,136,690

GARMENT FASTENER

1. A garment fastener comprising:a female part comprising a female base plate for securing the female part to a first garment piece, and an overlapping connector loop mounted on the female base plate and offset relative thereto, the connector loop defining an elongate aperture therein, a roofed portion of which overlaps and is roofed in by the female base plate and a part of which extends beyond the female base plate in an open mouth;
a male part comprising a male base plate for securing the male part to a second garment piece and an overlapping connector plate mounted on the male base plate and offset relative thereto, the connector plate being dimensioned for insertion and retention in the elongate aperture in the female part;
the connector plate, the open mouth, and the elongate aperture of the connector loop being dimensioned so that insertion of the connector plate into the elongate aperture must be realized by inclining the male part relative to the female part before inserting the connector plate into the open mouth of the elongate aperture and bringing the male part and the female part together, retention of the connector plate in the elongate aperture of the connector loop is realized by snap fitting the connector plate in place by pivoting the fully inserted connector plate from the inclined orientation to an orientation wherein the male base plate and the female base plate are substantially co-planar using the roofed portion of the elongate aperture as a fulcrum until a trailing abutment edge of the connector plate snaps into position in the elongate aperture, and release of the connector plate from the elongate aperture is realized by pivoting the inserted male part from the co-planar orientation back to the inclined orientation using the roofed portion of the elongate aperture as a fulcrum to release the abutment edge from the elongate aperture before moving the male part and the female part apart; and,
in which there is provided a recess in the male base plate surrounding on three sides the portion of the connector plate overlapped by the male base plate.

US Pat. No. 10,136,688

GLOVE THERMAL PROTECTION SYSTEM

SHELBY GROUP INTERNATIONA...

1. A glove comprising a palm portion, a dorsal portion opposite the palm portion, and a plurality of finger portions, the glove configured for use in hazardous environments, the dorsal portion of the glove comprising:a first layer comprising a flame inhibiting material;
a second layer connected to the first layer; and
a third layer comprising an adhesive tape that is affixed to the first layer or the second layer and covers the dorsal portion of the glove from one lateral side of the dorsal portion of the glove to an opposing lateral side of the dorsal portion of the glove,
wherein the adhesive tape comprises a durable laminate with a pressure sensitive adhesive.

US Pat. No. 10,136,687

FILTERING FACE-PIECE RESPIRATOR HAVING NOSE NOTCH

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method of forming a filtering face-piece respirator, comprising the steps of:(a) providing an extended length of filtering structure;
(b) removing a notch of filtering structure from an edge of the filtering structure;
(c) folding over the edge of the filtering structure after removing the notch to form an interior perimeter segment;
(d) sealing the single-face-piece length of filtering structure at its ends; and
(e) cutting the extended length of filtering structure to a single-face-piece length wherein the step of folding over the edge of the filtering structure after removing the notch comprises folding over the edge of the filtering structure so that the notch extends only in the interior perimeter segment.

US Pat. No. 10,136,686

VEGETABLE GRIP

OMNI CREATIONS, LLC, Boc...

1. A device, comprising:a first finger cover;
a second finger cover,
wherein each of the first and second finger covers comprise an outer surface defining an inner volume having an open end;
a strap coupling a first side of the first finger cover to a first side of the second finger cover; and
a gripping surface formed on at least a portion of at least one of the first finger cover or the second finger cover;
wherein the first and second finger covers are adapted so that a user's proximal interphalangeal joint is exposed;
wherein a lateral cross section of the strap has a concave shape opening toward a webbing of a user's hand between a thumb and index finger;
wherein, in a resting state, the first finger cover, the strap, and the second finger cover have a U-shape; and
wherein the first and second finger covers comprise a first material and the gripping surface comprises a second material that is stiffer than the first material and adapted to grip a vegetable.

US Pat. No. 10,136,685

TACTICAL HAND WARMER APPARATUS

TYR Tactical, LLC, Peori...

1. A tactical hand warmer apparatus comprising:a detachable body extending from a first end to a second end along a longitudinal axis;
a first recess disposed within the detachable body and accessible through an opening at the first end, the first recess extending from the opening to a first end portion along the longitudinal axis, the first end portion extending transverse to the longitudinal axis;
a second recess disposed within the detachable body and accessible through an opening at the second end, the second recess extending from the opening at the second end to a second end portion along the longitudinal axis, the second end portion extending transverse to the longitudinal axis and parallel to the first end portion;
a first closed end associated with the first end portion of the first recess;
a second closed end associated with the second end portion of the second recess, the first closed end disposed adjacent to the second closed end; and
a zipper having a first zipper portion attached to the first end portion and extending around a first center of the first end portion and a second zipper portion attached to the second end portion and extending around a second center of the second end portion, the first center and the second center each positioned on the longitudinal axis, the zipper releasably securing the first closed end to the second closed end, release of the first closed end from the second closed end separating a first glove portion of the detachable body from a second glove portion of the detachable body.

US Pat. No. 10,136,683

THREE-WIRE WEARABLE DEVICE

Shu-Ling Chen, Taipei (T...

1. A three-wire wearable device, comprising:a first buckle having a first pin, a second pin and a third pin and including a first processing unit, wherein the first processing unit stores a plurality of instructions and a plurality of communication protocols, the first buckle chooses one of the instructions and accordingly generates a PWM signal, and the PWM signal is transmitted to the first pin and represents the chosen instruction; and
a plurality of second buckles, wherein each of the second buckles has a fourth pin, a fifth pin and a sixth pin, and each of the second buckles is detachably fastened to the first buckle;
wherein when the second buckles are fastened to the first buckle, the first pin, the second and the third pin of the first buckle are electrically connected to the fourth pin, the fifth pin and the sixth pin of each of the second buckles, respectively;
wherein when the second buckles are fastened to the first buckle, the PWM signal from the first pin of the first buckle is transmitted to the fourth pin of each of the second buckles, the second buckle generates a response signal according to the PWM signal, and the PWM signal is transmitted from the sixth pin of the second buckle to the third pin of the first buckle such that the first buckle obtains an information related to each of the second buckles;
wherein the communication between the first buckle and one of the second buckles is based on one of the communication protocols.

US Pat. No. 10,136,675

ATOMIZER OF ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE, CERAMIC HEATING ATOMIZING CORE AND CERAMIC HEATER THEREIN

SHENZHEN FIRST UNION TEC...

1. A ceramic heater, configured to atomize liquid to form aerosol, the ceramic heater comprising:a ceramic body comprising a wall having an inner surface and an outer surface, the wall defining a plurality of through holes passing through the inner and outer surfaces to release the aerosol; and
a heating element formed on one of the inner and outer surfaces of the ceramic body;
wherein the ceramic body has a tube configuration, and is integrally sintered with the heating element.

US Pat. No. 10,136,670

PRESSURIZED STEAM PITTING APPARATUS AND PROCESS

DESERT VALLEY DATE, INC.,...

1. A method for pitting a drupe, the method comprising:conveying a drupe within a carrier of a pitting machine;
positioning a pitting knife above the carrier, the pitting knife having a cutting face at a cutting end and a longitudinal passageway that is in fluid communication with a pressurized steam source, wherein the longitudinal passageway extends to an opening at the cutting face at the cutting end of the pitting knife;
applying pressurized steam to a top portion of the drupe, wherein the application of the pressurized steam to the top portion of the drupe hydrates an outer portion of the top portion of the drupe, wherein the pressurized steam is provided by the pressurized steam source through the longitudinal passageway to the opening at the cutting end of the pitting knife, wherein the pressurized steam source has a pressure greater than atmospheric pressure;
moving the pitting knife through the top portion of the drupe where the pressurized steam was applied such that the pitting knife forces a pit of the drupe through an opposite side of the drupe; and
retracting the pitting knife from the drupe.

US Pat. No. 10,136,665

METHOD FOR PRODUCING QUICK-COOKING RICE AND QUICK-COOKING RICE PRODUCED BY THE METHOD

SATAKE CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A method of producing quick-cooking rice comprising:a first step of steam-boiling raw material rice grains at normal pressure;
a second step of steam-boiling the raw material rice grains from the first step with pressurized steam so that just a surface of the raw material rice grains is uniformly steam-boiled;
after the steam-boiling steps, adding moisture with a spraying unit to the steam-boiled rice grains, the adding comprising adding moisture to the rice grains at a moisture addition speed of 20% per hour to 80% per hour, so that a moisture content of the rice grains is 20% to 28%;
finish steam-boiling the moisture-added rice grains with pressurized steam;
drying the finish steam-boiled rice grains; and
finish-milling the dried rice grains; wherein the second step of steam-boiling is performed to reduce an occurrence of cracks in the rice grains when the moisture is added with the spraying unit.

US Pat. No. 10,136,664

POPCORN POPPING MACHINES AND METHODS FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF POPCORN KERNELS AND DIFFERENT POPPED POPCORN TYPES

Gold Medal Products Compa...

1. A method of popping different types of popcorn kernels in a kettle of a popping machine which includes a controller communicating with a user interface and a heat sensor responsive to a temperature of the kettle, the method comprising:(a) determining, based upon a selection made by an operator at the user interface, a selected one of the different types of popcorn kernels to be popped in a first batch of kernels during a first popping cycle to produce a first popped popcorn type;
(b) retrieving a first set of predetermined cooking temperature set points that is associated with cooking the selected one of the different types of popcorn kernels in the first batch of kernels, the first set of predetermined cooking temperature set points including at least a load point temperature and a dump point temperature, wherein the first set of predetermined cooking temperature set points is one of a plurality of stored sets of predetermined cooking temperature set points, which are stored for and associated with cooking different types of popcorn kernels in the kettle;
(c) heating the kettle to the load point temperature;
(d) alerting the operator to load the first batch of kernels into the kettle to begin the first popping cycle when the kettle reaches the load point temperature, as measured by the heat sensor;
(e) heating the kettle to the dump point temperature to cook the first batch of kernels and generate popped popcorn of the first popped popcorn type; and
(f) prompting for the popped popcorn to be dumped from the kettle when the kettle reaches the dump point temperature, as measured by the heat sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,136,660

METHOD FOR MAKING ICE CREAM

1. A method for making ice cream, comprising:providing a machine for mixing and cooling of ice cream equipped with:
a processing container defining a processing chamber and including a rotary mixer rotating inside the processing chamber;
a thermal treatment plant, configured for being activated, selectively and alternatively, in a heating mode or a cooling mode, respectively, for heating and cooling the processing chamber;
providing the thermal treatment plant is a plant operates according to a thermodynamic cycle and comprises a circuit with an operating fluid;
providing the circuit for a circulation of the operating fluid comprises a compressor, a first heat exchanger, a second heat exchanger, and a throttling valve;
operating the thermodynamic cycle, wherein the circuit further comprises an inversion valve for adjusting of the thermodynamic cycle between a first configuration corresponding to the cooling mode of the thermal treatment plant, wherein the first heat exchanger acts as an evaporator and the second heat exchanger acts as a condenser,
and a second configuration corresponding to the heating mode of the thermal treatment plant, wherein the first heat exchanger acts as a condenser and the second heat exchanger acts as an evaporator;
inserting a basic mixture for ice cream inside the processing chamber
adjusting the inversion valve to the second configuration;
while the inversion valve is in the second configuration, heating the basic mixture inside the processing chamber to subject the basic mixture to a thermal treatment inside the processing chamber to deactivate any infectious agents;
adjusting the inversion valve to the first configuration;
while the inversion valve is in the first configuration, keeping inside the processing chamber the basic mixture and maintaining the basic mixture at a temperature of between 2° C. and 6° C. for a predetermined maintaining time of greater than two hours;
while the inversion valve is in the first configuration, cooling the basic mixture previously subjected to the thermal treatment inside the processing chamber and, at the same time, rotating the rotary mixer, so as to allow incorporation of air in the basic mixture and make an ice cream product in the processing chamber;
extracting at least one portion of the ice cream product from the processing chamber to obtain the ice cream.

US Pat. No. 10,136,659

CHOCOLATE WAX COMPOSITION FOR CANDLES

2. In a candle having a wick formed of an absorbent material and a candle body providing fuel that is absorbable into the wick and combustible while it moves it upward during the burning of said candle, the candle further comprising:said candle body formed by a composition of between about a 3:1 ratio of cocoa butter to chocolates solids and about a 5:1 ratio of cocoa butter to chocolates solids.

US Pat. No. 10,136,657

FREEZER DEVICE FOR CONTAINERS

DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD., ...

1. A container refrigeration apparatus which includes an inside air control system configured to supply an interior of a container with a mixed gas, whereinan inlet taking air into an air pump provided to an interior of a unit case of the inside air control system is formed in an air inlet unit independent of the unit case, the air pump and the air inlet unit being connected together by an air tube, and
the air inlet unit is provided with an air-permeable, waterproof membrane filter, and is disposed above the unit case of the inside air control system.

US Pat. No. 10,136,655

SAW BLADE ILLUMINATING SAFETY DEVICE

1. An illumination safety device for a saw having a guide post, a cutting table and a saw blade, said safety device comprising:a main body having a plurality of walls defining a waterproof hollow interior space;
a mounting bracket that is configured to secure the main body onto the guide post of a saw;
a light source that is positioned within the main body;
a power unit that is in communication with each of the light source and the saw; and
a pair of alignment channels that are disposed along a top end of the main body, said alignment channels being in communication with the mounting bracket and functioning to adjust an angle of the light source to emit a narrow beam of light along an entirety of a portion of the saw blade that is located between the guide post and the cutting table.

US Pat. No. 10,136,654

DEVICE, ASSEMBLY, AND METHOD FOR STUNNING POULTRY

1. An apparatus, designed and configured for stunning live poultry animals which are intended for slaughter and are located in containers, by a gas mixture comprising a stunning gas, which apparatus comprises a stunning chamber having at least two stunning zones, an introduction station, arranged on the inlet side of the stunning chamber, for the or each container containing live poultry animals and a discharge station, arranged on the outlet side of the stunning chamber, for the or each container containing stunned poultry animals, at least one transport conveyor for transporting the or each container in the transport direction T through the stunning zones from the introduction station to the discharge station, as well as means for delivering the gas mixture into the stunning zones of the stunning chamber, characterised in that the means for delivering the gas mixture comprises at least one injection pipe which is designed and configured to be movable relative to the container for detachable connection to the or each container and for detachment therefrom, in such a manner that each container can be filled with the gas mixture when it is in the state of detachable connection to the or each injection pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,136,650

REPELLANT COMPOSITION FOR AN ANTI-REPELLANT FABRIC AND A DEVICE TO EVALUATE THE SAME

Umm-Al-Qura University, ...

1. A device to evaluate anti-repellant property of a material, comprising:a long tube, wherein the long tube is cylindrical in shape with a first open end on one side of the long tube and a second open end on the opposite side of the long tube such that the long tube is compartmentalized with one compartment holding a moisten cotton and another compartment holding an anti-repellant treated material;
a box to house the long tube, wherein the box has a sliding door on one end of the box such that the door can slide open and close to assemble and disassemble the long tube;
a cover for the box, wherein the cover for the box is on the upper end of the box and the cover opens and closes for its use;
a cover for a catch sample, wherein the cover for the catch sample closes the opening on the end of the long tube holding the anti-repellant treated material;
a zero point indicator, wherein the zero point indicator is at the middle point of the long tube and divides the long tube into compartments;
a scale, wherein the scale runs through the body of the long tube; and
a cover for moistened cotton, wherein the cover for the moistened cotton closes the opening on the end of the long tube holding the moistened cotton wherein the device measures the effectiveness of the material as an anti-repellant.

US Pat. No. 10,136,644

FUNGICIDAL COMPOSITIONS

SYNGENTA PARTICIPATIONS A...

1. A composition suitable for control of diseases caused by phytopathogens comprisingas component (A) 3-(difluoromethyl)-N-methoxy-1-methyl-N-[1-methyl-2-(2,4,6-trichlorophenyl)ethyl]pyrazole-4-carboxamide;
and
as component (B) the compound of formula VII

and as component (C)
azoxystrobin; and
wherein the weight ratio of (A) to (B+C) is from 4:1 to 1:4.

US Pat. No. 10,136,643

FUNGICIDAL COMPOSITION AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PLANT DISEASES

ISHIHARA SANGYO KAISHA, L...

1. A fungicidal composition comprising, as active ingredients:(a) a benzoylpyridine derivative represented by the formula (I) or a salt thereof:
whereinA is —N? or —CH?;
when A is —N?, B is —CX4?; when A is —CH?, B is —N?;
each of X1 and X2, which are independent of each other, is a halogen atom, an alkoxy group, a hydroxyl group, an alkyl group, a CF3 group or an alkylthio group;
X3 is a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkoxy group, an alkyl group, a CF3 group or an alkylthio group;
X4 is a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkoxy group, an alkyl group, a CF3 group or an alkylthio group;
R1 is an alkyl group;
R2? is an alkoxy group;
p is 0, 1 or 2; and
each of R2? and R2?? is an alkoxy group, and
(b) at least one fungicide selected from the group consisting of boscalid, penthiopyrad, meptyldinocap, sulfur, flutianil, 6-t-butyl-8-fluoro-2,3-dimethylquinolin-4-yl acetate and a compound represented by the formula (II):

US Pat. No. 10,136,640

KETONE OR OXIME COMPOUND, AND HERBICIDE

NISSAN CHEMICAL CORPORATI...

1. A oxime compound or a salt thereof of Formula (1):
wherein B is a ring of any one of B-1, B-2, or B-3;

Q is NOR7;
A is a hydrogen atom, C1-6 alkyl, (C1-6) alkyl arbitrarily substituted with R5, C3-8 cycloalkyl, (C3-8) cycloalkyl arbitrarily substituted with R5, C2-6 alkenyl, C3-8 cycloalkenyl, (C3-8) cycloalkenyl arbitrarily substituted with R5, (C2-6) alkenyl arbitrarily substituted with R5, C2-6 alkynyl, (C2-6) alkynyl arbitrarily substituted with R5, —S(O)r2R1, —C(O)OR1, —C(S)OR1, —C(O)SR1, —C(S)SR1, —C(O)R2, —C(S)R2, —C(O)N(R4)R3, —C(S)N(R4)R3, —S(O)2N(R4)R3, —P(O)(OR1)2, or —P(S)(OR1)2;
R1 is C1-8 alkyl, (C1-6) alkyl arbitrarily substituted with R5, C3-8 cycloalkyl, (C3-8) cycloalkyl arbitrarily substituted with R5, C2-6 alkenyl, (C2-6) alkenyl arbitrarily substituted with R5, C3-8 cycloalkenyl, (C3-8) cycloalkenyl arbitrarily substituted with R5, C2-6 alkynyl, (C2-6) alkynyl arbitrarily substituted with R5, phenyl, or phenyl substituted with (Z2)q2;
R2 is a hydrogen atom, C1-8 alkyl, (C1-6) alkyl arbitrarily substituted with R5, C3-8 cycloalkyl, (C3-8) cycloalkyl arbitrarily substituted with R5, C2-6 alkenyl, (C2-6) alkenyl arbitrarily substituted with R5, C3-8 cycloalkenyl, (C3-8) cycloalkenyl arbitrarily substituted with R5, C2-6 alkynyl, (C2-6) alkynyl arbitrarily substituted with R5, —C(?NOR31)R32, phenyl, phenyl substituted with (Z2)q2, naphthyl, naphthyl substituted with (Z2)q2, D1-1 to D1-42, D1-81, or D1-84;
R3 and R4 are each independently a hydrogen atom, C1-6 alkyl, (C1-6) alkyl arbitrarily substituted with R5, C3-8 cycloalkyl, (C3-8) cycloalkyl arbitrarily substituted with R5, C2-6 alkenyl, (C2-6) alkenyl arbitrarily substituted with R5, C3-8 cycloalkenyl, (C3-8) cycloalkenyl arbitrarily substituted with R5, C2-6 alkynyl, (C2-6) alkynyl arbitrarily substituted with R5, phenyl, phenyl substituted with (Z2)q2, D1-32, D1-33 or D1-34, or R3 optionally forms a 3- to 8-membered ring together with a nitrogen atom to which R3 and R4 are bonded by forming a C2-7 alkylene chain or a C2-7 alkenylene chain together with R4, and at this time, the alkylene chain or the alkenylene chain optionally contains one oxygen atom, sulfur atom, or nitrogen atom and optionally substituted with C1-6 alkyl, oxo, or thioxo;
R5 is a halogen atom, cyano, nitro, C3-8 cycloalkyl, —OR31, —S(O)r2R31, —C(O)OR31, —C(O)R32, —N(R34)R33, —Si(R32a)(R32b)R32c, phenyl, phenyl substituted with (Z2)q2, D1-1, D1-32, D1-33, or D1-34, or when two R5s are substituents on a same carbon, the two R5s optionally form oxo, thioxo, imino, C1-6 alkylimino, C1-6 alkoxyimino, or C1-6 alkylidene, together with each other;
R6 is a hydrogen atom, C1-6 alkyl, (C1-6) alkyl arbitrarily substituted with R15, C3-8 cycloalkyl, (C3-8) cycloalkyl arbitrarily substituted with R15, C2-6 alkenyl, (C2-6) alkenyl arbitrarily substituted with R15, C3-8 cycloalkenyl, (C3-8) cycloalkenyl arbitrarily substituted with R15, C2-6 alkynyl, (C2-6) alkynyl arbitrarily substituted with R15, —C(?NOR16)R17, phenyl, phenyl substituted with (Z1)q1, D1-32, D1-33, D1-34, D1-36, D1-37, or D1-38;
R7 is a hydrogen atom, C1-8 alkyl, (C1-6) alkyl arbitrarily substituted with R15b, C3-8 cycloalkyl, (C3-8) cycloalkyl arbitrarily substituted with R15b, C2-6 alkenyl, (C2-6) alkenyl arbitrarily substituted with R15b, C3-8 cycloalkenyl, (C3-8) cycloalkenyl arbitrarily substituted with R15b, C2-6 alkynyl, (C2-6) alkynyl arbitrarily substituted with R15b, phenyl, or phenyl substituted with (Z1)q1;
R8a, R8b, R9a, and R9b are each independently a hydrogen atom, cyano, nitro, C1-6 alkyl, halo (C1-6) alkyl, —OR16a, —S(O)r1R16a, —C(O)OR16a, —C(O)R17a, —C(O)N(R19a)R18a, —C(?NOR16a)R17a, phenyl, or phenyl substituted with (Z1)q1;
R10, R11 and R12 are each independently a hydrogen atom or C1-6 alkyl;
R15 is a halogen atom, cyano, C3-8 cycloalkyl, —OR16, —S(O)r1R16, phenyl, phenyl substituted with (Z1)q1, D1-7, D1-11, D1-22, D1-32, D1-33, or D1-34;
R15b is a halogen atom, cyano, C3-8 cycloalkyl, halo (C3-8) cycloalkyl, —OR16b, —S(O)r1R16b, —C(O)OR16b, —C(O)N(R18b)R19b, —C(?NOR16b)R17b, —N(R18b)R19b, —Si(R32a)(R32b)R32c, phenyl, phenyl substituted with (Z1)q1, D1-32, D1-33, D1-34, D1-36, D1-37, D1-38, D1-81, or D1-84, or when two R15bs are substituents on a same carbon, the two R15bs optionally form oxo, thioxo, imino, C1-6 alkylimino, C1-6 alkoxyimino, or C1-6 alkylidene, together with each other;
R16, R16a, R16b, R17, R17a, R17b, R18a, and R19a are each independently a hydrogen atom or C1-6 alkyl;
R18b and R19b are each independently a hydrogen atom, C1-6 alkyl, or (C1-6) alkyl arbitrarily substituted with R20, or R18b optionally forms a 3- to 8-membered ring together with a nitrogen atom to which R18b and R19b are bonded by forming a C2-7 alkylene chain or a C2-7 alkenylene chain together with R19b, and at this time, the alkylene chain or the alkenylene chain optionally contains one oxygen atom, sulfur atom, or nitrogen atom and optionally substituted with oxo or thioxo;
R20 is phenyl or phenyl substituted with (Z1)q1;
D1-1 to D1-42, D1-81, and D1-84 each are a ring of the following structure;

X1 is a halogen atom, cyano, nitro, C1-6 alkyl, halo (C1-6) alkyl, or C3-8 cycloalkyl, when g2 is 2, g3 is an integer of 2 or 3, or g4 is an integer of 2, 3, or 4, each X1 is the same as or different from each other, and further when two X1s are adjacent, the two adjacent X1s optionally form a 6-membered ring together with carbon atoms to which each X1 is bonded by forming —CH?CHCH?CH—, and at this time, the hydrogen atom bonded to each carbon atom forming the ring is optionally substituted with a halogen atom, cyano, nitro, C1-6 alkyl, halo (C1-6) alkyl, C1-6 alkoxy, C1-6 alkylthio, C1-6 alkylsulfinyl, or C1-6 alkylsulfonyl;
X1a is a hydrogen atom or C1-6 alkyl;
X1b is C1-6 alkyl;
Z is a halogen atom, cyano, nitro, C1-6 alkyl, (C1-6) alkyl arbitrarily substituted with R45, C3-8 cycloalkyl, (C3-8) cycloalkyl arbitrarily substituted with R45, C2-6 alkenyl, (C2-6) alkenyl arbitrarily substituted with R45, C3-8 cycloalkenyl, (C3-8) cycloalkenyl arbitrarily substituted with R45, C2-6 alkynyl, (C2-6) alkynyl arbitrarily substituted with R45, —OR41, —S(O)r3R41, —C(O)OR41, —C(O)R42, —C(?NOR41)R42, —N(R44)R43, phenyl, phenyl substituted with (Z3)q3, D1-1, D1-2, D1-7, D1-10, D1-11, D1-22, D1-32, D1-33, D1-34, D1-36, D1-37, or D1-38, and when q is an integer of 2, 3, 4, or 5, each Z is the same as or different from each other;
Z1 is a halogen atom, cyano, nitro, C1-6 alkyl, halo (C1-6) alkyl, C1-6 alkoxy, or C1-6 alkoxycarbonyl, and when q1 is an integer of 2, 3, 4, or 5, each Z1 is the same as or different from each other;
Z2 is a halogen atom, cyano, nitro, C1-6 alkyl, halo (C1-6) alkyl, —OR51, —S(O)r2R51, —C(O)OR51a, —C(O)R52, —C(O)N(R54)R53, —C(S)N(R54)R53, or —N(R54)R53, when q2 is an integer of 2, 3, 4, or 5, each Z2 is the same as or different from each other, and further when two Z2s are adjacent, the two adjacent Z2s optionally form a 6-membered ring together with carbon atoms to which each Z2 is bonded by forming —N?CHCH?CH—, —CH?NCH?CH—, —N?NCH?CH—, —CH?NN?CH—, —N?CHCH?N—, or —N?CHN?CH—, and at this time, the hydrogen atom bonded to each carbon atom forming the ring is optionally substituted with a halogen atom, cyano, nitro, C1-6 alkyl, halo (C1-6) alkyl, C1-6 alkoxy, C1-6 alkylthio, C1-6 alkylsulfinyl, or C1-6 alkylsulfonyl;
Z3 is a halogen atom, cyano, nitro, C1-6 alkyl, halo (C1-6) alkyl, C1-6 alkoxy, halo (C1-6) alkoxy, C1-6 alkylthio, C1-6 alkylsulfinyl, or C1-6 alkylsulfonyl, and when q3 is an integer of 2, 3, 4, or 5, each Z3 is the same as or different from each other;
R31 is a hydrogen atom, C1-6 alkyl, (C1-6) alkyl arbitrarily substituted with R35, —C(O)R37, phenyl, phenyl substituted with (Z2)q2, naphthyl, or naphthyl substituted with (Z2)q2;
R32 is a hydrogen atom, C1-6 alkyl, or (C1-6) alkyl arbitrarily substituted with R35;
R32a, R32b, and R32c are each independently C1-6 alkyl;
R33 and R34 are each independently a hydrogen atom, C1-6 alkyl, —C(O)OR36, or —C(O)R37;
R35 is a halogen atom, C1-6 alkoxy, C1-6 alkylthio, C1-6 alkylsulfinyl, C1-6 alkylsulfonyl, or phenyl;
R36 is C1-6 alkyl;
R37 is a hydrogen atom, C1-6 alkyl, phenyl, or phenyl substituted with (Z2)q2;
R41 is a hydrogen atom, C1-6 alkyl, (C1-6) alkyl arbitrarily substituted with R45, phenyl, phenyl substituted with (Z3)q3, D1-32, D1-33, or D1-34;
R42 is a hydrogen atom or C1-6 alkyl;
R43 and R44 are each independently a hydrogen atom, C1-6 alkyl, C1-6 alkoxycarbonyl, or C1-6 alkylcarbonyl;
R45 is a halogen atom, C3-8 cycloalkyl, —OH, C1-6 alkoxy, C1-10 alkoxycarbonyl, —Si(R32a)(R32b)R32c, phenyl, phenyl substituted with (Z3)q3, D1-32, D1-33, or D1-34, or when two R45s are substituents on a same carbon, the two R45s optionally form oxo, thioxo, imino, C1-6 alkylimino, C1-6 alkoxyimino, or C1-6 alkylidene, together with each other;
R51 is a hydrogen atom, C1-6 alkyl, halo (C1-6) alkyl, phenyl, phenyl arbitrarily substituted with a halogen atom, or D1-39;
R51a and R52 are each independently a hydrogen atom or C1-6 alkyl;
R53 and R54 are each independently a hydrogen atom, C1-6 alkyl, or C1-6 alkylcarbonyl;
f5 is an integer of 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5;
f7 is an integer of 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7;
g1 and p are each independently an integer of 0 or 1;
g2, m, n, r1, r2, and r3 are each independently an integer of 0, 1, or 2;
g3 is an integer of 0, 1, 2, or 3;
g4 is an integer of 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4; and
q, q1, q2, and q3 are each independently an integer of 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.

US Pat. No. 10,136,639

POLYCATIONIC AMPHIPHILES AS ANTIMICROBIAL AGENTS

Villanova University, Ph...

1. An antimicrobial composition comprising a compound having the formula
wherein:
R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R10, or R11 is H or a C1-12 alkyl unsubstituted or optionally substituted with a functional group selected from the group consisting of —NH2, —NHR?, —NR?2, —N—C(O)R?, —N—C(O)CR??CR?, —SH, —SR?, —O—C(O)R?, —C(O)R?, —CF3, —OCF3, halogen, benzyl, o-vinylbenzyl, m-vinylbenzyl, p-vinylbenzyl, phenyl, allyl, and substituted allyl;
R7, R8 or R9 is a C3-12 alkyl unsubstituted or optionally substituted with a functional group selected from the group consisting of —NH2, —NHR?, —NR?2, —SH, —SR?, —O—C(O)R?, —C(O)R?, —CF3, and —OCF3;
R? is H or a C1-4 alkyl;
X or Y is a halogen; and
m and n are integers in the range of from 5 to 25.